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City of Chicago :: Blues Festival Headliners Travel Up The Mississippi To Chicago

Shemekia Copeland
Shemekia Copeland

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the headliners for the 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival: Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Clay, The Bar-Kays, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice and a multigenerational Chicago blues showcase finale featuring James Cotton, Lil’ Ed and Billy Branch, among others, closing the festival on Sunday. Admission is free.

Thursday, June 6: Opening Night in Millennium Park

Announced in February, the festival will open for the first time at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on June 6. Shemekia Copeland will headline the evening with special guest, blues guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy collaborator Quinn Sullivan. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with openers Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America followed by Jamiah on Fire & the Red Machine.

Moving to Grant Park for the weekend, the festival is “Rollin’ Up the River” to celebrate the blues with a musical journey up the Mississippi River. During the great migration from the south in the 1940s and 1950s, the “delta blues” landed in Chicago establishing the genre’s electric guitar sound known as the “Chicago blues” style. The voyage will start in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mississippi on Friday; then continue on to Memphis, Tennessee, and St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday; ending in Chicago on Sunday, where the blues electrified the world.

Read more at City of Chicago :: Blues Festival Headliners Travel Up The Mississippi To Chicago.

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Cape Town gets extra Rodriguez show | Channel24

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

Cape Town – Big Concerts announced on Wednesday that an extra Cape Town show has been added for legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez’s tour to South Africa in 2013.

With three sold-out shows so far, the extra performance was added due to an overwhelming demand and will be taking place on Thursday, 21 February 2013, a day after the initial show on 20 February.

Tickets for the extra show are on sale via Big Concert’s website and Computicket.

Rodriguez is also scheduled to perform at the Big Top Arena Carnival City on 15 and 16 February in Johannesburg.

via Cape Town gets extra Rodriguez show | Channel24.

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Vagabond Blues Show on All Jazz Radio every Thursday afternoon

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

Extract from an article I wrote in February 2007

I was born in South Africa 4 days after “The Day The Music Died” according to Don McLean (you work it out!). I was born and bred in a home filled with music (mainly Church Hymns and Showtunes) but soon discovered in my pre-teen years that I had absolutely no talent for singing or playing an instrument. I do play a mean air guitar solo though – I usually play a Black Fender Stratocaster Original Air Guitar. I also play Air Organ – a Hammond B3 of course – and recently I’ve started learning to play Air Harmonica.

Since I had this overwhelming passion for music, but not the skills to perform it, I started collecting music as well as information about music and also statistics and lists. Finding musical information in Apartheid-era South Africa was difficult to say the least, but my passion knew no bounds and I persevered.

In 1973 I heard the ‘Made in Japan’ version of ‘Smoke Of The Water’ by Deep Purple and my fate as a Rock Fan was sealed. I always thought that when I grew up I would lose my love of Rock and get into Classical and Jazz as “older” people did. Never happened! What did happen is that I just added and added more styles, types and genres to my musical tastes, though Classic Rock is still my first love and Deep Purple is still my favourite group. After listening to Purple and Zeppelin and Tull and Clapton and such-like I wanted to hear the original blues that inspired them … and a whole new world of discovering the Blues masters opened up for me.

Blues From The Deep South (Of Africa)

Because of South Africa’s unique geographical position and cosmopolitan population, there is really no such thing as a single defining style of “South African Music”. We seem to have everything here on the Southern Tip of Africa including African Tribal music, Zulu Township Jazz, Country and Western, Death Metal, Electronica and so much more, all with their own clearly-defined (and sometimes overlapping) niche markets. However the blues seems to be very popular in South Africa amongst most population groups, though I’ve never seen any research to support this theory of mine.

Blues in South Africa includes a wide variety of genres including Jazz Blues, Folk Blues, Traditional Blues, Blues Rock, Acoustic Blues and even blues sung in the language of Afrikaans which for want of a better name we will call Afrikaans Blues. So really South African Blues is just a term to mean Blues played by South African musicians. Cover versions of old blues classics abound, but there are also a large number of original compositions written in a variety of blues styles. Very few South African Blues musicians actually concentrate on playing the Blues exclusively, but rather play a mix of Blues, Rock, Blues-Rock and Country Rock.

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

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..:: bluesfest.co.za – The Table Mountain Blues Summit – Cape Town, South Africa’s Premier Blues Festival ::..

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This Year the Summit is coming at you with over 20 bands ready to Rock your Blues out. For the first time since it’s humble beginning at the Tafelberg Tavern in 2005 the Summit becomes an awe inspiring 2 day festival boasting some of the finest acts in the country.

The Cream of South Africa’s Blues Rock Artists will be taking the stage on Friday 30th Nov and Saturday 1st of Dec at Bloemendal Wine Estate and It looks set to be the biggest blues gathering in South Africa’s History. Now into it’s 8th year and with the continued help of Combustion Technology and Paul Bothner Music the Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to kick huge festival mojo in 2012.

With a spirit for real music and a nod to the concerts of yesteryear The Blues Summit is many things but above all it serves as a great coming together of a vibrant almost ‘family like’ Blues Community where the music transcends age, race, gender and class.

Who’s Playing?

Friday 30th Nov (From 3:30pm till 12pm)

 

Saturday 1st Dec  (From 11:30am till 12pm)

via ..:: bluesfest.co.za – The Table Mountain Blues Summit – Cape Town, South Africa’s Premier Blues Festival ::...

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Riders On The Storm. Six Guitarists from South Africa performing a Doors classic.

Riders From The Storm show by Storm Producionz at the Willow bridge Barnyard Theatre. Guitarists; Mel Botes, Piet Botha, Valiant Swart, Albert Frost, Nathan Smith, Arthur Dennis. On Keyboard; Simon Orange. Schalk vd Merwe on Bass. Tim Rankin on drums. Rudolph Dennis on accoustic guitar.

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Latest Free Music On Channel 24

SAmp3.com is the official aggregator for free digital music downloads on Channel 24 (since 2004).

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The Plastics

Midnight Passion

Off the album Shark which broke this Cape Town band’s rock power to a wide SA audience.

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Arsenic

Techno Planet (ft. Endz The Otherness)

A track off The First Toke from this talented Cape Town muso who breaks out on his own, carving a unique identity with his chilled out constructions.

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ETC Crew

McMission (The Phone Track)

A track off What’s In A Name from this Cape Town-based, multi-racial, cross dimensional hiphop rap group with their fresh yet energetic, jazzy sound.

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Selwyn Schneider

Pilgrims Rest

The Wind is this multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer’s latest album and is a beautiful mixture of songs and instrumentals.

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Kwesta

Mr Cool

New single from this hot new South African kwaito-rap artist off the popular Cape Hip Hop album Special Rekwest.

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Mr Sakitumi

Secret Asian Man

The title track off the debut album by Mr Sakitumi who is an innovative, multi-instrumental musical phenomenon.

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Ramblin’ Bones

When I’m With You

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Rodriguez

I Wonder

The track that started it all, from the album, Cold Fact, and the upcoming documentary Searching For Sugar Man.

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Mzwakhe Mbuli

Now Is The Time

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Summer Shade

Mango Tree

World Among The Clouds is Summer Shade’s latest EP. The band (previously known as Nungarin) has remolded their already unique and refreshing sound to produce a mixture of rock, tribal, African and folk.

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Melanie Scholtz

Zillion Miles

A track off Zillion Miles from this classically trained vocalist, composer and lyricist who is highly respected by fellow musicians in her home city of Cape Town and who has enjoyed international success as a freelance singer.

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The Genuines

Goema

Title track off the brilliant album Goema, from this Cape Town group who stars in the recent documentary on this indigenous Cape Music style, called Mama Goema.