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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 30, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 35

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News Flash... 
Blues Foundation News
Video Pick of The Week
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
We're were happy to run into Delta Groove recording artist, guitarist, singer, songwriter Kid Ramos at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA. Kid has played with James Harman, Roomful of Blues, Los Lobos, The Mannish Boys, The Blasters, Candye Kane, Los Fabulocos, and The 44's, among others. 
Photos: Michele Lundeen
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 We're proud to announce that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of the 2018 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
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
...Find snippets about articles 
CD & DVD Releases
Dany Franchi :: PROBLEM CHILD 
Dany Franchi was born in 1990 in Genoa, Italy, and is widely considered one of the best young blues musicians on the scene today with his soulful vocal tone and incredibly tasteful guitar playing.

In 2014 he recorded I Believe in Ohio with International Blues Challenge winner Sean Carney. Texas blues legend Anson Funderburgh and Don Ritter of Category 5 Amps produced Problem Child. The CD was recorded at the world-famous Wire Recording Studio in Austin, Texas with Grammy award-winning engineer Stuart Sullivan. The album exudes soulfulness and authenticity, and while the respect for tradition is evident, the album also has strong original content, world-class musicianship and a refreshingly unique sound that's bound to make any connoisseur of blues and roots music take notice.

“It was a real pleasure working with Dany,” says Anson Funderburgh. “He’s a passionate singer with a great voice; his approach to songwriting is solid and well-thought-out. He plays guitar with an authentic, old-school style while lending his own unique intensity to the sound and breathes a new life into the music while staying true its origins. ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Back To The River" 
Belgian Hohner endorser Steven Troch is a Jack-of-all-trades and a master of some, sings like he means it, blows a badass harmonica and writes his own songs. His album, Rhymes for Mellow Minds, is an eclectic collection of original compositions by this harp maestro and his band.This winner of two international harmonica contests draws inspiration from bluesmasters and players like Gary Primich and William Clarke. Rhymes for Mellow Minds covers a remarkable range of musical styles, from swingin’ jazz to moody rumbas, dance-floor-worthy shuffles to rollickin’ country blues stomps, hard-rockin’ shuffles to gospel infused chants.
Featured with Troch, who is known as the “Belgian Blow Torch, is “Little Steve” Van Der Nat, a killer guitar player who nails it on every track; Miss Liesbeth Sprangers who keeps a steady pace on her powerhouse bass; and no-nonsense drummer King Berik, who beats his drums like a madman.

The songs lead you along a poorly-lit blues path, past lost souls, nameless faces and even past a galaxy, very, very far away. They're inhabited by fictional characters like the drunken low-life staring at neon-lit hookers, the old hermit who lives on top of the hill, and the pretty girl whose boyfriend looks like Woody Allen. Rhymes for Mellow Minds is an innovative album revealing that there’s more than one side to the Steven Troch Band.
...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"The Short End" 
News Flash... 
Dust Devil Dreams: Blues Hammer
By Andrew W. Griffin
(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK) – The ghost of Delta bluesman Robert Johnson has been haunting my dreams these past few weeks.

Seriously. This crossroads business has really struck a chord, no pun intended.
In the film Crossroads, which I referenced in a recent Dust Devil Dreams post “Old situations need old medicines,” which highlighted Robert Johnson’s alleged midnight meeting at the crossroads with the Devil, where he would tune the bluesman’s guitar and hand it back to him, assuring the mortal has amazing guitar-playing abilities.

In the film, Ralph Macchio’s guitar-playing genius Eugene “Lightning” Martone springs old bluesman Willie Brown (an old pal of Robert Johnson, and a guy who also made a deal with the Devil) -played by Joe Seneca - from his incarcerated state in a New York nursing home. They flee to Mississippi where Willie promises Eugene they will find Robert Johnson's long-lost 30th song (which does not actually exist). This is enough for Eugene to help Willie.
...Read entire story with it's spinoffs  
11th Blues Views & BBQ Festival in Westport This Weekend
(WESTPORT, CT) - The 11th Annual Blues Views & BBQ Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, Sept 1-2, at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts (40 Jesup Rd, Westport, Connecticut). This festival puts Connecticut on the map with a premier blues and barbeque festival. They take pride in delivering the sounds but also soulful, southern-inspired food. It is time for music and family fun on the banks of the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport.

The weekend lineup includes headliners Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, GRAMMY® Award Winner Fantastic Negrito, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Carolyn Wonderland. Many more acts will be taking the center stage as the fest continues.

This year Blues Views and BBQ will feature 20 bands, including headlining performances from Delta blues to funk powerhouses. Blues, Views and BBQ also has long been a venue for introducing up-and-coming and local talent along with the marquee headliners.
…Find links and more about the Blues Views & BBQ Festival 
Blue Wing Blues Festival Sept 1-3 
(LAKEPORT, CA) - The annual Blue Wing Blues Festival, will be held out in the shaded garden of the Tallman Hotel’s Blue Wing Saloon & Cafe (9520 Main St. Upper Lake, California) between the hotel and restaurant. The theme of the August weekend is authentic “Bayou Blues” all three nights; with stomping good-time danceable blues rearing its head on Labor Day, September 3. Each evening’s show goes from 6-9pm and is priced separately.

Opening night, Sept 1, features the great local band “Twice as Good” opening for Baton Rouge favorite, Kenny Neal and His Family Band. On Sunday, September 2, Kenny Neal headlines again, with Pat Gleeson serving as the opening act. On Monday, September 3 (Labor Day), Rick Estrin and the Nightcats make a return providing the sounds for a night of old fashioned danceable blues with Rick on vocals and blues harp and the incomparable Kid Andersen on guitar.

The festival was rescheduled form its regular August dates because of the fires in the Lake County area. The $50 + tax admission price includes an opening and headliner band plus a delicious barbeque dinner. 
...Find links and more about the Blue Wing Blues Festival
United by Music North America…
Playing The Blues To Challenge Assumptions
United by Music North America is a performance-based program and band for musically talented people with development challenges, helping these artists develop their talents and musical careers where there are few other outlets. By working with resident mentors and a long list of pro musicians, this band plays at festivals, clubs and events across the country.
Read the story here in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine.
Blues Society News
- LBBS hosts Fest & Guitar Showdown Finals Sept 1-2
- MABS Presents 15th Annual Fest – Aug 31st-Sept 2nd
- SSBS 26th Annual Bowlful of Blues Sept 2
- RBS “Balloons & Blues Strut” Pub Crawl Sept 8
(LONG BEACH, CA) - The New Blues Festival on Labor Day weekend is presented in conjunction with the Long Beach Blues Society (LBBS) and held at El Dorado Regional Park (7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA). Headlining sets on the Main Stage include the Lowrider Band (Sat), 2017 GRAMMY Nominee Janiva Magness (Sun), blues-rock guitar ace Dennis Jones (Sat), the King Brothers (Sun), and GRAMMY-nominated harpist, James Harman (Sun), among more stellar acts! A dozen great SoCal bands will also perform on the "Golden Groove Stage." Gates open 9am
and music starts at 10am.

The “6 String Showdown” Semi-Finalists will also face off on the Golden Groove Stage, Saturday, Sept 1. Then the Finalists will then go head-to-head on the Main Stage, Sunday, Sept 2.

The Lowrider Band features four Multi-Platinum singer-songwriters and founding members of the band WAR (Howard Scott, guitar, Harold Brown, drums, Lee Oskar, harmonica, BB Dickerson, bass) joined by Lance Ellis (saxophone, flute), Pete Cole (keyboard), and Chuck Barber (percussion). ...Find links and tix
(MARQUETTE, MI) - The 15th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest, brought to us by the Marquette Area Blues Society (MABS), will be held at Mattson Lower Harbor Park (Marquette, Michigan). Prepare for a full weekend of the best in the blues in the fantastic setting on the shore of beautiful Lake Superior. The festival will feature top blues acts from New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, St. Louis, and all points in between like Sue Foley, Dwayne Dopsie, James Armstrong, The Jimmy’s, The Altered Five Blues Band and more!

Plus, there will be workshops, a wide selection of food vendors and a beer and wine tent featuring some Upper Michigan’s finest microbrews and more! Gates open at 5:00 pm Friday and Noon on Saturday and Sunday. Friday, Aug. 31st – 5pm – 9:30pm is free Admission. Saturday and Sunday 12pm -10pm and are both ticketed events. ...Find more info & links 

(NEWTON, IA) - Join the South Skunk Blues Society (SSBS) for the 26th Annual Bowlful of Blues event on Sunday, September 2nd at Maytag Park in Newton, Iowa. The Fest runs noon-10pm with gates opening at 11am. This year acts include the award-winning soulful, bluesy, rockin’ singer, songwriter Shaun Murphy, an alumni of the Bob Segar band who also fronted Little Feat for 16 years; harp man, singer, songwriter, the award winning Grady Champion; the masterful guitar and smoky voice of Omaha’s Hector Anchondo; the soul, blues, rock, Americana of Avey-Grouws Band, and the tight-harmonies and hearfelt, rousing performances of Midwest touring band Flash in a Pan. Tickets are on sale through South Skunk Blues Society and Midwest Tix. Advance tickets can be bought at Mattingly Music & Books, American Legion Post 111, Hy-Vee in Newton, The Music Shop in Grinnell, or Zzz Records in Des Moines. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at gate; bulk of 20 tix for $20 each, 15 and under free with parent or guardian. Find links here

(RENO, NV) - The Reno Blues Society (RBS) is putting a new spin on the pub crawl craze with the third annual “Balloons and Blues Strut” on Saturday, Sept. 8 at four venues located within two blocks of each other on Victorian Avenue in Sparks with a local blues band at each venue playing between 7:30pm-11pm, all for just $5. The event is held during the Reno Balloon Race weekend.
Band times are staggered slightly to encourage attendees to see all bands at each of the four venues and the $5 donation is a fundraiser for the Reno Blues Society, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting blues music and culture in the area. Some of the proceeds will benefit the RBS’ music scholarship program. Costume theme for those who want to dress up is Blues Brothers’ garb (think dark glasses and a blues hat or fedora with a dark suit). ...Find more info about the Pub Crawl
Blues Foundation News
BMA Submission Deadlines, Gearing Up for IBC & Bender Party for HART
(MEMPHIS, TN) - Only 3 more days to get the summer rate of $155 per submission. BMA submission fee goes up to $180 September 1st. 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. The submission process officially closes on October 24, 2018. This year, The Blues Foundation has moved to a digital platform for recording submissions. Your complete album music must be uploaded as MP3 files that are 320 Kbps (kilobytes per second) with album artwork uploaded as either JPEG or PDF files. We will no longer accept hard copy CDs for the purposes of BMA submission review. If you need assistance with uploading your music, contact Joe Whitmer at

Special thanks to the Big Blues Bender for hosting their annual BENDER PARTY WITH HART, with all proceeds supporting the HART Fund. The 2018 Big Blues Bender will take place from September 6-9 in Las Vegas, NV with the BENDER PARTY WITH HART benefit opening the festival on September 5th.
...Find more plus links
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook Open!
- 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 has launched! 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.
~ LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 2018 will sail on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Pa& 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.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Video Pick of The Week
Guitar Shorty "It's A Hard Life" 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug-30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934); Aug-31-Todd Rhodes (1900); Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945); Sept-2-Billy Preston (1946); Sep-3-Memphis Slim (1915), Freddie King (1934); Sept-4-Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905); Sept-5-Sunnyland Slim (1907); Sept-6-Jimmy Reed (1925); Sept-7-Little Milton Campbell (1934), Latimore (1939); Sept-8-Harmonica Fats (1927), Guitar Shorty (1939); Sept-9-Otis Redding (1941)
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Black Prairie Blues Festival
West Point, Mississippi, USA 
Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
Aug-31-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Bedford Blues & BBQ Fest
Bedford, Texas, USA
23rd Big Muddy Blues Festival
Aug-31-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Marquette Area Blues Fest
Aug-31-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Marquette, Michigan, USA
Hot Springs Blues Festival
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
New Blues Festival
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Long Beach, California, USA
Acres of Blues-CANCELLED
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Eureka, California, USA
Vancouver Island Blues Bash
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
26th Annual Bowlful of Blues
Newton, Iowa USA
 Big Blues Bender
Sep-06-2018 - Sep-09-2018
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Tim Hortons Southside ShuffleBlues & Jazz Festival
Sep-07-2018 - Sep-09-2018, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
San Diego Blues Festival
San Diego, California, USA
Brownsburg Blues
and BBQ Festival
Brownsburg, Indiana, USA
European Blues Cruise 2018
Sep-10-2018 - Sep-14-2018
Genoa, Italy
Sep-11-2018 - Sep-15-2018
Marseilles, France
Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival
Sep-13-2018 - Sep-15-2018
Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA
Telluride Blues Festival
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Library Park Blues Festival
Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
Greater Ozarks Music Festival
Nixa, Missouri, USA
Paxico Blues Festival
Paxico, Kansas, USA
Sam Chatmon Music Festival
Sep-21-2018 - Sep-22-2018
Hollandale, Mississippi, USA
Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, USA
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Sep-28-2018 - Sep-29-2018
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
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