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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  December 20, 2014:

Some holiday blues!

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions, a holiday show full of new releases and some new reissues of old songs of the season. Among new releases, we have The Blind Boys Of Alabama with Taj Mahal, their new album together Talkin' Christmas! (the exclamation point is part of the title...), and we have A New Orleans Creole Christmas from trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, as well as Home For The Holidays, the new album from organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco, a double disc, one called "The Party" and one called "The Tradition." We'll hear a song from each of them. Mack Avenue Records has issued a holiday collection highlighting their stable of stars, and we'll spin tracks a couple of them, Christian McBride taking on a rarely-covered James Brown song for the season, and Warren Wolf, whose vibes sound like heavenly bells. Among the reissues, is Blues, Blues Christmas, Volume 4 which includes several superb holiday calypsos, from great calypsonians such as The Executor, Nap Hepburn, and The Mighty Spoiler. Plus, Delmark Records has reissued a Sackville label classic album from 1986, The Sackville All Star Christmas Record with Jim Galloway, Ralph Sutton, Milt Hinton, and Gus Johnson — and we're very glad they did!      

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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• • • December • • •


Sunday, December 21, 2014

lower case blues (band going to IBC benefit) @ Jonathan's Landing
1309 Ponderosa Drive
Magnolia DE 19962
1PM 302-697-8204 $10 at the door
with five bands
http://www.centraldelawareblues.com

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


• • • January • • •



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Selwyn Birchwood @ World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
215-222-1400 8PM $17-$20


Friday, January 16, 2015

lower case blues @ Candleriggs Pub & Restaurant
242 4th Street
Fieldsboro NJ 08505
609-298-9403 9PM


Saturday, January 17, 2015

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


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Selwyn Birchwood @ The Saint
601 Main Street
Asbury Park NJ 07712
732-775-9144


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Selwyn Birchwood @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087
609-296 4100


Friday, January 23, 2015

Selwyn Birchwood @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700

• • • February • • •


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Corey Harris @ The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-558-2471 7PM - $15 advance sale, $20 at door


Friday, February 6, 2015

Slam Allen @ The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-558-2471 9PM no cover


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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• • • 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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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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