ON THE ROAD WITH
BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES MAGAZINE 2010
NEW ORLEANS-MISSISSIPPI-SHACK UP INN-BMA'S-DELTA BLUES MUSEUM'S TRAIN
DAY! BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES MAGAZINE'S 1970 AIRSTREAM--"JR'S
SILVER DREAM-4169" SADLY WRAPPED UP & LEFT NEW ORLEANS, GOODBYE
TO THE MUSIC SEEPING UP FROM THE SIDEWALKS, GOODBYE TO ANOTHER ABSOLUTELY
BEST EVER JAZZ & HERITAGE FEST, CARPET BAGGER STEAK (YEAH U RIGHT
JACQUE IMO!), THEY LOOKED BEHIND IN THEIR REAR MIRROR THE BAYOU SEGNETTE--THEIR
HOME FOR A DOZEN DAYS, THE HOME OF LITTLE FREDDIE KING--THE BYWATER=BJ'S,
VAUGHAN'S, THE JOINT (K.C.'S SHIRLEY MAE AKA SUGAR SEZ "THE BEST
FUCKIN' RIBS I HAVE EVAH TASTED!"). BIG CITY'S PUBLISHER ROBERT
JR. DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE, "JUST WHEN THE SAINTS WON, MARDI GRAS
HAPPENED, PEOPLE WERE HAPPY, TREME, JAZZ FEST & MITCH, THINGS WERE
COMIN' BACK SINCE KATRINA." WE WILL BE BACK SOON. WE DON'T LIKE
IT WE LOVE IT AS HONEYBOY WOULD SAY!
Big City Blues
Publishers' Robert Jr. & Sugar enjoyed another taste of the delicious
country-wise ribs that Joni & Rob drove special delivery from "The
Joint" begining Big City Blues 2nd Annual BMA Tailgate Party! Being
with our "family of twenty odd years it was good to be home and
greeted with open arms. What a blast! Curtis Salgado, Jason Ricci, Bonnie
Raitt, Buddy Guy were many of the highlights on stage. It was an amazing
turnout so many blues stars everywhere such as Robert Jr. & Shirley
Mae greeting Lonnie Brooks and his sons--Ronnie & Wayne. It was
difficult to stay in one place. Thanks to Nick & Kate Moss our next
door table mates and hard-working Tony Braunagel finally getting a night
off to sit next to Bonnie Raitt. What a night. Driving back to the Shack
Up and waking at 9 am to not miss "Train Day" at The Delta
Blues Museum with Muddy Waters' sons-Mud & Bill. They were preparing
to hop a train to Memphis like their Daddy did.
by Robert Jr Whitall
Back to California
for Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine's dream of being on the beach
at the Doheny Blues Festival. They flew west from Detroit to LA and
set up camp a the Elmtree Blues Society's headquarters in Pasadena.
Thank-you Dave & Louisa Fertig for your warm and sunny hospitality!
Only two hours south of LA, The Doheny Blues Festival sets up on the
historic beach "Dana Killer." Robert Jr. sez, "The best
blues festival site in the country--blues, music, surfin', sunsets,
CSN!" It was more than sold out with a stellar line-up: Taj Mahal
& The Phantom Blues Band, Robert Cray, Bettye Lavette, Big Sam's
Funky Nation, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Eric Lindell, Lynwood Slim,
John Nemeth, Duke Robillard, Otis Taylor, Jackie Greene & Black
Joe Lewis--outstanding! WOW! Thanks to our hosts Omega Events-Rich Sherman,
Lex & Ryan.
by Shirley Mae Owens
After a mellow
week in LA working on "Texas Blues - Part I" & CD Sampler
#8-"Spy In The House of Love," we drove to Simi Valley, famous
for the resting spot of President Ronald Reagan and enjoyed the rich
ranching valley and got a taste of the Santa Ana Winds. The first day,
Saturday from 10 am - 3 pm, we attempted to hold down our booth/tent.
Luckily we had a back-up plan always! The Legendary Rhythm & Blues
Cruise Land Yacht arrived just in time to help. And of course also to
our rescue was Delta Groove Productions' muscle the genius behind it
all. What a stellar two day nonstop line-up! Can it get any better than
this? Looks like plans are in the works for 20100. Subscribe today at
www.bigcitybluesmag.com for festival updates.
The 21nd Annual
Cajun Creole Music Festival at the Delta Groove Blues Stage: Friday,
The Insomniacs, Los Fabulocos, Arthur Adams, The Hollywood Blues Flames,
Jackie Payne & Steve Edmondson and The Soul of John Black. It rocked
so hard, the dance floor was always full and that dulled those winds.
On saturday it was another beautiful California day along with Kirk
Fletcher, Lynwood Slim, Mike Zito, Candye Kane, Bob Corritore, Elvin
Bishop and The Mannish Boys who stopped the show. Non-stop excitement
and great traditional rhythm & blues. And what about that sunset
at Malibu? Where are you Solomon Burke? We missed you.Thank you Rand,
Kelly, Frank & Josh! And CajunCreoleFestival's Gary Stewart.
Sweet Home Chicago Blues Fesitval had beautiful weather along Lake Michigan's
Grant Park's perfectly groomed arbors behind the Chicago Art Museum.
Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine helped sponsor the "Windy
City Blues Society's Street Stage" that had a wide variety of excellent
blues hunkered under a small tent with no stage on the pavement reminiscent
of Maxwell Street.
It was great to
see Matt "Guitar" Murphy looking good!, talking to Henry Gray
and Andy Cornett from Louisiana and seeing Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite
and Nick Gravenites. Hubert Sumlin, David Honeyboy Edward,Larry McCray
& Guitar Shorty were highlights. The Best was Sunday night in Evanston,
IL at Space for Earwig Record's swinging celebration of three generations
of the blues from Mississippi to Chicago: Grady Champion (of 2010 IBC's),
John Primer and a celebration for Honeyboy--his 95th blues birthday
partee! In tow with Big City Rhythm & Blues we surprised Honeyboy
by bringing Sugar Blue & Charlie Musselwhite & Jon McDonald
to his party to pay tribute.
New Buddy Guy's
Legends is wonderful! Thank-you to Buddy Guy for your vision - continuing
to keep the blues alive! It is so beautiful! Live blues, a museum with
all the photos, trophies and blues merchandise. Guy King, Magic Slim
& Lil Ed were nonstop. Congratulations Buddy! (Complimentary Big
City Rhythm & Blues Magazine at the door).
Blues On The Fox - Aurora, Illinois
Friday night was
stormy and windy as Tinsley Ellis got in a full set as Trombone Shorty's
was shortened with at 9:10 pm blow. Saturday it was the Guy King Big
Band that got us jumpin' followed by Ronnie Baker Brooks Band that fest
fans could not get enough. "Joined At The Hip" was next celebrating
Pinetop's 97th birth with Steady Rollin', Big Eyes, Hubert Sumlin, Little
Frank & Bob Stroger. This wonderful set was followed by a huge surprise,
The Jimmy Vaughan Band wsg Lou Ann Barton! Plus on horns--Greg Piccolo
& Doug James! Great set! They really tore it up...Jimmy Vaughan
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