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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 21, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 8

ends Mar 28
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield, the youngest son of Muddy Waters, and blues singer Carolyn Gaines, the daughter of Roy Gaines, shared a Blues Festival Guide photo moment Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 at The Concord in Glendale, California. Gaines says, "Joseph Morganfield worked his mojo on his Full Circle Tour 2019 by 'showing out' on stage. He is a real, real raw blues performer, like his father..."
Carolyn shares that her father, Joseph's father, and Buddy Guy have had the biggest influences on them, as she puts it, "for us to 'Step Out' and sang the Blues."

Photo: Cherry & Blues Singer Carolyn Gaines
*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 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 ...
Featured Videos 
Alvin Youngblood Hart on Charley Patton and "Pony Blues"
CD & DVD Releases
 Kirk Fletcher :: HOLD ON
For many recording artists the goal of a full-length album is to follow a theme or concept to guide the material and present a concise and focused statement. For Kirk Fletcher the target was simple as he explains the theme of his new album “It’s about love, a general love for humanity. I wanted to write songs about more than just boys and girls, and maybe give some answers and hope to this crazy time we live in.”

Kirk’s new studio album Hold On is his fifth album as a bandleader and solo artist is a 2019 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nominee for Best Contemporary Album. The eight original tracks were recorded at Canyon Sound in Bristol, England with a classic organ trio format of Fletcher on guitars and vocals alongside drummer Matt Brown and Jonny Henderson on organ, piano and Wurlitzer. The live off-the-floor sound captured by engineer Nick Dover flows with vibrant energy on a set of tunes that crosses genres from smooth R&B to jamming jazz and deep blues, and soul.  ...Find more about this artist and release

"You Need Me"
Popa Chubby :: PRIME CUTS
With a career spanning nearly 30 years, New York City based guitarist, songwriter and singer Popa Chubby unleashes an offering of Prime Cuts. In this handpicked anthology, Popa brings us 15 tracks from his prolific and ever-expanding catalogue. Prime Cuts reflects Popa's choice of the best of his best, tracks that keep the Chubby legacy fresh and perfectly grilled.

From classics such as "Sweet Goddess of Love and Beer" and "Stoop Down Baby" to fan favorites such as "Life Is a Beatdown" and "San Catri," along with his stylized and defining versions of "Hey Joe" and "Hallelujah," the collection satisfies like a fine filet mignon. And Popa serves up social commentary on the current state of affairs from the viewpoint of a true New Yorker on the aptly titled, previously unreleased "Go F*ck Yourself," featuring the violin stylings of his daughter, Theodora Horowitz. The record finishes with an unreleased holiday treasure, "There on Christmas," a Popa composition that celebrates the holiday with a big Phil Spector beat. ...Find more about this artist and release

"Angel On My Shoulder"
News Flash... 
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival Feb 23-24
(TAMPA BAY, FL) - Get ready for a cool mix of music at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, one of the best weekends of free music Tampa Bay has to offer. Saturday and Sunday will bring a mix of soul, blues, funk and Americana acts to Coachman Park (301 Drew St.) in Clearwater, Florida.

Topping the bill is a powerhouse soul combo of Vintage Trouble, recent GRAMMY-winning blues-folk artist, Fantastic Negrito, and funky, bluesy, alt-country act Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band on Saturday plus more.

Sunday brings a lil’ Allman Brothers Band family reunion with the Devon Allman Project, featuring Duane Betts and Devon Allman, plus Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Davy Knowles and more

General admission is free, or upgrade to reserved seating and other amenities for $25 and up. And you’ll have to buy your own seafood. It opens at noon Saturday and Sunday. ... Find more about the Sea-Blues Festival
I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage Exhibit thru April 30
(BRISTOL, VA) - The Volunteer State has been the birthplace of some of the most influential music in the world, illustrated by the Beale Street blues clubs in Memphis, the R&B scene on Nashville’s Jefferson Street, and Knoxville’s Gem Theater. I Have a Voice gives a snapshot of African American Tennesseans’ important contribution to American music, including spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul music. In turn, their music has influenced and enriched music around the world. From the early blues legends of W.C. Handy and Bessie Smith to the soul hits of STAX Records in Memphis, visitors can learn about various performers, getting the chance to hear the voices and the stories of many of the African American musicians from Tennessee who made their mark on American music and beyond.
The exhibit, which will be on display in the Birthplace Of Country Music Learning Center through April 30, has been created and is being traveled by the Tennessee State Museum. ... Find more about the exhibit and the curator-led talk Feb 21st
50th Anniversary of JAZZ & Heritage Festival Kicks Off Thursday, April 25
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - In April of 1970, Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. The producer of the Festival handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade… and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born.
From the beginning, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal. Now, celebrating their 50th anniversary, Jazz Fest producers have marked this milestone by adding another day of the signature festival celebrating New Orleans music and culture. Thursday, April 25 will now be the opening day of the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. Both of the event’s weekends will run Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28 and May 2-5. The lineup (click header) for the 50th anniversary is impressive to say the least.
...Find details, lineup tickets and more about 
Royal Cuckoo, the Bay Area’s only Organ Lounge
By Maggie Hoffman/SF Chronicle
Rhythm and blues and Boulevardiers at one of SF’s best bars
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - We have a dinner reservation to get to, but it’s cold and pouring outside, and as soon as I enter, I don’t want to leave the Royal Cuckoo. The bar’s warm hunting-lodge feeling draws me in, past the quarter-size Christmas tree, still twinkling in February, past the old wooden church pews, the paintings of ships, the taxidermy on the wall and one illuminated blowfish dangling from the rafters.Red-tinted lamps illuminate couples in conversation. Post-work drinkers clink glasses at the bar. I settle into a couch, trying not to spill my velvety Cuckoovardier — a barrel-aged Boulevardier — as soul singer Freddie Hughes takes the mike.Hughes, 75, grew up in Oakland’s Harbor Homes housing project, singing in church with Edwin Hawkins, who would soon rise to gospel stardom. Hughes did OK, too, recording a hit single in 1968 called “Send My Baby Back.”“I didn’t receive the money ... yet,” Hughes tells the crowd with a wink before launching into the song. “But I’m still here.”You can order drinks on only one end of the Royal Cuckoo’s bar. At the other end, there’s a Hammond organ tucked in, where accompanist Chris Burns sits, backing up the singer’s take on a Marvin Gaye tune with bouncy licks that fill the room. ...Read entire article and see more pics
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Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 
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~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera Oct 26-Nov. 2, 2019. Over 95% Sold! Sailing on Holland America’s ms Eurodam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Bands include Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, Latimore, Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou feat. Eric Johanson & Jeff McCarty, Tommy Castro, Mindi Abair, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mike Zito, Southern Avenue and many more! 
~ LRBC#34 Western Caribbean Jan 19-26, 2020. BANDS ANNOUNCED IN MARCH. Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. Stay tuned for official band announcement and public on-sale date or wait list announcement.
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Thoughts & Birthdays
February is Black History Month
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Feb 21-Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell (1903), Nina Simone (1933); Feb 23-Johnny Winter (1944); Feb 24-Freddie Robinson (1939), Willie Kent (1936); George Thorogood (1950); Feb 25-Ida Cox (1896 or 1898); Feb 26-Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943); Mar 2 Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (1963), Rory Gallagher (1948); Mar 3-John Primer (1945); Mar 4-Bobby Womack (1944); Mar 5 J.B. Lenoir (1929), Peg Leg Howell (1888), Tommy Tucker (1933 ); Mar 6 Walter "Furry" Lewis (1893), Walter Trout (1951)
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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!
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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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Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-21-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Boquete, Panama
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Feb-22-2019 - Feb-24-2019, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
 Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Feb-23-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-25-2019 - Mar-02-2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea V
Feb-25-2019 - Mar-01-2019
Tampa, Florida, USA
Destination Blues Music Festival
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-08-2019 - Mar-09-2019
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Mar-08-2019 - Mar-10-2019
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
 Blues Bash at the Ranch
Mar-15-2019 - Mar-17-2019
Brooksville, Florida, USA
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Festival Internacional de Blues de Alicante-SBA
Mar-15-2019 - Mar-30-2019
Alicante, Spain
 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta
Mar-22-2019 - Mar-23-2019
San Felipe, Baja, Mexico
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
Tucson Blues & Brews Festival
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-11-2019 - Apr-14-2019
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
+ Cathead Mini Blues Fest
Apr-11-2019 - Apr-14-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
15th Annual Blues By the Sea 
Apr-14-2019, Kiawah Island
South Carolina, USA
Spring Harp Fest XX
La Mesa, California, USA
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