Yesirre ! It is that time again, The Fourth of July, the middle of the summer holidays (Memorial Day early on, ending with Labor Day) and usually there is a heckuva lot going on to tempt and tease us music fans.
Well I have to admit that there are some great things going on at festivals, in the air waves and right her on the internet. So I’m just gonna run down the ones that got some serious import from this bird’s nest.
This weekend The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Davenport, IA:
Friday: Super Chikan, Liz Mandeville & Donna Herula, Kenny Neal.
Saturday: Preston Shannon, Guitar Shorty, Coco Montoya, Doug MacLeod, Moreland & Arbuckle, Kelley Hunt.
Sunday: Lady Bianca, Trampled Under Foot, Paul Geremia, Johnny Rawls, Brooks Family Dynasty, Bobby Rush plus workshops Saturday & Sunday check it out at: http://mvbs.org/fest/
The Safeway Waterfront Music Festival http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/Artists July 4-8th, Portland, OR. So many first rate bands here so here is a quick list:
Elvin Bishop, The California Honeydrops, Cedric Burnside Project, James Cotton, James Hunter, The Mannish Boys, The 44’s, Otis Taylor Band, Marquise Knox, Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band hell I could go on but y’all get the picture.
Briggs Farm Blues Festival http://briggsfarm.com/?page_id=1788 Nescopek, PA July 6-7th
For those on the East side of town we got a killer line up in store for ya’s; Alexis P. Suter, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Mikey Junior, Bernard Allison, Rory Block, Michael Packer, Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
That should take care of the outdoors portion of the long weekend back to back stuff, if not I am sure you can find more.
Next up are a few things happening on the air waves that might interest y’all and we will call it. . .
Spirit of the Radio:
SiriusXM Bluesville will broadcast their recent interview with Buddy Guy about his new autobiography “When I Left Home: My Story” on Saturday July 7 at 6:30PM, and rebroadcast it on Sunday July 8, at 9:30PM. Bill Wax will talk with Buddy and weave some musical selections through the talk.
The 2012 Blues Music Awards will be re-broadcast on July 1st in it’s entirety starting at 6PM East Side of town, featuring Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone, Grady Champion, Eric Bibb and many many more outstanding performances and commentary from your favorite Bluesville DJ’s, Bill Wax, Tony Colter, and Big Llou Johnson (with special guests).
Music On The Couch ‘Musicians You Should Know’
July 2, 10:00PM East side of town, Vinny Marini always features two exciting bands who will be taking questions from the audience, this week The Strata-Tones & Sue Palmer.
This week marks the debut of myself and Blues411 as a monthly guest talking about the state of the blues/roots music scene and other interesting things. So tune in, call in and take a seat on the couch.
The direct link for the show is http://goo.gl/NxRnO check it out, I’m excited and only hope I don’t bring the show down with my presence.
Affiliates & Other Navigation
If ya notice those ‘tabs’ across the page with different navigation spots, there is a wealth of linkage and friendly info there for you to call up and use as needed. From The Blues Foundation main site, to B.B. King’s Bluesville for show schedules (plus a separate tab for the Picks to Click) and further on to connection to The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and all they offer. Not to be overlooked are other affiliated friends such as Blues Festival Guide (good thing to have handy for the summer season) D’Mar’s music blog and Cathy Lemons blog about life in the blues, and our good friend Vinny Marini & his “Music On The Couch” site.
All these fine folks and organizations provide superb services in one form or another and support the Blues in so many ways, so get familiar with them.
Yes one of those tabs is for the Tier One Supporters of Blues411. These folks (and others) have chosen to help keep Blues411 alive and kicking on the internet and they do so without any strings maintaining our independent and powerful voice in the arena. Please support them as much as you can.
Further On Down The Road:
Looking past the holiday week we see The NY State Blues Festival http://www.nysbluesfest.com/ coming up July 13- 15, The Bucks County Blues Society R&B Picnic http://www.musicatsnipesfarm.com/2012/03/30th-annual-rb-picnic/ the week after rounding out the month of July on the East side. If we go way up North to Rockland, Maine on July 14 and 15th we can get a dose of John Mayall, Tab Benoit, Royal Southern Brotherhood and a tribute to Koko Taylor at the North Atlantic Blues Festival http://www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com/.
One non-east side festival that you might want to check out is the Tall City Blues Festival, July 26-29, in Midland Texas http://www.tallcitybluesfest.com/ which is looking strong on talent and activities. To round out July we have a big favorite the PA Blues Festival http://www.skibluemt.com/SkiBlue/special-events/pa_blues_fest.aspx July 27-29th camping under the stars and blues music to boot, it don’t get much better than this.
Into August we have The Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington, Delaware http://inwilmingtonde.com/festivals/riverfrontbluesfest/ , followed by the 20th Anniversary Chenango Blues Festival in Norwich NY(http://www.chenangobluesfest.org/). Out in Colorado we have the 2nd Annual Blue Star Blues Fest sponsored by the Blue Star Connection Charity which is a great way to help out a great cause and see super bands http://bluestarconnection.org/event/2nd-annual-blue-star-blues-festival.
As I said earlier, there’s so much out there to enjoy and get to – support live music whenever you can and keep it alive and thriving.
Extra Note of Joy:
Speaking of Buddy Guy, please stay tuned to Blues411 for some exciting news concerning him and his new book. I would expect the news to break after the 4th of July holiday. A super opportunity for one lucky fan, plus opportunities for others and guaranteed fun for all involved.
Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411, courtesy of artists