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|Vero Beach Blues & BBQ Festival this weekend Feb 12-13|
|(VERO BEACH, FL) - The Vero Beach Blues & BBQ Festival debuts this weekend, February 12-13, at Indian River County Fairgrounds (7955 58th Ave.), in Vero Beach, Florida. The festival runs Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-5:30pm. The lineup features 7 acts on Saturday with Selwyn Birchwood headlining that night, and 4 acts on Sunday. Admission is only $5 and under 13 is free, as is parking.|
The event is offering more Incredible food, adult beverages and outstanding live music then should be allowed on the Treasure & Space Coast, plus 180 marketplace vendors in the middle of the event! Stroll through the aisle-ways of arts and crafts and local business vendors with a cold beer or cocktail! Expect the unexpected in the Vendor Marketplace! Open Day and Night at the festival.
See the Classic Car Show on Saturday only. You can't miss it as you walk through the gates! Grab a beer or cocktail and let the good times roll baby!
The blues is a state of mind… find yours at the Vero Beach Blues & BBQ Festival!
|"Blues from the Heart” Gala Feb 13|
|(EL SOBRANTE, CA) - Valentine's 2022 "Blues from the Heart" will be held Feb 13th 6-10pm is a North & Greater Richmond Blues Foundation (NGRBF) fundraising Gala to help replenish some of the lost revenue during those years. For the past two years we've all struggled with the effects of Covid19. with almost no, or limited opportunities, to celebrate with live music. This special event will be held at the Moose Lodge (4660 Appian Way), in El Sobrante, California.|
A comedy set by Tony Sculfield (KBLX) will bring laughter to lift your spirits, and some great live Blues from artists Fillmore Slim, Margie Turner, Lady E, Baby Bee, DeJeana, Jock Shock and more, that will surely make you wanna get up and dance. Your "Soul on a Plate" dinner will be prepared by renowned Chef Evelyn Dunn and will be a culinary treat. Tickets to the event range from $50-$75.
There will be lots of gifts, surprises, raffles and more, and all you'll need to do is order a ticket to the fun!
Your generous support is always greatly appreciated, " says DeJeana Burkes, NGRBF Executive Director, "and your attendance will offer us the chance to share the love that's in our hearts for our fans in a fun and exciting way.
|Honoring the Life of Sam Lay... |
|Sam Lay will be lying in state Friday February 11, 2022 from 12-8pm at Philadelphia M.B. Church, 3329 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, Illinois.|
On Saturday, February 12, at the New Evangelical Bible Church 4636 W. Washington Blvd Chicago, Illinois, the wake for the great Sam Lay will be held at 10am followed by the funeral at 11am.
Monday, February 14th, visitation will be held from 10am-2pm at the Smith & Gaston Funeral Home 102 6th Avenue SW, Birmingham, Alabama. The internment will follow at The Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham Alabama.
Flowers and cards can be sent to the Smith & Gaston Funeral home in Sam's name. The family thanks you for your love and support.
|2022 Blues Music Award Nominees Full List Announced|
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The full list of 2022 Blues Music Awards Nominees have been announced by the Blues Foundation. The Blues Music Awards brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.|
Among the 25 categories, the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Nominees include Tommy Castro, Eric Gales, Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman), J.P. Soars, and Sugaray Rayford. The Band of the Year Nominees include Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, J.P. Soars and the Red Hots, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Sugaray Rayford Band, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Find the entire, anticipated 2022 Nominee list here and how to attend the BMA's and Blues Hall of Fame Awards here.
Blues Foundation members are invited to vote for the Blues Music Awards. The ballot will be open to current Blues Foundation members only until 11:59pm CT Friday, March 18, 2022. To cast your vote, log in to your Member Portal and once logged in, the link to the BMA Ballot will be available at the top of the page.
To become a Blues Foundation member, visit here and click on the Join button to learn about the different membership levels and how to easily and securely join online. Upon membership confirmation, new and renewing members will be sent instructions on how to access the 2022 Blues Music Awards Ballot.
|14th Annual Foley BBQ & Blues Cook-off Mar 12|
|(FOLEY, AL) - The annual BBQ & Blues Cook-off is an outdoor food and music event held in Downtown Foley’s Heritage Park. Festival goers enjoy great food, popular blues bands and children’s activities. All proceeds support the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation. Tickets for Friday and Saturday available here.|
Volunteers are currently being solicited for Saturday, March 12 to help at the front gate, plus with beverage and souvenir sales, and more.
New this year is a Friday Night Kick-off event from 5-9 pm on March 11 for live entertainment and a drawdown! Enjoy performances by Logan Spicer, Mike Diamond, Josh Newcom, and Tim Roberts. Tickets for Friday night are $10 and include entry to the "Drawdown" and must be purchased in advance. Food trucks and beverages sales will be open for business; no children’s activities available.
Come back Saturday, 11am-4pm, to check out the BBQ teams in action, taste delicious samples, and enjoy live blues music. Children's activities and vendors will be open for even more fun! Tickets for Saturday’s are also $10 and sold separately. They include entry, free samples from cook-teams, live music and more.
An Alabama Barbecue Association Trail and Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, the barbecue cook-off attracts both corporate and individual teams competing for bragging rights in several award categories. Thanks to the generosity of event sponsors and volunteers, the impact on our community and schools increases each year.
BBQ & Blues Cook-off Facebook site.
|Buddy Guy Teaches the Blues to the Next Generation in New Trailer for The Torch|
|Buddy Guy’s storied career and his work to share the blues with younger generations are highlighted in the new trailer for the upcoming documentary, The Torch, set to open in select theaters March 18.|
The Torch, as director Jim Farrell tells Rolling Stone, was inspired by a pact that Guy made with one of his mentors and predecessors, Muddy Waters: “Last man standing, don’t let the blues die.” To that end, the film does dig into Guy’s biography, but it also showcases all the work he’s put in as a mentor to upstart guitarists like Quinn Sullivan and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, teaching them just as Waters and Howlin’ Wolf taught him.
“Our aim in The Torch was to showcase Buddy’s brilliance and collaborative generosity onstage, while also achieving a fly on the wall intimacy for those backstage moments where he shares his vast life experiences,” Farrell says. “Like Derek Trucks says, ‘I always look forward to getting just whatever time we can with him because you walk away and you feel like there’s been this amazing knowledge dropped on you.’ The Torch shows how both onstage and off, Buddy’s dedication to young talent is truly unprecedented.”
…See Trailer and read article by Jon Blistein in Rolling Stone
|Marshall musical legacy was built by Black residents|
|Photo taken in Minglewood, TN in 1920 and is contained in the Special Collections Photograph Archives of the University of Louisville. It is thought to be typical of a barrelhouse piano of earlier times.|
(MARSHALL, TX) - In 2010 Marshall city officials made official something that at least half of the Marshall community had known for a long time: Marshall is the birth place of Boogie Woogie music.
The linking of the legacy of the birth of the music to the small town of Marshall in East Texas was uncovered largely by researcher John Tennison, who worked with previous councilmember Gail Beil and others later on to come to find the truth of Marshall’s legacy.
A legacy which stems exclusively from the Black members of the Marshall and Harrison County community.
An article previously printed in the News Messenger, stemming from Tennison’s research, stated that historical researchers recognized the origin of Boogie Woogie music as coming from the East Texas area since the 1930’s, but until work done by Tennison could not further pinpoint its exact birth place.
Boogie Woogie is a style of blues music traditionally described as using a piano like a drum, or to make the piano sound like a drum or like a train. It is well known as a large influence to the current genres of Rock n’ Roll, gospel, country western music and more.
The credit for the creation of Boogie Woogie music is given exclusively to Black former slaves, who after finding freedom in the 1870’s brought their traditional drum-centric style of music to the new instruments that were previously unavailable to them.
The influence of the growing industrial railway system during the same time was an incredibly important influence as well to the Black musicians, who historians said worked to replicate the sounds of the trains through the piano music.
…Continue reading full article by Jessica Harkert at Marshall News Messenger
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|Sam Lay - "Bluesland" documentary trailer|
RIP Mar 20, 1935 – Jan 29, 2022
|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 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); Feb 15-James "Kokomo" Arnold (1901-1968); Feb 16- Bill Doggett (1916), Super Chikan (1951), Andra Faye (1960); Feb 17-Lou Ann Barton (1954); Feb 18-Irma Thomas (1941); Feb 19-Sam Myers (1936-2006), William "Smokey" Robinson (1940), Robert “Bilbo” Walker (1937-2017); Feb 20-Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898-1951); Feb 21-Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell (1903-1962), Nina Simone (1933-2003); Feb 23-Johnny Winter (1944-2014); Feb 24-Willie Kent (1936-2006); George Thorogood (1950); Feb 25-Ida Cox (1896 or 1898-1967); Feb 26-Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928-2017), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943-1981)
Just in case:
February 11th is "National Guitar Day." Dang, this could get long mentioning personal faves and overall stalwarts and titans, but if you're reading this I'm sure names and riffs have already popped into your bluesy head! Revel in the fact that these talented folks have shared their passions with us... and I'm sure I don't speak for myself when I say the guitar is a definite part of our life fabric.
Guitars have been mentioned in history since the 13th century. The modern guitar began to take shape in the 1500s, and 6-string classical guitars appearing in the late 1800's. Gibson got the hint about electronics and set a course in 1834, and in 1931 an electrified version was created.
Checkout this article about who may have actually invented the electric guitar.
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Blues Bash At The Ranch
Mar-18-2022 – Mar-20-2022
Brooksville, Florida, USA
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Blues on Reid
Port St Joe, Florida, USA
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Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
9th Milwaukee Blues Festival
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San Diego, California USA
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Jun-10-2022 - Jun-11-2022
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32nd Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-10-2022 - Jun-12-2022
Billtown, Pennsylvania, USA
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Jun-10-2022 – Jun-11-2022
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
New York State Blues Festival
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Syracuse, New York, USA
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