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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 31, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 44

ends Oct 31
ends Dec 26, 2019
Happy Halloween!
Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for samples & updates)  
Festival-Event Calendar
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Happy Halloween!
Dress up photo moments with the BFG team & friends...
Have a fun Halloween and if you're cruising right now, see you at the parade! 
Yours in the blues,
Team BFG
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Here's Kevin O'Reilly (former Prez of the Reno Blues Society) hanging with Jesse Hernadez from So Cal at the 2019 Baja Blues Festival in Rosarito, Mexico.
Photo: Heather Penrod-Rudd
*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 official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine.
Featured Video of the Week
Elise LeGrow "Who Do You Love"
Got your 2019 Blues Festival Guide Magazine?
Hi folks... We're proud of our 2019 edition of the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine that features the amazing Robert Finley on the cover. You may be bale to still find it at select festivals and/or via your Blues Society. Plus we have it in digital form on our website.
Click cover image here to check it out!
To order one to have delivered to your mailbox and hold in your hands please click this link. 
Team BFG,
Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather, Tom, & Goran
CD & DVD Releases
Vaneese Thomas :: DOWN YONDER
Soulsville scion Vaneese Thomas returns to her southern roots for an album of impeccably produced songs of tender mercy, tragic heartache, and joyous celebration. She once again gathered together a group of good friends and collaborators to record the basic tracks of Down Yonder at Peaceful Waters Studios in New York with her longtime partner Wayne Warnecke. Thomas recruited the late show rhythm section of Saturday Night Live drummer Shawn Pelton and former Dave Letterman Show bassist Will Lee to deliver the steady grooves, along with guitarist Al Orlo and Robbie Kondor on keys. She then returned to her hometown and called upon the talents of Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and Reverend Charles Hodges, to put some Memphis grease on the tracks along with trumpeter Marc Franklin, co-founder of The Bo-Keys, arranging and recording the horn section that included band mate Kirk Smothers on baritone saxophone at the world-famous Royal Studios. Thomas’ big sister, the “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas, lent her acclaimed voice to several tracks and special guest Kevin Bacon joined her for an inspiring duet.
 ...Find more about this artist and release
"Wake Me"
Delbert McClinton :: TALL, DARK, & HANDSOME
“It's not a stretch to say that McClinton, at 78, is making the best music of his career" - Rolling Stone Country 
Roots music visionary Delbert McClinton returns with a swaggering and swingin’ new album, Tall, Dark, & Handsome, via Hot Shot Records / Thirty Tigers. Featuring 14 new, original new songs - all written or co-written by Delbert - the album dives deep into the blues, Americana and beyond, bursting with horns, fiddle, accordion, blazing guitar work, back-up singers and McClinton’s charismatic rasp, proving Lyle Lovett’s claim that “if we could all sing like we want to, we’d all sound like Delbert McClinton.”

McClinton has three GRAMMY Awards, and his previous three albums have all reached # 1 or #2 on Billboard’s Blues chart. With over 60 years of recording and touring to his credit, McClinton is a true musical zelig: he toured with the Beatles, backed Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf, helped to inspire The Blues Brothers, and performed everywhere from SNL to Austin City Limits (both multiple times) along the way. ...Find more about this artist and release
"Mr. Smith"
News Flash... 
Denmark's High Caliber Blues Heaven Festival Nov 1-2
(FREDERIKSHAVN, DE) - For the 14th year, Denmark’s largest, multi-award-winning, blues and soul festival will deliver a high caliber music program with a range of styles from primarily American Blues Music Award (BMA) winning artists. It is the foundation for an amazing and warm-hearted experience that always arises when the stars and an international music-loving audience meet. Last year’s festival attracted audiences from 17 different countries and saw all local hotels sold out several months in advance. Blues Heaven Festival will be Nov 1-2 at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

The lineup includes:• The Fabulous Thunderbirds with the King of Blues Harmonica: Kim Wilson fronting one of the world's greatest and most respected blues bands.
• Kenny Wayne Shepherd received 5 GRAMMY® nominations, 2 Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Keeping The Blues Alive Award (KBA) and 2 Blues Music Awards (BMA).
 • Shemekia Copeland was crowned the official successor to Koko Taylor as ‘Queen of the Blues’ at the Chicago Blues Festival. She’s been nominated this year in four BMA categories been nominated a staggering 31 times in various categories over the years.
...Find more about all of the other artists and festival details
Blues Foundation 2020 IBC Schedule 
(MEMPHIS-TN) - Below is the IBC Week Schedule at a Glance. Along with the challenge performances each evening, there will be activities during the daytime and after the challenge ends each night to include special panels, musician workshops, exhibit openings, book signings, and more.
Many of these activities will be available for IBC pass holders only. To purchase an IBC pass go to the website.

• Tuesday, January 28
6pm Official Opening of the 2020 International Blues Challenge - 8pm  International Showcases along Beale Street, Tas Cru's Generation Blues Fundraiser Jam
• Wednesday, January 29
11am - Pacific Northwest Showcase - 12pm IBC Challenger Check-in - HART Fund Health Fair & Screening - Book Signing: Weeds Like Us, the autobiography of Janiva Magness -1pm Blues Society Affiliate Leader Roundtable - Open 12 Step Meeting - 2:30pm Affiliated Blues Society Workshop: How to Write a Successful Grant - IBC Challenger Orientation - 3pm New Judge Orientation - 3:15pm Lynn Orman's Women In Blues Photo Exhibit Reception - 5pm IBC Quarterfinals, Night 1 - 11:30pm Memphis Jam, Brat Girl Media Showcase
• Thursday, January 30
9am - Downtown Yoga's Blues Yoga with Amy Hutcheson - 10am Blues Speed Networking for IBC Challengers - 11:30am Galaxie Agency Showcase - Great Canadian Polar Bear Showcase - National Women In Blues Showcase - 12pm HART Fund Health Fair & Screenings - 12:30pm IBC Musician Workshop: Managing Your Career, Insights from Bobby Rush
...Find more schedule and links to more info
National Blues Museum Jam Sessions on Thursdays
(ST. LOUIS, MO) - Join the folks at the National Blues Museum (NBM) in St. Louis, Missouri at their ‘Sitting on the Porch’ Thursday night jam sessions, from 6pm – 9pm. These events are just that – jam sessions – where musicians can just show up and join in the fun.

NBM volunteer Jesse Lopez will be running the jam session museum! It’s free to attend, just bring your own gear. The jam is Sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council.

The National Blues Museum explores and preserves the historical significance of the Blues as the foundation of American music, celebrates the genre’s various styles and recognizes the musicians who created, sustain and continue to advance the art form. ...Find more about the Jam and Museum
Blues Is Woman… from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt

(HEALDSBURG, CA) - San Francisco blues and jazz musician, Pamela Rose’s upcoming Blues Is A Woman concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg, California.

Pamela has thrilled audiences locally and internationally for decades with her swinging, soulful style.  With six recordings to her name, including the NPR featured “You Could Have It All," Rose has performed at clubs and jazz and blues festivals throughout the United States, Germany and Denmark. She was honored early this year with a Lifetime Achievement Award by BAJABA (Bay Area Jazz and Blues Artists), in recognition of this work. In addition, Rose appeared with renowned jazz guitarist Terrence Brewer at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 28th, 2019.

Audience members will have the unique opportunity to see Blues is a Woman in a pared down impactful concert version. The concert features Rose and her ensemble – featuring saxophonist Kristen Strom, pianist Jennifer Jolly, guitarist Pat Wilder, bassist Ruth Davies and drummer Daria Johnson who sing and perform musical gems, spanning the decades from Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Etta James, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. ...Find more about Blues Is A Woman
...Blues concert stirs up memories of Muddy Waters
By Len Lear/ Chestnut Hill Local
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) - When I saw on Woodmere Art Museum’s website a while back that their “Friday Night Jazz” would feature a tribute to Blues pioneers Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, powerful feelings began bubbling up like rainwater.

When you grow up as a white boy in a big northern city, the Blues are, at most, a lilting, strangely affecting, unknown tongue that whispers to the heart. Like listening to a musical foreign language, you sometimes feel its mysterious beauty but do not understand all of the words.

I know, of course, that the Blues are all about bad crops, racism, poverty, no work, too much rain, broken romances, et al. But it wasn’t until I spent time in the Deep South while in the Air Force in the 1960s that I began to hear some of the nuances in the Blues’ powerful language.

There was something about the Mississippi Delta that spoke to me the first time I passed down the macadam from the rolling cliffside of Yazoo City, just a few months before three civil rights workers were tortured and murdered by the KKK in Philadelphia, Mississippi, for the “crime” of trying to register blacks to vote. It’s no wonder they sing the Blues in the Mississippi Delta.
...Read full article on the writer's Muddy Waters memories
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join the wait list for your chance to sail… 
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~ LRBC #34 Western Caribbean sails Jan 19-26, 2020 Soldout! Join Waitlist! Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras
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~ LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean sails Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021 PREBOOK OPEN. Sailing on Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos Islands
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

Happy Halloween!
Birthdays upcoming:
Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902-1958), Ethel Waters (1896-1977); Nov 1 Sippie Wallace (1898); Don Robey (Duke/Peacock Records 1903); Nov 2 Mark Wenner (1948); Nov 3 Mable John (1930), Sonny Rhodes (1940); Nov 4 Delbert McClinton (1940); Nov 5 Ike Turner (1931), Studebaker John Grimaldi (1952); Nov 6 Rory Block (1949); Nov 8 Bonnie Bramlett (1944); Bonnie Raitt (1949), Eddie “Vann” Shaw Jr. (1955); Nov 9 Linda Hopkins (1925), Susan Tedeschi (1970)
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Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #33 Mexican Riviera
Oct-26-2019 - Nov-02-2019
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Blues Heaven
Nov-01-2019 - Nov-02-2019
Frederikshavn, Denmark
14th Annual Tommy Johnson
Blues Festival
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival
Slidell, Louisiana, USA
Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
Nov-08-2019 - Nov-10-2019
Bude, United Kingdom
Signifyin' Blues
Nov-08-2019 - Nov-10-2019
Los Angeles, California, USA
Forgotten Music Festival
Nov-08-2019 - Nov-09-2019
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA
Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Wisconsin Annual Blues
Harmonica Festival 2019
New Berlin, Wisconsin USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 Northeast Blues
Harmonica Showcase
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Mississippi Delta
Blues Festival
Nov-21-2019 - Nov-23-2019
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-22-2019 - Nov-24-2019
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-06-2019 - Dec-08-2019
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Thredbo Blues Festival
Jan-17-2020 - Jan-19-2020
Thredbo, Australia 
Legendary Rhythm
& Blues Cruise #34
Jan-19-2020 - Jan-26-2020
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
Jamaica Winterfest
Jan-23-2020 - Jan-30-2020
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-14-2020 - Feb-16-2020
El Coco, Costa Rica
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-28-2020, London
United Kingdom
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