|Here's some thoughts about venues opening... share yours!|
|Hey Blues Fans!! We see some music venues are opening up around the country. Albeit, opening then closing then opening, etc.|
A reader shared this:
"The last live blues show I saw was in Salida, Colorado on February 28th. The show was at The Boathouse and the band was Blues Recluse.
I’ll feel comfortable when people stop dying. I miss live shows and festivals. I miss my friends!"
- Imelda Hill
We're interested in your thoughts:
- Have you attended any shows and where?
- If so, how was the vibe (i.e. joyous, awkward, crowded, etc.)
- If not, when will you feel comfortable attending?
- If you're a musician, have you performed live for an audience recently?
- If so, how was the vibe and attendance?
Email me 100 words MAX with "VENUES OPENING" in subject line. Tell us where in the world you're located. Feel free to send me a pic of your favorite blues music experience if you like, too.
Wishing you all good health and peace,
|Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!|
|Here's Boston area-based pianist, Hammond organist, and composer Anthony Geraci showing off his Blues Festival Guide magazine and... his latest CD, Daydreams In Blue, which was just released July 10! The CD features roots/rock/blues singer Dennis Brennan plus guest appearances by Walter Trout and Mike Welch.|
A multi-Blues Music Award Nominee and Grammy Nominee, Anthony has also been featured on over 50 recordings with some of the biggest names in blues music from blues pioneers to contemporary artists.
Go ahead and get creative and take a picture with your magazine and email it to us (see below). Don't have your new magazine? You can order one here!
*NOTE! Our 2020 annual was sent to select festivals, blues societies and a few distributors plus we also Encourage Individual Subscribers because of the unusual conditions of the Pandemic... or... if you know of a friendly place that's open that we might send a box to please let us know.
Once you get yours, have fun and SNAP A PHOTO of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the BFG magazine and EMAIL your photo, caption (100 words or less), a URL if applicable, and photo credit to your e-Guide editor!
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page!
The Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2020 Blues Festival Guide!
|Johnny & The Mongrels "Louisiana Girl"|
|Johnny & The Mongrels are a high-powered, New-Orleans-influenced band that has been described as “the perfect combination of a funk-filled heart and a deep Bayou soul.” Its founders, currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado, are singer, songwriter Johnny Ryan and singer, bassist, songwriter Jeff Bostic. The band has played many prominent venues and music festivals nationwide, sharing stages along with way with Scott Sharrard, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Bob Malone (John Fogerty), Deanna Bogart, Shakedown Street, Samantha Fish, Honey Island Swamp Band and Bobby Messano (Steve Winwood).|
“Louisiana Girl,” written by Ryan, Bostic and Sharrard, celebrates the Bayou state’s most alluring asset, with a saucy funk groove, soulful vocals and wailing tenor sax. “It’s a tribute to the women who make Louisiana the incomparable place that it is,” Ryan says. “There’s just something about the women in this state. They have a rhythm, locution and je ne sais quoi all their own.”
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|Register for Dennis Gruenling Live Q&A Webinar Saturday Aug 1 with Bob Corritore |
Harmonica champion Dennis Gruenling has invited multi-award-winning Bob Corritore, one of the most accomplished and passionate Chicago-styled blues harp players around, to be the featured guest on his weekly harmonica webinar this Saturday, August 1st starting at 4pm PST/7pm EST. There’s limited attendance and you must register to join the webinar. This will not be streaming on social media but by invite only for anyone making a minimum $20 donation to attend. Donations of $50 or more get a full page of additional resources, such as exclusive webinar highlight notes, links, recommended recordings, and a playlist! Donations of $100 or more get all of the additional resources plus a Bob Corritore shirt and CD set!|
Here's what a few people have been saying about the Q&A Webinars...
"I've joined all of them and want you to know how much I've enjoyed them. Listening to top players talk shop with you is not only informative, but really funny" - Rich McIntyre "The Question & Answer format allows unique insights... the variety of excellent questions results in topics that interests players of all levels... spend an evening with harmonica legends talking with me in my living room? Yes, Please!!" - Bob Shoemaker
Dennis is currently the featured harp man with the Nick Moss Band, and in addition to winning numerous BMAs, has boldly represented a new, passionate generation of traditional blues harmonica playing through numerous recordings and years of relentless touring! Corritore boasts a decades-long career that involved hanging out on Maxwell Street in Chicago soaking up lessons from blues legends, to performing with masters, to producing many critically acclaimed recordings, hosting “Those Lowdown Blues” radio show on KJZZ (since 1984), to running the world-famous Rhythm Room music venue in Phoenix, AZ.
|July 31st deadline for Lowest Music Submission Price|
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - Reminder: You have until Friday, July 31 to submit your album or minimum 6-song EP for consideration at the current rate of $135 (USD)... on August 1st, the submission fee goes up. Blues music released between Nov 1, 2019 and Oct 31, 2020 is eligible for consideration for a 2021 Blues Music Award Nomination.|
This year, the Blues Foundation has added the opportunity to submit a single for "Song of the Year" consideration even if you do not have a full album or EP released. To be eligible for submission, your single must be a first-ever recording professionally released to the public between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020 and may not be part of a larger EP or full album release.
To submit a single for "Song of the Year," you must contact Joe Whitmer at email@example.com. Singles may not be directly uploaded to the online submission platform without a special code.
Submission fees and deadlines:
- Now until July 31, 2020 – $135 per album or EP / $35 per song
- Aug 1, 2020 – Aug 31, 2020 $155 per album or EP / $55 per song
- Sept 1, 2020 – Sept 30, 2020 $180 per album or EP / $80 per song
- Oct 1- Oct 15, 2020 $225 per album or EP / $125 per song
All music must be uploaded as a WAV file with album artwork uploaded as a JPEG or PDF file. If you need assistance with uploading your music, album artwork, and/or liner notes, please contact Joe Whitmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Celebrating 8th International Blues Music Day Aug 1st, 2020|
(WORLDWIDE) -Stay Safe & Celebrate The 8th annual International Blues Music Day from wherever you are around the world, on Saturday August 1, 2020. |
If you know of or are having a Blues Music Day event Aug 1st, email us asap.
Blues Against Hunger (BAHS) will give away a signed, special edition Epiphone Slash AFD guitar at 5PM (PST). Get raffle tickets here! BAHS’ founders Sixx and Sweet will host a special live “Sugar Shack Show” (video bash) and giveaway on YouTube which will also feature the award-winning Avey Grouws Band.
The Lucky Losers, winners of the Independent Blues Award for “Best Blues-Soul Artist of 2019,” will be Live from Greaseland with Kid Andersen 6pm PST, 9pm EST via Can't Stop The Blues.
Double J Radio in Australia will celebrate with 8 hours of dedicated blues programming on Saturday August 1, 2020. You can find it out here.
The Blues Train in Queenscliff, Victoria Australia is giving away a rare, custom, Blues Train electric guitar. Check it out and enter for your chance to win!
Blues Musicians from Israel, Mississippi and New Orleans will collaborate to host a 12-hr online Blues Festival. Find event details here and the live stream here.
98.3 Big Fm Radio in Shillong, India will celebrate with 12 hours of dedicated blues programming on Saturday August 1, 2020. See details here and how to request your favorite blues song!
House of Blues New Zealand celebrates at The Granary, Founders Park, Nelson, New Zealand 7pm-11:30pm in support of Hospice Nelson/Tasman. 2 stages with multiple bands, a licensed bar and food options. Tickets $30. Facebook event.
|Blues Drive-In Show Aug 9 in Rockland’s Harbor Park|
|(ROCKLAND, ME) — Live blues music returns to Rockland on Sunday, Aug. 9, with a Blues Drive In, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the public landing, 275 Main St./Harbor Park, Rockland, Maine.|
North Atlantic Blues Festival co-producer/founder Paul Benjamin was approached by Rockland Harbormaster Matt Ripley about having some live music in the park, according to a news release.
“Ripley spoke with the City and the Harbor Committee, came up with a plan and “here it is,” Benjamin said.
The drive-in show will be performed by the Meg Williams Band. Nashville-based guitarist, songwriter and singer Williams represented Kentucky in last year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis; and was house band director for the International Women in Blues Showcase during the IBCs. Her recent debut album is titled Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions.
“But to make this work, there are some rules that must be followed,” said Benjamin. Everyone will need to stay in their vehicles, he said, although those who come in pickup trucks may be in the truck bed with a mask on. To keep social distancing, every other parking spot will be used; cars also will be parked on the grass.
The event is free to the public, but a $20 donation per carload if possible is requested to help pay for the cost of the show. The public landing will be open during this time, and anyone on site is asked to wear a mask.
Two more shows are tentatively scheduled, one on Sunday, Aug. 23, with Johnny Rawls; and one on Sunday, Sept. 6, with Tas Cru. “The second and third shows can only take place if everyone obeys all of the rules. So if you want live music, it is in your hands,” said Benjamin. …PenBayPilot story
|Misty Blues Duo: Queens of The Blues Aug 14|
|(STOCKBRIDGE · MA) - Misty Blues Duo will perform a tribute called “Queens of The Blues” on Aug 14, outdoors at The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.|
For over 20 years, Misty Blues has been an institution in the vibrant Berkshire music scene. Lead vocalist extraordinaire Gina Coleman was born to sing the blues, and her performances, with gusto and pure vibrato, are unforgettable. For this special performance, Gina pays homage to the pioneering women of color who became the matriarchs of the blues, including: Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown and Koko Taylor.
There will be a 50% discount on tickets for front line workers. Please call the box office for more information or to purchase. Patrons should bring low back chairs and/or blankets to enjoy this performance under the tent. Masks are required and social distancing will be expected.
Bobbie’s picnic will be provided by BB’s Hot Spot.
...Berkshire Theatre Group Info
|CD, Single & DVD Releases |
|Duffy Bishop :: I’M GONNA DO WHAT I WANT!|
"I'm Gonna Do What I Want"
Duffy Bishop is a force of nature and an unforgettable performer. For those of you who know Duffy, this latest album, I’m Gonna Do What I Want!
, speaks to who she is: groundbreaking, a take no prisoners performer, and a passionate multi-genre singer who defies any one label. The album swings, shuffles and rocks its way through some great originals (and a few choice covers) with a band that plays with the immediacy and passion of a hot live performance.
Duffy Bishop is in the Hall of Fame of the Cascade Blues Association, Washington Blues Society, and The Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
Booking: Road Dawg Touring, Doug Tackett, Email (303) 670-9950
Chris Carlson, Email, 503-750-0392
Management: 2 Jeffs On Music, Jeff Ross, Email
Press : 2 Jeffs On Music, Jeff Heiman, Email
|Kivett Bednar :: "Beggin' Ya Please"|
"Beggin Ya Please"
"Beggin' Ya Please" is the new single from Kivett Bednar. The song brings forth images of a cold, bright day at the coast. The first thing that strikes you is the sadness and urgency of the vocal performance. One comes away with the impression that they’ve witnessed genuine catharsis expressed as art.
Growing up in Austin, Kivett’s music tends toward roots and Americana. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Kivett embarked on a production career that would see him work with such Austin legends as The Hudsons and Guy Forsyth. More recently Kivett produced the albums Better Than I Was
and Wrong Kind Of Love
for Portland’s own Rae Gordon, who has been a staple at the Waterfront Blues Festival’s main stage for years. Kivett’s own band, The Pining Hearts, won Best Indie Band and Best Local Artist on Willamette Week’s Best of Portland list 2017.
“Beggin’ Ya Please” marks the first release of Kivett Bednar’s as an independent artist. And it is to be followed by a full album release scheduled for later this Fall. You can find more music by Kivett Bednar on Spotify and the Apple Music Store, or through his website
|Mark May Band :: DEEP DARK DEMON|
|Mark May Band releases Deep Dark Demon on Gulf Coast Records, featuring the single "Barbecue and Blues," celebrating the blues, brews and barbecue that is a common theme of music festivals and blues fans from all over the world. Mark’s last release, the highly acclaimed album Blues Heaven, hit #6 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and remained there for 5 weeks.|
"Barbecue and Blues'"
To describe some artist’s music with one word would be easy but to do that with Mark May’s music would be impossible. But there’s one thing for sure, it’s all dripping with his rich love for the blues. His astonishing live shows featuring dynamic twin leads and dual harmony guitar work are the perfect complement to Mark’s smooth vocals. For over 20 years, Mark May has made a name for himself in the Texas blues scene and has been perfecting his craft performing at blues clubs, bars, and festivals.
The Mark May Band has performed at numerous festivals across the country including Telluride Blues and Brews, Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, King Biscuit, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Dallas International Guitar Show, Chenango Blues Festival, and many more. Mark May also had the opportunity to be the opening act for The Allman Brothers Band on their 1997/98 Amphitheater tour and went on to join up with ABB guitarist Dickey Betts and his band Great Southern for several tours and an album. He has also been featured in Blues Review, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar, Tone Quest and other major publications. You can purchase Mark's new album at his website
|Jimmy Witherspoon "Nothing's Changed" |
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|Our Artists & Headliners Stay & Play, They Don’t Hit & Run!!|
100+ scheduled shows on 6 stages. Multiple shows by each artist, pro jams, land events, autograph sessions, artist workshops & more…
*RESCHEDULED TO 2021
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct. 24~31, 2021 #35. Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s ms Eurodam.
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Open Cabin Sales launched JULY 15 @ 11am CDT
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|Chasing The Blues Podcast|
|Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents|
|SEASON 2 / EPISODE 16:|
Tom The Suit Forst catches up with the legendary Mark Farner, vocalist of Grand Funk. Mark gives Tom some inside information about the recording of "I'm Your Captain," one of Tom's favorite blues-rock songs, which Grand Funk released in 1970. He fills Tom in about his work with Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp, and shares a personal message of unity, and the need for all Americans to come together as a nation.
"We are an American Family," he declares, with a nod to his classic rock song "We're an American Band."
Mark also tells Tom about his Go Fund Me, which he started with his wife, to help families across Michigan impacted by flooding over the past year. You can contribute to Mark Farner's Mid-Michigan Flood Relief here.
Chasing the Blues Podcast has weekly episodes sharing interesting stories of the original bluesmen, the pioneers of the art form, as told through personal interviews with players from around the world: some famous in their own right, recording and touring artists, veteran sidemen, and rising new talent.
Chasing the Blues is proudly sponsored by Blues Festival Guide, which Bobby Rush calls the "road map to the blues." Chasing the Blues is also sponsored and produced by Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT.
|Print & Digital Versions Available|
18th Blues Festival Guide Magazine Print & Digital Editions
|(ARCATA, CA) — RBA Publishing offers the 18th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine in both print and digital formats as well as our weekly Blues Festival e-Guide newsletter.|
“With so many festivals postponing or canceling, it was uncertain if we would publish it this year, but the readers kept asking,” says publisher, Kaati Gaffney. “We received countless personal calls and emails from advertisers and readers alike and have been bombarded with magazine orders. It seems the more we all sat at home during this pandemic, the more we thought about music and its ability to generate well-being and connection...”
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: The Roadmap to Everything Blues. Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial is once again from aficionados in the blues community.
- Living Legend: Charlie Musselwhite By Eric Steiner
- Blues Movies Reel Away the Blues By Roger Stolle
- The Healing Blues By Anita Schlank, Ph.D.
- What’s Cookin’ with Victor Wainwright
- The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation
- Jammin’ On the High C’s On Board the LRBC By Mitch Woods
- A King and A Duke By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
- Festivals Receive KBA
- Blues: An African Sonic Response By Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D.
To order a hard copy mailed to your home, send $9 to RBA Publishing Inc. P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518. To read the 64-page magazine online for free, visit our website.
Blues Festival Guide is a division of RBA Publishing, Inc, which specializes in blues publishing, publicity and marketing.
...Click here to read cool mini descriptions of these fine articles
|Birthdays upcoming of note:|
July 30 Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940-2011), Otis Taylor (1948), Michael Burks (1957-2012); July 31 Roy Milton (1907-1983), Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923-2006); Aug 2-Big Walter Price (1917-2012), Mark Naftalin (1944); Aug 3- Mercy Dee Walton (1915 –1962); Aug 4-Louis Armstrong (1901-1971); 6- Willie Lee Brown (1900–1952); Aug 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937-2013); Aug 8-Joe Tex (1933-1982), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920–1997); Aug 10-Ronnie Spector (1945), Grego "Mojohand" Anderson (1968), Leo Fender (1908-1991), Mighty Mike Schermer (1966); Aug 11-"Crying" Sam Collins (1887-1949), Aug 12-Percy Mayfield (1920-1984), Roy Gaines (1934); Aug 13-Jimmy McCracklin (1921-2012); Aug 14-Larry Graham (1946 Sly & The Family Stone bass), Son Seals (1942-2004)
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|We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts|
|Blues Festival Guide Magazine Media Platforms Feature Live Streams, Online Concerts & more |
The Blues Festival Guide platforms are fast becoming the main portal for blues live stream and blues online concert events.
As fast as an online event is announced, the Blues Festival Guide team makes the announcement and link go live in a special section on the top-ranking Blues Festival Guide Website
, as well as on their social media platforms (Facebook
with 195,000 Followers, and Instagram @bluesfestguide with 6,000 Followers). This service is provided for free to the artist as well as the viewer.
Even though music festivals and clubs are on lockdown across the globe, there are loads of brand-new music and live concerts via live stream, both small and large, local and international, that can be watched from the safety of your couch on your own TV, computer or phone.
With almost 20 years of experience delivering blues music and blues music news around the world, Publisher Kaati Gaffney says, “We are experienced digital marketers specializing in live music events. During this time of pandemic, while festivals and events are virtual, it is our pleasure to provide this service.” ...Find more about BFG or to contact us to share your events
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Postponed means rescheduled or 2020 is still pending. Cancelled means some have picked dates for 2021. Please check the festival links on our site for most current updates
Fargo Blues Festival
Aug-07-2020 - Aug-08-2020
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
POSTPONED to SEPT 19-20, 2020
Crosby Zydeco Festival
Aug-15-2020 - Aug-16-2020
Crosby, Texas, USA
Interstate Blues Fest
Aug-28-2020 - Aug-29-2020
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival at Your House
Sep-04-2020 - Sep-06-2020
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Tim Horton's Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival
Sep-10-2020 - Sep-13-2020, Mississagua, Ontario, Canada
RESCHEDULED to MAY 9, 2021
Leeds Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
|For all festival-event links|
please go to our website
RESCHEDULED to MAY 8, 2021
Lincoln Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Sep-13-2020 - Jan-01-1970
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Laconia Blues Festival
Laconia, New Hampshire, USA
RESCHEDULED to JULY 8-10, 2021
Annual Greenwood Blues Cruise
Sept-24-2020 - Sept-27-2020, Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
Kimbrough Cotton Patch
Soul Blues Festival
Sep-25-2020 - Sep-27-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
RESCHEDULED to MAR 6, 2021
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Jimiway Blues Festival
Oct-16-2020 - Oct-17-2020
Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-29-2021 - Jan-31-2021, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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