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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 27, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 9

Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Billboard Blues Album This week
Festival-Event Calendar
Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
The Albert Castiglia Band tore it up Jan 31, 2020 at Tio Leo's in San Diego, CA. Albert on lead guitar and vocals, Ephraim Lowell on drums and Justine Tompkins on bass guitar were tight as a drum.
Performing since 1990, Castiglia even had a stint as Junior Wells lead guitarist in the late 90's. The Florida-based, award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist's first solo work was released in 2004. His latest album, released in 2019 is called Masterpiece.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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Featured Video of the Week
Terry Evans & Ry Cooder "Down In Mississippi"
CD & DVD Releases
Marie Martens and The Messarounds :: TRAVELLED 
Travelled, the debut album from Marie Martens and The Messarounds, walks both sides of blues and rock highway with intensity, conviction and power. Across 13 tracks, Marten seamlessly weaves her own originals in with an array of covers, each song distinctly different from the next, yet all connected by a common thread. Originally a bass player in her native Sweden, Martens grew up in the rock world but fell in love with the blues and never looked back.

Despite years of co-writing in various band, it wasn't until she picked up guitar; specifically gravitating to slide, that she began to write her own songs and craft her own style. Now, after 15 years in the States, she finally has corralled the right crew of like-minded musical accomplices and put together a blues rock locomotive that keeps one foot in the Delta while simultaneously hurling sonic bricks through the window separating early Led Zeppelin and The Black Keys.
Martens coaxes the most from every beat and lyric, applying a well-tempered stranglehold to every riff and melody. Her guitar work is all about tone control; from slippery smooth slide work to all-out fuzz fest, and most points in between, you’d be hard pressed to find a wasted note.  ...More about artist and release
"Change My Ways"
News Flash... 
Redwood Coast Music Festival May 7-10, 2020
(EUREKA, CA) – We're growing! The annual Redwood Coast Music Festival features over ½ dozen venues, more bands, more great music, and complimentary shuttles. We've added two new historic venues for 2020: The fantastic Arkley Center for the Performing Arts and the newly restored Eureka Veteran's Memorial Building.

Our venues are spacious as well as intimate in historic locations and on beautiful Humboldt Bay. All venues have food, bars and room to dance to your favorite bands.  Everything you have enjoyed - iconic venues, music, dance floors plus special sets and band combinations you won't see or hear anywhere else! Why should you Come to our Festival? Location! Situated along the spectacular Northern California coastline, the City of Eureka is one of California’s best kept secrets. Bordered on one side by beautiful Humboldt Bay and on the other by mountains lush with giant Redwoods. Room to dance! We have dance floors in every indoor venue. 2020 features an amazing lineup of American Roots music, Jazz, Swing, Blues, Zydeco, Rockabilly, Americana, Western Swing, Country - we've got it all!

Get your tickets and if traveling here, be sure to checkout the Redwood Coast Sponsor Hotels.

Another Tourism driving event sponsored by the Eureka Lodging Alliance. ...Find tickets, artists and more details
Only A Few Days Left To Vote for the 2020 BMA’s
(MEMPHIS, TN) - There’s only a few more days to vote for your favorites in the 2020 Blues Music Awards. Voting closes this Friday, February 28, 2020 at 6pm Eastern/5pm Central/3pm Pacific.

You must be a member of The Blues Foundation to vote for the Blues Music Awards. Once your membership is current, log into The Blues Foundation membership portal to access the BMA ballot. The Blues Foundation mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.To join or renew your membership, go to the website at and click on Membership. For assistance in joining or logging in, please contact Keisha Moore-Alston at 901-527-2583, ext. 10 or ...Find links, nominees, details
Beth Hart and Kenny Wayne Shepherd star on brand new blues podcast
By Dave Everly/Louder Sound
Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Kris Barras feature in a brand-new blues-theme podcast. Presented by musician and DJ Big Boy Bloater, The Blues Podcast launched February 25 with three separate episodes featuring Hart, Shepherd and Kris Barras.

Talking about the shows Big Boy Bloater says: “I’m excited to present the brand-new Blues Podcast, where I get the chance to chat to and delve into the lives of some of the greatest contemporary and up and coming blues musicians as well as the leading industry figures in the genre. We’ll be getting to know the person behind the music by finding out what makes them tick and where their roots lay. So, sit back, put your feet up, and grab a tipple of your choice as we massage your ears with tall tales from the blues trail.”

The Blues Podcast will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcast/iTunes, Google Podcast, YouTube and Podbean.

A brand-new episode will be released on the last Tuesday of every month.
...Find links and details
In 1920 Mamie Smith’s Crazy Blues paved the way for Black Music
By Roger Smith/Syncopated Times
Mathematical sticklers may demur, but I take pleasure in declaring the twenties have finally arrived again. The ringing in of a new decade—a twenties that may or may not roar, but will undoubtedly swing—will bring many opportunities to celebrate centennials and deepen our appreciation for the history of syncopated music.

One of the most significant events of 1920 from the standpoint of popular music in the United States was the recording of Perry Bradford’s tune “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds. Its runaway success on the Okeh label made “Crazy Blues” the first significant hit recording in the blues genre. Smith was also the first African American female popular singer to lead a commercial recording.

The disc flew off store shelves in Harlem and racked up 75,000 copies sold in its first month. Some people say it went on to sell a million. I can’t judge the credibility of that claim, but for reference, the U.S. population stood at just a hair over 106 million on the first day of 1920, according to that year’s census.

Historians have often credited “Crazy Blues” with catalyzing the proliferation of so-called “race” records. Its popularity made clear that black consumers now made up a viable market for the recording industry. ...Read informative article
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our Artists and Headliners Stay and Play, They Don’t Hit and Run!!
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s ms Eurodam. Over 95% Sold! Book your cabin now before they’re gone!! Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979. Over 100 scheduled shows on 6 stages. Artist Lineup: 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, Shemekia Copeland, Danielle Nicole, 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, Chuk Barber’s Soul Lounge, Mr. Sipp (Special Guest) & many more!
LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam! Join the LRBC email list at to receive the announcement!
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
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Mar 9 Georgia White (1903), Lloyd Price (1933); Mar 10-Dave Alexander aka Omar Shariff (1938-2012), Ronnie Earl (1953); Mar 12-Leonard Chess (1917-1969), Bill Payne (1949 Little Feat co-founder); Mar 13-Otis "Lightnin' Slim" Hicks (1913-1974); Mar 14 Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980); Mar 15-Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905-1950), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912-1982); Sly Stone (1944), Ry Cooder (1947); Mar 16-James "Yank" Rachell (1910-1997); Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917-1965); Mar 18-Wilson Pickett (1941-2006), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927-2001); Mar 19-Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975)
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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
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events here
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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
Festival Internacional
de Blues de Alicante
Mar-15-2020 - Mar-30-2020
Alicante, Spain
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
 30th Springing the Blues
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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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