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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 26, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 48
Feb 18, 2016
dec 31
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Vinny Marini's "Music on The Couch" IBC Updates Nov 26
Blues Foundation News
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Society News
LR&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
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

The Peterson Brothers, Glenn and Alex, sat in with the Andy T & Nick Nixon Band Saturday at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. Here they are with their copy of the Blues Festival Guide magazine.
Photo credit: Tom Andrews
 *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 websiteOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.Find the digital version here
CD & DVD Releases
Mississippi Moderne is the all new album from veteran roots rocker, Webb Wilder on Landslide Records. A 2011 inductee into the Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame, Wilder has crafted a lively recording that pays homage to his home state through a striking set of originals, coupled with distinctive cover renditions that stretch from tunes by the Kinks to Charlie Rich and Jimmy Reed. Given superb backing from his highly accomplished and longtime bandmates, the Beatnecks (Tom Comet, bass, Bob Williams, guitar, and Jimmy Lester, drums), Mississippi Moderne captures the full flavor of Wilder’s raucous style, based on his singular baritone vocal delivery, solid guitar, a tight, punchy rhythmic foundation and some surprising touches of the heart added in as well. Find more details about this release
Click to play"If It's Ain't Broke (Don't Fix It)"
Artist Site
Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner :: THE CASTER BLASTER
Ringo Starr once expressed the cliché “You’ve got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues.” However, it contains a grain of truth as surviving the sorrows as well as celebrating the joys of life contributes emotional depth to the real life blues music of singer, guitarist, bassist, drummer, songwriter Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner. Following his debut Pay Day (2012), the Washington, D.C. area multi-talented artist and winner of numerous awards presents what will be his deserved breakthrough release, The Caster Blaster. Eight originals and three covers receive backing from Sean Graves (drums), Charles Pearson (keyboards), David Satterwhite (bass), Gene Meros (saxophones) and Gary Hendrickson (trumpet). 
Find more details about this release
Click to play"Fame & Fortune"
Artist Site
News Flash
Blues Hall of Famer “Sunshine” Sonny Payne to be Celebrated on Dec 1 in Historic Helena
HELENA, AR – Legendary radio broadcaster and Blues Hall of Fame member “Sunshine” Sonny Payne will be honored on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as he is presented with the 2015 Cecil Scaife Visionary Award for his lifetime of contributions to the blues and the countless careers he helped to promote; friends and family will also gather to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin and LaRawn Scaife Rhea, Helena native and daughter of Cecil Scaife, will present the award to Payne at the event, being held at the Delta Cultural Center, located at 141 Cherry St. in historic downtown Helena, beginning at 1 pm.
Also on hand will be Payne’s longtime friend and blues legend Bobby Rush, who will perform along with Reba and Wayne Russell. The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited space, those planning to attend are asked to RSVP via email to Pamela Davis Needham soon as possible to ensure seating.
Read more details about Sonny Payne's life
Getting The Blues
RICHMOND, VA- Thanks to the efforts of some local music lovers, Goochland County students have been getting an education in the history and cultural significance of Blues music. And, according to county teachers, the project has been a hit.
As part of the Blues in the Schools (BITS) program, an effort by members of the Richmond-based River City Blues Society, celebrated musicians from the Richmond area and beyond have been visiting county classrooms to perform and share their appreciation for the Blues.
Goochland High School teacher Elizabeth Pearson, whose students were recently treated to a performance by musician Bruce Katz and his band, said the program melds seamlessly into the curriculum and helps capture students’ attention and imagination in a way few textbooks could.
Read more about this cool Blues in The Schools project
St. Louis' Baby Blues Showcase Turns 14
ST. LOUIS. MO - The blues, it is often said, takes a lifetime. One may be born a musical prodigy or may soak up influences with the first breath, but a bluesman or blueswoman must live the music, and live it a hard, long time.
This romantic view may have a kernel of truth, but don't tell it to your record collection. The icons of the music — from B.B. King to Robert Johnson, Etta James to Eric Clapton — all began their careers, on the road and in the studio, in their youth. St. Louis' own Henry Townsend cut his first record in 1929, when he was just twenty.
The vitality and power of the blues, and its kindred genres, admit no ageism.
Read more about this annual that shines a light on artists under 30 years old
Vinny Marini's "Music on The Couch" IBC Updates Nov 26
This Week's Featured Artist: In Layman Terms
MEMPHIS, TN - Hi, I'm Vinny Marini, of Music On The Couch. For the 5th consecutive year I will be web casting live during IBC from The fuBAR at Rum Boogie Café.
Check out the new entries into my listing of 2016 Challengers. 2016 IBC Page At Music On The Couch! There are still a lot of acts that have not been in touch. If you know any, please tell them to email me at the link below.
Did you know that the Blues Foundation has so much more in store for you during IBC week whether you are a Challenger or a fan in for the experience or to root your favorite musicians on? We’ll let you know about them as they are announced.
Read more about the Featured artist and how to contact Vinny...
Blues Society News
Jams - Concerts - Fundraisers - Winners
Triangle Blues Society Jam & Road2Memphis Concert & Fundraiser Dec 6
DURHAM, NC – The Triangle Blues Society (TBS) 1st Sunday Open Blues Jam will also be Road2Memphis concert and fundraiser for the TBS Challenge winners. On Sunday, December 6 from 5-9:30pm at Blue Note Grill 709 Washington St., Durham, North, Carolina, help send TBS Challenge winners Kelly Howerton (solo/duo) and Fat Bastard Blues Band (band) to Memphis to compete in The Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) January 26-30, 2016. TBS Road2Memphis events include a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Suggested donation at the door is $5 and donations are also welcomed to help winners get to Memphis! If you have items you’d like to donate for the silent auction, please contact TBS via email.
Kansas City Blues Society IBC Fundraiser Dec 12

KANSAS CITY, MO - Come out and help support the Kansas City Blues Society representatives to the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Dec 12 from 2-5pm at The Westport Saloon (4112 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Missouri). Youth Band: Missing Blue; Solo/Duo: Karla Peterie and Jim Herbert; Band: Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats. $5 donation suggested to hear great Blues and support these fine musicians. All merchandise sales and guitar raffle tickets, sold that day go to help fund their expenses. More info
South Florida Blues Society Holiday Celebration Dec 11
LAUDERVILLE, FL - The South Florida Blues Society Holiday Celebration will be held Friday, December 11th, 2015 at 8pm at Rosey Baby Cajun & Crawfish House (4587 N. University. Dr.) and features Josh Rowand & The Pitbull of Blues Band. Public is invited to come and enjoy the fun! 
Mississippi Delta Blues Society Blues Challenge Winners
INDIANOLA, MS - Greenville’s own Big Time Rhythm & Blues Band won the 12th Annual Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Band Challenge in Indianola. Libby Rae Watson from Pascagoula won the Solo Competition. Winners will represent the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola in Memphis at the 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge January 27-30, 2016.
Email your special Blues Society news 
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Blues Foundation News
2016 International Blues Challenge ...Plan now!
MEMPHIS, TN - Don't miss out on the biggest and best Blues Party of the year. The Blues Foundation will be hosting over 200 blues acts on Beale Street for THE 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge January 27 - January 30, 2016. To purchase your Pass for the entire week, along with upgrades for the Keeping the Blues Alive award ceremony and luncheon, and for the IBC finals click here.
Memphis Hotels are filling up already so get your rooms reserved. Get recommendations via the Blues Foundation website.
Don't miss out on all the great music! And while you are in Memphis, make sure to visit The Blues Hall of Fame at 421 South Main Street.
For everything IBC, click here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
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
 Join Wait List!
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!
Video of The Week
Bernard Allison - JUST MY GUITAR AND ME
Elwood's BluesMobile
NOV 28-29 Radio Show: LED ZEPPELIN

Amazingly, they were together only 12 years, but Led Zeppelin crammed many lifetimes into their music and came out of it as perhaps the premiere rock band that ever lived. Awesome is still the word employed, I believe.
The Blues of Led Zeppelin. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Happy Thanksgiving to our North American blues brothers and sisters! May you be filled with gratitude and may peace and joy surround you!
Thankful for the blues...
they remind us that we are human
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
 Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939), Bernard Allison (1965);
Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909), Brownie McGhee (1915), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956),
Shuggie Otis (1953); Dec 4 Larry Davis (1936); Dec 5 Alec "Rice" Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II (1912), "Little Richard" Penniman (1932) 
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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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are paid "Featured" ads

 Olofsfors Roots & Blues Festival
Umeå / Olofsfors, Sweden
Bradenton Blues Festival
Bradenton, Florida, USA
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
For all festival links
go to our website
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
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-11-2016 - Mar-12-2016
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Blast Furnace Blues
Mar-11-2016 - Mar-13-2016
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Mar-24-2016 - Mar-28-2016
Byron Bay, Australia
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Apr-07-2016 - Apr-10-2016
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest
Apr-22-2016 - May-01-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (publishing our 12th annual in 2014), affiliated with the top-ranking website, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide, with approximately 30,000 weekly subscribers.
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