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|Get 2019 Blues Festival Guide Magazine!|
|Hi folks... We're excited about our 2019 edition of the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. You can find at select festivals and/or via your Blues Society. Plus we have in digital form on our website.|
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Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather, Tom, & Goran
|Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! |
|Here's Fernando Jones at the 2019 Chicago Blues Fest. Jones is a musician and educator, and founder of Blues Camp, an international organization, and established in 2010 on the campus of Columbia College Chicago. Each Summer they now present Fernando Jones' Blues Camp in different parts of the United States and Europe. |
Photo by Barb Kabes
*NOTE! Each Spring 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 17th annual! Then EMAIL your photo plus caption & photo credit.
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We're proud that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
|Blues Foundation Celebrates 40 Years in 2020...|
Here's a look back at some history with photos and music
|Occupied, the latest album from Dayton-based soul-blues singer/guitarist Eric Jerardi, teams him up with legendary producer David Z (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Johnny Lang, Etta James) and the iconic Muscle Shoals rhythm section to create a musical tour-de-force delivering heartfelt performances with the added soul of the Muscle Shoals horns.|
Jerardi’s trademark soulful vocals and bluesy guitar sounds literally drip throughout the new album, showcasing all original songs, with the exception of “Don’t Take It Personally,” written by Jerry Lynn Williams (who wrote “Givin’ It Up for Your Love”) and Jeff Healey. Besides Eric Jerardi on vocals and guitar, the sessions recorded at Nutthouse Recording Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, feature David Hood (bass); Clayton Ivey (electric piano/organ); Milton Sledge (drums); Kelvin Holly (rhythm guitar); Charles Rose (trombone); Steve Herman (trumpet); Doug Moffet (saxophone); and Marie Lewey and Cindy Walker (backing vocals).
“I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the years, and this record is a reflection of my dedication to my craft,” Eric Jerardi says. “Thanks to my team and everyone at Muscle Shoals for making my best record yet."
...Find more about this artist and release
"Never Let The Old Man In"
|Blues On The Chippewa Aug 2-4, Durand, WI Free Admission! |
|(DURAND, WI) - Join us for three days of Blues music in beautiful downtown Durand, Wisconsin in Memorial Park when Blues on the Chippewa happens August 2-4. The 12th annual fest will have 2 stages and feature Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion, The Jimmy’s, Lamont Cranston, Jontavious Willis, South Farwell, Gary Cain Band, Funk N Roll, Brian Naughton Band and more. There will be a Craft Fair, food and beverage vendors, plus downtown Tavern Shows nightly. Shuttle service is available to and from campgrounds. Blues on the Chippewa benefits the Brent Titus Music For Children Program and the PC Food Pantry.|
Friday’s headliner, CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion, have been captivating the globe with original, live music with their blend of blues, soul and roots music that uplifts and inspires. Saturday’s headliner Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene since the 60s backing up some of the best singers and performers before putting together his band, The Roadmasters in the 80s. Sunday’s headliner, Anthony Gomes, a #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the rock/blues circuit today.
...Find more about Blues On The Chippewa
|Taj Mahal headlines San Diego Blues Festival|
|(SAN DIEGO, CA) - Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band headline this year’s AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival to be held Sept. 7 on the downtown San Diego waterfront. They will be joined by acts such as Larkin Poe, Eric Gales, Curtis Salgado, Black Market III, Whitney Shay, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, The Sleepwalkers and World Famous Jim Gibson. The festival runs noon to 8 p.m. at scenic Embarcadero Marina Park North.|
The annual festival is held as a benefit for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The food bank is leading the region’s fight against hunger by providing meals to up to 370,000 people in need each month.
Through the first eight years of the event, the festival and an accompanying food drive have raised $955,000 and 12 tons of food for the hungry.
A large number of San Diego’s needy population are senior on fixed incomes as well as active military and their dependents who require food assistance.
Past headliners at the event have included Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Tab Benoit, Bill Gibbons, Elvin Bishop, Los Lobos and Eric Burdon & the Animals.
...Find tickets and more info about the San Diego Blues Festival
|August is John Lee Hooker Month at the Delta Blues Museum|
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The month of August is just a couple of weeks away, and August is John Lee Hooker Month at the Delta Blues Museum here in Clarksdale, Mississippi!|
Whatever your expectation about the blues, John Lee Hooker first denied it and then surpassed it. He was born on August 22 out near Vance, MS, probably in 1917. He left home when he was quite young to begin a remarkable journey where he never stopped playing the blues his entire life long. When he departed this earth, he was a man of substance beloved and honored by his family, fellow musicians, many, many friends and music lovers the whole world round. Each August, the Delta Blues Museum highlights his career as a blues hero who was renowned as the Healer.
In honor of John Lee Hooker, the Delta Blues Museum showcases several of John Lee Hooker’s guitars, including “Old Blondie," one of his iconic hats, several of his 78 recordings and photographs of the man throughout his career. A few of the events we have planned are: ...Find event list and more here
|World Class Lineup at Trinidaddio Blues Fest 2019! Tickets On Sale Now!|
(TRINIDAD, CO) - Headlining Trinidaddio Blues Fest 2019 ~ Soul Blues Artist of the Year! ~ Sugaray Rayford! The MAN and the band! 2018 and 2019 BB King Blues Entertainer of the Year Nominee Sugaray Rayford graces Trinidaddio’s stage with his world class pedigree. Six Blues Music Award nominations in just the past two years to go with Blues Music Award wins and nominations going back to 2013, makes Trinidaddio truly fortunate to have Sugaray headline this year's Trinidaddio Blues Fest.|
Sugaray has starred in Tony Award nominated stage plays, fronted the highly acclaimed west coast blues band The Mannish Boys and has seen his solo career skyrocket as one of the premier soul/blues vocalists and performers in the world today.
Of course, with a front man like Sugaray Rayford, great bands are always part of the equation! The Sugaray Rayford Band is no exception. With a core group that includes The Amy Winehouse Horns and standout performers from across the blues world, The Sugaray Rayford Band is poised to deliver one of the best sets in Trinidaddio history!
...Find tickets, schedule and more about the Trinidaddio Blues Fest
|Young Man with an Old Soul, Matty T Wall |
|The electrifying guitar of Matty T Wall extends from his native Australia to the world. With the release of his latest collection, Sidewinder, Matty has written a new chapter in the musical narrative, revealing the power of his expanding artistry through guitar, voice, band and songs.|
A young man with an old soul, Matty is connected to music with a wealth of history as he distills a diversity of genres into his own blues-influenced soul, jazz and rock signature.
His points of references are wide; he has studied and played a spectrum of styles including flamenco, swing jazz and funk, and he attests to a love for “heavier things” in his youth, bands like Metallica and Pantera among them. But he remembers how the musicians he admired would honor the blues masters who came before them. And following the trail of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan backwards, he was hooked. “I discovered Robert Johnson and he made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” he remembers. “I got into the blues and have never gotten out of it.”
...Find more about Matty T Wall including bio, links to CD and tour
|24th Annual Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival Aug 2-4 |
|(WELLINGHAM, WA) - Held each year at the Deming Log Show Fairgrounds near Bellingham (3295 Cedarville Rd. Bellingham, Washington). This is the “perfect” setting on 100+ acres of manicured grounds surrounded by towering fir and cedar trees. This year’s festival Aug 2-4 pays homage to Canadian artists and fans alike.|
Friday, August 2nd: Joey Houck, The Chris Eger Band, Jack Semple
Saturday, August 3rd: Adrian Clarke, Michelle Taylor Band, Patti Allen & Monster Road, Chris Antonik, The Weight Band, Vanessa Collier
Sunday, August 4th: The Replayzmentz, Cory Vincent Group, Bobby Patterson Band, Paul Deslauriers, Wishbone Ash
Food and crafts vendors, 3 beer gardens and an indoor jam facility with All-Stars jams every night until 2am. Two ATM’s on site for fast cash. Camping is free and a free portable shower trailer for comfort.
Tickets online at their website or in person (cash or check) at Avalon Music, in downtown Bellingham.
The Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival was the recipient of the 2013 Blues Foundation KBA for Best Blues Festival. Check the festival website for tons of information.
...Find links and more about Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
|Kids Have Fun Experience at Blues Hall of Fame Museum|
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - In June the Blues Hall of Fame Museum hosted 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students from Rozelle Elementary School in Memphis. The students have been learning about different musical genres and were eager to learn more about the Blues.|
Prior to their museum visit, the students even wrote their own blues songs which some shared.
The students were given a guided tour through the museum by one of the HOF esteemed docents, Ken Billings. Young visitors enjoyed story time as BF President Barbara Newman read a children's book carried in the museum gift shop, Frankie Finds The Blues, written by Joel Harper and with illustrations by Gary Kelley.
To round out their museum experience, each student colored different pages of musical instruments. These works of art will be on display in the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Gallery to show visiting guests the talents of young blues fans.
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join the wait list for your chance to sail…
~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera sails Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2019 Soldout! Wailist open!
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta & Manzanillo
~ LRBC #34 Western Caribbean sails Jan. 19-26, 2020 Soldout! Wailist open!
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam
from Ft. Lauderdale to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras
- LRBC #35 Oct. 2020… dates, ship and itinerary announced June 25. Prebook launches July 25!
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Dog Days of Summer July 3-Aug 11
Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (1929–2000), Martha Reeves (1941), Lonnie Mack (1941-2016); July 19 Buster Benton (1932–1996), Little Freddie King (1940); July 20 Carlos Santana (1947), Steve Freund (1952), Sleepy LaBeef (1935); July 21 Floyd McDaniel (1915-1995); July 22- George Clinton (1940); July 23 Tony Joe White (1943-2018); July 26 Popsy Dixon (1942-2015), Mick Jagger (1943)
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Jul-18-2019 - Jul-21-2019
Porretta Terme, Italy
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Jul-19-2019 - Jul-21-2019
Winthrop, Washington, USA
Wildcat Blues Fest
Shutesbury, Massachusetts, USA
Canal Winchester Blues
Jul-26-2019 - Jul-27-2019
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-26-2019 - Jul-27-2019
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-26-2019 - Jul-27-2019
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
24th Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Aug-01-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Magic City Blues
Aug-01-2019 - Aug-03-2019
Billings, Montana, USA
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|Blues on the Chippewa|
Aug-02-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
Mount Baker R&B Festival
Aug-02-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Bellingham, Washington, USA
Big Sky Blues Festival
Aug-02-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Noxon, Montana, USA
Blue Ribbon Blues Fest
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
Stafford Springs, Connecticut, USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-08-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Baja Blues Fest
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
31st Annual Bayfront
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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