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June 13, 2007    

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Hey Blues fans,

Did you make it to The 2007 Chicago Blues Fest this past weekend? WOW what a show!

Bobby Rush at the Chicago Blues Fest was there! Click Here for pictures of some huge Blues stars!

Featured Blues Events

Nothin' But The Blues Festival

July 20th and 21st, 2007

The Sale Barn - 2027 S Main St
Bloomington, Illinois   * Directions
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CLICK HERE For Tickets or further Info

Friday July 20th

Gates Open at 5:00 pm

6:00 pm Rooster Alley
7:00 pm Doña Oxford
8:15 pm John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
9:30 pm Blues Caravan 2007 "The Guitar Women"
**Sue Foley - Debra Coleman - Roxanne Potvin*"

July 21st
Gates Open at NOON

1:30 pm TBA
2:45 pm Central Illinois Blues Challenge Winner
4:45 pm TBA
6:00 pm Big Ray and Chicago's Most Wanted
7:30 pm Tab Benoit
9:00 pm C.J. Chenier

1:00 - 4:00 pm Kids Face Painting
1:00 - 4:00 pm The Unique Twist

Prairie Dog Blues Festival

The only Blues festival in the Midwest held on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River!
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  July 27th & 28th, 2007
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on St. Feriole Island

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Friday, July 27, 2007

The Tom Hunter Band - Shannon Curfman - Alvin Jett & Phat noiZ - Tab Benoit 
Plus Big Daddy Cade & The Blues Masters

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Everett Smithson Band - Kevin "B.F." Burt & the Instigators - Mark Sallings & the Famous Unknowns 
Steve Arvey & The Saxtelles  - Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials  Anthony Gomes
Plus  Pete Cornelius  (from Australia)

Festival Website

Jack Daniels & Beamish Irish Stout presents...


Friday June 29th, 2007


Best Western Ashland House
201 Ashland Ave, Morton, IL
309 266-6919

Mark Hummel

Billy Branch

James Harman

    Blue Bella Recording Artist's
Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Russell Miller & 6V6

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2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
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Friday June 29th
Damon Fowler Group  Albert Cummings  Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band  Robert Randolph & the Family Band  Robert Belfour  Paul Oscher  Big Bill Morganfield  Nappy Brown  Bob Margolin  Willie “Big Eyes” Smith 
Mookie Brill

Saturday June 30th
Kelly Richey  Jason Ricci and New Blood  Big James & the Chicago Playboys 
The Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Band  Blues harp blowout featuring Mark Hummel  James Harman  Paul Oscher  Bad Luck City featuring Matt Woods and Michael Swanger  Jimmy “Duck” Holmes  Alberta Adams & RJ’s Rhythm Rockers with CeeCee Collins  Ari Brown Quartet  Watermelon Slim  Trudy Lynn with The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings

Sunday July 1st
 Dona Oxford  Tom Principato  Ruby Wilson  Little Charlie & the Nightcats  Drink Small “The Blues Doctor”  Dave MacKenzie  Bruce Katz  Henry Gray & the Cats

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Miller Lite
Spoon River Blues Festival

JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON


Route 78 N. Just North Of Canton, IL



The Dave Chastain Band

Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons

The Sally Weisenburg Trio

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 Blues Society News

Call for  Band Entries For The ICBC Blues Challenge August 25, 2007

The Illinois Central Blues Club in Springfield, IL will be conducting its first Annual Blues Challenge during the Old Capitol Blues & Barbeque, August 25, 2007 beginning at noon. The winner of the challenge will receive $500 in travel monies to represent the Club at the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN during February 2008. Bands interested in competing in the Challenge should go to the Illinois Central Blues Club’s website at  for contest rules and forms, or they can be requested by contacting  or call 217-622-0340. PERFORMERS FROM ANY STATE OR AREA ARE WELCOME TO COMPETE!

At least one member of the band must be a member of the Illinois Central Blues Club. Applicants can join ICBC by contacting Mark at the above email address and phone. Applicants should submit photos, band biography, a cassette tape or CD of the band’s music. Quality of recording/picture is not considered in selecting and only the first 3 songs will be considered. Entries must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee. Entry fee will be returned if your band is not selected to compete in the August 25th competition. ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JUNE 30, 2007 

Central Iowa Blues Society - 2007 Solo/Duo Iowa Blues Challenge

Preliminary rounds - Des Moines, August 16, 2007 & Davenport August 17, 2007
Finals - September 2, 2007 At Blues on Grand
Prizes include cash, travel expenses, as well as performance opportunities plus the winners will compete at the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN during February 2008.

Information and applications are available from the Central Iowa Blues Society at (515) 225-6638
and our website  The deadline is July 16, 2007.

Madison Blues Society - Blues Picnic June 23, 2007

Madison Blues Society and Vera Court Neighborhood Center will host this year’s Blues Picnic on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Madison’s Warner Park. This free public festival will feature a performance by Vera Court’s blues kids followed by a fantastic line-up of popular local and regional blues bands. Anticipated attendance at this year’s Picnic will be several thousand people. Event details follow:

What: 5th Annual Blues Picnic, hosted by Madison Blues Society
When: Saturday, June 23, 2007, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: Warner Park in Madison, WI
Tickets: Free and open to the public

Bands: Vera Court Blues Kids, Queenie & The Bluecats, Sue DaBaco & Wise Fools, Charles Walker Blues Band, Livin' Will, Tate & 008 Band, and Bobby Bryan & The Original Downtown Players More Info: 

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 Blues Review of the Week! 

This week we feature another of our review series by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor.  James reviews Malkum Gibson and the Mighty Juke CD It's Gonna Be Alright


Malkum Gibson And The Mighty Juke

It's Gonna Be Alright

Whata’ Records

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker

12 songs; 51:11 minutes; Very Good

This is a solid home made album of enjoyable blues. There may not be any new ground broken here, but at least Malkum Gibson and the Mighty Juke know what the Blues are and don’t take any detours down a “Rock” road or unscheduled stops in a “Country” outhouse. Gibson’s vocals and harmonica are instantly likeable in front of a competent band.

Hailing from Ohio, the band is decades-long blues veteran Malkum Gibson –vocals, harmonica, accordion (on “St. James Infirmary”); Rob Cole – guitars and vocals; John Hack – bass and vocals; and Jake “The Snake” Shumaker – drums.  Gibson’s harmonica playing has been reviewed as “good harp tone” by Bruce Iglauer at Alligator Records and “passionate harmonica” by Bill Kisliuk, Blues Access magazine.

Of the 12 tracks, Gibson or Hack or Cole penned five of them including the rocking, Chuck Berry-esque second track, “Bow Legged Woman”. The song is a fun romp in the “Johnny B. Goode” vein with Gibson blowing harp like he has three lungs. “Bonita” is another original with an infectious hook and a rhythm that’s a slight variation of the Bo Diddley beat. John Hack’s “Victim of Fate” brings a wry smile when the title is kept in mind while hearing lyrics like, “Didn’t see that stop sign...didn’t see that speed limit sign...lost track of time...can’t understand why that cop gave you a ticket.”

Don’t expect any slow dirges here; this is energetic, foot tapping, dance floor burning Blues.

To purchase this CD Click HERE also features another review on our website by
Ben Cox this week.

Ben's review of Gina Sicilia's CD, Allow Me To Confess, can be found HERE


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 Blues Links of the Week

Bernard Allison -
Website of emerging blues legend Bernard Allison. Bernard has a guitar page featuring photos and information about the guitars he plays. Some of them belonged to his father Luther Allison.

Click HERE to visit the Links Page

If you know of a COOL Blues link, please send it to

 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

Canada's Internet radio service offers a variety of music styles. They have two flavors of Blues music. Click HERE for country blues HERE for "spectrum" blues.

The Best of the BEST Blues Radio Streams is.....

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 Featured Blues Artist:

You GOTTA check out the new CD From
South Side Cindy


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Video Producer wanted in Central Illinois

Looking for a good video production person to work on a project for some Blues artists. This is not a high paying gig but it could develop into something great! Please send an email with your name, experience, equipment if any and phone contact to:


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