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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 1, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 1

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CD & DVD Releases
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Billboard Blues Album This week
Festival-Event Calendar
Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for samples & updates)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
We caught up with Selwyn Birchwood after his performance at the Forgotten Blues Festival in Port St. Joe, Florida, Saturday, Nov 9, 2019.
Emotive singer, songwriter, guitar and lap steel player, Selwyn is one charismatic, next-generation, award-winning bluesman to watch for.
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Featured Video of the Week
Muddy Waters Tribute 1997 with Koko Taylor, Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman & many more
CD & DVD Releases
The McNaMarr Project :: HOLLA & MOAN
Holla & Moan might convince you that Chess records never closed; it just moved to Australia. The McNaMarr Project combines the talents of two of Australia’s most powerful and successful blues artists, including the stunning vocalist Andrea Marr, who channels the best of Bettye Lavette and Tina Turner like no other, and John McNamara, whose potently authentic roots guitar and soul-drenched vocals create the perfect pairing with Marr’s scorching skills.
Holla & Moan is an all-original set of soul, blues, gospel and funk music that shows off the sophisticated songwriting skills of both lead artists, supported by a world-class team of backing musicians and produced to perfection.
The Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society recently awarded Holla & Moan Album Of The Year and title track “Holla & Moan” Song Of The Year at the 2019 Vic/Tas Blues Awards. The McNaMarr Project brings the sound of soul blues on Holla & Moan with their love of Stax, Chess and Motown written into every song.

Marr and McNamara are already well loved in Australia, where Marr’s 2017 album Natural hit #1 on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts and the US Roots Music Report Soul and R&B charts, and racked up 4 Australian Blues Music Award nominations. McNamara’s 2017 single “Rolling With It,” also hit #1...   Find more about this artist and release
"Throwing Down A Little Love"
News Flash... 
Celebrating 26th Annual MLK Jr. Blues Festival Jan 14-19
(CHESTER, SC) - Tue, Jan 14, 12:00 PM – Sun, Jan 19, 3pm, Carolina Hall, 119 College Street, Chester, South Carolina with be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s ideals, nonviolence, equal rights, freedom, justice, harmony, love, peace and live blues.

The original blues festival created in recognition of the MLK Jr. National Holiday is 6 days of world class blues, heartfelt speakers and discussions on Dr. King and our hopes and dreams for today and the future. Performances at the 26th Annual MLK Jr. Blues Festival include blues-soul great Clarence Carter; Mississippi Blues Soul Great Johnny Rawls; Hammond B-3 Organ Master Bruce Katz the kings of Swamp Blues; Packrat's Smokehouse; Austin "Walkin" Cane; Doris "Lady D" Fields; Jazz Oasis; and the Ric Holly Experience. Special speaker Rev. Lewis Bohler, Episcopal Priest, Civil Rights Captain, a lifetime friend of Martin Luther King Jr. is spending 6 days at the Festival.

The week includes the MLK Jr. Blues Festival Community Lunch, Gospel Blues Dinner Show, Community Breakfast, and Gospel Blues Brunch at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the Carolina Hall, and Inn Upon Moon River Plantation Bed & Breakfast.  ...Find more about The MLK Jr. Festival and festivities
Jan 29 Blues Hall of Fame Museum Exhibit, Reception, Signing, Int’l Music Panel
(MEMPHIS, TN) – The Blues Hall of Fame Museum is hosting several special events on Wednesday, January 29 that are all open to the public.

At noon, enjoy conversation and more as the Blues Foundation hosts Blues Music Award winner and GRAMMY® Award nominee Janiva Magness for a book signing of her new autobiography, Weeds Like Us.

At 3:15pm, a Women of the Blues Photo Exhibit and Reception will be held. It’s the Grand Opening of the newest exhibit in the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Gallery, Women of the Blues, a photography collection curated by Lynn Orman Weiss. The collection is a sampling of blues women of all ages and backgrounds who represent a broad spectrum of blues and who have been captured by photographers from around the world. Light food and beverage will be served.

From 2pm-3pm it’s Music Across Borders presented by Canada Consulate General. Moderated by Leigh Shockey, panelists include Shakura S'aida, Bruce Morel, Rick Booth, and Robert Mauries discuss the international reach of blues music and how music moves across borders. ...Find more details and links about these free events

Some Highlights to Enjoy with IBC Pass and KBA Ticket
(MEMPHIS, TN) – The International Blues Challenge (IBC) is Jan 28 - Feb 1 and over 230 blues challengers from around the world will be competing! Below are just some of the IBC highlights you can also attend with your IBC Pass. They are required for entry. 

Thursday January 2, 2020 is the last day to purchase IBC passes if you want them mailed to you ahead of your arrival. All passes purchased after this date will be held at Will Call. 

On Thursday, January 30, 11:30am - 1:30am at the Blues City Café there will be a first-time special preview screening of the 1991 film Deep Blues as newly remastered in 4K for a 30th Anniversary relaunch in 2021. Director Robert Mugge will be on hand to answer questions, and Executive Producer Dave Stewart of Eurythmics will offer a newly taped video introduction. Note: The Encore Screening will be Friday, January 31 at Midnight at Blues City Café. IBC Pass required for entry to both these events.

Also Thursday, January 30, from 12:30pm - 1:30 m at King's Palace, Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Rush will lead a discussion... ...Find out more details and links pertaining to IBC week and the KBA luncheon
Visit Clarksdale for a Mississippi Blues Experience
(CLARKSDALE, TN) - Located just south of Memphis, at the fabled “Crossroads” of highways 61 & 49, Clarksdale, Mississippi, is busy preparing for another year of blues.

Clarksdale kicks off its festival season January 24-26 with the Clarksdale Film & Music Festival. This nonprofit event specializes in Mississippi-connected and blues/roots-music movies. They also feature live blues music performances, history bus tours, workshops, nightly lobby receptions, special guests and more. They are currently working up their 2020 lineup.

In addition to a multitude of festivals and nightly music, visitors can also check out Clarksdale’s Mississippi Blues Trail markers, the world-famous Delta Blues Museum, and its historic downtown shopping district that includes a guitar shop, harmonica store, and blues art galleries. ...Find links and detailed calendar and lodging ideas
Intro to Blues opening eyes, ears of Palm Beach County campers
Ron Burke/WPBF
(DELRAY BEACH, FL) - A group of 21 youngsters is bringing in the New Year through song in Delray Beach. They are the first Palm Beach County students to participate in the Fernando Jones International Blues Camp.
For 10 years, Jones, a Chicago-based musician, has held free camps all over the country. Since Sunday, he and his staff have introduced campers to the blues. The students are using what they are learning for a series of public performances they will give around Palm Beach County this week.

“Today is our second day, but it seems like we’ve covered three to four days of material, and that’s because they do their homework," Jones said.

Jones, who is also a college instructor, is teaching campers that while Blues may be an unfamiliar genre, it is in fact closely associated to the music most of them enjoy.

“Blues is the root of American music," he said. "When they listen to hip-hop or even gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey, the father of gospel music, was a blues man.” ...Read entire story and see video
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine!
LRBC #34 Western Caribbean: Jan 19-26, 2020
Join Waitlist here!
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 BOOK NOW!
Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979 at that time!
Taj Mahal & Phantom Blues Band, Keb’ Mo’, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Kenny Neal Band w/ Tyree Neal, G. Love & Special Sauce, Danielle Nicole, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls, Rev. Peytons’ Big Damn Band, Vanessa Collier, Marquise Knox, Shakura S’Aida, RUF Records Blues Caravan, Jonathon Long, Doug MacLeod, Mitch Woods Club 88, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Kelley Hunt, Daryl Davis, Eden Brent & many more!
LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021
PREBOOK NOW with your $500 per cabin deposit.
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
- Jan 5, 2020 Feast of the Epiphany
- Jan 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr Day
- Jan 25 Chinese New Years
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 2 Little Smokey Smothers (1939-2010), Rubin “Rube” Lacy (1901-1969); Jan 5-Johnny Adams (1932-1998), Wilbert Harrison (1929-1994), Sam Phillips (1923-2003 founder of Sun Records); Jan 6-Kim Wilson (1951); Jan 9-Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); Jan 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935-2018), Sam Chatmon (1897-1983), Jerry Wexler (1914-2008 founder of Atlantic Records); Jan 11-Slim Harpo (1924-1970); Katie Webster (1936-1999), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); Jan 12- Ruth Brown (1928-2006), Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904-1972), Long John Baldry (1941-2005); Jan 14-Allen Toussaint (1938-2015), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15-Earl Hooker (1929-1970), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968), Queen Ida (1929)
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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
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
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MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Chester, South Carolina USA
Samantha Fish Cigar Box
Guitar Festival
Jan-15-2020 - Jan-18-2020
New Orleans, Louisiana, 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
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
   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
Lincoln Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
May-15-2020 - May-17-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
Chesapeake Bay
Blues Festival
May-16-2020 - May-17-2020
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Sierre Blues Festival
Jun-11-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Sierre, Switzerland
Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-14-2020
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Greeley Blues Jam
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Greeley, Colorado, USA
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