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|32nd Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival Sept 2-4|
|(RENTIESVILLE, OK) – The 32nd Annual Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival is coming Sept 2-4 to Oklahoma 2 miles north of 1-40 up US 69, and they’re presenting 30 bands on 3 stages over the period of 3 days. Gates open at 4pm and the music starts at 6pm. The 2 outdoor stages play until midnight or 1am. The indoor stage in the Juke Joint club also starts at 6 pm, but continues on until 5am. The festival is all ages but must be 21+ in the indoor club.|
There will be regional showcases of some 20 Oklahoma bands, and also acts from several states including California, Mississippi, Washington D.C., Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana and more! There’s also the Kid’s Village and a Harmonica Workshop with David Berntson a KBA recipient for Blues Education, and much more. Native Night is Friday.
Stages include the D.C. Minner Club Stage, the Back Porch Stage and the Main Stage. Artists appearing over the weekend include Watermelon Slim, Queen Iretta and Johnie B Sanders, Funkativity, Fillmore Slim, Scott Ellison, Akeen Kemp, Selby Minner Johnny Rawls, Alex Lopez, and many, many more.
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Tickets are $18 per day and kids 12 and under are no charge with paying adult. Come on out - put the grief and isolation of Covid behind you and heal – you know music can do that. Volunteer! It takes a lot of people to put on a Festival. If you help them out for three hours (before, during or after the event) you get your $18 admission fee back and a half price discount on a T Shirt.
Dubbed the 'World's Largest Backyard Party" by D.C. Minner and "Awesome" by National Geographic, this "Must See Event" (says the Blues Foundation) will not disappoint. So, hey everybody…tell everybody... that in Oklahoma, hidden out in the woods, is a little old juke joint called the Down Home Blues Club – it's authentic, funky and very much alive!
|Bernard Allison, Ivan Singh and Altered Five Blues Band to wrap Saturday’s MVBF Sept 17|
|(DAVENPORT, IA) – Saturday’s Main Stage artists at the 2022 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest (MVBF) include Ivan Singh, Altered Five Blues Band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Vanessa Collier, and Bernard Allison.|
Held September 16-17 at the historic LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa, there will be food vendors and merchandise along with top talent. Tickets can be purchased here or at the gate. Attendees 16 and younger are free with adult!
Ruf Records recording artist Bernard Allison won the 2021 Independent Blues Award for “Best Live CD” (Songs From The Road) and “Male Artist of the Year.” 2022’s Highs & Low’s debuted at #1 on Billboard. The funky, “all-guns-blazing” guitarist, singer, songwriter, the youngest son of late bluesman Luther Allison, came up with the blues at a young age and has made it his own.
The Altered Five Blues Band is known for its strong brew of tough, original blues and hard-hitting live shows. Their sixth studio album, Holler If You Hear Me, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Blues Chart and received three Blues Music Award nominations, including “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”
Argentina native Ivan Singh is a 28 year-old guitarist and singer known as one of the top blues guitarists in his country. Since relocating to Chicago, he's made his mark as a rising blues artist there using his distinctive “Lata de Batata” slide guitar (4 strings) sound and stand-out style.
Look for details on the MVBF Tent Stage artists next week.
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.
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.
|Tribute to Blues Queens with Diunna Greenleaf|
|(THE WOODLANDS, TX) - Glade Arts Foundation is proud to present and celebrate multiple Blues Music Award nominee and winner, Texas native, Diunna Greenleaf and The Blue Mercy Band, on Saturday Sept 17 at the Glade Cultural Center, 2000 Woodlands, in The Woodlands, Texas.|
Diunna and her band will pay tribute to the Blues Queens: Bessie Smith, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Etta James, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, and Nina Simone to name a few.
Doors open at 7pm and performance starts at 8pm. Admission is $40.
All sales are final. No-host handcrafted cocktails, Sommelier curated wine list, a la carte dinner menu, and full table service offered. Food and beverages are not included in the admission fee.
|11th Annual Kern County's Rock 'n Blues Reunion to benefit Sarge’s Wreaths 4 Vets |
|(KERNVILLE, CA) - "Kern County's Rock n Blues Reunion" is coming Sept 22-25 featuring 14 Bands, 2 Stages, 4 Venues, Kernville Saloon's Kick-Off Party, Hot Sauce Shop's VIP Party, Kernville Pub Krawl, Sarge's Wreaths 4 Vets Cornhole Tournament and the Grocery Outlet ALL-STAR Revue Jam. The 2022 fundraising festival will be held at the Frandy Campground in Kernville, California.|
Along with top regional acts appearing at the Kern River Rock 'n Blues Fest, national acts include Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, Chris Cain, Anni Piper (from Australia), Jeff Dale, and Dallas Hodge (Canned Heat).
Orion Sanders of Notorious Entertainment developed the Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest 11 years ago to help raise funds for Sarge’s Wreaths 4 Vets, a group distributing Christmas wreaths to veterans’ gravesites in Kern Valley. Sanders got the idea to form Sarge’s Wreaths 4 Vets while working with a national group, Wreaths Across America, which placed wreaths in the Bakersfield National Cemetery.
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|Blues Foundation names Kimberly Horton Interim President and CEO|
|(Memphis, TN) - The Blues Foundation named former music manager/agent and former board member Kimberly Horton the Interim President and CEO of the 42-year organization.|
With the recent departure of former President and CEO Judith Black, Horton says she looks forward to leading the Blues Foundation to its next chapter and the organization’s upcoming signature events including International Blues Challenge in January 2023 and the Blues Music Awards in May 2023.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, the longtime manager and agent, and the founder of Heathrow Muzik Box, LLC, Horton has guided the careers of many internationally renowned Blues artists during her 15-year career as a manager/agent. A graduate of Belhaven and Jackson University in Jackson, MS, Horton received two master’s degrees in Management and Public Health.
“My passion has always been to work and collaborate with artists and watch their artistic development and growth,” says Horton. “I also had the rare opportunity to sit at the feet of the elders and that’s where I gained most of my institutional knowledge and experience in the Blues genre. I never thought I would work closely with such artists as Taj Mahal and Johnny Rawls. They are living legends and I look forward to working with the new generation of blues artists and to bringing more diversity into the Blues Foundation.”
“On behalf of the Board of Directors for The Blues Foundation, we welcome Kimberly Horton,” says Chairman Scott Fitzke. “During the past five years or more, many of the board members had an opportunity to spend quality time with Kimberly as a dedicated board member. Blues music is her life. We felt that her commitment to the board, coupled with her love for music and her professional experience in management, strategic team leadership, and conflict management, would be much-needed assets to the organization during this time of transition...”
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|• Hudson Valley Blues Society "HVBS House Party"|
• North Jersey Brews & Blues
|(BREWSTER, NY) - Hudson Valley Blues Society present a "HVBS House Party" Sept 17 with Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones as part of their east coast tour. The Studio Around the Corner (67 Main St.) in Brewster, New York has become a great listening room for many of the HVBS events. Please let friends know about the show, and encourage them to buy tickets online here. The doors will be closed once they reach capacity.|
(MONTCLAIR, NY) - The North Jersey Blues Society Brews & Blues Sept 18 will feature Carlos Colina & The Grind who will deliver some bona fide American music... blues, swing, funk, and boogie.
This event will be held at Montclair Brewery (101 Walnut St.) 5:30-7:30pm EST.
Your $5 donation goes directly to the band.
You can also join NJBS at the Montclair Jazz Festival's grand finale - the Downtown Jamboree on Saturday, September 10th 1 pm (EST). Stop by the NJBS booth for swag and merchandise.
|David Lumsden :: ROOTED IN THE BLUES|
|Midwestern guitarist David Lumsden sophomore album, Rooted In The Blues, could easily be described as a tribute to those heady days when guitar heroes dominated the airwaves and turntables of young music fans. The ten-song collection of three original tracks and seven reimagined classics run the gamut of blues, blues rock shuffles, boogies, a countryfied train beat, FM pop and a few surprises. Lumsden is backed by his hard-working band featuring Tim Bahn on keys, Gary Davis on bass and drummer Jim Engel.|
The album begins with a faithful rendering of a Chuck Berry prototype from Eddy Clearwater, “I Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down,” complete with barrelhouse piano and rumbling baritone sax. Lumsden’s “Runaway (Blues Train)” is a down home good time. John Lee Hooker created the mold for electric guitar with “Boogie Chillen’’ in 1948, and Lumsden’s “Ruthless Boogie” follows that patented form and mashes in a little ZZ Top and Deep Purple to bring it into this century.
The band then transforms Lieber/Stoller’s “Hound Dawg” into a 70’s funk number. The lovely ballad “Your Memory,” composed by Lumsden’s old friend, jazz guitarist Greg Pasenko, reminds us that six strings also come in the acoustic variety. The bump and grind blues, “Hooked On Something,” is followed by a spot-on instrumental cover of “Josie,” paying homage to Steely Dan’s Larry Carlton The 12-bar blues, “Everyday I Have The Blues,” gives Lumsden’s opportunity to acknowledge the impact of all the renditions he’s heard and their impact on his life. He then honors another guitar hero in a loving “Ode To Jimi AKA Slow Burn.”
Recorded live at the end of 2021 “Everything Is Broken,” serves as a charming bonus track. David Lumsden has spent his life as a student of the guitar arts and pays it forward with this heartfelt offering.
"Runaway (Blues Train)"
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|20th Annual Blues Festival Guide |
|20th Annual Blues Festival Guide Magazine |
|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 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 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!
|Just In Case... plus Holidays & Birthdays|
|• August is "American Artist Appreciation Month"|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Sept 2-Billy Preston (1946-2006); Sept 3-Memphis Slim (1915-1988), Freddie King (1934-1976); Sept 4-Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905-1964); Sept 5-Sunnyland Slim (1907-1995); Sept 6-Jimmy Reed (1925-1976); Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934-2005), Latimore (1939); Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927-2000), Guitar Shorty aka David Kearney (1939-2022 pictured), Derrick "D'Mar" Martin; Sept 9-Otis Redding (1941-1967), Inez Foxx (1942); Sept 10-Roy Brown (1925-1981), Johnny Rawls (1951)
Just in Case: August 26 is "National Dog Day"... References to dogs appear in a lot of blues songs good and bad. We sympathize in "I wouldn't treat a dog the way you treated me," (Bobby Blue Bland), and "I ain't gonna be your lowdown dog," (Big Joe Turner) so "I'm gonna buy me a dog to take the place of you" (Duke Robillard). Hey now "how come my dog don't bark when you come around" (Guitar Shorty). "You ain't nothing but a hound dog," declares Big Mama Thornton. And there's the beggin' like "are you gonna throw me a bone tonite" (Toni Price), "I'm foamin' at the mouth baby can't you see" ("Mad Dog" Johnny Winter") and "baby, let me be your salty dog" (Mississippi John Hurt). And the resolve, "I'm just like a mad dog, I snaps at everything I meet" (Mary Butler/Walter Vinson), and "I don't want no watch dog, I wanna man right now" (Etta James).... and yes, the list goes on!
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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
20th Tawas Blues By The Bay
Aug-26-2022 – Aug-27-2022
East Tawas, Michigan, USA
Crossroads Blues Festival
"Women In Blues"
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
Sep-03-2022 - Sep-04-202
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle
Port Credit Blues & Jazz Festival
Sep-09-2022 – Sep-11-2022
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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Hemlock, New York, USA
Blues and Bones Festival
Angels Camp, California, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Midland, Texas, USA
Mules & Blues
Marks, Mississippi, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-05-2022 – Oct-08-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-07-2022 – Oct-08-2022
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Forgotten Music Festival
Oct-08-2022 – Oct-09-2022
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA
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