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Blues Festival Guide
April 4, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 14

ends Mar 28
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
Here's a shot of Eliza Neals and the Narcotics after their performance at the Jackson Blues Festival in Jackson, Michigan. Lt-Rt it's Demarcus Sumter, Eliza Neals, Howard Glazer, and John Abraham.
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Featured Videos 
Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers
(Live at Ann Arbor 1973)
CD & DVD Releases
Eric Bibb :: GLOBAL GRIOT 
Global Griot, the 2-disc set from Eric Bibb on Stony Plains records, features special guest appearances by World Music star Habib Koité, with whom Eric recorded the acclaimed Brothers in Bamako album in 2012, as well as acclaimed West African musician Solo Cissokho, a master of the kora, the 22-stringed harp creating cascades of notes and beautifully-addictive grooves. Eric’s long-time friend and music compadre Harrison Kennedy is also a special guest.

“‘Global Griot’ – two words that describe many of my friends and myself, as well,” says Eric Bibb about his new album. “Connecting to the West African tradition of storytelling and oral history through music, this album features brothers and sisters from around the globe – serving the listener a tasty gumbo, spiced with hope for these challenging times.”
On Global Griot, the masterful Eric Bibb adapts the West African historian and oral storyteller tradition with his own background of blues, folk and world music for a scintillating blend of sound that is absolutely mesmerizing. Bibb also pulls no punches with his songs that tackle our current state of affairs in the world, with socio/political commentary on everything from our desire for conspicuous consumption...  ...Find more about this artist and release
"We Don't Care (Featuring Habib Koité)"
Big Al & The Heavyweights :: WORLD FULL OF TROUBLE
World Full Of Trouble is Big Al & The Heavyweights’ 7th CD of original Louisiana roots music. It reflects their love of so many musical styles from blues to rock, zydeco to jazz and even country. Big Al says, “this CD is truly one of my favorites because I finally have a cd that features my long-time friend, harmonica virtuoso and ex-Heavyweight band member (two times in fact), Jason Ricci on several tracks (“Bayou Life,” “Millionaire Baby,” “Mother Trucker,” and “Crazy About You Baby”). Jason and I always wanted to have a recording together, now it's here. I'm also a huge Muddy Waters fan and we are blessed to have legendary, long-time Muddy Waters guitarist, Bob Margolin on “World Full of Trouble” and “Love So Fine.”

Louisiana Music Hall of Fame member, long-time Heavyweight and co-writer on these tracks, Wayne Lohr, is an excellent keyboard player and immensely soulful vocalist. Destin Thibodaux, who was one Jason's students was also instrumental in making this happen. He's an excellent arranger, harmonica player and played bass on “Crazy About You Baby.” ...Find more about this artist and release
News Flash... 
Celebrating 25 Years at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival Coming April 12-14
(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) - Celebrating their 25th anniversary, 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
Acoustic & Electric Performances to Highlight Annual Women in Blues Showcase May 19th 
(Gainesville, FL) – The North Central Florida Blues Society’s 6th annual Women in Blues Showcase will be held on May 19th at Cypress & Grove (1001 NW 4th St in Gainesville, Florida), a fantastic, woman-owned venue. Join us in 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 in order of appearance:
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
Young Guns & Legendary Kings: A Tribute to Blues Guitar Greats at Gator By The Bay 
By Wendy Lemlin
(SAN DIEGO, CA) - Among all the great musical performances every year at Gator By the Bay, some of our most favorite have involved mashups of individual musicians playing a set together, often based on a particular theme. This year, one of the most anticipated of these is called “Young Guns’ Tribute to the Three Kings” and it will feature three of the San Diego area’s hottest young blues guitar prodigies — Anthony Cullins, Benji Davis, and Chase Walker — playing the songs of B.B. King, Freddie King, and Albert King. This is going to be a HOT one, ladies and gentlemen!

Seventeen-year-old Anthony Cullins, aka "The Fallbrook Kid," got his first guitar when he was three years old, and began taking lessons when he was nine. He took first place at the Dallas International Guitar Show's "Young Guns" showcase in 2018, was selected as "Best Youth Original" at the 2016 Temecula Valley Music Awards, and the accolades just keep coming. This month he was accepted to the Berklee College of Music. “I am really looking forward to playing the Three Kings Tribute at Gator by The Bay 2019,” Anthony enthuses. 
 ...Find more about Gator By The Bay
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Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 Bands Announced 

~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera Oct 26-Nov. 2, 2019. Over 97% 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! BOOK NOW!
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
April is International Guitar Month
April 20 1st day of Passover
April 21 Easter ~ April 22 Earth Day
 Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 5 Larry McCray (1960); April 6 Big Walter Horton (1918–1981) Warren Haynes (1960); April 7 Billie Holiday (1915-1959), Bo Collins (1932); April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895–1976); April 10 John Brim (1922–2003), Rosco Gordon (1928-2002), Shemekia Copeland (1979); April 11 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939), Ana Popovic (1976); April 12 "Hound Dog" Taylor (1915-1975)
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European Blues Challenge
Apr-04-2019 - Apr-06-2019
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Show
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
6 String Showdown
Apr-07-2019 - Jun-30-2019
Newport Beach, California, 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
Henderson BluesFest
Henderson, Nevada, USA 
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
April-13-2019 - April-14-2019
Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
 Cat Head Mini Blues Fest I
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
15th Annual Blues By the Sea 
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Spring Harp Fest XX
La Mesa, California, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival 
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
New Blues Festival
Huntington Beach, 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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