postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: April 28-29, 2018


A play opened recently by the name of Tina….The Tina Turner Musical.  It’s about the life and times of the leggy one herself, 78 year old Tina Turner and Tina herself was one that worked for over three years to bring this to fruition.  She was on hand for the opening, which was held in London to rave revues.  It stars Adrienne Warren as Tina and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike.  Tina says she didn’t really want to do the musical, but she added that she still get cards and letters from people, especially that say Tina Gave them hope.  Gave them courage to move on with their lives after abusive relationships.  It goes through the entire life of Tina including her solo career and culminating with the performance in Rio in front of 180,000 fans.  I still think that’s a record audience to see a live performance.  Doesn’t say if the musical is coming here, But you can look for it soon I’m sure.  If you have never seen Tina Turner perform, especially with the Ikettes, check her out on YouTube and you will be stunned….After the performance of Angela Bassett in the film What’s Love Got to Do with it, I would Love to see someone else attempt to play Tina.  She played Tina to perfection.  Tina…The Tina Turner Musical…Coming here somewhere soon, I would think….


There’s an article on the site by Chloe Richardson titled Bobby Rush…He’s Gifted and He’s Blessed.  It was done at The Byron Ba y Blues Festival in Australia, and the first question asked, was funny.  Not on the interviewer’s part, but the answer that Bobby gave.  He talked about his preacher Daddy, and the first song his daddy sang to him as a seven year old.  And no, it was not a gospel song.  And, I didn’t know this….Bobby has released over 377 Albums in his career. That’s a lot of albums.  When asked about him being 84 years of age, he simply says “I’m Gifted.”  Great interview on Bobby Rush and we have a link to it on the BluesNews page at…..


And last but not least, it’s fast approaching…The biggest Blues Festival in the world is taking place in Chicago…It’s the Chicago Blues Festival taking place June 8th through the 10th…. This is the 35th year for the Festival, and it’s put on by the Mayors’ Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  The best part of this Festival is that it is absolutely free to the public.  Just walk up and walk in.  There are several stages of performers, and my experiences with this festival is that when one performance ends on one stage, you have about five minutes to get to the next stage so you won’t miss any of the performances.  The Festival takes place June 8th through the 10th…… If you want more information on Everything Chicago Blues Festival, from hotels to parking to who’s performing, which is I suppose is the most important thing, we have a link on the BluesNews page at…

And speaking of Blues Festivals, one of the longest running Blues Festivals in the southeast is The Carolina Blues Festival in Greensboro North Carolina.  This is the 32nd year for them and it takes place May 19th and 20th.  This is a partnership of several entities in the Greensboro area, and it includes Food Banks, Literacy programs, Cultural Centers, Libraries and History Museums.  I Love History Museums.  They even have a Blues and Foods Marketplace that is free and open to the public.  Our radio affiliate WNAA The Voice in Greensboro is a part of all of these activities.  The Carolina Blues Festival takes place May 19th and 20th in downtown Greensboro North Carolina….That use to be called the Piedmont Blues Festival….When did they change the name……..If you want to know more about the Festival, we have a link on the BluesNews page at…….


Thur May 3 Big Bill Morganfield Denver CO Dazzle Blues Club
Thur May 3 Benny Turner Arabi LA Johnny Sansone’s Invitational
Fri May 4 Zac Harmon Memphis TN Beale St Music Festival
Fri May 4 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Atlanta GA Blind Willie’s
Fri May 4 and Sat May 5 Bobby Rush San Francisco CA Biscuits and Blues
Sat May 5 Sir Charles Jones
Chris IvyPokey BearBishop Bullwinkle
Grenville MS Washington County Convention Ctr
Sat May 5 Vick Allen-Stage Play

Avail Hollywood

Texarkana TX (Sinner Have A Soul Too
Sat May 5 Zac Harmon Nashville TN Bourbon St Blues and Boogie
Sat May 5 Nellie Tiger Travis Richmond VA Military Retirees Club
Sun May 6 Zac Harmon Montgomery AL Capital City Oyster Bar
Sun May 6 Vick Allen Jackson MS Zoo Blues
Thur May 10 Shemekia Copeland Dallas TX Kessler Theater
Thur May 10 Zac Harmon Memphis TN Blues Awards
Fri May 11 Peggy Scott Adams


L.J. Echols

Ronnie Bell

Vicksburg MS Vicksburg city Auditorium
Fri and Sat May 11-12 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago IL Kingston Mines
Sat May 12 Vick Allen Ruston LA
Sat May 12 Donnie Ray

Billy Soul Bonds

Gregg A. Smith

Ricky White

Richwood LA Richwood Park
Sat May 12 Shemekia Copeland Houston TX Height Theater
Sat May 12 Big Bill Morganfield Atlanta GA Blind Willie’s
Sat May 12 Vick Allen


Jeter Jones

Ronnie Bell

Fat Daddy

Ruston LA Ruston Civic Center
Sun May 13 Vick Allen St Louis MO The VIP Lounge
Sun May 13 Karen Wolfe

O.B. Buchana

J Wonn

Avail Hollywood

Ronnie Bell

Whitehall AL Carnes Park
May 15-21 Nellie Tiger Travis Los Angeles CA The Foundation Center
Thur May 17 Syl Johnson Nice France Forum Nice Nord
Fri May 18 Willie Clayton Tunica MS TBA
Fri May 18 Sir Charles Jones


O.B. Buchana

Bigg Robb

Willie Clayton

Calvin Richardson

Tunica MS Tunica Arena Expo Center

The Kings of Southern Soul

Fri May 18 and Sat May 19 Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials Memphis TN Rum Boogie Café
Sat May 19 Eddie Clearwater Chicago Buddy Guy’s
Sat May 19 Trudy Lynn Houston TX Bayou City Music Series
Sat May 19 Zac Harmon Irving TX Cimarron Park Rec Ctr
Sun May 20 Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials Montgomery AL Capitol Oyster Bar
Sat May 26 Wilson Meadows

Bishop Bullwinkle


Kenny Wayne

Mr. Sam

Tallahassee FL North Florida Fairgrounds
Sat May 26 Nellie Tiger Travis Harvest AL The Huntsville Dragway
Sat May 26 Zac Harmon Dallas TX Babb Brothers BBQ Blues
Sun May 27 Sheba Potts-Wright

L.J. Echols

Theodis Ealey

Jaye Hammer

Pokey Bear

Grady Champion

Byhalia MS Wall Hill Park
Thur May 31 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago IL Kingston Mines



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