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July 3, 2009
Volume 4 Issue 24

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2009 Blues Festival Guide magazine



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!
Regardless of whether you are in Timbuktu or Los Angeles, you can now read the ENTIRE magazine ONLINE by simply clicking through page by page, or go directly to the page number you wish using the Table of Contents as your guide. You can even click through to advertiser’s website or search for a particular festival or use the Search function.
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Root Doctor, a 2008 Blues Music Awards nominee, has entertained the Midwestern club-circuit for nearly two decades with memorable, high-energy live shows. A sensation wherever they perform, Root Doctor's sound has spread around the scene as they have finally become an internationally acclaimed Soul and Blues band.

Now, with a proof is in the pudding attitude, Root Doctor brings a typical live set to CD. Root Doctor: Live At The Cadillac Club! captures the band in front of an excited capacity crowd at one of Lansing's most unique live music venues.

Live At The Cadillac Club! features 10 prime cuts from Root Doctor's repertoire, each of them crowd favorites. Tracked while the band supported the release of Been A Long Time Coming, the set includes a mixture of songs from the previous two releases and three previously unreleased songs that are staples of Root Doctor's live shows.

Michael Cloeren, festival director for The Poconos Blues Festival, described Root Doctor's show as "magical!" Frank Malfitano, former director of The Detroit Interntaional Jazz Festival, emphatically proclaimed that Root Doctor's set was "smokin!" And the Chicago Sun Times said "...Root Doctor fits together hand in glove." Now you can hear Root Doctor live and un-cut for yourself with Live At The Cadillac Club! 

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As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational, and his new album, The Ballad Of John Henry, brings that energy to his recorded music more powerfully than ever before. The ninth solo album and seventh studio release of his career – as well as his fourth consecutive with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, etc.) – the disc adds a heavy dose of “swamp” to Bonamassa’s virtuoso mix of ‘60s-era British blues-rock (à la Beck and Clapton) and roots-influenced Delta sounds. It shows off Bonamassa’s vocal range as much as his instrumental voodoo, and the artist says, “I feel this is my strongest work to date.”

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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.

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2009 Blues Music Awards to be Re-Broadcast this weekend
Sirius XM satellite radio will rebroadcast the 30th Blues Music Awards on the 4th of July. What better way to spend Independence Day than listening to America's indigneous music--the Blues.  Tune in to B.B. King's Bluesville on Channel 74 to hear what has been widely-acclaimed at the best ever Blues Music Awards show.  The show will begin at 1:00pm on the east side of town and 4:00pm on the west side of town.  That means 2:00pm on Beale Street and the Crossroads and 3:00 pm in Telluride and Trinidaddio. The broadcast will be approximately 5 hours of music! 

The show will be music only featuring the performances of more than three dozen nominees. You will especially want to hear Koko Taylor's last performance of Wang Dang Doodle with the Mannish Boys.  Other one-of-a-kind performances include: Maria Muldaur and Taj Mahal, B.B. King with Curtis Salgado, Marcia Ball and Elvin Bishop, Gaye Adegbalola and Jason Ricci, and many many more.  The Bluesville broadcast is the next best thing to being there--at least until the 30th Blues Music Awards DVD comes out later this year.  Joe Whitmer and Rafe Murray are working furiously to edit it and get it to you earlier than ever.

The Search For The Nation's Greatest Undiscovered Blues Guitar Player is Back!
World's Largest Guitar Competition Offers Grand Prize Worth Over $35,000, Including $25,000 Cash, Gear and Product Endorsements.

July 1, 2009 - Westlake Village, CA – Guitar Center is pleased to announce the return of King of the Blues, the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. With sign-ups launching July 1, Guitar Center's King of the Blues will feature competitions in over 200 Guitar Center locations across the country, culminating with the Grand Finals in Los Angeles this November. In addition to showcasing the top five finalists, the King of the Blues Grand Finals will also feature performances by renowned blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and Grammy Award winner Pete Anderson.

King of the Blues is part of Guitar Center's ongoing mission to provide emerging artists and musicians with career-altering opportunities and vehicles to achieve success. Other Guitar Center programs include Drum-Off and On-Stage.

Introduced in 2006, Guitar Center's King of the Blues is designed to offer similar life-changing opportunities for unsigned guitarists. More than just a competition to find the most technically skilled players, King of the Blues is designed to seek out the most passionate, innovative and authentic undiscovered guitar players and give them a shot at stardom. Some of today's most iconic and groundbreaking artists, including BB King, John Mayer, The Black Crowes and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have participated at past King of the Blues events, and the winner of Guitar Center's 2007 King of the Blues, Aaron Loesch, was invited to perform at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in front of over 25,000 attendees.

With "the Blues" being the foundation for nearly all of today's popular music, the search for the nation's greatest undiscovered blues guitarist is expected to unearth a goldmine of unsigned talent, some of whom are destined to become tomorrow's legends. "The Blues defines today's music—from Robert Johnson to Jack White and B.B. King to John Mayer," notes Dustin Hinz, Manager of Event Marketing and Promotions for Guitar Center. "By tapping into this rich and deep musical art form, our goal is to find true original talent—not clones of great guitarists, but rather great guitarists in their own right who deserve a place alongside the legends."

Guitar Center's King of the Blues champion will win an impressive package of prizes, including $25,000 cash, a featured spot in a Guitar Center ad campaign, along with a Gibson '59 Les Paul reissue guitar, a $2,500 Levis shopping spree, a Marshall Vintage Modern 50 watt half stack, a Boss GT-10 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal, a feature in Guitar World magazine, worldwide distribution of their music in iTunes and more, plus endorsement deals from Ernie Ball, Marshall, Vox and Gibson. Additional regional, district and local prize packages will also be awarded, thanks to the generous support of Gibson, Levi's, Ernie Ball, Marshall, Boss, Vox, Guitar World and Tunecore, all of whom are proud supporters of Guitar Center's King of the Blues

How It Works:
Sign-ups for the preliminary rounds of the King of the Blues competition begin July 1, and run on a "first-come, first-serve" basis, with a maximum of 30 registrants per store. Contestants must sign up with a Guitar Center associate at their local store -- no phone or online sign-ups are available.

Each contestant will perform live to 1 of 25 original backing tracks, developed by Grammy Award winning producer, Pete Anderson. All backing tracks are available for free download at Contestants may bring and use any 6, 7, or 12 string acoustic or electric guitar, lap steel or pedal steel guitar, plus any audio pedal effects that can be set-up in a 5 minute time limit, all of which will be plugged into a selection of amplifiers provided by Guitar Center.

Local competitions start August 20 in all 214 Guitar Center locations nationwide. One winner from each store will be chosen to move up to district competitions (24 locations), followed by regionally hosted semi-finals (6 locations) and culminating in the final King of the Blues Grand Finals competition in Los Angeles in November, where the grand finalists will perform in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges, sharing the stage with Joe Bonamassa, who was named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine's readership in their annual Reader's Choice Awards for 2008, and whose incendiary playing has resulted in numerous albums in Billboard's Top 10 blues chart.

For more information visit Guitar Center

Store Prelims: August 20th, August 27th, September 3rd
Store finals: September 10th
District finals: September 30th
Regional finals: October 21st
Grand Finals: November 2009

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Brad Orrison and the folks at "The Shed" BBQ and Blues Joint in Ocean Springs just won another national award. The Shed won the pulled pork sandwich category in "LIVE with Regis & Kelly's" Ultimate Hometown Grill Off contest.

Host Regis Philbin made the announcement on a recent broadcast. Orrison appeared on the live show a few days later to share his "secret recipe." 

Now the contest isn't over. At the end of the summer, one dish will be named the Ultimate Hometown Winner, and be featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Brad Orrison is also a blues festival promoter.  The Fear Not Festival took place on June 6th, 2009 and his 6th Ever Shedhed Blues Festival will take place on September 5th (with Buddy Guy headlining).

            Join the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, July 2-4, at LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa. For 25 years, the Society has provided a weekend of family fun, blues education and a renowned line-up of incredible entertainment. 

            This year’s festival features 28 acts performing on two stages, including headliners Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women, Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater, and Magic Slim and the Teardrops. Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women are also celebrating the group’s 25th anniversary and are performing at the festival as part of their farewell tour.

            Since 1985, the festival has worked to educate the public about the native art form of blues-related music. Festival artists hold workshops for adults and BlueSKool sessions for kids to participate in activities and learn the blues directly from top blues musicians. 
            After 25 years, the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is one of the longest running, all volunteer-operated blues festivals in the nation. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary, performers from the first five years of the festival are returning for Retro Night. Retro Night will be on Thursday, July 2, with admission at only $5 for the night.

            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.

Dorothy Moore Honors Wardell Quezergue in New York City
Lincoln Center will feature music from Dorothy Moore, Dr. John, Jean Knight and a host of others in a tribute to arranger/conductor Wardell Quezergue on Sunday, July 19, 2009.  Quezergue arranged the music of Misty Blue and many songs Moore recorded in her early years.  The event is co-sponsored by New Orleans Ponderosa Stomp.

Last year Moore performed a similar tribute at the House of Blues in New Orleans.  The event presented by Ponderosa Stomp joins Lincoln Center to bring this Southern feature to NYC in July. Quezergue will conduct a ten piece band for the two hour event at Alice Tully Hall, 8pm.

Moore released this statement.  "I'm pleased to help to celebrate the work of a musical genius. Wardell presented me with arrangements that never got old."

More information on Wendell Quezergue is available CLICK HERE

Dorothy Moore is a Blues Foundation Board Member, elected in 2006. She was born in Jackson, Mississippi on October 13, 1946, into a family steeped in gospel, and started singing lead in the church choir when she was only five. She performed in high school and by age 13, she competed every Wednesday night at the Alamo Theater on Farish Street in Jackson, a contest for adults. When asked how she felt when she lost, Moore said, “I hate to say it, (pause) but I didn’t lose.” After high school Moore started singing background at a local studio while singing in clubs around Jackson. In 1965, she signed her first deal with Epic singing lead with a trio, the Poppies. The girl group was produced by Billy Sherrill and had nationwide success. Moore cut her first solo 45 record under an alias. Moore changed labels and kept singing background. Producers quickly took notice and started recording her solo. It was not long until she burst on the scene with the classic Misty Blue in 1975. Her career took off and her first road show was New York’s Madison Square Garden. Shortly thereafter she was a Grammy Award nominee for two years straight. The rest in history. Moore records and tours worldwide from her Jackson, Mississippi base.

Benefit for O.A.T.S. Therapeutic Riding Center to Feature the Fabulous Thunderbirds at the Crofoot Ballroom
The Fabulous Thunderbirds make a rare club appearance the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan to help raise money for the O.A.T.S. Therapeutic Riding Center on Sunday August 16, 2009. Doors open at 6 PM and the show begins at 7 PM. Tickets are $20. The Crofoot is located at 1 S. Saginaw St. in Downtown Pontiac and all proceeds go directly to the O.A.T.S. Therapeutic Riding Center.

Originally scheduled for September 27th, the new date for Delaware River Bluesfest is Sunday, September 20

If you missed 2009 Blues Music Award nominees Homemade Jamz Blues Band on BET in June, you can catch them once again in July on national radio and television. They were interviewed by Tavis Smiley while they were in Los Angeles. The radio program will air sometime in mid-July, but the TV interview will air on Tuesday July 7. Check your local listings.

Homemade Jamz consists of Ryan Perry, age 16, who sings and plays guitar. His brother Kyle, age 14, plays bass; and sister Taya, age 10, plays drums. Together, they're the Homemade Jamz Blues Band—one of today's hottest groups, electrifying crowds around the country. The Tupelo, MS-based trio is the youngest blues band to sign with a major record label (Toronto-based NorthernBlues Music) and to ever be nominated for a Blues Music Award (for their debut CD, "Pay Me No Mind," which was recorded over three days). "I Got Blues for You" is their latest CD.


2nd European Blues Conference Date Set
The dates for the 2nd European Blues Conference which is set for July 29-August 1, 2009 in Notodden, Norway. The conference will be staged under the auspices of The Blues Foundation, the international organization based in Memphis, Tennessee.

The host of the second conference is the Notodden Blues Festival and the conference will be held in conjunction with its world-renown festival. Accordingly, in addition to the Conference's great networking and educational opportunities, each attendee will be able to experience great Blues music, as well as the beautiful scenery and hospitality the Telemark region offers. The goal of the conference is to improve communication and collaboration among the Blues communities in the different countries of Europe in order to make Blues music more available and accessible throughout the continent.

For more information Click Here

Former Blues Foundation Intern Crowned Miss Maryland
The winners of the Miss Maryland 2009 competition were announced Saturday night. Brooke Poklemba, Miss University City, took home the big honor. She is a Rhodes College (Memphis) graduate and a former intern at The Blues Foundation.

She can be seen on the 2008 Blues Music Awards DVD where she was one of young women who presented the awards to the winners. She beat out 19 other contestants in a talent, evening gown, and swimsuit competition. She will compete in the Miss America Contest later this year. After the big announcement, excited and exhausted contestants went back to the Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center for a celebratory gala. Additional scholarship money was awarded, bringing the weekend total to $30,000.

The new Miss Maryland also took home a $5,000 fur coat donated by the Maryland Fur Trappers.



The Radio Hour clues you in to more blues festivals in the United States and Canada, and plays some of the great talent you will find at them, including Mitch Woods, Eddy Clearwater, Tommy Castro, Joe Bonamassa, Saffire, The Soul of John Black, Elvin Bishop, and more. All that, and new music from a smoking young band out of Portland, Oregon – the Informants. Plus, a chance for you to win the new record by Canadian bluesman Jim Byrnes, MY WALKING STICK, which is a great mix of R&B, gospel, soul, and good old blues.

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IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Thursday-Saturday, July 2-4, 2009

Davenport , Iowa, U.S.
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
Thursday-Sunday, July 2-5, 2009

Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Bluesfest Gaildorf
Friday-Saturday, July 3-4, 2009

Gaildorf, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 3-5, 2009

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Tremblant International Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 9-19, 2009

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Greenwood Blues Cruise
Thursday-Saturday, July 9-11, 2009
Greenwood , South Carolina, U.S.
Kalamazoo Blues Festival
Thursday-Saturday, July 9-11, 2009

Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
Thursday-Sunday, July 9-19, 2009
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
866-258-3748 ext. 2
The Johnnie Johnson Blues and Jazz Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 10-12, 2009

Fairmont, West Virginia, Canada
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, July 10-11, 2009

Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, U.S.
South Loup River Blues Festival
Friday-Saturday, July 10-11, 2009

Arnold, Nebraska, U.S.
The Louisville Blues-n-BBQ Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 10-12, 2009

Louisville, KY, U.S.
Anglesea Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 10-12, 2009

North Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S.
Frankford Island Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 10-12, 2009

Quinte West (Frankford), Ontario, Canada
7th Annual Groovin' in The Grove Summer Concerts 9 WK Saturday Series
Saturday, July 11, 2009

This Week: Shane Dwight Band
Lodi, California, U.S.
Placer SPCA BBQ & Blues Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2009

Auburn, California, U.S.
Animas River Blues Fest
Saturday, July 11, 2009

Aztec, New Mexico, U.S.
Annual Grassroots Blues Festival
Saturday, July 11, 2009

Duck Hill, Mississippi, U.S.
Historical Legendary Blues Fest.
Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, 2009

Rockland, Maine, U.S.
New York State Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, 2009
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Deep Blues Festival

Wednesday-Sunday, July 15-19, 2009

Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

Suwalki Blues Festival
Thursday-Saturday, July 16-18, 2009

Suwalki, Poland
+48 87 566 42 11
California WorldFest
Thursday-Sunday, July 16-19, 2009
Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, Calfiornia, U.S.
Bluesfest International
Thursday-Sunday, July 16-19, 2009
Windsor, Ontario, Canada, U.S.
Marco Fiume Blues Passion
Thursday-Sunday, July 16-19, 2009

Paola & Rossano, Calabria, Italy
0039 3333230195
Quincy Area Blues Fest
Friday-Saturday, July 17-18, 2009
Quincy, Illinois, U.S.
Master Musicians Festival
Friday-Saturday, July 17-18, 2009

Somerset, Kentucky, U.S..
Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival - JazzFest
Friday-Saturday, July 17-18, 2009

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S..
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