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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 14, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 2
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
News Flash
Blues Society News
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
"Music on The Couch" IBC News
Blues Foundation News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Specials BFG Announcements
Promoters! Post Your 2016 Festival Dates 
Festival promoters can post their 2016 festival dates on our
top-ranking blues festival website. You don't need your line-up,
just dates and venue. Easy and free. Click here
Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's Jeff Richards, Curley Taylor (ctr) and Rachel Nee-Hall having fun at the 2015 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*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
News Flash
2016 3x BMA Nominated …VOTE WILLIE!
Already a member of the Blues Foundation? Then vote for this very
deserving national treasure, Wee Willie Walker. If you are not a member
please join @ and Vote Willie!
Classic soul-blues singer Wee Willie Walker vaults to the front of public
attention with three Blues Music Awards nominations for If Nothing Ever
Changes CD.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In one of the most amazing and powerful music
stories of the past year, under-recognized classic soul blues singer Wee Willie Walker, who was previously best-remembered for a few 1960s
obscure singles for Goldwax and Chess Records, released a new album, If Nothing Ever Changes, which has captured the hearts and minds of blues and soul music fans around the world. That led to his being nominated in three major categories ...Click here for more details about Wee Willie Walker
Now in its Fourth Year, Tedeschi Trucks Band Headlines 2016 Sunshine Music Festival Jan 16-17... Get Tickets Now!
FLORIDA – When it’s January in Florida that means it’s time for the annual Sunshine Music Festival to bring some of the most electrifying musical performers to the state. Ticket prices will increase day of the show- Make sure to get your tickets now!
Once again headlined by the preeminent blues-rock leader Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 2016 Sunshine Music Festival features a great line-up of exciting acts on two live music stages along with a wider array of refreshing craft beers and delectable menus from a wider variety of food vendors. The Festival will kick off Saturday, January 16, 2016, 11:30am, at Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay Area and then Sunday, January 17, 2016, 11:30am at Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton in South Florida. ...Click here for list of Sunshine Music Festival artists and more details
Lead Belly Fest at Carnegie Hall February 4, 2016
NEW YORK CITY, NY - Performers to honor long-time New Yorker and
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lead Belly to include 5-Time Grammy Winner Buddy Guy; Eric Burdon of The Animals; special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd; & many more. Concert proceeds go to non-profits the Association to Benefit Children and Project Als.
“No Lead Belly, no Beatles.” – George Harrison
“Lead Belly wasn’t an influence, he was the influence.” – Van Morrison
Lead Belly Fest presents its first US performance at Carnegie Hall on February 4, 2016, a multi-artist, immersive tribute featuring five-time Grammy Award winner Buddy Guy and Eric Burdon (the Animals), among others.
Lead Belly gave his final performance in 1949 at Carnegie Hall shortly before he died of ALS on 6th December of that year. ...Click here to read more about the Lead Belly tribute concert
Fantastic Negrito is Sweet on Sugar
OAKLAND, CA - Recently, a casual meeting occurred in the historic environs of Oakland, California’s Jack London Square. There, in the ambient entertainment/office space of one Fantastic Negrito, (though it is said that anywhere he is, is his entertainment space), the artist formerly known as Xavier Dphrepaulezz, welcomes one of his heroines, The Queen of the West Coast Blues, Ms. Sugar Pie DeSanto. Summing up his opinion of the Sugar, Negrito says, “Sugar Pie DeSanto is amazing, resilient and so energetic. I want to be her when I’m eighty.”
High praise coming from this youngish Blues/Punk upstart, who also counts Robert Johnson, Skip James, R.L Burnside, Leadbelly and other Blues Forefathers and Foremothers such as DeSanto his inspiration to do what he calls Black Roots Music. ...Click here to read more about Negrito and Sugar Pie
All-Star Women Jam Every Third Friday in Seattle
SEATTLE, WA - Blues To Do presents their Seventh All-Star Women Jam session, January 15th, at the all-women owned Spinnaker Bay Brewing in Hillman City (Orcas & Rainier Ave. S.) in Seattle, Washington. Downbeat is 7:30pm.
This unique monthly jam is on again on the third Friday of every month.
January 15 will be another special night with the amazing Beth Wulff on keys... she knows every song in the universe... plus Patty Mey on bass, who can roll with Beth on any song, Cheri Adams on guitar, a real crowd pleaser, the skillful Kelli on drums, lots of sax with Carolyn Lee, and more.
...Click here for more details on this jam
CD & DVD Releases
Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames :: SLIP INTO A DREAM
Slip Into A Dream, Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames’ second CD with Delmark Records, surpasses Weld's first one on the label. The new CD, “…a first-rate set of Chicago-styled blues and soul,” includes his current, longtime band members Jeff Taylor (drums, vocals), Monica Myhre (vocals, piano, harp), Dave Kaye (bassist) and Harry Yaseen (piano), along with special guests Bobby Rush adding harp on two songs, Greg Guy (Buddy Guy's son) adding guitar on one and Sax Gordon on tenor and baritone sax.
On Slip Into A Dream, the songwriting team of Weld/Myhre has reached new heights with the sublime title track, the self-described "Sweet Rockin' Soul" and the crossover "Sweet Love (Dulce Amor)." Other new songs include "Looking For A Man," "May Be Right May Be Wrong" and "Tremble."
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Slip Into A Dream"
Artist Site
Chris Yakopcic :: THE NEXT PLACE I LEAVE
On his second full-length album, The Next Place I Leave, on his own Yako Records, Chris Yakopcic (pronounced ya-cop–sick) first charms you with his easy, small town, boy next door voice, and smooth storytelling, then he draws you in with a bevy of tasty finger picking guitar flourishes that mix Piedmont and pre-war delta styles of melody and moan, before laying down greasy slide on his trusty resonator. The rhythm section of Brian Hoeflich on drums and Leo Smith on bass, step
in behind him and lay down a sparse effective groove that lifts the mood and allows Yakopcic to roam further out and explore the breadth of his fret board skills.
The first two tracks of The Next Place I Leave are radio-ready examples of Yakopcic’s study, achievement and teachings in the arts of acoustic blues guitar playing and the Nashville songwriting process.
...Find more about this release
Click to play"The Next Place I Leave"
Artist Site
Blues Society News
- Fundraiser Gig for Detroit's IBC Winner Jan 17th
- Two West Virginia Acts Fundraisers Gigs Jan 16-17
DETROIT, MI - Having won the Detroit Blues Society's Blues Challenge in October — the second consecutive championship for the Chris Canas Band — this local blues fixture is headed to Memphis at month's end for the 2016 International Blues Challenge as the official Motor City representative. A Sunday, January 17th fund-raising gig aims to help cover travel expenses for the group, and all door proceeds will go to that cause. Callahan’s Music Hall, (2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills, Michigan). Show 5-9 pm, door $10.
HUNTINGTON, WV - Two locally-based blues acts who earned a trip to compete in the upcoming International Blues Challenge in Memphis will have their mojo working this weekend.
Smoking guitarist Jeremy Short will perform at 9 pm Thursday, Jan 14th at the Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, (1555 3rd Ave, Huntington, West Virginia). Short will play songs off his first solo EP, Songs From the Chicken Shack. There's no cover but donations are being taken for Short's upcoming trip to Memphis to represent the Huntington Blues Society.
Powerhouse vocalist Kayla Massie and Mojomatic, will also be heading to Memphis to compete. Mojomatic will be in action at 7 pm, Sunday, Jan. 17th at the 26th Street Drinkery, (40 26th St, Huntington). More details here
*Correction: Last week we accidentally used OM instead of OK for Oklahoma!
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"Music on The Couch" IBC News
Music on the Couch IBC Updates Jan 14, 2016 
MEMPHIS, TN - Hi, I'm Vinny Marini, of Music On The Couch. Check out the listings on my 2016 IBC Page there and find the final roster of 2016 Challengers coming in from around the world.   ...2 weeks away…
During IBC Preview Show #1 Mikey Junior mentioned the food of Memphis at least twice and maybe three times! Ask anyone who has come to Memphis for any reason… Food is not an issue – there is plenty!
I have linked to some sites so you can discover more. Some will say there are others and there are…but this is the basics and YES, at the end, my choice for best fried chicken.
ON BEALE – You are going to get Burgers, Ribs, Barbeque, tamales and specialty drinks at most of the clubs on Beale.
OFF BEALE – These are the restaurants that people seem to like the best. I have eaten at many, but not all. You can walk to all from Beale.
...Click to find the links to food and where IBC bands can contact Vinny now!
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Oct 2016 LRBC #27 Cabins on Sale  - Prebook for Jan 2017
Cabins on sale for LRBC #27
Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016
Southeastern Caribbean
The LRBC #27 returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico and sails Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016 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.
Info: WEBSITE or 816-753-7979 or 888-BLUESIN' ~ Need help?: EMAIL
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
What’s happening!

- “Cast of Blues”
– Be a Docent Volunteer
– Hall of Fame
Facts & Specials
MEMPHIS,TN - Happy holidays from the Blues Hall of Fame, a program of The Blues Foundation If you are in the Memphis area over the holidays, please come and see our museum. Open seven days a week, we are across the street from the National Civil Rights Museum and surrounded by yummy locally-owned restaurants and cool shops. Come and make a day of it on South Main in downtown Memphis!
... Click here to read all about what's happening
For everything IBC, click here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
Video of The Week
Deitra Farr, Zora Young and Grana Louise with Fruteland Jackson 2006 "Queen Bee"
Elwood's BluesMobile
JAN 16-17, 2016 Radio Show: Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons is the front man for that little old band from Texas, ZZ Top.
In the course of his long career, he has farmed out his mad guitar skills to other artists, and now Billy has a solo album, taking his music in a
surprising new direction.
Billy Gibbons’ solo project is
Perfectamundo. He joins Elwood Blues to talk about it. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through the next week: 
 Jan 14 Allen Toussaint (1938), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15 Earl Hooker (1929), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929), Queen Ida (1929); Jan 16 Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932), Robert Wilkins (1896); Jan 17 Paul Rishell (1950), Mick Taylor (1949); Jan 19 Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936); Jan 20 Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1888), Luther Tucker (1936); Jan 21 Snooks Eaglin (1936), Richie Havens (1941), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938 DJ extraordinaire)
Zora Young (1948); Jan 22 Hammie Nixon (1908), Sam Cooke (1935),
“Blind” Willie Johnson (1897), Teeny Tucker
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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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Olde English District Blues Fest
Jan-14-2016 - Jan-18-2016
Chester, Virginia USA
Sunshine Music Festival
Jan-16-2016 - Jan 17, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida, 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
For all festival links
go to our website
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
About Us
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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.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL.
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