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The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival is scheduled for October 3rd–5th. This year, the line up includes
Gov’t Mule, Dr. John, The Band of Heathens, Alvin Youngblood Hart and many other blues musicians.
The camp-out festival will be held at Warfield Point Park. For full details, visit
Buddy Guy celebrated his 78th birthday on July 3oth, and he shows no sign of slowing down! He continues
to tour, release new music, and take home awards.
In a tribute to Johnny Winter, while closing out the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, NY, BB
King asked concert-goers to please pray for Johnny, and recounted the story of how he thought Johnny was
part of the FBI upon first meeting him.
77-year-old Mississippi blues legend Bobby Rush made his late-night TV debut last month on The Tonight
Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He and Dan Aykroyd performed James Brown's music together.
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.
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.
On June 24th, Deanna Bogart followed 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.
"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
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The 1st guitar: Gretsch Roundup
The 2nd guitar: D’Angelico Excel WX-SS