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|Well, I had a super fun night at my gig last week when the boogie-blues-icon himself, George Thorogood and his band and most of his crew came in for a birthday party for one of the crew. I knew the saxman and had invited him up to play and as the evening progressed the band's awesome guitarist, a few of the crew and even George himself got up to jam! I couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear the whole night! What a great bunch of humble, fun, nice guys, and what a great night it turned out for us! Yay!|
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|Denmark's 15th Annual Blues Heaven Festival Nov 12-13|
|(FREDERIKSHAVN, DENMARK) - The world-renowned Blues Heaven Festival, a heavenly mix of blues and soul, happens this weekend, Nov 12-13 in the mighty Arena Nord (Harald Nielsens Plads, 9900 Frederikshavn, Denmark).|
For the 15th year, Denmark's most prominent, multi-award-winning blues and soul festival will again deliver a high-caliber music program with a range of styles from both Grammy and American Blues Music Award (BMA) winning artists in the mighty Arena Nord. For 15 years, this musical cornucopia has been the ultimate winter medicine for the music-loving audiences from around the world.
The cozy atmosphere among friendly people, and the fantastic unique musical experiences with primarily American Grammy and Blues Music Awards world stars, have always been the hallmarks of the festival. There are 2 large stages and an acoustic stage, two dance floors and plenty of seating. This year’s lineup includes Bobby Rush, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band, Monster Mike Welch, Nora Jean Wallace, Kirk Fletcher, Kat Riggins, Gaye Adegbalola, RJ Mischo, Trickbag, Bruce Katz Band and more!
We look forward to this chapter in Denmark's music history, and are 100% sure that everyone will have an unforgettable experience at the Blues Heaven Festival. A warm welcome to you and a big thank you to everyone who helps make the second weekend in November the highlight of the year for blues, soul-blues-rock lovers.
|New Blues Festival is back this weekend|
|(LONG BEACH, CA) – The New Blues Festival VIII, the only year-ending Blues Festival in Southern California, will take place at Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Saturday, Nov. 13. Gates open 9AM and a Gospel “brunch” with Lester Lands starts at 9AM so get yourself there on time for this experience.|
The tight lineup features Headliner, recently-Signed Gulf Coast Records recording artist and R&B legend, Tito Jackson; Blues vocalist extraordinaire and multi-Blues music award winner, Sugar Ray Rayford; longtime So Cal-based fiery guitarist, vocalist, Laurie Morvan; newly-formed Bill Grisolia & the New Blues Festival All-Stars; New Orleans transplant and longtime Blues guitarist, Lester Lands; SoCal-based award-winning multi-genre guitarist-vocalist, Corday; eclectic blues-rock trio, The Disciplez; She Wears Black featuring Long Beach’s very own blues diva, Shy But Flyy; tasty Tex-Mex Blues from Redd House; musician, surfboard shaper, So Cal surf legend, Dano Forte; and UK native TJ Norton of TJ & The Suitcase, the blues harp man, singer, songwriter known as the “One-Man Band.”
New Blues Festival is presented in conjunction with the Long Beach Blues Society who are devoted to “Preserve the Past, Promote the Future.”
Parking is available at the Pike Garage off West Shoreline Drive.
|Reading Blues Fest Nov 19-21 with Mr. Sipp, Victor Wainwright, Ana Popovic & more|
|(READING PA) -The 4th anniversary of the Reading Blues Fest will be presented by Berks Arts, located in Reading, Pennsylvania, November 19-21, at the Hilton DoubleTree Grand Ballroom.|
Performers for the 2021 festival include Mr. Sipp the Mississippi Blues Child; Clarence Spady and the Electric City Band; Victor Wainwright and The Train; Davy Knowles; Slam Allen; Ana Popovic; King Solomon Hicks; and Mike Zito.
The dynamic Mr. Sipp kicks off the fest on Friday, Nov 19, 7:30PM, headlining a co-bill with opening act Clarence Spady. The passionate Ana Popovic will headline co-bill Saturday, Nov 20, 7:30PM with Slam Allen opening the show. Wild piano man Victor Wainwright & The Train will headline a co-bill with Davy Knowles on Saturday, Nov 20, at 1PM. in the DoubleTree Grand Ballroom. The critically acclaimed Mike Zito closes out the Reading Blues Fest on Sunday, Nov. 21, headlining the Sunday Blues Brunch with King Solomon Hicks will opening.
The mission of Berks Arts Council is to inspire, engage and unite our community through arts education, collaboration and presentation.
|MS Delta Blues Society Regional Blues Challenge Winner|
|"Little Willie” Farmer of Duck Hill was the winner Sunday at the Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Challenge.|
Four solo acts competed at The Blue Biscuit with “Mississippi Marshall” Hopper from Philipp, Mississippi and his 16- year-old grandson being runner-up.
“Little Willie” will represent the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola in Memphis at the 2022 International Blues Festival.
|Kelly’s Lot :: WHERE AND WHEN|
|"Somebody In My Home"|
Where and When by Kelly’s Lot is an acoustic collection of original and traditional blues songs recorded in an old-fashioned way, in a circle and live to tape. Kelly’s Lot has included blues music in their repertoire since their inception in 1994 starting with their first original, “Happy Girl,” which is still a fan favorite today. Their musical journey has taken them down a road of many genres with songwriting being the key element of each direction.
Lead singer, Kelly Zirbes, and guitar player, Perry Robertson, are the songwriters and key members of the group and have played with a variety of musicians, some in the band for over 20 years. After working with Doug Pettibone in 2020, they felt he was the perfect co-producer and guitar player for a venture down the blues road with David Grover playing some bottom end magic.
Where and When is their first album to focus only on the blues with six originals and five covers of Howlin’ Wolf, Ma Rainey, Robert Johnson, and Lovie Austin. The all-acoustic presentation features these songs with an historic flavor and a Kelly’s Lot twist.
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|Bluesin’ is back baby! #35 Sails this weekend...|
LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan. 29~Feb. 5, 2022
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|Today, November 11 we honor our American Veterans. If you enjoy your freedom, thank a Vet! Respect!|
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Nov 18 Hank Ballard (1927-2003), Nov 19 Chris Cain (1955); Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946-1971); Nov 21 Dr. John (1940-2019); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945), Steven Van Zandt (1950); Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (1926-2005); Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941-2012); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914-1994), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939), Bernard Allison (1965); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909-1967), Brownie McGhee (1915-1996), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956-2015), Shuggie Otis (1953)
Just in case:
"National Hug a Musician Day" comes around annually on November 13. A lot of work goes into being a musician, and not everyone‘s aware of it. I bet you know a musician who spends hours practicing and hours a night playing at bars, clubs, and concerts...maybe even on the corner or the park! Eell go ahead and envelop them in a big ol’ loving hug and let them know they’re appreciated. Well, at least a fist bump to be safe if you prefer.. that works, too.
Then, lo and behold, it's "National Drummers Day" Nov 15th! Whoa, did you know drums first appeared in 5050 BC?!
I bet you're thinking of a bunch of musicians now you'd like to hug, fist bump or just simply give thanks to! Go for it!
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Blues Heaven Festival
Nov-11-2021 - Nov-13-2021, Frederikshavn, Denmark
New Blues Festival VIII
Long Beach, California, USA
Hudson Valley Blues Society Anniversary & 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
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Treasure Coast Blues Festival
Stuart, Florida, USA
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| 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
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
& Heritage Festival
Immokalee, Florida, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-5-2022 - May-7-2022
San Diego, California USA
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