Blues Blast Newsletter

July 25, 2007           

Hey Blues fans,

This week brings two GREAT Blues events for you! First there is the Spoon River Blues Festival in Canton, IL this Saturday July 28th. They are offering Blues fans a unique opportunity to make their Blues $ dollars  go FAR! If you have a ticket stub from any other Blues fest you have attended this season, bring it and you can get in FREE to this fest. How cool is that? See their festival ad below for the lineup. CLICK HERE for more information.

If you missed the Nothin' But The Blues Fest last weekend you really missed a GREAT one. was there and we have pictures for you! Click Here to see the photos.


A performance review of Sue Foley, Debra Coleman and Roxanne Potvin at the Nothin' But The Blues Fest by Ben Cox is included below! SCROLL DOWN




 Blues Reviews of the Week! 


Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, Roxanne Potvin
Nothing But the Blues Festival
Bloomington IL  7-20-07
Performance review by Ben Cox

Sexy (I hope my wife’s not reading!), Soulful, and Sensational is all have to say about these three ladies. Their performance as the headliners for the first night of the Nothing But the Blues Festival was a great exclamation point on an otherwise beautiful evening for all the blues anyone could handle. 

On tour supporting their newest release, Time Bomb on Ruf Records, the ladies exploded into the crowd’s ears with the title track instrumental to start the show. The old adage of “Do they play as good as they look?” was answered with a definite standing ovation in favor at the end of the first tune. The youngest and on her first tour of the United States, Roxanne Potvin took the mic first with all three ladies still on stage for the sassy “Hitting On Nothing” for the next track, which was met with equal .....   CLICK HERE to read more


Bobby Rush - Raw
Deep Rush Records

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
13 songs; 51:58 minutes; Excellen

For someone new to the Blues, or new to Bobby Rush, this CD could be a good starting place. As the title Raw implies (as well as the cover photo of him barely covered), the music is performed in stripped down fashion almost completely by Rush himself.

In the Blues world, Rush is a giant with a career spanning decades. His full band live shows are legendary for read-deal blues, earthy good humor, and the dancing booty-girls. Now, imagine all the trappings gone leaving only Rush with acoustic guitar, harmonica, stomping feet for rhythm, and singing. That approach recapitulates the earliest bluesmen: solo and acoustic with just the human voice communicating deep feelings.CLICK HERE to read more of this review

Microwave Dave & the Nukes - Down South Nukin’
Rockin’ Camel Music 2007
By Ben Cox
Microwave Dave Gallaher is a musical veteran who’s been plugging away as a slide guitarist since before a lot of the newer guys who are heaping up a lot of success on blues radio were even born. Gallaher is steeped in the traditions of the Deep South and Chicago. He has a laundry list of folks he’s had the pleasure of playing with and has the chops to show for it.

Recorded live at the 2nd Street Music Hall in Gadsden, Alabama in April, August, and November 2005, this 12-song set is loud, raucous, great party music that will find you tapping your feet along to the beat. Dave’s band, the Nukes are about as in the pocket as you get, and for the power-trio set up, they are about as solid as CLICK HERE to read more of this review

 Featured Blues Artists

Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles to perform at
Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 28th


Our CD's - "HooDoo Blues" & "Its Gonna Be Alright

Performing Coast to Coast  Booking  by - Village Music  513-305-5931

New CD  -  "Mighty Mighty"

South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones

Glenn Kaiser

Christian Blues
August 31st, 2007 7:00p.m
Glen Oak Park Pavilion - 2200 Prospect Peoria, IL
Sponsored by Peoria Outreach Center Church

 Blues Society News

River City Blues Society - Volunteers for the Blues!

The River City Blues Society in Peoria, IL needs volunteers for the 2007 Luther Allison Memorial Blues Fest August 11, 2007 from 8:00am to 12 Midnight at East Peoria Riverfront Park in East Peoria, IL.  Please contact Nancy at

 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

Blues Radio UK
Blues streaming radio form the UK!
These English Chaps got it goin' on! Click Here to listen

 Blues Links of the Week

Dead Blues Guys

OK so it does see a bit gruesome but many want to pay their respects to those who helped shape the Blues and made it the wonderful art form it is today!

This site offers a Virtual Tour of the Final Resting Places (FRP) of Blues Musicians and Significant People who have contributed to the development and growth of the Blues. And yes there are some DB Gals on here too! CLICK HERE to visit the site

 Blues Fans & Friends Submissions

Bill Perry at The Blues & BBQ in Springfield, IL  Aug 26 2006.

Photos by Denny Moore - Illinois Central Blues Club

Featured Blues Events

Prairie Dog Blues Festival


  July 27th & 28th, 2007
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

Spoon River Blues Festival

JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON


The Dave Chastain Band

Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons

The Sally Weisenburg Trio

Creekside Bar and Grill
"Quad-Cities only Blues venue!"

Phillip Walker

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Saturday August 11th, 2007

9:20 pm Anthony Gomes

7:30 pm Blues Legends:

Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

5:40 pm Judy Page with Preston Jackson & friends

3:50 pm Rooster Alley

2:30 pm The Greg Glick Band

1:30 pm Low Down Blues Band

August 23-25, 2007

The Longbranch, Winton, MN - DIRECTIONS

Friday, August 24

3:00 PM  Scottie Miller and the Re-Uptake Inhibitors

5:00 PM Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Alter Boys

7:00 PM Jason Ricci & New Blood

9:00 PM Shawn Kellerman

Saturday, August 25

1:00 PM Lisa Wenger

3:00 PM  Johnny Rawls

5:00 PM  Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy

7:00 PM Paul Mayasich With Benderheads

9:00 PM Anthony Gomes

All roads lead to Sun Prairie for the 1st Annual

Sun Prairie Blues Fest

Angell Park, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Saturday, September 8, 2007 Noon to 10:00 p.m.


Wayne Baker Brooks

Shari Davis & the Hootchy-Kootchy Band

Tate’s and the 008 Blues Band

Queenie and the Blue Cats

The Cashbox Kings

Paul Flipowicz Blues Band

Friday, September 7, 2007

6:30PM  Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz

8:00PM  Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

9:30PM Joe Bonamassa

Saturday, September 8, 2007

1:00PM The Cate Brothers (Reunion)

3:00PM Lara Price Band

5:00PM Anthony Gomes

7:00PM Leon Russell

9:00PM  North Mississippi All Stars

 Blues Want Ads

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