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|Val Starr & The Blues Rocket is all-original Blues band located in the Sacramento area and were in Memphis representing the Sacramento Blues Society at IBC. Val also performed at the prestigious National Women In Blues Showcase at Alfred's in Memphis on Jan 23.|
Their latest album, Lighter Side of The Blues has climbed to #15 on the Radio Submit Roots Report Blues Album chart this week and #7 on the Contemporary Blues Album Chart and making waves internationally.
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By the time Cheyenne James was 10 years old, the Houston powerhouse was singing Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, and Etta James. Her giant voice, passionate performances, and taste for R&B won her the local nickname “Lil’ Miss Blue-Eyed Soul.”
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| Shoutout to the 2020 IBC Winners & all competitors|
(MEMPHIS, TN) – Big shoutout and congratulations to the winners of the 2020 International Blues Challenge. Memphis was teaming with excitement and talent literally everywhere you went last weekend. Over 230 blues challengers from around the world competed. Of those, 44 bands and 36 Solo/Duo acts made the Semi-finals. By Saturday, Feb 1st, 8 bands and 8 Solo/Duo acts faced off in the Finals at the Orpheum Theater. By Saturday evening, the winners were announced. |
HOROJO Trio of the Ottawa Blues Society took home 1st Place Band, The Jose Ramirez Band of the DC Blues Society took 2nd Place Band and The Pitbull of Blues Band of the Southwest Florida Blues Society took 3rd Place Band. Hector Anchondo of The Blues Society of Omaha took 1st Place Solo/Duo and the Memphis Cigar Box Award; Felix Slim of the Long Island Blues Society took 2nd Solo/Duo and the Lee Oskar Harmonica Award, JW-Jones won the Gibson Guitarist Award; and Sweet Thing by Moonshine Society of the River City Blues Society (VA) won Best self-Produced CD.
We have prize packages for the official IBC winners that includes advertising campaigns from our popular Blues Festival Guide media products.
Congratulations to all those that competed… you’re truly all winners in the blues!
Next up… the Blues Music Awards in May!
...Find list of all the semi-finalists as well as BMA info
|Celebrating the 25th Colorado Blues Society & The Holler! |
|(BOULDER, CO) - The Colorado Blues Society is celebrating its 25th year as a Blues Foundation Affiliate. They will have a big anniversary party Feb 23 at the Buffalo Rose in Golden, Colorado starting at 3pm.|
Started in 1995, the society came about from founder Dave MacIntyre being inspired by a deck of cards called Heroes of the Blues and drawn by famed cartoonist R. Crumb. Noted educator Hawkeye Herman offered those cards for sale in Living Blues Magazine, and when Dave contacted him, a friendship was formed that was the driving force behind the Colorado Blues Society. Holding their first meeting in a pizza joint in Louisville, Colorado, it was decided that the new Colorado Blues Society would start a newsletter called The Holler to provide members with articles and a concert calendar, and also start a Blues in the Schools program.
Over the years the CBS has had many successes. They have presented Blues in the School programs to well over 10,000 Colorado school children from kindergartners to high schoolers. CBS also started the John Alex Mason Scholarship fund to help expose kids to workshops on the blues throughout the country. ...Find more about CBS history and links
|One week to go to Vote for USA Today’s Top Music Museum in the USA|
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The folks at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale are in the Top 10 List of Music Museums in the nation and want to remind you to Vote to help them rise to the top.|
You have until February 17th, noon ET and you can vote once per day!
The winning museums will be announced on Friday, February 28. Voting is open and 10Best will be promoting the winners on their sites and across their social channels. To follow live voting action, look for them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
...Find links and more about nominees and how to vote
|Black History Month to Inspire at B.B. King Museum|
|(INDIANOLA, MS) The B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center at 400 2nd St., Indianola, Mississippi, will be offering a new program each Thursday in February to honor Black History Month.|
History to Inspire: B.B. King Museum’s Tune in to Black History Month Series launched Feb 6 with an art exhibit reception at Gentry High School at 6pm.
Thursday, Feb 13, the museum will feature Black History Culture thru Dance at 6pm.
On Feb 20, Rep. Otis Anthony will present Revisit the Dream, and the series will conclude on Feb 27 with Celebrate thru Song at 6pm. with the BBKM AllStars and local musicians.
Enjoy the talents of local church ensembles, dance groups and other performers Thursday nights during the month of February. All shows are free and open to the public.
While you’re here, pay your respects at the final resting place of the King of the Blues. ...Find links for the B.B. King Museum
|Winners of The 23rd Maple Blues Awards|
(TORONTO, CANADA) - On February 4th, the gala evening for the 23rd Maple Blues Awards at Koerner Hall celebrated artists from coast-to-coast and featured rousing performances from nominees. The 23rd annual Maple Blues Awards not only featured heart-warming moments and great speeches from the winners, but the audience was treated to exciting performances.|
- Entertainer of The Year: Downchild Blues Band
- Electric Act of The Year: Colin James
- Acoustic Act of The Year Matt Andersen
- Male Vocalist of The Year: Matt Andersen
- Female Vocalist of The Year: Miss Emily
- New Artist of The Year: Miss Emily
- Recording/Producer of The Year: Dawn Tyler Watson – Mad Love (Self); Producers: Francois Thiffault & Dawn Tyler Watson
- B.B. King International Artist of The Year: Buddy Guy
- Songwriter of The Year: Dawn Tyler Watson
- Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award): Michael Jerome Browne
- Guitarist of The Year: Paul Deslauriers
- Harmonica Player of The Year: Harpdog Brown & Steve Marriner (Tie)
- Piano/Keyboard of The Year: Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
- Horn Player of The Year: Chris Whiteley & Mat “Moose” Mousseau (Ben Racine Band) (Tie)
- Drummer of The Year: Tom Bona (Sue Foley)
- Bassist of The Year: Alec Mcelcheran (Paul Deslauriers Band)
|A look at and kudos to McClinton, Clark & Mo’ |
|(LOS ANGELES, CA) – The winners were announced Jan 26th but we wanted to give just a bit more backstory on the Blues and Americana winners at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards since we didn’t run last week in the e-Guide. Of course, in case you hadn’t heard, the winner for 2019 Best Traditional Blues Album is Tall, Dark & Handsome by Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men + Dana; the 2019 Best Contemporary Blues Album winner is This Land by Gary Clark Jr.; and the 2019 Best Americana Album is Oklahoma by Keb’ Mo’.|
This was 78-year-old McClinton first GRAMMY in 14 years having earned three previously; 1992 Rock Performance by a Duo with Bonnie Raitt for "Good Man, Good Woman;" 2002 Contemporary Blues Album for Nothing Personal; 2006 Best Contemporary Blues Album for Cost of Living.
"When I found out I was nominated, I got to be honest with you, I felt like I could breathe a little bit," Gary Clark had told Rolling Stone of his nomination. "I was confident in myself, obviously, because I love doing it. I didn’t care what anyone thinks, but I was trying to make a life out of it and kind of be a rebel with a cause—or without a cause, depending on who you are.
...Read more about these GRAMMY winners and find links
|Keeping the Blues Alive’ at Hal & Mal’s|
|The Central Mississippi Blues Society hosts Blue Monday every Monday at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.) starting at 7pm. |
Nate Schumann Jackson Free Press
(JACKSON, MS) - The blues genre will never die as long as enough people strive to preserve it as the years progress. Each year, The Blues Foundation, known as the International Blues Foundation, recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and festivals from across the globe that have invested years and effort into upholding the musical genre during its annual "Keeping the Blues Alive" Awards in Memphis. This year, Jackson's Hal & Mal's won one of only nine KBA awards when they were presented on Friday, Jan 31.
"This is one of the biggest blues win that an entity can receive," Peggy Brown, a founding member of the Central Mississippi Blues Society, says, likening the award to a Grammy or Oscar but for the blues genre. "To be nominated is a big deal, but to win is just huge, because it covers the whole world. So to be honored with (a KBA award) is a big, big honor."
To become a nominee, a past KBA recipient or a Blues Society member must nominate the candidate. ...Read entire story on Hal & Mal's
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|Birthdays upcoming of note:|
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Des Moines, Iowa USA
Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival
Feb-13-2020 - Feb-16-2020
Volcan Baru, Panama
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-14-2020 - Feb-16-2020
El Coco, Costa Rica
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Mason, Ohio, USA
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
Feb-18-2020 - Feb-22-2020
Miami, Florida, USA
Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Feb-22-2020 - Feb-23-2020
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Calgary Midwinter Blues Fest
Feb-24-2020 - Feb-29-2020
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Feb-28-2020 - Mar-01-2020
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-13-2020 - Mar-15-2020
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Blue Mountains Music Festival
Mar-13-2020 - Mar-15-2020
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-20-2020 - Mar-22-2020
Looe, United Kingdom
Phoenix Blues, Brews and BBQ
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Southern Arizona Blues and Brews Festival
Tucson, Arizona, USA
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
Byron Bay BluesFest
Apr-09-2020 - Apr-13-2020
Byron Bay, Australia
Juke Joint Festival
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Apr-16-2020 - Apr-19-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
SRV Tribute Show!
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Blues Hall of Fame
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Blues Music Awards
Memphis, Tennessee USA
May-08-2020 - May-09-2020
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
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