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   The Blues Show with Jonny Meister airs Saturday nights

                       from 7PM to Midnight on WXPN.

Coming Up On  The Blues Show  December 3 and 10, 2016:

The Blues Show and other XPN specialty music offerings are taking a break during the XPN A to Z song event now in progress. We'll be back with the blues on Saturday, December 17th. Remember that you can listen to recordings of recent blues shows with the links on the top of this page.

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions Blue Dimensions is also pre-empted by the A to Z special event. This week's Blue Dimensions (program E48) is available here. Program description: Aggregate Prime, a project of drummer Ralph Peterson, with Vijay Iyer on piano, Gary Thomas on tenor sax and flute, Mark Whitfield on guitar, and Kenny Davis on bass. The album is called Dream Deferred, a late-in-the-year release that is certainly one of 2016's best jazz albums. We'll hear several tracks from it, and go back to 2001 for a Ralph Peterson piece from his album Subliminal Seduction. Also new music from two groups that expanded their music by expanding their size, The Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, and The Band Of Other Brothers.      

Links for   Local Artists  |  Venues  |  Blues Events

The Blues Images 2017 Blues Calendar its and accompanying CD is now available, featuring pre-war blues classics (such as Skip James "Illinois Blues") and rarities (Big Bill Broonzy recorded as "Big Bill Johnson"), and photos and art work about the pre-war blues artists featured on the calendar and the CD.
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 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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• • • December • • •

Friday, December 2, 2016

Deb Callahan Band @ The Mermaid Inn
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA   (9PM)

Chris O'Leary Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ (7:30PM) $28 advance, $35 Door

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Johnny Rawls @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ North Penn VFW Post 676
Glenside PA

Popa Chubby @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Joe Louis Walker @ Tin Angel
Philadelphia PA (7PM) $22

Frank Bey @ Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center
Philadelphia (Manayunk) PA (2PM) $20/$25

Friday, December 9, 2016

Deb Callahan Band @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA   (9:15 PM)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ The Lucky Well
Ambler PA

Stevie And The Bluecasters @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7PM)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bucks County Blues Society presents
The Nighthawks — — opening: AC Steel & The Galvanizers
@ Terchon V.F.W.
Edgely PA

Whiskey Kreek Acoustic @ Saucony Creek Gastropub
Kutztown PA

Friday, December 16, 2016

Mike Guldin and Rollin' & Tumblin' @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA

Joe Zook & Paul Plumeri @ Record Collector
Bordentown NJ   (7:30PM)   $12 advance, $15 door

Nick Moss Blues Band & Dennis Gruenling @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ (7:30PM) $30 advance $35 door

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Whiskey Kreek Acoustic @ Grand Central Tap Room
Fleetwood PA

Friday, December 30, 2016

Popa Chubby @ Record Collector
Bordentown NJ   (7:30PM)   $20 advance, $25 door

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Deb Callahan Band @ Carlisle First Night
Carlisle PA   (8:30 PM)

• • • January • • •

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tas Cru & The Tortured Souls @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ (7:30 PM) $30 advance, $35 door

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Nick Schnebelen Band
@ Building 24 Live Wyomissing PA

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nick Schnebelen Band @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Davy Knowles @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA

Friday, January 20, 2017

Johnny Winter All Star Band @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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

• • • February • • •

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Dukes Of Destiny @ The Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

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

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

• • • March • • •

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)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

• • • April • • •

Friday, April 28, 2017

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

• • • May • • •

• • • June • • •

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

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• • • November • • •

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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".

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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

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