March 16, 2007
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JOHN NEMETH : : Magic Touch
The buzz around John Nemeth is substantial, and his Blind Pig debut delivers the goods in spades. His emotive, smooth voice and stellar harp playing introduce a virtuoso of rare depth and power. John's uncanny blend of retro-modern blues and soul music will delight purists and young hipsters alike.

John Németh is a rising blues star; a singer steeped in the tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker, and a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity. His decade long career has found him opening for Robert Cray, Keb Mo', and Earl Thomas. Performing major music festivals around the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia has brought him critical acclaim.

ALEX TINTINALLI : : Nothing to Lose
Led by the 14-year-old guitar prodigy Alex Tintinalli, this is hard, authentic blues-rock at its sublime best, played with a technical virtuosity worthy of comparison with the greats.

The phenomenally talented Tintinalli, from Kitchener, Ontario, wrote and arranged the entire record, save covers of songs by his heroes, fellow Canadian Colin James (Voodoo Thing) and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan (Life By The Drop).

Alex is a truly sensational musical proposition. In a mere three-and-a-half years since picking up the guitar, he has reached an astonishing level of accomplishment in his playing and writing, that he fuses with an on-stage passion and energy which leaves audiences on their feet and open-mouthed.

Despite his tender years, Alex is referred to as 'an old soul' musically, a reference to his classic playing style and mature approach to writing, performing and recording.

He makes his admirably humble musical ambitions clear: "I feel that good music and entertainment can lift people's spirits and in this crazy world people need more positive, uplifting experiences."

"I just want to be one of those experiences."

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Take a listen, because if you didn't know it, you'd never imagine this guitar player was only 14! You'll be hearing about Alex Tintinalli for years to come.

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Russian River Festivals to Change Ownership and Remain in Guerneville, CA
Blues Legend Buddy Guy to Headline the 2007 Russian River Blues Festival

Omega Events, the new owner of both festivals taking place at the Russian River has announced the dates for the 2007 festivals:

Russian River Blues Festival June 16 & 17, 2007
Russian River Jazz Festival September 9 & 10, 2007

Both events are held annually at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville, a popular resort town nestled in the scenic Russian River Valley. Guerneville is fast becoming a nationally known destination for wine enthusiasts looking to visit the dozens of world-class wineries in Sonoma County.

"We look forward to continuing the tradition of the Russian River Festivals, and we are honored that Buddy Guy will kick off our first event at Johnson's Beach," Rich Sherman, President of Omega Events said.

"The Russian River Festivals have been a labor of love, and I am proud of the history of the events,"
said Lupe De Leon, original owner of the festivals. "After so many great years, I felt now was right time to pass the reigns onto a new promoter. Omega Events is the perfect choice. It has a proven track record for producing highly successful and entertaining jazz and blues festivals.

Omega Events has been producing music festivals and concerts throughout the West Coast for the last 13 years, including the long-running Doheny Blues Festival (Dana Point), the Rodney Strong Vineyards Series (Healdsburg) and Old Pasadena JazzFest. 
Paul McCartney Dumps Capitol Records For Starbucks Label
Former Beatle Paul McCartney will be the first artist signed to coffee chain Starbucks' new record label since splitting from Capitol Records after a 43-year relationship. The 64-year-old rocker has recorded for Capitol since the Beatles' first album in 1964. McCartney took a brief break from the company in the early 1980s - when he moved to Columbia Records - but soon returned to Capitol.

The Beatle also plans to take his entire back catalog of Wings and solo work with him. The catalog includes classics like Band On The Run and his most recent hit album, Chaos And Creation In The Backyard, which was nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, in 2006. According to Fox News, McCartney will be the first artist to sign with US-based coffee chain Starbucks' new Hear Music record label, releasing a new album this autumn.

A source claims record executives at Capitol were devastated by the news, saying, "They knew it was coming. They did nothing for the Chaos album, and they were reminded that McCartney's entire contract was ending."

Arrival Of Boisterous Insects Causes Ravinia Festival Changes
HIGHLAND PARK, IL (AP) -- The longtime Ravinia Festival has rejiggered its summer concert schedule because of the buzz created by a certain red-eyed bug.

Cicadas, known for their loud hum and unique 17-year life cycle, are expected to make a debut this June.

So officials from the almost 103-year-old music festival rescheduled several outdoor concerts indoors. They also pushed the date of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's annual summer concerts back to July 6, which is later in the season than usual.

By then, the chirping critters should cease.
Bluesfest Skedaddles From Duluth, Citing Rising Fees
DULUTH, MN (AP) -- Organizers of the Bayfront Blues Festival, held in Duluth near Lake Superior for the past 18 summers, said they're choosing a new site to avoid potentially losing thousands of dollars in ticket revenue to the city.

An attorney for festival President Chris Mackey said Monday that the event will take place at a site within nine miles of Canal Park. A new site will be named by week's end, said festival Vice President Patty Olson.

Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson and Bayfront Festival Park director Craig Samborski are asking for more fees on tickets sold and given away, standardized ticket sales and control of beer sales, as well as an exhaustive audit of the festival's accounting.

Bergson's staff estimates that Mackey may owe the city at least $30,000 in back taxes and ticket fees. Bergson has requested all the festival's accounting records.

Olson's attorney, Mike Lien, said the Blues Festival will comply.

"My clients have absolutely nothing to hide," Lien said. "Unfortunately, the city's management style is not conducive to doing business in the city."

Lien said the city's demands would cost the festival an additional $48,000 this year.
Sitting at number 477, Charlie Musselwhite's tune "Black Water" is among more than 1,400 protest tunes now presented at Neil Young's website.

Stop by for a listen at

Also worth mentioning is blues DJ, Delmark Goldfarb's tune "Shoot The Angels Down," holding steady at spot number 61.

B.B. King Blues Festival Tour

B.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 16-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards Theatre in Murphys, Calif.

Dubbed the B.B. King Blues Festival, the jaunt will visit cities including Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and Denver. Supporting on select dates are Joan Osborne, Robert Randolph and James Hunter.

The trek will mark the first time the three legendary artists unite for a tour, according to organizers.

Since January, the 81-year-old King has been performing gigs on his 60th Anniversary Tour, and will continue touring through the year's end, which includes a string of Canadian shows in May.

Last April, the Grammy-winning bluesman celebrated his 10,000th concert at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York's Times Square.

Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the lowest fare to Fort Madison,Ia between May 8, 2007 and May 15, 2007. Ride the Rails with:

Grammy Nominee John Primer/w Dan Beaver
Chicago to Ft. Madison, Ia on May11th
Southwest Chief from 3:15pm to 6:57pm

Acoustic Blues Artist Rich Berry
Kansas City to Ft. Madison, Ia on May 11th
Southwest Chief from 7:45am to11:11am

Ft. Madison is only a few hours away from Chicago and Kansas City.

To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Please refer to Convention Fare Code X76N-914 when making your reservation for the 10% discount. This cannot be booked via the internet for this discount. This offer is not valid on Auto Train. Offer valid with Sleepers,Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges. Fare is available on Amtrak Regional and Acela service for all departures, seven days a week, except holiday blackouts.
Going to college not only helped him detach from bad habits and negative influences, it also led Troy Roscoe-Dare, a lover of rock music, to design an ergonomic strap to ease the heft of electric guitars and keyboards.

"College got me out of my hometown, but it also stimulated learning and figuring things out and acquiring the skills to help with my job now and also my invention," said Roscoe-Dare.

His invention is the Dare Strap, which is a modified strap originally designed for the music industry that splits the load of heavy instruments between a person's two shoulders. The strap design is licensed to D'Addario, an international music accessory distributor, which has been peddling Roscoe-Dare's product recently at trade shows.

"I sold as many straps on my own in five years as D'Addario did in one trade show," said Roscoe-Dare, adding that D'Addario rejected his product when he first introduced it seven years ago, only to sign recently on the dotted line.

Today the music industry market for the strap continues to grow, likely helped by website promotion photos of musicians such as California blues artist Walter Trout wailing away with a Dare Strap across his shoulders and testimonials on the Dare website from musicians locally and abroad.
A recent report says that a fiberglass statue of “Blues Brothers” Jake and Elwood Blues — played by the late John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the Hollywood classic — may soon welcome travelers to Joliet, Ill., along one of America’s fabled highways, Route 66.

The Joliet City Council agreed to help fund an initiative to bring visitors into the city, according to the Joliet (Ill.) Herald.

Plans call for, among other things, a fiberglass statue of the movie blues singers and neon signs that promote area attractions along what’s been called the All-American Highway.

The city council, the report says, agreed to chip in $105,000. The move is in anticipation of the state allocating $83,000 in grants for implementing and marketing the project.

Editor Note: And I know of another statue near where I live that's not even pictured here. Maybe Joliet, IL should consider buying their statue 2nd hand.
The sounds of jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll that make Beale Street a late night hotspot attract more than just partygoers.

A security plan intended to cut down on crime in the state's top tourist spot placed a 1 a.m. curfew on music played in the street effective this weekend.

Clubs and bars will allow to play music inside until 5 a.m. But the private company that manages the downtown district said music outside draws loiterers and crowds.

Merchants along Beale Street like Jimmy Silvo, who owns Superior Restaurant and Bar, support the new security changes as a way to improve tourism.

The plan also calls for additional security, enforcing panhandling ordinances, improving parking and adding cameras and lighting.

Beale Street draws four million visitors a year to spots like B.B. King's Blues Club and the Hard Rock Cafe. 
Brubeck concert postponed; reset for Wednesday night. Injury temporarily sidelines legend

The Berks Arts Council announced today that the opening night FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest concert with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, scheduled for this evening, Friday night at 7:30 at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, has been postponed until Wednesday, March 21.

All tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date, also set for the Sovereign Performing Arts Center at 7:30. Tickets are $46 and $39.

The 86-year-old Brubeck injured his ankle recently, which triggered a blood clot on his ankle. On Monday he underwent minor surgery at Yale University Hospital near his Connecticut home to ensure there was no infection.


Join us on Friday May 11th, 2007 for the Second Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue, “West Coast Meets Chicago” which will feature the artists of Delta Groove Music and Blue Bella Records. Performing live from the “West Coast” is The Mannish Boys, The Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonson Band, Phillip Walker, Mitch Kashmar, Hollywood Blue Flames, and John Long. And from “Chicago” Nick Moss & The Flip Tops (with special guests Eddie Taylor, JR. & Bill Lupkin) and The Kilborn Alley Blues Band.

Welcome to Stackhouse Records:

Jim O'Neal, co-founder of Living Blues magazine, Co-Chair of The Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame Committee and 2002 Blues Hall of Fame inductee, is back in the record business with a new label after the demise of Rooster Blues, which issued some of the most important blues of the last 25 years, including several first-rate musicians from Arkansas, such as the late Larry Davis, as well as Willie Cobbs and Lonnie Shields, who are still performing.

Stackhouse Records is O'Neal's latest venture, and he appropriately kicks off his new label with a reissue, "Keep It to Yourself: Arkansas Blues, Vol. I: Solo Performances, " originally issued on Rooster Blues in 1983.

The CD, which is issued in conjunction with the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, showcases several talented, but obscure, south Arkansas musicians who were recorded by Louis Guida during field trips in 1975-76.


Starbucks Corp.'s push into entertainment moved further from the coffeehouse shelves Monday as the company launched a record label based on its existing Hear Music brand.

The world's largest specialty coffee retailer said it would partner with Concord Music Group, which controls several other labels and helped Starbucks sell the Grammy-winning 'Genius Loves Company,' an album of Ray Charles duets.

Now, rather than basically lending the Starbucks brand to an album, the Los Angeles-based Hear Music label will sign its own artists and sell records through Starbucks stores and other retailers.

CBS Records Announces Its Songs, Music Videos And More Will Be Available On iTunes:

CBS Corporation is launching a new music label that will draw upon one of the great names in music history – CBS Records – and the considerable mass media assets across its Company to market and distribute new music. An emphasis of the new label will be to build awareness for CBS Records' artists and songs by integrating music into CBS television series.

In unveiling the new entity, CBS also announced plans to make songs, music videos and other music-related content from CBS Records available for purchase and download at the iTunes Store (

Offering an alternative approach to introducing music into the marketplace, CBS Records will build a select roster of artists from the limitless ranks of independent musicians who write and perform their own songs with an initial focus on digital distribution of their content. In addition to the iTunes Store, the music will be offered through, as well as other agreements with online and wireless providers that will be announced at a later date. CBS Records will also offer physical distribution through partnerships with outside companies.

At SXSW David Byrne Asks Record Labels For Help:

Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne called on record labels to remove DRM (digital rights management) on digital files and shift from manufacturing and distribution companies to moreclosely resemble marketing firms in the face of increasing digital album sales. Byrne gave a presentation entitled "Record Companies: Who Needs Them?" at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas,on March 15th.

Byrne offered a slide show that predicated digital sales would outstrip CD sales by 2012. He said that year will be the "tipping point," much like the mid-to-late '80s when CDs overtook cassette sales. Once download sales became the norm, Byrne said, it will allow manufacturing and distribution costs to approach zero.

An audience member suggested that such an idea was depressing, largely due to the decreased sound quality of a digital download. "It's kind of sad," Byrne said, "but I think of it as a boost for live music. As long as it doesn't
get to too horrible -- the sound quality -- they'll go for convenience and accessibility. He added, "It doesn't have to sound good to move people." ••••
—Todd Martens, Austin, Texas

Editors Note: Essentially he's predicting the end of all record stores, and packaged CDs. Maybe David Byrne used to talk out of his head, but now he's talking out of somewhere else.

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CHARLIE A'COURT :Award winning Pop-Blues Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist

Charlie A'Court has is an emotionally charged and soul moving performer. His music and the passion in his voice stir up the listeners' emotions, touching the very core of audiences around the world.

Charlie's modern blues style, mixed with his contemporary songwriting has created a mass appeal, enabling A'Court's material to be widely accepted as a festival favorite by audiences and promoters alike. Fueled by emotion and a desire for delivering powerful music, Charlie A'Court is undoubtedly one of Canada's new generation of fresh singer/songwriters, attracting fans internationally with gutsy vocals and his colorful yet solid guitar playing.

Nominated in 3 categories for the 2007 East Coast Music Award (in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) Bring on the Storm won for Pop Recording of the Year.

Management: Doug Kirby
1-866-400-1003 ext 223

Booking: LiveTourArtists
Dana Kirby / Ryan Heerschap
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FirstEnergy Berks Jazz (and Blues) Festival this weekend
Expect a few new faces, several old favorites, a stronger blues contingent and, for the second year in a row, a live broadcast of a mainstage concert for the 17th edition of the FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Festival.

The festival's 130 events, which begin Friday and continue for 10 days, take place at venues in and around Reading, PA. Roughly half the events are free.

Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck makes his first appearance at the festival. He headlines the opening night concert. Other first-timers include blues guitarist Keb' Mo', smooth jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic, guitarist Tim Bowman and French jazz keyboardist Philippe Saisse, who is quietly building a cult following among smooth jazz fans.

In addition to Keb' Mo', the festival has a strong blues presence this year. Guitarist Tab Benoit, Frank Bey & The Swing City Blues Band and electric guitarist Smokin' Joe Kubeck are among the offerings.

The festival is sponsored by the Berks Arts Council.

For more info visit

Journey South With CABS "Evolution of The Blues" Acoustic Music/Film/Lecture Series 3rd Session Delta Blues March 20!
Head down a virtual Highway 61 to the deep south this month with The Capital Area Blues Society (CABS) on Tuesday, March 20 for the third session of the Acoustic Blues, Film and Lecture Series. The twelve-bar blues never sounded so good as in the living room atmosphere of Magdalena's Teahouse, 2006 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing, MI with our latest presentation of spoken word, film, and live music from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We'll enjoy a heavy dose of live slide guitar and harmonica music steeped in the Delta Blues this time around. We'll be watching and listening to Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new 10 Days Out, Blues From The Backroads, Martin Scorsese's tribute Feel Like Goin' Home from the acclaimed 2003 PBS series, The Blues, and more being scheduled at press time.

CABS continues its mission to support local businesses and musicians by partnering with the Teahouse in their efforts "to promote original, independent music, artistic expression, and to raise community consciousness and create positive change. By supporting local, organic farms we strive to foster sustainable living ideals and to provide healthful, whole food, and fair-trade beverage choices." The venue is smoke and alcohol-free, a welcome alternative to the bar music scene, ideal for students, families and those looking for a new way to be entertained.

Admission is FREE; the series is sponsored by CABS, we'll be on hand to talk about the fun of being a member and all the cool stuff we do.

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Guest: SAMUEL L. JACKSON:Songs from the Black Snake Moan Soundtrack
House of Blues Radio Hour
For his latest film, "Black Snake Moan," Samuel L. Jackson learned to play the guitar and sing the blues. Join Elwood Blues and his very special guest Samuel L. Jackson as they discuss the new movie "Black Snake Moan" and hear soundtrack music from R.L. Burnside, The North Mississippi Allstars, Bobby Rush, and Samuel L. Jackson himself, this weekend on the house of Blue Radio Hour.

Savannah Music Festival
March 15-April 1, 2007

Various Venues in Downtown Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

Hotline: 912-525-5050
River City Blues Festival
March 15-April 1, 2007

Various Venues in Downtown Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

Hotline: 912-525-5050
Berks Jazz Fest
Friday-Sunday, March 16-25, 2007

Reading, March, U.S.

Hotline: 610-898-1930
Bangkok Blues Festival
Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bangkok, Thailand

Hotline: 01 823 5608
St. John Blues Festival
Wednesday-Sunday, March 21-25, 2007

Coral Bay Ball Field

St. John - U.S. Virgin Islands

Hotline: 340-693-8120

Bluebonnet Blues & Fine Arts Festival
Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1, 2007

Marble Falls, Texas, U.S.

Hotline: 830-798-1041
San Felipe Blues & Art Fiesta
Saturday, March 31 - Sunday, April 1, 2007

San Felipe, Mexico, U.S.

Hotline: From USA 011-52-686-576-0106/577-2936

Reykjavik Blues Festival
Tuesday-Friday, April 3-6, 2007

Reykjavik, Iceland

Hotline: none
The 11th Nantwich Jazz & Blues Music Festival
Friday-Monday, April 5-9, 2007

Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Hotline: 01270 625283

George's Music Springing the Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, April 6-8, 2007

Jacksonville Beach, Florida, U.S.

Hotline: 904-249-3972
Spring Harmonica Festival
Saturday, April 7, 2007

La Mesa/San Diego, California, U.S.

Hotline: (619) 401-8846

French Quarter Festival
Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, 2007

New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Hotline: 800-673-5725
Juke Joint Festival & Related Events
Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, 2007

Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.

Hotline: 662-624-5992

For years, the Blues Festival Guide Magazine received numerous requests for updates on festivals via email, and on January 10, 2006, the Marketing Director of the Blues Festival Guide magazine, Nancy Edwards partnered with the magazine (RBA Publishing) and published the first emailed issue of the E-Guide E-Newsletter.

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