October 4, 2011
Off to the Biscuit! The King Biscuit Festival on Oct 6, 7 and 8 in downtown Helena, Arkansas! The King Biscuit Blues Festival is a must-attend ritual for many blues lovers. It takes place in Helena Arkansas, a town famous for the King Biscuit Time radio show on KFFA, where during the 1940's Sonny Boy Williamson II's influential live performance broadcasts were heard each day throughout the south. Many of the elder artists who perform at the festival are from, or have a long history in this area, and they therefore find this to be a nostalgic homecoming. With a consistently high quality talent lineup and with the abundance of street musicians, and sympathetic satelite events, this festival provides a strong statement of the blues, past and present. This year the festival takes place on October 6, 7 and 8. This years lineup includes, Roomful of Blues with special guest James Cotton, Reba Russell Band, Buddy Guy, Michael Burks, a tribute to Willie "Big Eyes" Smith with Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin and Bob Stroger, Bobby Rush, Delbert McClinton, T-Model Ford, Big Bill Morganfield, Ernest "Guitar" Roy, Kirk Fletcher, Roy Rogers, Cedric Burnside, Billy Branch & Sons of Blues, a Stax Review with Eddie Floyd, Donald "Duck" Dunn, and Steve Cropper, Sharrie Williams, Sterling Billingsly Band, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets, Don McMinn, CeeCee James, Peterson Brothers Band, Tommy Castro, Keb' Mo', Mike Zito, Lionell Young Band, Cleome Bova, Paul Thorn, Dave Bernston's Blues In Schools, Don Nix, Spoonful Blues featuring Mississippi Spoonman, Lonnie Shields, Hamilton Loomis, Homemade Jamz, Moreland & Arbuckle, Blind Mississippi Morris, Memphis Harmonizers, and much more! For a complete lineup including days and times, click http://www.kingbiscuitfestival.com/lineup. See you there!
Bob Corritore's scheduled appearances during the King Biscuit Blues Festival. Bob Corritore has two appearances during the King Biscuit Blues Festival, and both will take place at the Miller Hotel located at 223 Cherry Strret in downtown Helena. Both events are free! Here are the times and lineups:
Friday, October 7th at Noon
with Bob Margolin
in tribute to Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Saturday, October 8th at 2:30 pm
with Dave, Bob, Dave Riley, Jr, and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith
To see the flyer for these events click http://www.bobcorritore.com/images/BiscuitBob.pdf.
Pinetop Perkins Memorial Homecoming on Sunday, October 9, at Hopson's Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Each year on the Sunday after the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the traditional after party is the Pinetop Perkins Homecoming at Hopson's Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi. With the recent passings of both Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, this will be a different gathering than ever before. The spirit of both those great artists will surely be felt throughout the event. The Pinetop Perkins Homecoming takes place on Sunday, October 9th from 2pm to 7pm at Hopson's Plantation in Clarksdale. The lineup this years lists Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger, Little Frank Krakowski, Clay Swafford, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, The Peterson Brothers, Jacob Hiser, Carla & Ernest Roy, Peter Dammann, Lightnin' Malcolm & Cameron Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, Eden Brent, Big "A" Anthony Sherrod, and more! Note that these events end up being a who's who super jam. All proceeds go to the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. For more information on this event click http://www.pinetopperkinsfoundation.org/ppfhomecoming11.html, and for more information about Hopson's Plantation, click http://www.hopsonplantation.com/.
Rhythm Room 20 Year Anniversary Photos and Videos! Thanks to the hundreds of people that attended last month's celebration of the Rhythm Room's 20 year anniversary. The weekend focused on both the strong Phoenix blues and soul scene and a number of national acts. To see photographer Dave Blake's fantastic photo documenatry of this celabratory weekend, click http://www.pbase.com/twolanetommy/rr20th. Also please enjoy these YouTube videos recently posted of the night billed as Bob Corritore & His Blues Friends:
Dave Riley & Bob Corritore "Safe At last" and "On My Way": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im8f71UwFLM&feature=related
Bob Margolin "Going To Chicago": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5rt-ISZpQw&feature=related
Mud Morganfield with Bob Margolin (their first meeting!) performing "Same Thing": ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ngXtYUFJ20
Mud Morganfield "What's A Matter With The Mill" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUsKEUiW8O4&feature=related
Bob Corritore receives Certificate of Special Recognition from the State of Arizona! During the 20th anniversary celebration of the Rhythm Room, Bob Corritore was presented with a "Certificate of Special Recognition" issued by Janice K. Brewer, Govenor of the State of Arizona. The certificate sites accomplishments in the field of blues that have contributed to the community. Much appreciation for this great honor! To see this certificate click http://www.bobcorritore.com/images/BC 2011 101.jpg.
Rhythm Room and KJZZ honored by New Times! The annual New Times "Best of Phoenix" awards is a local reflection point in the Phoenix community. This year's New Times "Best of Phoenix" honored the Rhythm Room as "Best Club for Blues" (to see the write up, click here http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/bestof/2011/award/best-blues-club-2729657/ ). They also honored KJZZ as the "Best Jazz & Blues Radio Station" (to see, click here http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/bestof/2011/award/best-jazz-and-blues-radio-station-2728797/ ). Thanks New Times for the recognition!
Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremony on Oct 27th at Legends! Now in its forth year, The Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremony is always an amazing blues party. This year the event will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2011, 5pm doors at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605. In addition to the announcemnt of the award winners, there are numerous performances scheduled by Reba Russell Band, Vincent Hayes Project, Rob Blaine & Big Otis Blues, The Sugar Prophets, Eddie Turner, Teeny Tucker, Peter Parcek, Chris O'Learly Band, Karen Lovely, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Alter Boys, Rich DelGrosso & John Del Toro Richardson, Nick Moss, Tony Rogers. and more! For more information on this event and to order tickets, click http://www.thebluesblast.com/bbmatickets11.htm
New Louisiana Red CD out! The long awaited new Louisiana Red CD called Memphis Mojo on Ruf Records is finally out! Once again the magical combination of Little Victor's Juke Joint and Louisiana Red are put to work, as it was in the highly acclaimed 2009 release Back To The Black Bayou, also on Ruf. Louisiana Red is among the greatest of the elder statesman of the blues, and we wish Red all the success he so rightly deserves. To see Jim White's review of this record for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette click here http://communityvoices.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/arts-entertainment-living/blue-notes/30293-louisiana-red-has-a-new-cd