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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  November 22, 2014:

New blues from Eric Bibb, an album called Blues People, including a haunting new song "Rosewood" based on the destruction of the African-American community of Rosewood FL in 1923 in a racially-charged outbreak of violence. Also, some zydeco, from Curley Taylor who performs December 6th at an XPN Zydeco Crossroads concert/dance party in Philadelphia (reserve your free tickets!), and a zydeco rarity from another performer in the series, Chubby Carrier's 1989 cassette-only album Go Zydeco Go.

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions, it's Songs From A Stolen Spring, a new album of mashups, American singers and artists from other countries mixing freedom songs and songs of hope and aspiration for better times, featuring American singers Mighty Sam McClain, Terry Evans, and The Blind Boys Of Alabama with Ramy Essam, Eskenderella, Tania Saleh and other, mostly middle eastern performers. The album is produced by Erik Hillestad, producer of Lullabies From The Axis Of Evil in 2004, and we'll also hear from another album he produced featuring Mighty Sam McClain with Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat. Also, congas! - - from a new album by Candido, who is 92 years old now, and classics featuring Chano Pozo with Dizzy Gillespie, and from Mongo Santamaria — plus, bassist David Friesen and his Circle 3 Trio (another bassist-band leader! It's been a good year for them).      

Megaforce Records has released a video of Johnny Winter performing the Son House song "Death Letter," a song from Winter's final album Step Back.
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!

       • • • Area Blues Concerts & Events • • •


For more detailed information please visit our concert calendar or a venue's website.


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• • • November • • •


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dukes Of Destiny @ The Mermaid Inn
Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia PA
celebrating harmonica player John Colgan-Davis's 64th birthday
9:30PM-12:15AM $12 215-247-9797

Alexis P. Suter Band @ The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown NJ
7:30PM 609-324-0880

Roger Girke @ The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
9PM 215-558-2471


Friday, November 28, 2014

lower case blues @ The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
9PM 215-558-2471

Sister Blue & Tom Donovan @ LaPorta Ristorante
1192 North Middletown Road
Media PA
8PM 610-358-5104

Pat Wictor @ Steel City Coffee House
203 Bridge Street
Phoenixville PA 19460
610-933-4043 8PM, doors/dinner at 7PM, $16 advance, $18 day of show


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Final Vinyl @ The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
9PM 215-558-2471

Craig Thatcher & Mike Dugan @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets

Sister Blue Band @ Daly's Pub
4201 Comly Street
Philadelphia PA
9PM 215-533-2000


• • • December • • •


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

4W5 Blues Jam @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington, upstairs)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
7PM free 302-994-1400


Thursday, December 4, 2014

David Bromberg Quintet@ Sellersville Theatre
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Pedrito Martinez Group @ Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA
8PM 215-572-7650


Friday, December 5, 2014

Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds@ Sellersville Theatre
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808

Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA
8PM 215-572-7650


Saturday, December 6, 2014

XPN Zydeco Crossroads Event
Concert and Dance Party with Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
@ District N9NE
460 North 9th Street
Philadelphia PA 19123
doors open at 7PM
7:30PM Zydeco dance lesson with Harold Guillory from Lake Charles, Louisiana
8:30PM Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble (1st set)
10:30PM Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble (2nd set)
General-Admission    Standing-Room    21+ Only   No Re-Entry
This event is free, but if you want to go, you
need to reserve a place for yourself.

Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA
8PM 215-572-7650


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This show has been cancelled.
James Cotton @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
8PM 302-994-1400


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tab Benoit &: Tommy Castro @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hot Tuna (electric) @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
315 White Horse Pike
Collingswood NJ 08108
7:30PM $75, $47, & $34


Friday, December 12, 2014

Joe Louis Walker @ Warmdaddys
1400 South Columbus Boulevard (at Reed Street)
Philadelphia PA
215-462-2000 7:30PM and 10PM $15

The Porkroll Project @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
8PM 302-994-1400


Saturday, December 13, 2014

This show has been cancelled.
James Cotton @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets

Ladies Sing the Blues featuring Catherine Russell
Brianna Thomas & Charenee Wade @ McCarter Theater (Berlind Auditorium)
91 University Place
Princeton NJ 08540
609-258-2787 8PM

Joe Louis Walker @ Warmdaddys
1400 South Columbus Boulevard (at Reed Street)
Philadelphia PA
215-462-2000 7:30PM and 10PM $15


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bucks County Blues Society presents
The Nighthawks (two sets)
opening: Blue Jay Slim & The Tone-Blasters
@ Terchon V. F. W. Post 5542
1315 Hardy Street
Edgely PA 19007
$12  8PM  215-946-9424


Friday, December 19, 2014

Albert Cummings @ Sellersville Theatre
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Diamond State Blues Society presents The Nighthawks
@ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE
302-836-8202 7:30PM-10:30PM $20 Blues Society Members, $25 non-members


Saturday, December 26, 2014

Popa Chubby with Flamin' Harry @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dukes Of Destiny @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
9:30PM 215-222-1400


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dana Fuchs @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808

• • • February • • •


Friday, February 6, 2015

Albert Castiglia @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Peter Karp & Sue Foley @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Jason Ricci @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Joanne Shaw Taylor @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Nikki Hill @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Joe Louis Walker @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Chubby Carrier @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Mac Arnold & Plate Full o'Blues @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Philly Gumbo @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Johnny Long @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Mark May @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Trudy Lynn @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Nikki Hill @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA

Poppa Chubby @ Lancaster Roots & Blues — A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA


Friday, February 27, 2015

Corey Harris @ Community Arts Center
opening: Sonoma Sound
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford PA 19086
7:30PM $15


• • • March • • •


Friday, March 6, 2015

Roomful Of Blues @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Keb' Mo' @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
315 White Horse Pike
Collingswood NJ 08108
7:30PM $75, $47, & $34


Friday, March 27, 2015

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day One @ Steel Stacks
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300

      Musikfest Café
 6:15PM          Friar's Point
 6:45PM          Dugan Thomas
 8:30PM          James Supra Blues Band
10:30PM         Sarah Ayers Band

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day Two @ Steel Stacks
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300

      Musikfest Café
1:30PM          Ed Anderson
3:00PM          Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
4:30PM          Gaye Adegbalola
6:00PM          Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
7:45PM          Tommy Castro
9:30PM          John Németh & The Bo-Keys

      Fowler Blast Furnace Room Stage
2:15PM          Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
3:45PM          Eric Noden & Joe Filisko
5:30PM          Ed Anderson
7:00PM          Carolyn Wonderland
8:45PM          Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day Three @ Steel Stacks
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300

      Musikfest Café
11:00AM         Blues Brunch with BC Combo (separate ticket required)
1:30PM          Carolyn Wonderland
2:45PM          Freddie King Reunion Band
4:15PM          Chris O'Leary Band
6:00PM          Shemekia Copeland
7:45PM          Heritage Blues Orchestra

      Fowler Blast Furnace Room Stage
1:15PM          Mike Mettalia & Midnight Shift
3:15PM          Maria Woodford Band
5:00PM          Roddy Barnes
7:00PM          Freddie King Reunion Band

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• • • May • • •



• • • June • • •


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Saint Georges Blues Festival Day One
Commodore Center Grounds
1701 South Dupont Highway
Saint Georges Delaware
Jarekus Singleton and Samantha Fish are booked so far for this event
more info

Saturday, June 7, 2015

Saint Georges Blues Festival Day Two
Commodore Center Grounds
1701 South Dupont Highway
Saint Georges Delaware
Jarekus Singleton and Samantha Fish are booked so far for this event
more info

• • • July • • •


Friday, July 11, 2015

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


Saturday, July 12, 2015

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


Friday, July 24, 2015

Pennsylvania Blues Festival Kickoff Night
Blue Mountain Ski Area
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton PA 18071
610-826-7700


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pennsylvania Blues Festival Day One
Blue Mountain Ski Area
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton PA 18071
610-826-7700


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pennsylvania Blues Festival Day Two
Blue Mountain Ski Area
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton PA 18071
610-826-7700


Friday, July 31, 2015

Diamond State Blues Society and the City of Wilmington present
Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Rosa Parks Drive
Wilmington DE 19801


• • • August • • •


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Diamond State Blues Society and the City of Wilmington present
Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Rosa Parks Drive
Wilmington DE 19801


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Diamond State Blues Society and the City of Wilmington present
Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Rosa Parks Drive
Wilmington DE 19801


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• • • October • • •


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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events


• • • Tuesday • • •

Acoustic Tuesdays with Niki Sbaffoni @ The Twisted tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
6:30PM - 9PM 215-558-2471 info@thetwistedtail.com

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 info@thetwistedtail.com

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 info@thetwistedtail.com

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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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

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