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|Here's father and son at the super yummy L.A.'s Blue Ribbon Desserts & Catering booth at the 2018 New Blues Festival. Fun and rewarding getting samples but also purchasing and supporting the cool vendor folks and their businesses at the blues festivals as well as the performing artists, promotersand venues.|
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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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|Tom Hambridge :: THE NOLA SESSIONS|
|The NOLA Sessions is inspired by the beauty and creative depth of New Orleans. Tom Hambridge set out to produce a biographical blues recording by leveraging the immense talents of local musicians and legends including the late, great Allen Toussaint, Clapton’s favorite slide guitarist, Sonny Landreth, and the B3 mastery of Ivan Neville, as well as rich artistic contributions drawn from New Orleans’ musical heritage. For this eighth solo album Tom and his production team ventured south to The Parlor studios in the Irish Channel neighborhood of uptown New Orleans and gathered some of the best players the Big Easy has to offer. Other guests on this album of 13 original tunes by Hambridge, some in concert with other composers, include The McCrary Sisters and The Naughty Horns, as well as his daughters, Sarah and Rachel Hambridge. This quality production is further enhanced by being mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London in the “George Martin Suite” by Grammy winner Sean Magee. ...Find more about this artist and release|
"Blues Been Mighty Good To Me"
|Into The Light Set for October Release|
|(LAS VEGAS, NV) - World renowned, award-winning photographer Jérôme Brunet is pleased to announce Into The Light, a twenty year retrospective coffee table book set to be released in October of this year and you can pre-order now. The book, which was funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $30,000, features a foreword by rock legend Steve Miller and showcases incredible photographs of many musical luminaries such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Slash, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, U2, The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones.|
“I’m known to shoot what is referred to in French as shooting in ‘contre-jour’ or ‘into the light,’ where the camera is pointed directly toward a source of light,” Brunet explains. “After twenty years into my journey as a music photographer I thought it was time to put my work ‘Into The Light’ and share this collection with music and art lovers everywhere.”
...Find links and more about Into The Light
|King Biscuit Blues Festival’s 8th "Call and Response Blues Symposium" Oct 6 |
|(HELENA, AR) — Sunshine Sonny Payne was the blues legend who was the uncle to blues royalty for more than 70 years on KFFA’s King Biscuit Time radio show until his passing last year. Join two blues journalism and preservation legends, Roger Stolle and Don Wilcock, as they dedicate this, their eighth annual “Call and Response Blues Symposium,” to King Biscuit’s beloved patriarch Sunshine Sonny Payne. On Saturday October 6 at Malco Theater (Cherry St., Helena, Arkansas), they will moderate two hour-long “back fence” conversations with legendary blues musicians and personalities who are some of the most colorful people on today’s vibrant blues scene. “Come on home” to this lively confab that’s become a colorful highlight of the festival. Sessions run from 10:45am to 1pm and there is no charge for admission.|
Part One – 10:45am-11:45am
“Little Joe” Ayers: One of the last old-school North Mississippi Hill Country bluesmen, “Little Joe” Ayers has been playing juke joints and house parties for most of his life. …Find more about the King Biscuit Blues Symposium speakers
|National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Visits Delta Blues Museum |
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Enjoying an extensive private tour of the Delta Blues Museum conducted by director Shelley Ritter, National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jon Peede of Washington D.C. was enthusiastic over permanent exhibit plans being funded by a NEH grant. Ritter thanked the Chairman for the NEH grant of $460,000 that will help fund new permanent exhibits and underscored the importance of raising additional funds critical to complete the project. Also pictured are Craig Ray, Visit Mississippi director; state Rep. Orlando Paden, and Jonathan Noffke who heads Solid Light exhibit designers of Louisville, KY.|
Museum exhibit designer Jonathan Noffke of Louisville held the plans and pointed out DBM blueprint highlights for NEH Chairman Peede. Also pictured are Mississippi Humanities Council director Stuart Rockoff of Jackson and state Rep. Orlando Paden.
Addressing Delta Blues Museum board members, supporters, and area officials welcoming him to Clarksdale for the first time since his appointment, NEH Chairman Jon Peede of Washington, D.C. praises the DBM's award-winning after-school program for student musicians before their reception performance.
...Find images and more about the Delta Blues Museum
|Doheny Blues Festival Early Bird Passes Now Available |
|(DANA POINT, CA) - Dana Point's Doheny Blues Festival returns to Sea Terrace Park on May 18-19, 2019 and Early Bird Weekend Passes are on sale now! Save with discounted prices and no fees! Tickets sellout fast for this premier festival so this is a perfect time to make plans and get your tickets. Save $52-$87 per pass while supplies last!|
For the last 22 years, Dana Point’s Doheny Blues Festival has created a festival environment like none other! Located in the picturesque location of Sea Terrace Park, the festival features three alternating stages of blues, rock and soul music, tasty craft brews, an eclectic vendor village and 15,000 music fans throughout the weekend! The nationally-recognized festival has welcomed a mix of blues legends and rockin’ headliners… and the 2019 lineup will surely continue this musical tradition.
Make sure to grab your Early Bird Passes today to take advantage of the best savings (while supplies last).
...Find tickets links and more about the 2019 Doheny Blues Festival
|Dangerous Divas Coming & Showdown Winners|
|(YORBA LINDA, CA) – Sept 22, the Orange County Blues Society (OCBS) presents The Dangerous Divas of The Blues featuring Brigitte Purdy, Michele Lundeen, and Truth Jones coming together to blow the roof off! Also featuring Jim Gustin, Jimmy Woodard, K.K. Martin, Marie Vega and Tony Lopez. Come dig the Blues at the Main Street Restaurant Concert Patio. See, hear and support great these brother and sister musicians who are donating a portion to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Tickets $10 advance or $15 at the door. Get tickets here. OCBS current members are only $5 at the door!|
On Saturday, Sept 1st, 6 String Showdown’s 4 semi-finalists Ewen Williams, Jesse Goday, Andy Vimar and Jessica Kaczmarek faced off at the 2018 New Blues Festival. Godoy and Kaczmarek won that heat. The cutting contest Sunday Sept 2 ended up with Jesse Godoy being crowned the Best All-Around Blues Guitar Player in Southern California! They’re taking sign-ups for the 2019 6 String Showdown. Sign-up before September 15th and pay only $40! Signup here.
...Find ticket and showdown signup links and more
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|- LRBC #34 Western Caribbean Prebook Sept. 19th 11am Central|
- 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#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020 Prebook Launches Sept. 19th 11am Central.
Sailing on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. By placing a fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin, you will be guaranteed a spot in line to book a cabin once the artist announcement has been made (likely in March or April '19).
~ 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!
~ 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
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or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
~ 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.
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|Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays|
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Sept-13-Charles Brown (1922); Sept-15-Silas Hogan (1911), Snooky Pryor (1921); Sept-16-B.B. King (1925), Little Willie Littlefield (1931), Billy Boy Arnold (1935); Sept-23-Roy Buchanan (1939 ), Ray Charles (1930), Fenton Robinson (1935), Tiny Bradshaw (1907 ); Mighty Joe Young (1927); Sept-24-Tarheel Slim (1924 ), Chick Willis (1934), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893), Willie Kent (1936); Sept-25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936); Sept-27- Bob Corritore (1956); Sept-28- Koko Taylor (1928), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept-30- Z.Z. Hill (1935), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
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Sep-13-2018 - Sep-15-2018
Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA
Telluride Blues Festival
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Library Park Blues Festival
Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
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Nixa, Missouri, USA
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Paxico, Kansas, USA
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| Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival|
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-03-2018 - Oct-06-2018
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-05-2018 - Oct-06-2018
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Oct-12-2018 - Oct-14-2018
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival
North Carolina, USA
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