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Page updated in June-2018

Fun Filled Parties 2018-2019

added May-2018 Cotton Patch Photos;               added May-2018 Juke Joint Photos;                                           .

 What's life if you don't dance?

"We don't know where we're going,
Somewhere is for squares"

Big Muddy Blues Fest-St Louis, MO  
  Burning Man Fest-Black Rock City, NV
  Cotton Patch Blues Festival-Holly Springs, MS 
   Cruzn the Crossroads Car Show-Clarksdale, MS
  Deep Blues Festival-New Roxy & ShackUp Inn-Clarksdale, MS
 Early Wright Blues Heritage Award-Clarksdale, MS
Fantasy Fest-Key West, FL           Four Mounds Blues-Dubuque, IA
Hobo Convention-Britt, IA          Juke Joint Festival-Clarksdale, MS
King Biscuit Blues-Helena, AR
Mardi Gras-St Louis, MO        
          Memphis In May-Memphis, TN
Mushroom Festival-Muscoda, WI    
  Mystic Knights Blues-New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Jazz-New Orleans, LA       North MS Hill Blues-HWY 7, MS
Othar Turner Blues-Senatobia, MS
  
  PT Cruiser Meet Me in St Louis     
    Robert Johnson Gravesite Tribute - Greenwood, MS March 20, 2004
Red Lion Casino-Elko, NV            Route 66 Festival-Springfield, IL
Riverwalk Blues-Ft Lauderdale, FL   
  Strassenfest-Chesterfield, MO
Sunflower Blues Festival-Clarksdale, MS  
  Superman Days-Metropolis, IL
Threshers Reunion-Mt Pleasant, IA  
     Times Square New Years-New York, NY
Toodle-oo Stew-East St Louis, IL
   
  
Willie King Freedom Festival-Aliceville, AL
Winter Dance Party-Buddy Holly-Clear Lake, IA

 

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 Feb 1-3, 2019 Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party at The Surf Ballroom
460 North Lake Shore Dr - Clear Lake, IA 641-357-6151
In 2018 it was Freddy Cannon, Brenda Lee, Bobby Rydell, & Austin Alsup.
2017 was Tommy Allsup, Johnny Rivers, and Lloyd Price, Whitesidewalls,
& Del Shannon.  In 2016 it was Martha Reeves,  The Coasters, Flash Cadillac,
and The Crickets.  In 2015, it was Frankie Avalon, Bill Haley Jr. and
The Comets, Tommy Alsup, The Whitesidewalls, L.A. Party Dolls, and Lou Christie.
In 2013, it was Gary Busey, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Gary U.S. Bonds,
and Matt & Gunnar Nelson.  In 2009, this annual event commemorated the 50th
anniversary of the Feb 2, 1959 concert that featured Buddy Holly,
Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper.  It's also known as, "The Day the Music Died,"
as these three Rock-n-Roll Stars died outside of town in a plane
crash after finishing the show.   www.surfballroom.com

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February 2, 2019 Soulard-St Louis, MO Mardi Gras Grand Parade at 11 A.M.
& Rat Pack Mardi Party  www.mardigrasinc.com 

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Feb - 2019 POSTPONED?   It was postponed for 2009 & 2017 but back in action
since 2010. The Annual Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival in Esplanade
park in Ft Lauderdale, FL  One of the premier Blues Festivals in the South.
Look for Guy Davis, Wolfman Washington, J P Soars, , and Albert Castiglia,
among others.  Great Lineup. Great City.  www.RiverwalkBluesFestival.com

 

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April 12-14, 2019  Annual Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, MS 662-624-5992
Jukin' in The Land of The Blues.  Down home Blues at Pete's, Messenger's
Pool Hall, Bluesberry Cafe, Ground Zero, Grandma's House, and other joints
Boys & Girls.  It don't get much better than this for Southern hospitality,
good food, and great music.  www.jukejointfestival.com for more info

   2018 Pictures Click Here

2016 Juke Pictures CLICK HERE

 2015 Juke CLICK HERE     2014 Juke Joint CLICK HERE

 2013 Juke Joint CLICK HERE      2012 Juke Joint CLICK HERE

  2011 Juke Joint CLICK HERE   2010 Juke Joint CLICK HERE 

 2009 Juke Joint CLICK HERE

2008 photos CLICK HERE       click here for 2007 photos 

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 April 26 - May 5, 2019  New Orleans, LA Jazz Fest with Sting,
Jimmy Buffett, Beck, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow,
Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, Lyle Lovett, Eddie Cotton,
Sonny Landreth, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mitch Woods,
Irma Thomas, Aerosmith, Trombone Shorty, and hundreds
of more acts, all at The Fair Grounds Race Track.
 www.nojazzfest.com

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 May-2019 Memphis in May - Memphis, TN  100,000 people will gather at
the end of Beale Street in Tom Lee Park.  Four stages of music greats on the
Mississippi River.  I don't know if you'll see Elvis, but you might see
Jimbo Mathus, Alanis Morissette, David Byrne, Ludacris, Gov't Mule,
North MS Allstars, R L Boyce, Tav Falco, Reba Russell, Blind MS Morris,
Kingfish, Rev Robert, Butch Mudbone, and Big T,
along with 60 other music acts.  www.memphisinmay.org for more info.

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May - 2019 Annual Cotton Patch Festival at The Hut
 475 West Valley Ave - Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635
Call Robert Kimbrough at 662-629-2853 for more info.
2018 was the 2nd annual. Great fun with Kimbroughs, RL Boyce,
Lightning, Carlos, Little Joe, Dan Russell, and others.

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May - 2019 Annual Morel Mushroom Festival - Muscoda, WI  608-739-3182
Always the week end after Mother's Day.  Now Boys, these be the eatin' kind,
don't be trying to smoke these mushrooms.  Butter and garlic in the
frying pan and you got yourself a treat like nothing else in this world!
Bake Sale, Flea Market, Helicopter Rides, Car Show, Pancake Breakfast,
Tractor Pulls, and Steak Feed.  www.muscoda.com for more info.

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Sad to say Willie died on March 8, 2009 and this Festival has ended.

 The month of June was the  Annual Willie King Freedom Creek Festival
held for years in Aliceville, Alabama.
This was a down-home blues festival attended by 500 or more fans.  The area
musicians performed along with national stars such as Jodie Williams,
Eddie Kirkland, Little Jimmy Reed, Kent & Garry Burnside, and Elnora Spencer
among others.  Always was a great time with good friends, music, and food.
Git yourself to Aliceville, AL and take route 17 South out of Aliceville about 9 miles,
then head West on County Rd 32 about a mile, then turn right on County Rd 1
and go past the church and take the next right which should be Old Memphis Road.
Watch for signs posted to take you right on past Willie's digs and into the festival area.
If you're lost, then give a call and ask for help.  www.Willie-King.com

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June - 2019 Superman Days - Metropolis, IL  1 800-949-5740
10,000 people roll into this little town for good clean fun on the weekend.
Look for Erica Durance-Smallville Lois Lane, & Sarah Douglas or
 Maybe Lou Ferrigno, Ned Beatty, Jackson Bostwick, and other
Superheros.  Truth - Justice - The American Way
  www.SupermanCelebration.net for more info.

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June 28-30, 2018  CANCELLED North Mississippi Hill Country Blues Festival
Corner of HWY 7 & HWY 310 about 15 minutes south of Holly Springs, MS
or 15 minutes north of Oxford, MS.  2,000 people last year for the likes
of Kenny Brown, Alvin Hart, Bobby Rush, Jimbo, the Burnsides, the Kimbroughs,
the Dickinsons, Rising Star Fife & Drum, Little Joe Ayers, R L Boyce, and more.
Previously held at Foxfire Ranch in Waterford, MS and at Potts Camp, MS.
  Check out www.nmshillcountrypicnic.com

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Early Wright Blues Heritage Award The Award is presented each year in
connection with the Sunflower River Blues Festival held during August in
Clarksdale, MS.  See following item for Festival details.

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 August 10-12, 2018   Annual Sunflower River Blues Festival.
 Purest Blues and Gospel in The Land Where the Blues Began
 in Clarksdale, MS.  10,000 people can't be wrong!  You'll probably
 see Jimbo Mathus, Kenny Brown, Big T, Cedric Burnside, Lightning
 Malcolm, Kingfish, and Super Chikan, among others.

The 1st Sunflower was held in 1988 at The Larry Thompson Center (openned
in 1986 & closed in 1990), which was the ex-Paramount Theater (openned
in 1931 to 1986), which was the ex-Marion Theater (openned in 1918 to 1931).
Musicians were Jack Owens, Bud Spires, Jelly Roll Kings,
Jesse Mae Hemphill, Otha Turner,
Rising Star Band, James "Son" Thomas, and Otis Rush.

The 2nd was held in 1989 at MLK Park on Sunflower Avenue on a flat-bed
truck with a power cord stretched across the street by Mrs. Mabel Thomas,
the widow of Mr. G T Thomas.
The Festival was sponsored by Mrs. Z L Hill of the Riverside Hotel.
The main performers were Johnnie Billington, Dion Thomas, and Harvell Thomas.

    www.sunflowerfest.org for more info.

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August 10-12, 2018 - Britt, IA  Annual Hobo Convention Since 1900, that's right,
118 years ago!  Not many real "BO's" left, but this is  where they'll jungle up
for a week  or two and you might catch sight of St Louis Frank, Tuck,
Stray Cat, Inkman,  GrainCar  George, Train Dummy, Redbird Express,
Empress Vagabond BO Lump, or Connecticut Tootsie, among others.
See HOBO-U63 Button (left side this page) for prior years recaps.
Always the 2nd weekend of August.  Mulligan stew for everyone.

 

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Held in August for 15 years, but CANCELLED since 2010.
  Four Mounds Blues Fest  Dubuque, IA
4,000 people enjoying Blues right next to the Mississippi River and the old
Dubuque Star Brewery.  Mark Hummel has headlined this great event at the
outdoor Alliant Amphitheatre.  Hasn't rained yet on this crowd according to
event organizer Mary Gronen.  www.fourmounds.org

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 August - 2018 Otha Turner b 6-2-1907 d 02-27-2003 Backyard Goat  Barbecue
 - Senatobia, MS.  It's about an hour South of Memphis.  Get yourself to
Senatobia, MS then take Hwy 4 East  out of Senatobia for about 4 miles,
turn right on Gravel Springs Road, straight ahead across Yellowdog Road,
and then at the next intersection ask the people on the corner where the
hell is Otha's?  (It's East about 2 miles)  Everyone around there knew this
95 year old fife player.  They'll be headin' to the fife & drum picnic also.
If you're a little late, just open your car window and listen for the drums or
look for cars parked all over the road.  That'll be Otha's place.  The picnic
starts on Friday and will probably end by Sunday. A  MS Blues Trail marker
was dedicated on 8-29-2009 in Como, MS in Otha's honor.

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  Click Here for 2010 Photos       Click Here for 2009 Photos  

  Click Here for 2008 picnic Photos       Click here for 2007 picnic photos  

  Click here for 2006 picnic photos       Click here for 2005 and 2004 photos

Click here for the 2003 SUMMARY of the picnic held 
in memory of Otha Turner & Bernice Pratcher.

 

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August 26 - September 3, 2018  Burning Man Festival - Black Rock City in
the Black Rock Desert 110 miles North of Reno, NV  www.burningman.com 
Celebrating self expression since 1986 at this counterculture festival of arts
and music in the Nevada desert.  50,000 people in 2010 demonstrated "radical
self-expression".  Now limited to 70,000 people and SOLD OUT always.
Not for timid people as held in the desert.

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August30 - September 3, 2018 Old Threshers Reunion - Mt Pleasant, IA  319-385-8937
You can ride trolleys, trains, and a 100+ year old steam powered carousel for this
journey into the past.  10,000 RV's and 30,000 people will pull into this small town
to see what life was like back in Grandpa's "Good Ole Days."
  www.oldthreshers.org for more info.

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 September 2018 Big Muddy Blues Festival - St Louis, MO 314-241-5875
Labor Day Weekend with blues at Laclede's Landing with Booker T, Moreland
& Arbuckle, Big George, Boo Boo Davis, and Eric Davis.
  www.BigMuddyBluesFestival.com  

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 A really fun event that used to be held in September each year.
   PT Cruiser Meet Me in St Louis on Route 66 - St Louis Holiday Inn-Earth City
3400 Rider Trail South - St Louis, MO 63045  This  3-day event had over
150 fun loving people from the USA & Canada celebrating their Chrysler
PT Cruiser ownership.  Activities Include a popular  Hawaiian Luau Banquet
with Limbo, Hula, Scavenger hunt, games and prizes.  PT Cruiser autos were
displayed throughout the three days along with parts dealers, detailing, and
food concessions.  Neon light show plus family events all weekend.

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Oct - 2018  Ponderosa Stomp back in action in Louisiana at the New Orleans
House of Blues.  The Annual Down in the Bottom Blues was held in
Memphis, TN in 2006 due to Katrina flooding in New Orleans, LA.
Mystic Knights of Mau Mau always have a great lineup including
Gary U.S. Bonds, Barbara Lynn, Kenny Brown, Duane Eddy, Red Simpson,
Joe South, The Trashmen, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and many, many more.
  www.ponderosastomp.com

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Sep. 21-23, 2018 Route 66 Festival - Springfield, IL 1-866-783-6645
  www.route66fest.com This will be the 17th Annual Mother Road Festival.
You can see classic cars, motorcycles, Martin Milner, several rock bands,
and a parade.  Also attend the "Sock Hop" and look for Joey Dee and
for Gary Puckett.  A great Time on The Great Road.

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TOODLE-oo NO MORE! East St Louis Toodle-oo Due to the death of
Bruce Goodrich on December 16, 2005, it appears that the Toodle-oo
series has run it's course.  Starting in 1997 on the fourth weekend of
September the annual Toodle-oo held at the Fountain of Youth Park
at 4th Street and Riverpark Dr. was inspired by a 1927 Duke Ellington tune.
This festival was Bruce Goodrich's idea of helping out.  No small task as Bruce
lived in Biddeford, Maine 1,300 miles away.  Due to Bruce's hard work and the
help of volunteers, there was free Toodle-oo Stew and live Jazz and Blues music.
Bruce and his efforts will be remembered by all who knew him.
May our friend rest in the peace he so deserved.

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 CANCELLED in 2013, BUT LOOK FOR A NEW DATE IN 2018 Strassenfest  
Chesterfield Parkway Celebrate German heritage plus! Brave Combo
& Obenheimer Express, beer, food, carnival rides & crafts. 

 

 

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October 3-6, 2018 Blues and Heritage or King Biscuit Festival 
 - Helena, AR 870-572-5223   www.kingbiscuitfestival.com 
 This festival in the heart of Blues Country is a must. 
  The likes of Bobby Rush, Robert Kimbrough, Dave Dunavent,
 Willie Cobbs, Reba Russell, Anson Funderburgh,
Little Joe Ayers, Millage Gilbert, Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger,
Steve Cropper, and Washboard Jackson are usually playing here. 

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Deep Blues Festival October 11-14, 2018   662-351-4041 Shack Up Inn & New Roxy
- Clarksdale, MS.  Yea, that's right Blues Lovers, Chris Johnson retired
but this Blues Show goes on, and you'll see Bob Log III, Jimbo Mathus,
R L Boyce, Lil Poochie with Hezekiah, Rev John Wilkins, Molly Gene,
James Legg, Adia Victoria, and Alvin Youngblood Hart.
Previously you saw the likes of Cedric Burnside,
One Hand Dan, Pork Chop Willie, Charlie Parr, along with The Bonnevilles,
K M Williams, Bill Abel, The Bully Boys, The Bush League,
James Leg, Muscle Theory, and Elam McKnight. Maybe see Travis Kilgore
& Pork Chop Holder too.   www.DeepBluesFest.com

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  Previously, Deep Blues Festivals were in Lake Elmo, MN in July.
The festivals ended in 2009 AFTER 3 YEARS.  These festivals had something
for everybody.  70 acts over 5 days.  You saw & heard Black Diamond Heavies,
Hezekiah Early & Elmo Williams, T-Model Ford, The BirdDogs,  Shack Shakers,
Buffalo Killers, Bob Log III, Black Smokers, Cedric Burnside, Left Lane Cruiser,
Rev Dead Eye, Ol Bloody Mule, Gleam, Brass Kings, Spider John Koener,
Robert Cage, Charlie Parr, Gravel Road, Pearlene, Scott Biram, Mudlow,
Luther The Devil, Jawbone, Moaners, Hillstomp, and Lightning Boy Malcolm.
At this time of the year, you didn't have to wear snowshoes according to
organizer Chris Johnson.  From The Golf Course in 2007 to The Fairgrounds
in 2008 to The Cabooze Club in 2009.  See you around Chris and best wishes.

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   October 13, 2018 Cruzn the Crossroads Car Show Clarksdale MS 662-902-4181
9 A.M. in downtown Clarksdale at The Blues Museum parking lot.
Parade will be held Friday evening October 12, 2018.

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 October 19-28, 2018 Oct - 2005 OOPS Hurricane Wilma washed it out!
  Fantasy Fest-Key West, FL  This is not for the faint of heart.  After 39
years these Freaks, Goddesses, & Geeks know how to party.  A really BIG
fruitcake romp on Duval Street.  You'll see Gnomes, Toads, and
White Rabbits!  They usually let it all hang out at this festival
in The Conch Republic.  www.fantasyfest.net for more info.

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Feb 1, 2006 FLIGHTS ENDED  Red Lion Casino Casino Express/Xtra Airways
trips to Elko, NV 3 nights/4 days $100 total ea person included flight
& Lodging.  This Northern Nevada Casino used to fly from 200 cities to
bring in the gamblers before casinos were readily available in your home state.
High fuel prices and proliferation of casinos led to the termination of these
cheap trips after 25 years of service.  The casino is still open, however
you gotta get there by yourself!

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Dec 31 Where else? - Times Square-NY  It's The Big Apple, Gotham City, call it
what you want, but it's the right place to bring in the New Year.  Floyd Lee,
and Rat Pack member Short Hair Davey live here in the Bronx!
  www.nyctourist.com  for more info.

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