|THE 20th ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE MAGAZINEDIGITAL EDITION IS NOW RELEASED!|
|Our 20th Anniversary digital edition of the Blues Festival Guide has launched and is now available on our website! Click the image at left to read and enjoy all 84 pages. Don't forget to turn on the speaker to hear Tulle Brae singing "Seven Bridges."|
Blues music is America’s original roots music. It is still being picked on the front porches of tar-paper shacks, but just as frequently, it is fired up loud and proud in front of a barroom (or festival) crowd.
Blues reflects hardship, trouble and strife, but also perseverance and strength of character – to know the blues is to be in touch with your true spirit and soul. The Blues Festival Guide is committed to the process of presenting blues to a wider audience, and as you know, offers our weekly, electronic newsletter: Blues Festival E-Guide (free subscription) and the popular annual national print (and digital) magazine which comes out each spring.
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: "The roadmap to everything blues". Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial from aficionados in the blues community includes articles from Grammy winner Victor Wainwright, Mitch Woods, Reverend Billy C. Wirtz and Roger Stolle among others.
Our cover by photographer Marilyn Stringer features the talented Tullie Brae and Calvin Johnson at the 2021 North Atlantic Blues Festival!
You can also order your own hard copy here!
|Photo Moments with the 20th Annual BFG Magazine!|
|Here's Alastair Greene and Debbie Davies following their super fun and entertaining set. Such a treat to see them sharing the stage together and playing off each other.|
Debbie is an inspirational, award-winning singer, songwriter, guitar player who has helped paved the way for young female players on the scene today. Coming up, she toured in John Mayall, and Albert Collins' bands.
Alastair is an award-winning singer-songwriter/guitarist has toured with Starship, Sugaray Rayford, and the Alan Parsons Live Project, the latter which sparked the attention of Tab Benoit who signed him to his Whiskey Bayou Records label.
Taken at the 2022 Gator By The Bay over Mother's Day weekend in San Diego, California.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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|Get your tickets for the 24th Annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival|
|(PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI) - Get your tickets for the 24th Annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival, happening in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin July 28-30. The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! It is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park, right on the Mississippi River and nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age! Once you get that cold drink in your hand, great tunes in your ear and good, friendly people all around, you'll realize you're at one of the most beautiful venues anywhere and will soon be calling yourself a Prairie Dogger!|
This year's festival features: The Ghost Town Blues Band, Katie Henry, Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama, Joanna Connor, The Steepwater Band, Left Wing Bourbon, Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers, Mama's Worry, Avey Grouws, Eddie Turner, Veronica Lewis, Gabe Stillman, and Caleb Johnson (Winner of American Idol).
Tickets and camping are available here. Information on accommodations can be found here or by calling 800-732-1673. Like their Facebook page and watch to win free tickets to the Fest!
Camp on site and walk to the gate of the festival only 200-300 yards. Food and drink, campfires, singing, playing music and telling stories is strongly encouraged. A 1-block walk off The Island and you’re downtown surrounded by family-owned pubs, restaurants and small retail stores. Most pubs this year will have bands as well. If a motel is more your style, blues fest shuttles will get you to the fest in 5-minutes or less!
New for 2022 is a free Thursday night Kick-Off Party! The party starts at 5pm hosted by The Ghost Town Blues Band. Music 6:30-10:30pm on the tent stage. Camp free Thursday night although no carry-ins of food or drink. Food and non-food vendors will be set-up by 5pm.
|11th Sean Carney's “Blues For A Cure” this Friday in Ohio|
(CADIZ, OH) - 11th Annual Sean Carney's “Blues For A Cure” will be held Friday (6pm start) June 24 and Saturday (4pm start) June 25, 2022, at Sally Buffalo Park in Cadiz, Ohio. Proceeds benefit WVU Harrison Community Hospital Foundation and the Harrison County Cancer Crusaders. Three International Blues Challenge (IBC) Guitar Champions will be featured at this year’s concert -- Stacy Mitchhart, Noah Wotherspoon, and Sean Carney. Local talent Roger Hoard, with the Hoard & Jones Band, will also take the stage.|
Blues Cure Volume 13, the event's latest CD, will release at the event and be on sale for $15. There will be an auction with some high-profile items available for bid like a Ben Roethlisberger signed full-sized Steelers helmet and a Dolly Parton acoustic guitar signed by Dolly, plus more fun things to bid on.
It’s BYOB and food, water and soda will be available for purchase. “Blues For A Cure” is no charge and is open to the public.
The idea behind “Blues For A Cure” was born during a phone call with Sean Carney’s friend, Dr. Paul McCarthy, owner of Honeybee Records. They discussed the notion that Blues music can effect positive change in the world. Then then discussed how to support that notion by raising money for a charity, paying the artists a reasonable wage, and presenting an awesome showcase of live Blues worthy of festival designation. At the time, Sean’s mother was undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. His younger sister and stepmother are cancer survivors and his piano player, John Popovich, is in remission. The charity was clear.
Since inception, this annual charity concert event has raised nearly $250,000 for the local area. “Blues For A Cure,” has raised over $400,000 since Sean Carney started the fund in 2007.
You can also make a charitable donation online here.
|Berks Arts: 5th Annual Reading Blues Fest planned for Nov 17-20|
|(READING, PA) - Reading Blues Fest, the annual celebration of traditional blues and its contemporary subgenres, will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Reading [Pennsylvania] from Friday, Nov 18 through Sunday, Nov 20. Arts Advocate ticket sales and general public sales have started, for both package and single performances.|
This year, Reading Blues Fest has added a special Community Kickoff Concert on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Reading Liederkranz, starting at 6 p.m. at the club on Mount Penn overlooking Reading. Performing will be Clarence Spady & The Electric City Band featuring The Berks Horns, and Busker Incognito Trio hosting Crossroads Blues Jam before Spady takes the stage.
Presented by Berks Arts, which also presents the renowned Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest each spring, Reading Blues Fest provides a chance for fans to relax in the friendly atmosphere of the award-winning DoubleTree while enjoying concerts, blues-themed lunches and brunches and a Conversation with the Artists, hosted by Michael Cloeren, the founder and producer of the Pocono/ Pennsylvania Blues Festivals.
Headliners for this year’s festival include Tab Benoit with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Sugaray Rayford with Vanessa Collier, Eric Gales with Dawn Tyler Watson, The Blood Brothers: Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia, BC Blue, The Dave Mell Blues Band, Vaneese Thomas, Dave Keyes, and Dave Keller Trio.
“The Reading Blues Fest certainly experienced some challenges with the COVID pandemic arriving just as the festival was gaining momentum,” Justin Heimbecker, Berks Arts executive director, said. “However, now that we are getting back to a typical festival cycle, fans have made it clear that they are eager to return to live events. We can’t wait to bring thousands of visitors to downtown Reading for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire community.”
|2022 Broad Street Blues and BBQ Festival June 24-26|
|(GRIFFITH, IN) - The Broad Street Blues and BBQ Festival is a 3-day festival that takes place in Griffith Central Park at 600 N Broad Street in Griffith, Indiana and admission is free. The festival features some of the best traditional blues artists including John Primer, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Billy Branch, Toronzo Cannon, Liz Mandeville and many more. There will be a main stage with plenty of lawn seating plus a sheltered pavilion stage.|
Fantastic BBQ from 9 vendors and there will be a judging competition. Enjoy a wide selection of craft and domestic beers plus a variety of bottled wines and other beverages. Patriotic firework shows happen on Friday and Saturday.
There is plenty of lawn seating and you’re encouraged to bring your chairs and blankets. Table and pavilion seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All ages. No outside coolers allowed.
|Maple Blues Awards celebrated their live return this week… Here are the Winners|
|(TORONTO, CANADA) – Canadian Blues artists, industry, and fans gathered at Koerner Hall in Toronto on Monday (June 20) to celebrate the return of in-person live music and the Toronto Blues Society's 25th annual Maple Blues Awards. The gala event, hosted by Ottawa’s dynamo Angelique Francis, included performances by Bobby Dean Blackburn, Kat Danser, Sue Foley, Angelique Francis, Colin Linden, Crystal Shawanda and The Maple Blues Band led by Gary Kendall.|
Sue Foley, Colin James and Steve Marriner were the biggest winners of the 2022 Maple Blues Awards. There was a tie for the Blues Booster of the Year award, shared by Kitchener Blues Festival Artistic Director Claude Cloutier and long-time St. John’s Newfoundland radio host and champion of Canadian artists Terry Parsons. Toronto vocalist Shakura S’Aida was voted the winner of the Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) by the public for her long career as a powerhouse performer, actress, and mentor.
Winners of the 2022 Maple Blues Awards:
• Male Vocalist of the Year: Colin James
• Female Vocalist of the Year: Miss Emily
• Drummer of the Year: Lindsay Beaver
• Keyboard Player of the Year: David Vest
• New Artist /Group of the Year: The Lowdown Dirty Mojos
• Blues Booster of the Year: Claude Cloutier & Terry Parsons (tie)
• Acoustic Act of the Year: Steve Marriner/David Gogo
• Electric Act of the Year: Colin James
• Harmonica Player of the Year: Steve Marriner
• Horn Player of the Year: Allison Young
• Guitarist of the Year: Sue Foley
• Bassist of the Year: Keith Picot
• International Artist of the Year: Bonnie Raitt
• Recording/Producer of the Year: Steve Marriner – Hope Dies Last
• Blues With a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award): Shakura S’Aida
• Songwriter of the Year: Steve Marriner
• Entertainer of the Year: Sue Foley
Photos: Colin James by James O’Mara, Sue Foley by Todd Wolfson, Steve Marriner by Scott Doubt
|Central Iowa Blues Society presents double bill July 17|
(DES MOINES, IA) - The Central Iowa Blues Society (CIBS) will present a double bill show featuring Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones and The Bel Airs on July 17th from 6-9pm at Noce (1326 Walnut St.) Des Moines, Iowa.
Doors open at 5pm and showtime is 6pm. Tickets are $25. (CIBS Members receive a $5 rebate at door when checking in at venue.)
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|• June is African-American Music Appreciation Month|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jun 23-Helen Humes (1913-1981); Jun 24- Jeff Beck (1944), Tad Robinson (1956); Jun 25-Clifton Chenier (1925-1987), Eddie Floyd (1935), Roger Naber (LRBC CEO); June 26-Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958); Jun 28-David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915-2011) Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892–1964); July 1-Willie Dixon (1915-1992), James Cotton (1935-2017), Syl Johnson (1939-2022); July 3-"Mississippi" John Hurt (1893-1966); July 4-Champion Jack Dupree (1910-1992); July 5-Smiley Lewis (1913-1966); July 7-Pinetop Perkins (1913-2011)
Just in case: "National Camera Day" is June 29, a day to celebrate the fact that photography, once so complicated it took a scientist to understand, is now part of our everyday lives. Think of all the amazing memories made with photos. Not only with family but with friends doing cool things (maybe a Blues festival?) and the photos of Blues-roots artists of past that we actually know what they looked like as they were making music history. The simple captures to the almost unbelievable photo art, photos past and present are an indelible part of our lives and move our minds and hearts and some can take us places we never imagined.
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|Billboard/iTunes #1 Blues Albums - as of June 23, 2022|
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| Torrita Blues Festival 2022|
Jun-23-2022 – Jun-25-2022
Torrita di Siena, Italy
Sean Carney's “Blues For A Cure”
June-24-2022 - June-25-2022
Cadiz, Ohio USA
Broad Street Blues and BBQ Festival
Jun-24-2022 – Jun-26-2022
Griffith, Indiana, USA
Blues From The Top Music Festival 20th Anniversary
Jun-24-2022 – Jun-26-2022
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Russell City Awareness
Jun-25-2022 – Jul-30-2022
Hayward, California, USA
Red, White & Blues Festival
Pleasanton, California, USA
Spirit of Kansas City
Topeka, Kansas USA
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
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-07-2022 – Jul-09-2022
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Grassroots Blues Festival
Jul-08-2022 – Jul-09-2022
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
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and Blues Festival
Jul-09-2022 – Jul-10-2022
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Jul-14-2022 – Jul-16-2022
Mount Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Jul-15-2022 – Jul-17-2022
Winthrop, Washington, USA
28th Annual Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
North Richmond Music Festival
Richmond, California, USA
North Richmond Music Festival
Jul-16-2022 - Sept-24-2022
Richmond, California, USA
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Jul-16-2022 – Jul-17-2022
Rockland, Maine, USA
Mac Arnold’s 80th Birthday Gratitude Celebration
Anderson, SC, South Carolina, USA
Blast Furnace Blues at Steelstacks
Jul-22-2022 – Jul-24-2022
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, USA
Calgary Int'l Blues Festival
Jul-25-2022 – Jul-31-2022
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-29-2022 – Jul-30-2022
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-29-2022 – Jul-31-2022
Fargo , North Dakota, USA
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