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|Here's Bob Margolin with Heather Hardy following a performance at the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation "Fall Blues Revue" at the MSA outdoor arena in Tucson, AZ.|
Blues stalwart, multi-award winning guitarist Bob Margolin is a well-known alumni of the Muddy Waters Band and has recorded albums for on Alligator, Blind Pig, Telarc and his own Steady Rollin' record label. He's also a columnist for Blues Revue magazine.
The award- winning Heather "Lil' Mama" Hardy is a singer and violinist based in the Tucson, AZ area. She's been featured on over 200 albums since 1983 and 5 of her own original albums.
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|Celebrating the Life and Music of Little Charlie Baty Mar 10|
|(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Rick Estrin & the Nightcats Celebrate the Life and Music of Little Charlie Baty on Mar 10 at Harlow's (2708 J St.) in Sacramento, California with special guest Anson Funderburgh. |
Fearless, fierce, a relentless seeker. Generous, observant, clever, wordy, worldly. One of the greatest modern guitarists. The leader and co-founder of Sacramento’s Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Charles Baty never played the same song the same way twice. Guitar World said, “Baty’s straight blues playing is eye-popping...inspired and manic blues guitar. He can sting like Buddy Guy and swing like Tiny Grimes.” The band released nine albums on Alligator Records (1987-2008) before Charlie decided to retire from their worldwide touring. But of course, he never stopped playing. Inside his vast musical mind jazz, rockabilly and swing had a very fertile playground.
He fronted jazz trio Little Charlie & Organ Grinder Swing, and performed regularly with his blues colleagues Mark Hummel, Kim Wilson and Anson Funderburgh. He released fourteen albums in his lifetime.
We lost him on March 6, 2020 from a heart attack, believed to be complications from COVID-19. He was only 66.
For blues fans worldwide, it has been akin to losing Muddy, Junior, Stevie, John Lee (who intoned in back in 1987- "You're dangerous with that guitar, man. They're gonna put you in jail.")
“Night after night, I would introduce Little Charlie as "One of a kind," says Estrin, “it's an overused phrase, but in Charles' case, it was the gospel truth. At his best, he was the best."
Tonight, we will celebrate Charles Baty.
Doors open at 6pm with showtime at 7pm. Tickets are $40 Advance or $45 Day of Show. Presented by Harlow's and The Sacramento Blues Society (SBS). A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to SBS' newly created Little Charlie Baty Scholarship Fund.
|Blues Music’s Spell Hits a Resonant Note in New Stage Play |
|(JACKSON, MS) – A main-stage play, I Just Stopped By to See the Man, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) in Jackson, Mississippi, hits all the blues-music bullet points—the magical spell of its sound, its Mississippi Delta and field-worker roots, its musical flip side in spiritual communities, the crossroads myth, its “devil’s music” moniker and how British rockers rode its inspiration to riches. The play runs through Feb 13. Showtimes are 7:30pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. General admission is $30, with discounts available for students, seniors, military and groups. Attendees can find specific details and tickets at the theater box office, by phone at 601-948-3531 or online. |
British playwright Stephen Jeffreys completed, I Just Stopped By to See the Man in 2000, and the play focuses on the humanity of those in its orbit. Salvation and sacrifice, redemption, reconciliation and temptation are threads in this character study of three people who must come to terms with their choices, their fears and the truth in their souls.
Set in the 1970s Mississippi Delta, Jesse “The Man” Davidson, last of the Delta bluesmen, lives in a shotgun house on a rural crossroads. Legends’ credit a devil’s deal behind his skill; the musician himself is reported to have died 14 years prior to the play’s start.
Proof of vaccination required (including children) for 6 of the performances. There will also be 1 socially distanced performance, and 1 pay-what-you can performance. Artworks from H.C. Porter’s “Blues at Home: Mississippi’s Living Blues Legends” series will be on exhibit, and Porter will be on hand to share insights on the project at 6:45pm on Feb 10, prior to that evening’s performance.
Adapted from Sherry Lucas/Mississippi Free Press - Photo by Kyle Tillman
|Celebrate Black History Month on SiriusXM, Pandora, and Stitcher|
Tune in during the month of February for special programming across music, entertainment, comedy, talk, business, sports, and more. SiriusXM announced new limited-engagement channels and specialty programming as a part of SiriusXM, Pandora, and Stitcher Celebrate Black History Month, available now across SiriusXM platforms.|
For the month of February, SiriusXM and its brands will be spotlighting Black artists and personalities who have created new genres, styles and ways of thinking, forever transforming Black communities and beyond. For example: The Aretha Franklin Channel will pay homage to the ‘Queen of Soul’ by featuring Franklin’s iconic catalog; The Motown Channel will celebrate the iconic record label envisioned by Berry Gordy that generated history-making artists who changed music forever; BB King’s Bluesville (ch. 74) “Influences of the Blues with Keb Mo”- Blues legend Keb Mo gives insight into the music of influential African American Blues artists.
SiriusXM will launch several limited-engagement music channels saluting some of the most influential, pioneering Black artists, in addition to celebrating the sounds and artists from legendary record label, Motown. They have collaborated with these historic artists and their teams to create unique, curated radio channels exclusively for listeners and fans. Across SiriusXM channels, Pandora stations, and Stitcher podcasts, listeners will find a variety of specialty programming celebrating the impact of Black culture, traditions, history, and those who we call “wave-makers.”
Sirius XM is the leading audio entertainment company in North America, and the premier programmer and platform for subscription and digital advertising-supported audio products. Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S. Stitcher is the best place to listen to, produce and monetize podcasts.
For a full schedule of all Black History Month special programming on SiriusXM please visit here.
|Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival Mar 4-5 |
(Zephyrhills, FL) – 12th Annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival will be held on March 4-5 at 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills, Florida (across from the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport). Hours are Friday 5pm-9pm and Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is only $5 or $8 for both days. The event benefits local youth & education programs.|
The Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Festival is the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce signature event. As the name suggests, BBQ & Blues features a friendly BBQ competition amidst a background of the blues music and lots of fun thing to see and do for the entire family!
There will be Live Blues Concerts Friday 5-9pm, and Saturday 12-5pm; There will be a supervised “Kidz Grilling Competition” Friday evening for kids 4-15 yrs (all the meat and cooking supplies supplied. $25 entry fee); BBQ Dinners from 11-7pm; a Cornhole Tournament Friday and Saturday; Shine & Swine Car Show from 11am-3pm; a Military History Museum will be open from 11am-5pm; a business expo; kid’s zone, and a variety of vendors from 10am-6pm.
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|• February is Black History Month|
• February is American Heart Month
• Feb 14 Valentine's Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Feb 3-Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1935-1996), Jody Williams (1935-2018); Feb 3-Jason Ricci (1974); Feb 5-Al Kooper (1944), Victor Wainwright (1981); Feb 6-Bob Marley (1945-1981); Feb 7-Earl King (1934-2003), King Curtis (1934-1971); Feb 8-Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (1889-1970), Floyd Dixon (1929-2006), Eddie "Guitar" Burns (1928-2012); Feb 9-Johnny Heartsman (1937-1996); Feb 11-Josh White (1908-1969), Phillip Walker (1937), Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Otis Clay (1942); Feb 12-Pink Anderson (1937-2010); Feb 13-Sugaray Rayford (1969); Feb 14-"Magic Sam" Maghett (1937-1969), Maceo Parker (1943)
Just in case:
• It's American Heart Month and the first Friday in February (which is Feb 4 this year) is "National Wear Red Day."
On this day, don the color red in any way shape or form in order to raise and spread awareness in hopes to help eradicate heart disease and stroke in millions of women all over the nation.
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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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|29th Annual MLK Blues Festival Jan-29-2022 - Jan-30-2022|
Chester, South Carolina USA
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Jan-29-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Blues On The Block
Feb-4-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues Fest
Feb-4-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Marshall, Michigan, USA
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Mason, Ohio, USA
Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Pigz in Z’Hills
BBQ & Blues Festival Mar-4-2022 - Mar-5-2022
Zephyrhills, Florida USA
Dallas Blues Festival
Dallas, Texas, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-11-2022 - Mar-13-2022
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Walla Walla Guitar Festival 11
Mar-11-2022 - Mar-13-2022
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
River City Blues Festival
Mar-18-2022 – Mar-19-2022
Marietta, Ohio, USA
Blues Bash At The Ranch
Mar-18-2022 – Mar-20-2022
Brooksville, Florida, USA
Mar-25-2022 - Mar-27-2022
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, USA
Blues on Reid
Port St Joe, Florida, USA
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|Tampa Bay Blues Festival|
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
9th Milwaukee Blues Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Florida Blues & Heritage Festival
Immokalee, Florida, USA
29th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
South Carolina, USA
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Apr-14-2022 – Apr-18-2022
Byron Bay, Australia
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-21-2022 - Apr-24-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer , Alabama, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-5-2022 - May-8-2022
San Diego, California USA
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-21-2022 – May-22-2022
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Flagstaff Blues and Brews
Jun-10-2022 - Jun-11-2022
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
32nd Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-10-2022 - Jun-12-2022
Billtown, Pennsylvania, USA
Utah Blues Festival
Jun-10-2022 – Jun-11-2022
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
New York State Blues Festival
Jun-16-2022 – Jun-18-2022
Syracuse, New York, USA
Northwoods Blues Festival
Jun-17-2022 - Jun-18-2022
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
21st Annual Greenwood Blues Cruise Festival of Discovery
Jul-07-2022 - Jul-09-2022
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
Vallemaggia Magic Blues
Jul-07-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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