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June 20, 2007    

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Hey Blues fans,

We are getting into the heavy Summer Blues season. In the Central US this weekend brings the Alpena Blues Festival in Alpena, Michigan, the Washington St. Jazz & Blues Festival in Springfield, Illinois, the Bear Creek Blues Festival in Slater, Missouri and the 5th Annual Madison Blues Picnic in Madison, Wisconsin. If you cant find some live Blues this weekend, you aren't trying!

Use to plan all your summer Blues Fest travels. For a complete list of Live blues music see the very bottom of this email newsletter or CLICK HERE to go directly to the list of Live Blues Music.

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 Blues Links of the Week

This week we feature a couple cool Blues harmonica links

The Blues Harp Page

A website
devoted to the history and lore of the Blues Harmonica. Harp lessons, videos, music and a great list of harmonica links.


 A virtual harmonica museum with photos of antique and collectable harmonicas hosted by blues harmonica player/singer Sherman "Tank" Doucette.

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 Featured Blues Artists:

Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles

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The most original new band on the market!! Three Female Saxophone Players!!
Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles to perform at Taste Of Chicago July 2nd and Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 28th
Powered by Three Female Saxophone Players and Australian Powerhouse Guitarist Pete Cornelius and Inspired by Rockabilly, Swing, Jazz, Blues, New Orleans and 50's rock these musical combinations create a great sound. This music is sure to please many people of any age bracket. Steve has put together a great group of musicians to provide not only great music but a great stage show.
Pete Cornelius is on tour with the Saxtelles this summer. Pete is one of the great new guitar players from Australia. If you like Jr Watson, Nick Curran, Alex Schultz or Rick Holstrum you will love Pete Cornelius.
"Having Pete Cornelius playing with this band this Summer has brought this group to a whole new dimension" Steve Arvey
Steve Arvey has been a mainstay on the Chicago Blues Scene for many years touring around the World.

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

Admission is just $7 to hear 3 GREAT Central Illinois bands!

Visit South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones' website

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 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

Public radio in Memphis, Tennessee. Click Here to listen.

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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! 

This week we feature a CD review by Blues writer Ben Cox

Alex Wilson - Tell Me Why
Running Time 46:28

“They have a wide mix of sounds,” says BMA-winning harmonica wizard Charlie Musselwhite of the debut disc of Alex Wilson. Wilson’s broad range and styles hits you in the chest as well as between the ears with this new release. Not akin to many newcomers, Wilson’s mixture and blend of genre and style keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what he’s going to do next. Blending rock, jazz, and ultimately blues Wilson shows maturity beyond his 20-something demeanor. You, however, if you knew him would expect nothing less. Wilson’s family has a long blood line of outstanding musicians. I’ll leave you to do the research and let this disc speak for itself.

From Track 1’s “I Like to Play,” rocks us off with some good ole blues rock that isn’t boring and isn’t another stick in the fire of blues-rock warble. It borders on Albert Collins’ shuffle at times to Johnny Winter blitz. Then, Wilson, effortlessly shifts pace easily to a jazzy-shuffle on “Come Back Baby” and then rollicks easily into one of the apt and not-oft covered “Rockinitis” of Billy Boy Arnold fame, with a searing harmonica nothing short of Arnold’s finesse from Madison Slim, one of the many fine-tuned musicians in Wilson’s backing band.

“Take It Easy Babe” finds itself rooted in the Chief sides of Magic Sam, but the band and the voice is all Wilson’s, not giving a tired reading of a master he later conveys again in a rare cover of “Lookin’ Good on track nine of the disc. However, Wilson shifts the pacing of the song near the middle dropping off a solo reminiscent of “Tin Pan Alley” by SRV and with the smoothest and reverb-drenched turnarounds of a younger Luther Allison.

“I Wish I Had My Baby Back” sounds like it was recorded in a back room at a bar in Chicago somewhere. Again, Madison Slim turns in a great backing harmonica track and the rollicking rhythm guitar sounds like it’s straight from the book of Jimmy Rogers.

“When We Get So Close” seems to be the only misplaced track on the disc, as it borders on camp with the overdubbed vocals that tries to pull from early 50s doo-wop and R&B of the Drifters. Yet, it comes off as weak and tired. The sound of the track, however, would’ve worked better as an instrumental track. “The Moon Is Shinin” sounds its ripped from the nasty edge of an Elmore James tune, lacking Elmo’s slide, but still with full punch of the band. Note again Madison Slim’s great harp layering and phrasing that gives the guitar and bass the punch it needs to fill out the sound on this track.

“Sacred and Untrue” rings a little out of a rollicking barrelhouse feel with great piano and a Stray Cats’-esque riff and Jim Lihan’s unplugged harmonica adding the phrasing. Again, tracks like this scattered throughout the disc display Wilson’s depth of musical taste and aptitude.

The great parts of this is coupled in Wilson’s great songwriting skills (he writes every track but 2 out of 11 on the disc), his great backing band that’s not over-the-top or flashy, and his guitar playing which also rides the same boat as the band’s, the vocals are in tune, on time, and surprisingly soulful at times, and the never-a-dull-moment switch-on-a-dime style of the tracks make this noteworthy for a newcomer to the scene of blues. And as Charlie Musselwhite writes on the back of the disc’s sleeve, “Not just another blues band.”  By Ben Cox -  3.5 out 5 ranking

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Click HERE for More Blues CD reviews also features a Live Blues review on our website by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor.  James reviews the Blues On The Fox Festival in Aurora, IL. There are some great pictures of the action by Susan Walker. To go directly to the review CLICK HERE


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 Blues Society News

The Illinois Central Blues Club
Washington Street Jazz & Blues Festival

Saturday June 23, 2007- Downtown Springfield, Illinois  Washington Street - between 5th & 6th Streets

6:00 Craig Russo & the Latin Jazz Project
7:00 The Sofa Kings
8:00 Jazz by Footprints
9:00 Lowdown Blues Band
10:00 Roger Kimball & The Funky Music Department
11:00 Dawn O’Keefe Williams

Blues Blowtorch Society

 BBS is presenting The Nothin But The Blues Festival July 20 & 21 in Bloomington, IL
We are in need of 45 volunteers to help is every aspect of running this event.
If you would like to volunteer please contact J. Balmer @(309) 287-9421 to claim your position ASAP or email J Balmer at

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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Featured Blues Events

2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
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

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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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Nothin' But The Blues Festival

July 20th and 21st, 2007

The Sale Barn - 2027 S Main St
Bloomington, Illinois   * Directions
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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

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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