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|Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots :: BOOM TOWN|
|Boom Town, the latest release from Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots, has certainly enhanced the pianist’s notoriety in America and on the international level. Wainwright, one of the most dynamic and exciting keyboard performers on the roots music scene, is known for his high-octane boogie piano, big soul sounds, powerhouse blues, roots rock 'n' roll, and a voice that recalls Dr. John and Leon Russell.|
Because of his remarkable keyboard and performance skills, Victor sometimes doesn’t get enough credit for his equally impressive vocals. His soulful and authentic singing voice, strong with just the right amount of gruffness, suits his very easy, relaxed vocal delivery that works comfortably with both slow and up-tempo numbers. Find more details about this release
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|Hank Mowery :: EXCUSES PLENTY|
|Coming on the heels of his acclaimed 2013 release, Account to Me, (2014 Best Self-Produced CD The Blues Foundation) Hank Mowery's sophomore solo album, Excuses Plenty, boasts one hard-hitting original after another. Combining relentless shuffles, exquisite after-hours laments and storming juke joint rockers into a remarkably cohesive statement sure to accelerate Mowery s rise into the uppermost echelon of contemporary blues artists. The disc includes guest appearances by Mike Morgan, Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling, Pete Curry and Larry Taylor. With its blend of traditional and contemporary blues, there is no excuse not to dig it. Find more details about this release|
|Columbia's Free Blues Festival Comes Back Strong!|
|COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia’s 20th Blues Festival (Saturday, Oct. 24), hosted by Word of Mouth Productions, is a delightful multi-cultural event held in the green space of Dr. MLK, Jr. Memorial Park in Five Points, at the heart of Columbia. As the region's preeminent “free concert,” timing has never been better to announce its headliners. Drink Small, SC's legendary "Blues Doctor," has just been honored as a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow - the nation's highest folk artist award. He is just one of six SC natives to receive this recognition.|
WOMP is also pleased to feature Jazz, with the immensely talented saxophonist, SC's Jazz Ambassador Skipp Pearson. Back by popular demand, is Denver’s Eddie Turner, the scintillating firebrand that gave Otis Taylor’s trance tunes such an appealing edge. Joining Eddie as a multiple invitee, is Freddie Vanderford, who took some special early training at the feet of an upstate hokum / medicine-show phenom, Peg Leg Sam. More details about Columbia's 20th Festival
|2015 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductions October 17|
|MEMPHIS, TN – Rock ’n’ Soul presents the Memphis Music Hall of Fame (MMHOF) induction ceremony, Saturday, October 17 at the Canon Center for The Performing Arts (255 No. Main St.). If you've got music in your soul, this is the event for you. This evening will celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of some of the most prolific musicians in history. Among performers, Steve Cropper, guitarist and former member of Booker T. and the MGs, drummer Jim Keltner, and Steve Jordan will join together in a tribute to inductee Al Jackson Jr. Tracey Nelson, blues vocalist and lead singer for Mother Earth, will perform in tribute to Memphis Slim.|
The MMHOF is honoring 2015 inductees Alberta Hunter, Al Jackson Jr., Scotty Moore, Charlie Rich, Sam & Dave, and Justin Timberlake. Find more details about the Memphis Music Hall of Fame
|Low Down Dirty Blues – a sizzling Musical Revue Nov 7-Dec 20|
|CINCINNATI, OH - The club may be closed, but the party is just heating up when Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman's Low Down Dirty Blues sashays into the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre, Nov 7-Dec 20. A celebratory tribute to America's great blues tradition, the show is a sizzling musical revue that features nearly two dozen songs pulled from the greatest hits of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Big Mama Thornton and more.|
The cast features Felicia P. Fields, nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Sofia in the original Broadway production of The Color Purple; Chic Street Man, who composed the music for and starred in the off-Broadway hit Spunk; Caron "Sugaray" Rayford, who was nominated for two 2015 Blues Music Awards; and keyboardist Fred Kaplan, who played with such blues greats as Big Mama Thornton and Big Joe Turner during his tenure with the legendary Hollywood Fats Band.
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|Teacher of Year Candidate 'never tires' of learning more about music|
|“I used the concept of the 12-bar blues song to illustrate biology. Since the song repeats when you move through all of the bars, it transitions easily into a discussion of the cyclical nature of an animal’s life cycle… In other cases, I’ve used (it) to teach history lessons or examine other cultures. To be an effective music teacher you have to make your lessons as diverse as possible.”|
AUGUSTA, GA - Phyllis Porter-Johnson said she couldn’t remember a point in her life where she wasn’t exposed to music. The Jenkins-White Elementary School [Augusta, Georgia] music teacher said she fondly remembers listening to classical music, hymns and jazz music alongside her parents and watching her older siblings play a piano near her childhood home in Augusta. More details about this fine teacher
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|MEMPHIS, TN -The International Blues Challenge is just around the corner! Tickets and t-shirts have gone on sale and our affiliate Blues Societies have either held or are holding their local competitions to see who will be competing in January!|
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|~ MMMWBS presents Bobby Rush Oct 17th|
~ Blues Challenges Winners and hopefuls...
|QUINCY, IL - The Mid-Mississippi Muddy Waters Blues Society (MMMWBS) presents multi-award winning Blues Entertainer of the Year, and Grammy Nominated Artist, Bobby Rush, October 17th. Bobby will to lay down his own, personally described, "folk funk" at the Casino Starlight Room (20th & Cedar St in Quincy IL). The venue is reminiscent of many of the great old “Chitlin Circuit” rooms that Bobby has played over the decades. This 21+ show runs 8pm-12am. Advanced tickets are $20 at Hy-Vee (36th & Broadway, Quincy) or $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit their Blues in The School program. Find more details here.|
BERLIN, CT - Congratulations to the Connecticut Blues Society 2015 Blues Band Challenge Winners, The Mighty Soul Drivers! The Pine Loft Café (Berlin Turnpike) will hosts the Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Duo Finals on Sunday, Oct 18. The following acts will be vying for a place in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis sponsored by the Blues Foundation: The Sawtelles, Danny Draher, Frank Breen, The Real Deal, Dan Labich, Ron Anthony & Denny Collins, and Ramblin’ Dan Stevens & Clayton Allen. The winner will join the Mighty Soul Drivers and help represent the state.
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NATHANIEL RATELIFF AND THE NIGHT SWEATS
Nathaniel Rateliff was a nice young folk singer songwriter from small town Missouri. Then he grew up and moved to Colorado, where he evolved into a soul singer songwriter with a great howling voice, guitar chops that won’t quit, and a record deal with the legendary rhythm and blues label, Stax.
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Oct 15 Victoria Spivey (1906), Robert Ward (1938); Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935), Big Joe Williams (1903); Oct 18 Oct 18 Chuck Berry (1926), Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923); Oct 19 William "Piano Red" Perryman (1911); Oct 20 Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Bugs Henderson (1943), Vasti Jackson (1959); Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (yer faithful e-editor);
Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892), Boozoo Chavis (1930),
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Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival
Oct-15-2015 - Oct-17-2015
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Avignon Blues Festival
Oct-16-2015 - Oct-17-2015
Avignon, PACA, France
Bukka White Festival
Oct-16-2015 - Oct-17-2015
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Dark Season BLUES
Oct-22-2015 - Oct-25-2015
Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
Columbia's 20th Blues Festival
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise: Big Easy/Fantasy #25
Oct-24-2015 - Oct-31-2015
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Oct-29-2015 - Nov-01-2015
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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Ultimate Louisiana Party: Blues and Cultural Festival
Oct-31-2015 - Nov-01-2015
Houston, Texas, USA
10th Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
Nov-06-2015 - Nov-07-2015
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Lucerne Blues Festival
Nov-06-2015 - Nov-14-2015
Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
San Francisco International
Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
Blues for Food
Spring Hill, Florida, USA
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