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Here's Jeff Jensen vocalist, guitarist, producer, composer at the North Atlantic Blues Festival who performed July 10 with his band, Tennessee Redemption.
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Hitting the road in the 90’s and gaining recognition, she was invited to join prestigious Chicago Blues Tours across Europe. Sharing the stage with some of her idols like Koko Taylor, Bobby Bland, Albert King, James Cotton, Junior Wells, John Primer, Lucky Peterson, Billy Branch and Maurice Vaughn just to name a few.
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|Kern River Rock N Blues Fest Sept 23-26 with 16 bands|
(KERNVILLE, CA) - The Kern River Rock N Blues Fest at Frandy Campground, is a music experience in Kernville, California in the scenic Central California Mountains. the ultimate Rock n Blues vacation. With 16 bands and dozens of sit-in artists, the public is sure to see some of the best musicians on the west coast. Lodging, restaurants, camping and entertainment are within walking distance. |
Notorious Entertainment's Kick-Off Party is Thursday Sept 23rd at the Kernville Saloon 8pm-12am with the smokin’ Mark Sells Band. High energy, high intensity blues at its best!
The Hot Sauce Shop's VIP Party Back Stage Friday Sept 24th 1-4pm features Whiteboy James & The Blues Express. James is influenced by the likes of Cab Calloway, Jerry Lee Lewis and Big Joe Turner.
The Main Stage comes alive Friday 5-9pm, with 2 bands playing some of the best classic rock and blues on the West Coast before you hit the town for the Friday Kernville Pub Krawl.
Saturday opens 10:15am with a salute to our Nations Veterans and the National Anthem. The rockin’ begins at 10:30am and goes non-stop with 7 bands ‘till 9pm in time for the 2nd night of the Pub Krawl.
Saturday is also the Cornhole Tournament to benefit Sarge's, a non-profit organization who partners with Wreaths Across America to place Christmas Wreaths on the headstones of our fallen veterans.
On Friday and Saturday, after the festival music ends, Kernville turns into a 4-venue Pub Krawl with live music and parties in every corner of town.
Sunday Sept 26th 11am-2pm, at Circle Park, a free, All-Star Revue, open jam session hosted by powerhouse soul blues woman Truth Jones, and will feature some of the weekend’s best artists.
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|Bones and Blues Festival Sept 25th is sure to be tasty|
(ANGELS CAMP, CA) - There’s nothing like the sound of Blues music combined with barbecue that’s been cooked low and slow to leave a lasting impression on your summer. This year’s Blues and Bones Festival is sure to satisfy your cravings for both. Come join us in California for the 10th annual Blues and Bones Festival on September 25, 2021 at the Calaveras Fairgrounds (101 Frogtown Road) in Angels Camp, California. This event is laid back and family friendly.|
Performing are Casey Hensley, The Blues Cartel Featuring Jeramy Norris, Chris Cain, and the Dennis Jones Band followed by an Artist Jam Session.
Come enjoy some of the country’s best traveling blues bands from noon-9pm, along with award-winning barbecue. Gates open 11am and parking is only $5.
|1st Bad Apple Blues Fest Oct 2 |
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The first Bad Apple Blues Fest will be held October 2 outdoors in the backyard of Bad Apple Blues Club at 349 Issaquena Ave. 1-8pm. Amazing elders of the Blues will perform including Grammy nominated R.L. Boyce, Little Willie Farmer out of Duck Hill, MS, Honeybee out of Indianola, Bill Abel, Lucious Spiller host, Sean ‘Bad’ Apple. Festival entry is only $10|
Sean “Bad” Apple, founder and organizer of the festival, will also be leading a blues guitar workshop from Sept 27-Oct 1. The ten lucky attendees that have signed up to participate in Sean’s Guitar Workshop have a ticket to total Immersion into the underbelly of the Mississippi blues scene taught by musicians who live and play in Mississippi. The end of the week will culminate into the Bad Apple Blues Fest and each workshop attendee will get their name on the festival t-shirt and invited to take the stage and play a song.
|Life in Tune: 98-year-old J. Warren Watson plays the blues to beat the blues |
|(PITTSBURGH, PA) - Whenever retired Judge J. Warren Watson, 98, is feeling down, he picks up his electric wind instrument and blows it out of his system.|
“I don't let things beat me up,” he said. “Playing music is one of the most relaxing things you can do.”
Judge Watson grew up in Homewood and graduated in 1940 from Westinghouse High School. He played trumpet in the school band under the direction of the legendary Carl McVicker Sr. Upon graduation, he played lead trumpet in the Navy band while stationed in San Diego.
After completing military service, he returned to Pittsburgh and through the GI Bill earned Bachelor’s and law degrees at Duquesne University while performing in Joe Westray's band. The band played blues music and arrangements from organ groups like Wild Bill Davis and Bill Doggett.
After retiring from the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas, Judge Watson has lived in the Hill District and continued to practice and perform. Before the pandemic began last year, he had been hosting jam sessions at his home.
“I've kept my music with me every step of the way,” he said.
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|Kansas City Blues Society 40th Anniversary Celebration Sept 25th with Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials + more|
|(KANSAS CITY, KS) - The Kansas City Blues Society 40th Anniversary Celebration happens Saturday Sept 25th from noon-10pm outdoors at BBs Lawnside BBQ (1205 E 85th St, Kansas City, Missouri). This full day will include performances by a dozen+ artists including Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials plus an afternoon panel discussion with industry leaders.|
Come party with the visionaries who created the KCBS and pay tribute to the Kansas City Blues musicians who have entertained us all of these years!
The Kansas City Blues Society is a non-profit organization that is passionate about promoting and preserving Blues music in the Kansas City area.
$25 for non-members, $20 with your KCBS membership
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"Blues is my life. It's a true feeling that comes from the heart, not something that just comes out of my mouth." ...Koko Taylor|
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939-1988), Ray Charles (1930-2004), Fenton Robinson (1935-1997), Tiny Bradshaw (1907-1958); Mighty Joe Young (1927-1999); Sept 24- Tarheel Slim aka Alden Bunn (1924-1977), Chick Willis (1934-2013), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929); Sept 25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936-1996), Sept 27- Bob Corritore (1956), Larry "Mud" Morganfield (1957); Sept 28- Koko Taylor (1928-2009 pictured), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935-1984), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
Just in case:
International Podcast Day is celebrated on September 30. Podcasts have fundamentally changed the way people consume audio. Simply Google Blues podcasts and you'll come up with dozens and dozens of choices, not to mention other cool stuff you might find on NPR, PBS, and National Geographic. Plus, these days you can even make your own if you are so inclined.
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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 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
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| Kern River Rock N Blues Fest|
Sep-23-2021 - Sep-26-2021
Kernville, California, USA
Blues and Bones Festival
Angels Camp, California, USA
Paoli Blues Fest
Devon, Pennsylvania, USA
Western New York
Blues Society Festival
Hemlock, New York, USA
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-01-2021 - Oct-02-2021
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
1st Bad Apple Blues Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
Blues On The Mesa
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival
Oct-07-2021 - Oct-10-2021
Camden, South Carolina, USA
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|Front Porch Blues Bash 2021|
Oct-08-2021 - Oct-09-2021
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Whitby Rhythm & Blues Festival
Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
Forgotten Music Festival
Oct-09-2021 - Oct-10-2021
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Southport, United Kingdom
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Oct-15-2021 - Oct-17-2021
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Walk Like A Big Blues Mane Workshop Weekend w-RL Boyce
Oct-16-2021 - Oct-17-2021
Como, Mississippi, USA
Oct-29-2021 - Oct-30-2021
Bellville , Texas, USA
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