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|Here's Artur Menezes, (lt) winner of the 2018 International Blues Challenge (IBC) "Albert King Award" for Best Guitarist and 3rd place Band Category with jump, boogie, piano man/singer and Blues Music Award nominee "Pinetop Perkins Player of The Year," Mitch Woods, hanging out at the artist autograph booth at the 2018 Doheny Blues Festival.|
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|2018 Blues Festival Guide Annual is chock full of cool 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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|Matty T Wall :: SIDEWINDER|
|The electrifying guitar of Matty T Wall extends from his native Australia to the world. With the release of his latest collection, Sidewinder, Matty is writing a new chapter in the musical narrative, revealing the power of his expanding artistry through guitar, voice, band and songs. |
Key to the sound of Sidewinder is the presence of legendary Grammy-winning producer-engineer Bob Clearmountain. Famed for his work with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie among hundreds of other platinum artists, it is testimony to Matty T Wall’s musical integrity that Clearmountain provides the sonic sparkle that reveals Sidewinder in all of its gritty glory.
Only two years since Matty’s 2016 album Blue Skies, this creative period has been a whirlwind of productivity for the Perth, Australia native. As an enthusiastic audience discovered his music, the press responded with phrases like: “virtuoso,” “everything a true music fan could possibly ask,” and “one of the most inspired musicians of this generation.” ...Find more about this artist and release
|New Blues Festival “6 String Showdown” is here!|
|It’s Here! Celebrate blues guitar at the Summer’s biggest event! A head-to-head blues guitar celebration. The first round of these Orange County Regionals will be held Saturday, July 21st at Campus Jax in Newport Beach from 3-11pm. The second round will be at the Arcadia Blues Club, Arcadia, CA, Saturday August 4th from 6pm-midnight.|
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. Remember. Audience response counts for 40% of the judging. Get your tickets now and cheer loud!
Joey Delgado, Kenny “Big Daddy” Williams, and KK Martin will be our OC Regional Judges. Each night immediately following the Main Event the evening’s judges and the winner will open the stage to all musicians for an open jam and a once in a lifetime opportunity to trade licks with the likes of great blues guitar legends.
...Find tix and more about the 6 String Showdown
|“Buddy Guy - A Year in Pictures” Exhibit will Celebrate Buddy’s 82nd Birthday July 28-30|
|OWL Music & Media Presents Happy Birthday Buddy Guy “A Year in Pictures” |
(CHICAGO, IL) - OWL Music & Media (Lynn Orman Weiss and Allen Winkler) a Legacy Production Company brings a year in focus from Buddy Guy’s sweet home Chicago. The exhibit is a three-day pop up gallery celebrating Buddy Guy’s 82nd birthday on Saturday, July 28th, Sunday, July 29th, Monday, July 30th from 4-8 pm. “Buddy Guy A Year In Pictures” takes place at The Elephant Room Gallery, 704 South Wabash Ave., Chicago (directly next door to Buddy Guy’s Legend). The gallery featuring over 40 portraits will auction and sell photos to benefit PCa Blue Foundation. Buddy is the National Spokesman for the organization which creates educational programming and awareness campaigns for prostate cancer. This exhibit is a tribute to Buddy’s brother, Phil Guy and all of the bluesmen who have died from the disease including, Big Daddy Kinsey, Raful Neal, Barrelhouse Chuck, David Maxwell. The collection of photos are unique performance shots of Buddy Guy and his band, his family and his friends over one year.
...Find more pics and info about this exhibit plus a music celebration
|AimLoan San Diego Blues Festival ticket sales zoom|
|(SAN DIEGO, CA) - Tickets for the eighth annual AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival on Sept. 8 are moving at a record pace. More than 6,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which features Billy Gibbons & Friends as headliner, along with such stalwarts as Kenny Neal, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, John Nemeth & the Blue Dreamers, the Sons of the Soul Revivers, Lightnin Malcolm, Chickenbone Slim & the Biscuits, Sarah Rogo and Fred Heath. The festival is held on the downtown waterfront, with general admission tickets priced at $30, VIP tickets at $150 and a limited supply of Super VIP tickets for $250. Tickets will be $35 at the gate.|
Advance tickets are available at the festival website. All proceeds from the event benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and its fight against hunger in the region. The Food Bank utilizes nearly 400 nonprofit partners to distribute food to the needy throughout San Diego County, including soup kitchens, shelters, churches, schools and senior and disabled living facilities. ...Find more about San Diego Blues Festival
|Amazing Talent Booked for 31st Sunflower Fest Aug 9-12|
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) – When the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary in downtown Clarksdale August 9-12, booking chairman Maie Smith suggests all 180 musicians performing on 8 stages should claim headliner status. |
"Our 2018 festival is a showcase of the amazing hometown talent in our area; some - like O.B. Buchana, "Super Chikan" Johnson, and Christone "Kingfish" Ingram are more well-known than others, but all are extraordinary, she continued.
The festival is being dedicated to the late C. V. Veal, longtime festival emcee, and the late Josh "Razorblade" Stewart, a festival favorite for 15 years.
Since 1988 when Living Blues co-founder Jim O'Neal and Patty Johnson organized the first festival on the banks of the Sunflower River, all musicians needed to be Mississippians or claim a close connection, says Melvita Tillis Presley.
"This is appropriate for the hometown of Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker, and Ike Turner," adds Presley whose father played trumpet with Ike Turner and mentored Buchana in his River Mount Lounge.
...Find more about the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
|World-Class lineup at 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 including Robert Randolph & the Family Band a 2018 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2017 release Got Soul; Kenny Neal a 2017 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Bloodline; C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band a Grammy Nominee for Best Regional Roots Music Album; and 2018 BMA Nominee for Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Instrumentalist ~ Horn, Vanessa Collier, among others.|
Don’t forget the Friday night PreFest Party held to show appreciation to our sponsors and volunteers and showcases some of the talent appearing the next day at the Fest.
Gates open at 11am with music starting by noon. Last call is at 8:45pm with the music ending sometime after 9pm. The Fest will include food, craft and many types of merchandise vendors and a display of Art-O-Cade art cars. As always, transportation will be available from the hotels and campgrounds.
...Find more about the Trinidaddio Blues Fest
|Delta Blues Museum Awarded 2018 - 2019 Mississippi Arts Commission Grant|
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Delta Blues Museum has been awarded a $26,100 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) for general operating support. This grant is a portion of the nearly $1.4 million in grants the Commission will award in 2018-2019 and are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. |
"The Mississippi Arts Commission supports arts activities in nearly every corner of the state through grants to arts organizations, schools, communities and units of governments," said Malcom White, executive director of MAC. "The projects and programming these organizations produce with MAC funds help enrich our state's communities. This funding helps organizations provide arts experiences and educational opportunities to people who may not otherwise have access to the arts."
"Funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission is crucial to Delta Blues Museum operations," offers Museum Director Shelley Ritter. "MAC support allows us to continue our Arts & Education Program, our high school docent program and our traveling exhibits. These three components play a vital role in preserving and sharing the blues within our community as well as with a worldwide audience."
...Find more info about the Delta Blues Museum
|The Great Migration And The Blues|
Story by Jim O'Neal|
The Great Migration – the movement of more than six million African Americans from the South to urban destinations in the northern and western states – vibrated to an ever-developing soundtrack of blues, jazz and gospel that found new strongholds far from the music’s Southern roots. In this feature, learn how the Great Migration helped to develop and spread the blues in the 20th century.
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
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
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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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|- Fraser Valley Blues Society Regional IBC's July 22|
- Smoky Mountain Blues Society Regional IBC's Aug 30
|(ABBOTSFORD, BC) - The Fraser Valley Blues Society holds its International Blues Challenge (IBC) on Sunday, July 22 during Aldergrove Fair Days. The challenge runs 10am-4pm on the main stage at Aldergrove Athletic Park and the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, (26770 29 Ave.). Local artists and bands will contend to represent B.C. at the 35th annual IBC in Memphis, Tennessee in January 2019. |
(MARYVILLE, TN) - Don’t miss The Smoky Mountain Blues Society IBC Competition to be held at The Concourse ((940 Blackstock Ave, Knoxville, TN)) on Aug 30. The event starts at 7 pm. Stay tuned for more info to come.
If you’re interested in entering the competition, download the application form. The deadline is August 8th.
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| 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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