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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 14, 2021
Vol 16/Issue 42

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Blues Society News
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros & Outros... 
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard Blues Album This week
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
News Flash... 
CD & DVD Releases
Video of the Week
Special Announcements
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more + updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Please stay optimistic!
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Photo Moments with the New 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's Brandon Santini showing off his annual Blues Festival Guide magazine  after his performance at the 2021 North Atlantic Blues Festival.
The international touring vocalist and harmonica player has been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards and Blues Blast Music Awards. Santini has shared the stage with notable artists such as Beth Hart, Gary Clark Jr., and Charlie Musselwhite, among others, and performed numerous times on Joe Bonamassa'a Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea Cruise.
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News Flash... 
Bluestock 2021 at Rockin’ EZ Ranch Oct 30
(BELLVILLE, TX) - Anni Eason and Barry Seelen have partnered with the Houston Blues Society to present the 2021 edition of Bluestock at the Rockin' EZ Ranch in Bellville, Texas, which has been in their family since the 1940's. Bluestock has changed with the times say Anni and Barry. “It started off as a private event for years for only friends and friends of friends, as family lives on this property and we all strive to keep it pristine for my amazing parents and those that live on the property.”

Friday night Oct 29th they’ll have an Outdoor Cajun Supper, and for the first time, music featuring Matthew Chauvin for those staying on the property!
Saturday Oct 30th acts will include Mike Zito, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, and more.

Bluestock 2021 is Halloween weekend, so costumes, onesies, hats and wigs are encouraged They’ll also offer a Castle Tour led by one of their friends and longtime attendees. The music is always the star of the show, but make a weekend of it and camp out or get a room at various places in town or nearby. 
Campers may arrive at noon - and the Saturday music goes approximately 1pm-10 pm. 

Eat lunch at home or at one of the delicious places in town and pack your “cold” picnic dinner for later at Bluestock. They recommend sandwiches, cold chicken, meats and cheeses, crackers, etc. and a cooler with beverages, ice and cups. They’ll have some bottled water on site. Bring a lantern or flashlight. No candles, campfires or grills allowed. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Please social distance and mask up if you’re walking around or dancing. If you are seated and eating or drinking you can have your mask off just like every restaurant. 
Bukka White Blues Festival Oct 15-16
(ABERDEEN, MS) - The annual Bukka White Blues Festival features blues legends and emerging talent alike and attracts fans from all over the world. The free, 2021 event will be held in Acker Park, 301 N. Meridian Street in Aberdeen, Mississippi. The festival honors Aberdeen’s bluesman, Bukka White, famous for his original song, “Aberdeen Blues.” Booker “Bukka” White is featured on Mississippi Blues Trail Marker located in Aberdeen.
Kicking off the live music Friday at 6:15pm are The Crossroads Band, followed by Bill “Howlin’ Madd” Perry, and then Lightnin’ Malcolm at 8:45pm.Super Chikan, the Kenny Brown Band, Harper & Midwest Kind, The Crossroads Band, Electric Mudd, and the Bill Abel Band.
Saturday, Stormy Monday kicks off at 1:15pm, followed by the Bill Abel Band, The Electric Mudd, Harper & Midwest Kind, Kenny Brown Band, and then Super Chikan at 8:30pm.

Along with live music, the festival will feature a Ribs on the River BBQ Cook-Off, ACA Steak Championship, Kids Entertainment, Creatures of the Night Animal Show, Food Vendors, Plus more! No coolers allowed. 
RL Boyce Picnic & Workshop Oct 16-17
(COMO, MS) - Come on! Join us for the annual RL Boyce Picnic Oct 16-17 and “Walk Like A Big Blues Mane” workshop weekend.
Saturday Oct 16 at Greg’s Guest Room, 16830 Old Panola Road (@HWY51) Como, Mississippi.
- 11-4PM Guitar Drum Workshop w/RL Boyce, David Evans, Annise Bradley $100 (limited to 25)
- 4PM Cane Fife Demo Lonnie “Buster” Young Jr. ($25)
- 5PM Yard Party Jam w/RL BOYCE ($10) Young Family members Fife & Drum Band, Lightnin Malcolm, David Evans, Duwayne Burnside, Kody Harrell, Travis Hullette Guitar Lightnin Lee and his Thunder Band and Mr. Greg Ayres
This is an outdoor event. Masks encouraged social distancing observed
Sunday Oct 17
- 10AM Breakfast at Huddle House - 500 E. Main St. Senatobia MS.
- 11AM Guided Hill Country Blues Tour w/ RL BOYCE and Annise Bradley. Join RL BOYCE and Annise as they lead all to pay homage to Jessie Mae Hemphill, Calvin Jackson, Fred McDowell, Napoleon Strickland, Otha and Bernice Turner, RL Burnside, Abe, Ed and Lonnie Young. Drive Compress Rd., LPS Ball Field, Hunter Chapel, and RLs home. ($25)
*All Events VIP ($150) All scheduled events (limited) Visit the website for more details and tickets. Click image to enlarge.
33rd Annual Battle of The Blues Harps Nov 24
(LONG BEACH, CA) - For 33 years the Battle of the Blues Harps has featured the very best harp players from all over the world. In 2021, we raise the ante even higher, with a collection of blues harp legends who will literally blow you away on November 24, Thanksgiving weekend at the Gaslamp, 5261 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, California.
The headliner is Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, the award-winning international blues band who would be a complete show all by themselves - but there's much more.
We lost a real blues harp legend in 2021 - so we are re-forming the James Harman Band with its original members - along with some very special guests on harmonica. That band included Kid Ramos, Willie J. Campbell and Stephen Hodges, who are all featured - along with a variety of harp-meisters.
If that's not enough to get your heart rate pumping, you won't believe who else is appearing: Prepare to rock out with the Atomic 44s, featuring Eric Von Herzen and Johnny Main with their all-star band. Before that, 2,000 Lbs. of Blues performs with Mike Arguello, Junior Watson, Taryn Donath, Tex Nakamura, Ron Felton and John Bazz of the Blasters on bass.

Not enough talent on one stage? Openers Celso Salim and Darryl Carriere will get you in the mood, while two special video tributes to Harpist/Emcee Barry G and Pianist Gene Taylor will fill the gaps between bands.
Don't miss out on the Battle of the Blues Harps No. 33 - we are pulling out all the stops to make this the Best… One… Yet! Reserve your seats here
Blues Society News
Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation presents Fall Blues Revue Oct 16
(TUCSON, AZ) – The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation (SABHF) Presents the Fall Blues Revue from 4-9pm at the MSA Outdoor Annex at 267 S. Avenida del Convento, Tucson, Arizona. Appearing are Bob Margolin & Bob Corritore Blues Band, The Dennis Jones Band, Heather “Lil Mama” Hardy Band, and Chollo Blues Standard. The event is a fundraiser on behalf of the SABHF Blues In The Schools and Musicians Assistance Program. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin is an award-winning Blues guitar player and singer who delivers original songs and the spirit of Chicago Blues that he learned from his stint in Muddy Waters’ band from 1973-1980. Bob Corritore is one of the most active and highly regarded blues harmonica players on the scene today. Dennis Jones delivers sizzling hot guitar solos, smooth and soulful vocals and a high-energy stage performance backed by a rhythm. Based in Tucson, Heather "Lil' Mama" Hardy’s smooth ambient violin playing and contrasting tasty, soulful “wah-wah” blues solos and vocals have captivated audiences around the globe. John Mayall considers her "absolutely brilliant." Now in its 12th year, the Cholla Blues Standard has evolved into an after-school club comprised of musically gifted students from Cholla High School.

Entry requires your COVID-19 vaccination card or copy of your negative Covid test taken within 72 hours. Acceptable documentation must be shown at the entrance. Tickets are $25 in advance via the SABHF website or $30 at the gate. Gate opens at 3pm. No outside coolers allowed. There is limited seating at the venue. However you are allowed to bring your own outdoor chair.
You can ride the Sun-Link Streetcar to the MSA Annex for free. Don't forget to wear your mask!
CD & DVD Releases

Acclaimed blues-rock guitarist/singer Sean Chambers latest release, That’s What I’m Talkin About, is a tribute to legendary former Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin. Recorded in March 2020 just before the coronavirus shut everything down, the Florida-based Chambers went into Showplace Studios in Dover, New Jersey, for the sessions of his 8th album. That’s What I’m Talkin About was engineered and produced by Showplace owner Ben Elliott, who suddenly passed away shortly after the album was recorded. In addition to Sean Chambers (guitar, vocals) and members of his band, That’s What I’m Talkin About also features guest appearances from lauded keyboardists Bruce Katz and John Ginty.
The 11 tracks on the new disc include 10 songs Sean regularly performed on the road as a member of Hubert Sumlin’s touring band, as well as “Hubert’s Song,” a Chambers original saluting Sumlin. The music showcases a tour-de force of Sean’s blazing guitar pyrotechnics.

“This album is a tribute to my mentor, and friend, the late great Hubert Sumlin,” Sean Chambers says. “I look back on that time with Hubert as my ‘college education in the blues....That's What I'm Talkin About’ was a phrase that Hubert used to say a lot, so we thought it would be a fitting name for this album." During Sean's tenure with Sumlin, Guitarist magazine (Britain) named Chambers as "One of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century."
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Video of the Week
RL Boyce "I Don't Need No Woman"
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
"it's real life in a song.. the blues roll on" ...Elvin Bishop
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
Oct 14 Jimmy Liggins (1924-1983), Son Thomas (1926-1993), Kenny Neal (1957); Oct 15 Victoria Spivey (1906-1976); Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935 pictured here), Big Joe Williams (1903-1982); Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926-2017), Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923-2006); Oct 19 William "Piano Red" Perryman (1911-1985); Oct 20 Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), Bugs Henderson (1943-2012 pictured), Vasti Jackson (1959); Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (yer faithful e-Guide Editor); Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892-1973), Boozoo Chavis (1930-2001), Carol Fran (1933-2021); Oct 24 Sonny Terry (1911-1986), Willie Mabon (1925-1985), Bill Wyman (1936), Jimmy Dawkins (1936-2013); Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931-2005); Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909-2006), Clifford Antone (1949-2006 Antone Records and Nightclub); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946-2020), Hadda Brooks (1916-2002); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902-1958), Ethel Waters (1896-1977)
Just in case: 
"International Chef's Day" is observed all over the world on October 20 of every year. The day celebrates chefs and spreads awareness about eating healthy. Every year, a theme is decided for International Chefs Day —  2020 and 2021 are focused on "Healthy Food for the Future."
That's always good for real... but all I was starting to think about was any blues-type songs with double entendre titles or lyrics about food... I suppose some are terms of endearment that are "healthy options" in a different vein... sugar coated love, I need a little sugar in my bowl, it ain't the meat it's the motion, gimme a pigfoot and bottle of beer, candyman blues, diggin' my potatoes and so on. Whatcha got?
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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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Not all upcoming blues festivals/events are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
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Lancaster Roots and Blues
Oct-15-2021 - Oct-17-2021
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
 Logan Center Bluesfest
Oct-15-2021 - Oct-17-2021
Chicago, Illinois, USA
 Walk Like A Big Blues Mane Workshop Weekend w-RL Boyce
Oct-16-2021 - Oct-17-2021
Como, Mississippi, USA 
Bellville Bluestock
Oct-29-2021 - Oct-30-2021
Bellville , Texas, USA
Bude Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival
Nov-05-2021 - Nov-07-2021
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Gainesville Downtown
Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Blues Stage @ SC Pecan Festival
Florence, South Carolina, USA
Legendary Rhythm
& Blues Cruise #35
Nov-6-2021 - Nov-13-2021
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
4th Annual Henry Turner Jr.
Day-A Taste of the Deep South 
Nov-06-2021 - Nov-07-2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
For festival-event links
please go to our website
1st OB Blues Fest
San Diego, California, USA
Blues Heaven Festival
Nov-11-2021 - Nov-13-2021, Frederikshavn, Denmark 
New Blues Festival
Long Beach, California, USA
Annual Hudson Valley
Blues Society Benefit
Beacon, New York, USA
Wisconsin Annual Blues Harmonica Festival
Muskego, Wisconsin, USA
4th Annual
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-19-2021 - Nov-21-2021
Reading , Pennsylvania, USA
Lincoln Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-03-2021 - Dec-05-2021
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Vero Beach Blues
& BBQ Festival
Feb-12-2022 - Feb-13-2022
Vero Beach, Florida, USA
Please stay optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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