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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
IllinoisBlues.com 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 -
S Main St
Bloomington, Illinois * Directions
CLICK HERE for Festival Website
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*"
Saturday 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
FOR THE KIDS
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!
July 27th & 28th, 2007
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on St. Feriole Island
Click HERE for Complete Schedule
Friday, July 27, 2007
The Tom Hunter Band -
Alvin Jett &
Phat noiZ -
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 www.prairiedogblues.com
Jack Daniels & Beamish Irish Stout presents...
MARK HUMMEL'S BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUT
Friday June 29th, 2007
Best Western Ashland House
201 Ashland Ave, Morton, IL
Kilborn Alley Blues Band
Russell Miller & 6V6
To see Festival Poster Click Here
2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues
CLICK HERE for complete schedule with performance times
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
Festival website http://www.mvbs.org
Spoon River Blues Festival
JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON
INGERSOLL COUNTRY MANOR
Route 78 N. Just North Of Canton, IL
DEVON ALLMAN’S HONEYTRIBE
The Dave Chastain Band
Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons
The Sally Weisenburg Trio
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 http://www.icbluesclub.org for contest rules and forms, or they can be requested by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.cibs.org 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: www.madisonbluessociety.com
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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 IllinoisBlues.com 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
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
IllinoisBlues.com 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
Click HERE for More Blues CD reviews
Blues Links of the Week
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.
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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:
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