|Festival fun around the globe this coming Weekend |
|Jun 1-2: Gladstone SummerTime BluesFest, Gladstone, MO|
- Smokin' in Steele BBQ & Blues Fest,
- Germantown Schnitzelburg Blues Festival,
- Brevard Blues N' BBQ Festival, Brevard, NC
Jun 1-3: Benicassim Blues Festival,
Benicassim (Castellon), Spain
Jun 2: Sun Prairie Fest, Sun Prairie, WI
- Ojai Blues Fest, Oak View, CA
- Newport Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival, Newport, UK
- Spring, Wine, Beer, Blues and Balloon Festival, Springfield, Nebraska
Jun 3: Leicester Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival Leicester, UK
Support live music & enjoy!
|2018 Blues Festival Guide Annual is chock full of info!|
|The 2018 issue of the Blues Festival Guide features 108 pages with info on of festivals, artists, blues societies and bluesy radio plus cool blues-related stories. Pick up a copy for free from your local blues society or a festival or ORDER a copy to be shipped straight to your house!|
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|The Keeshea Pratt Band released their brand new album “Believe” on May 29th, 2018. The Houston based, award winning Keeshea Pratt Band possesses the skill and artistry reminiscent of old school Motown; a rarity among bands of any genre today. The 8-piece, musical collective lends its energy and passion to traditional blues, contemporary blues and offers a prevue to the future of blues. The musical artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel, and country and back again. Keeshea Pratt is the siren featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing 5 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan. The female Japanese trumpeter is nestled in the 3-piece horn section that produces thrilling, chorded in-sync rhythms that rival those of big bands....|
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|Long Beach Bayou Festival at Queen Mary Events Park June 23-24, 2018|
|(LONG BEACH, CA) – The Long Beach Bayou Festival will be in a new location this year June 23-24, 2018! Adjacent to the Queen Mary and facing the scenic downtown Long Beach Skyline, the Queen Mary Events Park (1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA) is an ideal new home for the Bayou Festival with its Mardi Gras atmosphere and colorful French Quarter marketplace featuring Cajun & Creole cuisine and other delicacies, set to the sounds of New Orleans Blues, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco and Cajun music. The festival runs Sat: 11am-9pm and Sun 11am-7pm.|
Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco and more, the festival features simultaneous stages of music and has plenty of activities for kids. As always, the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature and includes group participation dances that everyone can enjoy.
...Find more about the Long Beach Bayou Festival
|Beloved Tallahassee blues club damaged by 250 year old Oak Tree |
|(TALLAHASSEE, FL) - The Bradfordville Blues Club suffered extensive damage on Tuesday when a large oak tree fell onto its roof, forcing the locale to cancel “upcoming shows for the foreseeable future.”Owners Gary and Kim Anton issued a statement on Facebook Tuesday afternoon following the incident. “The club is in bad shape and will need extensive repairs,” they wrote. “Until then, we regrettably must cancel all upcoming shows for the foreseeable future.”|
The news comes as the weakening subtropical storm Alberto moves through the Southeast.
The treasured capital city locale is rural, “surrounded by fields of tall stalks of corn and old majestic oak trees dripping with moss,” according to the Blues Club’s website. Located at 7152 Moses Lane in Tallahassee, online directions to the club state: “Just follow the tiki torches down the dirt roads till you reach the juke joint under the stars.”
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|Uptown Blues Collective presents 10th Annual Blues-A-Thon & Billtown Barbecue Bash June 1-2|
|(Williamsport, PA) - The Uptown Blues Collective’s 10th Annual Blues-A-Thon will begin at 6 pm, Friday, June 1st at 420 Pine Street as part of Williamsport, Pennsylvania’s First Friday festivities, then move to the Pine Square Stage (343 Pine Street) until 10 pm, finishing off day one with overnight jams inside the Uptown Music Collective. The event is sponsored by the Billtown Blues Association and the Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House and will feature internationally known bluesman and educator Tas Cru, UMC Students and Staff, as well as local Blues musicians, and friends performing a variety of Blues styles. |
On Saturday, June 2nd the festivities will bounce between the Mid-Town Landing stage (behind the nonprofit school's facility) and Pine Square starting at noon and wrap at 8 pm on the Midtown Landing Stage.
In addition to Tas Cru, the event will feature some special guest musicians from the area including ...
...Find more about the annual event and the Uptown Collective
|~ 16th Annual Madison Blues Society Blues Picnic June 16|
~ Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society awards scholarships to young musicians
|(MADISON, WI) - The Madison Blues Society Blues Picnic 2018 is on Saturday, June 16th from 12 Noon–9pm at Warner Park! Join us for an afternoon and evening featuring the music of locl bands Blythe Gamble and The Rollin’ Dice (Madison), Altered Five Blues Band (Milwaukee, WI), regional bands Ivy Ford Band, Boom Boom Steve V & the Knockouts (Twin Cities), and headliner, The Chris O’Leary Band from New York.|
There will be craft beer sales, food and merchandise vendors, raffles, and more!
Bring your chairs and blankets to this FREE family friendly event! Please no carry-ins or glass in the park. Rain or shine! No tickets needed. Just show up and bring your friends and family!
By Wendy Dwyer/YourNews Contributor
(FORT PIERCE, FL) - Eight Treasure Coast students will head off to college with a little more cash in pocket and a lot more experience in musical performance, courtesy of the volunteers and professional musicians who make up the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society.
Madison Bailey, Michael Campion, Zane Chapman, Nick Lohse, Thierry Sydne, Shyan Vernon, Collin Willis, and Alex Wood were feted on Tuesday, May 22, at the Sunrise Black Box Theatre.
In addition to receiving a $1,000 scholarship, all eight students had the opportunity to perform live with the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society’s Jam Band.
In fact, performing with the group was a prerequisite for receiving the scholarship.
For the students, all of whom are pursuing a career in music, the chance to perform with the same pros who played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, Guy Lombardo, Styx, Peter Cetera, Aretha Franklin, the Drifters, Tony Bennett, and so many others, is a dream come true and a great feather in their musical performance caps moving forward.
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|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|- The West Coast Returns! #31 West Coast Oct. 2018 is Sold Out! Join Waitlist!|
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb. 2019 is Sold Out!
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| Smokin' in Steele|
BBQ & Blues Fest
Jun-01-2018 - Jun-02-2018
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
Sun Prairie Fest
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin USA
Ojai Blues Fest
Oak View, California, USA
Newport Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Newport, United Kingdom
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-08-2018 - Jun-09-2018
Canton, Ohio, USA
Greeley Blues Jam
Jun-08-2018 - Jun-09-2018
Greeley, Colorado, USA
Billtown Blues Festival
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|Bentonia Blues Festival|
Jun-11-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-15-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Alpine, Arizona, USA
Blues on the Fox
Jun-15-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival
Jun-15-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Monroe, Wisconsin, USA
Brews & Blues
Lancaster, Wisconsin, USA
Kansas City Kansas
Street Blues Fest
Jun-23-2018, Kansas City
Long Beach Bayou Festival
Jun-23-2018 - Jun-24-2018
Long Beach, California, USA
Blues From The Top
Jun-23-2018 - Jun-24-2018
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
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