|Festival fun around the globe coming this Weekend |
Jun 28 - Jun-30
- New York State Blues Festival
Syracuse, New York
- Summerblues, Basel, Switzerland
Jun 29-Jul 01
- Randers City Blues Festival
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|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!|
Our 2018 issue sponsored by the Blues Foundation
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Make sure to click the links at the end of the CD/DVD and News Flash section teasers so you can discover them in entirety in our website news section and so you don't miss out on cool details, photos, schedules, artist or festival links, etc.
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
|Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine |
|Here's Charles Mitchell, CEO, Jus' Blues Music Foundation. On July 31st thru August 4th, "All Roads Lead To Tunica Mississippi" for the 18th Annual Blues Music Awards and Conference Week.|
Photo Courtesy Jus' Blues Foundation
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|Markey Blue Ric Latina Project|
CORRINA SHINE (A tribute to Taj Mahal) click image for video
The highly anticipated new release from Ellersoul Records, Raised In Muddy Water, is proud to present the world premier of single video, "Corrina Shine" (A tribute to Taj Mahal).
In 1965 Taj Mahal released the iconic song "Corrina." In 2008 Markey Blue began writing a tribute to this song, now ten years later, in 2018, the Markey Blue Ric Latina Project has released their tribute to the blues legend. Video is filmed edited and guest starring Raena Lannom.
"Capturing the fun and free spirit of its name sake, “Corrina Shine” is the kind of song to get you through the long summer days." - Reeves Guitars
Raised In Muddy Water is the third release from the newly renamed band. Raised In Muddy Water is already receiving critical acclaim as well as a nomination for the 2018 Blues Blast Awards in addition to debuting at #8 on the Billboard Blues Chart. ...Find complete info and the list artists on the CD
|Kid Ramos returns with a new album titled Old School, on Rip Cat Records. We'll let Kid himself tell you about it: |
“A lot has happened since the last record, Greasy Kid Stuff, in 2001. Since then I've fathered two small boys into young men, beat cancer ... It's been about 17 years. I figured it was about the right time to put out a blues record. My youngest son Johnny has joined the family business. This is his singing debut, and he was only 17 at the time of the recording. I'm excited to still be playing guitar, and I'm happy that people still want to see and hear me and haven't thrown any rocks at me yet.
This album was made in two days at Big Jon Atkinson's home studio in Hayward, California. It was recorded live to tape on two tracks using all analog equipment, vintage microphones, and the brilliant technique of Jon's recording. The album includes the expert playing of Kedar Roy on bass, Marty Dodson on drums, Bob Welsh on piano/organ, Danny Michel on second guitar, the great Johnny Tucker on vocals, and the legendary Kim Wilson performing vocals on one song."
...Find more about this artist and release
|Southern California, June 2018, 6 String Showdown – Celebrate Blues Guitar! |
|Presenting the Summer’s Biggest Event! A head to head blues guitar competition, New Blues Festival presents 6 String Showdown.|
This is not a battle of the bands. This is a head to head blues guitar competition, an authentic guitar celebration.
This summer, the Long Beach Blues Society, Orange County Blues Society, and the New Blues Festival have teamed up to present the 6 String Showdown, a series of regional guitar competitions to crown Southern California’s all-around best blues guitar player on the Main Stage of the New Blues Festival Sunday, September 2nd.
As an added incentive, the Long Beach and Orange County Societies have teamed up to oﬀer a special 50% discount to all guitarists who sign up for either the LB or OC regionals between now and June 30. Just use the drop-down menu to choose the $50 option. Spots are filling up fast.
Judging will be based on skill, not speed. Criteria are tasty licks played with feeling, phrasing, personal expression, tone, timing, dynamics, reflection, and solos that tell a story.
Judging will be based on three criteria: Technique 30% - Showmanship 30% - Audience responses 40%
...Find links and complete details about the 6 String Showdown
|Briggs Farm Blues Festival to bring powerhouse of talent to Nescopeck|
(NESCOPECK, RI) - From July 5 through 8, a lush green farm in Nescopeck will take on shades of another hue for the 21st annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival. Featuring 21 international and regional acts, the festival offers a powerhouse of talent, ranging from delta-style blues to soulful bands to the next generation of players apt to sprinkle funk into the mix. This year’s star power includes Grammy Award-winner Mike Farris, folk-blues artist Amy Helm (daughter of The Band’s famed drummer Levon Helm) and hard-driving, blues guitarist Samantha Fish, a rising star on the national scene.
Keeping with tradition, the festival also showcases Luzerne County-based musicians as well, including Teddy Young & The Aces and Ed Randazzo & Friends. Both bands have been regulars at the festival in recent years.
Since its humble debut in 1998 — then featuring only six acts on one stage — the festival consistently has grown in size and stature. It now offers camping packages in a wooded area of the 250-year-old farm, three stages,
...Find more about 2018 KBA Recipient the Briggs Farm Blues Festival
|Blues Foundation Invites 2019 BMA Submissions|
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - All musicians are invited to submit their Blues recordings for consideration. Blues music released between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 is eligible for consideration for a 2019 Blues Music Award.|
You may formally submit your release once the submission process opens in early July via our online service.
This year, The Blues Foundation will be moving to a digital platform for recording submissions. Your complete album music must be uploaded as a WAV. file with album artwork uploaded as a PDF. We will no longer accept hard copy CDs for the purposes of BMA submission review. If you need assistance with uploading your music, email Joe Whitmer and he will be available to help you and walk you through the process. We do not want this change to hinder your ability to share your music with the nominators.
There is still a fee for submission and our related fee structure and deadlines are as follows: ...Find info and requirements about submitting to the BMA's
|Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Pre-Party Oct 27|
|(SAN DIEGO, CA) - Join us for the October LRBC Pre-Party in San Diego on October 27 at the Wyndham Bayside Hotel (1355 No. Harbor Dr.). This annual party is also a fundraiser whose proceeds will benefit the local blues society, Blues Lovers United of San Diego.|
Performing will be the inimitable Chris Cain who “offers up a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues. His powerfully deep vocals and jazz inspired, blues guitar riffs are unforgettable; uniquely his own, while reminiscent of the legendary BB King and Albert King.”
The night will also include regional favorites, blues stalwart Bill Magee, and special guests Michele Lundeen and Anthony Cullins. Magee is one of San Diego, California's busiest working and respected blues musicians. In his earlier days Willie (Bill) Magee met, befriended and eventually joined up with Jimi Hendrix who was playing as Jimmy James. Together they formed the band "Jimmy James and the Flames" before Hendrix went off to England in 1967.
...Find more about the Oct LRBC pre-party and how to get tickets
|Gumbo Funk: The Low-Down… Cookin’ with Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton|
Article by Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton|
Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton serves up blues with a “bite!” – cooking up a big pot of gumbo while smoking his slide guitar and creating a shared sense of community at every gig. Wharton shares his philosophy on music, food and brotherhood, as well as his delicious gumbo recipe.
Read this informative article here in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine.
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|- New! LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook starts July 26!|
- West Coast Returns! #31 West Coast Oct 2018 Sold Out! Join Waitlist!
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 Sold Out! Join Wait List!
~ LRBC #33 MEXICAN RIVIERA Oct. 26 ~ Nov. 2, 2019 Sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Mark Your Calendar: PREBOOK launches Thurs, JULY 26th 11am Central! By placing a fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin, you'll reserve a space in line to book a cabin once the band announcement is made (likely in November).
~ LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 2018
will sail on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List
via website reservations
or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
~ LRBC #32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean will sail on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List via the website or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
- LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE -
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO (816) 753-7979 | BluesCruise.com
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
|- White Rock Blues Society Benefit for Heart Attack Victim|
- Rhythm on the River with Eliza Neals & The Narcotics
|(SURREY, VANCOUVER, BC) - The Semiahmoo Music Consortium, Ted Tosoff and the White Rock Blues Society are presenting a fundraiser Sunday, July 8 at the Pacific Inn’s Rhumba Room (1160 King George's Blvd.) to help out Rick Dalgarno, lead guitarist of the popular, longtime Peninsula-based, band The Blue Voodoo who suffered a severe heart attack May 6. The "Help Rick’s Heart" fundraiser will be a 4-9pm musical extravaganza featuring many of Dalgarno’s friends and peers. $20 donation at the door.|
(POMEROY, OH) - The "Rhythm on the River" music series, hosted by Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society and the Big Bend Blues Bash, will feature Eliza Neals & the Narcotics on Friday evening June 29th at 8 pm at the Pomeroy Riverfront Amphitheater on the Ohio River in Pomeroy, Ohio.
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|Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jun 28-David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915); July 1 Willie Dixon (1915),
James Cotton (1935), Syl Johnson (1939); July 3 "Mississippi" John Hurt (1893); July 4 Champion Jack Dupree (1910); July 5 Smiley Lewis (1913);
July 7 Pinetop Perkins (1913); July 8 Louis Jordan (1908),
Johnnie Johnson (1924), Larry Garner; July 9 Jack White (1975)
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|New York State Blues Festival |
Jun-28-2018 - Jun-30-2018
Syracuse, New York
Randers City Blues Festival
Jun-29-2018 - Jul-01-2018
Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
Topeka, Kansas, USA
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-05-2018 - Jul-08-2018
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Jul-06-2018 - Jul-07-2018
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Grassroots Blues Festival
Jul-07-2018 - Jul-08-2018
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
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|North Atlantic Blues Festival|
Jul-14-2018 - Jul-15-2018
Rockland, Maine, USA
5th Annual Roadhouse Bluesfest
Blues & Swing Week
Jul-22-2018 - Jul-27-2018
Elkins, West Virginia, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-27-2018 - Jul-28-2018
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin
Blues and Ribfest
Jul-27-2018 - Jul-28-2018
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Blues, Brews & Brats
Jus' Blues Music Awards Week
Jul-31-2018 - Aug-04-2018
Tunica, Mississippi, USA
23rd Mammoth Festival of
Beers & Bluesapalooza
Aug-02-2018 - Aug-05-2018
Mammoth Lakes, California
Mount Baker R&B Festival
Aug-02-2018 - Aug-05-2018
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