Thursday, June 28, 2007

Early 2007 Blues Festival Season Offers Broad Array of Talent for Local Blues Fans

You don’t have to travel to Mississippi or New Orleans for some great blues music festivals. While Jazzfest in the Big Easy (last weekend in April and first in May) is a great place to spend three days cycling between a dozen stages and Mississippi is home to all the great Delta area festivals, we have a great summer of music right near home where many of the same artists come to you.
Summer begins early in Iowa with Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, 2007 at Simply The Blues in Fort Madison, Iowa, U.S. On Saturday, May 26, 2007 is the Blues Bash 2007 inTrempealeau, Wisconsin. Saturday, June 2, 2007 is the Blue's N Brew at Bloomsberry, Atkins, Iowa. You can’t get any better than free and that’s what it is in Chicago on Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 2007 Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, Illinois. Spend a day or the whole time there without the need for tickets! That lineup is on page 9.
Then on Friday-Saturday, June 15-16, 2007 it’s time for Blues on the Fox in Aurora, Illinois. Friday, June 15 is Nick Moss and the Flip Tops and North Mississippi Allstars. Saturday, June 16 Are the Hix Bros Junior All-Stars, Honeyboy Edwards, Eric Lindell, Tab Benoit, Billy Boy Arnold and The Chicago Blues All-Stars featuring Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn and Kenny Smith and The Robert Cray Band. Not a bad lineup.
A CBS member favorite is on Friday-Sunday, June 29-Ju1y, 2007. The IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, Iowa ( Friday, June 29th, 2007 features Damon Fowler Group, Albert Cummings, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Robert Belfour, Paul Oscher, Big Bill Morganfield, Nappy Brown with Bob Margolin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Mookie Brill. Saturday, June 30th, 2007 has Kelly Richey; Jason Ricci and New Blood, Big James & the Chicago Playboys, The Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Band, Blues harp blowout featuring Mark Hummel, James Harman and Paul Oscher, Bad Luck City featuring Matt Woods and Michael Swanger, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes; Alberta Adams & RJ’s Rhythm Rockers with CeeCee Collins, Ari Brown Quartet; Watermelon Slim and Trudy Lynn with The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Sunday, July 1st, 2007 has Dona Oxford; Tom Principato; Ruby Wilson; Little Charlie & the Nightcats. Drink Small “The Blues Doctor”, Dave MacKenzie, Bruce Katz, and Henry Gray & the Cats. This will be a great weekend of blues!
That gets you though June. For more info on line about these and other festivals, check out:

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