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|We're excited to get back to the live music scene, and we know you feel the same. The 19th Blues Festival Guide is here! We're thrilled to have the talented Kevin Burt on our 19th annual cover thanks to the photography of Marilyn Stringer!|
Our magazines are shipping so get your orders in to have and to hold and refer too throughout the year! The magazine is also digital on our website.
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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!|
|Photographer and Blues fan David Rocco caught up with Ken Farley, Tommy Castro and Gina Lopez, Executive Director, Brewery Arts Center after a rousing Tommy Castro and The Painkillers concert July 24, 2021. The concert was part of the Levitt AMP Carson City Concert Series at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, Nevada.|
Photo: © David Rocco
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|Nevada’s Battle, Axe & Tracks Music Festival Oct 2-3, 2021|
|(CARSON CITY, NV) – The Battle, Axe & Tracks Music Festival will be happening Oct 2-3, 2021 at the Eastgate Depot (Eastgate Siding Rd.) in Carson City, Nevada.|
The area’s first multi-day music festival combines both the V&T Railway setting, activities and 15 musical acts including headliners Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Larkin Poe, Samantha Fish, Carolyn Wonderland, North Mississippi Allstars, and more of the best emerging and established rock and blues musicians on the scene today.
Tickets are on sale now. Get yours soon as there is limited space. For 15% special discount use this code: BLUESFESTGUIDE
There’s not only the amazing music lineup, food trucks and crafts, but some other truly unique experiences as well. Yes, an axe is a guitar but it’s also, well, an axe. If you haven’t tried it yet, take this opportunity to sign up for axe throwing when you arrive at the event, spaces are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.
Then there’s Freedom Rail Bikes. Explore Carson City’s newest attraction, Carson Canyon Railbike Tours, at the V&T Railway Eastgate Depot! Rail Bike Tours are included with your ticket purchase but you must sign up to reserve your spot when you arrive at the festival. These “Made in America” rail bikes are innovative, and easy-to-pedal.
We will have live music everywhere you look. Because the festival doesn’t begin until noon each day, we encourage you to explore Carson City and Virginia City each morning. As you do, you will be able to enjoy the live music of our talented Northern Nevada musicians all throughout town.
|American Roots Music Festival in Eureka, California|
(EUREKA, CA) - The Redwood Coast Music Festival, an American roots music festival, happens Sept 30-Oct 3, 2021 in Eureka on California's Redwood Coast. Enjoy 4 Days with 40+ bands on 8 stages featuring American Roots music including New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Swing, Zydeco, Rockabilly, Western Swing, Country and more!
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.
Great American Roots Music! Jazz, Swing, Blues, Zydeco, Rockabilly, Americana, Western Swing, Country - we've got it all.
Room to DANCE! We have dance floors in every indoor venue. Eureka is well known as THE dancer's festival.
We're growing! Beautiful, historic locations, More venues, More bands. MORE Great Music! Find lineup, details and tickets here.
|Colorado Blues Society Q Blues 2021 Raffle on now!|
|The Colorado Blues Society Q Blues 2021 Raffle fundraiser is live. Now through Labor Day you can link to the website, see the exciting themed prizes and purchase tickets.|
The raffle prizes reflect the communal cultures and moods of blues and barbeque. Win some extraordinary items while supporting the CBS.
You can also or text QBLUES2021 to 855-202-2100.
From the collection of seventeen raffle prizes, here’s 2 examples:
• The Louisiana Grills wood pellet smoker donated by Lulu’s Farm.
• Ceramic guitar art original by Scott Fitzke.
There are also specially selected books, signed by their acclaimed authors on the history, lives and cooking cultures of blues music and barbeque cuisine.
• Wayne Goins – Blues All Day Long. Growing up in Chicago, nearly every day Wayne saw his father and renowned harmonica man Little Walter meet for coffee.
• Stephen Foehr – Taj Mahal Autobiography. Stephen says, “…friendship, blues and BBQ make for a fine life.”
• Benjamin Bartlett – Essential BBQ Herbs & Spices. From the UK, this royal Pitmaster lays on barbeque worth a king’s ransom.
• Adrian Miller – Black Smoke. Every once in a while, you come across a book so original, it makes you rethink a subject you’ve studied for years.
• Cheryl Alters Jamison – Texas Q and Smoke & Spice. Gnaw on these words and feast like an expert barbeque editor.
• Adam Gussow – Whose Blues. With academic credentials and street smarts, Adam is profiled on Netflix’s, The Devil and Satan.
|John Lee Hooker Month ~ A Journey Through the Blues|
|(SACRAMENTO, CA) - This celebration of John Lee Hooker is a collaborative effort by the John Lee Hooker Foundation and Sacramento Blues in the Schools through the Sacramento Blues Society.|
The “journey” includes a great collection of local and national touring artists who have contributed material to support the Blues in the Schools program in the Bay area and in the Greater Sacramento area.
Originally screened on June 5, it's now available for your viewing pleasure Aug 1-Sept 1, 2021.
Once you register at Eventbrite for this free viewing event, you will receive an email directing you to the ticket purchase page.
The SBS Blues in the Schools (BITS) Program teaches students (K-12) lasting life skills by integrating music education with creative writing, math, African-American history, geography and sociology.
|CD, Single & DVD Releases |
Milwaukee area-based guitarist/singer Dave Kalz and Gulf Coast Records founder/co-owner Mike Zito met years ago in their hometown of St. Louis, so, it was only fitting for them to return to their roots and record Dave’s debut album, Relish, on Gulf Coast Records at Sawhorse Studios in St. Louis. “I've known Dave Kalz for 30 years,” said Zito. “He is an inspired guitarist and musician full of heart and soul.” The 11 all-original songs on Relish were produced by Mike Zito and feature both Kalz and his regular band, augmented by special guests, including Zito, himself.
Dave Kalz was a founding member of Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, which toured as the opening act for Devon’s father, Gregg Allman. In 2018, Dave formed Anthology – an Allman Brothers Tribute band, featuring former members of Gregg Allman’s 1978 touring band.
Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Little Feat, the Allman Brothers, Foghat, and Stevie Ray Vaughan were early influences. But when he saw Albert Collins and the Arc Angels (Austin Blues rock band of Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton), everything he thought about guitar tones changed. “It was like someone lifted a blanket off of the guitar amp in my head, and suddenly, I knew what I wanted out of my fingers, my guitar, and my amp.” “My first trip to New Orleans, followed by a trip to the New Mexico and Arizona deserts changed how I would write and hear the music in my head forever. It became more spiritual.... but also more nasty and swampy. I wanted my guitar to emote sounds that evoked grit and grease, but with a hint of dark mystery, intrigue… Everything I do now goes back to that.”
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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:
Aug 6- Willie Lee Brown (1900–1952); 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937–2013), Annika Chambers-DesLauriers (1992); Aug 8-Joe Tex (1933-1982), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920–1997); Aug 10-Ronnie Spector (1945), Grego 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), Son Seals (1942-2004); Aug 15-Buster Brown (1911-1976), Jackie Brenston (1930-1979); Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928-2011), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915-1976); Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939-1997); Aug 19-Earl Gaines (1935-2009); Aug 20-Issac Hayes (1942-2008); Aug 21-Count Basie (1904-1984); Aug 22-John Lee Hooker (1920-2001), Debbie Davies (1952)
Just in case:
August 8 is "International Cat Day" — a day to celebrate one of man’s most common and ancient pets. Independent, adventurous, cool. I think we can take a step further and think of all the "cool cats" or references that have crossed our path in the blues. "Black Cat Bone" comes to mind ... Ana Popovic's "Daddy Was A Preacher (Mama Was An Alley Cat)... and?
While sliding around that YouTube rabbit hole I rediscovered "It Should've Been Me," an old song my band used to do by Commander Cody (originally recorded by Ray Charles with Jesse Stone in 1954)... while only one mention... "Down on the corner, was a real sharp cat... had a $300 suit, $100 hat. Standing on the curb, by a Dynaflow, voice from inside said 'come on daddy let's go!'"
....but was sure fun to hear it again!
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Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-05-2021 - Aug-08-2021
25th Annual Mammoth Festival
of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Aug-05-2021 - Aug-08-2021
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Magic City Blues
Aug-06-2021 - Aug-07-2021
Billings, Montana, USA
Lebanon Blues Festival
Aug-06-2021 - Aug-07-2021
Lebanon, Ohio, USA
Blue Ribbon Blues Fest
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
In The Market for Blues
Omaha's Blues Fest
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Waukesha Rotary BluesFest
Aug-13-2021 - Aug-14-2021
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
Aug-13-2021 - Aug-15-2021
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Aug-13-2021 - Aug-15-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
Joliet Blues Festival
Joliet, Illinois, USA
Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA
Blues from the Top
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
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| Gloucester Blues Festival|
Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
Decatur BBQ Blues
& Bluegrass Festival
Aug-14-2021 - Aug-15-2021
Decatur, Georgia, USA
Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-20-2021 - Aug-21-2021
Norwich, New York, USA
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Aug-20-2021 - Aug-21-2021
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues
Aug-20-2021 - Aug-21-2021
Madison, Indiana, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-20-2021 - Aug-22-2021
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Aug-27-2021 - Aug-28-2021
Trinidaddio, Colorado, USA
Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
Sep-03-2021 - Sep-05-2021
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
John Coltrane Jazz
and Blues Festival
Sep-04-2021 - Sep-05-2021
High Point, North Carolina, USA
Big Blues Bender
Sep-09-2021 - Sep-12-2021
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Sep-17-2021 - Sep-18-2021
Davenport, Iowa, USA
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