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The first image of Don Cheadle as Miles Davis has been released by Entertainment Weekly. Cheadle did an
interview with them, and spoke about the movie, and why Davis was his idol.
On Saturday, September 27th, the Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater will host Blues for the Zoo.
Headlining the day of music will be the Otis Taylor Band. Janiva Magness, who has been honored with 22
Blues Music Awards, is also on the bill. Opening the festival is Bonne Musique Zydeco, specializing in music
from the Louisiana Bayou. Tickets are on sale now, and are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Children 10
and under are admitted free of charge. Visit the Blues for the Zoo’s official website to purchase your tickets
today. The music will run from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, with gates opening at 11:00 am.
The United by Music program matches musically-talented adults with developmental disabilities up with
professional musicians, and provides the combined group with performance opportunities. United by Music
originated in The Netherlands. It later moved to Portland Oregon, where the annual Safeway Waterfront
Blues Festival has become a focal point and occasion to celebrate the success of the program.
Hunter and The Dirty Jacks have just released their new album, Single Barrel. Their CD release party is
scheduled for July 11th.
Former American Blues News writer, J. Blake, has some new studio tracks up for streaming. Check them out
Last month, a group of Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve
categories. Voting to determine the winners begins July 15, and continues until September 15 at
BluesBlastMagazine.com. Voting is free, and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber.
You can still sign up on their site.
The three-step nomination procedure for the 2015 Blues Music Awards is now open. Step 1 is simply sending
in your CD when it becomes available. Any artist who has released a CD since November 1st, 2013 may
begin the process now. This applies to artists and record labels.
To further establish its standing as the academic home of the blues, Delta State University has created the
International Delta Blues Project. The three-tiered project will feature an International Conference on the
Blues, development of a blues curriculum, and a Blues Leadership Incubator, which will align with the
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “Delta State’s vision of becoming the academic center for the blues is
gaining traction,” said President William N. LaForge. “I am pleased to announce that Delta State has
received a $598,000 grant over a three-year period to support the International Delta Blues Project.”
Portland’s Lisa Mann's title cut of her new CD Move On was inspired by her mother's illness, and the loss of
her voice. “I’ve got the philosophy you don’t forget your past, but you need to move forward,” Mann said.
“That’s why I chose it as the first tune for the record.”
Omara "Bombino" Moctar, a blues artist from West Africa, is starting to gain more buzz following the
release of his major-label debut, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. His album is titled Nomad.
Andy ‘T’ Talamantez and James “Nick” Nixon are gearing up to release Livin’ It Up. Working again with
producer Anson Funderburgh, the album is comprised mostly of originals, along with a cover of Delbert
McClintons’s “Livin’ It Down.” The release date is June 17th also.
On June 24th, Deanna Bogart follows up 2012's album Pianoland with Just A Wish Away, a new release
consisting of eleven songs. Recorded at Dockside Studios in Louisiana with producer JoeBaby Michaels,
Derwin Perkins and Charlie Wooten offered their assistance as well.
June 30 will be the last day to make a pledge or donation that will land your name on the List of Donors for
the Blues Hall of Fame. The Blues Foundation has begun the demolition and repurposing of 421 South
Main, and will open The Blues Hall of Fame in May of 2015.
New releases this week include: Al Basile's Woke Up In Memphis (Sweetspot Records); and Kenny Wayne
Shepherd's Goin' Home (Concord Music).
In the next week or so, The Blues Foundation will begin seeking nominations for Board members
representing the following constituencies: (1) Blues Fans; (2) Education; and (3) Recording Industry. The
31st (2015) International Blues Challenge will be held January 20-24, in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, in
the Beale Street Historic District. Tickets go on sale around October 1. The 36th Blues Music Awards will
be held on May 7, 2015 in Memphis TN. BMA voting and tickets will be available at blues.org around
December 15th of this year.
On June 17th, Stony Plain will launch a new series of compilation discs titled Best of the Stony Plain Years,
which will feature tracks from the label's vaults, along with rare and previously-unreleased material. The
first two entries in the series will come from Joe Louis Walker and the late Long John Baldry.
Finis Tasby's caregiver Angie Jackson-Steward has started a fundraiser for the bluesman on YouCaring.com,
to help Tasby with his medical and living expenses. He remains paralyzed on one side, and is currently
sheltered at a long-term care facility in California, unable to work. For a minimum donation of 25 US
dollars (35 dollars internationally), you will receive your choice of one of Finis' recent CDs, or a
"Supporting Finis" t-shirt, while supplies last.
New releases this week include: The Black Keys' Turn Blue (Nonesuch Records); Catfish Hodge's Different
Strokes (Ace Records); John Mayall's A Special Life (Forty Below Records); and Terry Harmonica Bean's
Catfish Blues (Wolf Records).
The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission has announced that Don Cheadle will star
as Miles Davis in Miles Ahead, a feature film biopic on the legendary trumpet player.
"The Life of Riley", the B.B. King documentary, will be made available through "view on demand" services
on June 1st, and the documentary will be released digitally and on DVD and Blu-Ray disc, on June 17th.
Our friends at Hope Children's Fund have two Guitars For Sale!
-Looking for a gift for the guitar lover in your life? Here are 2 amazing guitars: a Gretsch
Roundup and a D’Angelico Excel WX-SS were donated to HCF! All proceeds will go to the
charity! Please contact Larry Hohler at 631.473.1662 or email@example.com to make an offer.
The 1st guitar: Gretsch Roundup
The 2nd guitar: D’Angelico Excel WX-SS