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Chicago native, San Diego-based funky bass playing, soulful singing, rockin', rhythm & blues man, Len Rainey, is a highly respected, regional veteran staple as well as a touring artist. He and his band the Midnight Players, are some serious musicians with an original, old-school sound.
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|New York’s Chenango Blues Festival Aug 19-20|
|(NORWICH, NY) - The 29th Norwich Rehab Chenango Blues Festival will be held at the Chenango County Fairgrounds (168 East Main St.), Norwich, New York on August 19-20. |
Friday August 19th parking open 4:30pm, gates 5pm and showtime begins at 5:30pm. On the New York Central Mutual Tent Stage, it’s the Hi-Jivers, Angel Forrest, and headliner Popa Chubby.
On Saturday, August 20th parking opens 10am, gates 11am and showtime is 11:30am on the Bright Pet & Oliver's Campers Infield Stage with Misty Blues Band, Annika Chambers, Altered Five Blues Band, Nick Moss with special guest Dennis Gruenling, and Jimmie Vaughan.
One the Flanagan Law Office & Grouse Ridge Realty Tent Stage beginning 1:45pm it’s Corey Harris & Cedric Watson, EG Kight Trio, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, and Southern Avenue closing out the festival.
As a bonus, the NBT Bank Summer Concert Series will feature Mike Zito's Big Band, Thursday, August 18that 8pm in East Park, Norwich, New York. Opening for the show is the Nate Gross Band at 7pm.
RV campers may camp overnight in the Grand Union Plaza (formerly TOPS).
|Joe Louis Walker and Sue Foley for Friday’s MVBF |
|(DAVENPORT, IA) - Blues Fest 2022 will be held Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, at the historic LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa. Along with top talent, there's food vendors and merchandise. Fest tickets can be purchased in advance here or at the gate. 16 and younger are free with a paying adult!|
Appearing on the Main stage Friday are Kevin Burt and Big Medicine, Billy Branch and Sons of The Blues, Joe Louis Walker, and Sue Foley.
The award-winning Canadian blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Sue Foley played her first gig at the age of 16 and by the age of 20, teamed up with Mark Hummel and toured the US, Canada, and Europe. Since those days, Foley has toured steadily with her band, with her signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster. She has won a Juno award, multiple Maple Blues Awards, three Trophees de Blues de France and the 2020 and 2022 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Best Traditional Blues Female (Koko Taylor Award), and also the 2022 BMA for Best Traditional Blues Album Award for Pinky’s Blues.
San Francisco Bay Area based Joe Louis Walker is a true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter. This Blues Hall of Fame inductee is a multiple Blues Music Award winner (Band of the Year and Contemporary Male Artist of the Year) and Grammy Nominee, is considered a torchbearer and “boundary pusher” for modern blues. He’s toured the world extensively and recorded 25+ albums that have included collaborations over the years with artists such as Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Gatemouth Brown and more
Look for details on Saturday's headliners in our next weekly e-Guide issue.
Those Saturday’s Main Stage artists include Ivan Singh, 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, and Saturday, it’s Kent Burnside, The Soul Searchers, and The Matt Woods Band.
|The Mike Finnigan Legacy Lives On|
|The great Mike Finnigan just made songs better. That’s why people such as Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Taj Mahal, Rod Stewart and Crosby, Stills & Nash sought out his fearless B-3 and soulful vocals for their music.|
But one thing remained constant over the past 25 years. Finnigan always came back to the Phantom Blues Band as a prime musical outlet. And with Finnigan’s August 11, 2021 passing from cancer, the PBB and Little Village wanted to pay tribute to his inspiration and camaraderie. The result is Blues for Breakfast, featuring guests Bonnie Raitt, Curtis Salgado and Ruthie Foster.
Plus, 100 percent of the proceeds from the CD will go to the Mike Finnigan School of Music at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, Kan., where Mike was a hero in his adopted hometown. The money will be used to promote music and education – two of Mike’s passions – by providing services and scholarships to students.
“It’s blues that gets under the skin a little faster than it gets into your feet.” — Americana Highways
Celebrate Mike Finnigan’s legacy with the Phantom Blues Band’s tribute through these outlets: Spotify, Amazon, iTunes and the Blues Music Magazine store.
|The Long Forgotten 8th National Jazz, Pop, Ballads And Blues Festival|
|Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Rory Gallagher, Jeff Beck, Ten Years After, etc…|
The 8th National Jazz, Pop, Ballads and Blues Festival was held on the second weekend of August 1968, and it’s one of the least remembered of all the late 1960s outdoor events. Yet even a cursory rundown of the artists that performed there shows it’s one worth looking back upon.
The festival itself began as the Richmond Jazz Festival in 1960; morphed into the Jazz and Blues Festival in 1963; and had, in 1964, played host to The Rolling Stones. In 1966, Cream played their second ever gig at the new festival site in Windsor.
In 1968, the festival moved to Kempton Park, more a home for horse racing than music fans. As the festival’s new name suggested, the organizers tried to cover just about every musical base.
Friday was definitely the “pop” night with Herd, Peter Frampton’s band as headliners along with Marmalade, who had just had their first hit with “Lovin’ Things.” “The Killer” himself, Jerry Lee Lewis, closed the show. Definitely not pop was the Rory Gallagher-led blues band, Taste, who had only just moved to England from Ireland. They would become ubiquitous on the circuit of clubs, universities, and festivals over the next few years before Rory broke up the band to go solo with a new trio.
Saturday afternoon was given over to jazz with Jon Hendricks topping the bill along with Ronnie Scott’s Quintet. Opening the proceedings was the always inventive Mike Westbrook Band.
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|Crossroads Blues Society presents "Women of the Blues" |
|(ROCKFORD, IL) - The Crossroads Blues Society presents the 13th Annual Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park in Rockford, Illinois on Aug 27 and features "Women of the Blues" as its theme. Five great acts on the main stage and two super local acts will appear in the Pavilion in between the Main Stage events. |
Gates open at 11am with Melody Angel kicking off on the Main Stage at noon, followed by Donna Herula, Tia Carroll, Shaun Murphy, and Teeny Tucker wrapping it up at 8pm. On the Pavilion Stage at 1:30 and 3pm is Gina Meeks, then Amanee Avery at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
Tickets are on sale and advanced tickets are $10; entry at the gate is $15. No coolers, outside food, beverages, or pets allowed, please. A wide assortment of beer and wine will be available for $5 and great foods will be served up and available for purchase!
The Crossroads Blues Society were the Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipient 2014
|Joe Lewis Band :: UP NEXT|
|Growing up in Picayune Mississippi, only an hour north of New Orleans, the cradle of American music, Joe Lewis certainly heard every kind of music where the lines between genres are thin and the roots of each genre intertwine as they grow. That line has always been blurred between blues and gospel, two genres that are considered the source of all modern music. As a gifted musician the choice to play electric guitar and sing words of praise is not a new thing; Sister Rosetta Tharpe pioneered the genre in the early 50’s. However, the Joe Lewis Band is a trailblazer in Contemporary Christian Blues music. |
Joe Lewis and his power trio of Tom Cole on bass and drummer Derrick Enyard began 2020 by representing the Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They then embarked on recording their fourth album enlisting super producer Kevin Shirley to mix the album at his famous studio, The Cave, in Sydney Australia and having the album mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig.
This A-team clearly delivered to create a first class sonic landscape with ten original tracks, a mixture of straight-ahead blues, funk and rockin’ soul centered around Lewis’ stellar guitar playing and sparkling tenor vocals. The rambunctious spirit of the album and its words of positivity and praise strive to blur the line between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
|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!
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|Just In Case... plus Holidays & Birthdays|
|Just in Case: Aug 12 is "National Vinyl Record Day"... your chance to go old school (yeh, I know there's a "vinyl revival")! Spin music lovers all around the world have disagreements on a number of things, but one thing we think everyone can agree on is that vinyl records are here to stay (see?!). I'm getting nostalgic just thinking about it! I treasure the old vinyl I still have of Bobby "Blue" Bland, Jimmy Reed, Etta James, Ray Charles, and many more.|
Aug 13 is "International Left Hander's Day." Yes, the world is built for right-handers, which makes us (yep!) left-handers even more able to adept than some! For this day I like to recall some of the great left-handed blues players (some who played right-handed). Albert King, Toronzo Cannon, Danielle Nicole, Elizabeth Cotten, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Rush (pictured at left), Barbara Lynn, Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), plus Dwane Allman, Johnny Winter, and Gary Moore (lefties that played righthanded), and more of course!
• Month of August (okay, wacky) Holidays:
"International Pirate, Catfish, Picnic, Peach, and Romance Awareness Month"... time to get your sexy, romantic picnic-self in gear!
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug 11-"Crying" Sam Collins (1887-1949), Aug 12-Percy Mayfield (1920-1984), Roy Gaines (1934-2021); Aug 13-Jimmy McCracklin (1921-2012); Aug 14-Larry Graham (1946), Son Seals (1942-2004); Aug 15-Buster Brown (1911-1976), Jackie Brenston (1930-1979), Bobby Byrd (1934-2007); Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928-2011), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915-1976); Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939-1997); Aug 19-Earl Gaines (1935-2009); Aug 20-Issac Hayes (1942-2008); Aug 21-Count Basie (1904-1984); Aug 22-John Lee Hooker (1920-2001), Debbie Davies (1952); Aug 24-Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905-1974), Wynonie Harris (1915); Aug 26-Jimmy Rushing (1901-1972); Aug 29-Charlie Parker (1920-1955), Dinah Washington (1924-1963); Aug 30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934-1976); Aug 31-Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945)
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|Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival|
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-15-2022
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Waukesha Rotary BluesFest
Aug 12-2022 - Aug 13-2011
Delafield, Wisconsin 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
Gloucester Blues Festival
Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
Joliet Blues Festival
Joliet, Illinois, USA
Blues Festival Tour
Aug-13-2022 – Aug-21-2022
Multiple City Tour, Rhode Island, 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
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-21-2022
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-21-2022
Edmonton , Alberta, Canada
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|Big Blues Bender|
Aug-25-2022 – Aug-28-2022
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Trois-Rivières en Blues
Aug-25-2022 – Aug-28-2022
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Aug-26-2022 – Aug-27-2022
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
Kenlake Hot August Blues
Aug-26-2022 – Aug-27-2022
Hardin, Kentucky, USA
Old Capitol Blues and BBQ
Aug-26-2022 – Aug-27-2022
Springfield, Illinois, USA
Crossroads Blues Festival
Rockford, Illinois, USA
Peoria Blues & Heritage
Sep-02-2022 – Sep-03-2022
Peoria, Illinois, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Sep-02-2022 – Sep-04-2022
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle
Sep-09-2022 – Sep-11-2022
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
AimLoan.com San Diego
San Diego, California, USA
Western New York
Blues Society Festival
Hemlock, New York, USA
Blues and Bones Festival
Angels Camp, California, USA
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