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MISSISSIPPI BLUES CLUB MONTHLY A Recap of Blues News Jul 14, 2011 at 5:35 PM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mississippi Blues Club   
Monday, 18 July 2011 10:52
A Recap of Blues News  Edition 1

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Mississippi Blues Club publishes a Monthly Newsletter and recap of Blues media coverage that we have been directly involved with each month. This is original content and posted more in depth on our website.


The most common ground between blues fans and blues artists' are when they do what they do best, perform. We attempt to capture those moments at the source and share them with the public. Our media content is original material that may be edited by our staff for press release or use by other sources, but the original media material is kept on on the Mississippi Blues Club website to be shared with the public.

Let's Revisit Highlights Of Blues Events Covered In 2011

The 32nd Annual Blues Music Awards, organized by The Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennesse. The formal awards presentation ceremony is to honor the blues artists' who have made the best contributions to the blues music industry. The highlight of this years 2011 event was Buddy Guy, receiving five awards including "Album Of The Year". There are many great artists' who participate in this event by nomination of The Blues Foundation members. This is a great opportunity to meet several of your favorite blues artists', enjoy a great dinner during the presentations, and show support to the artists' and The Blues Foundation that help keep the blues alive.

The Smokin' In Steele Blues And BBQ Festival, organized by The Knights Of Columbus and John "Blues Hammer" of Owatonna, Minnesota. A great three day blues music event which included qualifications for The International BBQ Competion to be held in Kansas City. Highlights of this event included performances' by Sena Ehrhardt, who is a 2011 International Blues Competition nominnee. Sena performs vocals, with her father on lead guitar and puts on a spectacular performance with amazing talent. Watch for them in the future, they are going to be heading straight towards the top from what we have seen. The Fabulous Lovehandles are a local band that have quite the following in the region, the dance floor became crowded as these guys' performed. The passion flows from  this  eight piece band with a full horn section. While performing off the stage on the dance floor, an enthusiastic crowd almost raised the roof! Bruce McCabe is a great songwriter and performer he has wrote top songs for Johnny Lang, the crowd came alive while performing songs like "Lie To Me". Becky Barksdale was the finale performance of this event and they say "save the best for last",  in this case it was true. Becky has performed on the former Michael Jackson tour as his lead guitarist. She has stayed true to her Texas Blues roots and has an incredible intimacy with her guitar and ability of playing great Texas style guitar licks.  Check out Becky Barksdale "It Hurts" recording, you won't go wrong if you appreciate great Texas Blues guitar style.

The 27th Annual Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, organized by The Mississippi Valley Blues Society. Another great three days of blues music, workshops for kids and elder alike, a blues photo gallery and 29 top blues performers' from around the nation. This is a spectacular annual blues event in LeClaire Park, along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Davenport, Iowa. Highlights of this event were Eric Gales who plays guitar upside down, as he was taught by generations in his family. Reviews of Eric have called him "the next Jimi Hendrix", a label that is not thrown around loosely in the" Blues World", Eric performs with electrifying amazment. Lionel Young who plays electric violin performed with his band which includes a great horn section. Lionel is a natural with the crowd and played off stage in the audience sitting down. Taking in the sunshine, with excitment flowing from the crowd, the Lionel Young Band did not miss a beat of their unique soothing sound. The performance by Linsey Alexander "If You Ain't Got It" was great. Linsey has a full venue tour scheduled and has been receiving great air time on Sirius/XM B.B. Kings Bluesville, with his new hit song. Joe Louis Walker electrified the crowd, it was a special evening as he performed. Joe Louis Walker is one of the greatest legends still performing today, he has performed for two Presidents and has won numerous blues awards. Other highlights of this event were Smokin' Joe Kubek performing with Bnois King, belting out Texas Blues. The finale ends with Otis Clay performing and receiving an award for "Life Time Acheivement" presented by The Mississippi Valley Blues Society. Our friends Jay Sieleman, Executive Director of The Blues Foundation and his wife were present with a tent setup at this event. All the right ingredients were available, making this one of the biggest blues events in the nation organized by all volunteers.

copyright 2011 Mississippi Blues Club 

Next Skynny Skynyrd Show at Tug Fest Aug 12th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Harris   
Monday, 18 July 2011 10:18
Our next show in at the TUG FEST in LaClaire Iowa on Friday August 12th.
Not only is Skynny Skynyrd rockin' the river at Tug Fest, but they have one of The Best Fireworks Displays in The QCs there on that night!
Definately A Family Friendly Event.   Invite your friends & bring yer family to this one.   We'll be doing a 90 minute Show before the freworks, then another 90-minute Show after the fireworks.
Bring you're lawn chairs & have a Great Summer Evening with us.
Also, check out our new Single Release on You Tube!... .   We're getting airplay on radio stations in apx 7-states right now.   Just sign a deal with Murph Music in Nashville too.
Thanks again for your support of the band.

Des Moines Oktoberfest- September 23 and 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Andrews   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:03

Six Additional Bands Join River Roots Live Lineup PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kyle Carter   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 14:29

(Davenport – Iowa) River Roots Live, the Quad-Cities’ premiere music festival featuring top national bands and barbeque, is excited to announce the remainder of its 2011 band lineup. National acts Apache Relay and 500 Miles to Memphis will be joined by Quad-City natives Chrash, The Candymakers, Bacon, and The Lion in Rome. River Roots Live will continue to offer free admission and the festival will take place in downtown Davenport’s LeClaire Park on the Mississippi riverfront Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20.

Apache Relay’s first studio record, 1988, was hailed as the “Best of What’s Next” and one of the “Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009” by Paste Magazine. 500 Miles to Memphis has received critical praise for their ability to satisfy the musical hunger of fans in both country and alternative/punk genres. Their song “All My Friends Are Crazy” is now part of the Rock Band video game, and 500 Miles To Memphis has also received the praise of music journalists worldwide.

Blues Traveler and Gin Blossoms will headline River Roots Live in 2011 supported by a strong lineup of additional outstanding national artists including Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Nikka Costa, Cory Chisel & the Wondering Sons, Trampled Under Foot, The Giving Tree Band, Chamberlin, and the Kris Lager Band. Additional regional acts include Dan Hubbard and the Humidors, and Kevin B.F. Burt & the Instigators.

For complete details regarding band bios, barbeque rib vendors, and festival activities, please visit


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Cool Beanz Music Calender PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cool Beanz Coffeehouse   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:35

July Cool Beanz Music

July 2nd – Mr. Bill and Lee 7-9pm

July 5th- Open Mic Night 7-9pm

July 6th- TJ Sapp 7-9pm

July 7th- Bailey Kakert 7-9pm

July 8th- Luis Ochoa 7-9pm

July 9th- Dani Lynn Howe Band Unplugged 7-9pm

July 12th- Open Mic Night 7-9pm

July 14th- Kevin Carton 7-9pm

July 15th- Nashville Songwriters Association 7-9pm

July 16th- Emily Jawoisz 7-9pm

July 19th- Open Mic Night 7-9pm

July 20th- TJ Sapp 7-9pm

July 21st Toby Brown 7-9pm

July 22nd- Angela Meyer 7-9pm

July 23rd- Boylans Soda Tasting and Giveaways- Entertainment by Kieth Heinrich and friends at 7pm

July 26th- Open Mic Night 7-9pm

July 28th- Kevin Carton 7-9pm

July 29th- Austin Villejo 7-9pm

July 30th- Bluegrass at Beanz 6:30-9:30pm

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