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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  July 22, 2017:

Mississippi John Hurt — a new reissue CD Live At Oberlin College 4-15-65 brings back the magic of the much-loved bluesman's shows during the height of the folk-blues revival.

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions, Program F30Louis Hayes Serenade For Horace — At age 80, Louis Hayes remains at the top of his game as a drummer and band leader. We'll also hear a piece from Horace Silver from more than half a century ago with Hayes on drums. Plus, the SF Jazz Collective. Their new album is called Music Of Miles Davis and Other Compositions; we'll play a couple of those "other compositions" - - great originals by the band members including pianist Edward Simon, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, and vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and we'll also hear a 2005 recording of a young Warren Wolf with the late great pianist Mulgrew Miller in the band, taking on a Wes Montgomery piece.

Eric Gales spoke passionately to the audience at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival July 8th at the start of his set about his battle with addiction and drug dependency, and how, after a long struggle, he is off the stuff and seems to be regaining his freedom and joy in life. Congrats to Eric!

Thornetta Davis sang from the heart earlier that same day — her song I'd Rather be Alone.

Links for   Local Artists  |  Venues  |  Blues Events

       • • • 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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• • • July • • •


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Roadhouse Blues Fest from Central Delaware Blues Society
@ Jonathan's Landing in Magnolia DE
Joe Louis Walker
Alvin "Youngblood" Hart
Vanessa Collier
Roger Girke
Tom Craig & The Soul Patch Band
The Blues Reincarnation Project
$30 advance sale, $35 day of show
(Gates open 11AM; music Noon-9PM)


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Toronzo Cannon @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 day of show


Monday, July 24, 2017

Toronzo Cannon @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $17 advance, $19 day of show, plus fees


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Toronzo Cannon @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733


Friday, July 28, 2017

Apocalypse Blues Review @ Bandshell Concert Series
City Park in Reading PA 19602 (7PM) free

Ardvark Felon @ The Twisted tail
Philadelphia PA 19147


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Deb Callahan @ The Lucky Well
Ambler PA 19002 (8PM)

• • • August • • •


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Shemekia Copeland @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50 - $45

Junior Watson with Dean Shot & The Solid Senders & Johnny Childs
@ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 advance, $35 day of show


Friday, August 4, 2017

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 1)
Water Street, between Market Street and French Street
across from the Wilmington train station
Wilmington DE 19801

      Main Stage
5:00PM Deb Callahan Band
6:45PM Bruce Katz Band
8:30PM Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials

      Side Stage
6:15PM & 8:00PM Dr Harmonica & Rocket 88


Shemekia Copeland @ F. M. Kirby Center
Wilkes-Barre PA 18701 (8PM) $20 ($25 day of show) plus fees


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 2)
Water Street, between Market Street and French Street
across from the Wilmington train station
Wilmington DE 19801

      Main Stage
12Noon Regina Bonelli Band with Michael Hill
1:30PM Peter Harper & Midwest Kind
3:15PM Nikki Hill
5:00PM Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's
6:45PM John Primer & His Real Deal Blues Band
8:30PM Kenny Neal & His Family Band

      Side Stage
2:45PM The Blues Reincarnation Project
4:30PM lower case blues
6:15PM The Blues Reincarnation Project
8:00PM lower case blues


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 3)
Water Street, between Market Street and French Street
across from the Wilmington train station
Wilmington DE 19801
      Main Stage
12:30PM Dawn Tyler Watson
 2:30PM Joe Louis Walker
 4:30PM Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues 4oth Anniversary Show

      Side Stage
2:00PM Barrelhouse
4:00PM Roger Girke & The Soul Senders


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' @ F. M. Kirby Center
Wilkes-Barre PA 18701 (8PM) $29/$39$49/$69 plus fees


Friday, August 11, 2017

The Mojo Gypsies @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (9PM-12:45AM)


Saturday, August 12, 2017

JP Soars & The Redhots @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ "The V" (North Penn VFW)
Glenside PA (9PM-1AM ) free

The Mojo Gypsies @ The Local
Point Pleasant PA 18950


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eric Gales @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50/$29.50


Saturday, August 19, 2017

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ The Local
Point Pleasant PA 18938

The Mojo Gypsies @ Hotel Fiesole
Skippack Village PA 19473


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Terrance Simien @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $19.50
family/children's show (2PM) $19.50, $10 for children & students)


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Jarekus Singleton and Selwyn Birchwood @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50, $30

Sounds Of Summer Free Concert Series
@ Center Court, The Promenade at Sagemore, on Route 73
David Gerald Blues Trio
Marlton NJ 08053 (6:30PM-8:30PM)

Jonny Lang @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $35 advance, $38 day of show + fees


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $39.50 - $55


Friday, August 25, 2017

The Mojo Gypsies @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival
on the Great Lawn (on the Boardwalk) at Cooper Avenue in Long Branch NJ (Noon-9:30PM)
1:15PM Sandy Sasso & her trio
2:30PM AC Steel & The Galvanizers
3:45PM Andy Rothstein
5:00PM Running Dog Band with Ty Mares
6:15PM Deb Callahan Band
7:30PM Popa Chubby


Thursday, August 31, 2017

James Armstrong @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733


• • • September • • •


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Gypsy Moon Blues Festival
East Petersburg PA
3:00PM-3:45PM Bluestime
3:50PM-4:25PM Benjamin Vo Blues Band
4:30PM-5:15PM Shawan And The Wonton
5:20PM-6:15PM Aardvark Felon
6:20PM-7:10PM Buzzard Luck
7:15PM Blues Jam until 8PM
free event


AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA (7PM-10PM) free; CD/download card giveaway


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ruthie Foster @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30 PM) $35 advance, $40 at door


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Phoenixville Blues Festival
in Reeves Park, in Phoenixville PA, Noon-10PM

Johnny Winter All-Star Band @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $20 advance, $22 day of show + fees


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Albert Castiglia and Joanna Connor @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50, $30


Friday, September 15, 2017

The Mojo Gypsies @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087


Saturday, September 16, 2017

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Lucky Well
Ambler PA (8PM-Midnight) free


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bucks County Blues Society Annual Hank Storey Benefit
bands include AC Steel & The Galvanizers and others
@ Terchon VFW Post
Edgely PA


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


Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Flashpoints @ The Mermaid Inn
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA (9:30PM) $10


Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Mojo Gypsies @ Lost Tavern Brewing
Hellertown PA 18055


• • • October • • •


Friday, October 6, 2017

Reading Blues Fest Day One
11:30AM Kick-Off Luncheon The Bluesmasters
     @ Peanut Bar Restaurant, Reading PA
5:00PM Deb Callahan Trio @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
7:00PM Kenny Neal plus Samantha Fish @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
11:30PM Alexis P. Suter Band with Berks Horns, Mikey Jr. & Deb Callahan
     @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA


AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Puck
Doylestown PA (sets 9PM, 10:30PM) free


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Reading Blues Fest Day Two
12 Noon Kick-Off Luncheon Teeny Tucker Women In The Blues with
Robert Hughes, hosted by Michael Cloeren @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
2:30PM Philadelphia Blues AllstarsMikey Jr., Deb Callahan, Kevin McCann
and Dave Holtzman @ Abe's By Chef Allen, Reading PA
7:00PM Robert Cray Band, opening: Blind Boy Paxton
    @ Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading PA
7:30PM Dave Mell Blues Band @ Peanut Bar Restaurant, Reading PA
11:30PM Alexis P. Suter Band with Berks Horns
& Deb Callahan, Kevin McCann and Dave Holtzman
     @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA


Paoli Blues Festival
Paoli Presbyterian Church
South Valley Road
Paoli PA
Noon — (TBA)
1PM — (TBA)
2PM — (TBA)
3PM — (TBA)
4PM — (TBA)
5PM — (TBA)


James Hunter Six featuring @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50 - $45


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Reading Blues Fest Day Three
10:00AM buffet
11:00AM Slam Allen @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
12 Noon Josh Taylor's Next Gen Blues @ Sofrito Gastro Pub, Reading PA
1:00PM Blind Boy Paxton @ Goggle Works Center For The Arts, Reading PA
1:30PM Bill Wax keynote speaker, former Sirius XM Bluesville director
   @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
4:00PM Jonny Lang, opening Dana Fuchs Duo with Jon Diamond
   @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA


Monday, October 9, 2017

Buddy Guy @ Grand Opera House
Wilmington DE 19801


Friday, October 13, 2017

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ The Local
Point Pleasant PA 18938


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Blue Earl Brewing
Smyrna DE 19977 (7PM-10PM)

• • • November • • •


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Irma Thomas, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band
@ Grand Opera House
Wilmington DE 19801 (8PM)


Saturday, November 4, 2017

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ "The V" (North Penn VFW)
Glenside PA (9PM-1AM) free


Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Flashpoints @ The Mermaid Inn
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA (9:30PM) $10

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Hotel Fiesole
Skippack (8PM-Midnight) free


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Kate Taylor @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $20 advance, $22 day of show + fees


• • • December • • •


• • • January • • •


• • • February • • •


Friday, February 16, 2017

Destination Blues Music Festival Day One
in Bloomsburg, Berwick, and Danville PA


Saturday, February 17, 2017

Destination Blues Music Festival Day Two
in Bloomsburg, Berwick, and Danville PA


Sunday, February 18, 2017

Destination Blues Music Festival Day Three
in Bloomsburg, Berwick, and Danville PA


• • • March • • •


Friday, March 9, 2018

Lancaster Roots And Blues Festival Day 1
locations & venues in Lancaster PA
early bird discount tickets now on sale


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Lancaster Roots And Blues Festival Day 2
locations & venues in Lancaster PA
early bird discount tickets now on sale


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lancaster Roots And Blues Festival Day 3
locations & venues in Lancaster PA
early bird discount tickets now on sale


Friday, March 23, 2018

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 1 @ Steel Stacks
Bethlehem PA 18015


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 2 @ Steel Stacks
Bethlehem PA 18015


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 3 @ Steel Stacks
Bethlehem PA 18015


• • • April • • •


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• • • June • • •


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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events

           Weekly


• • • 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

           Monthly


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".


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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
610-649-8389

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

The Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square PA 19348
484-732-8295

Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA
215-572-7650

Lansdowne Folk Club
at the Twentieth Century Club
84 South Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne PA 19050
484-466-6213

Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087
609-389-0118

The Lucky Well
111 East Butler Avenue
Ambler PA 19002
215-646-4242

Mermaid Inn
7673 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
215-247-9797

The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown NJ 08505
609-324-0880

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
856-665–7427

Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202

Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808

The State Theatre
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick NJ 08901
732-246-7469

The Tin Angel
20 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
215-928-0770

Warmdaddy's
1400 South Columbus Boulevard (at Reed Street)
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-462-2000

World Cafe Live (Philadelphia)
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
215-222-1400

World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
501 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400

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James Cotton and Jonny Meister
Jonny Meister with the late great James Cotton

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

Robert Johnson Charlie Musselwhite
Shemekia Copeland Blind Lemon Jefferson

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