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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  August 23, 2014:

the new EP from brothers Donald Kinsey, Ralph Kinsey, and Kenneth Kinsey, known collectively as The Kinsey Report — the disc called Standing I'll Be.

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions, yet another album from the busy Smoke Sessions label, featuring recordings at The Smoke Jazz Club in New York City, this time featuring pianist Orrin Evans and group with Sean Jones on trumpet and JD Allen on tenor sax on some of the tracks. The album is called Liberation Blues, and it includes a tribute to Evans's friend and colleague the late bassist and composer Dwayne Allen Burno. We also have new music from Ukrainian-born, bassist and band leader Ark Ovrutski, a high-energy album called 44:33. Plus, the new release from sax player Azar Lawrence, called The Seeker. Rising star pianist Benito Gonzalez plays with both Lawrence and Ovrutski, so we'll shine a little spotlight on him as well.      

The Mississippi Blues Project:                     

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!

       • • • 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]


• • • August • • •


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Women Rock the 19th Amendment
A Benefit for the Alice Paul Institute
Deb Callahan, Teri Rambo, Andrea Nardello
128 Hooten Road
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Southern Maryland Blues Festival @ Calvert County Fairgrounds
140 Calvert Fair Drive
Prince Frederick MD 20678
Leon Russell
Guitar Shorty
Samantha Fish
Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues
Bobby Messano
Rich Robinson

     Prices for tickets            Advance (until 8/21/2014)   At Gate
1 day General Admission            $45                              $60
2 day General Admission            $85                              $110
1 day VIP (Limited Supply)       $105                             N/A
2 day VIP (Limited Supply)       $200                             N/A


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Coco Montoya @ Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks
645 East First Street (101 Founders Way)
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300 7:30PM


Friday, August 29, 2014

Coco Montoya @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sister Blue with Mark Furman @ Long Trout Winery
84 Fork Mountain Road
Auburn PA
1PM 570-366-6443

Johnny Never and Zep Harpo (Roots Blues Duo ) @ The Mainstay
5753 North Main Street
Rock Hall MD 21661
410-639-9133
7PM- 8:30PM

Lonnie Shields and Jesse Loewy @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Baltimore Blues Society presents
"Alonzo's Memorial Picnic" - an annual event
Jarekus Singleton
Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz
Selwyn Birchwood Band
Doug Demming, Dennis Gruenling and The Jewel-Tones
@ Rosedale American Legion Hall
1331 Seling Avenue
Rosedale, MD 21237
BBS Info Line: 410-744-2291

Central Delaware Blues Society
Roadhouse Blues Fest @ Jonathan's Landing
Chris Duarte Group, Eric Steckel Band
lower case blues, Johnny Never & Zep Harpo Blues duo
1309 Ponderosa Drive
Magnolia DE
302-697-8204

Janiva Magness @ World Cafe Live (upstairs) Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
8PM 215-222-1400

• • • September • • •


Sunday, September 1, 2014

Eric Steckel @ Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks
645 East First Street (101 Founders Way)
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300 7:30PM


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

4W5 Blues Jam @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington, upstairs)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
7PM free 302-994-1400


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Janiva Magness @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets


Friday, September 5, 2014

lower case blues @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400

Little Red Rooster @ Puck Live
1 Printers Alley
Doylestown PA 18901
8PM 215-348-9000


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dukes Of Destiny @ Mermaid Inn
7673 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
215-247-9797 9:30PM $12

Phoenixville Blues Festival
@ Reeves Park
Albert Castiglia Band
Noah Wotherspoon Band
Billy The Kid & The Regulators
Sister Blue
Downtown Shimmy
Paul Michael Band
Cocoa Butter
Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band
Main Street and 3rd Avenue
Phoenixville PA 19460
215-421-6759    info@pvilleblues.org Noon-9PM


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Nate Myers & The Aces @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
268 Herr Street
Harrisburg PA
8PM

Blues Cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat
Harrisburg (City Island)
Jeff Calvin Group
The music begins at 5:30PM The sunset cruise runs from 7:30-8:30PM
The Riverboat boards at the City Island Dock near Metro Bank Park


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ The Grand
818 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
8PM 302-652-5577 800-37GRAND


Wednesday, Sept 10, 2014

Albert Castiglia @ St. Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE
302-836-8202 7:30PM $20 Diamond State Blues Society Members, $25 non-members

Guy Davis @ Weis Center for the Performing Arts
Bucknell University
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg PA 17837
6:45PM free talk before show
7:30PM performance


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
with special guests The BC Combo
@ Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks
645 East First Street (101 Founders Way)
Bethlehem PA 18015
610-332-1300 7:30PM

Ana Popovic @ Penns Peak
325 Maury Road
Jim Thorpe PA 18229
610-826-9000


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blues Cruisin' Lunch with Georgie Bonds
aboard The Sprit of Philadelphia
Boarding begins 1PM — departing promptly 1:30PM — returning 3:30PM.
buffet created by chef Eric LeVine.
$55 per person, $42 (age 13-20), $25 (age 3-12), under 3 free
Spirit cruise departs from Penn's Landing where Columbus Boulevard meets Lombard Circle.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ruthie Foster @ World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
8PM 215-222-1400


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gary Cogdell and Carol Moog @ Hershey Farmer's Market
1215 Research Boulevard
Hummelstown PA 17036
10AM 717-512-0077


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bucks County Blues Society presents
8th Annual Hank Storey Blues-Rock Fall Fling
Mikey Junior Band 7PM (indoors) two sets
oudoors 12:30PM-7PM:
Blue Jay Slim & the Tone-Blasters
L.R.B.
Spare Parts
Deja Vu (w/ Special Guests)
Skinny Mamie
John Betz
@ Terchon V.F.W. Post 5542
1315 Hardy Street
Edgely PA 19007
215-943-5898 or 215-946-9424 $25 advance

Blues Society of Central PA IBC Blues Competition
Champions Sports Bar
300 North Second Street
Highspire PA
The BSCP is now accepting applications from Central PA blues artists and bands
to compete to be the BSCP's representative acts for
The Blues Foundation's 2015 International Blues Challenge
in Memphis TN. Application form


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Carol Moog and Geroge Urgo @ Goat Hollow
300 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Philadelphia PA
8:30PM 267-428-5672

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Diamond State Blues Society presents
Biscuit Miller @ St. Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE
302-836-8202


Friday, September 26, 2014

Blues Night with Kitty Mayo & The Emperess Band
Venom Blues, and What's in the Box?
@ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400

North Mississippi Allstars @ Weis Center for the Performing Arts
Bucknell University
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg PA 17837
7:30PM


• • • October • • •


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

4W5 Blues Jam @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
7PM free 302-994-1400


Friday, October 3, 2014

Clarence Spady @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets

Deb Callahan & Roger Girke Blues Trio @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
8PM 302-994-1400

Tattar Tucker Moog & Jackson @ The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-558-2471


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rory Block @ Godfrey Daniels
7 East 4th Street
Bethlehem PA 18015-1601
8PM 610-867-2390

The Nighthawks @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets

Paoli Blues Festival
@ Paoli Village Shoppes
41 Paoli Plaza
Paoli PA 19301
(across North Valley Road from the Paoli Train Station)
Noon-6PM followed by
"Paoli Blues Fest Pub Crawl" 6PM-11PM @
The Red Hound Grille, The Great American Pub, Baxters, and McKenzie's
bus will be circulating around to these clubs until 11:30PM

The Buicks @ Puck Live
1 Printers Alley
Doylestown PA 18901
8PM 215-348-9000


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blues Cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat
Harrisburg (City Island)
Acoustic Stew
The music begins at 5:30PM The sunset cruise runs from 7:30-8:30PM
The Riverboat boards at the City Island Dock near Metro Bank Park

Lee Fields & The Expressions @ World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
8PM 215-222-1400


Saturday, October 11, 2014

B. B. King @ The Wellmont Theater
5 Seymour Street
Montclair NJ 07042
7:30PM 973-783-9500

Roy Bookbinder @ Godfrey Daniels
7 East 4th Street
Bethlehem PA 18015-1601
8PM 610-867-2390

Friday, October 17, 2014

Allen Toussaint with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
@ Weis Center for the Performing Arts
Bucknell University
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg PA 17837
7:30PM


Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Masters of the Telecaster"
G.E. Smith, Jim Weider & Larry Campbell
@ Sellersville Theatre
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808


Thursday, October 23, 2014

October Blues Festival at Building 24 Live
Maria Muldaur @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets


Friday, October 24, 2014

October Blues Festival at Building 24 Live
Marcia Ball @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets


Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Blues Festival at Building 24 Live
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers @ Building 24 Live
opening: Mikey Junior & The Stone Cold Blues
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 2PM tickets


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
7:30PM 302-994-1400


• • • November • • •


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Art Sherrod, Jr. @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

4W5 Blues Jam @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington, upstairs)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
7PM free 302-994-1400


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Alexis P. Suter Band @ The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown NJ
7:30PM 609-324-0880


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Craig Thatcher & Mike Dugan @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets


• • • December • • •


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

4W5 Blues Jam @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington, upstairs)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
7PM free 302-994-1400


Thursday, December 4, 2014

David Bromberg Quintet@ Sellersville Theatre
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Pedrito Martinez Group @ Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA
8PM 215-572-7650


Friday, December 5, 2014

Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds@ Sellersville Theatre
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808

Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA
8PM 215-572-7650


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA
8PM 215-572-7650


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

James Cotton @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
8PM 302-994-1400


Friday, December 12, 2014

The Porkroll Project @ World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
500 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
8PM 302-994-1400


Saturday, December 13, 2014

James Cotton @ Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM tickets

Ladies Sing the Blues featuring Catherine Russell
Brianna Thomas & Charenee Wade @ McCarter Theater (Berlind Auditorium)
91 University Place
Princeton NJ 08540
609-258-2787 8PM


Friday, December 19, 2014

Albert Cummings @ Sellersville Theatre
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
8PM 215-257-5808


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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


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• • • March • • •


• • • April • • •


• • • May • • •



• • • June • • •


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Saint Georges Blues Festival Day One
Commodore Center Grounds
1701 South Dupont Highway
Saint Georges Delaware
Jarekus Singleton and Samantha Fish are booked so far for this event
more info

Saturday, June 7, 2015

Saint Georges Blues Festival Day Two
Commodore Center Grounds
1701 South Dupont Highway
Saint Georges Delaware
Jarekus Singleton and Samantha Fish are booked so far for this event
more info

• • • July • • •


Friday, July 11, 2015

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day One
88 Old Berwick Highway
Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342


Saturday, July 12, 2015

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day Two
88 Old Berwick Highway
Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342


Friday, July 24, 2015

Pennsylvania Blues Festival Kickoff Night
Blue Mountain Ski Area
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton PA 18071
610-826-7700


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pennsylvania Blues Festival Day One
Blue Mountain Ski Area
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton PA 18071
610-826-7700


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pennsylvania Blues Festival Day Two
Blue Mountain Ski Area
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton PA 18071
610-826-7700

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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events


• • • Tuesday • • •

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".


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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

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