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The Blues Show

      The Blues Show

   The Blues Show with Jonny Meister airs Saturday nights

                       from 7PM to Midnight on WXPN.

Coming Up On  The Blues Show  October 29, 2016:

New blues from Mississippi Heat from their album Cab Driving Man.

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions new in-concert recordings from super organist Barbara Dennerlein, playing both the Hammond B3 and a pipe organ. Dennerlein is one of the world's greatest jazz organists, and we'll hear several tracks from her new live album My Moments. Also the late Buckwheat Zydeco on Hammond B3 (which he played before learning the accordion), and The Young Masters Quartet, a group of young musicians in Chicago mentored and directed by saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, remembering young victims of violence with their music on an album called Coming Of Age - - plus we have new music from pianist Kait Dunton and her trioKAIT.      

The Blues Images 2017 Blues Calendar its and accompanying CD is now available, featuring pre-war blues classics (such as Skip James "Illinois Blues") and rarities (Big Bill Broonzy recorded as "Big Bill Johnson"), and photos and art work about the pre-war blues artists featured on the calendar and the CD.
91-year-old blues pianist and singer Henry Gray, who was in Howlin' Wolf's band for some years and has had a great career in blues music ever since, lost pretty much everything but the clothes he was wearing in the recent Louisiana floods. His home was destroyed. A group of friends and fans have set up a fund-raiser for Henry Gray to help him out.

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For blues event listings visit Delta Blue's Calendar,
The Blues Collaborative,  Bucks County Blues Society,
Diamond State Blues Society,  Baltimore Blues Society,
Blues Society of Central PA,   Lehigh Valley Blues Network,   
Central Delaware Blues Society

There will be screening of the film "The Road To Memphis" (director Richard Pearce)
from The Martin Scorsese film series The Blues on Wednesday, October 26, 2016
followed by discussion with Georgie Bonds and Jonny Meister
reserve a seat (free)
Harold Prince Theater
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
In "The Road To Memphis," director Richard Pearce ("The Long Walk Home," "Leap of Faith," "A Family Thing") traces the musical odyssey of B.B. King, while paying tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. Pearce's homage to Memphis features original performances by B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon, and Ike Turner, as well as historical footage of Howlin' Wolf and Rufus Thomas. 7PM free

Links for Local Artists  |  Venues  Festivals/Special Events

Local Artists

A C Steel & The Galvanizers
Georgie Bonds
Deb Callahan
Lisa Chavous & The Philadelphia Blues Messengers
Dukes Of Destiny
Mikey Jr.
Sister Blue Band

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Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore PA 19003

Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM $25

The Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square PA 19348

Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA

Lansdowne Folk Club
at the Twentieth Century Club
84 South Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne PA 19050

Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087

The Lucky Well
111 East Butler Avenue
Ambler PA 19002

Mermaid Inn
7673 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118

Red Hot & Blue
2175 Marlton Pike West
Route 70 East in Cherry Hill
across from Garden State Park Shopping Center
adjacent to the Holiday Inn
Cherry Hill NJ 08002

Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733

Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA

The State Theatre
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick NJ 08901

The Tin Angel
20 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19106

The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-558-2471 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

World Cafe Live (Philadelphia)
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104

World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
501 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801

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Festivals and Special Events

Friday, February 17, 2017 - Sunday, February 19, 2017

Destination Blues Music Festival
Columbia and Montour counties in Pennsylvania
tickets are available now

Friday, February , 2017 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival
Venues in downtown Lancaster PA
tickets are available now

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - Sunday, July 9, 2017

Briggs Farm Blues Festival
88 Old Berwick Highway
Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342 tickets now on sale

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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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Streams Of Recent Blues Show Programs:
Shemekia Copeland - Free At Noon Concert 10/2/2015

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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!

Tickets are now on sale for
Saint Georges Blues Festival
June 11-12, 2016 Saint Georges DE
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
July 8-10, 2016, at Briggs Farm in Nescopeck PA
Pennsylvania Blues Festival
September 16-18, 2016 at Split Rock in Lake Harmony PA

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