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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 28, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 9

ends Mar 28
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CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Featured Videos 
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
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Legare Robinson from Founding Music catches a pose with "soul blues" singer Johnny Rawls at the January 2019 Martin Luther King Jr Blues Fest in Chester, South Carolina.

 Photo courtesy Legare Robinson
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Featured Videos 
Anthony Gomes Band "Come Down"
CD & DVD Releases
Celso Salim Band :: MAMA’S HOMETOWN
Based in Southern California since 2014, Brazilian guitarist Celso Salim and his band are announcing the release of their new album, Mama’s Hometown. Produced by Mike Hightower and Salim himself, this is the first album recorded in the U.S. with the band’s new formation.Full of soulful and energetic performances, the band presents a contemporary blues sound rooted in the past. Their music takes on many styles, mixing deep blues with hints of soul, country, jazz and rock. 

The band received two awards in the 2019 International Blues Challenge: Band 3rd Place and the Lee Oskar Harmonica Award.
Mama’s Hometown has 9 tracks, including 8 originals and a version of a traditional gospel song, “In My Time of Dying." The album features Brazilian singer Rafael Cury on lead vocals. Mike Hightower: bass/harmony vocals, Lynn Coulter: drums/harmony vocals, Dave Fraser: piano/keyboards and Celso Salim: guitars/dobro/lead vocals. Additional special guests, Darryl Carriere: harmonica, Mo Beeks: Hammond B3 and Minque Taylor: harmony vocals.
The album’s title track recently won the 2018 Independent Music Awards – Vox Pop in the R&B/Soul Song category and the track "Locked Out In Misery" is a finalist in the Blues Song category at the 2018 International Songwriting Competition.
...Find more about this artist and release

"Locked Out In Misery"
News Flash... 
2019 Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Block Party, Blues Concert & Masquerade Ball 
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) – The Village Project presents the 2019 Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Block Party & Blues Concert, Tuesday, March 5, at the Fillmore Center Plaza (1475 Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA). This year’s celebration again opens with a free community blues concert featuring blues songstress, Margie Turner, along with Alabama Mike and Bernard Anderson.

The New Orleans style festival will bring San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Music District to life with Zydeco and blues, a colorful family friendly carnival atmosphere, and a second line parade led by Sumba Funk, the St. Gabriel’s Brass Band and the Gumbo Band. New Orleans’ own, Chief Takawaka will serve as Grand Marshall and will MC the event. There will be face painting, street artists and performers. The free blues concert starts at 5PM and ends at 7:30PM and followed by the second line New Orleans style parade down the Fillmore Corridor. Cost is free for the this concert and festivities, but you need to RSVP.

The annual Masquerade Ball follows at 8pm at the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center and tickets for that event can be purchased here. Guests will enjoy New Orleans cuisine, Mardi Gras drink specials and more blues and Zydeco music, with Tia Carroll and the infamous Fillmore Slim.
... Find links and more about the event and the Village Project
March 16 BBQ & Blues Cook-Off to Raise Funds for Schools
(FOLEY, AL) - The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation is cooking up a whole lot of fun while raising funds supporting Foley area schools during the Annual BBQ & Blues Cook-Off on Saturday, March 16 in Heritage Park, located at the intersection of Hwy 59 & 98 in Downtown Foley, Alabama. Festival-goers will enjoy award-winning barbeque, popular blues bands, craft and retail vendors, children’s activities and silent auction bidding.

As a part of the Alabama BBQ Trail, cook team competition rules follow guidelines of the Alabama Barbeque Association. Categories are: chicken, ribs, Boston butts, sauce and anything “butt” which includes exotic items, seafood and desserts. The competition is open to everyone with the $100 entry fee covering all competition categories and up to six team members. Deadline for registration is March 1.
Admission is $10 and includes BBQ samples from contestants. The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation will also be selling barbeque sandwiches from LA Barbeque and pre-cooked Boston Butts. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will also be for sale, along with the official event T-shirts. All proceeds benefit the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation to support local schools through programs and partnerships that enrich education, develop leadership and better the community. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. ... Find more about this fundraiser
Connecticut Blues Society Annual Blues Blizzard Mar 2nd
(WEST HARTFORD, CT) – Five of the top blues bands in Connecticut are all on one bill March 2 at the Connecticut Blues Society’s annual “Blues Blizzard” dance party and fundraiser. The Blues Blizzard will take place at the Hannon-Hatch VFW (83 South St., West Hartford). Music begins at 6PM, with doors opening at 5PM. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. Inexpensive food and drink will be available.

Connecticut Blues Society president Ed Stack has described the Blues Blizzard as “the best party in the state!” The bands performing this year include Dave Robbins & The Incredible Amplifires, the Cole Morson Band, Ryan Hartt & The Blue Hearts, The Mike Crandall Band and Jake Kulak & The LowDown.

The Blues Blizzard, which has taken place for at least 24 years, is a benefit to raise funds for Connecticut Blues Society events, including the annual Band and Solo/Duo Blues Challenges that the organization sponsors each year.
 ...Find more about the CTBS Blues Blizzard and it's mission
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Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 
LRBC #33 MX Riviera, Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 - BOOK Now! 95% Sold!

~ 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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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Mar 5th, 2019!
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Mar 9 Georgia White (1903), Lloyd Price (1933); Mar 10 Dave Alexander aka Omar Shariff (1938), Ronnie Earl (1953); 
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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
...Find snippets about articles 
Look for our 17th issue coming Spring 2019!
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival-Event Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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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
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events here
are paid "Featured" ads

 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
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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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
Apr-11-2019 - Apr-14-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA 
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest I
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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