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|Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine |
|Sugaray Rayford was back in his former stomping grounds of San Diego County to celebrate the release of his latest CD, Somebody Save Me. We caught up with him before his rousing and entertaining set at Tio Leo's Lounge in San Diego. He then raced off after the set to drive to Phoenix all nightto catch an early plane to Switzerland! Whew! he's a trooper.|
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|Wildcat O'Halloran Band :: NEW YORK CITY CHILL|
|The Wildcat O'Halloran Band has been thrilling audiences in Western Massachusetts for over twenty years, and is currently promoting its 14th album, New York City Chill, building on the success of the last five: Hot Pulldown, Midnight Service Call, Party Up In Heaven, Cougar Bait and Drinkin' With the Harp Girls, each of which was played on over 200 stations, and called “crazy-fun” by the Boston Blues Society and “a great release” by the UK's Blues Matters.|
Living Blues Magazine wrote: “Wildcat emerges as one of the most entertaining songwriters in contemporary blues... and his band doesn't know the meaning of dull!”
Bill Copeland’s Music News says: “O’Halloran has done it again, coming up with this strong effort in traditional blues songs and in creating his own tradition influenced originals. Blues musicians, like fine wine, only get better with age, and New York City Chill is this outfits best effort yet. They have got to take their band as far as it can travel because this CD will make people want to hear them live.”
...Find more about this artist and release
|Tampa Bay Blues Festival April 12-14|
|(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) - The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to Vinoy Waterfront Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 12, 13, & 14. This internationally renowned, three-day music festival has been staged for the past 24 years on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay and features spectacular waterfront views, a tropical atmosphere, and the finest in blues music. The event draws visitors from throughout the United States and Europe and is regarded as one of the best blues festivals in the world. In 2011, the Festival received the prestigious Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award for best U.S. blues festival. |
The 2019 artist line-up is as follows:
Friday, April 12, 2019
8:30 p.m. Jonny Lang - 6:30 p.m. Samantha Fish - 4:30 p.m. Curtis Salgado - 2:30 p.m. J.T. Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters - 12:30 p.m. Spoonful of Blues
Saturday, April 13, 2019
8:30 p.m. Boz Scaggs - 6:30 p.m. Shemekia Copeland - 4:30 p.m. The Connection with Mike Welch & Special Guests - 2:30 p.m. Mr. Sipp - 12:45 p.m. Vanessa Collier - 11:30 a.m. J.P. Soars’ Gypsy Blue Revue
Sunday, April 14, 2019 8:30 p.m. Tab Benoit - 6:30 p.m. Kenny Neal - 4:30 p.m. C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band - 2:30 p.m. Mike Zito - 1:00 p.m. Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys
... Find more about Tampa Bay Blues Festival
|San Felipe Blues and Arts Fiesta Baja Mar 22nd-23rd |
(SAN FELIPE, BAJA, MX) - The San Felipe Lions Club is proud to host the annual San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, once again at the beautiful La Ventana del Mar Resort at El Dorado Ranch Mar 22-23. As the premier fundraising event in Northern Baja, the Blues & Arts Fiesta proceeds directly supports a variety of local charities. This year’s lineup includes Gregg Wright, Gino Matteo Band featuring Jade Bennett, Michele Lundeen, Rock Soul, Palaco Blues Band, and a Backwater Blues Revue.
The fun Friday night allstar meet and greet and jam will be at the El Dorado Ranch from 5pm-10pm and the cost is only $15. There will be food and drink available for purchase and attendees can sit comfortably indoors or on the sprawling patio.
Concert attendees during Saturday’s 11am-7pm Fiesta sit on a velvet-green lawn looking out over the legendary Sea of Cortez, while watching world class musicians, visiting the booths of the esteemed artists, and enjoying refreshments and great food. Bring a chair or blanket or you can also purchase VIP tickets for a seated/covered area. There is also limited patio seating but is situated apart from the stage. There will be shade available and lots of room to dance the afternoon away into the early evening. The atmosphere is laid-back and the overall location is beautiful. ...Find more about the San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta
|Pennsylania based Billtown Blues Festival prepares for Thirty Year Anniversary|
|(HUGHESVILLE, PA) - A slate of award-winning blues artists are in place for the 30th Annual Billtown Blues Festival, to be held June 14-16 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville Pennsylvania. Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Nick Moss with special guest Dennis Gruening, rising stars, Vanessa Collier and Lindsay Beaver, Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, Miss Freddye Stover, recent IBC Gibson Guitar Award winner Gabe Stillman and his IBC finalist band, The Gabe Stillman Band, the Craig Thatcher Band with G.E. Smith, eclectic duo Mulebone, college circuit favorites, The National Reserve, are among those who are confirmed for three days of music presented by the Billtown Blues Association. |
The event will also include seventeen-year-old Nashvillian, McKinley James, and a special set by area favorites the Uptown Music Collective’s Blues Performance Group as well as regional favorites, guitar/boogie-woogie duo, united for this special event, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and JT “Blues” Thompson, plus an opening Billtown Gospel Revue on Sunday and more to be announced.
The festival offers on-site camping for RVs and Campers as well as Car-Tent camping. A restricted area is reserved exclusively for those wanting to combine three days of great music but at the end of the day enjoy just a short stroll to their lodging location.
Tickets for all camping options as well as “music only” are now available on the website. ...Find more details and links for the Billtown Blues Festival
| NCFBS 6th annual Women in Blues Showcase May 19|
|(Gainesville, FL) – The North Central Florida Blues Society announced that its 6th annual Women in Blues Showcase will be held on May 19th at Cypress & Grove (1001 NW 4th St in Gainesville, Florida). The Women in Blues Showcase’s purpose is celebrating the Blues and the important role female performers have played, do play, and will play in keeping the genre vibrant. The event will run from 3-7 pm.|
The performers this year include International Blues Challenge participants (including Finalists and Semifinalists) and regional and national touring acts in addition to some of North Central Florida’s top female talent.
This year’s performers are: Melanie Murray (Gainesville, FL), Nora Gauck (Keystone Heights, FL), Amanda Ferwerda (Gainesville, FL), Barbara Paul Armbrecht (Gainesville, FL), Michelle Banfield (Gainesville, FL), Tullie Brae (Nashville, TN), Doris A. Fields (Beckley, WV), Bridget Kelly (Gainesville, FL), Niecie (Detroit, MI/Nashville, TN), Patti Parks (Buffalo, NY), Beverley Perrone (Chicago, IL), Brigitte Rios Purdy (Los Angeles, CA), Deb Ryder (Topanga, CA), Queen Iretta Sanders (Jackson, MS), Sheba the Mississippi Queen (Ocala, FL), Pam Taylor (Lancaster, SC), Ruth Wyand (Kill Devil Hills, NC).
House Band: Christine Alexander (Pensacola, FL), drums, Leigh-Anne Stanton (Ottawa, ON), bass, Pam Taylor (Lancaster, SC), guitar.
...Find more about the NCFBS Women In Blues Showcase
|Unsigned Only Music Competition Launches Special “Video Only” Promo Mar 20-29|
|The Unsigned Only Music Competition is launching a special “Video Only” promotion and will be accepting both professional and homemade music video entries from March 20-29, 2019. Original music and cover songs are eligible. Artists can enter by going to their website at Unsignedonly.com|
This is an opportunity for artists to show their creative side by putting their video making skills to the test, whether it be a professionally produced video or a homemade video that can be shot on just an iPhone or video camera. Two videos will become winners: one that is a fully produced video and one that is a homemade video. The two winners will be awarded some cool prizes, including a one-year license to Filmora9 and a GoPro camera. All “Video Only” entrants will receive a free a 30-day free trial of Filmora9, a leading video editing software program that makes future music video editing as easy as ever.
“Music videos are just as important as they have ever been,” said Candace Avery and Jim Morgan, Co-Founders of Unsigned Only. “Sites such as YouTube and Vimeo make it easy to post a video, but many of these indie videos don’t get many viewers. ...Find more about this "Video Only" contest
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|Festival Internacional de Blues de Alicante-SBA|
Mar-15-2019 - Mar-30-2019
San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta
Mar-22-2019 - Mar-23-2019
San Felipe, Baja, Mexico
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
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London, United Kingdom
Tucson Blues & Brews Festival
Tucson, Arizona, USA
European Blues Challenge
Apr-04-2019 - Apr-06-2019
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Show
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
6 String Showdown
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South Carolina, USA
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La Mesa, California, USA
Redwood Coast Music Festival
May-09-2019 - May-12-2019
Eureka, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-09-2019 - May-12-2019
San Diego, California, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-18-2019 - May-19-2019
Dana Point, California, USA
NCFBS Women in Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida USA
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