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Along with our festival, artist and blues related features, here’s some of the the cool editorial:
Keeping the Blues Alive During a Pandemic By Irene Johnson
What’s Cookin’ with Larry Garner
The Lore of the Train By Michele Lundeen
Blues Against Hunger Society ...feeding thousands in the last decade while supporting, promoting and preserving the blues
Living Legend: Miss Lavelle White By Pam Cosel
The Blues Foundation Welcomes New Leadership... an interview with the new CEO and President
Ladies Sing & Play the Blues By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Thanks for digging and supporting the blues!
|Photo Moments with the New 19th Annual BFG Magazine!|
|Here's Paul Benjamin, a blues force to be reckoned with, co-founder of the long-running North Atlantic Blues Festival and former President and former Chairman of the Board of the Blues Foundation among other accolades and projects.|
The photo was captured during the 2021 North Atlantic Blues Festival, held July 10-11 in Rockland, Maine.
Photo: Marilyn Stringer
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|CD, Single & DVD Releases |
|Eddie 9-Volt :: LITTLE BLACK FLIES|
"Little Black Flies"
All his life, Eddie 9-volt has acted on instinct. At age just 15, this old-soul artist turned away from the path of college and jobs to burst all guns blazing onto the blues club circuit of his native Atlanta, Georgia. Flash forward to 2019, and for his debut album, Left My Soul In Memphis, the prodigious multi-instrumentalist simply powered up the amps in his mobile trailer and with his brother/co-writer/producer, Lane Kelly, laid down one of the year’s breakout releases, acclaimed as “fresh and life-affirming” by Rock & Blues Muse. “Memphis was a total side project,” shrugs Eddie, “that ended up taking off.”
Released in 2021 on Ruf Records, Little Black Flies is the 24-year-old’s most impulsive move to date. Tracked live in Atlanta’s Echo Deco Studios through November 2020, once again with Lane turning the knobs, plus a who’s who of the state’s best musicians (including guitar icon Cody Matlock), it’s an album that Eddie planned to feel like it’s unfolding right in front of you – right down to the clink of bottles and loose studio banter.
With Little Black Flies, there’s a sense of an artist coming full circle: the kid who once loitered outside the clubs of Atlanta now leading Georgia’s greatest players into the studio. Certainly, these recordings gave much-needed catharsis to the musicians who created them. But perhaps Eddie’s ultimate aim is to pass that spirit on to everyone who hears the record. “It makes my day to please someone after they work all day,” he says. “My job is to make them smile and let the music make them forget – or remember.”
|Halley DeVestern Band :: MONEY AIN’T TIME|
There is nothing quite like sound of a seasoned live band playing to a packed house on a night when they were hitting on all cylinders from downbeat one to the rapturous encore. Capturing those moments is a miracle of modern recording technology that we all get to benefit from. One such miracle happened September 1st, 2019 at the Studio Winery in Lake Geneva Wisconsin when the touring New York City rockin funk and soul group, The Halley DeVestern Band were in the house.
The club billed the show as “imagine Janis Joplin backed by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Mothers of Invention with just a hint of Howitzer. That is The Halley DeVestern Band.” A completely accurate description of DeVestern and her seasoned five-piece band that includes guitarists David M Patterson (Shawn Mullins , Kirsten Thien) and Steve Jabas, (Hot Peas ‘N Butter) and the rhythm section of drummer Rich Kulsar (Roger Waters, the Zen Tricksters, Mickey Dolenz) and Tom Heinig (Lamont Cranston Band, Mill City Band) on bass, all of whom have the musical muscle and dexterity to back her up. For DeVestern, who toured with Big Brother and the Holding Company filling the shoes of Janis Joplin with her mighty vocals and showwomanship skills, deserves nothing less.
Recorded in front of a full house the 10-song set is a mix of five original tunes including the chart topping single, “Muscle Memory,” and five rearranged cover songs, running the gamut from hard driving soul to rocking blues and Americana, putting the listener in the front row of a one-of-a-kind experience.
|Waukesha Rotary BluesFest coming August 13-14 |
|(WAUKESHA, WI) – The Waukesha Rotary BluesFest, “An American Music and Art Festival,” presented by the Waukesha Rotary Club, will be held Friday and Saturday, August 13-14 at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, Wisconsin (1/2 mile north of I-94 on STH 83). Gates open at 12:30pm both days with the music 1pm-10pm each day. 12 acts will perform over the weekend which include headliners are Robben Ford on Friday and Albert Castiglia on Saturday. |
Blues, jazz, and rock guitarist Robben Ford was a member of the L.A. Express and Yellowjackets, and has collaborated with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton, Rick Springfield, and KISS. Ford has received five Grammy Award nominations and was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine.
Albert Castiglia is a Miami-raised musician who served an apprenticeship while backing legendary blues musician Junior Wells. He later went on to work with singer Sandra Hall. Never content to be conﬁned to any particular category, he embarked on a solo career that’s yielded nine critically acclaimed albums and consistent kudos for his exceptional instrumental prowess, searing vocals, and exciting live shows.
In addition to the great line-up of live music, Waukesha Rotary BluesFest features an exceptional selection of new food items from popular local food trucks, a full selection of beverages for all tastes and an Art Show featuring regional and locally known artists.
The Waukesha Rotary Club is celebrating 100 years serving the community this year. Proceeds from Waukesha Rotary BluesFest go back into the community through the Waukesha Rotary Club Charitable Fund, Inc. a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
|Mississippi Valley Blues Fest 2021 Sept 17-18 |
|(DAVENPORT, IA) - The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest 2021 will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 17-18, at the historic LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa. Sept 17th, Friday Gates: 4pm-11:30pm, Sept 18th, Saturday Gates: 12pm-11:30pm.|
For the past 35-plus years, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society has continued to bring both national and regional Blues legends and rising stars to the Blues Fest. Friday’s 2021 lineup includes John Primer, Jontavious Willis, Toronzo Cannon & Band, and Southern Avenue. Saturday’s Lineup includes Stephen Hull Experience, Selwyn Birchwood, Melody Angel, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and Eric Gales.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the MVBS website or at the gate on September 17th and 18th. Attendees 14 and younger get in free with an adult!
|Blues on Belgrade July 24th |
|(NORTH MANKATO, MN) – Business on Belgrade presents the annual Blues on Belgrade, July 24, 2021 12pm-11pm. This outdoor music festival brings blues music to the historic and unique North Mankato City Center (200 Block of Belgrade Ave.) in Lower North Mankato, Minnesota.|
This is a free event to the community and is a day full of blues music from local and national bands, food, vendors, sunshine (usually) and fun.
Appearing in order from noon-11pm on the Mankato Ford Stage: The Echos, Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, Miss Myra and The Moonshiners, City Mouse, Tony Holiday, The Murphy Brothers Band, with The Jimmys headlining.
Bring the whole family and meet us on the 200 Block to enjoy this annual event.
|Gloucester Blues Festival is back Aug 14th|
|(GLOUCESTER, MA) – Saturday August 14th, world-class blues will reverberate through Stage Fort Park (41 Hough Avenue, Gloucester, Massachusetts) with some of the nation’s finest performers playing on the Gloucester Blues stage. Located right on the waterfront on beautiful Cressey’s Beach, the event features a beer garden and outstanding food and craft vendors.|
Performing this year are John Primer & The Real Deal, JP Soars & The Red Hots, Kat Riggins Band, King Solomon Hicks, R.B. Stone Band, and the Jane Lee Hooker Band.
Gates open at 9am and music starts at 11am. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the gate. Limited reserved seating tickets available for $60. A special $5 children’s ticket will be available at the gate for ages 6-12. Children under 5 admitted free.
This event is rain or shine. More details at their website.
|- Long Beach Blues Society’s Community Concert July 31st|
- Southern Fried Fundraiser Aug 8 to help WCBS Programs
|(LONG BEACH, CA) - In partnership with Councilwoman Mary Zendejas and the Port of Long Beach. the Long Beach Blues Society (LBBS) is thrilled to host a free concert series for the community on the last Saturday of the month through August 28. |
The 2nd (Long Beach Blues Society’s “Blues For All” Free Summer Concert in this series will take place July 31st and feature Lester Lands & Friends and The Bernie Pearl Band from 3pm-5pm outdoors at the Cesar Chavez Amphitheater (401 Golden Ave., Long Beach, California). You should RSVP right away if you want to attend this as the fill up to capacity quickly.
These Concerts are bringing the community the best Blues artists free of charge to all ages hoping to inspire our next generation as well as uplift our local community coming out of lockdown into a comfortable setting.
(VALLEJO, CA) – The West Coast Blues Society and Vino Godfather Winery Presents “The Blues Is Back Southern Fried Blues Fundraiser” at Vino Godfather Wine Tasting (500 Walnut Ave Mare Island, Vallejo, CA), August 8, 11am-5pm. Artists appearing include Terrible Tom Bowden, Fillmore Slim, Alvon Johnson, Karl Bracy, Oakland Blues Divas, Philadelphia Chuck Wallace, Blind Lemon Peel and more.
The concert will raise funds for West Coast Blues Society Programs such as: The Music They Played on 7th Street, Oakland Walk of Fame maintenance. The Blues in The Schools program, The Russell City History Project, the documentary “Russell City the Town That Lost The Blues,” and other ongoing public events. Tickets: Eventbrite.com or call WCBS 510-472-8800. See website for more information.
|Lazy Lester - "I'm A Lover Not A Fighter" |
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"Hard times ain't nothing that music won't help heal..."|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 22- George Clinton (1940); July 23 Tony Joe White (July 23, 1943); July 26 Popsy Dixon (1942), Mick Jagger (1943); July 27-Irene Johnson (BFG Magazine Editor); July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943-1981), Junior Kimbrough (1930-1998); 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); July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943-1981), Junior Kimbrough (1930-1998); 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)
AUGUST Aug 2-Big Walter Price (1917-2012), Mark Naftalin (1944); 3- Mercy Dee Walton (1915–1962); Aug 4-Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)
Just in case:
July 24th is "Tell an Old Joke Day." The very first joke book ever found was also from Greece. Titled “Philogelos,” or “Laughter-Lover.” Well, we all know laughter is the best medicine and of course we also know there are blues funnies and of course countless blues songs with humorous, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and funny innuendos. So, get your blues and laughter going on and share some with your friends.
What happens if you play blues music backwards?
Your lover returns to you, your dog comes back to life, and you get out of prison.
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Aug-06-2021 - Aug-07-2021
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Aug-06-2021 - Aug-07-2021
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| 20th Heritage Music BluesFest|
Aug-13-2021 - Aug-15-2021
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Waukesha Rotary BluesFest
Aug-13-2021 - Aug-14-2021
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
Joliet Blues Festival
Joliet, Illinois, USA
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA
Blues from the Top
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Gloucester Blues Festival
Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-20-2021 - Aug-22-2021
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Big Blues Bender
Sep-09-2021 - Sep-12-2021
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival
Sep-09-2021 - Sep-12-2021
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Sep-17-2021 - Sep-18-2021
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