|Festival fun around the globe coming this Weekend |
July 5-8: Briggs Farm Blues Festival, Nescopeck, PA
July 6-7: Tall City Blues Fest,
- Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Davenport, IA
- Smokin' Blues Fest 8, Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Zoofest, Lincoln, Nebraska
July 6-8: Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
July 7-8: Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival, Hayward, CA
- Grassroots Blues Festival, Duck Hill, MS
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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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|Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine |
|We caught singer/performer Sonny Green after his set at the Long Beach Bayou Festival June 24 in Long Beach, CA.|
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|Lurrie Bell & The Bell Dynasty :: TRIBUTE TO CAREY BELL|
|It's almost 50 years since blues harpmaster Carey Bell released his debut album on Delmark Records. Carey's children followed him into blues and performed with him often while growing up. Lurrie's debut recording was with Carey appearing on Heartaches And Pain (Delmark) and he joined with pops again in 2006 to record a live album / DVD, Gettin' Up. Now Lurrie, Steve, Tyson and James Bell join forces as The Bell Dynasty to present this tribute to their dad, Carey Bell.|
Lurrie Bell now has 8 Delmark albums including Can’t Shake this Feeling, a Grammy finalist in 2017, and the 2 collaborations with his father, the legendary Carey Bell. While Laurie has achieved international status as a world-class blues artist, his brothers are no less talented. Steve Bell is an amazing harmonica player currently a member of John Primers band. Bassist Tyson Bell has worked with Shawn Holt and brings a rock-solid bottom to the CD. Drummer James Bell has a unique sound. ...Find more about this artist and release
"I Got to Go"
|The Reverend Shawn Amos ::|
THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS BREAKS IT DOWN
|Los Angeles-based soul brother number one, the Reverend Shawn Amos, continues his mission to preach joyful blues to the world on his third album, The Reverend John Amos Breaks It Down. When asked to write a short reflection describing the album and what he means by calling it a collection of 21st century Freedom Songs, this is his response: “this album was born while on tour through the American south during the spring of 2017. Driving through Tennessee and Alabama, I was reminded of my color, my otherness. I was drawn to how we pull ourselves apart while needing each other so badly. I revisited the freedom songs of The Staple Singers while visiting the ghosts of Birmingham and Memphis. Time stands still and life marches on.”|
The 9-song set that includes five original songs, 2 inspired covers, and a 3-track “Freedom Suite” that rolls out like a Sunday passion-play of inspiration, desperation and revelation. Amos was obviously inspired by tremendous turmoil and social unrest around the world today...
...Find more about this artist and release
"Ain't Gonna Name Names"
|Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival July 7-8|
|(HAYWARD, CA) - The Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival celebrates the rich history, musical and cultural art form found in Russell City and Hayward during the post war years from the 1940's thru the 1960's. The event will be held at Hayward City Hall Plaza (777 "B" Street, Hayward, California) from 11am-7pm.|
This little town of African-American's, who migrated from the deep south, was one of the proving grounds for many blues musicians. Russell City, an unincorporated area of Hayward, California is about 12 minutes from the City of Oakland. This community of modest houses and small farms along the bay is now gone. During it's heyday, Russell City was a down home community, known for it's clubs with dirt floors, bootleg electricity and a steady stream of musicians playing a unique style of Delta Blues. During the early part of their careers, artists such as Big Joe Turner and Big Mama Thornton played Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana style blues in Russell City. West Coast Blues music eventually influenced the traditional sound when horns replaced the harmonica and West Coast Blues was born.
...Find more about the Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival
|2018 Trinidaddio Blues Fest Aug 24 & 25 |
|(TRINIDAD, CO) - Central Park, Trinidad the 2018 edition of Trinidaddio Blues Fest will host another world-class lineup starring Robert Randolph & the Family Band ~ 2018 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2017 release Got Soul! Many musicians claim that they “grew up in the church,” but for Robert Randolph that is literally the case. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn’t being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey—quite often by Robert and members of his own family, who upheld a long but little-known gospel music.|
Appearing just before Randolph will be Kenny Neal ~ 2017 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Bloodline! If you want to experience the “Real Deal” take time out to find Kenny Neal. ...Find more about Trinidaddio
|Waterfront Blues Festival Celebrates Big July 4-7|
|(PORTLAND, OR) - The Waterfront Blues Festival, held at Tom McCall Park in Portland, Oregon, is the largest celebration of blues, soul, funk, and rhythm & blues west of the Mississippi. Join us for a long weekend filled with amazing performances across four stages, food, vendors, river boat cruises, and more! Four days, four stages, over 100 artists! Performers this year include Beth Hart, George Thorogood And The Destroyers, Marc Broussard, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Ruthie Foster, The Mavericks, The Revivalists, Aki Kumar, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Commander Cody, Curtis Salgado Big Band, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Johnny Rawls, Kid Ramos, Lady “A,” Larkin Poe, Michael Osborn Band W/ Karen Lovely, Muddy Waters Tribute, Nikki Hill, NW Women Rhythm & Blues, “Denise LaSalle Tribute,” Rae Gordon Band and many more!|
Of the festival’s two alternating main stages, which play to the audience from opposite ends of Waterfront Park’s grassy bowl, the Brewery Stage has the slightly larger footprint.
...Find schedule and more info about the Waterfront Blues Festival
|Tall City Blues Fest is Signature event for Downtown Midland, TX this weekend|
|(MIDLAND, TX) - An original American music festival, the Fest draws thousands of people downtown every summer to soak up the sounds of award-winning music. With more than 24 performances to choose from there is something to satisfy every musical palette and taste.|
In addition to the Apex Onshore Energy Services Outdoor Main Stage), plus the Category 5 Ballroom, and the MVP Vodka Lounge indoor stages featuring nine themed showcases of music, the Fest also offers workshops, an art auction, midnight jam session, vendors, a gospel brunch and more.
Friday, July 6 -
Women in Blues Showcase: Lisa Mann, Annika Chambers, Heather Gillis
- Guitar Slingers Showcase: Eddie Turner & Trouble, Jonn Del Toro Richardson
- International Showcase: Anni Piper (Australia) , Dany Franchi (Italy) , Kara Grainger (Australia)
- Back Porch Blues Showcase: John Egan, Packrat & Lighnin’, Kolassa & Dunavent
- West Texas Invitational Act: Tony Barker
Saturday July 7 - Headlining Set: Kenny Neal, Vanessa Collier, Keeshea Pratt
...Find full lineup and more about the Tall City Blues Festival
|Arkansas Blues… In the Dirt & On the Air|
Story by Don Wilcock|
Arkansas blues is almost synonymous with KFFA’s King Biscuit Time radio show out of Helena, AR. Not only was it the first live blues show on the air, but it’s become the longest running music show in the world. Sonny Boy Williamson (II), Robert Lockwood, Jr. and Pinetop Perkins are just a few of the Biscuit’s entertainers, among many other blues greats who call Arkansas home.
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!
- #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.
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
|Reno Blues Society 25th Anniversary Party Aug 4th|
|(RENO, NV) - Virtuoso slide guitarist and Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Roy Rogers and his band The Delta Rhythm Kings will headline the Reno Blues Society (RBS) 25th Anniversary Dance Party August 4th at the Ramada Inn (1000 E. 6th St, Reno, Nevada). Doors open 7pm.|
This blowout, headlined by one of the greatest modern, slide-guitar masters in the world and his tight band, will also include an all-star blues jam from 7:30-8:30pm organized by founding member and musician Bob McNamara. The RBS All-Stars will include Guitar Woody Soules, Michele Lundeen (also a founding member), Rick Hammond, and Del Monroe; artists who had all performed at the RBS very first music events. Rogers himself headlined the first kickoff concert in 1993.
Tickets are $25 in advance on the website via Paypal or at Recycled Records and The Melting Pot in Reno, Hippies Pipes & Incense in Sparks and The Bead Store in Carson City or $30 at the door.
|The Reverend Shawn Amos "Moved"|
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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); July 10-Mavis Staples (1939), Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records guru (1947); July 15-Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910); July 16-Denise LaSalle (1939)
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|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
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
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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
Blues on the Chippewa
Aug-03-2018 - Aug-05-2018
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
Blue Ribbon Blues Fest
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
Blues On The Water
The Toledo Blues Fest
Toledo, Ohio USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-09-2018 - Aug-12-2018
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Bayfront Blues Festival
Aug-10-2018 - Aug-12-2018
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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