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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 8, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 45

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Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Featured Videos 
CD & DVD Releases
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
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Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 

The 1st night's theme onboard the Left Coast Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (LRBC) #31 was "Hometown Blues." Here's David T (Tschirhart) and wife Sue from Michigan sporting their Callahan's Music Hall shirts! I didn't know at the time that bassist David T would also be an integral part of the Pro-Am Jamarama in the Crow's Nest all week! Thanks David & Sue! 
Photo: Heather Penrod
*NOTE! Each year our annual edition arrives at festivals, blues societies and a few distributors! Get yours and snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with our 16th annual Guide! Then EMAIL us your photo with the BFG plus caption & photo credit.
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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 
Featured Videos 
Willie Dixon & The Allstars
"It Don't Make Sense If You Can't Make Peace"
News Flash... 
Red, White and Blues Festival Nov 10 helps honor Vets
(SIMPSONVILLE, SC) – On Nov 10, the day before Veterans Day, you can support veterans by coming to a festival at the Simpsonville Arts Center ,110 Academy St in Simpsonville, South Carolina. The Red, White and Blues Festival is a time to celebrate veterans with BBQ, music and more. Expect live blues music from Mac Arnold, Hired Help, JL Fulks and The Carolina Beggers. Henry's Smokehouse will prepare a 200lb hog and Ron and Joan Bridges will offer a 1964 Mercedes at a car auction. This rain-or-shine fundraiser festival runs from 4-10pm.

Festival entrance fee is $25 advance or $35 at the door. Funds benefit Quilts of Valor, an organization that awards veterans with a handmade, personalized quilt, and Upstate Honor Flight which sends veterans of WWII and the Korean War to see the monuments in Washington D.C.
...Find more about the Red, White & Blues Festival
Toronto’s 32nd Women’s Blues Revue Nov 16
(TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA) - The Toronto Blues Society (TBS) and Roy Thomson Hall present the 32nd Women’s Blues Revue, November 16, 2018 at 8pm. The Women’s Blues Revue will once again feature the finest musicians in the business including this a star-studded cast of featured artists including Alana Bridgewater, Dione Taylor, Suzie Vinnick, Samantha Martin, Nicky Lawrence, and Chloe Watkinson. They will be backed by the all-star Women’s Blues Revue Band: Rebecca Hennessy (Bandleader/Trumpet), Elena Kapeleris (Sax), Emily Burgess (Guitar), Carrie Chesnutt (Sax), Morgan Doctor (Drums), Lily Sazz (Keys), Anna Ruddick (Bass). The night is hosted by Shakura S’Aida.

This one will be an experience that you wouldn’t want to miss out so hurry up and catch the best available seats! Tickets are on sale at Roy Thomson Hall’s website.TBS Charter Members and equivalents can contact the TBS Office at 416-538-3885 or via email to retrieve the required promo code access to 20% discount.

The Roy Thomson Hall is located at 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5. Box Office: 416-872-4255.
...Find links and more about the 32nd Women's Revue in Toronto
Cascade Blues Association 2018 Muddy Awards Nov 14
(PORTLAND, OR) - Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30pm the Cascade Blues Association will host the 2018 Muddy Awards at the Alberta Rose Theatre (3000 N.E. Alberta St., Portland, Oregon).

The Cascade Blues Association’s annual Muddy Awards is already one of the most anticipated dates of tche year for the city’s blues community. This year’s event finds the event in a new location, the Alberta Rose Theatre, and the returning to their original Muddy Waters bust trophy (newly recast, improved and durable), but they’re also moving into a new format. For those who have attended the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, it’ll be similar in that approach. They’ll still open with their Journey To Memphis band winners and close with an All-Star Muddy Band, but are going to intersperse short musical sets throughout the night, too.

Performing at the show will be Fenix Project (Journey To Memphis band winners), Steve Kerin (Keyboard nominee), Arrogant Bastards (New Act nominee), Mary Flower (Traditional Act and “Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar nominee), and Michael Osborn Band (NW Recording nominee).
...Find more about the Muddy Awards and how you can attend
Register for Canada’s Blues Summit Nine Conference
(TORONTO, ON, CANADA) – Blues Summit Nine will take place February 1-4, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Marriott Courtyard Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge Street, Toronto). The Blues Summit is Canada’s not-to-be-missed biennial forum for all members of the blues music community including artists, presenters, agents, festival bookers, event organizers, radio hosts and industry representatives of all kinds. The conference provides an opportunity for members of the community to connect as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry professionals.

Register on the Blues Summit Nine website registration page. Guests who would like to benefit from the special TBS room rates starting at $139 for their stay during the Summit, can contact the TBS Office at via email until January 18, 2019.

Blues Summit 9 will close with the 22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards on the night of Monday, February 4 at Koerner Hall. Tickets are on sale now and voting is open until December 1, 2018.
...Find links and more about Canada's Blues Summit
CD & DVD Releases
 Big Harp George :: UPTOWN COOL
Big Harp George, the only blues artist featuring the chromatic harmonica, burst onto the international blues scene in 2014 with the stunning "Chromaticism" that was nominated both for Blues Music and Blues Blast Magazine awards for “Best New Artist Album.” As one critic commented: “I haven’t been this impressed by a harmonica player’s national debut since William Clarke’s 1990 tour de force 'Blowin’ Like Hell.'”

Now comes Uptown Cool, a masterpiece of twelve new original songs ranging in topic from online dating to the human costs of disruptive technologies. No one is spared George’s irreverent wit — neither the powerful, nor aging blues fans, nor himself — but it’s all in a spirit of unity and rollicking good fun.
As always, George surrounds himself with top talent, who thrive in the space he ensures them as bandleader. No indulgent solos here, just smart, tasteful playing. The influences are diverse: a strong Memphis/New Orleans brew infuses some songs, but Brazilian jazz and smoldering Chicago blues surface as well.

Big Harp George is redefining the role of chromatic harmonica in blues.
...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Down To The Rite Aid" 
Russ Green :: CITY SOUL
Russ Green’s debut album, City Soul, is a love letter to the Windy City and all the musicians who helped create its legendary sound. The ten original tracks, recorded at Rax Trax in Chicago by renowned engineer Rick Barnes, was co-produced by Russ and Sam Clayton and features a select group of the city’s hottest session players.

Green and his hot blues harp burn from the top of the boogie blues opener, “First Thing Smokin,” paying tribute to the sounds of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker and setting the tone for things to come. Green then works his soulful baritone like Bill Withers for the bittersweet “Believe In Love,” with drummer Ricky Nelson mixing in a touch of classic side stick playing into the groove. Green displays his affinity for Jimi Hendrix with the swirling psychedelic harmonica intro to the foxy funk rocker “The Edge.”

International troubadour Eric Bibb graced the sessions joining Green for a duet on his delta blues stomp, “Going Down South,” that was written as an exploration of the heritage of blues people.
...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"First Thing Smokin" 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
- LRBC #34 Western Caribbean Jan 19-26, 2019 Prebook Open!
LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook Open!
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 Sold Out! Join Wait List!
~ LRBC#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020 Prebook Sailing on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. Prebook now! 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 now
~ 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!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Nov 5 Ike Turner (1931), Studebaker John Grimaldi (1952);
Nov 6 Rory Block (1949); Nov 8 Bonnie Bramlett (1944); Bonnie Raitt (1949), Eddie “Vann” Shaw Jr. (1955); Nov 9 Linda Hopkins (1925), Susan Tedeschi (1970); Nov 10 Bobby Rush, George "Mojo" Buford (1929);
Nov 11 LaVern Baker (1929), Mose Allison (1927), Chris Smither (1944);
Nov 12 Bukka White (1906), Booker T. Jones (1944); Nov 13 Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (1913), John Hammond (1942), Candye Kane (1961); Nov 14 Carey Bell (1936), Anson Funderburgh (1954), Buckwheat Zydeco (1947); Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937); Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873), Hubert Sumlin (1931), Eden Brent (1965), Francis Clay (1923); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967)
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Not all upcoming blues festivals/events are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events here
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 Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Fest
Nov-09-2018 - Nov-11-2018
Bude, United Kingdom
Signifyin' Blues
Nov-09-2018 - Nov-11-2018
Los Angeles, California, USA
Dunedin Wines The Blues 
Dunedin, Florida, USA
13 Annual 
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
Nov-10-2018, Jackson MS
Mississippi, USA
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-16-2018 - Nov-18-2018
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Nov-30-2018 - Dec-02-2018
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Langkawi International Blues Roots Aseana (LIBRA)
Dec-29-2018 - Dec-31-2018
Kedah, Malaysia
MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Jan-17-2019 - Jan-20-2019
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Johnny Winter's
Winterfest in Jamaica
Jan-24-2019 - Jan-31-2019
Trelawny, Jamaica
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