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Blues Festival Guide
June 29, 2023
Vol 18/Issue 26 

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Photo Moments with the 21st Annual BFG Magazine!
Great to run into Rich Sherman President and CEO of Omega Events at San Diego's Gator By The Bay festival. Omega Events brought us the memorable, long-running Doheny Blues Festival and the Russian River Festival. Omega also presents the current Newport Beach Jazz Festival that happened the first week of June.
The Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza, also brought to us by Omega, is coming up Aug 3-6 in Mammoth Lakes, California. This year's lineup includes Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Larkin Poe, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Samantha Fish, Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite, Walter Trout, Robert Randolph, Shemekia Copeland and many more.
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And when you open it you'll hear the song "Push Now" from Be The Love You Want, the latest album by the multi-award-winning, GRAMMY®-nominated, and critically acclaimed band Southern Avenue.
Our cover photo, features Southern Avenue's Ori and Tierinii Naftaly by photographer Jon Naugle at the 2022 San Diego Blues Festival.
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: "The roadmap to everything blues."
News Flash... 
21st Annual Grassroots Blues Festival happens July 7-8
(DUCK HILL, MS) - The 21st Annual Grassroots Blues Festival happens July 7-8 2023 at Elliot Field, Highway 404 W., in Duck Hill, Mississippi. Times are Friday 6pm-10pm, and Saturday 3pm-10pm.
The festival is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of blues music, and the artists who demonstrated mastery of their artistic discipline and quality of work. Their goal is to educate and preserve this traditional art form of music.

Appearing this year are Jerry Fair, John Horton & Band, Little Willie Farmer, Willie L. Hulbert & The Fingerprint Band, Mark "Muleman" Massey and Billy Earhart, Emmons Entertainment Band, Barry Blakely, and many others.

The Grassroots Blues Festival is part of ACER's Project CAM that began in 2001 in an effort to help support its operation to implement its program of work in the community and at the same time to provide a platform for traditional blues artists, and obscure blues artists, to cultivate and celebrate a musical art form that is unique to our Mississippi Heritage. 
Historic Island hosts Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 27-29 
(PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI) - The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! It is held every year in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin 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 held July 27-29 features Grammy nominated artists John Primer, and Victor Wainwright & The Train, as well as High Mileage, Kris Lager Band, Tullie Brae, Orphan Jon & The Abandoned, Kyle Renfro, Duwayne Burnside, Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys (featuring Westside Andy), Nick Schnebelen, and Jane Lee Hooker.

The Kick-Off Party on Thursday night runs 5pm-midnight and will feature High Mileage, and The Kris Lager Band on alternating stages. If you are camping, you can camp for free Thursday night.

Tickets and camping reservations nearby are available online at the festival website. 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. No carry-in food or drink allowed. Food and non-food vendors will be set up by 5pm.

Most of the downtown pubs this year will have bands as well. If staying in a motel make sure to mention you’re coming to the festival for a room discount. Blues fest shuttles will get you to the fest in a 5-minute drive or less!
Don’t Miss Out on this NOLA Fest!
Want round-the-clock concerts and entertainment, interactive events with the artists, New Orleans themed special events, exciting ports of call, 7 nights of luxury on the highly-rated Nieuw Amsterdam, and sailing with other music fans like yourself?
You can be part of this New Orleans music festival at sea when onboard the inaugural Big Easy Cruise sailing Nov 4-11, 2023. This 7-day event brings together the music, food, culture and spirit of this extraordinary city.
Book your spot and get ready to let the good times roll!

The lineup Includes Little Feat, Tab Benoit, Irma Thomas, Samantha Fish, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Leo Nocentelli from The Meters, Anders Osborne, Mike Zito, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Tuba Skinny, John Boutté, Johnny Sansone, Jimmy Hall, Cha Wa, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters, Honey Island Swamp Band, John “Papa” Gros, Jimmy Carpenter, Bender Brass Band, Chef Kevin Belton, Frenchy, Galactic and more.

There's Celebrity-Hosted Activities and you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the artists onboard at events including: Cooking demonstrations, Artist-hosted wine tasting, Panel discussions, Artist Q&A Sessions, And more!

For further information and exclusive offers, visit the website and join the email list, follow Big Easy Cruise on Facebook or email. Book now, pay later. Financing options available. Cabins are selling quickly and Blues Guide fans can book with promo code BLUESGUIDE to save on cabin prices. 
Des Moines home of blues on Grand closing after 50 years
(DES MOINES, IA) - Gas Lamp on Grand Avenue will lock up for good after a final show on July 7. The venue has been a pivotal spot for blues musicians for over 50 years. Now, a committee of dedicated blues fans is raising money to preserve the venue's history.

The building at 1501 Grand Ave in Des Moines has been home to the blues for many, many years. Most famously known for being the home of the legendary Blues on Grand, boasting blues 6 nights a week, this building has also housed the Gas Lamp (current), Vicki's Pour House, the Grand, the Republic on Grand and others.

"The blues is one of the oldest American art forms, and a lot of people say the blues is dying. We think blues is alive and strong," blues musician and "Preserving The Blues at 1501 Grand" committee member Tom Buckmiller said.
The committee has raised over $700 on its GoFundMe page. They hope to raise $5,000 for three projects: a documentary to be filmed at the closing show, an on-site plaque, and a historical website.
"All we’re trying to do is keep this art form alive so the next generation, so younger generations, can appreciate it and love it in the same way that we do," says Buckmiller.
The Bath Festival of Blues and Led Zeppelin 
“Led Zeppelin’s fee went from £500 to £20,000 in a year!” Collapsing stages and no toilets: The 1969 Bath Blues Festival that inspired Glastonbury

They sold 7000 tickets – and 30,000 people turned up. How The Bath Blues Festivals became the inspiration to a young Michael Eavis and Glastonbury.
On June 28, 1969, the genteel town of Bath staged a small concert that helped change the world: The Bath Festival Of Blues, hosted at the Bath Pavilion Recreation Ground. 

Promoters Freddy and Wendy Bannister were a husband and wife team who had been putting on gigs at the Bath Pavilion – up-and-comers like The Beatles or Jimi Hendrix – were asked if they would put on a show “for the kids” on the recreational ground opposite the Pavilion in the centre of town. The Bath Festival Society had been accused of being elitist and wanted to give this new so-called ‘rock music’ a try.

Freddie and Wendy put together a modest bill of new talent: Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Ten Years After, Led Zeppelin, The Nice, Chicken Shack, John Hiseman’s Colosseum, Mick Abraham’s Blodwyn Pig and more.
“Tickets were 18 shillings and sixpence [about 93p],” Freddie told Classic Rock in 2007, “and 14 shillings and sixpence just for the evening [73p]. Led Zeppelin cost us £200 – but [manager] Peter Grant did push me up to £500 before they’d signed the contract.”
“Tickets were 18 shillings and sixpence [about 93p],” Freddie told Classic Rock in 2007, “and 14 shillings and sixpence just for the evening [73p]. Led Zeppelin cost us £200 – but [manager] Peter Grant did push me up to £500 before they’d signed the contract.”

According to Bath Festivals, they issued 7,000 tickets but 30,000 people showed up. “It completely took us by surprise,” said Wendy. Back then, most people didn’t even know what festivals were. Wendy rang the ticket offices around the country only to discover they’d all sold out their allocations. full story By Mick Wall/Louder Sound with Contributions from Tom Poak 
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Blues Society Event News
•North Jersey "Crossroads to Memphis" Winners +Raffle
Congratulations to "Crossroads to Memphis" winners Blues People and Eric Heilner, the North Jersey Blues Society (NJBS) ambassadors heading to the 2024 IBC held in Memphis in January. You can purchase a raffle ticket to win an autographed guitar that will help with travel expenses for the winners.
The NJBS also continue their Blues & Brews series at Montclair Brewery (101 Walnut St., Montclair, New Jersey), with Chicago bluesman Johnny Burgin on 7/16 and Austin, Texas harpman Vin Mott on 7/23.
CD & DVD Releases
Joyce Huston :: GROOVE ME BABY
Joyce Huston (pronounced Houston) earned her moniker “Lady J” while attending Howard University as a Music Theory/Composition major (Dean's List). Her debut full length studio album, Groove Me Baby, is a reflection of all that Huston is (singer, songwriter, trumpeter, music director, arranger, and producer) and has accomplished in her career that began as a child dancer on shows with her mother Loyce Huston and led to an array of awards and high-profile appearances. For the big production on the twelve new tracks Huston enlisted over 30 musicians including four guitarists, three drummers, several bassists, keys, vocalists, a horn section (which includes Lady J) and the 18-piece Jazz Edge Orchestra from St Louis all backing her fiery vocals, trumpet, and flugelhorn playing.

Nine original songs, written or co-written by Huston, include the downhome blues, “Your Call,” the bawdy blues swinging “Mean Stud Lover’s Blues;” “I Want A Man Like That,” recorded by her mother, Loyce Pickens [Huston] in 1963, is a loving tribute; “Tearing Me Apart” a powerful, heartbreaking R&B ballad is reportedly a true story; “Born Under A Bad Sign,” is delivered with sizzle and flair that Huston learned working as music director for blues legend Albert King; and the tongue in cheek “Corona, You make Me Sick!,” an upbeat take on the pandemic.

Lady J’s complex arrangement/composition of “Hide-Away” shows off the Jazz Edge Orchestra; “Groove Me Baby,” the title track, is classic soul with sophisticated layers; “Messin’ ‘Round On Da Bayou” is a slow-cooking New Orleans flavored funk inspired by her Vegas drummer Jimmy Prima, nephew of Louis Prima; and hot swing number “500 Pounds Good Gizzay,” will make many a man blush. Bonus tracks include an instrumental version of “Mean Stud Lover’s Blues,” plus a live recording of “At Last,” that showcases the breadth of Huston’s dramatic range.
"Mean Stud Lover's Blues"
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Birthdays & Just In Case
Just In Case... plus Holidays & Birthdays
"Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you. I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore." B.B. King
• June is: "Black Music Month"
• 4th of July Independence Day (USA)
• July 6th "International Kissing Day"... okay!
(BTW, we can thank the Romans for the widespread practice of kissing in Europe.)
Birthdays upcoming:
Jun 30- Mike Wheeler (1961); July 1-Willie Dixon (1915-1992), James Cotton (1935-2017), Syl Johnson (1939-2022) Chris Strachwitz (1931-2023), Joseph "Chubby" Carrier (1967); July 3-"Mississippi" John Hurt (1893-1966), Miss Lavelle White (1929 pictured); July 4-Champion Jack Dupree (1910-1992), Annie Raines (1969); 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), Charlie Baty (1953-2020); July 11-Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929), Jarekus Singleton (1984); July 14-Claude (1919-2003) & Clifford Trenier (1919-1983) (b. 1919); July 15-Willie Cobbs (1932-2021); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910–1966)
Just in Case:  July 19 is "National Camera Day"
The word “photography” is based on two Greek words that, when put together, mean “writing with light.’ In 400 BC, the Chinese, you know, the ones that created the first recorded sunglasses out of quartz (see last week's issue), provided the earliest known written record of their exploration of camera obscura, or pinhole imagery. But it wasn't until 1825 that a French invented the heliograph, a print that required eight hours of light exposure to create and which soon faded! By the 1880s George Eastman invented and patented the Kodak roll-film camera!
The history or photography runs deep. And how grateful we are that images were and still are captured for the world to ponder and enjoy!
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 Waterfront Blues Fest
Jul-01-2023 - Jul-04-2023
Portland, Oregon, USA
Puisto Blues Festival
Jarvenpaa, Finland
Spirit of Kansas
Blues Festival
Topeka, Kansas, USA
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-06-2023 - Jul-08-2023
Briggsville, Pennsylvania, USA
22nd Greenwood Blues Cruise 
Jul-06-2023 - Jul-08-2023
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
Grassroots Blues Festival
Jul-07-2023 - Jul-08-2023
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA 
Suwalki Blues Festival
Jul-06-2023 - Jul-08-2023
Suwalki, Poland
Burton Agnes
Jazz & Blues Festival
Jul-07-2023 - Jul-09-2023
Driffield, United Kingdom
Vallemaggia Magic Blues
Jul-07-2023 - Aug-03-2023
Avegno, Centro Punto Valle, Switzerland
Red, White and Blues Festival
Rockford, Illinois, USA
A Weekend of Blues
Jul-08-2023 - Jul-09-2023
Lima, New York, USA
Tremblant Int'l Blues Festival
July-12-2023 - July-16-2023
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Playing with Fire
Free Summer Concert Series
Jul-14-2023 - Jul-15-2023
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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 Cincy Blues Fest
Fairfield, Ohio, USA
Bucks County Blues Festival
Morrisville, Pennsylvania, USA
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Jul-15-2023 - Jul-16-2023
Rockland, Maine, USA

35th Porretta Soul Festival
Jul-20-2023 - Jul-23-2023
Porretta Terme, Italy
Blast Furnace Blues Festival
Jul-21-2023 - Jul-23-2023
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Jul-21-2023 - Jul-23-2023
Winthrop, Washington, USA

Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-27-2023 - Jul-29-2023
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA

Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-28-2023 - Jul-29-2023
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Canal Winchester
Blues and Rib Fest
Jul-28-2023 - Jul-29-2023
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA

Calgary International
Blues Festival
Jul-31-2023 - Aug-06-2023
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Jus' Blues Music Awards & Conference
Aug-02-2023 - Aug-05-2023
Tunica, Mississippi, USA
Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-03-2023 - Aug-06-2023
Notodden, Norway
Mammoth Bluesapalooza
Aug-03-2023 - Aug-06-2023
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
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