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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 28, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 4
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
Show us your BFG
Blues Foundation News
Me and the Devil Blues 
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
IBC & BFG Offers
CD & DVD Releases
News Flash
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
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
IBC & BFG Offers
Blues Festival Guide Offering IBC Participant Discounts 
MEMPHIS, TN - The International Blues Challenge is the place to be if you want to hear blues from bands around the world. It is all happening on Beale Street in Memphis this week with the finals on Saturday night.
Blues Festival Guide staffers, Sophia Farve and Belinda Holloway-Harker greeted the bands at band registration yesterday and can be seen on Beale Street bopping from venue to venue trying to hear as many bands as they can. Find them and ask to get your picture taken with the Blues Festival Guide magazine and submit it to us! We just might publish it!
Check our Facebook page Saturday night and we will post the winners as they are announced!
The Blues Festival Guide is a proud sponsor of the IBC and the winners will receive free advertising from us in our annual publication and/or on our top-ranking website.
We're also offering print discounts to IBC participants. Click the image above to enlarge for details.
Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's members of Odell Gray & The House Rules Band, IBC contestants representing the Houston Blues Society, with our BFG rep in Memphis, Belinda Hollaway-Harker, Jan 27th.
*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
Blue Largo was formed by guitarist Eric Lieberman and vocalist Alicia Aragon in 1999. Eric recruited his old music partner, saxophonist Jonny Viau from as far back as 1982, when they were both sidemen in the King Biscuit Blues Band, and together with pianist Sue Palmer, drummer Phil Rowley, bassist Roger Daschle and baritone sax man Troy Jennings, the band released its debut album, What A Day! produced by Rick Holmstrom in the year 2000.
The band went through a few personnel changes, and with piano virtuoso, Carl Sonny Leyland and bassist Chris Crepps on board, released its second album, Still In Love With You, in 2002. ... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Kindness, Love And Understanding"
Artist Site
Mississippi Bigfoot :: POPULATION UNKNOWN
Mississippi Bigfoot was formed in May of 2015 after a show at Ground Zero in Clarksdale, MS. Their debut, Population Unknown, recorded at
the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, is a wild ride, with a wide variety of blues-infused delights from the Crossroads of Mississippi to the juke joints in Memphis and down to Nawlins for a spaceship ride through the Quarter. The vocals are dynamic and intense and the guitars are a smooth blend of Memphis soul and Texas spice. Each song is meant to send you on a journey.
The track “Wag The Dog” has a taste of rockabilly and punk while “Burn That Woman Down” gives you that twang and drive of a Nashville session. ...Find more about this release
Click to play"Burn That Woman Down"
Artist Site
Blues Foundation News
The International Blues Challenge in Memphis is ...NOW!
MEMPHIS, TN - The 32nd International Blues Challenge is going on now through January 30 in downtown Memphis, Tennessee in the Beale Street Historic District. Artists from around the globe have gathered here to participate in the largest battle in the world of blues bands, duos and soloists! The Quarter Finals started Wednesday and dozens of other events and workshops are going on as well, including the Keeping The Blues Alive Awards luncheon. Passes and tickets are now available at Club 152 on the 2nd Floor from noon–10pm Wednesday-Friday.

Here’s a link to the official program and the full schedule. Below is a tidbit of what is happening this week. (subject to change):
Thursday, January 28
4:30/5:00/5:35pm 2nd Night of 32nd IBC Quarterfinals Beale Street
11:30pm All-Star Jam (Tin Roof)
(Semi-finalists will be announced at various Beale Street clubs)
Friday, January 29
11:00am-2:15pm IBC Youth Act Registration Hard Rock Café
11:00am 2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards (Doubletree Hotel, TN Ballroom)
4:20/5:00/5:40pm Youth Showcases (Beale Street)
5:20/5:40/7:00pm 32nd IBC Semi-Finals (Beale Street)
11:30pm All-Star Jam (Tin Roof)
(Finalists will be announced at various Beale Street clubs)
Saturday, January 30
11:00am Doors for Finals Orpheum Theatre IBC Pass or $42.50 door, if avail
12:00pm 32nd IBC Finals & Best Self-Produced CD Winner Announcement
See entire schedule here.
For everything IBC, click here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
News Flash
“Blue Star Denver 5” Benefit for Cancer-Stricken Children Feb 6, 2016
DENVER, CO - Blue Star Connection presents "Blue Star Denver 5," Saturday, February 6, at Turnhalle at the Tivoli, 900 Auraria Parkway (on the campus of Metropolitan State University), Denver. Performing are Mike Zito & The Wheel; The Burroughs; and the Austin Young Band. Showtime is 5:30 pm-11:30 p.m and there will be a silent auction. Info: (970) 531-1641 or the Blue Star website. Tickets can be purchased for general admission, reserved seating, or dinner and show.
"This is our big yearly event in Denver that will buy a lot of musical instruments for kids and for therapy departments across the country", says John Catt, Executive Director of Blue Star Connection.
... Click here for more details about Blue Star Denver 5
6th Annual Clarksdale, MS Film Festival Opens Jan 28
CLARKSDALE, MS - This weekend, Clarksdale hosts its annual Clarksdale Film Festival, and as usual the lineup is dominated by films about music. The festival opens at the Delta Cinema at 5 p.m. Thursday with a performance by Terry “Harmonica” Bean, followed at 6:15 p.m. by a showing of The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane, which examines the development of the band’s career.
Screenings start at 11 a.m. Friday, and highlights that day include Dixieland, filmed in Pearl with a cast including country music stars Faith Hill and Steve Earle, and Mavis, a documentary about the Staple Singers’ dynamic lead singer.
Director Robert Mugge will be on hand Saturday at 6:15 p.m. to introduce his new documentary, Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities, which examines the relationship between Mississippi blues and the Creole traditions of south Louisiana. ...Click here for more details about the film festival
Blues or Chili? Have both for Charity Jan 30
MARSHALL, MI - Is it about the blues, or is it about the chili? Why not both?
At the 24th Annual Bill Russell Memorial Blues Jam and Chili Cook-Off, the public can have both, and lots of it. The event, which happens at 6 p.m. Saturday at Marshall United Methodist Church, (721 Old 27 North, Marshall, Michigan), is a fundraiser for The Haven of Rest Ministries, a homeless shelter and faith-based aid organization in Battle Creek.
This year, the lineup includes Big Boss Blues Band, The Slytones, The Gator Boys, The Jacob Kershaw Band, Good Thang Goin' and Ed Englerth Band.
Dee Russell, widow of Bill Russell, said her husband started the event just as a way for some musician friends to get together and jam.
...Read more about this charity event
Williwaw & Blues Central present 1st Annual Blues & Brews Fur Rondy Concert Feb 27
ANCHORAGE, AK - The 1st Annual Blues & Brews will be held Saturday, February 27th at Williwaw (609 F St., Anchorage, Alaska). “Guitars Raised in the South” (Grits) features Kenny Neal (Grammy nominated and Louisiana Hall of Fame Member), Jonathan “Boogie” Long (crowned Guitar Center’s 2011 King of the Blues), Chris Alexander, Chris Roberts, and Grailin Neal. Showtime is 8pm. 21+ (Valid ID Required for entry). Tickets are $25.00 (standing room ticket – limited booth and seating options available at a first come, first serve basis)
Kenny Neal is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and is widely renowned as a modern swamp-blues master. His new release, Hooked On Your Love, follows the triumph of his multi-award winning 2008 comeback album, Let Life Flow.
...Click here to read more about this event
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode 2: Shakura S'Aida

Intro from Mako Funasaka:
Shakura S'Aida is a singer, actor, entertainer, producer, mom and many, many other things. I first worked with Shakura, when Bruce Greenaway and I shot a video of her performing at the Maples Blues Awards back in 2009. Since then, I've had the privilege of doing a number of videos with her and her wondeful band to promote her last two recordings. Shakura is someone who I deeply respect as an artist and more importantly, as a very good friend who continually inspires me. This interview took place in May of 2015. Music: "Time" by Shakura S'Aida. Special thanks to Gary Vaughan and Bruce Greenaway.
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!
Video of The Week
William Clarke "It's Been A Long Time" & "Lollipop Mama"
Elwood's BluesMobile
JAN 30-31, 2016 Radio Show: Danielle Nicole

Danielle Nicole started her career playing bass and singing with her two brothers in an exciting band out of Kansas City called Trampled Under Foot. Well now she is out on her own. She still calls KC home, but she went to New Orleans to record her first solo album.
Premiere solo music from Danielle Nicole. 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 28 Drink Small (1933); Jan 29 Eddie Taylor (1923), Jonny Lang (1981);
Jan 30 Ruth Brown (1928), Janiva Magness (1957); Jan 31 Roosevelt Sykes (1906), Chuck Willis (1928), Paul deLay (1952), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953), Alan Lomax (1915 musicologist, writer, producer);
Feb 1 “Baby Face” Leroy Foster (1923), Sonny Landreth (1951); Feb 2 Walter Jacobs Vinson (1901); Feb 3 Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1935), Jody Williams (1935), Jason Ricci (1974); Feb 4 Speedy Ashford (1910); Feb 5 Will "Son Brimmer" Shade (1898), Al Kooper (1944); Feb 6 Bob Marley (1945) 
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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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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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 International Blues Challenge
Jan-27-2016 - Jan-30-2016
Memphis, TN USA
Ferndale Blues & Music Festival
Jan-29-2016 - Feb-06-2016
Ferndale, Michigan, USA
3rd Annual Baton Rouge
Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 
Ultimate Louisiana Party-
Mardi Gras in the Treme
Feb-07-2016 - Feb-09-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Winter Blues Fest 2016
Feb-12-2016 - Feb-13-2016
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Taste of New Orleans Blues & Brews Festival
Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
Charlie Musselwhite and North Mississippi Allstars at Uptown Theatre Napa
Napa, California, 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  
For all festival links
go to our website
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
Wolverhampton Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Fest 
Wolverhampton, W Midlands, UK
Doncaster Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Fest 5
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK
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
Columbus Blues Revival
Columbus, Ohio, USA
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.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL.
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