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Saturday, June 19, 2010

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THU 6/17 - FRI 6/18 - SAT 6/19 - SUN 6/20
This is It!  That one weekend of the Summer where everything happens on the same weekend -- TOO MUCH music -- if you can imagine that. If you don't go out and catch some music this weekend -- there's something seriously wrong with you   
 Thursday, June 17th 2010
 West Virginia State Folk Festival - Glenville, WV  (61st Annual)
Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday  June 17-18-19-20
61 Years of Appalachian Culture & Heritage
The Annual Festival of Folk Music & Appalachian Culture
begins each year on the 3rd Thursday of June
 Jam Sessions in the Streets - Appalachian Arts & Crafts - Banjo & Fiddle Contests
 Antique Car Show - Square Dancing - Spelllling Beeee - Pet Show - Parade
 Much, much more!
Friday, June 18th 2010
"Jazz at The Blenny" -
The Blennerhassett Hotel - downtown Parkersburg

The Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration from Cincinnati, OH  7PM - 10PM  Outside on the beautiful patio of Spat's Restaurant  ** NO COVER **.
Young jazzers - recent jazz grads of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. These guys are friends of mine - PLEASE come out and support them.
Mid Ohio Valley MultiCultural Festival 
City Park - Parkersburg, WV
Music - Dance - Ethnic Food - Folk Artists - International Marketplace
"Bring your lawn chair and appetite to City Park for a trip around the world."
The coolest thing that goes on in Parkersburg, WV.Friday hours:  6pm - 11pm.
6:00PM- Columbus Celtic Dancers
7:15PM- Opening Ceremony7:30PM-  Jabali-Afrika,"Kenya's beat-keepers"
9:00PM-  The Afro-Rican Ensemble  (Jazz/Latin)

The Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz FestivalFriday - Saturday -  Sunday, June 18-19-20, 2010
Downtown Gahanna, Oh  (Columbus)
4 Stages

Friday HeadlinerThe Jimi Vincent Band
Ray Fuller & His BluesRockers, more  (See Sat & Sun Lineups)
Admission is ONLY $3 per day. 


2-day:  $75
1-day:  $45 

Saturday, June 19th 2010
Mid Ohio Valley MultiCultural Festival(CONTINUES)  City Park - Parkersburg, WV

Music - Dance - Ethnic Food - Folk Artists - International Marketplace
"Bring your lawn chair and appetite to City Park for a trip around the world." 
The coolest thing that goes on in Parkersburg, WV. 
Saturday hours:  11am - 11pm.
11:00AM  S H Kang's Tae Kwon Do Demo
12:00PM Wade Baker Jazz Collaboration - Jazz Brunch

1:00PM  Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas
2:00PM  Maidens IV - Celtic music by 4 sisters
3:00PM  Todd Burge - WV Singer/Songwriter
4:00PM  Michael Jacobs - Native American artist
4:45PMPM   AarthySha - Bollywood Asian Indian
5:00PM  St.HaralambosHellenic Dancers- Greek
7:00PM  Albert "The Kid" Castiglia, Miami blues9:30PM    TheFlowBand -Reggae from Pittsburgh

The Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
Friday - Sunday, June 19-21, 2009
Downtown Gahanna, Oh  (Columbus)
4 Stages
Saturday Headliner:  Tab Benoit from New Orleans, LA
Also Saturday: Long Tall Deb & The Drifter Kings, Sonny Moorman Group, moreAdmission is ONLY $3 per day.

Canton (OH) Blues Festival  (CONTINUES)
Downtown Canton Ohio    FREE ADMISSION
Friday - Saturday  June 18-19, 2010
Friday @ 6PM  --  John Lee Hooker, Jr.
Friday @ 8:30PM - Elvin Bishop
Saturday @ 6PM - Ana Popovic
Saturday @ 8:30PM  -- Hot Tuna Electric

FREE BEER & FOOD2-day:  $75
1-day:  $45

Sunday, June 20st 2010
Mid Ohio Valley MultiCultural Festival (CONTINUES)
City Park - Parkersburg, WV
Music - Dance - Ethnic Food - Folk Artists - International Marketplace
"Bring your lawn chair and appetite to City Park for a trip around the world."
The coolest thing that goes on in Parkersburg,WV.

Sunday hours:  12pm - 8pm.
1:00PM-Michael Jacobs - Native American artist
2:00PM- Eastern Watershed -Klezmer/Mid East
3:00PM-  Voices of Triumps - Gospel music
4:00PM -  Knot Fibb'n - Celtic music with a kick
5:00PM - Happy Maladies - Folk/gypsy/bluegrass
6:00PM-Jonathan Seymour Band - Guitar Jazz
The Gahanna Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival  (CONTINUES)
Friday - Saturday - Sunday, June 18-20, 2010
Downtown Gahanna, Oh  (Columbus)
Sunday HeadlinerThe Sean Carney Band, -- Winner 2007 IBC
Patrick McLaughlin Band,
 Grady Champion Band (MS),  -- Winner 2010 IBC
JAZZ ALL DAY SUNDAY on the acoustic stage
Admission is ONLY $3 per day.
Court Street Grill Report
Support your local juke joint.... 
Court Street Grill, 112 Court Street,  Pomeroy, Ohio  
 Announcing the PB&J's Annual
 Rhythm on the River
Summer Music Series
Big Bend Farmer's and Artisan's
outside at the Riverside Amphitheatre
Downtown Pomeroy, Ohio
June 25:  The Ark Band
July 2:  Eilen Jewell
July 9:  The Coal Men
July 16: The Athens Jazztet
July 23:  Albert Castiglia
Aug 6:  Bryan Lee
Aug 13:  Davina and the Vagabonds
Don't Forget:
coming July 29-30-31
Marietta Brewing Company
167 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio  740-373-BREW
FRI 6/18The Head Changers  
4-piece jam band -
 eclectic- emotional -- excellent show
SAT 6/19 - The Troubadours of Divine Bliss 
-- a completely unique female folk duo, great harmonies, again, eclectic. (great word) I used to see AimMe and Renee at Bogart's in Parkersburg in the mid-90's -- fell in love with them then. -- would love to see them again.        
About The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society           P.O. Box 2122, Marietta, Ohio  45750
The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3  all-volunteer "force" of music enthusiasts on a mission to enhance the appreciation of American Roots Music in the Mid-Ohio Valley and we do it by presenting concerts, workshops, conferences, and a forum for education and development in the schools. 

The BJFM Society celebrates and perpetuates blues and roots music as a traditional, evolutionary, and uniquely American art form. During the grant period, we will continue to present live music in genres not normally available in a small town like ours, to educate and expose our audiences to music new and unfamiliar to many of them.  Our goal is to keep blues, jazz and roots music alive in our area.

With the help of volunteers from our membership, and an
8-member board of directors, the BJFM Society will continue to produce and present our "core events" plus other shows throughout the year as the opportunity presents itself.  The BJFM Society has also undertaken the expense of production and presentation of the nationally recognized multicultural "Blues in the Schools" program  here in our local schools
The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society Board of Directors:
John Bolen - President
Steve Wells - Vice President, Director of "Blues in The Schools"
Peg Bolen - Treasurer
Maren Beery - Secretary
John Gifford - Board Member, Competition Director, Stage Manager
Helen Holt - Board Member
Mary Ann Osborne - Board Member
Kezia Douglass - Board Member

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music SocietyP.O. Box 2122
Marietta, Ohio 45750

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

OK, I admit it, I seem to be easily confused these days (my "marketing demographic" would suggest that I'm ready to buy a Buick and drive it to the Ozaarks so I could look at retirement property) but what's up with The Big 12 now having 10 teams and the Big 10 now having 12 teams? Aren't these "conferences" made up of mostly state universities where our "best and brightest" are sent to be educated to lead us into the next decade? (and get good jobs so they can pay for my social security so I can buy a Buick and retire in the Ozaarks) Heck, the Big 10 has had 11 teams for years now. (oh, I take that back, they have Northwestern, which is really the token "smart guy" school and doesn't really qualify as a team) One would think that the Mathematics Department of at least one of the 10 or 12 schools (Northwestern being "The Harvard of the Midwest" would be the obvious choice) could point out the startling difference! And now, to add to my confusion, I hear the Pac 10 has added an eleventh team and is hoping to add one more! What the HECK is going on here???...
Using that kind of math, I'd like to tell you about the seven gigs The Blue Band has this weekend. But reality and my strange compulsion for the truth (something the executives at BP could use some training in) (ooops, don't get me started on that) dictates that I tell you we only have two gigs, but they're really cool gigs, so maybe they count for more, I don't know. Gig #1 happens this evening (Fri) at Walker/Johnston Park, about 90th and Douglas Ave. in Urbandale (suburban Des Moines). Beer drinking starts at 4:30p, the Blue Band starts around 5p and plays until at least 8p with beer drinking continuing until at least 8:30p. Proceeds go to the USA (Urbandale Sports Association) so they can help fund youth and adult sports activities throughout the year. Where else can you drink beer in a city park AND benefit your community at the same time? Right, Avis? I am told there is a rain site (I just haven't been told where that might be!) so it's a rain or shine thing. Then Saturday the tour continues down I-35 to Kansas City MO, where they've got some crazy little women (but I've already got me one) and a cool little shopping area known as Zona Rosa, which is about 10 or 12 miles (depending on which conference you're in) northwest of downtown. There is a beautiful little park in that district and we play there 6-9pm Our appearance is part of the Zona Rosa Summer Concert Series, with more info/directions available at: Our thanks to the Jeff Todd Music Agency for getting us this gig!...
Next week, we play Friday evening for the Charles City (Chucktown) Party In The Park 5-9p and Sunday evening for Sparkle City's yearly 4 day extravaganza Sturgis Falls Days. Cedar Falls Cablevision is coming out to video tape us, so come on out to Tourist Park, 5:30-7:30p and be part of the video shoot! More on these gigs next week...
The pressing of our New Years Eve cd (Blue Moon Honeymoon) has been delayed due to waiting on the licensing process for the cover material we used (I've got plans to write two albums worth of original material after I get that property in the Ozaarks so I never have to jump thru those licensing hoops again) but I'm told that we'll have them next week for that Sturgis Falls appearance. Tour shirts are available in black, white, and light blue with any profits from shirt sales to be given to cancer research and gulf coast cleanup efforts. Check out the merchandise at the merch table at all live shows. We'll get the new items posted on the Merch page of the website ( as soon as the cd gets here...
I was going to tell you about the progress on the house construction and mention that my wife's nice little bungalow is now for sale, but the National Weather Service has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning (duh, it's been raining heavily and lightning for the last half hour) so I'm gonna shut it down and go look for water in the remaining 3 rooms that I can still live in here in the house. See yas on the I-35 Blue Highway, rub yer washboard tie at 12th St. and Vine, bring 10 or 12 CAKES (Mango flavored for summer) and always remember we love you! Bob Dorr & The Blue Band
PS: I'm proud to say that I (the analog man living in a digital world) have discovered the problem area that's been going on for awhile now with the Blue Note data base. I have also found a simple way to remedy the problem. If you know of someone that had been part of the list, but no longer seems to be receiving the notes, please let them know I have the fix and they should contact me at

Thursday, June 17, 2010

BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and Jimmy Vaughn: Rock Me Baby

Talk about a blues summit!  BB, Buddy, Eric, and Jimmy.  NICE!

New Look Blues Historian!

I was trying some new looks the other day, and this one seemed to work really well with the format of my blog.  I can now start passing on some of the old blues news from John Hammer, Bob Corritore, and hopefully Illinois blues!  Any one else with a newsletter you want published here on Blues Historian just send me email at

Enjoy the new look.  Stop by the google links, and if you like what you hear or see buy it on Amazon through Blues Historian!

Tom Gary

Taylor Hicks: Back To Louisanna

Been Awhile!  I have been busy, and my laptop died two days ago while I was trying to update the blog!  YIKES!  I am lucky to have my desktop that I never use, and it is a great computer, just never use it, but now I do! 

Enjoy some Taylor Hicks!   Happy Summer!!!

Press Release: Dwight And Nicole

For Immediate Release
Popular Music: soul/blues/rock/jazz
Media Contact for Dwight & Nicole:
Mary Curtin, 617-241-9664, 617-470-5867 (cell),
Band Contact for Dwight & Nicole:
Bonnie Ahl, Mix Management, 917-756-4138,
June 2010 [for July 10th concert]
[digital images and CDs available; for sound bytes go to]


Saturday, July 10th,
7:30 pm and 10:00 pm

 "A tour de force that demands much wider success...
poignant... hard driving... and heavenly."
- Steve Morse - Boston Globe

- Dr. Maya Angelou
(Cambridge, MA)  A perfect summer night not to be missed with emerging soul/blues/jazz artists Dwight & Nicole. Saturday July 10th, 7:30 pm and 10 pm. Tickets: $18.00. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Cambridge. For tickets and information: 617-661-5000 or log onto

Fresh off their momentous CD-release concert at the historic Somerville Theater, Dwight & Nicole return to the area for an evening of joyous music at the Regattabar in Harvard Square. Expect a show stopping mix of fun-in-the-summertime classics by Smokey Robinson, Martha & The Vandellas, and the Drifters, as well as songs from the acclaimed new album !Signs.

Backed by an all-star band [to be announced by early July], and in such an intimate setting, this is definitely a show to catch.


Dwight & Nicole (Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson) are a breath of gritty, soulful and rollicking fresh air. Having already performed all over the world with such a variety of legendary artists as Dr. John, Carly Simon, Buddy Guy, and Dr. Maya Angelou, they have the ability to bring a very big presence to any stage, big or small. Both were born with mountains of musical talent including golden pipes that have been honed to fill rock clubs like NYC's Mercury Lounge as well as pin-drop theatres like Boston's Symphony Hall. Dwight & Nicole are a raw and beautiful sight to be seen, as well as a sound to be heard. Ritcher, a multi-instrumentalist, tastefully plays a Gibson Flying V guitar at most shows, running bass lines and finger-picking. When the mood strikes he plays crushing solos, reminiscent of Albert King in their grit and strength. Often, if the music calls for it, he sits at a piano or even behind a drum kit, adding to the texture of their set. Occasionally, Nelson, who builds rhythm by stomping, clapping and playing tambourine, will strap on the guitar, or sit at a piano; further revealing their versatility. With a string of sold out shows, and multiple local awards and nominations under their belt, it is just a matter of time before the rest of the nation catches on to what we in the Northeast have been saying all along. Blending deep rooted blues, soul, folk, and rock, Dwight & Nicole conjure old souls with their brand new classic sound. For more information and to listen to the new album, visit

Murali Coryell Update

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Saturday, June 19th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
WC Handy Blues Festival

Henderson, KY

Friday, June 25th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Le Creusot Blues Festival

Le Creusot

Saturday, June 26th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Festival Estivales Du Chateau


Thursday, July 1st, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Blues Festival in Tours


Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Blues Festival


Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Vache De Blues


Friday, July 9th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Poland Blues Festival


Saturday, July 10th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
North Seas Jazz Festival


Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell - TBA
New Morning


Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Cahors Blues Festival


Saturday, July 24th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Spain Blues Festival


Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Cognac Passion Blues Festival


Thursday, July 29th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell - TBA
Cognac Passion Blues Festival


Friday, August 6th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Somers Point Concert Series

Somers Point, NJ

Saturday, August 7th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Cincinnati Blues Festival

Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Salmon Arm
British Columbia

Sunday, August 15th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Salmon Arm
British Columbia

Friday, August 20th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Vincent Leggiere-bass - 8:00pm
11 High Street
Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 338-0554 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (845) 338-0554      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Friday, August 20th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Vincent Leggiere-bass - 2:00-4:00pm
Saratoga Beer, Bourbon, Scotch Invitational

Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Beer, Bourbon, Scotch Invitational

Saturday, August 21st, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
White Mountain Boogie & Blues Festival

Thornton, NH

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Hudson River Park Blues Festival

New York, NY

Saturday, August 28th, 2010
Efusjon Party


The Best Energy Drink

Sunday, August 29th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Vermont Blues Festival

Mt. Snow, VT

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Savannah Jazz Festival

Savannah, GA

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Clarkston City Blues Festival

Clarkston, GA

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Blues Festival


Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
BLUES en V.O. Festival


Friday, October 8th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Avignon Blues Festival


Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Rhino Jazz Festival

St. Etienne

Monday, October 11th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
La Cooperative DeMai

Clermont Ferrand

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
La Bouche D’Air


Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Jimiway Blues Festival

Ostrów Wielkopolski,

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/special guest Joe Louis Walker - 7:30pm
Shea's Performing Arts Center
658 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-1410 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (716) 847-1410      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Price: TBA

Opening for B.B. King

Friday, November 19th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/special guest Joe Louis Walker - 9:00pm
Hickey Tavern
96 West Main Street
Allegany, NY 14706-1204
(716) 372-9657 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (716) 372-9657      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Price: TBA

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/special guest Joe Louis Walker - 9:00pm
Rounding Third Sports Pub
255 West Water St
Elmira, NY
Price: TBA

Murali Coryell

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Attention England!!! Si Cranstoun Update!!!

Watch England Vs Algeria Live At CIU
 Followed By Si Cranstoun And The Band 
 This special event commences at 7.20pm
The bar is also offering some fine football pub grub and beers at just £2 a pint ! 
Si Cranstoun's  Upbeat Party Night, Bromley, Friday 18th June 2010 
Join us this friday @ 7.20pm sharp for football fun & great live music  !!
Si & The Band's show will begin after live screening of Football at 9.30pm
All this at the world famous CIU Club, 35 London Rd, Bromley,BR2
Remaining tickets can now be booked in advance by contacting Steve via text or call on 07986 057940.
Long haulers can stay at The Bromley Court Hotel just 5 mins walk from the venue !
Click on the links below to see Si's clips !   (Dynamo) Written by Si in tribute to Jackie Wilson search Si Cranstoun for loads of other great stuff !
 All of the above are now available on a brand new album of newly written songs by Si entitled
"Skinny Jeans" & " Get Lively" from Si's online shop  or on Ebay.
Get tickets priced at £10 each for this intimate venue by calling Steve on 07986 057940 / 07796 858005 and reserve yours now !
Doors open 8pm, CIU Club 35 London Road, Bromley, BR2. The show features two 40 mins sets which end at around 10.30pm with bar open until 11pm
Club equiped with dancefloor and plenty of candle lit tabled seating !
for further info and great new music please visit

John Hammer Blues News

 Slight Returns OK with Reciept at Hammered By The Blues!
 'Have Blues Will Travel'
Mississippi Heat
'Let's Live It Up'
 'Don't Let The Devil In'

Grady Champion
'Back In Mississippi Live'
Important Links
Salvation is on the Radio
  Yes indeedy, Bro's and Sista's, we be just one step closer to nirvana. June 20th on Hammered By The Blues  (every Sunday on KOWZ 1170AM at 10pm) we take the services on the road with the right reverend Smokin' Joe Kubek and deacon B'Nois King as they share the scripture straight from 'Have Blues Will Travel'. Open yer hearts and ear canals, oh faithful ones, as the choir is turned loose under watchful eye of Mississippi Heat as they invoke the free spirit from the audio hymnal  'Let's Live It Up'. Then today we feature a humble warning to all good bluesers as interpreted by brother Les Copeland as he provides the cautionary epistle from 'Don't Let The Devil In'. After services today, we dance out of the chapel celebrating the word and true path as Grady Champion leads us thru 'Back In Mississippi Live'. Can I get a witness? HAVE MERCY!!
If you feel the faith, if you have the spirit;  
  Just turn up yer radio and get real near it;
We preach the gospel of the twelve bar blues; 
Revel in the glory and spread the good news!
Fresh Stuff Ya Wanna Know
JUNE Blue Monday NOW on-Line
June 17 Brothers Curtis Delta Duo
Knights of Columbus, Owatonna, MN
June 18-19 Hambone Blues Jam
The History Center; Rochester, MN
June 19 Santiago Shakedown
Bailey Ray's; Santiago, MN
'Only the freshest for you at Hammered By the Blues'
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Just for you, my friends!   You wanted MORE, so we got bigger. You can get all the blues news that's fit to print, a 'Somethin' to do' calendar you can count on, Favorite song contests every month, 'Hammered By The Blues' therapy sessions,and valuable reviews on the hottest CD's all at one easy to find place:  Check out the links and support yer local blues band! Hope to see you at a LIVE show soon! Until then, Take care of each other, and we'll catch up with ya'll real soon! 
 John 'blueshammer' Hammer