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|Inaugural Treasure Coast Blues Festival Nov 27|
(STUART, FL) - On November 27th Hawkside Productions presents The Treasure Coast Blues Festival with Albert Castiglia, JP Soars, Eric Culberson, Hurricane Hawk and the Invaders, Tim ODonnel, and Frank Bang, The Inaugural event will be held at Terra Fermata Tiki Bar (SE 6th St. Stuart, Florida) from noon-10pm. Find tickets and more on their website. $15 Early Bird tix are available now or $20 at the door.|
There will be a lot of intermingling & jamming going on all day, so make sure you re there all day as you don't want to miss any surprises. Musicians will be sitting in with each other. This is the plan!
|Sacramento’s Torch Club lights the way for musicians for nearly 90 years|
By: SN&R Staff|
While on a visit home from college in 1987, Marina Texeira had a “very short-lived” first experience working for the family business: She waitressed that summer at Sacramento’s long-standing music venue, the Torch Club, a bar that her grandfather Frank Texeria had purchased in 1969.
Since the end of Prohibition, the Torch Club has been the Capital’s most reliable and consistent stage for local and touring blues, folk and Americana bands. After Frank’s death in the early 80s, Marina’s parents Ron and Evelyn took over ownership, later moving the bar to its current home at 904 15th Street in 2000. In the mid-1980s, the second generation of Texeiras saw competing venues close as they became the de facto showcase for blues music.
When her mother died in 1996, Marina’s father struggled to manage and book the Torch’s live music. Marina began stepping in to work alongside him at the venue.
“I would jump in and help with the bands, bartend, fill in — just kinda help where needed,” Marina recalled. “My mom had passed away and my dad was trying to do it all himself; but she was the business sense.”
Though Marina gained a lot of experience over the years, the pandemic was something she didn’t have a playbook for. Last June, as vaccination distribution increased and businesses throughout Sacramento began to open up, Marina was hesitant to allow things to return to normal. She also didn’t think the Torch Club could survive another prolonged pandemic shutdown. Marina ultimately made an eyebrow-raising decision for the safety of her employees and patrons: In addition to wearing a mask, customers would also have to show proof of vaccination to gain entrance. City Hall applauded her. She’d been the first venue-owner in Sacramento to make the move. ...continue reading
|Hermon Hitson Might Be The Greatest Guitar Player You’ve Never Heard Of|
|Photograph by Tim Duffy / Written By Chuck Reece|
When Music Maker Foundation took the latest version of our Music Maker Blues Revue to the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Colorado, the band included a guitar player and singer from Atlanta named Hermon Hitson. He was brand new to the Music Maker family, but he had a musical track record of more than 50 years, playing with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and many others. When Hermon first met the Gospel Comforters — another band we brought to the fest — they all looked at his shoes.
“Where did you get those James Brown boots?” a member asked. “They don’t make those anymore. Only James had those made.”
You, dear reader, have probably never heard of a guitar player named Hermon Hitson, but there he stood, in Colorado, wearing a pair of custom-made boots that no one but James Brown himself and those who played with him could ever put on their feet.
Like those boots, Hermon Hitson himself is unique in the truest sense of the word. No one else is like him. No other human has the wild mix of experiences that make up Hermon’s life. And certainly no one plays the guitar like Hermon does — a mind-bending mix of psychedelic rock, the blues, rhythm & blues and soul music.
Sam Duffy, brother of our co-founder Tim Duffy and a player of the electric mandolin, joined the Music Maker Blues Revue for their final set at Telluride.
“I played the last three songs on stage with him,” Sam remembers. “We did a set of standards. It was Hermon’s turn, and he said, ‘OK, we’re going to do Howling Wolf’s “Back Door Man.”’ We’re like, ‘OK, cool.’ Then he just launched into this …”
Sam pauses for a long time, seemingly unable to muster the words needed to describe what he experienced playing with Hermon.
...Continue reading at Music Maker
|Mojoman: The Blues Journey of William 'Mojo' Collins|
|Mojoman: The Blues Journey of William 'Mojo' Collins starring William Collins, is the first winner of the 2021 Sweet Tea Award. Down East Flick Fest created the award to focus on films that depict North Carolina traditions and art, build a sense of community, and promote cultural awareness while celebrating the state’s heritage.|
The film produced by Michael Raab (editor Patrick Ogelvie), tells how the former Wilmington bluesman William Collins became the Mojoman by a chance encounter with McKinley Morganfield (known professionally as Muddy Waters), on his way to join the Air Force, transforming himself into the legendary blues guitarist.
From making a psychedelic staple in California during the Summer of Love in 1967 to becoming one of North Carolina’s most decorated and tasteful folk and blues artists, Collins has dedicated his life to using his talent for spreading joy and raising awareness for coastal preservation.
The film shows the journey through the many seasons of Mojo’s life, including his 1999- 2000 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Music for Songwriting and a Lifetime Achievement Award for musical milestones.
The filmmaking crew will be awarded this honor at Down East Flick Fest 2021 awards ceremony which will be held at 8 pm, Nov. 21 at Olivia's Catering in Kinston. The awards ceremony is open to the public. To ensure the safety of all participants, the CDC recommended guidelines will be followed.
Those who wish to attend in person will need to register. For details email and visit the Down East Flick Fest website.. The event will also be streamed live on Facebook.
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|John Mayall live "So Many Roads" - solos by Buddy Whittington and Gary Moore |
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"Everybody I know in England was raised on Mose Allison." ... John Mayall |
Coming up: Thanksgiving Nov 25
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
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 pictured); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909-1967), Brownie McGhee (1915-1996), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956-2015), Shuggie Otis (1953)
Just in case:
"National Jukebox Day" is November 24. With the invention of the jukebox, people could enjoy music in restaurants and bars. Artists found a new way to get public exposure and were further enabled to sell vinyl.
There were some really cool ones too like this beauty on the left.
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Blues Against Hunger Society ...feeding thousands while supporting, promoting and preserving the blues
Living Legend: Miss Lavelle White By Pam Cosel
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|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
Bradenton Blues Fest
Dec-03-2021 - Dec-04-2021
Bradenton, Florida, USA
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Dec-03-2021 - Dec-05-2021
Looe, United Kingdom
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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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