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      The Blues Show

   The Blues Show with Jonny Meister airs Saturday nights

                       from 7PM to Midnight on WXPN.

Coming Up On  The Blues Show  January 21, 2017:

we'll play the Rolling Stones' new album Blue & Lonesome in its entirety - - but, not by the Stones . . . the album consists of twelve covers of classic blues tracks from Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Little Johnny Taylor, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, and more, and we'll play the original versions of all of these songs in the 8PM hour of the show.

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions, Program BD-F04The Second Album from The First Man, Sidney Jacobs, a new album from singer and arranger Sidney Jacobs offers some sparkling originals and inventive covers, and we'll hear some of each from his album First Man, including a song written by James Taylor and a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein song that has been a favorite of the jazz world since John Coltrane recorded it in 1961. Also, a quarter-century old tape of Nathan East with Eric Clapton & Phil Collins has surfaced, and members of the band whose song is on the tape have added new parts to the mix. The result is a colorful version of an Earth Wind and Fire hit with some of the music newly added and some old. We'll also hear a very different take on it from Jack DeJohnette's album In Movement with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison. Tenor sax players Azar Lawrence and Al McLean travel to the Frontiers - - that's the title of their new album together, and alto sax player Steve Slagle celebrates his neighborhood in upper Manhattan in New York City, and his instrument with Alto Manhattan.      

Links for   Local Artists  |  Venues  |  Blues Events

Seth Holzman, one of the Philadelphia area's finest harmonica players
is offering lessons, both for beginners and intermediate level players, in
Philadelphia in January, and in Havertown in March. More info

Congratulations to Shemekia Copeland who gave birth to a six-pound, eleven-ounce baby boy, Johnny Lee Copeland, on December 24th! Mother and son are in high spirits.

91-year old blues pianist and former Howlin' Wolf band member Henry Gray lost his home and everything he owns in the floods that devastated many Louisiana communities last year. A fundraiser for Henry is still in progress.

       • • • Area Blues Concerts & Events • • •

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

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• • • January • • •

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tinsley Ellis @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA (8PM) $19.50/$29.50

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ Red Hot & Blue
Cherry Hill NJ 08002 (6PM-10PM)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lehigh River Blues Jam
@ Days Hotel (Ballroom)
Allentown PA (3PM-10PM) $20 purchase by 1/20/2017, else $25
The BC Combo featuring The Cook Family
Friar's Point
Tavern Tan
Chuck Lambert Band
Bobby Kyle & The Administrators
Little Red Rooster
children 16 and under free
free southern cooked platter with each ticket
purchase, while supplies last
Red Beans & Rice, Corn Bread, Collard Greens
Mac & Cheese, Fried Chicken

• • • February • • •

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Dukes Of Destiny @ The Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA  (8PM-10:30PM) $18 advance, $22 door

Sister Blue Band @ Brunswick Zone
Feasterville PA 19053 (9PM-1AM)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Nighthawks & Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
@ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA (8PM) $19.50/$29.50

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ Red Hot & Blue
Cherry Hill NJ 08002 (6PM-10PM)

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

Destination Blues Music Festival
Columbia and Montour counties in Pennsylvania
featuring Otis Taylor, Joanna Connor
John Németh, Lea Gilmore
tickets are available now

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dr. Ben's Backbone Blues Trio (with Seth Holzman harmonica) @ Village Tavern
North Wales PA (7PM-11PM) free — seating reservation near band recommended

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ Brickside Grille
Exton PA 19341 (8PM-11PM)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in Song
(live concert and documentary)
Annenberg Center - Harold Prince Theatre
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $35

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bill Wharton "The Sauce Boss" @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)

Friday, February 24, 2017 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival
featuring Lucky Peterson, Grady Champion, Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Mr. Sipp, Ursula Ricks, John Németh
John Mooney, Curtis Salgado, Roomful Of Blues
Duke Robillard, Greg Piccolo, Popa Chubby
Billy Price, Savoy Brown
Venues in downtown Lancaster PA
tickets are available now

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown @ Record Collector
Bordentown NJ   (7:30PM)   $35 advance, $40 door

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ The Pines Tavern
Bristol PA 19007 (9PM-Midnight)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

True Blues with Corey Harris & Eric Bibb
Annenberg Center - Harold Prince Theatre
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $30

Jimmy Thackery @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ (7:30 PM) $30 advance, $35 door

• • • March • • •

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ Nora Lees
New Castle DE 19720 (7PM-10PM)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Curtis Salgado @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ (7:30 PM) $30 advance $35 day of show

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bruce Katz Band @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)

Roomful Of Blues @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA   (8PM)   $25/$39.50

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lucky Peterson @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)

Friday, March 24, 2017 - Sunday, March 26, 2017

Blast Furnace Blues Festival @ Steel Stacks Bethlehem PA

     Musikfest Café
7:00PM Friar’s Point
8:15PM Clarence Spady
10:00PM Craig Thatcher Band

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Sunday, March 26, 2017

Blast Furnace Blues Festival @ Steel Stacks Bethlehem PA

     Musikfest Café
12:30PM Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi
1:45PM Diunna Greenleaf
3:15PM Leon Blue
5:00PM Kenny Neal
6:45PM Mr. Sipp
8:30PM Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band
     Blast Furnace Room Stage
1:00PM Leon Blue
2:30PM Mr. Sipp
4:15PM Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi
6:00PM Diunna Greenleaf
7:45PM Kenny Neal

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Alexis P. Suter Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ (7:30 PM) $30 advance $35 day of show

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - Sunday, March 26, 2017

Blast Furnace Blues Festival @ Steel Stacks Bethlehem PA

     Musikfest Café
11:00AM BC Combo
1:15PM Dwayne Dospie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
2:30PM The Lee Boys
4:15PM Victor Wainwright
6:00PM Ana Popovic
     Blast Furnace Room Stage
12:30PM James Supra & Sarah Ayers Quartet
2:00PM Magic Dick & Shun Ng
3:45PM Dwayne Dospie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
5:15PM The Lee Boys

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Victor Wainwright @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)

• • • April • • •

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Popa Chubby @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ (7:30 PM) $30 advance $35 day of show

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Berks Jazz Fest Jazz Gets The Blues
Clarence Spady, Alexis P. Suter, Vicki Bell
Steve Cole, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Pat Bianchi
@ Doubletree by Hilton ballroom, Reading PA
brunch 10AM, show 11:15AM
$49 reserved seating includes brunch

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Berks Jazz Fest
Jarekus Singleton plus Vanessa Collier (two concerts) @ Building 24 Live
Wyomissing PA (7:30PM) $30

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Berks Jazz Fest
Jon Cleary @ Building 24 Live
Wyomissing PA (1:30PM) $39

Berks Jazz Fest
Shemekia Copeland plus Selwyn Birchwood (two concerts) (7:30PM)
Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom, Reading PA $40

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Samantha Fish @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA (8PM) $19.50, $30

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Albert Cummings
@ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA (8PM) $21.50/$30

Friday, April 28, 2017

Buddy Guy @ The Borgata
Atlantic City NJ (9PM) $55-$65

• • • May • • •

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tommy Castro & Mike Zito @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $25/$39.50

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Robben Ford @ Sellersville Theater Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA (8PM) $33, $45

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chesapeake Blues Festival
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis MD
1 day $45, 2 days $85 Toronzo Cannon, Mr. Sipp
William Bell Band, Ana Popovic
Walter Trout, Jonny Lang, Samantha Fish
Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, Frank Bang
Apocalypse Blues Revue and more

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ana Popovic @ Sellersville Theater Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA (8PM)

• • • June • • •

Friday, June 2, 2017

John Mayall @ Sellersville Theater Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA (6PM & 9PM)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Danielle Nicole @ Sellersville Theater Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA (6PM & 9PM)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017

St. Georges Blues Festival
Commodore Center Grounds
Saint Georges DE

• • • July • • •

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

Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342 tickets now on sale

• • • August • • •

• • • September • • •

Sunday, September 24, 2017

4th Annual Blues Cruisin' Lunch
1:00PM boarding the Spirit Of Philadelphia
1:30PM Embark - cruise begins
4:00PM Spirit of Philadelphia returns to the dock, and
4:30PM Disembark. The show concludes

• • • October • • •

• • • November • • •

• • • December • • •

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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events


• • • every Tuesday • • •

open blues jam lead by Paul Boddy @ Puck Live
Doylestown PA   (8PM)   free

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
Enola PA

• • • every Wednesday • • •

Mikey Jr. @ The Twisted Tail 8PM
Philadelphia PA

• • • every Sunday • • •

Mikey Jr. leads blues jam 5PM-9PM @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA


Fred Miller Blues Band @ The Rusty Nail
Blues Jam 8PM last Sunday of each month
Ardmore PA

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".

Seth Holzman's classes in Philadelphia in January start on
Thursday, January 26, 2017. The eight-week courses
"Harmonica For Beginners" (ages 13 & above), 6:30PM-7:45PM and
"Blues Harmonica 1" 8:00PM-9:15PM will begin January 26th
at the new Philadelphia Folksong Society building
in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.
These Thursday night classes are offered by two organizations:
The Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS) and Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT).
For information or to register, please contact
Philadelphia Folksong Society (215-247-1300)
or contact MALT (215-843-6436)
The course fee is a little lower if you register through PFS, and even
lower if you are a member of PFS.

The March classes start on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Havertown PA
"Harmonica For Beginners" (6:30PM-8:00PM) and
"Blues Harmonica 1" (8:00PM-9:30PM) will begin on March 1, 2017, at
Haverford Senior High School in Havertown PA.
These classes are offered by
Haverford Township Adult School (HTAS) (610-446-8022).
Registration will commence in early January.
Seth Holzman also may offer a private classes for small groups,
with a discount for someone who can provide a location
for the classes to meet.
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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!

Local Blues Artists in our listening areas

A C Steel & The Galvanizers
Georgie Bonds
Deb Callahan
Lisa Chavous & The Philadelphia
    Blues Messengers

Dukes Of Destiny
Mikey Jr.
Sister Blue Band

   — — Venues — —

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.

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.

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

The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown NJ 08505

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

1400 South Columbus Boulevard (at Reed Street)
Philadelphia PA 19147

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

Robert Johnson Charlie Musselwhite
Shemekia Copeland Blind Lemon Jefferson

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