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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  July 26, 2014:

The Blues Show will pre-empted tonight in order to present coverage of the XPoNential Music Festival.

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions, pianist George Cables salutes the players who inspired him on a new album called Icons & Influences. Among the artists he recognizes are two great pianists who died last year, Cedar Walton, and Mulgrew Miller. We'll hear his tributes to them, and also some of their music, Walton from a Latin-jazz album he did in 2002, and Miller playing some outstanding piano in Dave Holland's sextet. Also, saxophone player Ari Brown somehow finds a rock-steady, reggae rhythm in a slow and reflective John Coltrane piece (who knew it was there?), and he joins Kahil El'Zabar on a journey the two of them composed together for El'Zabar's latest album, Follow The Sun.      

The Mississippi Blues Project:                     

From the summer of 2012 through the summer of 2013, with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, through the Philadelphia Music Project, we presented The Mississippi Blues Project, a series of concerts by Mississippi blues artists that are now available online, with shows from The Cedric Burnside Project, Big George Brock, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Robert Belfour, Big A (Anthony Sherrod) with Robert "Bilbo" Walker, Super Chikan, The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Rory Block, and James Cotton. Check 'em out!

       • • • Area Blues Concerts & Events • • •


For more detailed information please visit our concert calendar or a venue's website.


[View regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events]


• • • July • • •


Friday, July 25, 2014

XPoNential Music Festival, presented by Subaru
@ Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront
Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Camden NJ 08103
starts 5PM
includes James Cotton Blues Band and
C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
get tickets



Fourth Annual Pennsylvania Blues Festival
@ Blue Mountain Ski Area
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Danielsville PA 18038
Fourth Annual Pennsylvania Blues Festival Kick-Off Night

8PM - Midnight      Friday Night Jam
Slam Allen, Lonnie Shields, The BC Combo with horns and special guests
Mikey Junior, Joe Mac.



Billy Price & The Nighthawks @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 8PM

Sister Blue Electric Trio @ Grumpy's Bar
3000 Mauch Chaunk Road
Allentown PA
9PM 610-769-4600

The Lee Boys @ Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks
645 East First Street (101 Founders Way)
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300 7:30PM

Albert Cummings @ Reading Bandshell Concert Series
1251 Hill Road
Reading PA
free 7PM


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fourth Annual Pennsylvania Blues Festival
@ Blue Mountain Ski Area
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Danielsville PA 18038

Gates open at 12Noon

Main Stage Performance Tent

8:00PM - 9:30PM      James Cotton Band
6:15PM - 7:30PM      Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
4:30PM - 5:45PM      Barbara Carr
2:45PM - 4:00PM      Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
1:00PM - 2:15PM      Tad Robinson

Adventure Center Lodge Stage

7:00PM - 8:00PM      Ursula Ricks Band
5:30PM - 6:30 PM      Rip Lee Pryor
4:15PM - 5:15PM      Meet The Artists
3:00PM - 4:00PM      Ursula Ricks Band
1:30PM - 2:30PM      Rip Lee Pryor

9:30PM - 1:30AM       Saturday Night Showcase
        Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames



XPoNential Music Festival, presented by Subaru
@ Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront
Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Camden NJ 08103
starts Noon
includes James Cotton Blues Band and
C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
get tickets


Dukes Of Destiny @ Nassau Park Pavilion (between Panera and Target)
Nassau Park Boulevard
US Route 1 & Quakerbridge Road
Princeton NJ 08540
8:30PM free

Chris Cain @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fourth Annual Pennsylvania Blues Festival
@ Blue Mountain Ski Area
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Danielsville PA 18038

Gates open at 11AM

Sunday Blues Brunch - for VIP ticket-holders, available for fee for others features:
11AM - 1PM        Murali Coryell Band

Main Stage Performance Tent

7:30PM-9:00PM      CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
5:45PM-7:00PM      Heritage Blues Quintet
4:00PM-5:15PM      Chris Cain Band
2:30PM-3:30PM      Jarekus Singleton Band
1:00PM-2:00PM      The Como Mamas

Adventure Center Lodge Stage

7:30PM-9:00PM      Jarekus Singleton Band
6:00PM-7:00PM      Super Chikan (solo!)
4:30PM-5:30PM      A Little Bit Of Blues
                (Warner Williams, Jay Summerour, Eric Selby)
3:00PM-4:00PM      Super Chikan (solo!)
1:30PM-2:30PM      A Little Bit Of Blues
                (Warner Williams, Jay Summerour, Eric Selby)


XPoNential Music Festival, presented by Subaru
@ Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront
Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Camden NJ 08103
starts Noon
includes James Cotton Blues Band and
C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
get tickets


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Diamond State Blues Society presents
Brandon Santini @ St. Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE
302-836-8202


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Roomful Of Blues @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400 8PM


• • • August • • •


Friday, August 1, 2014

Riverfront Blues Festival Day 1
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington DE

8:30PM      Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
6:45PM      Southern Hospitality
5:00PM      Popa Chubby

Side Stage:

8:00PM      The Billy Walton Band
6:15PM      Second Chance Blues Band


Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ LaPorta Ristorante
1192 Middletown Avenue
Media PA
8PM 610-358-5104

Dr. K's Motown Review @ Reading Bandshell Concert Series
1251 Hill Road
Reading PA
free 7PM


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Riverfront Blues Festival
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington DE

8:30PM      James Harman Bamboo Porch Revue
6:45PM      Kinsey Report
5:00PM      Paul Osher
3:15PM      Carolyn Wonderlan
1:30PM      Satan & Adam
12NOON     Jimmy Pritchard Big Band

Side Stage:

8:00PM      The Billy Pierce Band
6:15PM      The Crabmeat Thompson Band
4:30PM      James Day & The Fish Fry
2:45PM      Gary Allegretto
1:00PM      Kenny Jones & The Jaded Angels

Roomful of Blues @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Riverfront Blues Festival
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Wilmington DE

4:30PM      Marcia Ball
2:30PM      Wayne Baker Brooks Band
12:30PM      Jarekus Singleton

Side Stage:

4:00PM      Lower Case Blues
2:00PM      Mikey Junior


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wayne Baker Brooks @ St. Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE
302-836-8202 7:30PM $20 Diamond State Blues Society Members, $25 non-members


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sister Blue Band @ Brunzwick Zone Fireside Grill
100 East Street Road
Feasterville PA
9PM 215-322-7755


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fleetwood Park Blues Festival @ Fleetwood Park
408 Park Road
Fleetwood PA 19522
12Noon      TBA
1:00PM      TBA
2:00PM      TBA
3:00PM      TBA
4:00PM      TBA
5:00PM      TBA
6:00PM      TBA
7:00PM      TBA
free


Friday, August 15, 2014

Mark Hummel's Lone Star Golden State Shootout
featuring Little Charlie Baty & Anson Funderburgh
@ Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks
645 East First Street (101 Founders Way)
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300 7:30PM

Philadelphia Folk Festival @ Old Pool Farm
Shemekia Copeland on main stage
1323 Salford Station Road
Schwenksville PA 19473
215-247-1300 or 800-556-FOLK


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Philadelphia Folk Festival @ Old Pool Farm
1323 Salford Station Road
Schwenksville PA 19473
215-247-1300 or 800-556-FOLK


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Diamond State Blues Society presents
Walter Trout Band with Danny Bryant with special guest Jon Trout
with Roger Girke & Jimmy Pritchard Blues Extravaganza
The 10 Grand Band
Barrelhouse Blues Band
Howard Valentine & The Prophets Of Love
@ J. B. McGinnes Pub and Grille
519 East Basin Road
New Castle DE 19720
302-322-4766

Philadelphia Folk Festival @ Old Pool Farm
1323 Salford Station Road
Schwenksville PA 19473
215-247-1300 or 800-556-FOLK


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ Dog & Bull
810 Bristol Pike
Croydon PA
7:30p 215-788-2855


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Diamond State Blues Society presents
Golden State Lonestar Revue @ St. Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE
band includes Mark Hummel, Little Charlie Baty, Anson Funderburgh & more
302-836-8202


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Guitar Shorty and Selwyn Birchwood @ Sellersville Theatre
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808

Tab Benoit @ Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks
645 East First Street (101 Founders Way)
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300 7:30PM


Friday, August 22, 2014

Mark Hummel, Little Charley Baty, and Anson Funderburgh
("The Golden State-Lone Star Revue")
@ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM

Sister Blue Band Everyday People, & Axis Bold As Love @ Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore PA
8PM 610-649-8389 Tickets $15.00 in advance $20 at door


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Southern Maryland Blues Festival @ Calvert County Fairgrounds
140 Calvert Fair Drive
Prince Frederick MD 20678
Royal Southern Brotherhood (Devon Allman & Cyril Neville & others)
Irma Thomas
The Spin Doctors
Nathan and The Zydeco Cha-Chas
Jonathan Boogie Long
Southern Maryland Sisterhood of Soul

     Prices for tickets            Advance (until 8/21/2014)   At Gate
1 day General Admission            $45                              $60
2 day General Admission            $85                              $110
1 day VIP (Limited Supply)       $105                             N/A
2 day VIP (Limited Supply)       $200                             N/A


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Southern Maryland Blues Festival @ Calvert County Fairgrounds
140 Calvert Fair Drive
Prince Frederick MD 20678
Leon Russell
Guitar Shorty
Samantha Fish
Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues
Bobby Messano
Rich Robinson

     Prices for tickets            Advance (until 8/21/2014)   At Gate
1 day General Admission            $45                              $60
2 day General Admission            $85                              $110
1 day VIP (Limited Supply)       $105                             N/A
2 day VIP (Limited Supply)       $200                             N/A


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Coco Montoya @ Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks
645 East First Street (101 Founders Way)
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300 7:30PM


Friday, August 29, 2014

Coco Montoya @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sister Blue with Mark Furman @ Long Trout Winery
84 Fork Mountain Road
Auburn PA
1PM 570-366-6443

• • • September • • •


Sunday, September 1, 2014

Baltimore Blues Society presents
18th Alonzo's Memorial Picnic
@ The Rosedale American Legion Hall
1331 Seling Avenue
Rosedale MD 21237
1:00PM-8:30PM BBS Info Line: 410-744-2291
Advanced tickets: $30 Gate: $40
Send SASE by Aug 18th to:
BBS Tickets - Alonzo's
PO Box 4522
Baltimore MD 21212
All are welcome! Bring a picnic. Coolers OK. BYOB.
Food and beverage available. Legion bar is open.

Eric Steckel @ Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks
645 East First Street (101 Founders Way)
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300 7:30PM


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Janiva Magness @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dukes Of Destiny @ Mermaid Inn
7673 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
215-247-9797 9:30PM $12

Phoenixville Blues Festival
@ Reeves Park
Main Street and 3rd Avenue
Phoenixville PA 19460
215-421-6759    info@pvilleblues.org Noon-9PM


Wednesday, Sept 10, 2014

Albert Castiglia @ St. Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE
302-836-8202 7:30PM $20 Diamond State Blues Society Members, $25 non-members


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
with special guests The BC Combo
@ Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks
645 East First Street (101 Founders Way)
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300 7:30PM


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blues Cruisin' Lunch with Georgie Bonds
aboard The Sprit of Philadelphia
Boarding begins 1PM — departing promptly 1:30PM — returning 3:30PM.
buffet created by chef Eric LeVine.
$55 per person, $42 (age 13-20), $25 (age 3-12), under 3 free
Spirit cruise departs from Penn's Landing where Columbus Boulevard meets Lombard Circle.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Diamond State Blues Society presents
Biscuit Miller @ St. Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE
302-836-8202


• • • October • • •


Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Nighthawks @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM

Paoli Blues Festival
@ Paoli Village Shoppes
41 Paoli Plaza
Paoli PA 19301
(across North Valley Road from the Paoli Train Station)
Noon-6PM followed by
"Paoli Blues Fest Pub Crawl" 6PM-11PM @
The Red Hound Grille, The Great American Pub, Baxters, and McKenzie's
bus will be circulating around to these clubs until 11:30PM


• • • November • • •


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Art Sherrod, Jr. @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Craig Thatcher and Mike Dugan @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM


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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events


• • • Tuesday • • •

Acoustic Tuesdays with Niki Sbaffoni @ The Twisted tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
6:30PM - 9PM 215-558-2471 info@thetwistedtail.com

The Old Crispy Minstrels @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202


• • • Wednesday • • •

Mikey Junior & The Stone Cold Blues every Wednesday @ The Twisted tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
8PM 215-558-2471 info@thetwistedtail.com

The monthly Blues Jam @ Jamey's House Of Music
on the first Wednesday of each month is off for the time being. Unfortunately, Jamey's House of Music, where lots of wonderful musicians have performed!) has been forced to cease operation. They are currently planning on reopening in a new location sometime in the next few months. Jamey's House of Music was a one-of-a-kind house-concert venue, with a very friendly and warm atmosphere, great sound, and fabulous music, and we look forward to Jamey's re-emergence in the near future.

Chuck McCrory, Larry Baltimore, Russ Massimin, lead blues open mic
The Greenwood Inn
4457 Marlton Pike
Pennsauken NJ 08109
8PM-12Midnight 856-663-9868

• • • Friday • • •

"Saint Georges Sessions"
acoustic blues last Friday & Saturday of each month
Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202

• • • Saturday • • •

"Saint Georges Sessions"
acoustic blues last Friday & Saturday of each month
Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202

• • • Sunday • • •

Sunday Blues Jam at The Twisted tail
hosted by Mikey Junior & Friends
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
5PM - 9PM 215-558-2471 info@thetwistedtail.com

Fred Miller Blues Band @ The Rusty Nail
Blues Jam last Sunday of each month
2580 Haverford Road
Ardmore PA 19003
8PM 610-649-6245

Weekly Blues Jam on Sundays, hosted by Blues In The Attic @ Casey's Restaurant & Lounge
155 South Antrim Way
Greencastle PA
4PM - 7PM 717-597-8383

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About The Blues Show and Jonny Meister

The Blues Show airs every Saturday night from 7:00 to Midnight on XPN. Host Jonny Meister explores this music and its history not only because it is the key ingredient in later rock and pop music, but also because of its own special allure and unique power as a style of music and expression of the human soul.

Catherine Russell and Jonny
Jonny Meister with Catherine Russell

The Blues Show covers the entire history of the blues from 1920 to the present, from the best-known to the most obscure blues, with focus on the present-day blues, but with an eye on the rich history of this music and its large body of timeless recordings.

Host Jonny Meister has been playing the blues on WXPN since March 1977. Meister grew up with old blues records in the house. His father played boogie woogie on the piano, which Jonny learned at about the age of 12. Later he played in rock bands and did a few solo gigs as a singer-songwriter. As his interest in blues grew, he became especially interested in the history of the music, a history not always revealed by the rock musicians and their promoters who drew heavily on the blues.

Jonny spent a week with the family of the late, great blues musician J. B. Lenoir in 1979, and he was one of the consultants for the Wim Wenders film The Soul Of A Man which featured Lenoir, in the PBS film series The Blues. He won the "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for work in Public Radio for The Blues Show in 2000 and a "Best of Philly" award from Philadelphia Magazine in 1996 for "Best Local Radio Show".


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Blues Links: Visit these links to explore the Blues, learn about live events, and to take part in the culture of this American art form.

The Twisted Tail is the one place where you can hear blues in Philadelphia just about every night. They have a blues jam every Sunday starting at 5PM hosted by Mikey Jr. & Stone Cold Blues. Mikey Jr. and band also play there pretty regularly on Wednesday nights. They're located at 509 South 2nd Street in Philadelphia.

Alligator Records
One of the leading Chicago blues labels. Alligator is Koko Taylor's label and also home for Lonnie Brooks, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, and many more. Recent releases include albums from Eddy Clearwater, Michael Burks, and Janiva Magness.

Delmark Records
A venerable Chicago blues & jazz label now celebrating 55 years in the business. Many of the blues greats of the past, like Junior Wells and Big Joe Williams, have recorded for Delmark. One of their finest recent releases is Byther Smith's Blues On The Moon. Another is Hattiesburg Blues from Mississippi Heat.

Blind Pig Records
This label is home to Kenny Neal, Magic Slim, Hamilton Loomis, and others and has put out albums by E. C. Scott, Elvin Bishop, Nappy Brown, Big Bill Morganfield, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and plenty more... plus classics from Buddy Guy, Johnny Shines, Snooky Pryor, Jimmy Rogers, Luther Allison... many others!

Pristine Audio
This French reissue company has done wonderful restorations of the audio from old records. Their blues releases include Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, and Tampa Red.

Diamond State Blues Society sponsors many blues events, notably regular day-long shows at Gators in New Castle, DE and summer events in Wilmington.

Bucks County Blues Society is America's oldest blues society. among the performers they have presented are folks like Willie Dixon and Albert Collins. They have regular events and a big Blues/R&B picnic every summer, and they sponsor "Blue Thursdays" every Thursday night at McStew's in Levittown PA.

Samuel James and Jonny Meister
Jonny Meister jammin' with Samuel James

Robert Johnson Charlie Musselwhite
Shemekia Copeland Blind Lemon Jefferson

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