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Blues Festival Guide
July 6, 2023
Vol 18/Issue 27 

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April 30
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Which Cruise Hits Your Groove?
CD & DVD Releases
Birthdays & Just In Case
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Festival-Event Calendar
Music is a Healer!
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Blues Society Event News
Video of The Week
Billboard #1 Blues Albums
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Photo Moments with the 21st Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's Amy Whitesell, CEO of A Music Company Inc., who are live music promoters, talent buyers, consultants, concert and festival organizers, etc. in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Along with various events throughout the year, they produce "Blues on The Mesa" coming Sept 30 to Colorado Springs.
Amy grabbed this pic at the recent Greeley Blues Jam in Greeley, Colorado. The annual event was setup and ready to be held on the lawn Island Grove Regional Park but last minute (literally) rain dictated it quickly be moved inside into the event center.
Photo Courtesy Amy Whitesell 
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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... 
North Atlantic Blues Festival July 15-16
(ROCKLAND, ME) - The 30th annual North Atlantic Blues Festival will be held July 15-16 at the Public Landing (275 Main St, first left off Main St.) in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. The festival features national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. 
Saturday July 15 in order of appearance beginning 11:15am: Gabe Stillman, Jontavious Willis, Bernard Allison, Selwyn Birchwood, and Shemekia Copeland.
Sunday July 16 in order of appearance: Mid Coast Music Academy Blues Camp, Jureesa McBride, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, Joanna Connor, Mr. Sipp, and Southern Hospitality featuring J P Soars- Damon Fowler- Victor Wainwright.
Saturday/Sunday: Chris Gill will perform between acts.

In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival will have vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts. The NABF Club Crawl will be held Saturday night beginning 7pm and Main St. will be closed to traffic. Five bands will be set up along the street. This event is all ages, no charge. Friday and Saturday night music in local bars is not a NABF event and there may be a cover.
Advanced ticket sales end Monday July 10. The festival is rain or shine and ticket gates open at 9am. Your wristband allows you to come and go off the festival grounds. Water, food, lawn chairs (no canopies) and blanket are okay. Some folding chairs (not the yellow ones) are available at the front of the stage for no charge. No pets, coolers, or alcohol.  
John Nemeth, Sugar Ray and more for Fanatics Pub "A Weekend of Blues" July 8-9
(HEMLOCK, NY) - This weekend, July 8-9, rain or shine, Fanatics Pub presents "A Weekend of Blues" at the Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock, New York. The event will benefit "Respect and Be Kind."

Saturday July 8, kicking off 1pm it's Northern California's guitarist Early Times (Johnny Heartsman, E.C. Scott alumni) and his band the High Rollers, followed by young blues talent, singer, songwriter, guitarist Gabe Stillman at 3pm, and multiple BMA winner singer, songwriter, harp phenom John Nemeth & the Blue Dreamers at 5pm.
Sunday July 9, kicking of at Noon you get a chance to hear John Nemeth & the Blue Dreamers again, followed at 2pm by Bywater Call a powerhouse, Southern soul, blues roots band out of Toronto Canada, and then multiple award-winning "real-deal" harpman, singer, songwriter Sugar Ray and the Blue Tones at 4pm.

Food and beer trucks will be on site selling a variety of food, beer, wine, seltzers, and hard ciders. Ticket link, fairground camping info, and more details at the Fanatics Pub website. The event is rain or shine.
Playing With Fire in Omaha next weekend
(OMAHA, NE) - "Playing With Fire" event founder/talent booker Jeff Davis kicks off a 19th season of free concerts with shows Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, in Turner Park (3110 Farnam St.) at Midtown Crossing, Omaha, Nebraska. Award-winning European, Canadian, U.S. bands are set to light your fire!
Friday, July 14, kicking off at 6:45pm, two of top contemporary U.S. blues artists share the bill. Eddie 9-Volt is part of a twenty-something generation of blues players. The Atlanta guitarist’s high-octane contemporary take on the music is rooted in traditional Memphis, southern-style blues. Headliner Sugaray Rayford is a powerhouse, soulful showman who has received multiple Blues Music Award nominations and honors.

Saturday, July 15 features Northern Ireland’s Dom Martin Band, multiple UK and European blues award winners. The Netherlands is represented by Twelve Bar Blues Band’s serving up Chicago- and New Orleans-style blues in their first U.S. appearance, followed by the guitar-driven blues-rock of the Justin Saladino Band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. BluesEd regional youth band The Redwoods kick off at 4:30pm on Sunday.
Blankets, chairs, and picnics are welcome at this all-ages event.
Mark you calendars for "Playing With Fire" Aug 11-12 when the award-winning Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado from Copenhagen, Denmark, and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar from Toronto, Canada are set to perform.
Shane Speal's 30 Year Cigar Box Guitar passion
(NEW ALEXANDRIA, PA) - It was 30 years ago when Shane Speal took a piece of barn wood from his father’s farm and attached it to a Swisher Sweets box, making his very first cigar box guitar. It was July 4, 1993. He had no idea that little project would transform his life.

Since then, he’s made it a life goal to teach others the art and he’s watched thousands and thousands of folks build and play their own cigar box guitars. He’s made thousands of those instruments, himself. And that old Swisher Sweets is now hanging on the walls of the Cigar Box Guitar Museum in historic Speal’s Tavern in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania. 

The family tavern began as a beer garden and grocery store 1933. Since the 90s the walls of Speal's Tavern have been transformed into a unique display of handmade cigar box guitars, historical photos and art. One customer called it "New Alexandria's homemade Hard Rock Cafe." The collection of over 40 cigar box guitars displayed at Speal’s Tavern were built by craftsmen all over the country and range from simple, one-string primitive instruments to complex, electrified guitars with frets, double-necks and whammy bars.

At Shane's Cigar Box Guitar website you can also find some fantastic vintage to current photos of players and instruments, and short reads like “The Encyclopedia of the Cigar Box Guitar,” plus how to build and how to play homemade instruments. He also has a line of slides, instruments and books he sells at his Stubby Slide site.  
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Blues Society Event News
• Blues Society of Omaha 25th anniversary show July 26
(BELLEVUE, NE) - The Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) is celebrating 25 years of promoting and presenting the blues in eastern Nebraska. A big outdoor 25th anniversary show is planned for Wednesday, July 26, 7pm, at Falconwood Park, 905 Allied Dr., Bellevue, Omaha, Nebraska with Albert Castiglia joined by special guest Gary Hoey.
Gates open at 4pm. BluesEd band Us & Them kick it off at 5:30pm. Tickets at Eventbrite are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the show.
CD & DVD Releases
Larry Taylor and the Taylor Family ::
"It is truly an honor to be working with Larry Taylor on this historic recording, released in commemoration of Eddie Taylor's 100th birthday," says Sallie Bengtson, Nola Blue Records president. "So many of the names, the places and most especially the experiences Larry has had in Chicago's West Side resonate with the stories Benny Turner told me as we worked on his autobiography. These living, breathing legacy artists carry forth the classic Chicago blues tradition and deserve our utmost support and recognition. We eagerly anticipate sharing the Taylor family's music with the worldwide blues community."

The Taylor family stands treetop tall as a fully-fledged and remarkably enduring Chicago Blues dynasty. That’s never been more apparent than with the release of Larry Taylor and the Taylor Family's Generations of Blues on Nola Blue Records.
In 2015, vocalist/drummer Larry Taylor assembled his brothers and sisters at Chicago’s Joyride Studios to pay loving tribute to their late father, Eddie Taylor, Sr., and the West Side blues tradition that so deeply influenced all of them. Its set list combines fresh and invigorating versions of their dad’s classic blues compositions and newly created themes illustrating the Taylor family’s unshakable dedication to the idiom. In addition, the collection now pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth in 1923.

The story begins with legendary Benoit, Mississippi-born guitarist Eddie Sr., who arrived in Chicago in 1949 and quickly carved out a sterling reputation as one of the city’s top bluesmen. He made seminal mid-‘50s sides as a leader for Vee-Jay Records (“Bad Boy,” “Ride ‘Em On Down,” “Big Town Playboy”) and served as blues immortal Jimmy Reed’s impeccable accompanist, his dazzling guitar technique influencing countless younger bluesmen including Freddie King. Eddie Sr. and his wife, singer Vera Taylor, were prime inspirations to their offspring as they grew up, instilling a tradition that they proudly carry on to this day.
"Take Your Hand Down"
Video of The Week
Mike Bourne Band feat. Johnny Burgin - "Humpty Dumpty"
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
Birthdays upcoming:
July 7-Pinetop Perkins (1913-2011); July 8-Louis Jordan (1908-1975), Johnnie Johnson (1924-2005), Larry Garner (1952); July 9-Jack White (1975), JT Lauritsen (1967); 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 pictured); 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); July 16-Denise LaSalle (1939-2018); July 17-Peppermint Harris (1925–1999); July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (1929–2000), Martha Reeves (1941), Lonnie Mack (1941-2016); July 19 Buster Benton (1932-1996), Little Freddie King (1940); July 20 Carlos Santana (1947), Steve Freund (1952), Sleepy LaBeef (1935-2019), Danielle Nicole (1983)
Just in case:
July 12th is "National Pecan Pie Day!" 90% of Americans surveyed believe eating a slice of pie is one of life’s simple pleasures.  

Years back I had some pecan pie at The Camellia Grille, the historic diner in News Orleans. The waiter asked me if I wanted it heated up. I don't think anyone had ever asked me that before. A local sitting near me said, yeh, I should go for it! I didn't realize the cook would be heating it up by slapping it on the grill in a big chunk of butter! Whoa! And yes, there it was delivered to me – hot, grilled pecan pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream slowly melting on top – and it was divine! If you're interested, that diner is on Carrollton Avenue near its intersection with St. Charles Avenue on the St. Charles Streetcar line.
Though many southern states have pecans, and are famous for their pecan pies, Texas is the only state with pecan pie as its official state dessert!
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 Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-06-2023 - Jul-08-2023
Briggsville, Pennsylvania, USA
22nd Annual
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
 Cincy Blues Fest
Fairfield, Ohio, USA
Bucks County Blues Festival
Morrisville, Pennsylvania, USA
For more festivals &
events plus tons of links
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 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
Blues on the Chippewa
Aug-03-2023 - Aug-05-2023
Durand, Wisconsin, USA 
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