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|Uber-multi-award-winning, virtuoso bluesman Charlie Musselwhite was caught here showing off his Blues Festival Guide at the June 2022 Blues From The Top festival.|
Charlie learned alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the South side of Chicago in the early 1960’s. Now, 50+ years later of non-stop touring, his resume is filled with countless accolades and collaborations with a wide variety of artists, all the while sticking to his blues roots.
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|Bayfront Blues Festival showcases dozens of acts Aug 12-14|
|(DULUTH, MN) - The Bayfront Blues Festival, one of the largest annual outdoor music events in the upper Midwest is happening Aug 12-1 in Duluth, Minnesota. Each year nearly 20,000 fans are treated to more than thirty different acts on two stages at one of the region’s most beautiful open-air venues — Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park.|
For over a quarter century the Bayfront Blues Festival has been a world leader showcasing a who’s who in the blues and blues/rock music genre. Friday’s headliners on the Cedar Ridge Distillery Stage include Canned Heat, Janiva Magness, John Primer, and Albert Castiglia. Saturday’s headliners include Ruthie Foster, Duke Robillard, Mud Morganfield, Gabe Stillman and Eddie 9V. Sunday’s headliners include Mike Zito, Dwayne Dopsie, Kate Henry, and Lamont Cranston.
They are also thrilled to announce the return of the Big Top Tent, back in full swing this year! This stage will once again showcase several of the region’s top talents. And on Friday, it’s a blues party as the festival closes out the night under the Big Top!
All tickets are sold as general admission this year and can be found here. Children 12 & under are admitted free.
|Historic LeClaire Park is site of Mississippi Valley Blues Fest Sept 16-17|
|(DAVENPORT, IA) - In keeping with a Quad Cities community tradition, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society is showcasing an exciting and diverse lineup of established and emerging Blues-based artists. Mississippi Valley Blues Fest 2022 will be September 16-17, 2022, and returns to the historic LeClaire Park bandshell right along the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa.|
The Friday Main Stage lineup is Kevin Burt and Big Medicine, then Billy Branch and Sons of The Blues, Joe Louis Walker, and Sue Foley. On Saturday’s Main Stage begins with Ivan Singh, followed by Altered Five Band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Vanessa Collier, and Bernard Allison. On the Tent Stage Friday is Avey Grouws Band, and Molly Nova & The Hawk. On the Tent Stage Saturday, it’s Kent Burnside, The Soul Searchers, and The Matt Woods Band.
There is an expanded selection of food vendors and merchandise along with this award-winning lineup. Get your tickets and get ready to have a beautiful blues-filled day along the Mighty Mississippi!
Advance Friday tickets are $20 online or $30 at the gate and Saturday advance tickets are $30 online or $40 at the gate. Advanced 2-day passes are $45 online or $60 at the gate.
|Blues Against Hunger “Feedback Festival” on Int’l Blues Music Day Aug 6th|
(ROSARITO, BAJA, MX) – The Blues Against Hunger (BAHS) “Feedback Festival” will be held Aug 6th in conjunction with International Blues Music Day, at Tempest Trading, located at mile K40.5 on the Rosarito free road in Baja, Mexico. It will be a day of celebration with friends, food, and live music from 9am-7pm on two stages with 7 bands, 12 guest artists, 9 craft beers, and 6 food vendors. Doors open at 8:30am and there will be a “Pancakes and Jam” breakfast for ticket holders from 9-11am with music from the acoustic stage 9-11:45am.|
BAHS Main Stage runs from 12pm-7pm featuring Mopar Murray Band (Rosarito), Palaco Blues (Mexicali), The Wild Pack (Ensenada), Pachuco Blues (Tijuana), and Michele Lundeen (San Diego) at 6pm.
Tickets are $20 ($400 pesos) general. VIP are $30 ($600 pesos) and will include bar service and a free raffle ticket. Save $5 on tickets with code FEEDBACK2 until Aug 1st.
This is a food drive first and foremost! BAHS has fed thousands throughout Baja California, Southern California, and Arizona. Their 2022 goal is to raise three tons of food for those in need. Bring your event ticket + plus 5 pounds or more! Get special free raffles tickets when you bring 10 pounds, 50 pounds, and 100 pounds! You can also donate to feed families via the ticket link as an alternative or as an extra gift.
See the schedule, donate to feed families and get your tickets here! Music and meals heal!
Blues Against Hunger Society (BAHS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The BAHS mission is simple. Produce and support live music events that promote the collection and distribution of non-perishable food to those in need in the communities we serve.
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|Summertime Blues concerts to mix music with education|
(NORFOLK, NE) - On Thursday, July 21, bluesy-soulful singer, songwriter, guitarist Mark Gibson (rt) will perform a combination of cover songs and his original works 6:30pm at the Norfolk Public Library (308 Prospect Ave.) in Norfolk, Nebraska. Gibson is an Oklahoma singer and songwriter who's performed in the Norfolk area multiple times. |
On Tuesday, July 26, concertgoers will be in for a history lesson beginning at 6:30pm. In the spirit of Ken Burns' breakout PBS documentary series on American country music, acclaimed guitarist and music historian Joey Leon (lt) will presents "The History of Blues in America" a one-hour program that will cover the history, influence and social impact of the American blues genre through songs, stories and historical facts.
Both programs are free to attend and available for all age groups.
|30th Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival Aug 18-21|
|(SALMON, B.C.) -The 30th annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, presented by the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society (SAFMS), is just around the corner in Salmon, Arm, British Columbia, and time is running out to save on weekend passes. Prices increase July 31 for the Aug. 18-21 event. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. SAFMS is still accepting volunteer applications for the festival|
Roots and Blues features Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside, C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Tom Cochrane, Jann Arden, Antibalas, Five Alarm Funk, Northern Cree, William Prince, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and more.
There will also be a free Tuned Up Series presented by Downtown Salmon Arm featuring a variety of acts who will perform in the city centre Aug 15, 18, 19 and 20 at Ross St. Plaza, and Aug 17 in Peace Park for Wednesday on the Wharf.
|International Singer Songwriter winner, Angela Easley's release Rise, is her fourth collaboration with Nashville music producer Walter Scott. The album, recorded in both Nashville and New Orleans, plays out like a sampler from her monthly shows at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie bar on the world-famous Printers Alley in Nashville, with infectiously singable tunes rooted in the blues, rock, country, funk, and soul of the Deep South.|
Legendary Nashville gospel music quartet, The McCrary Sisters, back up Easley on the emotional piano ballad “I Can Let Go.” The party starts with the dance-floor filling funk number “Running Out Of Time,” complete with hot horn jabs and the slick drumming of Grammy winner Marcus Finnie (Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ “Tajmo”).
Colombia Records artist and fellow Mississippi native, Shelly Fairchild, sings with Easley on the powerful title track, “Rise,” that calls out for equality and unity as the way to come out of the darkness into the light. The gritty roots rocker “Don’t Let The Devil Down,” is a bold declaration of faith and determination to face evil head on. The pleading strains of her soul blues lament, “One More Last Time,” are echoed by the mournful saxophone of Mathew Gros, and soaring guitar from Randall Scott Peterson from her touring band.
The country-flavored “Crazy Rain,” is the result of a collaboration of Easley with music row songwriters, Dave Isaacs and John Miner, which highlights the production skills of Walter Scott.
Angela Easley has spent her whole life putting her dreams in action performing publicly since the age of eight and recording her first album at fourteen. Her independent release of Rise should prove to be another major step on her journey as a contemporary voice of the bayou.
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|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 30 - International Friendship Day|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 21-Floyd McDaniel (1915-1995); July 22-George Clinton (1940); July 23-Tony Joe White (1943-2018); July 26 Willie "Popsy" Dixon (1942-2015), Mick Jagger (1943); July 27-Irene Johnson (BFG Magazine Editor); July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943-1981), Junior Kimbrough (1930-1998); July 30 Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940-2011), Otis Taylor (1948), Michael Burks (1957-2012); July 31 Roy Milton (1907-1983), Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder 1923-2006); Aug 2-Big Walter Price (1917-2012), Mark Naftalin (1944); Aug 3- Mercy Dee Walton (1915–1962)
Just in Case: July 31 is "Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day!" This day is a reminder to music lovers that there are many special and uncommon instruments just waiting to be discovered. This unusual holiday encourages us to learn about and try a new and unusual musical instrument.
Pictured at left is "The Stroh"... a mandolin and guitar combo.
July 24th is "Tell an Old Joke Day." Well, we all know laughter is the best medicine and of course we also know there are blues funnies and of course countless blues songs with humorous, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and funny innuendos. Or, how about when we can't understand them?
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Jul-22-2022 – Jul-24-2022
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, USA
Calgary Int'l Blues Festival
Jul-25-2022 – Jul-31-2022
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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
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
Magic City Blues – Montana’s Urban Music Festival
Aug-05-2022 – Aug-06-2022
Billings, Montana, USA
In The Market for Blues
Omaha’s Blues Fest
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
BAHS Feedback Festival
Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-15-2022
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Bayfront Blues Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-14-2022
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Sunflower River Blues
and Gospel Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-14-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-20-2022
Madison, Indiana, USA
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-20-2022
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
White Mountain Boogie & Blues Festival 25th Annual
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-21-2022
Thornton, New Hampshire, USA
Big Blues Bender
Aug-25-2022 – Aug-28-2022
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Aug-26-2022 – Aug-27-2022
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
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San Diego, California, USA
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