August 1, 2008
Volume 3 Issue 29

Special Announcements
CD or DVD Releases
News Flash
Record Label News
Festival News
Blues Society News
House of Blues Radio Hour
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
About Us

Big Annoucement Next Week

Next week we will be annoucing a new Editor for the Blues Festival E-Guide.

Gordon Bulcock will be taking over the reigns from Nancy Edwards.  Check back next week to meet "the new guy".

Looking for more Blues Festivals?  Looking for future Blues Festivals?

A complete list of this weekend's and every weekend's festivals are always available at our website:

There are over 530 Blues Festivals to search. 


Since cutting three well-received CDs from 1988-1994 on the Ichiban label, Travis "Moonchild" Haddix has released ten cds on his own label - Wann Sonn Records, which have also  received fine reviews. He has performed in seventeen countries, and is especially popular in Scandinavia.

Travis is also a prolific songwriter, very adept at a hook and a groove. Living Blues Magazine had this to say about Travis: "Haddix delivers his fables of mischief, mayhem and mercy in a smooth but sinewy baritone, backed by arrangements that meld aggression with horn-leavened soul. His leads, influenced by the string-bending Kings yet back-alley raw, are both incendiary and insinuating - a blend of uptown elan and down-home raucousness, shot through with sensual fervor, calculated to please listeners and dancers from the 'burbs as well as the 'hood...."

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Liz Mandeville spent the late 1980s running up and down the roads of the United States and Canada with her r&b band, the Supernaturals. She played thousands of gigs, from smoky biker bars to swanky theatres, from casinos to yacht clubs, honing her musical chops and crowd-pleasing skills. In 1994, a chance meeting with bassist Aron Burton led to Liz’ subsequent performance with him at the 1994 Chicago Blues Festival, recording two tracks on his 1996 Earwig release, Aron Burton Live, and a long-standing performing relationship. Her work on that album marked Liz’s label recording debut and the beginning of her professional association with Earwig Music Company.

Liz holds the distinction of being the only white vocalist to perform regularly at the internationally known Blue Chicago nightclubs, where she held court from 1994 to 1999. Backed by former Junior Wells bandleader George Baze, Liz contributed two tracks to the 1998 Blue Chicago release, The Red Hot Mamas. While at Blue Chicago, Liz had the opportunity to work with a veritable Who’s Who of contemporary blues men: Willie Kent, Michael Coleman and Maurice John Vaughn, among others.

Featuring 15 new songs, all written by Liz Mandeville, this CD is a swinging celebration of life, love & the pursuit of heartbreak. With a guest appearance by Chicago legend Eddy Shaw, who improves two tracks that showcase his versatility, tender ballad to barrom bruiser. If you liked LIz's previous CD's this one will definately satisfy.


The Randy Oxford Band consists of 6 veteran musicians, each bringing a unique background and talent to the band. Randy Oxford - trombonist,andd notorious wild man- has been honored more than 25 times since returning to his home state of Washington several years ago, following a European Tour of duty with the U.S. Army band. He has won multiple Best Horn awards, Entertainer of the Year, Keeping the Blues Alive, and induction into the Washington Blues Society's Hall of Fame.

Randy plays the trombone as a lead instrument, inventing a path through the chord progressions, sometimes mimicing the guitars around him, sometimes taking them with him on one of his wild rides. His tone has been admired by symphony conductors, but he also knows how to rip a sound or turn it into an animal call. Randy has become a Northwest favorite, hosting popular invitational jams at various venues in the area, as well as leading his own very successful band.

The Randy Oxford Band is blessed with five outstanding vocalists, each bringing his/her own special style to make this band's repertoire as varied and interesting as the members themselves.

Patti Allen is the featured vocalist, a blues veteran who's vocals are soulful, gritty, and full of energy in the classic, Chicago Blues style. Dominique Stone, whose bass style adds an element of funk to the rhythm section, has a smooth, satiny voice and a playful nature that often results in spontaneous dance moves and stage antics that infect the rest of the band. Riky Hudson, on drums, adds vocals that generally rest in the baritone range, although he provides the high end of the harmonies.
Rafael Tranquilino hails from Mexico City and sings "straight ahead" blues - in Spanish! He's rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the hottest young guitar slingers around. Brian Feist, the newest member of the band, is known for his thoughtful, intricate guitar style and smooth, soulful voice.

Memphis to Motown" is The Randy Oxford Band's newest release and features a variety of American music - Blues, Motown, Funk, Gospel, and a touch of Jazz.

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The Blues Music Awards honor those professional artists and recordings that stand out within the eligibility period, which runs from November 1 through October 31. In addition to the awards for the past year’s top recordings, additional categories honor individual, actively touring artists for their overall excellence and accomplishment in that year.
The Blues Foundation solicits from the labels--even the single artist label--a list of their eligible recordings. If you are a record label or blues musician who released OR will release a CD during the period November 1, 2007 to October 31, 2008, go to to submit your release for consideration by the nominators. As per the more detailed explanation below, your CD is eligible by the fact of its release, but it sure doesn't hurt to add it to this list for the convenience of the nominators. Does that mean we want every act that released a CD during the period to submit? Probably not, but whether your release has a legitimate shot at a Blues Music Award nomination--that is your call. This part of the process will end in mid October.

Please visit the Blues Music Award page for more nomination and event information.



BLUZAPALOOZA, the star-studded celebrity Blues concert tour is heading back to Iraq and Kuwait for its second tour on October 26th.

Created by Blues producers Steve Simon and John Hahn and presented by Armed Forces Entertainment, this 12 day BLUZAPALOOZA tour stars Blues icons Shemekia Copeland, Michael Burks, Deanna Bogart, Zac Harmon, Moreland & Arbuckle and Tony Braunagel and The BLUZAPALOOZA All-Star Band.

"I am deeply honored to be going over there to entertain our troops, and Lord knows I love to hang out with men in uniforms", stated Shemekia Copeland.

"We are thrilled to be going back to Iraq and to have so many great Blues artists volunteering to go to a war zone. This is certainly an historic event for the Blues and for our men and woman who so proudly serve our country," stated BLUZAPALOOZA founder and producer Steve Simon.

"Our October tour's lineup would sell out any blues festival in the country. It's an honor to be able to bring it to our troops," stated BLUZAPALOOZA co-producer John Hahn.

The BLUZAPALOOZA tour has been made possible with the help of Armed Forces Entertainment, The Blues Foundation, Blues Revue, NorthernBlues Music, Alligator Records, Blind Raccoon, Delta Groove Records, Blind Pig Records, Hohner Harmonicas, Telarc Records, Sony Corporation, Ruf Records and Entertainment Support Systems, LLC.

Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas. Founded in 1951, AFE brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops each year. BLUZAPALOOZA is proud to be working with AFE.

For further information contact Steve Simon at 340-643-6475 or at

In its eighth year at Wheeling's Heritage Port, the festival begins on 8-08-08 ... Aug. 8, with the music beginning at 5 p.m.

Touted as a “Weekend of Award Winning Blues” the Festival features a schedule of Headliners

Closers on Friday include the Delta Guitarslingers, which features Michael Burks, Sherman Robertson and Car Weathersby. "The hit at last year's Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival, this act unites three top blues guitarists from Arkansas, Texas and Chicago, which promises to be an explosive close to Friday evening.

Saturday's closer is the Mannish Boys, "a one-band blues festival," says festival organizer Bruce Wheeler. "Assembled from the cream of the crop of today’s blues veterans and young bloods, The Mannish Boys have become universally praised as one of the most exciting blues projects to hit the scene in years! The current lineup features Richard “Big Foot” Innes on drums, Ronnie James Weber or Tom Leavey on bass, Kid Ramos and Franck “Paris Slim” Goldwasser on guitar, Randy Chortkoff blowing harp and lending vocals, front-man Finis Tasby handling the vocals and very special guests, Kirk “Eli” 
loaded with zeal and fluidity on guitar and resurrected soul and blues Chicago legend, Bobby Jones bringing down the house with his intensely rich B.B.-esque vocals," Wheeler said.

Closing this year's festival on Sunday, Aug. 10, are blues legends Johnny Winter and James Cotton.

 "Their album, Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down”has been nominated for several Grammy awards, and most recently earned the Blues Music Award for Historical Album of the Year. 2008 marks Cotton's 64th year in the entertainment business," Wheeler said.

Several local and regional acts will be playing on the second stage this year. Those artists will be announced closer to the festival, Wheeler said.

For tickets and information, log onto

FRIDAY - 8/08/08
5 pm .................... Debbie Davies
6:30 pm ...... Anson Funderburgh
& the Rockets w/ James Harman
8 pm .......................... Sugar Blue 9:30 pm ...... Delta Guitarslingers Michael Burks, Sherman Robertson & Carl Weathersby

SATURDAY - 8/09/08
Noon ...................... Lionel Young
1:15 pm ... The Soul of John Black
2:45 pm .................. Barbara Blue
4:15 pm ............ Blue Bella Revue
w/ Nick Moss and the Flip Tops,
Bill Lupkin & Kilborn Alley
6:15 pm ............ Watermelon Slim
& the Workers
8:00 pm ................... Ana Popovic
9::30 pm ......... The Mannish Boys

SUNDAY - 8/10/08
1 pm ......... Trampled Under Foot
2:30 pm .................... Seth Walker
4 pm ......................... Tinsley Ellis 5:30 pm ............... Deanna Bogart
7 pm .................................. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials 8:30 pm ............ Johnny Winter & James Cotton

Heritage Music BluesFest
"A Weekend of Award Winning Blues"
Bruce A. Wheeler - Heritage Music Inc.
34 Poplar Avenue - Wheeling, WV  26003
304.232.8705 -

Music Maker Relief Foundation artists will be featured at Lincoln Center's 25th Annual Roots of American Music Festival on August 24. Held at the
Damrosch Park Bandshell on the Lincoln Center Plaza in New York, this year's free event will feature the Music Maker Blues Revue alongside a number of seminal purveyors of Americana, including Patti Smith & her band, Charlie Haden Family & Friends ( Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and more), and The Knitters ( John Doe and Exene Cervenka). A number of Music Maker Relief Foundation artists are taking part in the Blues Revue, including Macavine Hayes, Captain Luke, Boo Hanks, Alabama Slim, Adolphus Bell, Dr. GB Burt, and Big Ron Hunter. Performing alongside the Music Maker artists will be Dom Flemons of Piedmont string-band the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Tim Duffy-folklorist, photographer, and guitar player who founded the Hillsborough, NC based non-profit Music Maker Relief Foundation.
      Admission to the 25th Annual Roots of American Music Festival is free and no tickets are required. The event begins at 4 p.m.; for additional information visit:

Lincoln Center's Website

August 22nd at The Grand Elk Golf Club in Granby, Colorado
The Grand County Blues Society and the Voice of The Wetlands announce the 4th Annual Tab Benoit Golf Classic. This tournament started before Katrina to help create awareness about Louisiana's coastal erosion, specifically in Southwest La. We need people from all over the country to come to Colorado and make a statement. This year we are gathering on August 22nd at The Grand Elk Golf Club, Granby Colorado at 9am. Fly in to Denver and its a 2 hour drive. This will be a 4 person scramble, $150.00 per person and it includes a ticket to the show Friday night
with Tab Benoit  . You can find a team when you get here.

CONTACT MEGAN 970-531-0519

The Grand Elk Golf Club
1321 10 Mile Drive
Granby, CO, 80446
toll free: 877-389-9333 or at 970-887-9122


CHICAGO (AP) -- Hoping to cater to everyone from the garage guitarist to a recording musician, Best Buy Co. Inc. is announcing a massive new initiative that sets aside store space for an array of musical instruments and gear in dozens of sites nationwide.

The nation's largest consumer electronics retailer will announce Tuesday that it plans to open as many as 85 of the music centers inside its stores by the end of the year and could add even more locations in the future, executives told The Associated Press.

Each site will use about 2,500 square feet of retail space and include roughly 1,000 different products with well-known brand names such as Fender, Gibson, Drum Workshop and Roland.

So far, ten sites are already open, including five in California, two in Illinois and two in Minnesota.

Best Buy's selection will include everything from accessories -- picks, sheet music and cases -- to high-end basses, guitars, keyboards and DJ equipment. Instruments will be housed in separate rooms and the company also plans to offer group music lessons.

Acoustic guitars will sell between $89.99 and $3,200 and drum kits will retail for as much as $5,000


Attention Southern California Buddy Guy fans
Want to be a part of an exclusive major internet event with Buddy Guy?

Yahoo! Music and Silvertone Records want you to join us when Buddy Guy takes the stage for Nissan Live Sets in West Los Angeles, CA.August 5, 2008
7 pm (subject to change, you will need to arrive two hours before)
Location: West Los Angeles

The first 100 fans to email us at will get in the doors for this exclusive taping. Plus you get to bring a friend. Email us your name and your location, and we will contact you if you are chosen to attend.


You must be at least 13 years old to attend. Fans under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You must provide your own transportation and accommodations (if necessary).

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Good Luck!



Elvin Bishop's brand new release “The Blues Rolls On” on Delta Groove Music, harks back to Bishop's roots, paying tribute to the musicians who helped give him his start. A who's who of blues musicians support Bishop on the album, including B.B. King, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Tommy Castro, John Nemeth, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Angela Strehli. Bishop handles the majority of the vocals, with Nemeth and others pitching in as well.

Bishop revisits his own '70s solo hit "Struttin' My Stuff" with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, Junior Wells' "Come On In This House," and the Butterfield Band's "Yonders Wall" and Hound Dog Taylor's "Send You Back To Georgia." He also contributes the autobiographical boogie "Oklahoma," played solo electric. Sessions for the rollicking album ranged from Jacksonville, FL to Clarksdale, MS, and to a cruise ship off the Mexican coast.

Bishop is a slide guitar great with 45-years of blues under his belt. Rolling Stone has tagged Bishop's music as “raucous," praising his "careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit. “The Blues Rolls On” is another defining moment in Bishop’s long career and a welcome reminder that the blues is still alive and well.

Tommy Castro signs to Delta Grove Music.

Tommy Castro, winner of the 2008 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year! With the ink barely dry on his contract, Bay area guitarist Tommy Castro will be hitting the studio to record his Delta Groove album debut to be released early next year. Castro is sure to continue exploring the boundaries of American roots music on his next release with a mesmerizing blend of rock, blues and soul! 


What a way to wrap up the summer! Dance under the stars or sit in air conditioned comfort.  3 stages, thirty five bands from 10 states – 50 sets – 65 hours of music in all - the world's largest back yard party!

Bands presented at Rentiesville run the gamut from young guns (4 groups age 13 - 23) who rely on ‘fire’ to get over straight through to the old timers of the genre who roar or finesse their way through… and every stripe in between.

2008 won't be quite the same with D.C. Minner gone, so it will be a tribute to it's founder. Several of the bands will cover some of Minner's originals keeping his blues alive in the best way possible. 'No moments of silence, please!!' - D.C.

“Everything about Dusk Til Dawn is a ‘family’ affair.
Started by  D.C. and Selby, the extended ‘family’ includes 12 Board Members, over 100 volunteers, and thousands of dedicated fans. Many returning each year since the very beginning (1991).

"Vendors sell t-shirts, jewelry, barbeque, fried fish, candy, ice cream, and even ‘fried pies.’ The Kid’s Village sprouts up around an old school bus. Kids stay busy with Face painting, costumes, ‘dragons’, puppets, clay pottery, and harmonica classes, made lovingly available by a group of exceptional volunteers. These are all hands-on activities, keeping young minds occupied while the hypnotic sounds of blues slowly soak into the young minds that will be the future of the blues. This Kid’s Village is unlike anything we’ve seen before!!!” reported Cheryl of Blues Festival Guide and Tom Yearnshaw after visiting the event.  But - the juke joint is adults only!

Rentiesville, OK  5 miles N of I-40 off US 69…15 miles S of Muskogee, OK
$15 / night: groups of 20 - $13 each. Vounteers and kids -

JOHNNY RAWLS- TONY MATHEWS (nightly) Selby Minner (nightly) Pure Silk-  Tommy McCracken (nightly)-  Leon Blue (nightly) Miss Dee & Tru Blu -Pat Moss- Roland Bowling- Sunshine- Berry Harris- Jahruba- Battle of the Bands - IBC prelims

THE KID’S VILLAGE (nightly ):
Jahruba -drums Domenica faces & crafts Joann & puppets- Patrick Duffy pottery

GUITAR SHORTY- JAMES PETERSON-ANDREW JR BOY JONES- BACKUP BLUES BAND- LEON BLUE- Wanda Watson- Dues Paid- Miss Blues- Baby Ray Mucker-Tiny Davis- Tommy McCracken- Clarence King- Three Legged Dog- Jahruba Checotah HS Jazz Band- Blue Fire Foley (14)- Jonathan Fox(14)- Andrew 'To-low 16' Miller(16)

THE KID’S VILLAGE adds Dave Berntson and Crossroads Learning Experience

Sat - Blues you can use with 2 HARMONICA workshops and free harps!!

SUN AUGUST 31 ANDREW JR BOY JONES-  HARPER- JAMES PETERSON- JIMMY the Preacher- ELLIS- Harry and Debbie Blackwell- Odd Sheep Out-  Leon Blue-  Debbie Henning-  Perry Thomas(23)-  2nd Generation   

GOSPEL SHOW Sun:  Rev Tony Wise, OKC


Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey, the documentary concert film that stars three-time Grammy® winner DelbertMcClinton and a host of his musical friends, has been released in a deluxe DVD edition which includes more than one hour of bonus footage, plus a new DTS and5.1 surround sound mix. Directed by Jay Curlee for JC Communications, the DVD is being nationally distributed by Burnside Distribution.

Against the backdrop ofDelbert McClinton’s 2006 “Sandy Beaches” cruise, which he inaugurated in 1995, Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey charts the Texas roadhouse music legend’s career from the start, and with rare photographs and video, as well as the recent footage, shows audiences the full power ofwhat has made him one of the most beloved live performers in music today.

The new DVD is chock fullof McClinton fans’ most requested live songs, including:

“B-Movie BoxcarBlues,” “Two More Bottles of Wine,” “ShakeyGround,” Never Been Rocked Enough” and many others. In-depth interviews with Delbert McClinton and several of his closest musician friends tell the story of his career from its beginnings in Fort Worth, Texas to his current place as a true musical legend. 

Aboard for the ride are many of the artists, all chosen by McClinton himself, who have made the “Sandy Beaches” cruise one of the most popular of its kind, with over 1,200 fans signed on every year for a week-long voyage of non-stop music and fun in the Caribbean. Artists featured performing in the film include Marcia Ball, Rodney Crowell, Stephen Bruton, Wayne Toups, Jimmy Hall, Al Anderson, Tommy Castro, Paul Thorn, Mingo Fishtrap and Teresa James. The result is a musical gumbo embracing styles from rock, blues and country, to funk, zydeco and rhythm and blues. Texas music icon Kinky Friedman also makes a special interview appearancein the film in his inimitable style.

Included in the bonus footage are performances by Buddy Miller, Terry Allen, Whitey Johnson, JeffreySteele, Bob DiPiero, Chris Stapleton, Delbert’s son Clay McClinton, an all-star piano jam featuring Marcia Ball, Kevin McKendree, Lewis Stephens, NickConnolly and several others, as well as additional performances by Stephen Bruton, Al Anderson and Teresa James.

Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey was shot in high definition (this is a standard definition release), with performances culled from over 150 hours of footage. The special 5.1 surroundmix was done by Milo Phillips, under the supervision of Paul Middleton, known for his decades-long live mixing work with Bonnie Raitt, among his many other credits. Total running time including bonus footage is three hours.

Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey was screened before enthusiastic crowds at festivals around the country in 2007, winning “Best Documentary Feature” at the Woods Hole Film Festival and “Best Music Documentary” at the Lone Star International Film Festival. The film was also an opening night selection at the 37th USAFilm Festival and screened at the 26th Breckenridge Festival of Film, among others.

As Bonnie Raitt so aptly states in the DVD liner notes: “Delbert is a national treasure… the heart and soul of what makes American music so great and beloved around the world. Delbert will give you all the honky-tonk, heartache, blues and kick-ass you’ll ever need.”

 For more information onthe film, visit


Blind Pig Records has announced a September 9, 2008 release date for new CDs from Chicago blues torchbearer Magic Slim and hotshot guitarist Albert Cummings.

"Midnight Blues" is the latest studio album from Magic Slim and the Teardrops, consistently recognized as foremost practitioners of old-school electric Chicago blues. Slim, seventy years young, is as vibrant as ever, playing and singing with passion and strength. Unlike previous CDs, Midnight Blues features solid contributions from some of Slim's old friends and Chicago running mates. Guest Teardrops include James Cotton, Elvin Bishop, Lonnie Brooks, Lil' Ed Williams, Otis Clay, Gene Barge, and the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings horn section.

"Feel So Good" is a live album that captures Albert Cummings' searing Stratocaster licks and crowd-pleasing, high-energy roots-rock in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd. In fact, the audience was so enthralled and supportive they became part of the performance in a way that's rarely heard. Albert and his band responded with a blistering set of great originals and killer covers of Led Zeppelin, Little Feat, and Muddy Waters tunes. Albert, proud of the show and the recording, said, "The crowd was really wound up and loved the show. It was a lot of fun" It's as real as it gets." With producer Jim Gaines at the controls and Albert's incredible display of guitar virtuosity and deep emotion, this is one live performance that is bound to become a blues-rock classic.


 Forty years into an iconic career that has produced dozens of wonderful songs and a host of admiring musical peers, Little Feat has united the two with a new release, Join the Band, that features some of their classic tunes – “Fat Man in the Bathtub,” “Dixie Chicken,” “Sailing Shoes,” “Oh, Atlanta” - re-recorded with creative friends like Dave Matthews and Jimmy Buffett among many others, as well as new material like Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”

A distinctive and eclectic blend of rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie, Little Feat’s musical style was forged when Lowell George was fired from Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and told to form his own band. Bill Payne, Richie Hayward and Roy Estrada joined with him to create Little Feat, a band that would continue recording, touring and transcending musical boundaries long after the tragic and premature death of its founder. “LITTLE FEAT: JOIN THE BAND” is in stores August 26th on 429 Records (Savoy Label Group).


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Dallas -- The eleventh annual Texas International Blues Festival will be returning to the Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum on Saturday, August 23. This is the oldest running blues festival in Dallas.

Headlining will be Dallas-based award-winning blues band Cold Blue Steel. Also appearing will be Leo Hull & the Texas Blues Machine, the Silvertones ,Reginald Qualls and the Frog City Blues Band , Stormy Weather , Casey James and the Flames , Hambon'rs , Betty Watts and the Highrollers , 8 Ball and the Breakers , Daddy Rocks and special guest twelve year old Colton Hamilton.

Cold Blue Steel has been nominated nine times as Dallas' Best Blues Band by the Dallas Observer.

Admission is $10 in advance or at the door. Tickets are general admission. A $5 discount at the door is being offered to those who bring two cans of food for the North Texas Food Bank. Showtime is 6 pm. The Sons of Hermann Hall is located at 3414 Elm at Exposition in Dallas.

For more information contact J&B Productions at 214-823-3966 or email Sons of Hermann Hall can be contacted at 214-747-4422.

The South Florida Blues Society
The South Florida Blues Society would like to present a teriffic opportunity to win a cabin for two on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (SOLD OUT!!), leaving Ft. Lauderdale, January 24-31, 2009!

Details are in the following offering:

Once again the South Florida Blues Society is happy to present a teriffic opportunity to win a cabin for two on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (SOLD OUT!!), leaving Ft. Lauderdale, January 24-31, 2009! Raffle tickets are only $20 each, and a maximum of only 500 will be sold!!! The drawing will be held on September 21, 2008 at the SFBS 6th Anniversary Picnic & Jam (you need not be present to win!!). The South Florida Blues Society is the only Blues outlet Nationally or Internationally to offer LRBC Caribbean Cruise Raffle Tickets!!!
Here is your one and ONLY opportunity!

The SFBS is raising funds through this raffle in order to help us with the costs of producing and bringing quality events to Blues fans. We can really use your support, and hope you can get behind us in this effort. The drawing will take place on September 21st at our Anniversary Picnic regardless if by that date we sell only the 500 ticket maximum, 400 tickets, 368 tickets as we did last year, or less! Regardless of how many tickets we sell, we will still draw a winner, even if that means a loss for us! Hopefully we'll at least break even, but we'll make one of you very happy!

You can purchase tickets online with a credit card or E-Check securely through PayPal on our web site, or send a check for $20 for each ticket to:

South Florida Blues Society
P.O. Box 772548
Coral Springs, FL 33077-2548

*Be sure to legibly include your name, address, phone number and email address

The Paul Butterfield Fund and Society

To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is being sent out as a means to introduce ourselves, enhance public awareness of The Paul Butterfield Fund and Society (PBFS) and hopefully increase our membership support for PBFS.
"The Paul Butterfield Fund and Society" (PBFS) was recently established by Salli Squitieri & Gabriel Butterfield-son of Paul Butterfield, with the assistance of Dan Aykroyd and his wife Donna Dixon-Aykroyd and the sponsorship of Fractured Atlas ( a NYC based non-profit art organization.
PBFS is partially membership supported and dedicated to the preservation and revival of the memory, legacy and many contributions of Paul Butterfield and to the rich traditions of the Blues styles of music through the support of the arts and those involved with the arts. PBFS strives to assist struggling artists with emergency relief, project support and cultural enrichment, particularly those creative endeavors with focus on projects dedicated to underprivileged and at risk children.
This concept has been a lifelong dream of ours, however the immediate need for such an entity was fervently brought home through our own search for medical help with little hope on the horizon and our countless encounters with so many in a similar plight to our own. Like ourselves, so many artists have been forced to put their creative endeavors to the wayside due to health and financial inability. Establishing the PBFS enabled us the opportunity to not only honor Gabriel’s Father, but, likewise a means and a greater purpose of assisting others.
PBFS is currently working on a series of ongoing projects including our Signature Project—"The PBFS Special Care Package for Struggling Artists", our PBFS Educational Archival Exhibit representing segments of Paul Butterfield’s life and career, a networking and resource site for artists of all genres, the first time ever done film documentary on Paul Butterfield, an online petition for Paul Butterfield’s recognition into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a music project dedicated to the enhancement of performing artists careers and fundraising for PBFS and its many causes and endeavors, assistance in whatever capacity possible for assorted benefits and fundraisers and an assortment of other projects.
Ultimately though our hope is that by improving the quality of life for struggling artists, they will no longer have to put their creative endeavors, dreams, goals and aspirations to the wayside due to financial inability. Through our assorted endeavors and projects we hope to not only preserve the memory of Paul Butterfield but likewise to bring forth a forum representing and supporting all art forms, assist new artists with recognition and bring forth some founding legends into a new era…

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The Blind Boys of Alabama have been bringing us fine Gospel music since 1939. In the 21st Century they have scored three consecutive Grammies and now they take their harmonies to the Crescent City. The Blind Boys of Alabama are on a roll, and their latest is called "DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS". Rickie Mickinney, the drummer for the band, joins Elwood this week on The House of Blues Radio Hour.

for times and stations in your area

Lebanon Blues Festival

Saturday, August 1, 2008

Lebanon, Ohio, U.S.
Snowbird Rock & Blues Festival

Friday-Saturday, August 1-2, 2008
Snowbird, Utah, U.S.

Cincy Blues Fest

Friday-Saturday, August 1-2, 2008
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza

Friday-Saturday, August 1-2, 2008
Mammoth Lakes, California, U.S.

Mount Baker R&B Festival

Friday-Sunday, August 1-3, 2008
Bellingham, Washington, U.S.

2nd Annual Okoboji Blues Fest

Saturday, August 2, 2008
Arnolds Park Iowa, U.S.

Barnful of Blues

Saturday, August 2, 2008
New Boston, New Hampshire, U.S.

Mohawk Valley Blues Festival

Saturday, August, 2, 2008
Frankfort (near Utica), New York, U.S.

Bandana Blues

Saturday, August 2, 2008
Gilbertsville, Pennsylania, U.S.

Pickerington Jazz & Blues Ribfest

Saturday, August 2, 2008
Pickerington, Ohio, U.S.

Backyard Blues Bash

Saturday, August 2, 2008
Goldendale, WA, U.S.

Sky High Blues Festival

Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3, 2008
Rock Creek B.C., Canada

Onset Blues Festival

Saturday, August 2, 2008
Onset, MA, U.S.

Blues More

Saturday, August 2, 2008
Cedar Rapids, 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

To reach thousands of blues enthusiasts, click here to learn how to advertise in this Blues Festival E-Guide E-Newsletter.
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