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June 27, 2007    

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Hey Blues fans,

WOW, this weekend has some great Blues for you.

Those looking for a Blues harmonica fix, check out the Friday night show at Paddy O'Flaherty's Irish Pub and Eatery,  at the Best Western Ashland House, 201 Ashland Ave, Morton, IL where you will find harp legend Mark Hummel's Harp Blowout featuring the great Billy Branch and  James Harman. If that weren't enough the show includes Central Illinois Blues great's Russell Miller & 6V6 and a special set by Blue Bella recording artist's and Blues Music Award nominees Kilborn Alley Blues Band featuring another dose of great harminica by the great Smokin Joe Asselin! For more info CLICK HERE

Also this weekend, the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport, IA is one of the best festivals anywhere. This 3 day Fest always has such a great lineup and this year is no different. 28 GREAT Blues performers! Highlights include Albert Cummings Chubby Carrier Robert Randolph, Paul Oscher Big Bill Morganfield Nappy BrownBob Margolin Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and others on Friday night.

Saturday features Jason Ricci,  Big James & the Chicago Playboys Mark Hummel's  Harp Blowout featuring  James Harman, and Paul Oscher,  plus  Ari Brown Quartet Watermelon Slim Trudy Lynn with The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings and others. On Sunday look for  Dona Oxford Tom Principato, Little Charlie & the Nightcats,  Bruce Katz  Henry Gray & the Cats and others. And don't forget they also feature free workshops on Blues guitar, harmonica, dobro, Hammond B3 organ and a session on Blues photography by noted photographer David Horwitz. And all this GREAT Blues entertainment for just $15 a day! CLICK HERE for ticket info.

Use to plan all your summer Blues Fest travels. For a complete list of Live blues music see the very bottom of this email newsletter or CLICK HERE to go directly to the list of Live Blues Music.

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 Blues Links of the Week

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 Featured Blues Artists:

Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles

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The most original new band on the market!! Three Female Saxophone Players!!
Steve Arvey and The Saxtelles to perform at Taste Of Chicago July 2nd and Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 28th

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.

South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones

Cindy has a new CD Mighty Mighty coming out July 6th

Don't Miss the CD release party July 6th In Peoria, IL on the Downtown Riverfront CEFCU Stage
6V6 - 8:00
Nick Boetcher - 9:15
South Side Cindy & The Slip-Tones - 10:30

Admission is just $7 to hear 3 GREAT Central Illinois bands!

Visit South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones' website

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 Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week

Pandora Radio - the Music Genome Project

WOW! Pandora is amazing, it creates a radio "Station" of the music you love!  Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you. OK so you do have to sign up for this one but it is WELL worth it. Did I mention it is FREE! This is so COOL!

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The Best of the BEST Blues Radio Streams is.....

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Video Producer wanted in Central Illinois

Looking for a good video production person to work on a project for some Blues artists. This is not a high paying gig but it could develop into something great! Please send an email with your name, experience, equipment if any and phone contact to:


Drummer seeks band

Experienced Blues drummer seeks working Blues band in Central Illinois.  Call Tim at 309 678-4260.


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 Blues Review of the Week! 

This week we feature another of our review series by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and contributor.  James reviews the new Ana Popovic CD, Still making History

Ana Popovic - Still Making History
Electro Groove / Delta Groove

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
14 songs; 63:44 minutes; Excellent

“I love you!” some guy yelled in the quiet lull following a song. Ana Popovic giggled and shot back, “Are you handsome and rich?” To which some other male fan retorted, “No, that’s me!” More laughter and giggles.

Ana responded, “No, I am joking – we don’t care about these things. We just want to play Blues all night! Here, try this.” She then picked some rhythmic notes solo while her bassist and drummer tried to decide into what song she was heading. They quickly jumped in, and off they tore into “Bigtown Playboy” with thunderous audience approval.

We were just putty in her hands after that!

Seeing the 31-year-old Serbian born Popovic live at the Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis seared into my brain three facts: she is dangerously attractive, she is a dynamic performer, and she is a serious triple threat – songwriter with an international social conscience, singer, and guitarist. Once called the female “incarnation of Jimi Hendrix,” she is not likely to be a big hit with blues Nazi purists. Ana plays blues based rock, fluid jazz, acoustic numbers, and she can light up a room on slide guitar.

After three albums on Germany’s Ruf Records after a European debut self release, Popovic has been signed to Randy Chortkoff’s Delta Groove spin off independent label, Electro Groove. This album is being called her “American debut,” and they have spared no expense in recording layer after layer of sound (horns, organ, background vocals), producing by famed John Porter and David Z, and including an 8 page liner notes booklet with lyrics. Numbering no less than 18, guest studio artists abound including Jon Cleary on piano, Tony Braunagel on drums, and Lenny Castro on percussion.

Popovic has so many wonderfully unique musical abilities, it’s a shame that the first song merely reminds us, instrumentally, that she can play guitar like Jimi Hendrix. Skip this track and go to track 2. You can hear the love-song lyrics from the first track (like “If you ever leave me baby, Can I come along?”) in its reprise on track 14, the “Blues Version.”

The real treasures of this CD begin with the third track, “Between Our Worlds,” where The Texacali Horns are joined by B3 organ, clavinet, electric piano, and background vocals. The music is mesmerizing and Popovic’s thoughtful lyrics are a powerful reminder of the shortcomings of all the Western country’s efforts at relieving hunger, AIDS, and suffering in Africa.

Track 6 is another example of Popovic’s special qualities. It’s a cool jazzy number with Ana singing a pleading love song in a sensuous, breathy mode.

A product herself of the Milosevic era of violence in Serbia, Popovic uses the title track to remind us the time for reform is now. “Why don’t we give peace another chance? Because, we’re still making history.”

If you can remember that Stevie Ray Vaughan played jazz, too, and you enjoyed it, then you will love this CD.

To Purchase this CD - CLICK HERE

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 Blues Society News

Call for Blues Festival Volunteers

Blues Blowtorch Society - Bloomington, IL

The Nothin But The Blues Festival July 20 & 21 will be at TRI-LAKES in Bloomington, Il.  45 volunteers are needed to help with every aspect of running this event. If you would like to volunteer please contact Richard Goff @ 1-217-433-3140 to claim your position.

PLEASE NOTE: The location of the Nothin But The Blues Festival location has been changed to TRI-Lakes in Bloomington, IL due to construction at the Sale Barn!

The Illinois Central Blues Club -Springfield, IL
Call for  Band Entries For The ICBC Blues Challenge August 25, 2007

The Illinois Central Blues Club will be conducting its first Annual Blues Challenge during the Old Capitol Blues & Barbeque, August 25, 2007 beginning at noon. The winner of the challenge will receive $500 in travel monies to represent the Club at the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN during February 2008. Bands interested in competing in the Challenge should go to the Illinois Central Blues Club’s website at  for contest rules and forms, or they can be requested by contacting  or call 217-622-0340. PERFORMERS FROM ANY STATE OR AREA ARE WELCOME TO COMPETE!

At least one member of the band must be a member of the Illinois Central Blues Club. Applicants can join ICBC by contacting Mark at the above email address and phone. Applicants should submit photos, band biography, a cassette tape or CD of the band’s music. Quality of recording/picture is not considered in selecting and only the first 3 songs will be considered. Entries must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee. Entry fee will be returned if your band is not selected to compete in the August 25th competition. ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JUNE 30, 2007 

Central Iowa Blues Society - 2007 Solo/Duo Iowa Blues Challenge

Preliminary rounds - Des Moines, August 16, 2007 & Davenport August 17, 2007
Finals - September 2, 2007 At Blues on Grand
Prizes include cash, travel expenses, as well as performance opportunities plus the winners will compete at the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN during February 2008.

Information and applications are available from the Central Iowa Blues Society at (515) 225-6638
and our website  The deadline is July 16, 2007.

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Featured Blues Events

2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

June 29th & 30th and July 1st
Friday June 29th - Damon Fowler Group  Albert Cummings  Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band  Robert Randolph & the Family Band  Robert Belfour  Paul Oscher  Big Bill Morganfield  Nappy Brown  Bob Margolin  Willie “Big Eyes” Smith  Mookie Brill      Saturday June 30th - Kelly Richey  Jason Ricci and New Blood  Big James & the Chicago Playboys  The Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Band  Blues harp blowout featuring Mark Hummel  James Harman  Paul Oscher  Bad Luck City featuring Matt Woods and Michael Swanger  Jimmy “Duck” Holmes  Alberta Adams & RJ’s Rhythm Rockers with CeeCee Collins  Ari Brown Quartet  Watermelon Slim  Trudy Lynn with The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings     Sunday July 1st -  Dona Oxford  Tom Principato  Ruby Wilson  Little Charlie & the Nightcats  Drink Small “The Blues Doctor”  Dave MacKenzie  Bruce Katz  Henry Gray & the Cats     Festival website

CLICK HERE for complete schedule with performance times

Festival website

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Jack Daniels & Beamish Irish Stout presents...


Featuring Billy Branch & James Harman
Friday June 29th, 2007

Paddy O'Flaherty's Irish Pub and Eatery
Best Western Ashland House
201 Ashland Ave, Morton, IL
For Ticket Information Call 309 266-6919

 Also performing:
Blue Bella Recording Artist's
Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Russell Miller & 6V6

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Nothin' But The Blues Festival

July 20th and 21st, 2007


Tri-Lakes Club - 2100 Bunn St
Bloomington, Illinois  
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CLICK HERE For Tickets or further Info

Friday July 20th

Gates Open at 5:00 pm

6:00 pm Rooster Alley
7:00 pm Doña Oxford
8:15 pm John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
9:30 pm Blues Caravan 2007 "The Guitar Women"
**Sue Foley - Debra Coleman - Roxanne Potvin*"

July 21st
Gates Open at NOON

1:30 pm TBA
2:45 pm Central Illinois Blues Challenge Winner
4:45 pm TBA
6:00 pm Big Ray and Chicago's Most Wanted
7:30 pm Tab Benoit
9:00 pm C.J. Chenier

1:00 - 4:00 pm Kids Face Painting
1:00 - 4:00 pm The Unique Twist

Prairie Dog Blues Festival

The only Blues festival in the Midwest held on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River!
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  July 27th & 28th, 2007
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on St. Feriole Island

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Friday, July 27, 2007

The Tom Hunter Band - Shannon Curfman - Alvin Jett & Phat noiZ - Tab Benoit 
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

Miller Lite
Spoon River Blues Festival

JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON


Route 78 N. Just North Of Canton, IL



The Dave Chastain Band

Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons

The Sally Weisenburg Trio

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Glenn Kaiser Band

August 31st, 2007 7:00p.m
Glen Oak Park Pavilion - 2200 Prospect Peoria, IL
Sponsored by Peoria Outreach Center Church

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For more information call 309 676-1100

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!

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