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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 16, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 3

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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 
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We ran into David Hughes at the Blues Hall Of Fame in Memphis last May. David is a longtime Blues Foundation Blue Music Awards event volunteer and also was President and served on Spa City Blues Society Board for many years. The Spa City Blues Society produces three of Hot Springs largest events including the Hot Springs Blues Festival.
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Featured Video of the Week
 Shemekia Copeland "Ghetto Child" 
CD & DVD Releases
Paul Gabriel :: MAN OF MANY BLUES 
Acclaimed New England-based guitarist/singer Paul Gabriel latest CD, Man of Many Blues, coming from Smoke Ring Records. Produced by Duke Robillard (who also guests on the new CD), Man of Many Blues was recorded at Lake West Studio in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, by Jack Gauthier, and also includes perennial Blues Music Award nominee Sugar Ray Norcia (of Sugar Ray & the Bluetones) as a special guest.

“This is one of the most special recordings I have ever done,” Gabriel says about the new album. “It’s being dedicated to my dear friend, Georgia Louis, the great 1960s Gospel and Blues singer; and it’s also special in that this is my sophomore recording with Duke Robillard producing.”

Man of Many Blues contains 13 all-original songs featuring Gabriel backed by an all-star cast of musicians, including Duke Robillard (acoustic archtop guitar, electric guitar); Scott Spray (a veteran of both Edgar and Johnny Winter bands), long-time Gabriel friend and band member Frank Davis and Paul Opalach (bass); Mark Teixeira (drums); Sugar Ray Norcia (harmonica); Bruce Bears (piano and Hammond organ; Lonnie Gasperini (Hammond organ); Howard Eldridge (vocals); Christine Ohlman (backing vocals); Mark Earley (tenor and baritone sax); and Doug James (baritone sax). ...Find more about this artist and release
"I Feel Good"
News Flash... 
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival Celebrates Jan 24-26
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Hollywood comes to Clarksdale? Or maybe it's Sundance? Nope. The world comes to Clarksdale — to celebrate movies, music and Mississippi, y'all.

The 10th annual Clarksdale Film & Music Festival returns Friday-Sunday, January 24-26, to celebrate its first decade in the historic downtown — an arts and entertainment district in the midst of revitalization due, in large part, to nightly blues music and annual festivals like this one.

"This is the tenth edition of our film festival, and it promises to be our biggest and brightest yet," said event co-founder Roger Stolle. "Even more exciting than this single event is all of the progress we've seen in the areas of blues tourism and downtown revitalization during our festival's first ten years. We like to think that our film festival and April's Juke Joint Festival had something to do with some of our progress here."

According to Stolle, this year's Clarksdale Film & Music Festival will showcase the small town's big successes and deep history. In addition to blues/roots music, civil rights and Mississippi-connected films (many featuring Clarksdale content and characters), this year's special weekend also includes multiple panel discussions and workshops with plenty of special guests. One panel will specifically cover Clarksdale's downtown revitalization. ...Find the 10th Clarksdale Film & Music Festival schedule and more info
Toronto Maple Blues Awards Gala Feb 3, 2020
(TORONTO, CANADA) - Canada’s National Blues Awards Program promotes blues music across Canada, and recognizes outstanding achievement in the field. The 2020 Nominees for the Maple Blues Awards were selected by a distinguished panel of some 62 blues experts which includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada.

Presented by the Toronto Blues Society, the winners of the Twenty-Third Annual Maple Blues Awards will be announced at the Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto, on February 3, 2020 at TELUS Centre for the Performing Arts: Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Showtime is 7pm and tickets start at $35.

This very special evening is Canada's national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent. It's also a night of great music with performances by some of this year's nominees backed by the all-star Maple Blues Band and hosted by Raha Javanfar. Performers include Raha, Miss Emily, Dawn Tyler Watson, Big Dave McLean, Michael Jerome Browne, Matchedash Parish Students from the Regent Park School of Music.

Winners in instrumental categories — guitar, harmonica, piano/keyboards, horn, drum, and bass — will be determined by the Nominating Panel. Winners in all other categories were selected by blues fans across the country who voted through Dec 1, 2019.
Find the full nominee list at the website.
...Find links, nominees and more about the 23rd Toronto Maple Blues Awards

Hold a Day of HART Fundraiser in your Blues Community 
February, The Blues Foundation's Month of HART (Handy Artists Relief Trust), is approaching, and the Blues Foundation is encouraging both individuals and their affiliated blues societies to hold a Day of HART Fundraiser! All proceeds from your event will go directly to the HART Fund, helping safeguard the health and well-being of deserving blues musician. Your support of the HART Fund helps provide direct support for acute, chronic, preventative medical and dental care, and even dignified burials for blues musicians and their families.

The foundation will list all supporting Month of Hart events on The Blues Foundation's website page, with dates and links to each event. Each participating fundraiser will also be included in a special section of their upcoming newsletters to shine a light on the work you're doing to partner with them.

For the affiliated blues society that raises the most funds during their Day of HART Fundraiser, The Blues Foundation will arrange for health screenings in their community for their musicians and society members, free of charge! 

To register your Day of HART Fundraiser event, please contact Matt Uhler via email or (901) 527-2583, ext. 15. Once you register, you will receive a special Month of HART graphic to use in your promotions.If you’d like to make a donation the HART fund go the website.
...Find links and more about the HART Fund and how you can be a part of it
5-day Weekend Brings Best of Scottish Blues Musicians to Edinburgh Feb 6-10
(EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND) - The 2020 Scottish Blues “Weekend” returns from Thursday Feb 6 to Monday Feb 10, bringing together Scottish blues icons and students of the blues. 

Curated by singer, Nicole Smit and guitarists Jed Potts and Sandy Tweeddale, three Edinburgh musical talents with their fingers on the pulse of what’s hot in Scottish blues, the event aims to showcase the best of the music happening in Scotland right now.

They say, “The Scottish Blues Weekend shines the spotlight on Scottish Blues and offers a platform for new projects. It's great to be able to showcase such a diverse range of blues, as well as a host of bands led by women. We hope that you'll enjoy the weekend, and we especially hope that you'll see someone you might not have seen before.

"Fresh from her sell-out performance at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Nicole Smit delivers a standout concert embracing contemporary tunes and stellar interpretations of the classics made famous by the inspirational blues women of the past. She is joined by Cera Impala in duo with Lake Montgomery (Delightful Squalor).
Read entire story and details at Edinburgh News/ and also to find the download link to the program.
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 SOLD OUT! 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 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr Day
- Jan 25 Chinese New Years
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 16-Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932-2009), Robert Wilkins (1896-1987); Jan 17- Paul Rishell (1950), Mick Taylor (1949); Jan 19-Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943-1970), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936); Jan 20-Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1888-1949), Luther Tucker (1936-1993); Jan 21-Snooks Eaglin (1936-2009), Richie Havens (1941-2013), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938-1995 DJ extraordinaire), Zora Young (1948); Jan 22-Hammie Nixon (1908-1984), Sam Cooke (1935-1964), “Blind” Willie Johnson (1897-1945), Teeny Tucker (1958); Jan 24-Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949-1982), Beth Hart (1972), John Henry "Guitar Shorty"[1] Fortescue (1923-1976); Jan 25-Sleepy John Estes (1899-1977), Etta James (1938-2012); Jan 26-Huey "Piano" Smith (1934)
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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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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events here
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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
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
2020 International
Blues Challenge
Memphis, Tennessee USA
The Hey Nonny Winter
Blues Summit
Jan-31-2020-Feb 2-2020
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Mornington Peninsula
Blues Festival
Mornington, Australia
CIBS Winter Blues Fest
Des Moines, Iowa USA
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-14-2020 - Feb-16-2020
El Coco, Costa Rica
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Experience II
Mason, Ohio, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
  Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-13-2020 - Mar-15-2020
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-20-2020 - Mar-22-2020
Looe, United Kingdom
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
30th Springing the Blues
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
Jacksonville Beach, 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
Blues Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Blues Music Awards
Memphis, Tennessee 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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