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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  October 1, 2016:

LOTS of new releases! Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Bruce Katz Band, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers, the late Mighty Sam McClain (final recordings), Jimi Hendrix from New Years Eve 1969, Matthew Skoller, Sugar Ray and The Bluetones, Duke Robillard, Kat Riggins, Catherine Russell, and Lil' Ed & Th Blues Imperials.

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions bands and music named with words that you won't find in the dictionary, including Brian Marsella's band Imaginarium, and Thelonious Monk's classic composition "Epistrophy." We'll visit an Imaginarium, or at least hear music from one, namely Brian Marsella's Imaginarium, from a new album called Chapter One: The Clocks Have Gone Mad. This is a very expansive project, with lots of cool instrumentation that draws on many styles and genres. Also, the music of Thelonious Monk from Monk'estra, a band led by pianist John Beasley with fresh interpretations of Monk classics. We'll hear two them, and the originals, from Monk, and from trumpeter Cootie Williams who recorded a Monk composition in 1942 but felt the need to re-title the unusually named piece. We'll also check out a track from saxophonist Eric Alexander's new album Second Impression, with pianist Harold Mabern.      

check out the event schedule for the celebration of the 90th anniversary of John Coltrane's birth in the Philadelphia area.
91-year-old blues pianist and singer Henry Gray, who was in Howlin' Wolf's band for some years and has had a great career in blues music ever since, lost pretty much everything but the clothes he was wearing in the recent Louisiana floods. His home was destroyed. A group of friends and fans have set up a fund-raiser for Henry Gray to help him out.

       • • • Area Blues Concerts & Events • • •


For more blues show 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


[View regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events]


• • • September • • •


Friday, September 30, 2016

Deb Callahan Band @ Red Hot & Blue
2175 Marlton Pike West
Cherry Hill NJ 08002
856-665-7427 8PM


• • • October • • •


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade present
"Ladies Sing The Blues" featuring the music of Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith
Ma Rainey, and Ethel Waters.
@ Annenberg Center Zellerbach Theatre
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
215-898-3900 8PM

Fabulous Thunderbirds
Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers Of Sound
Quinn Sullivan
@ Penn's Peak
325 Maury Road
Jim Thorpe PA 18229
610-826-9000 7PM

Paoli Blues Festival
Paoli Village Shoppes
41 Paoli Plaza
Paoli PA 19301
  Noon Vanessa Collier
1:00PM Roger Girke Band
2:00PM Blow The House Down
3:00PM Little Buddy
4:00PM Dukes of Destiny
5:00PM Russ Lambert & The Shakedancer Band
(across North Valley Road from the Paoli Train Station)
entry fee is a Donation of non-perishable food for the Chester County Food Bank

Kitty Mayo & The Emperess band, Venom Blues, Blues Reincarnation Project
@ World Cafe Live - Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400 8PM $10 + fees


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Friday, October 7, 2016

Magic Dick & Shun Ng & The Slide Brothers @ Havana
105 South Main Street
New Hope PA 18938
8PM $35

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @The Temperance House
5 South State Street
Newtown PA 18940
215-944-8050 7PM

David Bromberg "Big Band Bucket List Birthday Bash"
@ Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA 19038
215-572-7650 8PM $29.50-$49.50 advance
($2.50 additional on day of show) + fees

Deb Callahan Band @ Mermaid Inn
7673 Germantown Avenue (corner of Germantown and Mermaid Lane)
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA
215-247-9797

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ Temperance House
5 South State Street
Newtown PA 18940
215-944-8050 7PM


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Deb Callahan Band @ Blue Earl Brewery
210 Artisans Drive
Smyrna DE 19977
302-653-2337

Frank Bey & The Swing City Blues band @ Friends of St. Paul's Elkins Park
7809 Old York Road
Elkins Park PA 19027
215-635-4185 7:30PM $20 and $25 seats

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ Nora Lees
124 Delaware Street
New Castle DE 19720
302-322-7675 7PM

Mike Guldin and Rollin' & Tumblin' @ Country Creek Winery
133 Cressman Road
Telford PA 18969
215-723-6516 6PM


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Regina Bonelli with Michael Hill @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
8PM

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Hunterdon County Headquarters Library
314 State Route 12, Building #3
Flemington NJ 08822
908-788-1444 7PM-9PM


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Joe Louis Walker and Bob Malone @ Arden Gild Hall
2126 The Highway
Arden DE 19810
302 475-3126 8PM $25


Friday, October 14, 2016

The Claudettes @ The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-558-2471 9:15 PM

Greg Sover (CD release party), Mikey Jr.
@ World Cafe Live - Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
215-222-1400 8PM $10 + fees


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Joe Louis Walker @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton New Jersey 08087
609 389-0118 7:30PM $30 advance sale, $35 door


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bobby Rush @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA 18960
215-257-5808 7:30PM


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Kara Grainger @ Knights of Columbus Hall
(opening act: Sister Blue with Midnight Ramblers)
1801 Lancaster Avenue
Wilmington DE 19806
6:30PM adults $23; ages 13-17 $5.00

Whiskey Kreek Acoustic @ Saucony Creek Gastropub
15032 Kutztown Road
Kutztown PA 19530
610-683-3128 7PM


Friday, October 21, 2016

Matt Schofield & Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz
@ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7PM $28

Deb Callahan Band @ Red Hot & Blue
2175 Marlton Pike West
Cherry Hill NJ 08002
856-665-7427 8PM


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Catherine Russell @ McCarter Theatre (Berlind Theatre)
91 University Place
Princeton NJ 08540
609-258-2787 8PM

Deb Callahan Band @ Steel City Coffeehouse
203 Bridge Street
Phoenixville PA
856-665-7427 8PM

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM $29


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Friday, October 28, 2016

Pennsylvania Music Festival Day One (free event this evening)
@ Split Rock Resort
100 Moseywood Road
Lake Harmony PA 18624
570-722-9111 or 800-255-7625 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

       at The Thirsty Moose (no cover):
9:00PM-1:00AM Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pennsylvania Music Festival Day Two
@ Split Rock Resort
100 Moseywood Road
Lake Harmony PA 18624
570-722-9111 or 800-255-7625 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

       on the Main Stage Governor's Ballroom:
1:00PM-2:15PM Spuyten Duyvil
2:45PM-4:00PM Girls, Guns & Glory
4:30PM-5:45PM Craig Thatcher & Friends
6:15PM-7:30PM CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
8:00PM-9:30PM Devon Allman

       on the Keystone Ballroom Stage:
1:30PM-2:45PM Burning Bridget Cleary
3:15PM-4:30PM Coal Town Rounders
5:00PM-6:15PM Hannah Taylor & The Rekardo Lee Trio
6:45PM-8:00PM Burning Bridget Cleary
8:30PM-8:30PM Coal Town Rounders

       at The Thirsty Moose (no cover):
9:00PM-1:00AM Spuyten Duyvil & Friends

       tickets
advance (by September 19th): 1 day $30, two days $50
between September 20th and October 28th: 1 day $35, two days $60
at the gate: $40 day, $70 weekend


Harper and the Mid-West Kind @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087
609-389-0118 7:30 PM $25 advance $30 door


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Day Three

Pennsylvania Music Festival Day Three @ Split Rock Resort
100 Moseywood Road
Lake Harmony PA 18624
570-722-9111 or 800-255-7625 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

       on the Main Stage Governor's Ballroom:
12Noon-1:15PM Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers Of Sound
1:45PM-3:00PM Mason Porter
3:30PM-4:45PM The Badlees
5:15PM-6:30PM Paul Thorn
7:00PM-8:30PM Royal Southern Brotherhood
       on the Keystone Ballroom Stage:
12:30PM-1:30PM Still Hand String Band
2:00PM-3:00PM Seth Walker
3:30PM-4:45PM Spuyten Duyvil & Friends
5:15PM-6:30PM Still Hand String Band
7:00PM-8:00PM Seth Walker

       at The Thirsty Moose (no cover):
8:00PM-Midnight Spuyten Duyvil & Friends

       tickets
advance (by September 19th): 1 day $30, two days $50
between September 20th and October 28th: 1 day $35, two days $60
at the gate: $40 day, $70 weekend

• • • November • • •


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Peter Harper and Midwest Kind @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202 7:30PM to 10:30PM


Saturday, November 5, 2016

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Alma Mater
7165 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia (Mt. Airy) PA 19119
267-335-4909
free CD or download card with paid admission

Deb Callahan Band @ The Cat's Eye Pub
1730 Thames Street
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD
410-276-9866 4PM-8PM

Amy Black @ World Cafe Live - Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
215-222-1400 8PM $12 ($10 advance sale) + fees


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Samantha Fish @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA 18960
215-257-5808 7:30PM


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Saturday, November 12, 2016

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


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tinsley Ellis @ World Cafe Live - Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400 8PM $20 ($18 advance sale) + fees


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cedric Burnside Project @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202 7:30PM to 10:30PM


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Whiskey Kreek Acoustic @ Saucony Creek Gastropub
15032 Kutztown Road
Kutztown PA 19530
610-683-3128 7PM


Friday, November 25, 2016

Lisa Chavous & The Philadelphia Blues Messengers with guitarst Herb Smith
@ The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-558-2471 9PM-1AM


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hot Tuna (electric) @ Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA 19038
215-572-7650 8PM $37-$47 + fees all ages

Mark Hummel's Golden State Lone Star Revue @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087
609-389-0118 7:30 PM $30 advance $35 door


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


• • • December • • •


Saturday, December 3, 2016

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ North Penn VFW Post 676
2519 Jenkintown Road
Glenside PA 19038
215-576-9023
giveaway CD/download Card in free raffle

Popa Chubby @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA 18960
215-257-5808 8PM


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Saturday, December 10, 2016

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ The Lucky Well
111 East Butler Avenue
Ambler PA 19002
215-646-4242
giveaway CD/Download Card in free raffle


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Whiskey Kreek Acoustic @ Saucony Creek Gastropub
15032 Kutztown Road
Kutztown PA 19530
610-683-3128 7PM


Friday, December 16, 2016

Mike Guldin and Rollin' & Tumblin' @ The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-558-2471 9PM


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Whiskey Kreek Acoustic @ Grand Central Tap Room
45 West Main Street
Fleetwood PA 19522
610-944-7436 8:30PM


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


• • • January • • •


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


• • • February • • •


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


• • • March • • •


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Friday, March 24, 2017

Bluzin' In The Catskills Day One
@ Villa Roma Resort And Conference Center
356 Villa Roma Road
Callicoon NY 12723
877-256-7506

      Mezzanine Bar (2nd Floor )
4PM-6PM Dave Keyes arrival party & reception

      Main Dining Room (3rd Floor )
6PM-8PM dinner

      Forum Night Club (1st Floor)
8:00PM-9:00PM Slam Allen Band
9:15PM-10:15PM Teeny Tucker Band
10:30PM-Midnight Bobby Rush Revue

      Marty's Lounge (1st floor)
12:30AM-3:30AM Bobby Kyle & The Administers
Midnight-3:00AM Late Night Blues Jam


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bluzin' In The Catskills Day Two
@ Villa Roma Resort And Conference Center
356 Villa Roma Road
Callicoon NY 12723
877-256-7506

      Main Dining Room (3rd Floor)
9AM-11AM Breakfast
12:30-PM-1:30PM Lunch
5:30PM-7:30PM Dinner

      Marty's Lounge (1st Floor)

11AM-12:15PM "Centennial Celebration" with Bobby Kyle Band, Teeny Tucker,
    Mikey Junior, Vanessa Collier, curated by Michael Cloeren
12:30PM-1:30PM John Primer & Steve Bell
2:00PM-3:00PM Johnny Rawls & Dave Keller
3:30PM-5:00PM Dave Keyes & friends

      East Room (2nd Floor)
2PM-6PM book signings, movie screenings, industry panels

      Forum Night Club (1st Floor)
7:30PM-8:30PM Johnny Rawls with The Dave Keller Band
8:45PM-9:45PM tribute To Johnny Copeland, featuring Randy Lippincott,
    Bobby Kyle, Barry Harrison, & Joel Perry
10:00PM-11:00PM John Primer
11:15PM-12:30AM Shemekia Copeland

      Marty's Lounge (1st Floor)
12:30AM-3:30AM Dave Keyes & friends


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bluzin' In The Catskills Day Three
@ Villa Roma Resort And Conference Center
356 Villa Roma Road
Callicoon NY 12723
877-256-7506

      Main Dining Room (3rd Floor)
10AM-Noon Brunch
11:30AM keynote speaker
5PM-7PM Dinner

      Mezzanine Bar (2nd Floor)
Noon-1:00PM Dave Keyes

      Forum Night Club (1st Floor)
1PM-2:45PM Guy Davis performing his off-Broadway play
The Adventures Of Fishy Waters

      Marty's Lounge (1st Floor)
3PM-4:30PM Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers Of Sound

      Marty's Lounge (1st Floor)
7PM-10PM (artist TBA)


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


• • • April • • •


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
104 Market Street
Enola PA 17025
717-728-9995 8PM


Friday, April 28, 2017

Lehigh River Blues Jam
Days Inn
3400 Airport Road
Allentown PA 18109
800-241-6246 6PM-Midnight


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Lehigh River Blues Jam
Days Inn
3400 Airport Road
Allentown PA 18109
800-241-6246 Noon-Midnight

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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events


• • • Tuesday • • •

Frank Greene's House Of Blues @ Time Out Sports Bar and Grill
featuring The Frank Greene Blues Band and guests
every Tuesday night
241 White Horse Pike (exit 29 on Rt. 295)
Barrington NJ 08007
856-547-7444 8PM

Acoustic Tuesdays with Niki Sbaffoni @ The Twisted tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
6:30PM - 9PM 215-558-2471 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Old Crispy Minstrels @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202


• • • Wednesday • • •

Mikey Junior & The Stone Cold Blues every Wednesday @ The Twisted tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
8PM 215-558-2471 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The monthly Blues Jam @ Jamey's House Of Music
on the first Wednesday of each month is off for the time being. Unfortunately, Jamey's House of Music, where lots of wonderful musicians have performed!) has been forced to cease operation. They are currently planning on reopening in a new location sometime in the next few months. Jamey's House of Music was a one-of-a-kind house-concert venue, with a very friendly and warm atmosphere, great sound, and fabulous music, and we look forward to Jamey's re-emergence in the near future.

Chuck McCrory, Larry Baltimore, Russ Massimin, lead blues open mic
The Greenwood Inn
4457 Marlton Pike
Pennsauken NJ 08109
8PM-12Midnight 856-663-9868

• • • Friday • • •

"Saint Georges Sessions"
acoustic blues last Friday & Saturday of each month
Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202

• • • Saturday • • •

"Saint Georges Sessions"
acoustic blues last Friday & Saturday of each month
Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202

• • • Sunday • • •

Sunday Blues Jam at The Twisted tail
hosted by Mikey Junior & Friends
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
5PM - 9PM 215-558-2471 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fred Miller Blues Band @ The Rusty Nail
Blues Jam last Sunday of each month
2580 Haverford Road
Ardmore PA 19003
8PM 610-649-6245

Weekly Blues Jam on Sundays, hosted by Blues In The Attic @ Casey's Restaurant & Lounge
155 South Antrim Way
Greencastle PA
4PM - 7PM 717-597-8383

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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

Contact the 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!

Tickets are now on sale for
Saint Georges Blues Festival
June 11-12, 2016 Saint Georges DE
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
July 8-10, 2016, at Briggs Farm in Nescopeck PA
Pennsylvania Blues Festival
September 16-18, 2016 at Split Rock in Lake Harmony PA

Blues Links: Visit these links to explore the Blues, learn about live events, and to take part in the culture of this American art form.

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. They're located at 509 South 2nd Street in Philadelphia.

Alligator Records
One of the leading Chicago blues labels. Alligator is Koko Taylor's label and also home for Lonnie Brooks, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, and many more. Recent releases include albums from Eddy Clearwater, Michael Burks, and Janiva Magness.

Delmark Records
A venerable Chicago blues & jazz label now celebrating 55 years in the business. Many of the blues greats of the past, like Junior Wells and Big Joe Williams, have recorded for Delmark. One of their finest recent releases is Byther Smith's Blues On The Moon. Another is Hattiesburg Blues from Mississippi Heat.

Blind Pig Records
This label is home to Kenny Neal, Magic Slim, Hamilton Loomis, and others and has put out albums by E. C. Scott, Elvin Bishop, Nappy Brown, Big Bill Morganfield, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and plenty more... plus classics from Buddy Guy, Johnny Shines, Snooky Pryor, Jimmy Rogers, Luther Allison... many others!

Pristine Audio
This French reissue company has done wonderful restorations of the audio from old records. Their blues releases include Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, and Tampa Red.

Diamond State Blues Society sponsors many blues events, notably regular day-long shows at Gators in New Castle, DE and summer events in Wilmington.

Bucks County Blues Society is America's oldest blues society. among the performers they have presented are folks like Willie Dixon and Albert Collins. They have regular events and a big Blues/R&B picnic every summer, and they sponsor "Blue Thursdays" every Thursday night at McStew's in Levittown PA.

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

Robert Johnson Charlie Musselwhite
Shemekia Copeland Blind Lemon Jefferson