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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!|
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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!|
|BFG Sales Rep Tom Andrews caught up with friend Willi Cox of Auburn, Alabama at the Times Grill in Slidell, Louisiana. Willi's Cox Productions, books shows in the Alabama area.|
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|2021 Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival Aug 12-15 |
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) – The 33rd annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival kicks off Aug 12 through Aug 15 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.|
On opening night, Thursday, August 12, the Grits, Greens & BBQ VIP Party features tasty BBQ by the Sunflower Supremes plus Lucious Mississippi Marshall, and Terry "Big T" Williams performing from 7pm-9:45pm.
On the Main Stage Friday, August 13, located on the grounds of Clarksdale’s Delta Museum, there will be 6 acts including Lightnin’ Malcolm, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, and Castro Coleman aka "Mr. Sipp The Mississippi Blues Child.
On Saturday, August 14, music goes from 5pm-10:45pm on the Acoustic Stage at the VIP tent featuring artists such as Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Bill Abel, Little Willie Farmer, Sean "Bad" Apple (when the Acoustic Stage moves to the Main Stage), and Bill "Howlin' Madd" Perry. On the Main Stage from 6pm-12am artists include Jimbo Mathus, Anthony "Big A" Sherrod, and Sweet Angel.
On Sunday, August 15, the Gospel Stage at the Civic Auditorium will feature 8 acts.
The festival was started in 1983 by Living Blues magazine co-founder Jim O'Neal and Dr. Patricia Johnson and is a non-profit organization staged entirely by volunteers with the exception of sound and lighting professionals.
This weekend is also Cathead’s 19th Anniversary and there will be lots of things going on at that location as well as around town, and of course, the Delta Blues Museum.
|Kenlake Hot August Blues 2021 Aug 27-28|
|(HARDIN, KY) - The Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival has been a tradition for over 30 years, always the weekend before Labor Day! Kenlake Hot August Blues 2021 will be held Aug 27-28 at the Kenlake State Park Amphitheater, in Hardin, Kentucky on the shores or Kentucky Lake. Come Join us for 2 days of music, craft beer and more! |
There will be a main stage and a Heritage Stage. The nearly 2 dozen acts will include The Legendary Shack Shakers, Nightmasters, Johnny Mac, Lew Jetton & 61 South, and many more.
“On Friday night, we’re going to have a jam session, where members of the bands that had performed during the day are going to come to the main stage and play all types of different songs,” says promoter Eric Allen. “That will go on for about an hour, maybe, then we’ll go back to the new heritage stage and we’ll keep having music there into the early morning… We’re calling that Hot August Nights … After Hours.”
All Tickets are general admission with a limited amount available at each price point. Rain or shine!
|"Bluesdays" in the Village at Squaw Valley until Aug 31|
|(Olympic Valley, CA) - Squaw Valley USA and the Squaw Valley Village merchants have three remaining “Bluesdays” for their 12th season. The Tuesday Bluesdays are free and run from 6-8:30pm outdoors in Squaw Valley Village at 1750 Village East Road, Olympic Valley, California.|
August 17th will feature saxman extroadinaire Terry Hanck, August 24th the uber-talented and clever Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, and August 31st wraps this year's Bluesday series with the slide master himself and his crack band, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings.
Bluesdays features an outdoor Blues bar with beer, wine and spirits as well as great grab-and-go food offerings from Village restaurants. A limited amount of seating is available, please bring your own low back chair to be placed in our Music Venue Seated Area if you plan to sit.
|2022 Jazz & Heritage Festival Set for April 29-May 8|
|(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - As a result of the current exponential growth of new COVID cases in New Orleans and the region and the ongoing public health emergency, we must sadly announce that the 2021 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, scheduled to take place October 8-17, 2021, will not occur as planned. We now look forward to next spring, when we will present the Festival during its traditional timeframe. Next year’s dates are April 29-May 8, 2022.|
Ticketholders for both Festival weekends (including those that rolled over their tickets from 2020) will receive an email this week with details about the ticket refund and rollover process. All Wednesday, October 13 tickets will be automatically refunded.
In the meantime, we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials, so that we can all soon experience together the joy that is Jazz Fest.
|KVBA Blues Bash – Live at Old Dog Tavern Aug 21|
|(KALAMAZOO, MI) – The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association (KVBA) Blues Bash will be presented Saturday Aug 21 at Old Dog Tavern (402 E Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, Michigan. The event will feature Billy Branch & The Sons of The Blues, Wayne Baker Brooks, Jake Kershaw, Out Of Favor Boys, and Crossroads Resurrection. Doors open at 2pm and the show starts at 3pm.|
Get your tickets now while they last. Catch up with some familiar faces. eat some great food and best of all, experience some great blues music!
(Billy Branch & The Sons of The Blues photo by Roman Sobus Photography)
|Colorado Blues Society Raffle Chances!|
|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. You can also text QBLUES2021 to 855-202-2100.|
From the collection of 17 raffle prizes, two examples include a Louisiana Grills wood pellet smoker donated by Lulu’s Farm. and a stunning, ceramic guitar art original by Scott Fitzke.
Among other prizes, there are also specially selected books, signed by their acclaimed authors on the history, lives and cooking cultures of blues music and barbeque cuisine.
|CD, Single & DVD Releases |
|Mark Cameron :: BACK FROM THE EDGE|
Recorded in 2020, Back From The Edge continues the foot-stompin’, butt shakin’ sound that Mark Cameron is known for while adding an expanded range of songs as only Cameron can pen them – from the soul. This suite of ten original songs will take you on a memorable journey through the blues in its many forms.
The album kicks off with the funky-hooky riffs of “It’s Alright”, a satire-laced commentary with sassy guitar and gritty harmonica sparing throughout. In “This Is The Blues” Cameron unleashes the full force of the horn section to drive home all the little things in life that can add up to the blues and the liberation that comes from just admitting it. Cameron winds the amp up to the max and plugs in the Dobro for some nasty slide blues on “2nd Job”. The relationship theme continues on “Never See It Comin” with Sheri Cameron driving home the point on grinding saxophone.
The mood turns playful and funky again on “All There Is To It.” The title track “Back From The Edge” takes a brutally honest look at the world we live in. Cameron’s soulful message is enhanced with guest performances by organist Tommy Barbarella (New Power Generation) and soul singers Tonia Hughes and Sara Renner. The listener can sense that the tongue is planted firmly in-the cheek on “One Size Fits All,” then the mood shifts to a hypnotic slow blues on “All Dressed Up,” while the rhythm section of drummer Dan Schroeder and bassist Scott Lundberg deliver an infectious groove, before the gritty slide blues of “Dollar For Liquor.” The album concludes with the dreamy, summer-of-‘68 inspired “Lost And Found.
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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 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 pictured), 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:
International Youth Day on August 12 focuses on the difficulties that some young people are experiencing throughout the world. This brings to mind an organization called "Playing for Change Foundation," a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world, and creating hope and inspiration for the future of our planet. The offer creative opportunities for marginalized and at-risk youth, most specifically in the developing world.
Music is a healer and there it is so rewarding to offer children music and a means to express themselves through it. There are also hundreds or Blues In The Schools programs and blues camps as well, often in at-risk and low-income areas. To see a child's face light up with music is a joy beyond measure.
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Aug-13-2021 - Aug-14-2021
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Aug-13-2021 - Aug-15-2021
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Joliet Blues Festival
Joliet, Illinois, USA
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Blues from the Top
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Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
Decatur BBQ Blues
& Bluegrass Festival
Aug-14-2021 - Aug-15-2021
Decatur, Georgia, USA
Trois-Rivières en Blues
Aug-19-2021 - Aug-22-2021
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-20-2021 - Aug-21-2021
Norwich, New York, USA
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| 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
Lake Geneva Blues Fest
Aug-20-2021 - Aug-21-2021
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 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
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