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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 17, 2023
Vol 18/Issue 33 

Dec 8
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Photo Moments with the 21st Annual BFG Magazine!
Here is the writer and some of the stars of the photography article, "Capturing Blues Magic," that appears in our 2023 Blues Festival Guide magazine on pages 51-53.
From left to right are Laura Carbone, Jim Hartzell, writer Mark Thompson, Joe Rosen, and Marilyn Stringer.
The story by Thompson focuses on photographers at blues festival who capture moments, and create a visual montage that allows blues fans around the world the opportunity to experience the festival. This photo was taken during the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine held July 15-16.
Photo © Marilyn Stringer
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News Flash... 
New Blues Festival IX Makes Triumphant Return to Long Beach Labor Day Weekend
(LONG BEACH CA) – New Blues Festival IX makes its triumphant return to Shoreline Aquatic Park on the Ocean in Long Beach, California over Labor Day weekend. Join us for three big days, Sat, Sept 2- Mon, Sept 4, from 9am-9pm each day on 2 stages. Tickets are $50. (General Admission); $100 (Gold); V.I.P. ($150.) now on sale at

Headliners include multiple Blues Music Award winners, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers; multiple GRAMMY winners, Phantom Blues Band; iconic vocalist, Maria Muldaur (“Midnight at The Oasis”); and GRAMMY winner Micki Free (aka The Gypsy Cowboy), formerly of chart-topping group, Shalamar. Additionally, forty top Southern California-based blues/roots artists will perform. Emcees are Ann The Raven (KCSN-FM; Main Stage) and Catfish (KLBP-FM, Ocean Stage).
Festival goers can also look forward to enjoying some of SoCal’s best food, arts and crafts vendors.

“This is the ninth New Blues Festival, the seventh in Long Beach, and the second time the New Blues Festival will be held in the prime entertainment destination of Shoreline Aquatic Park, which is a peninsula of land surrounded on three sides by water,” said Festival promoter and curator, Bill Grisolia. “One side of the Peninsula is located in the Pacific Channel, which leads to the Los Angeles River tributary. The other side is Rainbow Harbor, which includes both working fishing and charter boats as well as all types of pleasure crafts. Across from the tip of the Peninsula is the tip of Shoreline Village, with its iconic Lighthouse Restaurant. Shops and restaurants highlight the Shoreline Village experience including the original Yard House Restaurant. Next to the park is the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Aquarium is known throughout Southern California for its Rescue and Rehabilitation efforts and work with school children across the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.”

For additional information call (707) 572-5837.
Roomful of Blues to headline Seacoast Blues Festival Aug 26
(OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME) - The Seacoast Blues Festival is back and better than ever! The 9th annual event will take place on Saturday, August 26th for a day of music, entertainment, local food and fun at the historic Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Gates open at 1:30pm with music 2:30pm- 8pm. Bands include Beyond Reason, The Blues Prophets, Pat Colwell & the Soul Sensations, and Roomful of Blues.

This is a family-friendly event. Tickets are $30 and are on sale now exclusively through Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at the front gate. Children 12 and under are no charge and must be accompanied by an adult. 

The event features an exciting festival menu at their award-winning concession stand. A beer barn will be stocked with your favorite beverages, including local IPAs and refreshing vodka sodas. Other tasty food vendors will also be on site. 

There will be picnic table seating, but you’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. As always, plenty of free parking.

No BYOB. No beverages or containers of any kind taken out of the venue. No coolers. No tailgating. This is a rain or shine event with no refunds.
Historic LeClaire Park home to MVBS Annual Blues Fest 
(DAVENPORT, IA) - The Mississippi Valley Blues Society (MVBS) will hold their annual Blues Fest, September 15-16th on the banks of the Mississippi in beautiful, historic LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa. “We’re staying put in LeClaire Park,” said MVBS President, Kim Whitaker, “This is our home port, and people love the experience of Blues artists performing here as do the artists.” 
The two-day event showcases award-winning, national contemporary Blues artists to entertain and educate, which includes the annual BluesSkool event on Saturday.
The Blues Fest, typically draws an audience of over 2,500 Blues and live music fans from around the U.S. and the Midwest and is a major fundraiser for MVBS. Volunteers are always needed and much appreciated. 

Blues Fest artist lineup includes:
• Rick Berthod • Jose Ramirez • Mr. Sipp • Ana Popovic
• Chickenbone Slim and The Biscuits featuring Laura Chavez
• Kat Riggins • John Nemeth and The Blue Dreamers • Sugaray Rayford
• The Blood Brothers featuring Albert Castiglia and Mike Zito
Founded in 1984 in Davenport, Iowa, MVBS is one of the longest established non-profit, all volunteer Blues organizations in the U.S. Their is to ensure the future of a uniquely American art form by fostering greater public appreciation through performance, education, and preservation of the Blues Heritage.
Inaugural Nevada Blues Festival set for Sept 29-Oct 1
(LAS VEGAS & GOODSPRINGS, NV) - The inaugural Nevada Blues Festival will kick off the fall festival season from September 29 to October 1, showcasing top talent across three iconic venues in Las Vegas and Goodsprings, Nevada. Created in conjunction with the Las Vegas Blues Society, the Nevada Blues Festival will be a multi-day celebration of blues music in southern Nevada. The Pioneer Saloon, Soulbelly BBQ and The Sand Dollar Downtown will host this 3-Day live music event.

Pioneer Saloon, one of Nevada’s oldest saloons and an off-the-beaten path hidden gem located in Goodsprings, NV, will host afternoon performances Friday through Sunday. The Friday night jam sessions move to The Sand Dollar Downtown at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Soulbelly BBQ in Las Vegas’ Art District closes out the weekend on Sunday night with an indoor/outdoor celebration of music and barbecue.
Performances will feature an array of artists, encompassing various sub-genres of blues and musical styles heavily influenced by the blues. The full festival lineup and can be found at the website.

Follow Nevada Blues Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news.
King Biscuit Blues Festival “Call & Response Symposium" 
(HELENA, AR) - Join two blues journalism and preservation legends, Roger Stolle and Don Wilcock, when King Biscuit Blues Festival present the 11th annual "Call and Response Blues Symposium," Saturday, October 7th. The event will be held at Malco Theater on Cherry St. in historic Helena, Arkansas. Admission is free. They will moderate two, one-hour-long “back fence” conversations with legendary blues musicians and personalities who are some of the most colorful people on today’s vibrant blues scene. Conversations will include Munnie Jordan, CEO of The King Biscuit Blues Festival; award-winning Blues man Nick Moss; Dennis Gruenling, innovative and creative blues harmonica player; and award-winning Blues stalwart John Primer.
SESSION 1–10am-11am: Roger Stolle’s Cat Head is currently celebrating 20 years as “Mississippi’s blues store” in historic downtown Clarksdale, MS. He is a Blues Music Magazine and Two Blues columnist, Juke Joint Festival co-founder, author of Hidden History of Mississippi Blues and Mississippi Juke Joint Confidential, and co-producer of film projects such as M for Mississippi and Moonshine & Mojo Hands. He is also a Blues Music Award recipient.
SESSION 2 –11am-12:15pm: Don Wilcock is a Blues Foundation Keeping The Blues Alive (KBA) in Print Journalism recipient. He began writing about blues 54 years ago as an Army journalist in Vietnam. His authorized biography on Buddy Guy, Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues, was published in three languages. Now out of print, it has become a cult classic among blues aficionados. He has edited several music magazines including The King Biscuit Times and currently is one of the more prolific blues journalists writing for several websites including American Blues Scene and Nippertown. He is a contributing editor of Blues Music Magazine.
Wilcock says, "'Come on home' to this lively confab that’s become a colorful highlight of the King Biscuit Blues Festival."
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Blues Society Event News
• Blues Society of Tulsa Blues Challenge Aug 26
(TULSA, OK) - The 2023 Tulsa Blues Society Blues Challenge will be held August 26 at the VFW Post 577, 1109 E 6th St, Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 5pm-11 pm.
Six solo/duo acts will compete, then 4 bands will compete.
This event is open to all ages. There will be a full cash bar available all night, and the Marshall Family Food Truck will be onsite from 5pm-8:30pm.
Tickets can be found here. GA are $15 (seating/standing); and limited, reserved tables for 4-6 people closest to stage are $25 per person.
CD & DVD Releases
The Count Basie Orchestra (featuring special guests)
:: Basie Swings The Blues
Candid Records announces the Sept. 15 release of Basie Swings the Blues, the latest recording by the legendary Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Scotty Barnhart.
This extraordinary record fuses the Basie Orchestra’s signature style of sophisticated swing with the raw and soulful talents of a cross section of some of the greatest blues and jazz artists of our times. The album features a stellar lineup of blues icons and contemporary stars including Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Cray, George Benson, Shemekia Copeland, Ledisi, Mr. Sipp, Lauren Mitchell, Bettye LaVette, and Charlie Musselwhite.

Produced by Barnhart along with GRAMMY® Award winning producer John Burk (Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company), and GRAMMY® winning drummer, producer Steve Jordan (The Rolling Stones), the album takes listeners on a captivating journey through the heart and soul of American music and showcases a shared musical language that still powerfully impacts listeners globally.
In preparation for the Basie Swings the Blues sessions, Barnhart took a pilgrimage to Mississippi. He drove through the areas where Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, Muddy Waters and others birthed and played this music. The resulting album is joyful mix of downhome, Delta Blues with the deep swing and sophistication that only The Count Basie Orchestra can provide.

Barnhart’s vision to merge the classic Count Basie sound with authentic blues is fully realized with the help of this all-star lineup. Together, they have created a timeless musical experience that celebrates the essence of the blues in the context of the irresistibly electrifying and enduring swing of Basie.
"Let's Have A Good Time"
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Little Jimmy Rushing with The Count Basie Orchestra
"I Left My Baby" 
Birthdays & Just In Case
Just In Case... plus Holidays & Birthdays
"...Move over Rover, let me in, looks like I'm gonna be living in your doghouse again. Move over Rover, let me in, you're my best friend" ...Wynonie Harris
Birthdays upcoming:
Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939-1997), Mae West (1893-1980); 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 (1915-1969 pictured); Aug 25-Mr. Sipp aka Castro Coleman (1976); 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)
Just in case: August 26 is "National Dog Day"... well, we love dogs, man's best friend, faithful companion, etc., and while they truly can be a gift, they haven't always been necessarily complimented in the world of blues lyrics. Sure, we sympathize in "I wouldn't treat a dog the way you treated me," (Bobby Blue Bland), and Duke Robillard's "I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog (To Take The Place of You," But what about, "you ain't nothing but a hound dog," (Big Mama Thornton) "I ain't gonna be your lowdown dog," (Big Joe Turner), "baby, let me be your salty dog" (Mississippi John Hurt), "I'm just like a mad dog, I snaps at everything I meet" ("Mad Dog Blues" Mary Butler/Walter Vinson), I'm foamin' at the mouth baby can't you see" (Mad Dog" Johnny Winter"), and "I don't want no watch dog, I wanna man right now" (Etta James "Watch Dog").... and yes, the list goes on!
(Bottom photo by Kathey Fatica) 
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Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea Mediterranean III Cruise
Aug-17-2023 - Aug-22-2023
Athens, Greece
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Aug-18-2023 - Aug-19-2023
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-18-2023 - Aug-19-2023
Norwich, New York, USA
Madison Ribberfest
BBQ & Blues 
Aug-18-2023 - Aug-19-2023
Madison, Indiana, USA
White Mountain
Boogie & Blues Festival
Aug-18-2023 - Aug-23-2023
Thornton, New Hampshire, USA
Trois-Rivières en Blues
Aug-24-2023 - Aug-27-2023
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-25-2023 - Aug-27-2023
Edmonton , Alberta, Canada
Festival Blues, Schmus
and Apfelmus
Aug-25-2023 - Aug-27-2023
35321 Laubach, Germany
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival
Sep-01-2023 - Sep-03-2023
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
For more festivals &
events plus tons of links
please checkout our website
 New Blues Festival
Sep-02-2023 - Sep-04-2023
Long Beach, California, USA
Red's Old Timers Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle
Blues and Jazz Festival
Sep-08-2023 - Sep-10-2023
Port Credit, Ontario, Canada
 Western New York
Blues Society Festival
Hemlock, New York, USA
Mississippi Valley Blues Fest
Sep-15-2023 - Sep-16-2023
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Telluride Blues And Brews
September 15-17, 2023
Telluride, Colorado USA 
Mighty Roots Festival
Sep-22-2023 - Sep-23-2023
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Blues Blast Music Awards
Sep-22-2023 - Sep-23-2023
Peoria, Illinois, USA
Blues and Bones Festival
Angel's Camp, California, USA
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Our cover photo, features Southern Avenue's Ori and Tierinii Naftaly by photographer Jon Naugle at the 2022 San Diego Blues Festival.
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