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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 20, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 8

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Featured Video of the Week
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Intros and Outros
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Here's bassist Chris "Sully" Sullivan of The Farmers (a spinoff of The Beat Farmers) with multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter Grammy-winning Fuzzy Fankins (formerly Ike Turner band) hanging out at Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grille in San Diego during bluesman Tomcat Courtney's 91st birthday bash!
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Featured Video of the Week
Benny Turner "Who Sang It First"
CD & DVD Releases
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps :: LIVE!
It is hard to measure in actual quantitative levels the amount of joy one gets from playing music with great friends, but every ounce of that emotion comes ringing through on the latest release from Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps simply titled LIVE! The new tracks are a baker’s dozen of six original tunes and seven favorite cover songs from her two decades as a recording artist, including songs from her most recent Grammy-nominated album Here In Babylon.

The album is a compilation of performances from four different shows at one of their favorite haunts, Bogie’s, with four different lineups of her touring band, thus creating a true representation of their live show. Anchored around her main partners in crime, Terry Wilson on bass and guitarist Billy Watts, the band is augmented by an amazing horn section featuring Lee Thornburg and Darrell Leonard on trumpet and Joe Sublett, Paulie Cerra, and Ron Dziubla on saxophone. Three award-winning drummers round out the Rhythm Tramps - Herman Matthews, Jay Bellarose and Tony Braunagel – each adding their own distinctive groove to the collection.  ...Find more about this artist and release
"In The Pink"
News Flash... 
Grammy Award Winner Fantastic Negrito In Pacifica Mar 21
(PACIFICA, CA) - Longboard Margarita Bar presents Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito on Saturday, March 21st at Longboard Margarita Bar (180 Eureka Drive) Pacifica, California, just 15 minutes south of San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now at Event Brite. Doors open at 8pm and show starts at 9pm. Ages 21+.

Fantastic Negrito is the incarnation of a musician who is reborn after going through a lot of awful shit. In fact, the name Fantastic Negrito represents his third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to “make it”, who “got it”, who lost it all, and somehow managed to find his way back. Returning to music in 2014 by playing on the streets of Oakland, Fantastic Negrito won the inaugural NPR Tiny Desk Contest. In 2016 he released his debut full-length album, The Last Days of Oakland, which went on to win a Grammy in 2017 for Best Contemporary Blues Album. ...Find ticket and more artist details
The Special Tampa Bay Blues Fest After Shows 
(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) - The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, returns to the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 3-5. Tickets and limited VIP packages on sale NOW! It's an All-Star line-up with Aaron Neville, JJ Grey & Mofro, Larkin Poe, Jimmie Vaughan, Danielle Nicole, Ronnie Earl, Rod Piazza, Mindi Abair, and much more. Get ready for three fun days of Blues By The Bay!

Plus, the Saturday “After Shows” will feature an amazing All-Star Band, The Proven Ones, with Kid Ramos, at 10:30pm and Canada's top blues band, Dawn Tyler Watson, at midnight.

The “After Show” is being hosted by Ringside Cafe in downtown St Petersburg, a favorite music venue, with full liquor bar, located a short walk away, at 16 2nd Street North, St. Petersburg. The Ringside Cafe shows begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. and run until around 2 am. Admission is free, so you'll want to head on over after the festival ends on Saturday night.

This is a fun way to extend your music, while hanging out with your friends and experiencing the friendly vibes of downtown St. Petersburg.
And don’t forget the Official Kickoff Party with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram on April 2 at 8pm at the Palladium Theater. ...Find event links and festival lineup
This Weekend's Sea-Blues Festival
Lee Clark Zumpe/Tampa Bay Newspapers
(CLEARWATER, FL) - It’s a tried-and-true recipe for Clearwater: Combine fresh seafood and spicy-hot blues on a placid February weekend.

This year’s Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23, at the scenic Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Gates will open at 1 p.m. General admission is free. VIP tickets also are available. For more information and to purchase VIP or reserved seating tickets, visit Event organizers are promising a weekend full of authentic blues music served with a side of fresh, mouth-watering seafood. While enjoying great live performances, attendees also have an opportunity to experience Gulf Coast cuisine as vendors dish up selections such as jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crawfish and gumbo.

Saturday’s performers include Allen Stone, Southern Avenue, Brandon Santini, RJ Howson, Reverend Barry & the Funk, and Someday Honey. Sunday’s lineup features Tab Benoit, Victor Wainwright & the Train, Heather Gillis, Betty Fox Horn Band, and the Broadcast. Doyle Bramhall II was originally slated to perform, but due to personal reasons will not be appearing at this year’s festival. 
...Read full article
SF Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Block Party & Blues Concert
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - Celebrate Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore with great blues, a second line processional, creative costumes, good food and colorful beads. Fillmore Street comes alive with a neighborhood-wide Mardi Gras party during the annual Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore with a free blues concert. The Village Project will host the 14th annual Mardi Gras, San Francisco style on Tuesday, February 25th at the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, California). This year’s free community blues concert in the Fillmore Center Plaza, features blues songstress, Rhonda Benin, along with Freddie Hughes. The blues concert is free but an RSVP is required.

The New Orleans-style festival will bring San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Music District to life with Zydeco and blues, a colorful family friendly carnival atmosphere, and a second line parade led by the Gumbo Band. New Orleans’ own, Chief Takawaka will serve as Grand Marshall and will MC the event.

There will be face painting, street artists and performers. The free blues concert starts at 5 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. ...Find how to RSVP here
Billtown Blues Association Announces Festival Audition Concert Lineup 
(WILLIAMSPORT, PA - The time has come for the Billtown Blues Association (BBA) to hold their 28th annual “Billtown Blues Challenge” Festival Audition Concert where local and regional musicians compete for the coveted spot on the BBA festival stage performing along with confirmed national and international acts.
This year's BBA Audition Concert is set for Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the Genetti Hotel Ballroom, 200 West 4th Street, Williamsport. The competition will consist of the bands and solo/duo acts alternating throughout the night starting at 4 p.m. There will be a brief intermission and the acts will resume at 6pm. Doors open at 3pm.

Admission is $15 for the general public and $10 for Billtown Blues Association members. Continuing with the same event format, the judges for this important event are drawn from the BBA's current membership. All current members are eligible to receive a ballot and participate in the judging process as long as ballots are obtained prior to the first note of the event.
Competition this year includes local bands Roar and Jangle (solo/duo), Kevin Hyatt Band (band) from Mansfield, Noaker-Combs Duo (solo/duo) from Lewisburg, J.P. Williams with Eddie The Harp (solo/duo) from Tunkhannock, The Cadillac Cats (band) from Williamsport, Selinsgrove based Jason P. Yoder (solo/duo) and Becky Blue & the Brand New Review (band) from Selinsgrove.  ...Find more details here
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine!
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 BOOK NOW!
Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979.
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
February is Black History Month
Feb 25th is Official Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Feb 20-Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898-1951); Feb 21-Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell (1903-1962), Nina Simone (1933-2003); Feb 23-Johnny Winter (1944-2014); Feb 24-Willie Kent (1936-2006); George Thorogood (1950); Feb 25-Ida Cox (1896 or 1898-1967); Feb 26-Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928-2017), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943-1981); Mar 1-Zac Harmon (1957); Mar 2 Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (1963), Rory Gallagher (1948-1995); Mar 3-John Primer (1945); Mar 4-Bobby Womack (1944-2014); Mar 5 J.B. Lenoir (1929-1967), Peg Leg Howell (1888-1966), Tommy Tucker (1933-1982); Mar 6 Walter "Furry" Lewis (1893-1981), Walter Trout (1951)
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Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
Feb-18-2020 - Feb-22-2020
Miami, Florida, USA
Baton Rouge
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
Katoomba, Australia
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
  Southern Arizona Blues and Brews Festival
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
St Petersburg, Florida, USA 
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 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!
Apr-18-2020, Minneapolis
Minnesota, 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
Gator By The Bay
San Diego, California USA
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-08-2020 - May-09-2020
Kwadendamme, Netherlands
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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