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July 25, 2007
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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.
Also this weekend there is The Prairie Dog Blues Festival being held Friday and Saturday July 27th & 28th on an island in the middle of the mighty Mississippi river in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. This one is a fantastic setting for a Blues fest. Their great lineup is listed below. Don't miss this one! CLICK HERE for more information.
If you missed the Nothin' But The Blues Fest last weekend you really missed a GREAT one. IllinoisBlues.com 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
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Featured Blues Events
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
Spoon River Blues Festival
JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON
INGERSOLL COUNTRY MANOR
(Route 78 N. - North of Canton, IL)
DEVON ALLMAN’S HONEYTRIBE
The Dave Chastain Band
Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons
The Sally Weisenburg Trio
Creekside Bar and Grill
"Quad-Cities only Blues venue!"
3303 Brady St. Davenport, Iowa * MAP * (563) 324-4619
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
FREE Show - No cover charge!
The 3rd Annual
Saturday August 11th, 2007
Riverfront Park, East Peoria, Illinois
Gate opens at Noon
9:20 pm Anthony Gomes
7:30 pm Blues Legends:
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
CLICK HERE for more information
August 23-25, 2007
The Longbranch, Winton, MN - DIRECTIONS
Thursday, August 23
7:00 Both Barrels
9:00 PM Scottie Miller and the Re-Uptake Inhibitors
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
For more information call 218 365-2440 www.elyblues.com
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
Tickets: $10.00 in advance / $15.00 at the gate
For Complete Information and schedule CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE to visit Festival website!
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
CLICK HERE for Ticket Info * Map *
Festival Website: http://www.greaterozarksbluesfest.com
Blues Basics - Blues Artist Spotlight
NEW to the Blues? Sometimes it is hard for those new to the Blues to explore this journey called the Blues! IllinoisBlues.com 's weekly artist spotlight introduces (or reminds experienced Blues fans) about a Blues artist worth knowing about. Last week we started at the beginning and featured the biggest Blues legend ever - Robert Johnson.
This week we feature the other end of the Blues spectrum, modern electric slide Blues virtuoso, Sonny Landreth. He is one of the most amazing musicians around today. IllinoisBlues.com is offering a video of Sonny that lets you see his Blues guitar/slide technique close-up. It is quite impressive. CLICK HERE to go to see this video.
Also be sure to visit Sonny's website at: http://www.sonnylandreth.com/
All Music Guide has more information and a complete discography of Sonny too! CLICK HERE to read more about him at their site.
Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week
Blues streaming radio form the UK!
These English Chaps got it goin' on! Click Here to listen.
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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
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Blues Reviews of the Week!
IllinoisBlues.com features a concert review of Sue Foley, Debra Coleman and Roxanne Potvin at the Nothin' But The Blues Fest by Ben Cox
Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, Roxanne
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
We also feature a review by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and IllinoisBlues.com contributor. James reviews Bobby Rush's new solo CD - Raw.
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.
Rush is 67 years old which puts him in a later generation of blues singers born in the South. With this CD, he is not trying to re-do Robert Johnson, as many artists like Rory Block and Eric Clapton have done. The album does convince listeners that Rush has the music in his bones and that everything else starts with that.
All the songs are written by Rush except the surprising choice for the opening track, “Boney Maroney” plus “School Girl” and “Howlin ‘ Wolf.” Shawn Kellerman plays Dobro slide guitar for 3 tracks. While the remaining songs are originals, echoes of blues standards can be heard here and there. For example, “What’s Going On” is reminiscent to Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightnin.’” The protagonist’s “3 Problems” on the last track are the familiar, “woman, girlfriend, and wife.”
For up tempo fun, try “Knockin’ On Your Door.” Studio overdubbing allows some interesting magic impossible for the earliest artists. On “I’m Tired” Rush plays a standard harmonica and a chromatic harmonica in unison.
With this CD, not even the harshest critics can dismiss Rush as just a flashy showman. His blues are real and raw!
To Purchase this CD - CLICK HERE
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IllinoisBlues.com also features another review by Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist, Ben Cox.
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 any big band around. Their style is steeped in the
slide guitar work of J.B. Hutto, Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor and may ring a
little bit familiar with the fans of Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials. In fact,
two Hutto songs appear on this disc....
CLICK HERE to read more
of this review
To Purchase this CD - CLICK HERE
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Featured Blues Artists
Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles to perform at
Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 28th
The most original new band on the market!! Three Female Saxophone Players!!
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.
MALKUM GIBSON and THE MIGHTY JUKE
Our CD's - "HooDoo Blues" & "Its Gonna Be Alright
Top 100 CD's list April, May, June in Real Blues Magazine
Mr. B.B. King said of Malkum"THis guy is marvelous. He has a rare talent". "solid blues.. the whole band plays with good energy.. good harp tone" Bruce Iglauer Alligator Records
August 31st, 2007 7:00p.m
Glen Oak Park Pavilion - 2200 Prospect Peoria, IL
Sponsored by Peoria Outreach Center Church
For more information call 309 676-1100
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.
Volunteers are needed in all areas and for all shifts. Volunteer times and positions are filled on a first come, first served basis. VOLUNTEER EARLY! Your 4 hour Blues shift will get you free festival admission and a festival t-shirt . Please contact Nancy at email@example.com
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IllinoisBlues.com reported the sad news about the sudden passing of Bluesman Bill Perry last week. Here is a photo collage sent in by a fan in remembrance of him.
Bill Perry at The Blues & BBQ in Springfield, IL Aug 26 2006.
Photos by Denny Moore - Illinois Central Blues Club
August 8 - December
Special exhibit in honor of the Sunflower Festival - Photos of contemporary Blues artists from around the USA by photographer/Blues writer: Gary Eckart.
A limited edition of these photographed, numbered and signed by the photagrapher will be for sale at:
Rock 'n Roll and Blues Museum
113 East 2nd St. Clarksdale Ms. 38104
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