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|Tampa Bay Blues Festival Returns April 8-9-10, 2022 |
|(ST PETERSBURG, FL) - Enjoy a fabulous weekend of blues music, nice weather, cool bay breezes and America’s finest blues artists on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay. This premier blues festival will be held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on April 8-10, 2021. All ages; rain or shine. Please make plans to join us for great music, foods, drinks, and fun.|
Three great days of blues music on the scenic shores of Tampa Bay. Just a short walk from downtown St. Petersburg with its vibrant night clubs, gourmet restaurants, world-class art museums and more! It’s a fabulous Florida blues vacation!
Friday, April 8th 12:30PM-10PM: JJ Grey & Mofro 8:30PM, Samantha Fish 6:30PM, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters 4:30PM, Mindi Abair 2:30PM, Jason Ricci 12:30PM.
Saturday, April 9th 12:30PM-10PM: Jimmie Vaughan 8:30PM, Robert Randolph & The Family Band - 6:30PM, Eric Gales 4:30PM, Danielle Nicole 2:30PM, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones 12:30PM
Sunday, April 10th 1PM-10PM: Larkin Poe 8:30PM, Ronnie Baker Brooks 6:30PM, The Nick Moss Band 4:30PM, The Bruce Katz Band 2:30PM, Backtrack Blues Band 1:00PM
Artist and times subject to change. The festival will comply with CDC guidelines in effect as of the date of the event.
Thursday, April 7 8PM-9:30PM, a Kick Off Party will happen featuring Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters at The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida. Doors open at 7PM.
VIP packages usually sell out each year. Don’t be disappointed – buy your VIP passes early! This VIP package is one of the best: front stage seating, backstage waterfront shade tents, complimentary beers, wines, soda, water, custom fire-baked pizzas, dinner from Outback Steakhouse, air-conditioned restrooms and hotel discounts.
Purchase tickets via the website. For more information, contact here.
|Downey Arts Coalition 10th Anniversary Celebration presents “Roots & Blues” Nov 6 |
|(DOWNEY, CA) - The Downey Arts Coalition 10th Anniversary Celebration presents “Roots & Blues” Nov 6 at the Epic Lounge (8239 2nd St.), Downey, California. Appearing will be award-winning artists RJ Mischo, Nathan James, and TJ & The Suitcase. |
Mischo is blues singer, harmonica player and band leader, with 30 years of international touring experience. His music is a combination of originals and obscure gems that create an exciting mix of boogies, shuffles and electric Chicago blues. Nathan James is also one of the most respected and versatile roots and blues artists worldwide. His 20-year career began as the longtime guitarist for the legendary James Harman. TJ Norton is a passionate, and gifted blues harmonica, singer and songwriter originally from the UK. Over 30 years he has learned his craft in the tradition of old-timey blues players.
Advanced Tickets are $22 or $25 at the door. Doors open 7:30PM and the show kicks off at 8:30PM. There’s free Parking plus no-host food and bar. Support the Downey Arts Coalition, a 501(c)3 Non-profit community-based arts organization, providing local opportunities and experience in the arts.
Attendees are required to show proof of Covid vaccination or negative Covid test taken within 72 hours. Masks are required upon entering and at the bar.
|34th Annual Toronto Women’s Blues Revue Nov 26 |
(TORONTO, ONTARIO CANADA) - The Women’s Blues Revue returns for its 34th year, Friday, November 26, 2021 Live at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St.) Toronto, Ontario Canada. Showtime is 8PM EDT. The event, co-presented by the Toronto Blues Society (TBS), brings blues lovers together for an evening honoring the contributions to the genre with some of Canada’s finest musicians.|
The 2021 Women's Blues Revue will be hosted by Taborah Johnson and feature some of Canada's finest singers including Elise LeGrow, Meghan Parnell, Reeny Smith, Dawn Tyler Watson, & Quisha Wint. These artists will be backed by the all-star Women's Blues Revue Band: Colleen Allen (Sax), Emily Burgess (Guitar), Carrie Chesnutt (Sax), Morgan Doctor (Drums), Marie Goudy (Trumpet), Carlie Howell (Bass), Elena Kapeleris (Baritone Sax), Lily Sazz (Keys), and Suzie Vinnick (Guitar).
Tickets are on sale on at Roy Thomson Hall or call the box office: 416-872-4255.TBS Charter Members have been contacted via e-mail with their promo code. If you haven't received an e-mail with your code from us, please contact the TBS Office to retrieve your code for 20% discounted tickets via email or call 416-538-3885.
|Carolyn Wonderland retakes the spotlight after tenure with blues master John Mayall|
|Not just any player gets the call to be in John Mayall’s band.|
Early members of legendary British artist’s group included musicians who went on to form Cream (Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce) and Fleetwood Mac (Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Peter Green). And guitarist Mick Taylor did time with Mayall both before and after his 1970s tenure with the Rolling Stones.
So Austin guitarist Carolyn Wonderland knew it was no small honor when she got the call a few years ago. “John has this amazing finishing school that nobody ever wants to leave,” says Wonderland, who signed on to tour with Mayall in 2018 and also has done two records with him.
“Whenever we're playing somewhere, he's so happy to be there,” she adds. “You can see his inner child — it’s like, ‘This is what we're doing, and we're still getting away with it.’”
The 87-year-old Mayall announced in September that he’ll no longer tour — which, serendipitously, dovetails with Wonderland’s plans to ramp up her solo career again. Released last month, “Tempting Fate” is her 12th album but first for Alligator Records, a 50-year-old Chicago label with a catalog that includes albums by Albert Collins, Buddy Guy and many other blues greats.
...Read full story by Peter Blackstock/Austin360
(Photo: Michele Lundeen Doheny Blues Festival 2019)
|25th Maple Blues Awards Voting has begun|
|(TORONTO, CANADA) - Time to vote for the 25th annual Maple Blues Awards presented by the Toronto Blues Society. The nominees listed below were selected by the Maple Blues Awards Nomination Panel for their outstanding achievements in blues music in Canada over the past year. |
Nominees for categories voted on by you are below.
• ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: David Gogo, Dawn Tyler Watson, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Steve Marriner, Sue Foley
• ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR: Colin James, Jack de Keyzer, MonkeyJunk, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Sue Foley
• ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR: Brandon Isaak, David Gogo & Steve Marriner, Harrison Kennedy, Rick Fines, Rob Lutes
• MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Chuck Jackson, Colin James, Harrison Kennedy, Matt Andersen, Steve Marriner
• FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Crystal Shawanda, Dawn Tyler Watson, Dione Taylor, Miss Emily, Samantha Martin
...See the full list of nominees here
|Central Iowa Winter Blues Festival Feb 11-12, 2022|
|(DES MOINES, IA) - The Central Iowa Blues Society presents the 2022 Winter Blues Festival to be held Feb 11-12 at the Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa. Join us for 2 nights and 20 acts all under one roof and out of the cold! Advance tickets and hotel reservations are open now for the 2022 Winter Blues Fest. There are a limited number of rooms, so don't delay in making your reservation to take advantage of the reduced rates. Book online here or call 515-245-5500. They will sell out.|
There are also a limited number of volunteer opportunities for CIBS members that are current. Each volunteer shift is 2 hours for tasks such as wristband check, ticketing, info desk, load in/out. Please contact our Production Coordinator to reserve your volunteer position! Festival and volunteer details at the website. Complete lineup and more info coming soon.
|Tiffany Pollack & Co. :: BAYOU LIBERTY|
|"Do It Yourself"|
With the voice akin to mythical sirens that enchanted unsuspecting sailors, New Orleans’ chanteuse, Tiffany Pollack, will lure our hearts and souls with her Nola Blue solo debut, Bayou Liberty. The acclaimed singer songwriter weaves her way through the twelve original tunes skillfully stepping into the roles of blues belter, country balladeer, cabaret singer, jazz diva and soul sister, navigating a wide range of genres, styles, and emotional terrain with ease.
Joining Pollack on this quest are a wrecking crew of the finest players from New Orleans including Brandon Bunious on guitar, Stu Odom on bass, drummer Ian Pettillo, along with Christopher Johnson on saxophone and Eric Lewis adding pedal steel on two tracks. Pollack leads the ensemble with her ukulele on several tracks, setting the sound palette in a unique slant.
Pollack and Co. teamed up with fellow Nola Blue artist John Németh, tagging the BMA award winner to produce the album and lend his harmonica skills to the opening track. The project was recorded in less than a week by Adam Hill and Scott Bomar (Memphis-based musician, Emmy Award-winning film composer, Grammy-nominated music producer, and recording engineer) at Electraphonic Studios in Memphis, the source of many authentic albums. Recording to tape captured the heart and soul of Pollack and her bandmates in a pure and magical way. The 12-song set ends with the bayou rumba, “Do It Yourself,“ spelling out the manifesto that has guided Pollack through her storied career.
This enticing collection of southern music, and storytelling, Bayou Liberty, will shine a light on Tiffany Pollack and Co. as rising talents.
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"Anything you do, if you wanna do it and you love it, you rich." Hubert Sumlin|
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
Nov 4 Delbert McClinton (1940); Nov 5 Ike Turner (1931-2007), Studebaker John Grimaldi (1952); Nov 6 Rory Block (1949); Nov 8 Bonnie Bramlett (1944); Bonnie Raitt (1949), Eddie “Vaan” Shaw Jr. (1955); Nov 9 Linda Hopkins (1925-2017), Susan Tedeschi (1970); Nov 10 Bobby Rush (1933), George "Mojo" Buford (1929-2011); Nov 11 LaVern Baker (1929-1997), Mose Allison (1927-2016), Chris Smither (1944); Nov 12 Bukka White (1906), Booker T. Jones (1944); Nov 13 Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (1913-1998), John Hammond (1942), Candye Kane (1961-2016); Nov 14 Carey Bell (1936-2007), Anson Funderburgh (1954), Buckwheat Zydeco (1947-2017); Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937-1968); Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873-1958), Hubert Sumlin (1931-2011), Eden Brent (1965), Francis Clay (1923-2008); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967)
Just in case:
November 6th is "National Saxophone Day" celebrated on the birthday of Antoine-Joseph ‘Adolphe’ Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in 1841 and patented it in 1846. He originally created 14 different-sized counterparts, from sopranino to contrabass to provide a spectrum of musical notes. Today, only four of the 14 saxophones created by its inventor are used, the soprano, the alto, the tenor, and the baritone.
Some blues/R&B sax players you have heard of include Bull Moose Jackson, Louie Jordan, Grady Gaines, A.C. Reed, Noble "Thin Man" Watts, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Big John Greer, Junior Walker, Big Jay McNeeley, Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, Eddie Shaw, Joe Sublett, Terry Hanck, Mindi Abair, and Vanessa Collier (Photo by Larry Fogelson).
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|Bude Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival|
Nov-05-2021 - Nov-07-2021
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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SC Pecan Festival
Florence, South Carolina, USA
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Day-A Taste of the Deep South
Nov-06-2021 - Nov-07-2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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Nov-11-2021 - Nov-13-2021, Frederikshavn, Denmark
New Blues Festival
Long Beach, California, USA
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Beacon, New York, USA
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| Wisconsin Annual Blues Harmonica Festival|
Muskego, Wisconsin, USA
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-19-2021 - Nov-21-2021
Reading , Pennsylvania, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Treasure Coast Blues Festival
Stuart, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Fest
Dec-03-2021 - Dec-04-2021
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Dec-03-2021 - Dec-05-2021
Looe, United Kingdom
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Mason, Ohio, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
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