June 30, 2010
- The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival this weekend! Each year the Mississippi Valley Blues Society host a top notch, 3 day blues festival during the 4th of July weekend at beautiful LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa. This Festival is considered one of the best blues gatherings in the country with a consistently stellar lineup. This year the 26th annual IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival program includes Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials, Ana Popovic, Zac Harmon, Vasti Jackson, Rosie Ledet, Ruthie Foster, Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues, Shawn Kellerman, Lucky Peterson, The Legendary Blues Cruise Revue featuring Tommy Castro and Debbie Davies, Dave Riley and Bob Corritore, The Nighthawks with Hubert Sumlin, Bill Sims, Jr. & Mark LaVoie, Nicole Mitchell & The Black Earth Ensemble, Olga with Cody Dickinson, Little Joe McLerran, and a tribute to descendants of blues legends, featuring Mud Morganfield, Bernard Allison, Little Pink Anderson, Caroline Shines, Lurrie Bell, and Shirley King. The festival also includes free blues workshops, and "BlueSKool" for the kids. Award winning blues photographer David Horwitz will be presenting a workshop on blues photography, and David Berntson will be providing free harmonicas and lessons. Also adding to the educational aspect of the event will be two children's blues organizations; Charles Weir Johnson & the Martin Luther King Center Kids, and the Winter Blues Academy Kids (moderated by Ellis Kell and Hal Reed.) Dave Riley & Bob Corritore will perform as a duo on Sunday, July4th at 3:30 pm at the Tent Stage. Dave and Bob will also host a 1pm workshop on the subject of a performing as blues duet. For more information about the festival, click here
- Dave Riley & Bob Corritore appear at Wilebski's Blues Saloon, in St. Paul, MN this Friday! Dave & Bob will be making a stop on Friday, July 2nd, 2010, at the legendary St. Paul blues venue, Wilebski's Blues Saloon, 601 Western Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55013. There is an opening set by Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold. To see the Wilebski's Blues Saloon website click here. This shows kicks off around 7:30 pm and Dave Riley & Bob Corritore hit the stage around 9:30pm.
- Amanda's Roller Coaster, the greatest harmonica show ever, happens Oct 1, 2, and 3. Tickets going fast! Amanda Taylor, the wife of Kim Wilson has created an amazing harmonica showcase and DVD filming called Amanda's Roller Coaster (named after the brilliant Little Walter instrumental). The 3 night event happens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2010 at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix. Acts include James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, Kim Wilson, Paul Oscher, James Harman, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Dyer, Bharath Rajakumar, Johnny Sansone, Jerry Portnoy, Al Blake, Dave Waldman, Bob Corritore, Troy Gonyea, RJ Mischo, Steve Marriner, Billy Flynn, Scott Dirks, Chef Denis Depoitre, and Vincent Bury. Amanda has just added the legendary Hubert Sumlin to the bill to add extra spice to James Cotton's set! Amanda also promises some surprise guests! A documentary of this event will be filmed by Dan Karlok (who directed the Antone's documentary), and recorded by Clarke Rigsby of Tempest Recorders, for a 2010 CD and DVD release on MC Records! Only 200 tickets total are being sold for this show, and at the time of this e-mail over half have been purchased. If you are considering attending, then it would be advised to order tickets right away as this show will likely sell out shortly. Please note that there is a special hotel room rate available for out of town attendees, and shuttle service to and from the event. For more details, a schedule of performances, hotel information, and to order tickets, check out the Amanda's Roller Coaster website by clicking here. To see the article about this event on the Hohner Harmonica website click here.
- Louis Jordan singing "Caledonia" on YouTube! Louis Jordan represented a fun loving side of the blues with his animated personality, jumping grooves, and great storytelling songs. Please enjoy this vintage film clip of Louis singing his big hit "Caledonia" (click here to see!) And here is Louis singing "Honey Child' (click here), and "Buzz Me" (click here.)