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Big Muddy Blues Fest-St Louis, MO                      Burning Man Fest-Black Rock City, NV
 Deep Blues Festival-Chapel at 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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Surf1.jpg (64016 bytes) Feb - 2018 Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party at The Surf Ballroom 460 North Lake Shore Dr - Clear Lake, IA 641 357-6151  2017 Tommy Allsup, Johnny Rivers, and Lloyd Price, Whitesidewalls, & Del Shannon.  In 2016 it was Martha Reeves, Tommy Allsup, 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 10, 2018 Soulard Mardi Gras Grand Parade at 11 A.M. & Rat Pack Mardi Party  www.mardigrasinc.com 

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FTlaudBEACH.jpg (32573 bytes)Feb - 2018 POSTPONED?   It was postponed for 2009 & 2017 but back in action since 2010. The Annual Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival in Esplanade park-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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EVwingNico.jpg (50596 bytes)EVPWeeFrank.jpg (43593 bytes)April 14, 2018  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

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Apr 28 to May 7, 2017 New Orleans, LA Jazz Fest with Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Isley Brothers, Trombone Shorty, and hundreds of more acts, all at The Fair Grounds Race Track.
 www.nojazzfest.com

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MemSIGN1.jpg (39022 bytes) May 5-7, 2017 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 Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, The Roots, Deftones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mavis Staples, Jimbo Mathus, Coco Montoya, Southern Brotherhood, and Kenny Brown along with 60 other music acts.  www.memphisinmay.org for more info.

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May 20-21, 2017 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-However the festival continues.

WKingEvent.jpg (28038 bytes) June-2017 Annual Willie King Freedom Creek Festival - Aliceville, AL 205 752-6263  This is a down-home blues festival attended by 500 or more fans.  The area musicians perform along with national stars such as Jodie Williams, Eddie Kirkland, Little Jimmy Reed, Kent & Garry Burnside, and Elnora Spencer among others.  Always 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 8-11, 2017 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, Margot Kidder, & Sarah Douglas in 2017.  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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KBrown82.jpg (45699 bytes)June 23-24, 2017  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 Dickinson's, 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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CharlieM.jpg (25681 bytes) August 11-13, 2017   Annual Sunflower River Blues Festival.  Purest Blues and Gospel in The Land Where the Blues Began - Clarksdale, MS.  10,000 people can't SunFikeTurner.jpg (14950 bytes)be wrong!  You'll probably see Jimbo Mathus, Kenny Brown, Big T, Cedric Burnside, Lightning Malcolm, Kingfish, and Super Chikan, among others.
 www.sunflowerfest.org for more info.

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August - 2017 - Britt, IA  Annual Hobo Convention Since 1900, that's right, 116 years ago!  Not many real "BO's" left, but this is  where they'll jungle up for a week HBOiaBlack2003.jpg (33457 bytes) or two and you might catch sight of Double B, 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.  www.hobo.com for more info.

 

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DubBLUES.jpg (22749 bytes)Aug-2017 ?? 16th Annual-CANCELLED FOR 2010  Four Mounds Blues Fest-Dubuque, IA 563-557-7292  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 25-26, 2017 Otha Turner b 6-2-1907 d 02-27-2003 Backyard Goat RDgravel.jpg (24826 bytes) Barbecue - Senatobia, MS.  It's about an hour South of Memphis.  Get yourself to Senatobia, MS then take Hwy 4 East RDyellow.jpg (21145 bytes) 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.

OT2003Shirt.jpg (27545 bytes)       Click Here for 2010 Photos               Click Here for 2009 Photos  

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

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BurningMAN.jpg (7365 bytes)Aug 27 - Sep 4, 2017  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".  Not for timid people held in the desert.

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August 31 to September 4, 2017 Old Threshers Reunion - Mt Pleasant, IA  319 385-8937  You can ride trolleys, trains, and a 112 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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BigMudBD.jpg (11491 bytes) September 2017 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.

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Car3a.jpg (57011 bytes) 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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MauMau1.jpg (17992 bytes)Oct 5-7, 2017  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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R66c.jpg (13525 bytes)Sep 22-24, 2017 Route 66 Festival - Springfield, IL 1-866-783-6645 www.route66fest.com This will be the 14th 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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ESLbruce3.jpg (29715 bytes)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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Strassen1.jpg (26675 bytes) CANCELLED FOR 2013, BUT LOOK FOR A NEW DATE IN 2017 Strassenfest Chesterfield Parkway Celebrate German heritage plus! Brave Combo & Obenheimer Express, beer, food, carnival rides & crafts. 

 

 

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BiscTMODEL.jpg (25369 bytes)October-2017 Blues and Heritage  - Helena, AR 870 572-5223 www.kingbiscuitfestival.com  This festival in the heart of Blues Country is a must.  The likes of John Mayall, Robert Cray, Big A, K M Williams, Mojo Buford, Otis Rush, Sonny Landreth, Roy Rogers, Johnny Sansone, and Washboard Jackson are usually playing here. 

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FAN02f78.jpg (51273 bytes) October 20-29, 2017
Oct - 2005 OOPS Hurricane Wilma washed it out!  Fantasy Fest-Key West, FL  This is not for the faint of heart.  After 28 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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DeepChris.jpg (38868 bytes) Deep Blues Festival October 12-15, 2017   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 the likes of Cedric Burnside, One Hand Dan, Pork Chop Willie, Charlie Parr, along with The Bonnevilles, K M Williams, Bill Abel, Rev. John Wilkens, The Bully Boys, The Bush League, James Leg, Muscle Theory, and Elam McKnight  www.DeepBluesFest.com

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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RedLionSIGN4.jpg (49147 bytes)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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tSquare1.jpg (62298 bytes)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, Tada Ikematsu, and Rat Pack member Short Hair Davey live here in the Bronx!  www.nyctourist.com  for more info.

 

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