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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 7, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 45

Dec 12, 2019
ends Oct 31
ends Dec 26, 2019
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CD & DVD Releases
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Billboard Blues Album This week
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Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for samples & updates)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Michele Lundeen caught up with fun, Grammy Award winning Chubby Carrier at the annual Gator By The Bay Festival in San Diego, CA last May.
Like Chubby says... "There ain't no party like Chubby party!" I believe he's correct!

Photo courtesy: Michele Lundeen
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Featured Video of the Week
"Let's Work Together" Canned Heat
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CD & DVD Releases
Tokyo Tramps :: IF I DIE TOMORROW 
If I Die Tomorrow, from Boston’s Tokyo Tramps, flows as effortlessly as the Mississippi. Straddling rock, blues, New Orleans funk, and more, this seventh record of the band’s 20-year career shows husband and wife team of guitarist/singer Satoru Nakagawa and bassist/singer Yukiko Fujii hitting an almost Zen-like groove in their songwriting.

After releasing 6 albums of original material and experiencing life’s ups and downs over the last 18 years, Tokyo Tramps have no fear in bringing their true inner voice to the world.

Thirteen tales of life, love, friends and fiends; universal themes to be sure, but told from a deeply personal perspective. Propelled by fiery guitar work as equally rooted in Delta mud as it is in Hendrix-inspired tones, Tokyo Tramps’ take on blues-infused classic rock is unlike anyone else. “This album is a watershed moment for us,” says Yukiko. “It’s a milestone. We went through so much to make this record. We almost lost hope on it ever seeing the light of day. But we didn’t, and now we have the best record we’ve ever made.”
“This is closest we’ve come so far to the original sound I’ve always been after,” adds Satoru. “American music changed our lives.”
...Find more about this artist and release
"Betty's Kitchen"
News Flash... 
Mark Your Calendars for the 25th Tampa Bay Blues Festival April 3-5, 2020 
(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) - The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to Vinoy Waterfront Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 3, 4, and 5. This internationally renowned, three-day music festival has been staged for the past 25 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 2020 artist line-up is as follows:
Friday, April 3, 2020
8:30 pm   J.J. Grey & Mofro
6:30 pm   Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
4:30 pm   Danielle Nicole
2:30 pm   Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
12:30 pm Jason Ricci
Saturday, April 4, 2020
8:30 pm   Aaron Neville
6:30 pm   Jimmie Vaughan
4:30 pm   The Proven Ones featuring Kid Ramos
2:30 pm   Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers
12:30 pm Dawn Tyler Watson
Sunday, April 5, 2020
8:30 pm   Larkin Poe
6:30 pm   Rod Piazza Band with Rusty Zinn
4:30 pm   Ronnie Baker Brooks
2:30 pm   Bruce Katz
1:00 pm   Backtrack Blues Band 
...Find tickets and more about the Tampa Bay Blues Fest
Intrepid Booking Agency celebrates 25 years with all-stars Nov 8-9
(CHARLOTTE, NC) - Five years ago, when Rick Booth’s Charlotte-based blues booking agency Intrepid Artists International celebrated its 20th anniversary, he wasn’t sure what to expect. He was tentative when he rolled up to Neighborhood Theatre in a limo that night.
“I’m praying that somebody’s in there,” the Charlotte native recalls, sitting in his office overlooking Kings Drive. He needn’t have worried. “The place was packed with my buddies from high school and college. It was an epic night.”

Given the success of Intrepid’s 20th, Booth [pictured] is upping his game for the agency’s 25th anniversary with two nights of live music from many of the musicians on Intrepid’s roster. 

Night One of “A Rock n’ Roll, Soul, & Blues Revival…The Sequel” takes place Friday [Nov 8] at Amos’ Southend (1423 S. Tryon St.), with Asheville’s Empire Strikes Brass, blues saxophonist Vanessa Collier, Chicago’s Steepwater Band, and New York electric blues vet the Albert Castiglia Band and Friends. Those “friends” include other artists Interpid represents, including Mike Zito, Eric Gales, Kenny Neal, Gary Hoey, Toronzo Cannon and Jimmy Carpenter.

Night Two takes place at Neighborhood Theatre (511 E. 36th St.) on Saturday [Nov 9]. Acts will alternate between the main and bar stages. Neal, Cannon, Davy Knowles, and John Nemeth and the Blue Dreamers all play their own sets, with Castiglia and Zito appearing as a duo. Intrepid Rocks the Stones closes out the night with an all-star salute led by the Steepwater Band with Carpenter and Charlotte Checkers’ own Greazy Keyz Jason Atkins.
“Every band I called to be on it said ‘yes,’” Booth says. ...Find entire story here by Courtney Devores at the Charlotte Observer
Live From The Delta with Sid Kingsley at Club Ebony Nov 9
(INDIANOLA, MS) - We’re excited to announce that Eutaw Construction's Workforce Development Program has come on as a sponsor for the Sid Kingsley show this Saturday night, Nov 9, at Club Ebony (404 Hanna Ave.). The Club is around the corner from the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center. Eutaw will be matching all ticket sales with a donation to the center's youth programs.

In celebration, Saturday night just got much bigger as we have added legendary Mississippi Bluesman “Jake” from “Jake and the Pearl Street Jumpers.”

Doors Open: 8pm - Showtime 9pm. 
The latest format will include 3 sets:
1) “Jake” from Jake & The Pearl Street Jumpers
2) Sid Kingsley
3) Jam Session with Jake and Sid Kingsley

Admission is only $5 and benefits B.B. King’s Education Foundation Youth program.  ...Find more about this event, the foundation and museum
Elvin Bishop To Receive Chris Strachwitz Legacy Award
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - Legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter and Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famer Elvin Bishop will receive the Chris Strachwitz Legacy Award from The Arhoolie Foundation at the second annual Arhoolie Awards And Benefit Show in San Francisco on Friday, November 22. Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (Elvin on guitar and vocals, Bob Welsh on piano and guitar and Willy Jordan on cajón and vocals) will headline the event which will take place at The Chapel, 770 Valencia Street, in San Francisco. Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm.

Deceptively loose but always tight…the raspy chuckle in Bishop’s singing and the sharp sting of his guitar are forceful and fresh, enduring and fun. – Fresh Air, NPR

The honor, according to, "recognizes exceptional musicians, teachers, community organizations, documentarians, and individuals working creatively to help keep tradition-based styles of music alive and moving forward. Nominations are made by board members, friends, and experts in our field. Winners are chosen by Chris Strachwitz and the Arhoolie Foundation board of directors. This award is simply meant to encourage, support, and shine a light on extraordinary individuals and organizations, and to help them continue their good work."
...Find more about the awards and Arhoolie Foundation
Briggs to offer bigger and better enhancements for fans in 2020 
(NESCOPECK, PA) - Briggs Farm Blues Festival is enhancing the festival experience for its 2020 audience by offering a brand new, larger Main Stage and new camping options. The festival, the nationally recognized and largest three-day gathering of blues fans in Pennsylvania, will be held July 9 through 11 on the Briggs’ 250-year-old family farm in Nescopeck Township, Luzerne County, just a few miles off Interstate 80.

Festival enhancements include:
• A new and bigger Main Stage providing better visibility for the audience
• The addition of 32 premium reserve camping sites encircling the audience field that offer a bird’s-eye view of the Main Stage
• 40 new regular reserve campsites. All camping reserve packages offer the choice of sites and ability to reserve ahead of time, an alternate campground entrance, and a waste removal option
• Relocation of the Back Porch Stage to make it more convenient for fan access to vendors and the food court
• The fan-popular open camping in the woods also is still offered“We’ve listened to our dedicated festival attendees, and we’ve made improvements in response to what they have requested,” said Alison Briggs, who along with her husband, Richard, and three generations of family members run the festival.

“All changes were made to enhance the blues fans’ experience,” Briggs added. “We put on a festival that keeps getting bigger and better.”
...Find more about the Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Prebook Oct 2020 Southern Carribbean
Prebook Jan 2021 Eastern Caribbean
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
~ - LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 Prebook open! Sails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Curacao, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on the Holland America's ms Eurodam! Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per person/per cabin guarantees a spot in line to book your cabin once band lineup announced (likely late Nov).
~ 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
 Log-on to reservations or call (816) 753-7979 to secure your space!
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Honoring U.S. Veterans Nov 11
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Nov 7 Johnny Rivers (1942); Nov 8 Bonnie Bramlett (1944); Bonnie Raitt (1949), Eddie “Vaan” Shaw Jr. (1955); Nov 9 Linda Hopkins (1924-2017), Susan Tedeschi (1970); Nov 10 Bobby Rush, George "Mojo" Buford (1929-2011); Nov 11 LaVern Baker (1929-1997), Mose Allison (1927-2016), Chris Smither (1944); Nov 12 Bukka White (1906-1977), Booker T. Jones (1944); Nov 13 Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (1913-1998), John Hammond (1942), Candye Kane (1961-2016); Nov 14 Carey Bell (1936-2007), Anson Funderburgh (1954), Buckwheat Zydeco (1947-2016); Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937-1968); Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873-1958), Hubert Sumlin (1931-2011), Eden Brent (1965), Francis Clay (1923-2008); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967)
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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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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
Dunedin Wines The Blues
Nov-09-2019, Dunedin
Florida, USA
Gainseville Downtown
Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Wisconsin Annual Blues
Harmonica Festival 2019
New Berlin, Wisconsin USA
 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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Blues and Greens
Dec-06-2019 - Dec-07-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Thredbo Blues Festival
Jan-17-2020 - Jan-19-2020
Thredbo, Australia 
10th Annual
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest
Zephyrhills, Florida, USA
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
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-16-2020 - Apr-19-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
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