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|We are pleased to share with you the fabulous cover of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide Annual Magazine featuring guitarist, singer, songwriter Robert Finley! Congratulations to photographer Marilyn Stringer! The magazine is currently at the printers and will ship to festivals and distributors soon!|
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|R.L. Burnside: See My Jumper Hanging On the Line (1978)|
|Tony Campanella :: TAKING IT TO THE STREET |
|Taking It To The Street, Tony Campanella’s debut album on Gulf Coast Records drops April 19th.|
"Produced by long-time friend Mike Zito, this is blues rock at a pure, unadulterated level. What makes him stand out from the millions of other Blues/Rock axe-men is his talent. Campanella has a strong voice and his guitar playing is just outrageous. He changes it up plenty between the outright rockers and some really funky stuff as well as a version of ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl’ that is downright nasty.” — Music-News.com
When producer/musician Mike Zito and Guy Hale founded Gulf Coast Records, Tony Campanella was exactly the type of musician they wanted to sign. Mike Zito has known Tony Campanella nearly 30 years.
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"One Foot In The Blues"
|Peter Ward :: TRAIN TO KEY BISCAYNE|
|Train to Key Biscayne is an exciting follow-up to Peter Hi-Fi Ward's debut solo release, Blues on My Shoulders (2017). |
The album showcases the guitar and songwriting of Ward, former guitarist for the Legendary Blues Band, who wrote 12 original blues, ballads and rock n roll tunes for this album. Someone told him they sound like a string of hits from the 50s!
Ward enlisted special guests including four outstanding award-winning vocalists: Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Sugar Ray Norcia, Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson and Johnny Nicholas. Other special guests are pianist Anthony Geraci, drummer Neil Gouvin, keyboardist Hank Walther and Peter's brother, bassist Mudcat Ward.
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"The Luther Johnson Thing"
|International Flair at Gator By The Bay|
|Artists from around the world prove that music is the universal language at Gator By the Bay!|
(SAN DIEGO, CA) - The lure of American roots music extends far beyond our shores, as evidenced by several international artists appearing at Gator By the Bay this year. Blues, R&B, and jazz may have their roots firmly planted in American soil, but their appreciation is universal, needing no translation when infused with German, Swedish, or even East Indian influences.
From Sweden to Gator By the Bay comes multi-award winning Gunhild Carling, AKA “Sweden’s Queen of Swing.” A versatile and accomplished musician, she plays trombone, bagpipes, oboe, piano, trumpet, recorder and harp – sometimes all in one song! (She has even been known to play three trumpets at once). You might also catch her breaking into song or a tap dance; in fact, in 2014, she came in third on the Swedish celebrity dance show, Let’s Dance. ...Find more about Gator By The Bay
|Doheny Blues Returns to Sea Terrace Park in 2019|
|(DANA POINT, CA) – Omega Events is thrilled to announce Dana Point's Doheny Blues Festival is returning to Sea Terrace Park on May 18-19, 2019. Presenting a world-class lineup stacked with some of the most acclaimed Blues, Rock & Soul artists – this is an event you won’t want to miss! |
Musical chameleon Ben Harper returns to the Doheny Blues Festival to headline with the Innocent Criminals on Saturday, May 18, while blues guitar powerhouse Jonny Lang, closes the show on Sunday, May 19
…And there’s so much more! 24 performances during the weekend, including: Blues Legends: The Taj Mahal Quartet, The Robert Cray Band, John Mayall, Roy Gaines' Tribute to T-Bone Walker
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|40th Blues Music Awards May 9th|
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - We're just 3 weeks away from the biggest night in blues! Join us for the 40th Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center! Find tickets at the website. Individual Tickets/$150 - Regular Tables for 10/$1,500 - Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Wed. May 8)/$75.|
BMA WEEK EVENTS
Will Call - Memphis Cook Convention Center
Wednesday, May 8th - Noon until 4pm - Thursday, May 9th - 10am - 9pm
WEDNESDAY MAY 8
The Blues Foundation offices and Blues Hall of Fame Museum will open at 10am. We invite you to visit the newly installed Bricks for the Blues Walkway at your leisure.- The Blues According to Arhoolie: 11:30am - 1pm | Blues Hall of Fame Museum, 421 S. Main Street. This newest exhibit in the LRBC Gallery will honor and celebrate Arhoolie Records. Founder Chris Strachwitz will be in attendance to greet visitors and answer questions about the music he produced and promoted through Arhoolie Records.
...Find out about the cool events happening in Memphis May 8-May 10th
|36th Chicago Blues Festival Celebrates Chicago’s Rich Blues Music Legacy June 7-9|
|(CHICAGO, IL) - Experience Chicago’s rich blues music legacy at the 36th Annual Chicago Blues Festival happening Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9 in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois). The festival will celebrate with live performances on six stages by the local and national blues artists in the city’s premier outdoor music venue. Headliners include: Bobby Rush, Jimmy Johnson Blues Band, Charlie Musselwhite with Billy Boy Arnold, Bettye LaVette, Don Bryant, Latimore, Ruthie Foster, The Connection: Mike Welch & Friends, Larkin Poe and many more. Admission to the Chicago Blues Festival is free.|
Headliners on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage will perform from 5-9pm each evening. Music and entertainment throughout the park will begin at 11am each day. Other stages include the Budweiser Crossroads Stage which will present a high energy mix of electric blues, blues rock, country blues and R&B on the South Chase Promenade, daily 11am-5:30pm.
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|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|LRBC #33 MX Riviera, Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 - Soldout! Waitlist open!|
LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 Bands Announced
~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera Oct 26-Nov. 2, 2019 is Soldout! Wailist is now open!
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! JOIN WAITLIST!
~ LRBC#34 Western Caribbean Jan 19-26, 2020. BANDS ANNOUNCED HERE! Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. Stay tuned for official public on-sale date or wait list announcement.
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April is International Guitar Month
April 20 1st day of Passover
April 21 Easter ~ April 22 Earth Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005), “Little Ed” Williams (1955), Alexis Korner ("Godfather of British Blues" 1928–1984); April 21 Clara Ward (1924-1973); April 22 George "Harmonica" Smith (1924-1983), Bullmoose Jackson (1919-1989); April 23 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894-1955); April 25 Albert King (1923–1992); April 26 Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886-1939), Johnny" Shines (1915-1992), J. B. Hutto (1926-1983), Mike Finnegan (1945); April 27-Ann Peebles (1947), Michael Ledbetter (1985-2019); April 29-Big Jay McNeely (1927-2018), Otis Rush (1935), Frankie Lee (1941), April 30-Rev. Gary Davis (1896-1972), Mabel Scott (1915-2000), Frankie Lee Sims (1917-1970), Jimmie Lee Robinson (1931-2002)
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Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
May-17-2019 - May-19-2019
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Stomp The Blues Out of Homelessness
Springfield, Missouri, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-18-2019 - May-19-2019
Dana Point, California, USA
May-18-2019 - May-25-2019
NCFBS Women in Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida USA
International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, 21st Annual
May-22-2019 - May-27-2019
Warrenpoint, County Down, UK
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
May-23-2019 - May-25-2019
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Silver City Blues Festival
May-24-2019 - May-26-2019
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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