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June 19, 2009
Volume 4 Issue 22

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No need to worry if you don't receive a copy of the 2009 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE magazine from your local blues society or festival this year, because our magazine is now also digital!
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Over the last 44 years of playing music Rod Piazza's virtuosity on the harmonica and respect for tradition has been celebrated by fans and critics alike. The Mighty Flyers have taken home the prestigious Blues Music Award for Band of the Year no less than four times, Rod himself was honored in 1998 for the Harmonica Instrumentalist of the Year, and in 2008 Honey Piazza took home her very first Blues Music Award for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year.

In 2005, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers landed a new home with the Los Angeles based Delta Groove Music, a label that has provided the band with many “firsts” in their long running career. For The Chosen Who, their Delta Groove debut, was an ambitious project that featured a host of special guests (a first in the Piazza discography), which included Finis Tasby, Kid Ramos, James Gadson, Johnny Dyer, Randy Chortkoff and the late Phil Guy, in addition to a bonus DVD of behind the scenes footage shot during the recording sessions.

Their follow up release ThrillVille saw the departure of longtime Flyers’ bassist Bill Stuve and the band rechristening themselves as a quartet (another first!), while turning out another satisfying program of swinging West Coast and lowdown Chicago blues.

Now Piazza prepares to unveil his latest creation; a masterpiece and melding of soul, talent and art. There are plenty of thrills to be found as The Mighty Flyers continue to soar to new heights. IT’S ALL HERE…from the aggressive George Smith instrumental Sunbird, to the deep blues recital of Tell Me About It Sam, to the Jimmy Forrest jazz influenced Hey, Mrs. Jones. Piazza delights as he breathes life into funky new originals and pays loving tribute to a pantheon of blues greats including Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, and Slim Harpo, as well as many more surprises along the way.

The time has arrived for Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers Blues Quartet to unleash… the Soul Monster!!!

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Their debut recording last year, Pay Me No Mind, led to the Homemade Jamz receiving a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut. Along the way, they appeared on the Today Show, were featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, and profiled on the CBS Sunday Morning News. Their new CD, I Got Blues For You, showcases some incredible songwriting, Ryan’s fantastic lead guitar, Kyle’s booming bass lines, and Taya’s hard-hitting drums.

The Homemade Jamz Blues Band rocked the Blues world by coming in second in the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis— competing against 100 other bands and are also the youngest blues band in America  with Kyle (aged 14 on Bass guitar), Taya (aged 10 on drums) and Ryan (aged 16 on lead guitar and vocals)  to ever be nominated for a Blues Music Award.

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Candye Kane may very well be the toughest girl alive. Having survived an extremely dysfunctional childhood and becoming an unwed mother at the tender age of seventeen certainly taught this girl to grow up fast. But while life may not have dealt her the best hand to start, her precarious upbringing and turbulent past has remarkably ingrained within her one invaluable skill – survival. Through all of the trials and tribulations that life has thrown her way Candye has become a master of self preservation; meeting each and every challenge head on, and ultimately drawing inspiration and personal inner strength from the experiences she has faced during times of adversity. Ultimately it was through these difficult life tests that prepared Candye for her greatest challenge that was yet to come.

On Friday, February 22, Candye was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after checking into the emergency room at the Scripps Memorial Hospital with complaints of abdominal pain. In an instant her life had suddenly and unexpectedly altered course. Her European tour was cancelled and in exchange a surgical procedure was scheduled to make an attempt to remove the tumor. With no savings or health insurance to speak of, and haunted by the memories of past friends who had succumbed to this disease, Candye was faced with a most uncertain future. Fortunately, she would soon learn that she would not have to face this daunting challenge alone. Caring friends and fans from around the world rallied to her side and threw numerous benefits to help raise money for the mounting medical expenses. One year and two CT scans later, and Candye has thankfully been pronounced cancer free.

With renewed energy and a new lease on life, Candye emerged from the recording studio with her most personal and rewarding work to date. Backed by her regular touring band and produced by herself, along with her guitarist - the amazingly talented Laura Chavez; Candye once again finds herself surrounded and supported by a caring group of friends and individuals including special guests Dave Gonzales (The Paladins, Hacienda Brothers) and Stephen Hodges (Mavis Staples, Tom Waits), along with new label mates Kid Ramos (The Mannish Boys, Los Fabulocos) and Mitch Kashmar.

Having overcome her heroic battle with cancer, Candye now proudly makes her triumphant return! Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s “Superhero,” Candye’s ninth release and official debut for Delta Groove Music.

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Elwood Blues (aka Dan Aykroyd), The, and The Blues Festival Guide want to get you into a local Blues music festival FOR FREE! We're giving away tickets to over 50 Blues festivals all across the continent, all summer long. 40 Blues fans will each win a pair of tickets to a Blues festival in their area.

The festivals range from small, unique gatherings to large, multiple-stage events. Each festival has its own character. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets and choose a festival in your region. 10 winners will be chosen each month in May, June, July, and August, 2009.

There is nothing to purchase, and we'll never sell your information. Entrants must be 18 or older. One winner per household, prizes do not include transportation, accommodations, food, drink, etc. unless otherwise specified. Void where prohibited.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the JUNE ticket winners

17th Annual Bowlful of Blues- Newton, IA- June 13
James Ronan, Decorah, IA

Hot Blues and BBQ- Oxford, MI- June 19-20
Ann Bower, Grand Rapids, MI

Virginia Blues and Jazz Fest- Hot Springs, VA- June 13-15
Julie Vogl, Eldersburg,MD

Greeley Blues Jam- Greeley, CO- June 12-13
John Catt, Tabernash, CO

Blues From The Top- Winter Park, CO- June 27-28
Donald Hart, Keenesburg, CO

Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Fest- Reno, NV- June 27-28
Roger Slugg, Sparks, NV

Hambone Blues Jam Fest- Austin, MN- June 26-27
Artie Flores, St Paul, MN

Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Fest- Fort Smith, AR- June 26-27
Chantay Heidenthal, Hackett, AR

T-Bone Walker Blues Fest- Linden, TX- June 19-20
Dennis Damek, Huffman, TX

Bear Creek Blues Fest- Slater, MO- June 27
Ron Riley, Florissant, MO


 Bettye LaVette photographed by Elizabeth Fladung
(Vanity Fair:Michael Hogan)

Bettye LaVette has become famous (at last) by singing unexpected songs. Her recent albums, I'VE GOT MY OWN HELL TO RAISE (2005) and THE SCENE OF THE CRIME (2007), feature songs by Dolly Parton, Elton John, and Fiona Apple, of all people. But with her new, iTunes-only EP (out Tuesday, June 16), she’s serving up more traditional fare: the title track is Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”—which LaVette sang with Jon Bon Jovi, of all people, at the Obama inauguration festivities back in January—and others in the collection were popularized by Thelonious Monk, Billie Holliday, and Bill Withers.

As you may know, LaVette spent four long decades waiting for her moment in the spotlight. At age 16, she had a hit with “My Man, He’s a Loving Man” (1962), but her next real break didn’t come for another 45 years (though she released plenty of records and even worked for six years on Broadway). Exile made her what she is today; you can hear it in her voice, fierce and emotionally singed, but also in her unvarnished opinions about the young singers on American Idol, who haven’t earned it yet, baby, but sure do think they have.

I recently had the chance to speak with Bettye, and found her to be great company: feisty, funny, and full of great stories. Here’s what she had to say.

To read the full interview Click Here


Join blues fans from throughout the world at the 22nd annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, July 2 - 5, 2009, on the grassy banks of the Willamette River, in Portland, Ore.

The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest in the nation, annually attracting more than 100,000 blues fans.

More than 100 performances on four stages, artist interviews and workshops,
Delta Music Experience Blues Cruises on the Willamette River, kids' activities, swing-blues dances, Louisiana Culture Pavilion, after-hours Jam Sessions, July 4th fireworks …and more.

Daily admission is a donation of $10 plus two cans of food–one of the summer's greatest entertainment bargains! Four-Day Festival Pass, Blues Buddy Pass and DME Blues Cruise passes available at

Hailed as one of the best-run festivals anywhere, the Waterfront Blues Festival remains a grassroots event, produced by Oregon Food Bank with the help of more than a thousand volunteers. The Festival raises food and funds to help people who are hungry throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. 

Featured Performers Include:

Etta James & the Roots Band • Robben Ford
Johnny Winter • Sonny Landreth • Ryan Shaw
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • Bonerama
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings • Lee Boys
Magic Slim & the Teardrops • Big Sam's Funky Nation
Dave Gonzalez & the Stone River Boys • Terry Evans
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real • Greg Koch & Malford Milligan
Zydeco Swamp Romp: Geno Delafose, Brian Jack, Nathan & Zydeco Cha Chas
Too Slim & the Taildraggers • Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Loose Marbles • Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat
Terry Hanck • Candye Kane • Storm Large
Patrick Lamb with G.C. Cameron and Liv Warfield
Jimmy "Duck" Holmes • Terry "Harmonica" Bean
March Fourth Marching Band

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All-star lineup of 28 acts playing for 3 days on 2 stages

At the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, July 2 – 4, blues artists from around the world will be performing a wide range of unique blues styles. The festival has 28 acts lined up, ranging from seasoned veterans to new performers. Many of the newer artists have already made names for themselves in the blues world.

Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm, both known for their individual careers, recently brought their unique styles together to form a duo. Their popularity together is already growing among blues enthusiasts. This year, the duo was awarded the Blues Music Artist Award for Best New Artist Debut for their album, 2 Man Wrecking Crew, which has been on the Top 50 Roots Blues radio-play chart for 34 weeks.

As a native Australian, Fiona Boyes has won international recognition for her finger-pickin’ blues style. In the United States she was nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and won the Blues Critics’ Award for Best Live or Compilation Album in 2008.

Marquise Knox is the true definition of a blues up-and-comer. At 18 years old, Knox has already established a presence on the blues scene and played with legends such as Honeyboy Edwards, who is also playing this year’s festival.
These up-and-coming artists share the schedule with many other blues legends, including Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings; Saffire - the Uppity Blues Women; Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater; Sugar Pie DeSanto; Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers; and Magic Slim and the Teardrops.

See these up-and-comers and veteran blues artists at the 25th IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, July 2-4, at LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa. Advance three-day passes are available for only $30 through Ticketmaster. For more information about the festival, artists, ticket locations and lodging, please visit or call 563-32-BLUES.

Stellar line-up includes three Masters of Chicago Blues Guitar,
plus Mavis Staples, Elvin Bishop, The Mannish Boys and more!

The San Francisco Blues Festival and Harveys Lake Tahoe are proud to present “Blues at The Lake” on Saturday, July 11, for an historic gathering of blues music legends at the 2009 Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series on the Harveys Outdoor Arena stage.

For 2009, “Blues at The Lake” presents: Lonnie Brooks, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, Mavis Staples, Elvin Bishop, The Mannish Boys and Mitch Kashmar. SFBF founder/director Tom Mazzolini, who also hosts the popular “Blues by The Bay” radio show in the Bay Area, will emcee the Tahoe show.

Headlining this year’s show are the Masters of Chicago Blues Guitar, starring Lonnie Brooks, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater and Jimmy Johnson. Lonnie Brooks played with many blues greats of the late 50s and 60s, including the inimitable Jimmy Reed, before establishing himself as one of the Windy City’s guitar giants. Eddy Clearwater began learning the blues guitar from Sunnyland Slim, Earl Hooker and his longtime mentor Magic Sam. Known for his slashing left handed blues/rock style, Clearwater’s onstage energy and antics – often wearing a full, Native American headdress to honor his Cherokee heritage – “The Chief” is one of the last original exponents of the Chicago-style electric blues. Jimmy Johnson is still going strong on the blues festival circuit, playing incredible, soaring guitar solos on his signature red Gibson. His melodic tenor voice and staccato fretwork are reminiscent of other Chicago guitar legends such as Otis Rush and Albert King.

One of the most powerful voices in soul, gospel and blues music, Mavis Staples’ incredible career began in the 1950s as a member of the legendary Staples Singers. Their versions of songs including, “Uncloudy Day,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “For What It’s Worth,” along with “I’ll Take You There,” featured Mavis Staple’s majestic contralto voice to become hit songs around the world.

Longtime Lake Tahoe favorite Elvin Bishop and his band guarantee “big fun” at this year’s “Blues at The Lake” super-show. Although his big, crossover hit was the memorable, “Fooled Around and Fell In Love,” Bishop’s incredible guitar work and songwriting prowess have produced a long list of great CD’s including, most recently, The Skin I’m In, Gettin’ My Groove Back, and the 2008 Grammy nominated, all-star hit, The Blues Rolls On.

Playing classic blues in the West Coast, Texas and Chicago styles, The Mannish Boys are an L.A.-based band that’s getting the attention of blues fans everywhere. The core group performing at Harveys includes blues greats Finis Tasby, Bobby Jones, Randy Chortkoff, Richard Innes, Kid Ramos, Kirk Fletcher and Ronnie James Weber. Joining the “Boys” for this show is the phenomenal blues harmonica player Mitch Kashmar. As Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds noted: “Mitch was only 19 when I first heard him and he sounded good even then. These days, oh man, is he tough!”

The San Francisco Blues Festival presents “Blues at The Lake” is on stage at Harveys Outdoor Arena, Saturday, July 11, beginning at 6 p.m., with doors at 5 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25, $39 and $55, and are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at and For more information, check out and Accommodation options in the South Lake Tahoe area can be found at


The “little town with the BIG sound”  presents
6TH Annual
This years lineup includes:
Ibanez AS73 Cherry Hollowbody autographed guitar raffle



The blues festival committee is commited to bringing our audience a great variety of the “blues”.  We may be small in stature but we are BIG in hospitality.  There is a great variety of food vendors each year serving up some mean red beans & rice, fish, chicken, Mexican, shish-ka-bob and of course BBQ just to name a few.  The Bear Creek Blues Festival has a down home laid back atmosphere and if you get your fill, just camp across the street for FREE!!!  If you are wanting to get away from the hustle & bustle and hear some great “blues”, we’ve got what you need.

  Check us out on the web at: for more info on all the festival happenings.  Hope to see you there!

Mammoth Lakes’ Most Talked About Summer Event Returns!

14H Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza showcases a tasty variety of brews and blues in an idyllic mountain setting
(MAMMOTH LAKES, CA)  Successfully celebrating its 14th year, Mammoth’s Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza promises an energetic lineup of blues talent and a grand tasting of microbrews from around the country. It all takes place Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd outdoors among the pines at Sam’s Wood Site, located on Minaret Road between Main Street and Meridian Boulevard, with California’s Eastern High Sierra as the backdrop.

Headlining this year’s Bluesapalooza is one of the best blues/rock guitarists in the world, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and longtime Mammoth favorite, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers.  Other well-known performing artists include the wickedly intense, southern blues star, Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, the uncanny blues vocalist and harmonica player John Nemeth, the funky, jazz tinged, blues soaked sounds of John Lee Hooker Jr. (son of blues great John Lee Hooker), the powerful and soulful singer Janiva Magness and the funky good time, down-home party blues of The California Honeydrops.  “This is the most rockin’ lineup in our 14 year history,” says Sean Turner of Mammoth Brewing Company, the event’s sponsor. “We are proud to bring these amazing performers and this exciting event to Mammoth Lakes.”

And, what goes better with Blues than a good microbrew! “Last year we had more then 70 microbrews, a festival record,” says Turner,  “and that’s our goal again this year!” Mammoth Festival of Beers features some of the country’s best such as Mammoth Brewing Company (sponsor of the event), Fireman’s Brew, Deschutes, Mendocino, Alaskan, Bear Republic, Anderson Valley, Anacapa, Stone, Lost Coast, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Kern River, Samuel Adams, San Diego, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing,  New Belgium and many more. Along with the beer and blues, tasty blues food will be served in the ever-growing Blues Food Court - Blues-style BBQ and plenty of other foodstuff will satisfy the heartiest of appetites and keep the party going!

The Friday Night Blues BBQ and Concert (5-9:00 pm) is a great way to kick off a Mammoth blues weekend, and is not to be missed!  The evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with a delicious Blues-style BBQ as well as a variety of other food vendors to satisfy every taste. Then things really get cookin’ with some good-time, New Orleans-style blues with The California Honeydrops followed by the evening’s headliner, the blues harmonica great Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers.

The Mammoth Festival of Beers Grand Tasting (12-5:00 pm) begins at 12 noon on Saturday at Sam’s Wood Site, and includes unlimited beer tasting until 5:00 p.m. Bluesapalooza (11:45 am-9:00 pm) gates open at 11:30 a.m. with continuous music until 9:00 p.m. Blankets and low-back sand chairs are encouraged for the first-come, first-serve seating. Pets and outside alcohol are prohibited. The weekend event will take place rain or shine.
Brand New for 2009! The Sunday Morning Hangover Party, (8:00 am-1:00pm) Unwind! Kick Back! Relax! The Beer Festival is over but not the fun! And best of all, admission is FREE!  Bring your blanket or sand chairs, soak up the sun, and enjoy some live music on us! We will be serving breakfast, Bloody Mary’s and of course, some local Mammoth Brew (breakfast and bar separate cost). If you’re in a helpful mood, lend a hand by picking up some garbage from Bluesapalooza and we'll buy you a beer!

Ticket prices are per person and include the Ultimate Blues/Brews/BBQ Party Package, $80 (combination of the Friday Night Blues BBQ & Concert (includes BBQ dinner) and Saturday Brews & Blues Party Package); Friday Night Blues BBQ & Concert (includes BBQ dinner), $40 advance / $45 at the gate; Friday Night Blues only, $25 advance / $30 gate; Saturday Blues/Brews Party Package, $54 advance / $64.00 gate; and Saturday Blues only, $45 advance / $50 gate. Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult. Saturday’s party package includes unlimited beer tasting and commemorative glass (21 years or older to purchase). Ticket prices are subject to service charges. Artists and times are subject to change.
Parking is along Minaret Road and at the Eagle Lodge Parking Lot on Meridian Blvd. Parking shuttles are available on Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Eagle Lodge Parking Lot.

Tickets are on sale now and this year’s event is expected to sell out. Tickets are available online at or; by phone at 888-825-5484; locally at the Mammoth Brewing Company Retail Store and Tasting Room at 94 Berner Street in Mammoth Lakes; and at the gate day of the event. For festival updates and additional information, contact 888-99-BREWS (888) 992-7397, or visit
Mammoth Lakes is a beautiful mountain resort located near Yosemite National Park in the cool Eastern High Sierra off Highway 395. Mammoth offers world-class golf courses, mountain biking, fishing and hiking as well as wonderful restaurants and resort facilities. It’s the perfect place to spend a “blues and brews’ weekend. Special lodging packages are available at 888-992-BREWS or

For additional information about camping or local accommodations, call 800-GO MAMMOTH or visit

Stacy Brooks started singing at the age of five on an Army Base in Zweibruken, Germany and after her first standing ovation she was hooked on connecting with the audience..  Stacy continued to cultivate her craft, by singing with other bands, and doing radio jingles.  As a solo artist, Stacy Brooks stepped out into the front in February 2007, and Stacy was nominated for "New Artist of the Year" by The Washington Area Music Association that year.  Fast Forward to 2009, in her short span as a solo artist on the blues circuit, she has shared the stage with blues legends Bobby Parker, The Nighthawks, Willie “Big  Eyes” Smith, Kenny Neal,  Memphis Gold and Lil Dave Thompson just to name a few.  Her highly anticipated debut CD, Love Peace & The Blues is coming soon in which Stacy wrote 8 of the songs and is the executive producer.   The CD features a duet with legendary Bluesman Kenny Neal who is also a co-producer along with Memphis Gold.
13 Jun 09
Tinner Hill Blues Festival
28 Jun 09
17th Annual Safeway BBQ Battle
7 Aug 09
Riverfront Blues Festival
3 Oct 09
Big Lick Blues Festival

  Love...Peace & The Blues, the CD is coming! Stacy Brooks

~June 27 & 28, 2009~

 This year’s, Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival is bigger and better than ever! Northern Nevada’s biggest batch of bbq, blues music and microbrews is two days, Saturday, June 27 from 12-9 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Double the days means double the fun as an unprecedented seven food booths will span Virginia St. The festival food mix includes traditional Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs, savory Pulled Pork with Texas Toast and Grilled Hot Links; as well as a Burger Barn with Big Dog Chili, Corn Dogs and Onion Rings. New items this year include international fare like Shredded Beef Enchiladas, Pork Tacos, Grilled Korean BBQ Short Ribs with Kim Chee and Coconut Chicken Satay. For dessert, festival goers can feast on Strawberries and Cream Funnel Cake.
Microbreweries will pour beer from all over the world, including Eldorado's own, The Brew Brothers' custom brews. Featured microbreweries include Alaskan Brewing Company, Black Diamond Brewing Company, Eel River Brewing Company, Napa Smith Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Mammoth Brewing Company, Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Pilsner Urquell, Sierra Nevada and many more.
Festival tasting packages are available for $20 and include 13 tokens, each worth a 4oz tasting and a souvenir beer mug. Tasting packages will be available for purchase during both days of the festival until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Alcohol sales and tastings stop one hour before close on each day of the festival.

Free, live entertainment takes the stage on 3rd and 4th Streets. The line up includes Trey Stone Band, Summer of Love, Buddy Emmer Blues Band, Mumbo Gumbo, Shane Dwight Band, Jason King Band, Patton’s Blues Band, Full Body Rock and Brief Case Full of Blues.

For more information, please call 800-648-5966 or (775) 786-5700 in Northern Nevada. Visit us online at

The festival's organizers are now aiming for Sept. 6, 2010.

The organizers of the South Orange International Blues Festival are now aiming to stage the event on Sept. 6, 2010, a year later than originally intended.
The "festival was postponed to allow ample time for fundraising and sponsorship solicitation," said co-organizer Michael Griot, in an e-mail.

The Reddan Brothers, Michael Hill, Dave Stryker and the One & Nines have signed on to perform, and major blues acts including Joanne Shaw Taylor (UK), Oli Brown (UK), Keb' Mo', Buddy Guy, Richie Havens, Sue Foley (Canada) and Shemekia Copeland are being targeted, according to Griot.

As planned, the festival would require Sloan Street to be closed off, and the main stage would go up in Lot 9—the large municipal lot across the street from Starbucks and Cait & Abby's—and would face the train station. A smaller stage would be erected on the corner of Sloan Street and South Orange Avenue, also facing the station. Organizers have applied for a special event permit.

The organizing body, the North Jersey Blues Alliance, has its first public event scheduled for July 29, when it will team up with the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs to host an installment of the summer Wednesday night concert series at Flood's Hill, featuring Michael Hill's Blues Mob.

This T-Bone Walker poster was created by artist Terry Ward of Jefferson

Organizers of the fourth annual T-Bone Walker Blues Festival think the best way to honor the Linden-area native is to introduce new generations to the sounds he loved.

Guitar greats Eric Clapton and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan both have credited Aaron "T-Bone" Walker, (1910-1975), with promoting the electric guitar from rhythm section to center stage. The two-day festival at the Music City Texas Theater and its outdoor grounds celebrates the memory of the dual Rock and Roll and Blues hall of famer, its executive producer said.

"Secondly, it's to try to introduce a new generation to this American musical art form," event producer and Linden Economic Development Corp. Director Russ Wright said. "And it's to help young blues musicians with a place to come and perform."

Those young musicians include 18-year-old Marquise Knox, a St. Louis guitar player who has played for 60,000 school students in the Dallas-based Blue Shoes Project. Knox will perform on the outdoor stage on June 19 and move inside the Music City Texas Theater on June 20.

The outdoor music, on Legionnaire Field adjacent to the theater, is free Friday and costs $5 Saturday, Wright said. The outdoor lineup also includes a high school blues combo, The Colton O'Neill Band from the Dallas area and headliner Guitar Shorty, who played with T-Bone Walker.

Regional favorite Bugs Henderson will headline Saturday's outdoor show.
The indoor lineup, which costs a minimum $35 Friday and $50 Saturday, is headlined by The Fabulous Thunderbirds alumnus Jimmy Vaughan, brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. Rocker Wes Jeans, who recently recorded a live album at the Linden venue, also headlines inside.

Songwriter, session guitarist and two-time Grammy winning producer Gary "Whitey Johnson" Nicholson also will perform indoors. Nicholson returns for his fourth festival appearance.

Would-be guitar stars also will limber up their fingers in a Guitar Hero competition on both days, in a traveling version of the video game brought by retailer, Gamestop. The contests, and appearances by four professional wrestlers, are more ways that organizers hope to draw young people, Wright said.
"We're really trying to get young people to come hear the blues," he said.
Festival profits, beyond those needed to plan the fifth event next year, are dedicated to two local nonprofit groups. They are the Texas Music City organization, which refurbished the old American Legion Hall into a 400-seat performance venue, and the Fairview Junior-Senior High School Reunion Corp., which built and operates the Fairview Community Center.

The latter is headquarters for the Pleasant Hills Quilting Group, which will perform a history of the Underground Railroad Quilt on both the indoor and outdoor stages. Wright said that musical and spoken presentation will be filmed for possible distribution.

Members of the nonprofit reunion corporation volunteer at the annual blues festivals. "That was sort of a no-brainer," reunion corporation president Thomas Northcutt said. "We actually used to have our reunions in their building, in the Legionnaires Hall." He added the blues festival is integral to Linden's development as a music tourism destination. That effort is spearheaded by classmates Don Henley, co-founder of The Eagles and official presenter of the fourth annual festival, and Richard Bowden, who performed with Roger McGuinn, formerly of the Byrds, and troubadour Dan Fogleberg, before becoming half of the country comedy duo, Pinkard and Bowden.
"(Walker) was just part of the whole thing," Northcutt said. "And, hopefully Linden is still growing. Maybe we'll become a new Branson, (Mo.)."

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If you go

What: T-Bone Walker Blues Fest
When: June 19 and 20
Times: Friday music begins at 5 p.m., last performance begins at 9:35 p.m.; Saturday first performance at 4 p.m., last show begins at 10 p.m.
Where: Music City Texas Theater, Texas 11, 1 mile west of the Cass County square in Linden
Cost: Outdoor stage, Friday, free; $5 Saturday. Indoor stage Friday, $35, first four rows $75 to $100; Saturday, $50, first four rows $100 to $200
Contact: Call (903) 756-7774 or CLICK HERE

Tickets for Three-Day Music and Media Conference Available Now, Call To Artists Underway
SAN DIEGO ˆ  North Park Music Thing (NPMT), previously known as North By North Park , is back for its second year to bring industry leaders and musicians together for a weekend of panel discussions, demo review sessions and live performances.
The annual three-day music and media conference will be held at the Lafayette Hotel, located at 2223 El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego, August 7-9, 2009. A 150-musical act showcase on more than 18 San Diego venue stages will follow the workshops on Saturday, August 8 and will highlight performances from bands and individual musicians from across the Southwestern United States

Event organizers are accepting entries for performers at Saturday's Music Fest through June 12.
"We're excited to see North Park Music Thing build on the success of last year's event," said Kevin Hellman, President of the San Diego Music Foundation. "This year we're adding a Sunday Street Fest along El Cajon Blvd, which will feature three live music stages, international food court, live art shows and a variety of street vendors."
NPMT's featured speaker and performer is bassist and songwriter, Nathan East. A San Diego native, East has co-written and performed songs with George Harrison, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and B.B. King, and served as a long standing member of Clapton's studio and touring band. East played on Clapton's Grammy award-winning "Unplugged" album, and also lent his talent to Clapton's "Change The World," which was awarded Song of the Year at the 1997 Grammy Awards.

Workshop discussions on Saturday and Sunday will be led by panelists with experience in various areas of the music industry including engaging social media in promotions, breaking into the music business, hiring a manager, songwriting techniques, and more. Panelists include Robbie Lloyd of Silva Artist Management, Peter Jesperson of New West Records, Nanci Walker of Universal Music Publishing, Amy Stevens of KROQ-FM (106.7), Casey Robison of BMI, Tim Mays of The Casbah, Albert Ching of OC Weekly, Josh Briggs of ASCAP, Mike Locke of Rhino Records, and Josh Feingold of SESAC, among others.
All proceeds from North Park Music Thing will be donated to the San Diego Music Foundation, which seeks to enrich the San Diego music community by providing professional development opportunities and assistance to local musicians. The Foundation organizes the annual San Diego Music Awards show, recognizing the achievements of the local music community, and also encourages the next generation of musicians through its Taylor Guitars for Schools program, which has provided over 1000 guitars to 56 elementary schools in San Diego County, who include guitar in their music curriculum.
For more information on North Park Music Thing, including tickets, registration and information on how to apply to perform at Music Fest, please CLICK


Guide Review - 7th Annual Blues Festival Guide 2009

Invaluable source of blues festival information
Digital version available to read online for free!

Newsprint format is inexpensive but cheap
Smaller guide this year eliminates some valuable information

Invaluable annual guide to blues festivals
92-pages w/covers, 8.5"x11" standard magazine size
Inexpensive newsprint format
Price is right - free!

The 7th Annual Blues Festival Guide 2009 is an invaluable directory to the world of blues festivals and live music. This year's 92-page issue is packed with half and full-page ads for blues festivals, arranged by date beginning with May 2009 and running through the summer to the end of the year.

If the Blues Festival Guide stopped here, that would be more than enough to ensure its place on the blues lover's desk or side table for easy, constant access. The magazine also includes many articles, including an informative overview of the new B.B. King Museum in Mississippi, an educational piece on drumming by notable beat-keeper Tony Braunagel, and a lengthy piece on the blues music scene in Canada.

Legendary blues pianist Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins is featured in this year's guide, along with a fine article on the growing movement of "blues art" by Kreg Yingst. The Bluzapalooza tour of Iraq is covered, and the guide includes lots of other blues-related content.

Even the magazine's advertising is illuminating beyond the simple festival listings of featured performers. Label ads, and those for independent blues musicians, feature new and upcoming CD releases, letting the reader know "what's going on" in the blues community.

Best of all, you can't beat the price of the 7th Annual Blues Festival Guide 2009 - free from your local blues society, blues clubs, and at festivals. If you can't find a copy in your area, the guide is also available for $7 postpaid from the Blues Festival Guide website, if you'd like a print copy.

The entire guide can also be read online as a free digital edition, with links to the guide's advertisers. While you're there, you can also sign up for a free weekly email newsletter. No matter how you slice it, the Blues Festival Guide is a bona fide winner!

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9580 Oak Avenue Parkway
Folsom, CA 95630
PH: 916 987-2886


Po'Boyz Sunday Blues Jam
Every Sunday from 7 to 11pm

Each Sunday they have a different Host Band. Sometimes it's a local blues band and sometimes it's a guest International or Regional Band. We've had Kenny Blue Ray from the San Francisco Bay area host several times. Kenny Neal stayed on one night and treated our jammers to a set and invited some local jammers up to play. Jackie Payne will be guest hosting Jun 28th. Local Bands have included Big John Evans and Marshall Wikenson.

The host band plays a short opening set to get the crowd warmed up and then they start inviting up the jammers. We ask that people come early to sign up as we try our best to get everyone up to play.

The Po'Boyz kitchen closes at 9:30pm. They have a great full menu from steaks to Cajun pasta, chicken, barbq.

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Koko Taylor passed away, aged 80, on June 3, 2009. In tribute, Elwood goes back to the Radio Hour’s final interview with the Queen of the Blues, after the release of what was to be her final album, 2007’s OLD SCHOOL. Ms. Taylor talks about her origins and personal history in the blues, her legendary fans and friends, like Hound Dog Taylor, and Willie Dixon. And, of course, tracks from her rip-roaring CD, OLD SCHOOL will be played. Stay tuned for a chance to win four CDs from Delta Groove Records: discs from Rod Piazza, Candye Kane, and a two volume sampler of Delta Groove artists playing on “Live At Ground Zero.” Plus, we feature a sample of Candye Kane’s new CD, SUPERHERO.

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Blues and BBQ Festival
Sunday, June 19, 2009

Better Housing, Arvada, Colorado
AmenoBlues Festival
Friday-Saturday, June-July 19-11 2009

Ameno & Others, Piemonte, Italy
4th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest
Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, 2009

Linden, TX, U.S.
Blues on the Fox
Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, 2009

Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
Canton Blues Fest
Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, 2009

Canton, Ohio, U.S.
5th Annual Hot Blues and BBQ
Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, 2009

Oxford, Michigan, U.S.
Canton Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, 2009

Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Celebrate Lincoln International Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, 2009

Lincoln, NE, U.S.
Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival
Friday-Sunday, June 19-21, 2009

Gahanna, Ohio, U.S.
Juneteenth Music Festival
Friday-Sunday, June 19-21, 2009
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Friday-Sunday, June 19-21, 2009

Macon, Georgia, U.S.
7th Annual Groovin' in The Grove Summer Concerts 9 WK Saturday Series
Saturday, June 20, 2009

This week: Chris Cain
Lodi, California, U.S.
Madison Blues Society "Blues Picnic"
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
4th Annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm, Music & Arts Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2009

Honesdale, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Canton Blues Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2009

Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Bentonia Blues Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bentonia, Mississippi, U.S.
(662) 755-2278 or (662) 755-2281
Columbia Pike Blues Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Arlington, VA, U.S.
Santiago Shakedown 7
Saturday, June 20, 2009

Santiago, Minnesota, U.S.
Pittsburgh Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, June 24-26, 2009
Benefit for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Carnegie Hall Rhythm Blues & All That Jazz
Thursday-Saturday, June 25-27, 2009

Lewisburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Urbana Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Potts Camp, Mississippi, U.S.
Alpena Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Alpena, Michigan, U.S.
Hambone Blues Jam
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Hayward, Minnesota, U.S.
Fort Smith Riverfront Blue Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27, 2009

Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, June 26-28, 2009

Seaside, California, U.S.

Bear Creek Blues Festival
Saturday, June 27, 2009

Slater, Missouri , U.S.
7th Annual Groovin' in The Grove Summer Concerts 9 WK Saturday Series
Saturday, June 27, 2009

this week: Laurie Morvan Band
Lodi, California, U.S.
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