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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  October 21, 2017:

music from The Cash Box Kings who perform Sunday afternoon, October 22nd for the Bucks County Blues Society

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions, Program F43Forward and BACH with Bill Cunliffe and Lambarena — music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Pianist, arranger, and band leader Bill Cunliffe has done some major jazzification of some of Bach's works on an album called BACHanalia. We'll also hear a Bach selection from a 1994 Bach-related project called Bach To Africa from a group called Lambarena, headed up by a celebrated musician from Gabon, Pierre Akendengue. We have new music from bassist and composer Mike Boone and his quartet from their album Beneath The Surface, and I went beneath the surface myself, and brought up a couple of old albums from the basement that stand the test of time, The Diverse Yusef Lateef, featuring the highly innovative saxophonist, flutist (and more) Yusef Lateef with the vocal group The Sweet Inspirations from 1970, and some potent African jazz and soul from a radiant Zairian group, Ali & Tam's avec L'orchestre Malo, from their out-of-print 1986 self-titled album.

The 2018 Blues Images pre-war Blues Calendar complete with a CD including twenty-four pre-war blues songs is now available. The calendar offers lots of photographs and art work, and info/important dates relating to pre-war blues artists.

check out some info on the Worried Blues reissue series of blues albums recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.

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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• • • October • • •


Friday, October 20, 2017

Philly Gumbo @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM) $16 advance, $18 door


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dukes Of Destiny @ West Grove Friend Meeting House
153 East Harmony Road, West Grove PA 19390 (7:30PM-10PM) $15 at door

Paul Des Lauriers Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $20 advance, $25 at door


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bucks County Blues Society presents
"An Afternoon of Old School Blues"
with The Cash Box Kings @ Terchon VFW Post
Edgely PA 19007 (215-943-5898) (1:30PM) $18 advance purchase

Magic Dick (of J Geils Band) & Shun Ng @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $25/$39.50

Cash Box Kings@ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30 PM) $30 advance, $35 Door

every Sunday:
Blues brunch, jam and open mic, with The Philly Blues Kings
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (11:30AM-4:30PM) $4

every Sunday:
Blues jam led by Mikey Jr. at The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (5PM-9PM)


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

every Tuesday:
Blues / R&B / Roots Jam with The Slidewinder Blues Band
@ Puck
Doylestown PA 18901 (doors 7PM, jam starts 8PM) no cover


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue @ Saint Georges Country Store
St. Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM-10:30PM)


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Matt Schofield & Mike Zito @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Lisa Chavous a tribute to bassist Warren Oree with
Tony Jones, Brett Jolly, Larry McKenna, Jeannie Brooks, and others
@ La Rose Jazz Club
Philadelphia (Mt. Airy) PA 19144 tel. tix 484-557-4110 (6PM-9PM) $25 advance, $30 door

Harper & The Midwest Kind@ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 Door

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Blue Earl Brewing
Smyrna DE 19977


Sunday, October 29, 2017

every Sunday:
Blues brunch, jam and open mic, with The Philly Blues Kings
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (11:30AM-4:30PM) $4

every Sunday:
Blues jam led by Mikey Jr. at The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (5PM-9PM)

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Parx Casino
Bensalem PA 19020


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

every Tuesday:
Blues / R&B / Roots Jam with The Slidewinder Blues Band
@ Puck
Doylestown PA 18901 (doors 7PM, jam starts 8PM) no cover


• • • November • • •


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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

John Primer @ Saint Georges Country Store
St. Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM-10:30PM)


Friday, November 3, 2017

Indigenous @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50/$33

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

Travis Feaster @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 Door

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040


Sunday, November 4, 2017

Tab Benoit, Triple A Blues Band, and more @ The State Theatre
State College PA 16801

Deb Callahan @ The Cats Eye Pub
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD 21231 (4PM-8PM)

Roger Girke Band @ The Cats Eye Pub
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD 21231 (9PM)


Sunday, November 5, 2017

JJ Thames @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $20 Advance $25 Door


Monday, November 6, 2017

Tab Benoit @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nate Myers @ Grotto Pub
Enola PA 17025


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Skyla Burrell Blues Band @ The Cats Eye Pub
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD 21231 (9:30PM)


Friday, November 10, 2017

Deb Callahan Band @ Puck
Doylestown PA (doors 8PM, show 9PM) no cover

Vanessa Collier @ Saint Georges Country Store
St. Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM-10:30PM)

Jimmy Thackery @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 advance, $35 Door


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mavis Staples opens for Bob Dylan @ Tower Theater
Upper Darby PA 19082 (7:30PM)

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

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Hotel Fiesole
Skippack Village PA 19426 ((8PM-Midnight) free

Nate Myers & The Aces @ The Cats Eye Pub
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD 21231 (9:30PM)


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mavis Staples opens for Bob Dylan @ Tower Theater
Upper Darby PA 19082 (7:30PM)

Linwood Taylor Band @ The Cats Eye Pub
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD 21231 (9:30PM)


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mississippi Heat @ Saint Georges Country Store
St. Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM-10:30PM) show is sold out


Friday, November 17, 2017

Dukes Of Destiny @ Mermaid Inn
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA 19118


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds with Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations
@ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)

Roomful Of Blues @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $35 advance, $40 Door

Deb Callahan Band @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM) $16 advance, $18 door


Friday, November 17, 2017

The Nighthawks @ Godfrey Daniels
Bethlehem PA 18015 (8PM)


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Joe Bonamassa @ Academy Of Music
Philadelphia PA 19102 (8PM)


Sunday, November 19, 2017

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


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ursula Ricks hosts "Cats Eye Blues Jam" @ The Cats Eye Pub
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD 21231 (9PM)


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nighthawks (opening Rev. Billy C. Wirtz) @ Baltimore Blues Society show
Rosedale American Legion, Rosedale MD 21237 (8PM)

Ursula Ricks @ The Cats Eye Pub
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD 21231 (4PM-8PM)


• • • December • • •


Wednesday December 6, 2017

Victor Wainwright @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 Advance $35 Door


Friday, December 8, 2017

Popa Chubby @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Duke Robillard @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 Advance $35 Door


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Samantha Fish @ Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore PA 19003 (7:30PM)


• • • 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 2, 2018

Lurrie Bell @ Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square PA 19348
(8PM) $36


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 16, 2017

Ruthie Foster @ Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square PA 19348
(8PM) $38


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


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rory Block @ Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square PA 19348
(8PM) $35


• • • April • • •


• • • May • • •


• • • June • • •


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Billtown Blues Festival
Lycoming County Fairgrounds
Hughesville PA 17737


• • • July • • •


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Pre-Festival Opening Night
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342
Opening Night: Thursday Night's Stage of the Woods

There are many options for going to this festival. Although on-site camping has always been popular for it, some people do make day trips or stay in hotels as well. There are many different ticket prices available for single-day, some days, all days, camping or non-camping, Premium Reserved campsites, and new, this year, private porta-potties . . . The Thursday night event will feature bands playing music of a well-known blues-rock band. Starting on Friday afternoon, the main stage and back-porch stage (under a tent) will feature blues performers. Sunday will feature gospel and soulful blues from the main stage, ending early afternoon. Tickets go on sale October 15th at "early buyer" discount rates. These rates will be at their lowest until December 31. They go up on January 1, up some more on May 5th, and up to full un-discounted price if you want to buy once the festival has begun.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day 1
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day 2
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day 3
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342


• • • August • • •


• • • September • • •

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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


The ten-album series Worried Blues from Fat Possum Records reissues some
music from some wonderful albums recorded by Gene Rosenthal,
some issued on LP in the 1960s and 1970s, and all issued on CDs in the 1990s
in the "Blue Vault" series on the Genes label.
The albums in this series did not enjoy wide promotion and distribution
at the time of issue. Now in the Worried Blues series, they do.

Some of these draw from two originally issued albums, and as such, have
to omit some songs from the original releases. Others are straight reissues of original
albums in the series, and some of those lack a few tracks from those originals.
Possibly this is the result of issues around the publishing of those songs,
though it is unfortunate.
The liner notes in the series are almost all "adapted"
(significantly abridged versions of the excellent notes in the original releases).
Some of the original releases are still around, available as used discs
or ocassionally new, still wrapped. The reissues are
generally much less expensive, can be downloaded as mp3s, and will
come out on LPs for those who want that format in September.

I have found the Discogs website useful, not only for checking info on these particular albums, but also usually a good source of info about the personnel on albums, the dates and places where they were recorded, and the different editions in which they have been issued.

R. L. BurnsideWorried Blues
straight reissue of My Black Name A-Ringin' released on CD in 1991 by
Genes Records through Adelphi label. Original had much more extensive liner notes
and photos. Reissue liner notes lack name of harmonica player Red Ramsey
who plays on several tracks.
originally issued on Genes Records - GCD 9917

Reverend Gary DavisWorried Blues
reissue of O, Glory - The Apostolic Studio Sessions which came out on Edsel label
in 1996, missing two cuts from the original CD. Liner notes significantly abridged,
fail to mention the name of harmonica player Larry Johnson
who plays on four songs.
originally issued on CD by Edsel Records - EDCD 482; LP "O, Glory" issued in
1973 by Adelphi Records.

Honeyboy EdwardsWorried Blues
reissue of Don't Mistreat A Fool album released 1999 Genes label missing three songs from original release (including both that had
Big Walter Horton on harmonica); abridged liner notes
original issue on CD by Genes Records - GCD 9914

Mississippi John HurtWorried Blues
original issue was issued as a double CD, and also apparently
as separate single CDs.
The reissue omits some of the songs and also omits an interview with Hurt
conducted by Pete Seeger on disc two of the original.
Abridged liner notes and art.
both albums/volumes issued together as double CD
Mississippi John Hurt Memorial Anthology
by Genes label - GCD 9906/7 in 1993
Volume 1: released by Edsel Records - EDCD 381 in 1994
Volume 2: released by Edsel Records - EDCD 446 in 1997

Skip JamesWorried Blues
straight reissue of his album She Lyin' which came out in 1993 from Genes Records.
This has all the songs on the original, though abridged liner notes. This is an album of
guitar-based songs. Skip also did a wonderful piano album for Genes, but that is not
reissued in the Worried Blues series, at least not yet.
original issue on Genes Records - GCD 9901 in 1993

Furry LewisWorried Blues
this album draws some songs from two albums in the original Blues Vault series,
On The Road Again (which had come out on LP in 1969) and Take Your Time.
The album "On The Road Again" had some tracks with famed Memphis banjo player Gus Cannon and guitarist Bukka White,
but those songs are among the omitted titles.
On The Road Again originally issued on CD by Genes Records - GCD 9918
Take Your Time originally issued on CD by Genes Records - GCD 9911

Little Brother MontgomeryWorried Blues
this is a straight reissue of Montgomery's No Special Rider CD album
for the Genes label (issued 1999 on CD; 1969 LP issue had two fewer cuts),
with abridged liner notes. On some songs
Jeanne Carroll is the vocalist. Guitarist Mike Stewart plays on some tracks.

Houston StackhouseWorried Blues
reissue of the album Cryin' Won't Help You minus two of its tracks, originally
released on CD in 1994. The highly abridged liner notes are unfortunate,
as the extensive info in the original liner notes included much about the artist
that was previously unpublished and not known.
original label: Genes Records - GCD 9904.

Bukka WhiteWorried Blues
reissue of album 1963 Isn't 1962
issued by Genes Records - GCD 9903 in 1994.

Reverend Robert WilkinsWorried Blues
reissue of Remember Me album, abridged liner notes
originally issued 1993 on Genes label (GCD 9902).

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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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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