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|Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine |
Always nice to run into the talented guitarist, singer, songwriter Debbie Davies! Debbie was one of the performers on the Oct 2018 Left Coast Legendary Rhythm & Blues (LRBC) Cruise. The cruise affords you a whole week to not only hear and watch some of your favorite artists, but also to run into them and even have a chance to visit during the course of the eventful week.
Photo: 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
|Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King "Tell Me Why"|
|Brigitte Purdy :: STILL I RISE|
|“Still I Rise is an album that contains every possible ingredient needed to make a great record. Robust musical arrangements, well-crafted lyrics and, most of all, an artist capable of transferring her emotions from her singing voice straight to the listener, through a series of great songs and vocal performances of a very high quality. Just like a true Blues Angel is able to do.” - Giovanni "Gio"/Pilato Bluebird Reviews|
“Brigitte Purdy a world-class lead vocalist of legendary potential” - Frank Simes/Musical Director for The Who, guitarist, producer, songwriter
Brigitte Purdy has felt that need to sing about her own inner feelings and emotions since she was a child. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brigitte Purdy has soon expressed the great desire to become a singer, with a particular inclination to soul, blues and R&B. It didn't take too long for the American singer and songwriter, thanks to her pure and silky singing voice, to be noted and asked to perform on the same stage with artists like Walter Trout, Sugaray Rayford, Tim Bogart, Dionne Warwick, and Dolly Parton amongst others. ...Find more about this artist and release
|Bradenton’s “Blues Appetizer” Free Concert Nov 30|
|(BRADENTON, FL) - The Bradenton Blues Festival is sold-out but the “Blues Appetizer” Concert is a free event on Friday, Nov 30 from 6–9 pm, at the Event Pavilion on the Bradenton Riverwalk. Bring your chairs or blanket and find a spot in the grassy lawn and enjoy music by the Memphis Rub Band and the Bridget Kelly Band.|
Even though it’s a free event, don’t forget to bring your wallet! Specialty food vendors will have delicious dinners and tasty snacks available to purchase until the end of the show. Craft beer and wine will also be available. Specialty blues vendors will also be at the festival, so be sure to pick up a t-shirt or gift for a friend.
On the same big stage as the Bradenton Blues Festival, this free show is made possible by Mojoe Productions, Inc. and Realize Bradenton.
The “Blues Appetizer” Concert is located at the Bradenton Riverwalk Event Pavilion: 452 3rd Ave. West Bradenton, FL 34205. Multiple Bradenton Blues Festival performers will also play headlining shows at other Sarasota-Manatee venues. ...Find more about the Bradenton Blues Festival and area events
|Idea to make Pine Bluff a Blues Hot Spot taking off|
|By Richard Ledbetter/Special to The Commercial|
(PINE BLUFF, AR) - When it comes to aspirations for the future of downtown Pine Bluff’s Arts District, Jimmy “Catfish” Cunningham and Alderman Rev. Lloyd Holcomb Jr. are like a couple of kids on Christmas morning.
And their excitement is catching.
Asked where the nickname “Catfish” comes from, Cunningham said, smiling, “Because I love it so much. The one most delectable thing on this earth is catfish. Nothing is better or finer. I grew up two blocks from the lake here in Pine Bluff, and fishing was our way of life.”
Cunningham is the founder of a new organization titled the “Delta Rhythm and Bayous Alliance.”
He explained the DRBA and their vision for a tourism triumvirate between Pine Bluff, Greeneville, Mississippi, and Clarksdale, Mississippi.
“We’re a non-profit working to develop a travel corridor to highlight the cultural and geographical distinctions in what has been designated by Arkansas and Mississippi as the ‘Delta Rhythm and Bayous Highway’ along U.S. 65 S. and 82,” he said. ...Find more about Pine Bluff's Arts District
|Bessie's bold blues: Gala to honor late musician Dec 4|
By Will Broaddus/Gloucester Times|
(BEVERLY, MA) There’ll be a hot time in the old town next Tuesday night [Dec 4], when Paula Cole leads a Bessie Smith tribute at The Cabot [286 Cabot St., Beverly, Massachusetts, 8pm].
Cole, a Grammy Award-winning Rockport native and current Beverly resident, has selected a lineup of top-notch talent to sing one song each by Smith, known as the “Empress of the Blues,” in a fundraiser for the vaudeville-era theater.
The evening will be hosted by Phillip Martin, a senior reporter for WGBH News, and Renee Graham, associate editor and columnist for The Boston Globe.
“I wanted to honor an artist who would have been alive at The Cabot’s opening, and realized Bessie Smith would have been 22 years old,” Cole said.
Smith was the Beyonce — or, for an earlier generation, the Aretha Franklin — of her time and was hitting her stride when The Cabot was built in 1920.
Born in Tennessee in 1894, Smith was signed to Columbia Records in 1923 and sold 800,000 copies of her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues.”
...Read entire article about Bessie Smith, The Cabot , and this tribute
|Mojohand folk art… a true small business|
| No more Holiday Blues - get the right gifts at Mojohand! It's that time of year again! You’ll find the world’s largest collection of Blues tees, hats, folk art, posters and more - all created, designed, painted, packed and shipped by one man - Grego Anderson - musician, artist and Blues nut!|
Mojohand can also create custom folk art items. Grego is offering a great deal on commissioned artwork of your favorite person, musician, actor, athletic… anyone. He has completed over 300 commission paintings to date and has never had an unsatisfied client.
Along with blues clothing, blues folk art, posters and canvas prints, CDs, and accessories (pins, hats, stickers, etc.), Mojohand also has rare blues collectibles such as ticket stubs, autographs, old blues posters and more.
You can take advantage of free shipping in the USA (since 2001) on everything Blues at Mojohand. They also ship worldwide.
Help support a true small business and visit the website for some cool Blues music gift needs! ...Find more about Mojohand
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|– LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 - PREBOOK Now!|
– LRBC #33 MX Riviera, Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 - PREBOOK Now!
– LRBC #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 - SOLD OUT
~ LRBC#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020
. 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). PREBOOK NOW!
~ 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. 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 is made later this year. PREBOOK NOW!
~ LRBC #32 Feb 2019 Eastern Caribbean.
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. The cruise is sold out - click for Artist Lineup and info.
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|Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909), Brownie McGhee (1915), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956), Shuggie Otis (1953); Dec 4 Larry Davis (1936); Dec 5 Alec "Rice" Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II (1912), "Little Richard" Penniman (1932); Dec 6 Sean Carney; Dec 8 Gregg Allman (1947); Dec 9 Junior Wells (1934); Dec 10 Guitar Slim (1926); Dec 11 Big Mama Thornton (1926); Dec 12 Joe Williams (1918), Lonesome Sundown (1928); Dec 13 Lurrie Bell (1958), Lucky Peterson (1964); Dec 15 Andrew “Big Voice” Odom (1936), Mark Hummel (1955), Nick Moss (1969)
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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
MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Jan-17-2019 - Jan-20-2019
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest, 9th Annual
Zephyrhills , Florida, USA
Winterfest in Jamaica
Jan-24-2019 - Jan-31-2019
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2019
Boca Raton , Florida, USA
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|The February Blues XXII |
Jan-31-2019 - Feb-03-2019
Barrie - Simcoe County - York Region, Ontario, Canada
Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival
Fargo Winter Blues Festival
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-15-2019 - Feb-17-2019
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-21-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Sea- Blues Festival
Feb-23-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-25-2019 - Mar-02-2019, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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