|Photo Moments with the 20th Annual BFG Magazine!|
|Here's Lightnin Malcolm at Blues From The Top in Winter Park, Colorado June 25. This Mississippi Bluesman is quite the charismatic and energetic guitar slinger who is also blessed with a deep, soulful voice.|
Malcolm learned directly from blues masters touring with R.L. Burnside, T Model Ford, Big Jack Johnson, Robert Belfour etc. He developed a unique, funky and hypnotic bass/rhythm/lead simultaneous "full band" guitar sound, as one man band with foot drums or as a power duo with a drummer (notably Cedric Burnside). In 2009 Malcolm won the Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist. He's currently on tour with Tab Benoit.
Photo: Marilyn Stringer
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|Battle, Axe & Tracks… one unforgettable weekend in the Biggest Little City|
(RENO, NV) - Tired of oversold and overcrowded music festivals? 2 days, 2 stages, 16 bands, one unforgettable weekend in the Biggest Little City.|
Only 4,000 tickets will be sold for Battle, Axe & Tracks (BAT) in Reno, NV, Oct 1-2, 2022. Set at beautiful Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, minutes from downtown Reno, headliners include #1 Billboard recording artist & eight-time Grammy Award nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd, four-time Grammy winner Jimmie Vaughan, powerhouse guitarist Samantha Fish, and 10-time Grammy nominee Robert Randolph Band. How about a 4-day weekend? Thursday night features a guitar battle for local artists to compete for a spot in the lineup, spend Friday exploring Northern Nevada and Friday evening for VIP ticket holders we will have an artist meet and greet at The Row.
Weekend, single-day, and VIP tickets are on sale now! Our host hotel, THE ROW, comprising three distinctly different Caesar’s Entertainment resorts, is offering special rates starting at just $69 and free shuttle service to and from the festival. Rooms are limited so book now through Sept 15th. For tickets and information, visit online the website.
Schedule at a glance:
● Saturday, Oct. 1: Jimmie Vaughan, the Robert Randolph Band, Sue Foley, Los Coast, Carolyn Wonderland, Robert Jon & the Wreck, Jelly Bread and Six Mile Station
● Sunday, Oct. 2: Headliners Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Samantha Fish, Ally Venable, King Solomon Hicks, Ian Moore, Dennis Johnson & the Mississippi Ramblers and the Eric Henry Andersen Band.
|First Annual Bourbon and Blues Festival Aug 20 in Cedar Rapids|
(CEDAR RAPIDS, IA) - Cedar Ridge and Linn County Blues Society present the first annual Bourbon and Blues Festival to be held Saturday, August 20 at the McGrath Amphitheatre (475 First Street SW), Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Formerly known as Czech Village Blues, Linn County Blues Society began hosting the event in 2018 to celebrate the blues in our area and raise funds for the organization’s several benefactors, including Eastern Iowa Arts Academy and the Community Health Free Clinic. Cedar Ridge began hosting Bourbon and Blues at its winery and distillery in Swisher in 2010 to celebrate the brand’s release of its first bourbon whiskey.
With the intent of growing to a multi-day event attracting blues enthusiasts throughout the midwest, this year’s line-up has grown to four acts. The female, award-winning blues artists include headliner Shemekia Copeland, Carolyn Wonderland, Danielle Nicole, and Molly Nova and the Hawk featuring Bryce Janey.
Tickets are $35 in advance (plus box office processing fees) and can be purchased through the McGrath box office or via Ticketmaster. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the show for $40 (plus fees) at the gate. Children under the age of 12 are free with a paid adult ticket.
No outside chairs allowed. Chairs are provided by the amphitheater and will be pre-set for general admission seating.
|Ground Zero Club’s fantastic New Mural tribute|
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) – The Ground Zero Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi is home to a new mural, The Bayou, by Jim Vision, a UK mural artist! It’s a tribute to the late Bill Luckett, co-founder of Ground Zero Blues Club. |
On his Instagram post the artist’s caption reads, “This part of the mural is a tribute to the Late Great Bill Luckett. A stand-up Southern Gentleman who did so much for his community and was much loved by his family and friends.
Bill built the incredible Blues Club, Ground Zero with his business partner Morgan Freeman and kept the blues alive and kicking in the Mississippi Delta.
There is a great sadness to his passing but also joy for the full life he lived and lives he touched. In this mural the spectres of bluesmen have returned to give Bill a wonderful send off, a "homegoing celebration". Those touched by his great kindness bring sustenance for the journey as Bill's soul is ferried to the afterlife, a joyful place filled with light, laughter and Blues.”
Visit Clarksdale says “Save the date! More murals are coming to Clarksdale October 10-16, 2022 as a part of Paint Clarksdale.”
Instagram photos via Jim Vision (artist of both murals) and Visit Clarksdale
|Blooze at The Barn will be heating up July 9|
|(ADDISON, NY) – Presented by the Academy Corners Blues Committee, the award-winning artist Vanessa Collier will be heating things up at The Barn on July 9th, along with special guests HB3, featuring the powerful vocals of Maria Shaffer. The Barn is at Hillsprings Farm, located at 535 County Road 85 in Addison, New York.|
Showtime is 6:55pm. Admission is $25 There will be BBQ on the menu and it's BYOB. Free camping and parking available.
Founded by John and Amy Doan, the Academy Corners Blues Committee is committed to supporting live music and hosting special musical events at the barn at Hillsprings Farm, which is nestled in the serene hills of Steuben County, New York.
For tickets and/or more info email John Doan or call (814) 326-4495.
|Piedmont Blues Preservation Society host House Party 7/2 |
(GREENSBORO, NC) -The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society and Elsewhere Museum will host a Blues Groove House Dance Party on Saturday, July 2 from 9 pm-1 am. The party will be held at the Elsewhere Museum, located at 606 S. Elm St. in Greensboro, North Carolina. This event is a fundraiser and all proceeds will benefit Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, an educational, charitable, and historical 501(c)3 nonprofit. Click image for ticket link.
(PORT RICHEY, FL) Gill Dawg Tiki Bar and Grill, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey, Florida will host a "Blues on the Bayou Fourth of July" on July 4 from 2-6pm, featuring Philadelphia blues guitarist Tom Craig and rising blues star Trey Warvig.
This free event is sponsored by the Suncoast Blues Society and GoTonight.com. Bring chairs.
|Popa Chubby :: EMOTIONAL GANGSTER|
|Every Popa Chubby record is an experience. Emotional Gangster, his latest release is no exception and features him on many instruments plus doing all the mixing and recording duties. Nine of the tracks are written by Popa (aka Ted Horowitz). “This record definitely reflects happier times and good, solid dose of classic Blues,” says Popa.” I specifically included covers like “Hoochie Coochie Man” and Dust my Broom” to show respect for the Fathers. Willie Dixon has always been my idol, you know.”|
But the real gems here come in Popa’s original compositions. “Equal Opportunity” is a light hearted singalong that celebrates the feminine at a time when it is seriously needed. And songs like “Flyaway,” and both the French and English version of “Why You Wanna Make War,” are big standouts. There is more than an ample amount of pure guitar bliss on this record, and slide guitar on tracks like “Tonight I’m Gonna Be A Man” add flavor to a savory mix. For an added bonus, harmonica wizard Jason Ricci joins Popa on the blues-rock anthem, “New Way Of Walking” and the swing shuffle, “Save The Best For Last.”
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|20th Annual Blues Festival Guide |
|20th Annual Blues Festival Guide Magazine Digital Edition Released on our website|
|You can not only get a hard copy of the magazine via select festivals, blues societies or by ordering, but our 20th Anniversary digital edition of the Blues Festival Guide has been launched and is 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!
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|• July 1st is Canada Day|
• July 4 USA Independence Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); July 8-Louis Jordan (1908-1975), Johnnie Johnson (1924-2005), Larry Garner (1952), July 9-Jack White (1975); July 10-Mavis Staples (1939), Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records guru (1947), Casey Bill Weldon (1909-1970), Barrelhouse Chuck (1958-2016), Blind Boy Fuller (1907-1941), "Little" Charlie Baty (1953-2020)
Just in case: "Tell The Truth Day" is July 7.
And, blues lovers know for real... “The blues is the truth." As Willie Dixon explained so honestly and eloquently.
"The blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding.”
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|Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums|
|Billboard/iTunes #1 Blues Albums - as of June 30, 2022|
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Rich White Honky Blues
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Jul-2-2022 – Jul-30-2022
Hayward, California, USA
Red, White & Blues
Lyons, IL, Illinois, USA
Red, White & Blues Festival
Pleasanton, California, USA
Spirit of Kansas City
Topeka, Kansas 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
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
and Blues Festival
Jul-09-2022 – Jul-10-2022
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Jul-14-2022 – Jul-16-2022
Mount Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
& Blues Festival
Jul-15-2022 – Jul-17-2022
Winthrop, Washington, USA
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| 28th Annual Cincy Blues Fest|
Cincinnati, Ohio, 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
Mt Baker Rhythm
and Blues Festival
Jul-29-2022 – Jul-31-2022 Washington, USA
Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Mammoth Lakes, California USA
Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-07-2022
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