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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  July 25, 2015:

The Blues Show will be pre-empted this evening in order to bring you live coverage of The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, from the Camden waterfront.

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions, pianist George Cables has a new album out called In Good Company - - which he indeed is, with bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis. We'll hear some originals, and a very original arrangement of Duke Ellington, from Cables and his trio. Also, former sidemen and band leaders of B. B. King and other blues greats get together as The Original Legends Of The Blues, and we'll check out their album Still Carrying The Flame. Plus, new music from soul-blues singer Charles Wilson, drummer and singer Jamison Ross, drummer Christian Finger and his band, The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, and tenor sax master JD Allen in a superb trio setting with bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston.      

       • • • Area Blues Concerts & Events • • •


For more detailed information please visit our concert calendar or a venue's website.


[View regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events]


• • • July • • •


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202 7:30PM to 10:30PM

Coco Montoya @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 8PM


Friday, July 31, 2015

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 1)
Rosa Parks Drive (across street from train station)
Wilmington DE 19801
      Main Stage
5:00PM Brandon Santini
6:45PM Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
8:30PM Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues


side stage
6PM Judy Mangini
8PM Garry Cogdell & The Complainers

The Kinsey Report @ Volunteer Firemen’s Memorial Bandshell
City Park Bandshell free concert series
1251 Hill Road
Reading PA 19602
7PM free


• • • August • • •


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 2)
Rosa Parks Drive (across street from train station)
Wilmington DE 19801
      Main Stage
12Noon Peterson Brothers Band
1:30PM Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band
3:15PM Albert Castiglia
5:00PM Mississippi Heat
6:45PM The Neal Family
8:30PM Walter Trout


side stage
1:00PM Johnny Never & Zep Harpo
2:45PM Kona Shame
4:30PM Nadine Ray
6:15 TBA
8:00PM Garry Allegretto


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 3)
Rosa Parks Drive (across street from train station)
Wilmington DE 19801
      Main Stage
12:30PM Biscuit Miller & The Mix
2:30PM Mark Hummel's Golden State Lonestar Revue
        (featuring Little Charlie Baty, Anson Funderburgh, R.W.Grigsby, Wes Star)
4:30PM The Lowrider Band

side stage
2PM Octavia
4PM Roger Girke Band

Buckwheat Zydeco @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 7:30PM

Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Doyle Bramhall II
@ The Mann Music Center
5201 Parkside Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19131

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Walter Trout @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 8PM


Friday, August 7, 2015

Joe Bonamassa @ Susquehanna Bank Center
1 Harbour Boulevard
Camden NJ 08103
8PM


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Quinn Sullivan @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 8PM


Friday, August 14, 2015

Selwyn Birchwood @ Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm - Main Stage
1323 Salford Station Road
Upper Salford PA
215-247-1300 7:30PM

Deb Callahan Band @ Music On The Brandywine
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford PA 19317
610-388-2700 7PM $15 advance (until August 10) then $25


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hidden River Blues Festival @ Venice Island Outdoor Amphitheater
1 Rector Street
Philadelphia PA 19127
11AM-8PM $10 advance, $15 gate tickets
11:00AM Tattar Tucker Moog Jackson with "Chicago" Carl Snyder
12:30PM Steve Guyger and The Excellos
 2:00MP Deb Callahan Band
 3:30PM James Supra Blues Band
 5:00PM Sugar Blue Band
 6:30PM Otis Taylor Band

Johnny Sansone @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202 7:30PM to 10:30PM

Steve Cal @ Ruba Club
416 Green Street
Philadelphia PA 19123
215-627-9831 live recording being made 8PM $10

Johnny A @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 8PM


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jarekus SIngleton @ The Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087
609-296-4100 7:30PM

WXPN Zydeco Crossroads Project Event
Chubby Carrier, The Bayou Swamp Band, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm - Lobby Stage
1323 Salford Station Road
Upper Salford PA
215-247-1300 7:30PM

North Mississippi Allstars
Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm - Main Stage
1323 Salford Station Road
Upper Salford PA
215-247-1300 8:50PM

Fleetwood Blues Festival
Kutztown Community Park
440 East Main Street
Kutztown PA
Noon-8PM rain or shine


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jarekus Singleton @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 8PM

Selwyn Birchwood @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202 7:30PM to 10:30PM


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 8PM


Friday, August 21, 2015

Joe Louis Walker @ Warmdaddys
1400 South Columbus Boulevard (at Reed Street)
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-462-2000 7:30PM and 10PM

Charles Neville, Michael Allman & Jeff Pitchell @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 8PM


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Joe Louis Walker @ Warmdaddys
1400 South Columbus Boulevard (at Reed Street)
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-462-2000 7:30PM and 10PM

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM $23 21+


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202 7:30PM to 10:30PM


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Clarence Spady @ Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
645 East First Street
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1345 7:30PM free


• • • September • • •


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Steve Cal Band @ World Cafe Live Wilmington
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400 8PM $10 + fees


Friday, September 4, 2015

Eric Bibb @ Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
645 East First Street
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1345 7:30PM free

Eric Steckel, Jamie McLean & Sister Blue
@ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA 18960
215-257-5808 7:30PM $19.50/$29.50


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ronnie Baker Brooks @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA. 19610
610-375-2700


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Jimmy Thackery @ Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
645 East First Street
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1345 7:30PM free

Baltimore Blues Society presents
"Alonzo's Memorial Picnic" - an annual event
John Németh
Brandon Santini
Slam Allen
Eleanor Ellis
@ Rosedale American Legion Hall
1331 Seling Avenue
Rosedale, MD 21237
BBS Info Line: 410-744-2291

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Roadhouse Blues Fest @ Jonathan's Landing
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1309 Ponderosa Drive
Magnolia DE
302-697-8204

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

John Németh @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202 7:30PM to 10:30PM


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Ana Popovic @ Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
ArtsQuest Center/SteelStacks
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-297-7100 7:30PM $30/$25


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Charlie Musselwhite @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA 18960
215-257-5808 8PM $25/$39.50


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Albert Castiglia @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA 18960
215-257-5808 8PM $19.50, $29.50


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Alexis P. Suter Band @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM $23 21+


Sunday, September 20, 2015

2nd Annual Blues Cruisin' Lunch
featuring Georgie Bonds performing on The Spirit of Philadelphia
on a three-hour cruise along the Delaware River.
1:00PM boarding the Spirit Of Philadelphia
1:30PM Embark - cruise begins - Georgie Bonds and band perform
3:30PM Spirit of Philadelphia returns to the dock, and
          Georgie Bonds and his All Star Blues Revue continues to perform
4:30PM Disembark. The show concludes.
$65 per person, includes the cruise, live Blues music, buffet, and open bar.

Bobby Whitlock with Craig Thatcher @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808 7:30PM


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Nighthawks with guests Chef Mark, Dr. Harmonica Keneally, & Mike Petrillo
@ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202 7:30PM to 10:30PM


Saturday, September 26, 2015

9th Annual Hank Storey Blues-Rock Fall Fling @ Terchon V. F. W. Post
1315 Hardy Road
Edgely PA
215-946-4794


• • • October • • •


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shemekia Copeland @ Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA 18960
215-257-5808 8PM $29.50/$45


Thu3sday, October 6, 2015

Flamin’ Harry & The Roadhouse Rockers and Skyla Burrell Band
@ Sellersville Theater 24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA 18960
215-257-5808 7:30PM $19.50


• • • November • • •


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory & Damon Fowler @ Arden Gild Hall
2126 The Highway
Arden DE 19810
8PM $23 ($18 for members)

Tommy Castro @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA. 19610
610-375-2700


• • • December • • •


Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Nighthawks @ Terchon V. F. W. Post
Bucks County Blues Society holiday party
1315 Hardy Road
Edgely PA
215-946-4794


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dukes Of Destiny @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
9:30PM 215-222-1400

• • • January • • •


• • • February • • •


Friday, February 26, 2016

Lancaster Roots & Blues - A Festival Of Music Day 1
      at venues throughout Lancaster PA, including

Lancaster County Convention Center
25 South Queen Street
Lancaster PA 17603

The Trust Performing Arts Center
37 North Market Street
Lancaster PA 17602

The Ware Center
42 North Prince Street
Lancaster PA 17603

Federal Taphouse
201 North Queen Street
Lancaster PA 17603
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster PA 17603

Elks Lodge
219 North Duke Street
Lancaster PA 17602


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Lancaster Roots & Blues - A Festival Of Music Day 2
      at venues throughout Lancaster PA, including

Lancaster County Convention Center
25 South Queen Street
Lancaster PA 17603

The Trust Performing Arts Center
37 North Market Street
Lancaster PA 17602

The Ware Center
42 North Prince Street
Lancaster PA 17603

Federal Taphouse
201 North Queen Street
Lancaster PA 17603
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster PA 17603

Elks Lodge
219 North Duke Street
Lancaster PA 17602


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lancaster Roots & Blues - A Festival Of Music Day 3
      at venues throughout Lancaster PA, including

Lancaster County Convention Center
25 South Queen Street
Lancaster PA 17603

The Trust Performing Arts Center
37 North Market Street
Lancaster PA 17602

The Ware Center
42 North Prince Street
Lancaster PA 17603

Federal Taphouse
201 North Queen Street
Lancaster PA 17603
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster PA 17603

Elks Lodge
219 North Duke Street
Lancaster PA 17602


• • • March • • •


Friday, March 25, 2016

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day One @ Steel Stacks
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300

      Musikfest Café Stage

      TBA


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day Two @ Steel Stacks
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300

      Musikfest Café Stage


      TBA


      Fowler Blast Furnace Room Stage

      TBA


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day Three @ Steel Stacks
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300

      Musikfest Café Stage

      TBA

      Fowler Blast Furnace Room Stage

      TBA


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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events


• • • Tuesday • • •

Frank Greene's House Of Blues @ Time Out Sports Bar and Grill
featuring The Frank Greene Blues Band and guests
every Tuesday night
241 White Horse Pike (exit 29 on Rt. 295)
Barrington NJ 08007
856-547-7444 8PM

Acoustic Tuesdays with Niki Sbaffoni @ The Twisted tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
6:30PM - 9PM 215-558-2471 info@thetwistedtail.com

The Old Crispy Minstrels @ Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202


• • • Wednesday • • •

Mikey Junior & The Stone Cold Blues every Wednesday @ The Twisted tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
8PM 215-558-2471 info@thetwistedtail.com

The monthly Blues Jam @ Jamey's House Of Music
on the first Wednesday of each month is off for the time being. Unfortunately, Jamey's House of Music, where lots of wonderful musicians have performed!) has been forced to cease operation. They are currently planning on reopening in a new location sometime in the next few months. Jamey's House of Music was a one-of-a-kind house-concert venue, with a very friendly and warm atmosphere, great sound, and fabulous music, and we look forward to Jamey's re-emergence in the near future.

Chuck McCrory, Larry Baltimore, Russ Massimin, lead blues open mic
The Greenwood Inn
4457 Marlton Pike
Pennsauken NJ 08109
8PM-12Midnight 856-663-9868

• • • Friday • • •

"Saint Georges Sessions"
acoustic blues last Friday & Saturday of each month
Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202

• • • Saturday • • •

"Saint Georges Sessions"
acoustic blues last Friday & Saturday of each month
Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202

• • • Sunday • • •

Sunday Blues Jam at The Twisted tail
hosted by Mikey Junior & Friends
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
5PM - 9PM 215-558-2471 info@thetwistedtail.com

Fred Miller Blues Band @ The Rusty Nail
Blues Jam last Sunday of each month
2580 Haverford Road
Ardmore PA 19003
8PM 610-649-6245

Weekly Blues Jam on Sundays, hosted by Blues In The Attic @ Casey's Restaurant & Lounge
155 South Antrim Way
Greencastle PA
4PM - 7PM 717-597-8383

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About The Blues Show and Jonny Meister

The Blues Show airs every Saturday night from 7:00 to Midnight on XPN. Host Jonny Meister explores this music and its history not only because it is the key ingredient in later rock and pop music, but also because of its own special allure and unique power as a style of music and expression of the human soul.

Catherine Russell and Jonny
Jonny Meister with Catherine Russell

The Blues Show covers the entire history of the blues from 1920 to the present, from the best-known to the most obscure blues, with focus on the present-day blues, but with an eye on the rich history of this music and its large body of timeless recordings.

Host Jonny Meister has been playing the blues on WXPN since March 1977. Meister grew up with old blues records in the house. His father played boogie woogie on the piano, which Jonny learned at about the age of 12. Later he played in rock bands and did a few solo gigs as a singer-songwriter. As his interest in blues grew, he became especially interested in the history of the music, a history not always revealed by the rock musicians and their promoters who drew heavily on the blues.

Jonny spent a week with the family of the late, great blues musician J. B. Lenoir in 1979, and he was one of the consultants for the Wim Wenders film The Soul Of A Man which featured Lenoir, in the PBS film series The Blues. He won the "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for work in Public Radio for The Blues Show in 2000 and a "Best of Philly" award from Philadelphia Magazine in 1996 for "Best Local Radio Show".


Mississippi bluesman Robert Belfour, a hill country blues artist who took part in our Mississippi Blues Project concert series in 2013 has died at age 74. Robert Belfour was born in 1940 on a farm near Holly Springs, MS. He had early memories of his father playing guitar, but when his father died when Robert was just 13, he became the primary wage-earner for the family; music was something he did when there was time outside of work, which was not often enough. Belfour did construction work in Memphis for many years, though for a long time, he had to commute every day to Memphis from rural Mississippi, which took a lot of time. Finally, he relocated to Memphis. Belfour sometimes performed in a park there, and later got club gigs. He was in his fifties when he was first recorded in 1994 for a blues anthology, and later went on to record two albums for the Fat Possum label. His blues career blossomed after retirement from construction work, with the opportunity to travel and play his music full-time. We were very fortunate to have him at our Mississippi Blues Project in the winter of 2013, A little more than a year after that, his health deteriorated to a point where he stopped performing. Roger Stolle who is active in the Delta blues scene with a blues-related store in Clarksdale MS did an interview with Belfour available from Blues Music Magazine, with a performance video as well.

The Memphis Blues Society is organizing a benefit to help Robert Belfour's family with the expenses of his funeral and burial.

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From the summer of 2012 through the summer of 2013, with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, through the Philadelphia Music Project, we presented The Mississippi Blues Project, a series of concerts by Mississippi blues artists that are now available online, with shows from The Cedric Burnside Project, Big George Brock, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Robert Belfour, Big A (Anthony Sherrod) with Robert "Bilbo" Walker, Super Chikan, The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Rory Block, and James Cotton. Check 'em out!

Mississippi bluesman Robert Belfour, a hill country blues artist who took part in our Mississippi Blues Project concert series in 2013 has died at age 74.

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Blues Links: Visit these links to explore the Blues, learn about live events, and to take part in the culture of this American art form.

The Twisted Tail is the one place where you can hear blues in Philadelphia just about every night. They have a blues jam every Sunday starting at 5PM hosted by Mikey Jr. & Stone Cold Blues. Mikey Jr. and band also play there pretty regularly on Wednesday nights. They're located at 509 South 2nd Street in Philadelphia.

Alligator Records
One of the leading Chicago blues labels. Alligator is Koko Taylor's label and also home for Lonnie Brooks, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, and many more. Recent releases include albums from Eddy Clearwater, Michael Burks, and Janiva Magness.

Delmark Records
A venerable Chicago blues & jazz label now celebrating 55 years in the business. Many of the blues greats of the past, like Junior Wells and Big Joe Williams, have recorded for Delmark. One of their finest recent releases is Byther Smith's Blues On The Moon. Another is Hattiesburg Blues from Mississippi Heat.

Blind Pig Records
This label is home to Kenny Neal, Magic Slim, Hamilton Loomis, and others and has put out albums by E. C. Scott, Elvin Bishop, Nappy Brown, Big Bill Morganfield, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and plenty more... plus classics from Buddy Guy, Johnny Shines, Snooky Pryor, Jimmy Rogers, Luther Allison... many others!

Pristine Audio
This French reissue company has done wonderful restorations of the audio from old records. Their blues releases include Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, and Tampa Red.

Diamond State Blues Society sponsors many blues events, notably regular day-long shows at Gators in New Castle, DE and summer events in Wilmington.

Bucks County Blues Society is America's oldest blues society. among the performers they have presented are folks like Willie Dixon and Albert Collins. They have regular events and a big Blues/R&B picnic every summer, and they sponsor "Blue Thursdays" every Thursday night at McStew's in Levittown PA.

Samuel James and Jonny Meister
Jonny Meister jammin' with Samuel James

Robert Johnson Charlie Musselwhite
Shemekia Copeland Blind Lemon Jefferson

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