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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 12, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 46
dec 31
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Vinny Marini's "Music on The Couch" IBC Updates
Video of The Week
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Society News
LR&B Cruise News
Blues Foundation News
Blues Festival Guide in your mailbox!
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Specials BFG Announcements
Red Rooster Early-Bird Special
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Share your pose with the 2015 BFG Magazine

Here's Rick Estrin schmoozing with Johnette Isham, Executive Director of the Bradenton Blues Festival. Proceeds from the festival support Realize Bradenton’s youth, art, and music programs.
Photo credit: Jeff Plunkett
*NOTE! Snap photos of you, your friends or an artist with the 2015 Guide! *EMAIL your photo plus caption & credit.
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our websiteFind the digital version hereOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
King Edward :: 50 YEARS OF BLUES
Mississippi bluesman “King” Edward Antoine, 78, has been hired as a session guitarist on other artist recordings so often over the decades that he can’t even remember the number of times. King has now released 50 Years of Blues, his own, long-deserved CD and first studio album in 15 years, on Hit The Road Records.
Recorded at the famed Castle Recording Studio in Franklin, TN, and produced by award-winning producer Brian Brinkerhoff, 50 Years of Blues gives King his chance to present his own music.
Nashville musicians Doug Lancio on rhythm guitar and Marco Giovino on drums, along with funky Atlanta-based Oteil Burbridge on bass, provide the canvas for King to play his soulful guitar solos and sing his vintage bluesy vocals. Find more details about this release
Click to play"I'm A Lonely Man"
Artist Site
Singer/songwriter/cornetist Al Basile B’s Expression, the new CD from the “Bard of the Blues,” is distributed nationally by City Hall Records. Produced by long-time friend Duke Robillard and recorded at Lakewest Recording Studio in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, B’s Expression features 13 all-original Al Basile songs, backed by a simpatico band that includes Duke Robillard – guitars; Mark Teixeira – drums; Bruce Bears – keyboards; Brad Hallen – bass; Doug James – tenor and baritone sax; and Carl Querfurth – trombone.

An original member of the seminal roots music group, Roomful of Blues, Al Basile is a multiple Blues Music Award nominee. He’s written songs for and/or appeared on over 10 Duke Robillard albums, including the Grammy nominated Guitar Groove-a-Rama and Stomp! The Blues Tonight. His songs have also been recorded by such other blues giants as Ruth Brown and Johnny Rawls.
Find more details about this release
Click to play"Whole Lot Of Good Good Lovin'"
Artist Site
News Flash
Detroit Shines at San Francisco Boogie Woogie Fest Nov 15
 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Motor City and its rich musical history is at the heart of this year's San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival. The annual event, now in its third year, features enthusiastic audiences and a line-up of some of the world's best performers. Bob Seeley and Deanna Bogart, two musicians at the November 15th event, have Detroit roots, as does the Festival's co-founder.
Boogie woogie, considered the tap-root of American popular music, got its start in the American South and Southwest, and soon spread north to cities like Chicago and Detroit. Its propulsive rhythms helped shape not only jazz and swing, but also blues, rhythm and blues, and rock 'n roll. In fact, its eight to the bar line marked all manner of American music, including early country and western, barrelhouse piano, and gospel. Whatever its lineage, the music is meant to make you move.
More details about the Boogie Woogie Festival
The Blues Foundation Announces 2016 KBA Recipients
MEMPHIS, TN - The Blues Foundation will honor 15 individuals and organizations with its 2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards during a recognition luncheon Friday, January 29, 2016, in Memphis, Tennessee. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the KBA Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to blues music. The KBA ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 32nd International Blues Challenge, which begins January 27 and features the final rounds of the world's largest and most prestigious blues music competition, as well as seminars, showcases, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals.
The KBAs are awarded by a select panel of blues professionals to those working actively to promote and document the music. KBA Committee Chairman Art Tipaldi notes, "this year, the Board eliminated KBA categories as a way for the Committee to honor individuals who have excelled in a variety of KBA categories. See recipients list and descriptions
Students present Music Theory Fall Blues Concert Nov 19
ALEDO, IL - Thursday, Nov. 19, Mercer County High School, presents a Music Theory Fall Blues Concert at 7 their school auditorium (1500 South College Ave., Aledo, Illinois).
Student musicians will be performing music by artists such as Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, CCR, Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Johnson and many more. Admission is by donation.
The Music Theory class is an in-depth study of the structure of music as it relates to musical notation, melody, harmony, rhythm, meter and texture for grades 10-12.
Learning Roots Music at the "Front Porch"
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Earlier this year, a Charlottesville woman opened her home for students interested in learning roots music — bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues. And interest in that little program far exceeded her expectations. Now, to her family’s relief, the lessons have moved out of their home and into a bona fide music school. It’s called The Front Porch
The Front Porch Roots Music School doesn’t actually have a front porch … but the sounds drifting through the open doorway here are reminiscent of the kind of music you might have heard on front porches in Virginia a century or two ago. The Front Porch offers three significant, roots music educational experiences: classes (group and private), workshops, and open jams.
Find more details about this program
Vinny Marini's "Music on The Couch" IBC Updates
This Week's Featured Artist: Chris Yakopcic
MEMPHIS, TN - Hi, I'm Vinny Marini, of Music On The Couch, and I will be web-casting LIVE during IBC.
There are 10 weeks before opening day of the 32nd International Blues Challenge. By this time almost all societies have selected their entrants. The societies from around the world have their local competitions as early as June or July to allow the winners time to raise money for their trips.
Remember, you can win your local challenge, but it your responsibility to get to Memphis, stay in Memphis and eat in Memphis! I spoke with a band from Australia a couple of years back and they told us their local Blues Society raised $15,000 for them to come to the IBC. Sounds great, right?
Read about this Week's Featured Artist
Blues Society News
No. Florida Challenge Winner at Gainesville Concert
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GAINESVILLE, FL - The Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert (SW 2nd Ave/SW 2nd St) kickoffs their annual event at 7 pm Friday Nov 13 with Mac Arnold & Plate Full ‘O Blues plus International Blues Challenge semi-finalist The Bridget Kelly Band and the North Central Florida Blues Society Regional Challenge winner Barbara Paul.

LONDON, UK - The Great Lakes Blues Society 2015 Christmas Show will be held at the London Music Hall, November 20th, 8pm-10:30pm with the Ghost Town Blues Band and special guest, Katfight Keys! Tickets $15 advanced and $20 at the door. VIP tables are $200 for GLBS members, and $250 for non-members. Doors open 7 pm.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Friday, December 18th is the 2nd Annual Utah Blues Society (UBS) Member Appreciation Holiday Party. This free party will be held at The State Room (638 S. State st., Salt Lake City, Utah) for the UBS members! Vocalist and tenor saxman George T. Gregory will kick off the festivities with his new band, and will undoubtedly be featuring all-star guests
Video of The Week
Chris Cain ripping a slow blues solo ...
LR&B Cruise News
LRBC#26 Join Wait List ~ #27 & #28 Pre-Book Now!
Join Waitlist: LRBC #26 Jan 17-24, 2016 Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale to Tortola BVI, St. Croix USVI & Bahamas Private Island
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Prebook: LRBC #27 Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016
Southeastern Caribbean San Juan,
Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and
Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit. 

Prebook: LRBC #28 January 22-29, 2017 Eastern Caribbean Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI and Dominican Republic

NOTE:  If you need help, please email or visit Booking FAQs or call (816) 753-7979 to join.
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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile

The California Honeydrops famously got their start playing for subway commuters in Oakland, California. They’ve come a long way since then, but they still bring that street cred to what they do… high energy dance music with a soul twist.
Get you some California Honeydrops. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Blues Foundation News
IBC Tix and T's on Sale... plus reserve your room

MEMPHIS, TN -The International Blues Challenge is just around the corner! Tickets and t-shirts have gone on sale and affiliate Blues Societies have either held or are holding their local competitions to see who will be competing in January! For everything IBC, click here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
 Nov 12 Bukka White (1906), Booker T. Jones (1944); Nov 13 Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (1913), John Hammond, Jr. (1942), Candye Kane (1965); Nov 14 Carey Bell (1936), Anson Funderburgh (1954), Buckwheat Zydeco (1947); Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937); Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873), Hubert Sumlin (1931), Eden Brent (1976), Francis Clay (1923); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967); Nov 19 Chris Cain (1955); Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946); Nov 21 Dr. John (1940); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945); Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (1926) 
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Not all upcoming blues festivals are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
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Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Blues at Bridgetown
Nov-13-2015 - Nov-15-2015
Bridgetown, Western Australia, Australia
Blaublues Festival Haringe
Haringe (Poperinge), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
DC Blues Society College Park
Blues Festival 8th Annual
College Park, Washington DC USA
San Francisco International
Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
 Blues for Food
Spring Hill, Florida, USA
COPS 2 Blues Fest
New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Venice Blues Festival
Venice, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Bradenton, Florida, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
_________________________    Olde English District Blues Fest
Jan-14-2016 - Jan-18-2016
Chester, Virginia USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #26, Eastern Caribbean
Jan-17-2016 - Jan-24-2016
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Blues on the Beach, Huatulco
Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Ferndale Blues & Music Festival
Jan-29-2016 - Feb-06-2016
Ferndale, Michigan, USA
Winter Blues Fest 2016
Feb-12-2016 - Feb-13-2016
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Destination Blues
Feb-19-2016 - Feb-21-2016, Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
Clearwater Sea Blues Festival
Feb-20-2016 - Feb-21-2016, Clearwater, Florida, USA
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-22-2016 - Feb-27-2016
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-25-2016 - Feb-28-2016
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
Lancaster Roots & Blues Music Festival
Feb-26-2016 - Feb-28-2016
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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