July 4, 2008
Volume 3 Issue 25

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DAVENPORT, Iowa—The Mississippi Valley Blues Society tonight announced that it’s taking the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, July 3 – 5, to the streets of downtown Davenport, Iowa. The festival is being relocated from its LeClaire Park “home location” due to the Flood of 2008.

The festival will take place along 2nd Street in downtown Davenport, and will utilize the Adler Theater for a portion of the festivities.

“The City of Davenport has been a supportive sponsor of our festival for years providing us with LeClaire Park—our festival’s permanent home—and we now are rallying together to support the city with their flood recovery efforts,” says Ric Burris, president, Mississippi Valley Blues Society. “We’re pleased that our festival will remain downtown Davenport, and that the City and the Adler Theater are assisting us in taking the blues to the streets of Davenport.”

According to the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival’s economic benefit to the area is $2.5 million.

“The Flood of 2008 has Midwest residents singing the blues, and that’s all the more reason to make sure our festival goes on as planned during the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” says Karen McFarland, IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival spokesperson. “By the holiday, people will be needing a break from cleanup efforts, or looking for a festival to attend because of their hometown festival cancellations. We welcome everyone to come to the Quad Cities and enjoy three great days of world-class music, great food and lots of fun with family and friends.”

McFarland notes that many Iowa festivals have had to cancel portions of their event or find alternative locations. Burlington cancelled a portion of its Steamboat Days, Cedar Rapids has cancelled some of its opening events for Freedom Festival and Cedar Falls has cancelled most of its Sturgis Falls events.

“Even though the festival will be in a different location, festival goers can expect the same great caliber of artists the Blues Society has been attracting for the last 23 festivals—and of course, the same great fun,” McFarland continues.

Advance three-day passes are available for $40 and must be purchased before June 30. One-day tickets will be sold at the gate for $15. Children ages 14 and under will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Advance tickets may be purchased at all IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union branches, the festival’s presenting sponsor, and at the River Center/Adler Theatre box office in Davenport, or through Ticketmaster.

For 24 years, the IH Mississippi Blues Festival has attracted local, regional and national legendary blues acts, making it one of the most highly regarded blues festivals in the nation. Headliners for this year’s festival include Koko Taylor, Elvin Bishop, Denise LaSalle, Otis Taylor and the Black Banjo Project, Billy Boy Arnold with Jody Williams and The Homes Brothers, plus another 22 acts on two stages. For more information about the festival, artists and lodging, please visit www.mvbs.org or call 563-32-BLUES.


Thursday-Sunday, July 3-6, 2008
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
Portland, Oregon , U.S.

Friday-Sunday, July 5-7, 2008
Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, July 5, 2008
Red Wine and Blues Festival
Tuckerton, New Jersey, U.S.

Friday-Saturday, July 4-13, 2008
Tremblant International Blues Festival
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
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Bill Homans, a.k.a. "Watermelon Slim" is one of the most intriguing bluesmen out there. Watermelon Slim first appeared on the music scene in the early 1970s as the only Vietnam veteran to record a full length LP during the war.

In subsequent years, Slim played with a variety of famous blues stars, but only recently has he become a full-time bluesman.

Now that Slim has received a record twelve Blues Music Award nominations in the United States, he is the new "King of the Blues." Watermelon Slim is THE HOTTEST name in Blues right now - with a total of SIX Blues Music Award Nominations in 2008 - including Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Traditional
Blues Male Artist of the Year, and Traditional Blues Album of the Year.
Watermelon Slim has set a record of twelve Blues Music Award nominations over the last two years!

The New Cd  from Watermelon Slim & The Workers!  is called "No Paid Holidays" and was released in stores everywhere on June 24th, 2008. 14 more songs recorded in November 2007 by Watermelon Slim & The Workers with special guests Lee Roy Parnell on electric slide guitar and David Maxwell on piano, produced by Chris Wick.


" This is what I do. This is what we do. One night solo acoustic in a restaurant, next gig with the band, amp cranked, then in concert with bass playing to a hushed and reverent audience. We recorded these sides in a studio. I sang and played solo and in ensemble as in a live performance. Though we did overdub one vocal and one instrumental track, what you hear is what you can expect in person. I've been with these guys for over 20 years. You might say we got a thing goin' on with the blues. Their artistry in the studio surpassed anything I could have hoped for. Mike Barry also gave huge support in the practicalities of CD production."

" When people ask me what style of blues I play, Delta, Chicago, New Orleans, West Coast, or Texas, I don’t know what to say, because I’ve learned from everyone. My acoustic playing reflects the amplified, and my electric style reflects the acoustic country blues. All the players I knew were concerned that their music be carried on, and in my own way I try to do it. I also feel enormously privileged to have been where I could learn to do it under the guidance of the masters."

Bernie Pearl


Guitar virtuoso Kelly Richey has written and co-produced an all-original studio recording,"Carry the Light", which will firmly grab the attention of the press and music fans everywhere. Richey's songwriting and vocals underscore her powerful, take-no-prisoners guitar playing, firmly expressing her genuine talent and versatility.

Carry the Light, released on her own Sweet Lucy Records, reflects every bit of Richey's stellar guitar tone and style, while propelling her into a new light as a thoughtful and insightful singer/songwriter. The 11 tracks range from personal reflection, contemplation and illumination to questioning the world we live in, all the while capturing the defining sound of The Kelly Richey Band.

"This CD was written with two dear friends: one is my guitar mentor, John Redell, and the other, Steve Carroll, who came to me as a guitar student/songwriter," says Richey.

Richey thought she would record the CD herself but soon realized she had a much larger project on her hands and began seeking a studio and co-producer. Rick Brantley e  ended up being the perfect complement.

"Rick and I were a great fit. We decided to bring in session players who could capture the foundational tracks with perfection and speed; then, we could place the majority of our time in capturing the best guitar and vocal performances that I could produce."

The result is Carry the Light, a compilation of thought provoking lyrics and powerful sounds that The Kelly Richey Band make their own and take to the stage everytime they perform.

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Roseville, CA - The Placer SPCA is gearing up for its most anticipated event of the year- the19th Annual BBQ & Blues. 

The 19th Annual BBQ & Blues – with headliner Koko Taylor and her Blues Machine, plus performances by Coco Montoya and Cole Fonseca and the Rattlers– is expected to draw thousands of people to the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn on Saturday, July 12th from 1:00 PM to 9:30 PM.  This fan favorite, community based event combines all the elements necessary for a truly great time: talented entertainment, delicious food and drink, enthusiastic music lovers and a wonderful setting, all the while raising funds for a truly great cause – helping homeless companion animals throughout Placer County.  Presiding over the festivities will be Charlie Thomas (The Eagle, 96.9 FM), Sam Shane and Tony Lopez (CBS 13).

Gates open at 1:00 p.m., for people to enjoy local bands, food and beverage, plus more than 35 vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry and of course, pet related items, and more; main stage bands will begin at 4:00 p.m. with Cole Fonseca and the Rattlers, followed by Coco Montoya at 5:30 p.m., and Koko Taylor and her Blues Machine at 8:00 p.m.  Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available. Please contact the Fund Development office at 916-782-7722 x 102 or 530-885-7387 x 102 or visit us on our website at www.placerspca.org for more information.

Tickets are available at the following locations: The Placer SPCA (Roseville), Dimple Records (Roseville, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove and Folsom), Cherry Records (Auburn), and Constable Jacks (Newcastle)!  Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance; $35 day-of and at the gate (price does not include the cost of food/beverage). Tickets may also be purchased online by visiting our website at www.placerspca.org or by calling the Placer SPCA at (916) 782-7722, x102 or (530) 885-7387 x102.  All proceeds from BBQ & Blues will be used to care for the homeless and abandoned animals at the Placer SPCA.

To highlight the anniversary, Tremblant celebrates 15 years of pure blues from July 4 to 13
Mont-Tremblant, July 2, 2008 – Starting this Friday, July 4, Mont Tremblant Resort will host the 15th anniversary of the Tremblant International Blues Festival. The Festival will present a brilliant, lively program throughout the 10 days of free open-air concerts.
Powerful kick-off weekend
The Festival will start with a bang by featuring none other than the legendary Johnny Winter on the Volkswagen stage on July 5. On the Molson Ex stage, it’ll be British blues pioneers Savoy Brown heating up the crowd.
A wild week
At the Acoustic Summit on Monday evening, Festival-goers will see Ryan Leblanc, Steve Marriner, Hot Toddy, Dawn Tyler & Paul Deslauriers, Trevor Finlay and Steve Strongman.  Then Tuesday evening will be dedicated to a homage to the sadly missed Jeff Healey with the Jeff Healey’s Blues Band on the Molson Ex stage. Winner of a Grammy and known for its interpretation of La Bamba, the legendary group Los Lobos will grace the festival for the first time on Wednesday, July 9. The group will be preceded by Serbian rising star Ana Popovic.
More big names on the second weekend of the Festival
On Friday July 11, the 2008 edition of the Grandes Dames du Blues (Dawn Tyler Watson, Shakura S’Aida, Angel Forrest and Nanette Workman) will take the Molson Ex stage by storm. On Saturday, July 12, the audience will again this year thrill to the sounds of blues veteran Bob Walsh on the Volkswagen stage, incontrovertible pillar of the Québec music scene. To wind up the day outdoors before heading for the bars, it’s Pinetop Perkins, who spent much of the last century defining piano blues and who will be celebrating his 95th birthday onstage with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and company. For further program details, check www.tremblant.ca/blues <http://www.tremblant.ca/blues>
The greener Festival   
This year, several initiatives have been taken to reduce the impact of the event on the environment. For example, the organization will use recycled paper wherever possible, will urge volunteers, artists and visitors to reuse and recycle and will avoid using products that are non-recyclable or hard to recycle.

Thanks to Festival partners    
The Tremblant International Blues Festival is presented by Volkswagen in collaboration with Molson Ex. Van Houtte, the Ville de Mont-Tremblant, Galaxie, Archambault and Tourisme Québec are proud partners in the event.

For more details about the Festival, visit www.tremblant.ca/blues <http://www.tremblant.ca/blues> . To reserve your accommodation or for any other information, dial 1 88 tremblant.

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Wimberley Texas 78676
Castle Valley Utah

10th Annual Delta Blues Festival - A Free Event – All Ages Welcome
One Day Only - Saturday, September 13, 2008
Noon to 7:30 p.m.

Antioch's Rivertown District - Off 2nd street between "G" and "I" streets.
On the San Joaquin Delta in Northern California

Bring Lawn Chairs - Free Parking - No Alcohol - No Pets – Lots of shade
Arts - Crafts - Gift Items - Food Vendors

Festival Artist Line-Up
the Kirk Fletcher Band – W.C. Handy nominated for best blues guitarist.
Finis Tasby – Legendary Blues Man.
the Chris Cain Band– One of the most prolific blues writers/performers of our time.
Terry Evans –SOULFUL and earth shaking!
MOFO Party Band – High energy Chicago Jump blues… (California’s own)
David Landon –Straight from North Beach!
Kathy Tejka – Soon to be a Bay Area treasure, Piano Romp Blues.

www.DeltaBluesFestival.net <http://www.deltabluesfestival.net/>



The dynamic duo of vocalist Jackie Payne and guitarist Steve Edmonson return to the spotlight with yet another soul/blues gem on their latest recording "Overnight Sensation." But don't let the album title fool you; these two have been at it for years honing their skills and perfecting their craft with countless appearances on stages at festivals and clubs around the globe including a three month stint in Thailand, right after the big tsunami of 2004.

Their Delta Groove debut “Master of the Game” was heralded by critics and fans alike topping many year-end lists by DJs and radio programmers across the country. The album also garnered a 2007 Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Album of the Year, while vocalist Jackie Payne has now been recognized by The Blues Foundation two consecutive years in a row earning two BMA nominations for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year.

On their sophomore effort for Delta Groove, Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson demonstrate once again their mastery of the fine art of timeless rhythm & blues delivered with style and flair that recall the classic sounds of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Bobby "Blue" Bland. "Overnight Sensation" is a terrific example of this dynamic and wickedly tight band, which also features bassist Bill Singletary and drummer Nick Otis, along with the “Sweet Meet Horns” consisting of Carl Green on tenor and alto sax and Lech Wiersynski on trumpet, as they take an explosive romp through another sweaty set of Gospel, Soul, Blues and R&B.

Album produced by David Z. (B.B. King, Etta James, Buddy Guy)

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Tickets by phone at 877-548-3237
[Monday-Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm CST]

Event information at 269-381-6514.

  July 10th 5:00pm / July 11th 5:00pm / July 12th 12:00pm   doors open: 5:00 PM

       Devil in a Woodpile
       Roomful of Blues
       Tinsley Ellis
       Junior Watson & RJ Mischo
       Big Jack Johnson & The Oilers
       Kelley Hunt
Arcadia Creek Festival Site - Kalamazoo, MI 49003

Festival Passes provide admission to all three days of the festival.

Two stages...nearly non-stop blues each day! National acts along with the regions best blues talent comprise the offerings of the Kalamazoo Blues Festival (KBF). The KBF continues to place emphasis on education. Educational performances and workshops will be happening. Children's activities will be available on Saturday afternoon. KBF and artists merchandise, food, and beverages will be available on the festival grounds.

Kalamazoo is located half-way between Detroit and Chicago off Interstate-94. Arcadia Festival Place is located in downtown Kalamazoo near the junction of state highway M-43 and BR-94.

Long Island Blues Society

The Long Island Blues Society is excited to be welcoming Watermelon Slim & The Workers into town for a show on August 14, 2008. This show will be part of a series featuring the Best Local Talent warming up for Exciting National Acts and held at Local Sponsor Clubs who support the Blues on Long Island.


With a recent expansion of the Long Island Blues Society Board of Directors and renewed enthusiasm in the area, the LIBS is planning numerous shows and events to expand awareness of blues in the area.


Warming up for Watermelon Slim will be The Tommy Keys Band. Tommy Keys was an IBC Finalist in 2006 and together with his band are known for their unique New Orleans-Boogie-Blues style that is always a treat.


In the recent past we have hosted Hans Theessink, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Mem Shannon and Henry Butler and in September 2008 we will be welcoming Bryan Lee for a return show.  


Location: BOBBiQUE 70 W. Main St. Patchogue NY 631-447-7744

Time: 8 PM

Ticket Prices: $15 adv/$20 door, LIBS members get $3 discount.

Ticket Outlet:  Available on ticketweb.com or call 631-467-4156 leave message


More info: www.liblues.org or  www.tommykeys.com or www.bobbique.com


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Vallemaggia Magic Blues
Wednesday-Thursday, July 2-8/14, 2008
Vallemaggia, Switzerland
IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Thursday-Saturday, July 3-5, 2008
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
563-32-BLUES, 563-322-5837

Mississippi John Hurt Gospel & Blues Festival
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Avalon, Mississippi, U.S.
Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
Thursday-Sunday, July 3-13, 2008
Ottawa, Otario, Canada
Red, White & Blues Festival
Friday, July 4, 2008
Pleasanton, California, U.S.
707-647-3962 or 510-836-2227
Red, White & Blues Festival
Friday, July 4, 2008
Marietta, Ohio, U.S.
North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic
Friday-Saturday, July 4-5, 2008
Potts Camp, Mississippi, U.S.
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 4-6, 2008
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Festival for the Eno
Friday-Sunday, July 4-6, 2008
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Porquis Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 4-6, 2008
Porquis Junction, Ontario, Canada
Taste of Southern Mississippi
Friday-Sunday, July 4-6, 2008
Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.
Red Wine and Blues Festival
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Tuckerton, New Jersey, U.S.
Montreux Jazz Festival
Friday-Saturday, July 4-19, 2008
Montreux, Switzerland
Saturday in the Park
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.

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.

The E-Guide is a wonderful resource for everyone interested in Blues! You can expect to see the E-Guide in your inbox weekly. Please email the editor with any questions at


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