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Weekly Events Calendar
Welcome to our weekly events calendar! Below are the events and activities happening at the B.B. King Museum and Club Ebony in the next 7 days. For updates on these or other events, please check our Facebook page and website.Read More...
Blues Festival Digital Magazine “Theme Song” Contest official rules
The Artist and Song with the Most Votes receives Four Months of having your Song Featured on our Top Ranking Blues Website.Read More...
34th BMA Winners here!
The winners of the 34th annual Blues Music Awards, the highest honor given to Blues artists, were announced last night at the gala event at the Cook County Convention Center in Memphis, TN. Congratulations from the Blues Festival Guide to all of the winners and nominees:Read More...
2013 Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival Full Music Lineup Announced
(Isleton, CA) " Bringing music back to Main Street" is one of the proud key elements of the 2013 Cajun &Blues Festival set for Father's Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16 on Main Street in the Delta hamlet of Isleton, CA.
Exit 56 Blues Fest
Brownsville, Tennessee, will celebrate its blues heritage Memorial Day weekend with the Exit 56 Blues Fest Saturday, May 25, at the Delta Heritage Center. The annual event presents live Blues from the porch of legendary Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes' home.
Blues Foundation Announces 2012 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees
The Blues Foundation has announced the 2012 inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame, including Chicago harp master Billy Boy Arnold; blues-rock guitar virtuoso Mike Bloomfield; brother/sister recording act Buddy & Ella Johnson; South Louisiana swamp blues artist Lazy Lester; Memphis bluesmen Furry Lewis and Frank Stokes; guitar genius Matt "Guitar" Murphy; and New Orleans musician, songwriter, an producer Allen Toussaint.Read More...
Blues Music Awards Information
I don't know what was higher...the mighty Mississippi or the spirits at the Blues Awards. What a great time! What a show! Tanya Jones, volunteer
The 33rd Blues Music Awards will be Thursday May 10, 2012 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.Read More...
Blues harmonica master James Cotton to join Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland...
Blues harmonica master James Cotton will join Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and many other musicians live at New York's famed Apollo Theater to pay tribute to the late guitarist Hubert Sumlin. The event will take place on Friday, February 24 and is a benefit for the Jazz Foundation Of America.
Other artists scheduled to appear are Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark, Jr., Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chuck Goering, David Johansen, Steve Jordan, Danny Kortchmar, Dr. John, Keb Mo, Todd Mohr, Ivan Neville, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Larry Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan, Jimmy Vivino, Willie Weeks, Jody Williams, Kim Wilson and special surprise guests.
Cotton's latest CD is the Grammy Award-nominated Giant.
28th International Blues Challenge Results!!
The Winner of the band competition is: The WIRED! Band (Washington Blues Society)
The winner of the solo/duo competition is: Ray Bonneville (Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas)
Also, the Gibson Guitarist Award went to: Bart Walker and the Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player was awarded to: Randy McQuay.
Gary Allegretto's "Christmas Eve Blues" to Youth in Need
Several years ago on Christmas Eve I visited a full-security juvenile detention center for teen boys in my hometown to give them a special Christmas gift - harmonicas and Blues lessons through my nonprofit organization, Harmonikids. In my own adolescence, the facility's very name, "Ferris", was used to invoke fear as a deterrent to getting in trouble. Often I was told I would "end up in Ferris" if I didn't "clean up my act". This was about the same time I discovered solace in playing the Blues on a harmonica, which may have actually saved me from going there. Consequently I’ve made it my personal mission to provide these youth the proven benefits of my Harmonikids programs annually. So I guess, in an ironic way I did wind up there - though it was many years later - to provide the healing power of music.
The Blues Foundation Announces 33rd Blues Music Award Nominees
Online Voting and Ticket Sales Open December 13
Michael "Hawkeye" Herman and “Blues In the Schools”
In 1998, Hawkeye received the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for achievement in education. He was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2004. Over the past 34 years, Hawkeye has presented his "Blues In The Schools" programs in more than five hundred schools (all levels; from elementary schools to college level), in twenty-eight states in the USA, in nine foreign nations, and to over 1/2 a million students. The list of institutions that have benefited from his presentations range from Stanford, Colorado, and Arkansas State Universities, to elementary, junior and senior high schools throughout the USA, in Europe, and South America. Read More...
The Blind Boys of Alabama
The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, sung for two presidents in the White House and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits.Read More...
Greetings from the BB King Museum Director
Fall is finally here, and at the B.B. King Museum, that means school tours are in abundance!
National Blues Museum
Just in, National Blues Museum publicity in France.
Translated by Google.................
All those present of 6 to 8 October 2011 at King Biscuit Festival in Helena, Arkansas, and October 9, 2011 at the Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi were impressed by the information campaign conducted by Dave Beardsley to publicize the project National Museum of the blues (National Blues Museum) which should open its doors in downtown St. Louis in 2013. Each viewer (or almost) in the audience was presented with a nice card stock paper front / back postcard size with the project. A real painstaking work in the service of a project for the less ambitious. Read More...
South Delta Planning and Development District Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2011 Innovation Award
WASHINGTON, DC – The South Delta Planning and Development District, based in Greenville, MIssissippi received a 2011 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center.
Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards
Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.
Jimmy Thackery - Take My Blues-2011
Jimmy Thackery will be one of the amazing performers on the upcoming Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise October 23- 30, 2011. Read More...
David Maxwell- After Hours -Live from the Motor City Boogie Woogie Festival
Over the last decade, David Maxwell has received over a half dozen WC Handy and Grammy nominations and a Grammy Award for recorded work, as well as Handy nominations for instrumental performance. He has played with many of the greats including tours with Bonnie Raitt, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and many more.
Youth In The Blues
THE PINETOP PERKINS FOUNDATION IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE 2011 YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is pleased to announce the names of nine youth scholarship recipients from for the 2011 Master Class Workshops in Piano and Guitar. five different states Read More...