|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 |
|Here's multi-award blues nominee Deb Ryder before her 3 Sista Blues set at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley, CA May 27, 2018/|
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| Delmark's 65th Anniversary (various) :: TRIBUTE|
|To celebrate Delmark's 65th anniversary here's Tribute, an album featuring blues artists who have recorded for Delmark in this century paying tribute to founder Bob Koester and the artists that recorded for the label in the 1960s and 70s. Tribute features Omar Coleman, Lurrie Bell, Linsey Alexander & Billy Flynn, Demetria Taylor, Jimmy Burns, Lil’ Ed & Dave Weld, Jimmy Johnson & Dave Specter, Corey Dennison, Mike Wheeler, Shirley Johnson, Ken Saydak, a host of top-notch accompanists, and also a bonus track. |
The tributes on the album are heartfelt and moving. That's because the artists paying tribute have a special tie to those they are paying tribute to. Omar Coleman has long been a fan of Junior Wells and lists him as one of his biggest influences; Jimmy Johnson's brother was Magic Sam's bassist; Lil' Ed (on loan from Alligator Records) is J.B. Hutto's nephew; there's a Tennessee connection between Corey Dennison and Sleepy John Estes; a Mississippi connection between Jimmy Burns and Big Joe Williams; Billy Flynn's mentor was Jimmy Dawkins; ...Find more about this artist and release
"Train I Ride"
|Prairie Dog Blues Fest - 2 Days - 2 Stages - 12 Bands July 27-28|
|(PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI) - The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! This year's festival features: Kevin Burt (2018 IBC Winner), Altered Five Blues Band, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Samantha Fish, Paul DesLauriers Band, Mama’s Worry, John Primer, Corey Dennison Band, Scottie Miller Band, Dana Fuchs, Terry Quiett Band, and Kris Lager Band.|
The Prairie Dog Blues Fest is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park, right on the Mississippi River and nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age! Once you get that cold drink in your hand, great tunes in your ear and good, friendly people all around, you’ll realize you’re at one of the most beautiful venues anywhere. You’ll soon be calling yourself a Prairie Dogger! Blues and Roots music from Chicago Blues to West Coast Jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill Country Blues, New Orleans horns and Texas Boogie, Zydeco, Gospel, Blues Rock – We’ve got it all!
...Find more about the Prairie Dog Blues Fest
|Legendary David Bromberg to close Blues On the Chippewa festival Aug 5th|
|(DURAND, WI) The 11th Annual Blues on the Chippewa free festival, held at Memorial Park in Durand WI, will take place Aug 3-5 and has added David Bromberg as the closing slot. |
Bromberg’s journey spans five-and-a-half decades and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass, but for Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues.
Now, with The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, his first release for Red House Records, Bromberg and multi-Grammy-winning producer/accompanist Larry Campbell (Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Simon) focus on the music David discovered in high school, ...Find more about Blues On The Chippewa
|Delta Blues Museum Celebrates Malaco Music Group's 50th with reception July 19 and opening of Summer exhibit|
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Delta Blues Museum is pleased to announce a special summer exhibit in partnership with The Malaco Music Group, in celebration of the group's 50th anniversary year: On July 19, the Museum will open "The Last Soul Company: 50 Years of Excellence" honoring Malaco's milestone. |
"The collaboration with Malaco Music Group formalizes the symbiotic relationship between the record company and the Delta Blues Museum," Museum Director Shelley Ritter says. "We are pleased to celebrate Malaco's longstanding work as we pay homage daily to many of the legendary recording artists associated with the label such as Fred McDowell, Little Milton Campbell, Artie 'Blues Boy' White, Denise LaSalle, Dorothy Moore, Bobby Rush and others."
The exhibit will feature vintage recording equipment, a video retrospective of Malaco and other important historical items that span the 50 years of the company's growth. Of the collaboration, Malaco co-founder Tommy Couch Sr. says, "We are excited to curate the exhibit in conjunction with Delta Blues Museum to showcase our contribution to the historic blues genre. And we are honored to share a few of the countless memories from so many recording sessions with our artists. Many of those artists are from the Mississippi Delta, including Little Milton from Inverness, Denise LaSalle, who grew up near Sidon, and Tyron Davis, who was born in Greenville."
An opening reception, with music provided by Anthony "Big A" Sherrod, will be held at the Museum on Thursday, July 19th from 5 - 7PM and is free and open to the public.
....Find more info about the Delta Blues Museum
|Southern California, July 2018, 6 String Showdown – Celebrate Blues Guitar!|
|Presenting the Summer’s biggest event. A head to head blues guitar celebration, New Blues Festival Presents 6 String Showdown. This is 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 Blues 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 July 15. Just use the drop-down menu to choose the $50 option Time is running out and 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 much more about the 6 String Showdown and also how to signup
Story by Lynn Orman Weiss
The daughters of blues legends bring songs from their legendary fathers to stages around the world. Those that don't carry a tune, carry on their fathers’ legacies through the foundations they have created in their names. Check out this first installment of a two-part series continuing in next year’s issue, dedicated to the daughters of the blues.
Read this informative article here in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine.
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
- LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook starts July 26!
- West Coast Returns! #31 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
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~ 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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|- Central Delaware Blues Society 5th Annual Roadhouse Blues Festival July 21|
- Outlaw Blues Society Fundraiser for the KS African American Museum July 20
|(MAGNOLIA, DE) - For our 5th Annual Festival, the Central Delaware Blues Society has another stellar line up of local, regional and national acts held at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Course (1309 Ponderosa Dr. Magnolia, Delaware) 12 noon-9pm. Lineup includes The Nighthawks, Harper and the Midwest Kind, Sean Chambers and Skyla Burrell.|
This year we are offering a free Didgeridoo workshop by the world renowned Didgeridoo expert Peter Harper. Bring you Didgeridoo to the festival and learn from the best!
Advanced "will call" ticket sales are still available at our website. Advance tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. You can purchase "will call" tickets at the gate price or on our "Store" webpage until July 20th.
(WICHITA, KS) - The Outlaw Blues Society Fundraiser for the KS African American Museum will be happening on Friday, July 20 from 6-9pm.
Blues performers will get together at Adobe Avenue (1330 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas) to show appreciation and raise fund to support the Kansas African American Museum.
Ages 18 and above welcome.
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Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 15-Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910); July 16-Denise LaSalle (1939); July 17 Peppermint Harris (1925); July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (1929), Martha Reeves (1941), Lonnie Mack (1941), Little Freddie King (1940); July 20 Carlos Santana (1947), Steve Freund (1952), Sleepy LaBeef (1935); July 21 Floyd McDaniel (1915)
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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
Magic City Blues
Aug-03-2018 - Aug-04-2018
Billings, Montana, USA
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| 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
Sunflower River Blues
and Gospel Festival
Aug-10-2018 - Aug-12-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bayfront Blues Festival
Aug-10-2018 - Aug-12-2018
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Waukesha Blues Fest
Aug-10-2018 - Aug-11-2018
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
Bloomington Boogies: Blues &
Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-11-2018 - Aug-13-2018
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
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