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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 15, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 33

May 30
thru Sept 26
Aug 15
Sept 30
Featured Video
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Charts (click chart for samples & current updates)  
Festival-Event Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Blues Foundation News
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Featured Video
Larkin Poe "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues"
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Here's a shot of Eliza Neals and the Narcotics with her BFG at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest. She the recipient of the 2018 Detroit Black Music Award for “Blues Artist of the Year,” five Detroit Music Awards, a total of eight nominations in the newly formed “Independent Blues Awards,” and “Get Ready To Rock UK’s” glowing Best Artists awards in five categories!
Photo courtesy Eliza Neals
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Hi folks... We're excited about our 2019 edition of the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. You can find it at select festivals and/or via your Blues Society. Plus we have it in digital form on our website.
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CD & DVD Releases
Adam Holt :: KIND OF BLUES
Alabama roots singer, guitarist Adam Holt’s new release date, Kind of Blues on Zenith Records, is a 10-song showcase of his incredibly soulful vocals and blistering blues/southern rock guitar work. Nine tunes are originals, with a dreamy version of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady, Lay” closing out the disc.

Produced by Holt, Kind of Blues features Adam on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano and organ, backed by a solid band of Owen Finley – bass; Greg Deluca – drums; Donnie Sundal - organ, piano; Lee Yankie - slide guitar; Mark Welborn - pedal steel; and Pierre Robinson – bass. The album was recorded at Studio ’78, Holt’s analog commercial studio in Alabama, using his Ampex MM1100 16 track 2-inch machine for tracking. The band all played together to get the basic tracks and he overdubbed some guitar solos and all the backing vocals. The tracks were mixed at Dockside Studio in Lafayette, Louisiana, and mastered by Kevin Nix at LNix Mastering.

“The title, Kind of Blues, is a reflection of the styles within the sound of the album,” Holt states. “It has a blend of blues, country, Americana, and rock and roll, tied together by contemporary blues licks. 
...Find more about this artist and release
"Mr. Morning Drive"
News Flash... 
The Mission Is The Tradition In San Diego
(SAN DIEGO, CA) - The San Diego Blues Festival began nine years ago as a celebration of the heritage of the blues and an exploration of the music in its modern form.Along the way it has grown and prospered and helps feed the hungry in its community.
This year’s festival on Sept. 7 will feature the traditions of blues through Taj Mahal, along with the new wave sounds of Larkin Poe and the explosive soul of Eric Gales.Tickets are just $35 with a limited number of VIP and Super VIP tickets still available.
A crowd of 5,000 people is expected on San Diego’s stunning waterfront in what has become a local tradition and fundraiser for the San Diego Food Bank. Through the first eight years of the event, the festival has provided funding for 4.7 million meals to the region’s hungry.Join us for a celebration that matters. ...Find more about the San Diego Blues Festival
 Lil' Ed's Career An Homage To Blues Legend Uncle
By Jon Norton/WGLT
Lil' Ed Williams and his band The Blues Imperials emulate the Chicago houserockin’ style of fellow Alligator Records great Hound Dog Taylor and Lil' Ed's uncle, Delmark Records artist J.B. Hutto.Williams said he learned this houserockin’ style of slide guitar from Hutto. It's a style that fascinated him from a young age when Hutto and other relatives would play at family gatherings.He also learned the ins and outs of the music business from his uncle. And that distinctive fez he wears onstage? That too is an homage to Hutto, who sported the headwear during his live shows before he passed away in the early 1980s.“I was always trying to make them myself, but I couldn’t quite get them right,” said Williams by phone from his home in Chicago.“Usually they were too heavy or too tall. One was so heavy I could barely hold my head up,” he chuckled. “And so, when I got married, my wife started making them. She made them right.”He can’t find the fez he likes to wear in stores. ...Read full story here about Lil' Ed
Rotary Club Fires up Grills & Blues for Charities Aug 16-18
(McHENRY, IL) – The grills are firing up, the brews are chillin’ and the stage is being set for the eighth annual McHenry Rotary Blues, Brews & BBQ.The three-day festival begins Friday Aug 16 through Sunday Aug 18 at Petersen Park, 4300 Peterson Park Rd, McHenry, Illinois. The music, craft brew and food festival is the premier fundraising event for the Rotary Club of McHenry and has raised more than $250,000 for local and global charities since 2012.
This year’s festival offers a new VIP tent which includes craft beer and appetizers as well as an opportunity to meet and mingle with the day’s performers.
Friday 5pm-11pm: John Todd Band, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, and Corey Dennison Band
Saturday 4pm-11pm: Ivy Ford Band, Demetria Taylor Band, and The Dave Specter Band with special guest Jimmy Johnson
Sunday 12pm-6pm: Wall of Denial, Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners plus Kevin Purcell and the Root Doctors and Soulshine
Tickets are only $10 at the gate and VIP tent tickets are $75 on ...Find more about the McHenry Rotary Blues, Brews & BBQ
Rob Paparozzi’s Juke Joint salute to Woodstock at Morristown Jazz and Blues Fest Aug 17
(MORRISTOWN, NJ) - Rob Paparozzi says that when it was suggested that he perform a 50th anniversary tribute to the Woodstock Festival at the free, all-day Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival, Aug 17, he responded: “Woodstock wasn’t really blues or jazz, per se. But I can make it work.”

The free all-day music festival on the Morristown Green Saturday Aug 17 is from noon-10pm. They will be saluting the 40th anniversary of public radio station WBGO. The music begins with the Antoinette Montague Experience followed by The Frank Vignola Trio and then at 4pm, Paparozzi's Juke Joint with their salute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. At 6pm, it’s blues with The Bernard Allison Group followed by guitarist Davy Knowles at 8pm.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band performed at the Aug 15-17, 1969 Woodstock Festival, for instance, and in 2014, Paparozzi and saxman/big band leader Ed Palermo collaborated on Electric Butter, an album paying tribute to both Butterfield and Electric Flag. Paparozzi, a harmonica player and singer, still plays some Butterfield songs regularly. He also fronted Blood, Sweat & Tears from 2005 to 2011; the jazz-rock band had its biggest hits in 1969 and 1970, and performed at Woodstock. ...Find more about Morristown Jazz & Blues
Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan
The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, features an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.

Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last album was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had fulfilled a lifelong dream by collaborating with his first and greatest musical hero, his brother Jimmie. His tumultuous marriage was over, and he was in a new and healthy romantic relationship. Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career.

Instead, it all came to a shocking and sudden end on August 27, 1990, when he was killed in a helicopter crash following a dynamic performance with Eric Clapton. Just 35 years old, he left behind a powerful musical legacy and an endless stream of What Ifs. In the ensuing 29 years, Vaughan’s legend and acclaim have only grown and he is now an undisputed international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan’s life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his story. Until now.
...Find more about this SRV biography
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join Waitlist
Plus Prebook now open for Oct 2020 Southern Carribbean

Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join the wait list for your chance to sail… 
- LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2020 Prebook open! Sails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on the Holland America's ms Eurodam! Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin (not per person) guarantees a spot in line to book your cabin once band lineup  announced (likely late Nov). Log-on to reservations or call (816) 753-7979 to secure your space!

~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera sails Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2019 Soldout! Waitlist open! 
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Eurodam from San Diego, CA 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, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
36th International Blues Challenge Jan 28 - Feb 1, 2020
(MEMPHIS, TN) - It's almost time to begin making your plans for the 36th International Blues Challenge taking place in Memphis January 28 - February 1, 2020!

Beginning on October 1 you will be able to purchase your IBC Passes that will get you into every participating venue on Beale Street and the Finals at The Orpheum, and include access to special showcases, panels, and workshops. Room reservations will open at our IBC partner hotels, and official IBC 2020 merchandise will be available for pre-order.

We can't wait to see you on Beale Street for one of the biggest blues parties of the year! ...Find more IBC week details
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug 15-Buster Brown (1911-1976), Jackie Brenston (1930-1979), Bobby Byrd (1934-2007); Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928-2011), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915-1976); Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939-1997); Aug 19-Earl Gaines (1935-2009); 20-Issac Hayes (1942-2008); Aug 21-Count Basie (1904-1984); Aug 22-John Lee Hooker (1920-2001), Debbie Davies (1952); Aug 24-Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905-1974), Wynonie Harris (1915); Aug 26-Jimmy Rushing (1901-1972); Aug 29-Charlie Parker (1920-1955), Dinah Washington (1924-1963); Aug 30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934-1976); Aug 31-Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945)
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Festival-Event Calendar
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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
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Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-17-2019
Norwich, New York, USA
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-17-2019
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
 Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-18-2019
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
 Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-17-2019
Madison, Indiana, USA
White Mountain
Boogie & Blues Festival
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-18-2019
Thornton, New Hampshire, USA
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Aug-23-2019 - Aug-24-2019
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
Playing with Fire
Free Summer Concert
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Festival Blues
Schmus Apfelmus 
Laubach, Germany
Black Prairie Blues Festival
West Point, Mississippi, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival #29
Aug-30-2019 - Sep-01-2019
Rentiesville , Oklahoma, USA 
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Bowlful of Blues
Newton, Iowa, USA
Big Blues Bender
Sep-05-2019 - Sep-08-2019
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & BBQ Festival
Sep-06-2019 - Sep-08-2019, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Windy City Blues Fest
Sep-06-2019 - Sep-08-2019
Lyons, Illinois, USA
San Diego Blues Festival
San Diego, California, USA
12th Niagara Falls Blues Festival
Sep-13-2019 - Sep-14-2019
Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Whitewater Music Festival
St. Charles, Minnesota, USA
Musical Extravaganza
Berkeley, California, USA
Paxico Blues Festival
Paxico, Kansas, USA
Bogalusa Blues &
Heritage Festival
Sep-27-2019 - Sep-28-2019
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
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