Blues Blast Newsletter

June 27, 2007    

 Blues Links of the Week

Blues Art Studio

A Blues news website
that serves Austria and the USA. Interesting Blues articles and reviews. Some of the pages and articles are not in English, but there are plenty that are!

 Featured Blues Artists:

Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles

South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones

Cindy has a new CD Mighty Mighty coming out July 6th

Don't Miss the CD release party July 6th In Peoria, IL on the Downtown Riverfront CEFCU Stage
6V6 - 8:00
Nick Boetcher - 9:15
South Side Cindy & The Slip-Tones - 10:30

 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

Pandora Radio - the Music Genome Project

WOW! Pandora is amazing, it creates a radio "Station" of the music you love!  Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you. OK so you do have to sign up for this one but it is WELL worth it. Did I mention it is FREE! This is so COOL!

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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:


Drummer seeks band

Experienced Blues drummer seeks working Blues band in Central Illinois.  Call Tim at 309 678-4260.


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 Blues Review of the Week! 

Ana Popovic - Still Making History
Electro Groove / Delta Groove

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
14 songs; 63:44 minutes; Excellent

“I love you!” some guy yelled in the quiet lull following a song. Ana Popovic giggled and shot back, “Are you handsome and rich?” To which some other male fan retorted, “No, that’s me!” More laughter and giggles.

Ana responded, “No, I am joking – we don’t care about these things. We just want to play Blues all night! Here, try this.” She then picked some rhythmic notes solo while her bassist and drummer tried to decide into what song she was heading. They quickly jumped in, and off they tore into “Bigtown Playboy” with thunderous audience approval. We were just putty in her hands after that!

Seeing the 31-year-old Serbian born Popovic live atCLICK HERE to read more of this review

 Blues Society News

The Illinois Central Blues Club -Springfield, IL
Call for  Band Entries For The ICBC Blues Challenge August 25, 2007

The Illinois Central Blues Club 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!  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.

Featured Blues Events

2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

June 29th & 30th and July 1st
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

CLICK HERE for complete schedule with performance times

Festival website

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Featuring Billy Branch & James Harman
Friday June 29th, 2007

Paddy O'Flaherty's Irish Pub and Eatery
Best Western Ashland House
201 Ashland Ave, Morton, IL
For Ticket Information Call 309 266-6919

 Also performing:
Blue Bella Recording Artist's
Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Russell Miller & 6V6

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Nothin' But The Blues Festival

July 20th and 21st, 2007

Bloomington, Illinois   * Directions *

Friday July 20th

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
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

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)

Spoon River Blues Festival

JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON


The Dave Chastain Band

Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons

The Sally Weisenburg Trio

Glenn Kaiser Band

August 31st, 2007 7:00p.m
Glen Oak Park Pavilion - 2200 Prospect Peoria, IL

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

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