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|Here's Kevin Burt with his annual Blues Festival Guide mag at the 2019 Blues Music Awards! The award-winning, Iowa-based Burt was the 2018 IBC Solo/Duo Winner and along with touring and performing between 325 and 400 a year, he's also one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators.|
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|Featured Video of the Week|
|Bonnie Raitt & Jon Cleary "I Believe I'm In Love With You"|
|The Mike Duke Project :: …took a while|
Singer/keyboardist/songwriter Mike Duke has flourished as an in-demand musician and performer for over 45 years, released his debut CD, the aptly titled …took a while
, on the Little Village Foundation label. Recorded over a 40-year period, ...took a while
includes four newly-recorded band tracks, plus a recent live solo piano piece.
The story of this album of all-original material, is deeply intertwined between Mike Duke’s life as a professional musician and former Huey Lewis & the News manager, Bob Brown, the driving force behind this album’s release. It was Brown who recognized Duke’s talents as a singer and songwriter in the early 1980s and set Mike on a path that led up to this album.
The four newly-recorded tracks on …took a while showcase Mike Duke’s southern soul vocals and piano work backed by a host of all-star guest musicians, including Elvin Bishop, Kid Andersen, Jim Pugh and Angela Strehli. For “Let Me Be Your Fool Tonight,” Northern California faves, The Zydeco Flames, bring the appropriate Louisiana sound and backing feel to the music. “Nicasio,” the solo piano piece that closes the album, was recorded at Rancho Nicasio, the San Francisco Bay Area roadhouse restaurant and nightclub owned by Bob Brown ...Find more about this artist and release
"Little Miss Ponytail"
|Valentine’s Hart Fund Show Feb 15 at Rhythm Room|
|(PHOENIX, AZ) - Southwest Musical Arts Foundation presents a Valentine’s Hart Fund Show on Saturday, February 15 at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ. Every year around Valentine’s Day the Rhythm Room hosts a Benefit for the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund. The fund helps Blues musicians with medical, dental and funeral expenses and holds many proactive health screening events throughout the year. It’s an unbelievable night of music, really more like a full-blown festival in the iconic club in Phoenix.|
The amazing lineup includes Andy T Band with Alabama Mike, Sugaray Rayford, Monster Mike Welch, Annika Chambers & Paul Deslauriers, Alastair Greene, Chris Bad News Barnes, Bob Corritore, Missy Andersen, Cros, Mike Eldred and more!
Doors open at 6pm and the show begin at 7pm. Admission is $25 at the door. Proceeds go to the Blues Foundation’s Hart Fund. Get there early to grab a seat and make sure to bring your dancing shoes! ...Find links & more details
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - You must have a current membership to access the Blues Music Awards ballot. Once you're logged in you will see the BMA section at the top of the portal with the link to your ballot. Voting closes on February 28, 2020 at 6pm Eastern/5pm Central/3pm Pacific. To listen to BMA nominated recordings, stream the 2020 BMA Playlists on Spotify. The Memphis Convention Center is undergoing renovations so The Blues Foundation is creating a unique, new BMA experience for all attendees. The Blues Music Awards will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 6:30pm sharp followed by a special After Party to include buffet dinner, cash bars, silent auction, and live performances by 2020 BMA nominees. |
The Cannon Center is a beautiful performance space with raised four-tiered seating design and built with acoustics intended for live music. It is located on the corner of Poplar Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Memphis, TN and is part of the Convention Center Complex.Guests staying at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel can easily walk across the street from the hotel to the Cannon Center.
The BMA After Party will take place immediately following the BMA Show in the Grand Lobby of the Renasant Convention Center (formerly the Memphis Cook Convention Center). ...Find links and more about voting and attending
|Battle Continues for Biscuits & Blues|
|As SF blues venue Biscuits and Blues’ closure drags on, court steps in…|
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - A Jack in the Box restaurant in San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood has been ordered by a San Francisco Superior Court judge to fix its faulty plumbing, which for several months last year leaked water and feces onto Biscuits and Blues, the old-school music venue below it that has remained closed for almost a year.
The order is part of a temporary injunction issued by the court on Monday. It comes roughly 10 months after the building at Geary and Mason streets began to have plumbing issues. According to the filing, Jack in the Box “must stop any leaks from the refrigerators and freezers up to and including unplugging the appliances.” It goes on to say Biscuits and Blues “continues to suffer irreparable harm” while the 24-hour burger joint operates.
The order does not specifically state which repairs need to be made or whether Jack in the Box will be forced to temporarily close.
Biscuits and Blues, which closed last April , opened in 1995 and is one of the oldest Blues bar and restaurants in San Francisco, where the number of similar venues has been shrinking.
...Read story in entirety by Justin Phillips/San Francisco Chronicle
Photo: Paul Chinn/The Chronicle
|B.B. King Blues Band & The B.B. King Estate Join Forces|
|Broadwayworld/TV News Desk|
The B.B. King Blues Band are thrilled to announce their new partnership with The B.B. King Estate. This joint venture now finds the two forces working together to bring the world The B.B. King Experience, the band's new working name. In addition to the upcoming world tour (dates listed via link), the single "Rock Me Baby" featuring George Benson, Tito Jackson and Claudette King will be released this summer.The B.B. King Blues Band are thrilled to announce their new partnership with The B.B. King Estate. This joint venture now finds the two forces working together to bring the world The B.B. King Experience, the band's new working name. In addition to the upcoming world tour (dates listed below), the single "Rock Me Baby" featuring George Benson, Tito Jackson and Claudette King will be released this summer.
Five years since the passing of the great B.B. King, his towering influence over the blues world, and beyond, remains undimmed. King's music will never be forgotten, and the iconic bluesman's presence is felt stronger than ever as his spirit will appear on tour. With over 100 years of cumulative experience between them, the "Experience" not only supported King, but they would start each show by performing onstage before B.B. came on-stage. The B.B. King Experience's current line-up includes: James 'Boogaloo' Bolden (trumpet). Russell Jackson (bass and vocals), Wilbert Crosby (guitar and vocals), Darrell Lavigne (keyboards). Claudette King (vocals) and Myron 'Big Jack' Jackson (trumpet.)
...Find more about the band and tour dates
|Brick Fields Blues Therapy Memphis View|
BFG friend Selby Miner shared this light-hearted recap from Rachel Fields of the Brick Fields Blues Therapy band who represented the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas at IBC in Memphis.|
“Hello Good People!
We made it back from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis on Sunday and it's taken a few days to wind down.
First I want to say thank you with all of my heart The Ozark Blues Society and to those of you who supported our trip, to those who came to show your support, to those who reached out with words of encouragement and prayers and to those who have reached out with love since we've been home.
Although we did not make it to the Finals, we did make it to the semi-finals!
Considering that Brick Fields Blues Therapy does not fit the standard "blues band" image which is set very high at the IBC's, this is truly a great feat! I have been to the IBC's 5 times (including this time). One of those times, Larry and I went to showcase but the others we were competing. We have never made the semi-finals. I literally ran down the hotel hall in my pj's at 2am to go tell the guys when I found out. It was very exciting! ...Read the full recap
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|Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival|
Feb-13-2020 - Feb-16-2020
Volcan Baru, Panama
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
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
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
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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
& Related Events
Apr-16-2020 - Apr-19-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
SRV Tribute Show!
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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