Wednesday, August 31, 2011

6th Annual Florida Harmonica Championship set for October 16, 2011

Florida Harmonica Championships, October 16, 2011
At The Beachside Tavern, New Smyrna Beach
Come to Play,
Come to Listen,
Come to Party!
Beachside Tavern

690 East 3rd Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Noon, Oct 16, 2011

Join your hosts Adam Floyd and Farley Palmer
with registration starting at 12:00 noon.
This contest is one of the world's largest
harmonica festivals and a big favorite
with spectators. Arrive early to ensure a
good view of the outdoor stage as we expect
a maximum capacity crowd.

Everyone is invited to join in the
Harmonica Master Class,
Harmonica Tuning and Repair Clinic
and the very popular
Florida Harmonica Orchestra
playing “Suwanee River” by Stephen Foster.

The Payne Brothers Band back up the
25 contestants and there will be a
blow-off after the trophy is awarded.
Lots of free harmonicas, hats and gear
from our sponsors

T-shirts, posters and CDs of past championships
will be available. FreeWill BBQ will provide great food.
Recent Florida Harmonica Champions hail from
 all over the state. Expect international
contestants for stiff competition this year.

Awards for


To preregister call Farley Palmer at (386) 314-5718

RSVP to event at
facebook here!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gainesville/Ocala Florida radio station expands blues programming on air and on internet

North Central Florida's Home Of The Blues!
WXJZ-FM airs
Smooth Blues Saturday Night with Qquincy
NOW, with three additional hours,
from 9 PM to 3 AM.
WXJZ Smooth Jazz 100.9, Gainesville, FL (Live Stream)
Keeping The Blues alive in Gainesville!
Why? Because those that know, know the blues don't end at
midnight - that is when they just get started.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Port St. Lucie Florida Blues Society Hosts Local International Blues Challenge Competition Sept 25, 2011

The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast is having their annual "Playoff of Bands" on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Mickey Finn's starting at 7:00 p.m.  This exciting, local blues’ event is open to the public.  The winning band will go to the prestigious International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis.  The competing bands are: Joel Zoss (), The Big Cōque Band (), Cool Biz Band (), The Pitbull of Blues Band (. 

In order to compete, bands must be playing blues on a regular basis.  Blues' societies across the country hold these local playoffs with timed judging to simulate the actual participation in the IBC event.  Participants can be a band, or a solo, duo or youth act.

The judges are highly qualified and hand-picked because of their blues' knowledge and their credibility in either performing or for their work in the music industry.  For rules and regulations, go to: (The National Blues Foundation site), then click on “IBC,” then “Rules.” 

Mickey Finn’s has great food, and it’s home to Port St. Lucie’s number one tiki bar.  Come out and support these fabulous bands.  Mickey Finn’s is located at: 269 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL  34984.  For directions call: 772-873-2516.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Jazz & Blues Florida - WWWBTW? It is always about the music.

Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?:
(These are just some highlights of the week ahead and a summary of new things posted to our site; please click on MUSIC LISTINGS menu tab at to see our comprehensive listings.)
Monday, Aug 29: 
  • Aces Lounge, Bradenton: Damon Flowler's Sugar Shack Monday w/ Special Guest Ben Prestage;
Tuesday, Aug 30:
  • The Stage, Miami: Rebel Run Tuesday w Uncle Scotchy and Gator Nate
Wednesday, Aug 31:
  • Emiliano's Cafe, Gainesville: Karl Weismantel Duo
Thursday, Sept 1:

  • Pineapple Willy's, Panama City Bch: Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots
Friday, Sept 2:
Saturday, Sept 3:
Sunday, Sept 4:

  • Cheers, Ft. Lauderdale: South Florida Blues Society presents the Annual Harmonica Blow-off w/ host band LowDown 13 and very special guest Madison Slim. Clay Goldstein, Jack Bluni, Nick Trill, Pix-E Ensign, Niles Blaize, Dr. Lee, Cadillac Chuck, Josh Rowand, Hurricane Hawk. (Jazz & Blues Florida September Edition Featured Event)
Monday, Sept 5:
  • Earl’s Hideaway: Day Two of Earl's 12th Anniversay Party Feat. Daddy Mack Blues Band
  • Jazz & Blues Florida's new FESTIVAL page lists over 60 upcoming events
  • SW Florida Blues Scene Makes Local Press!
  • Dallas Texas Club reopens as booking opportunity for jazz & blues road warriors
* New Club/Venue Listings:  
  • Lush: 13451 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers FL 33919 (239)791-8554 8pm-midnight Sept 3: Father Al & The Jazz Congregation.
  • Dolphin Tiki Bar & Café: 1001 North Barfield Driv, Marco Island, FL 34145-2354 (239)394-4048 3pm, Every Sun: Ryan Darling and Triple Shot.
  • Bratta's Piano Bar & Ristorante: 12984 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers FL 33907 (239)433-4449 7-11pm, Every Wed: Cat Daddys; Every Mon: Danny & Jay Jazz Jam Session.
* New Florida Music: Lannie Battistini's En La Cima
* New Web Page:  A FLORIDA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL page has been added that lists over 60 annual events that are jazz, blues, both, or a lot of either.  This is the most comprehensive listing for the State of Florida that we are aware of and it took a lot of work to compile, so please visit and share it before the big guys come and scrape it. Thanks!
*New Club Photos:  Derek Mack Band at Chef John's - Thanks JohnO! Next late-night pork at the new Buddy's is on me!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Jazz & Blues Florida's new FESTIVAL page lists over 60 upcoming annual events

Fest NameLocationStart DateType
Boogie Woogie Piano FestFt. Lauderdale09/09/11Blues
Amelia Island Blues FestFernandina Beach09/16/11Blues
Hernando County Bluesapalooza  Brooksville 09/17/11Blues
New Smyrna Beach Jazz FestNew Smyrna Beach09/23/11Jazz
Tangerine Blues FestGulfport09/24/11Blues
Space Coast Music FestCape Canaveral09/24/11Music

See complete annual listing at

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

SW Florida Blues Scene Makes Local Press!

Blues presence building in Lee, Collier counties

More bars offer taste of local blues club fare

2:59 PM, Aug. 25, 2011
Written by
It's not easy to find Buckingham Blues Bar - take Palm Beach Boulevard past I-75, turn right onto Buckingham Road and keep driving until you hit approximately the middle of nowhere - but that doesn't stop blues fans from packing the place every weekend night."

See full article at:

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Jazz & Blues Florida
w/ new Jazz & Blues Festival Listing Page at:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dallas Texas Club reopens as booking opportunity for touring jazz & blues artists

Pearl on Commerce, blues bar in downtown Dallas, re-opening in September

by Teresa Gubbins
— In a heroic return that's surpassed possibly only by the resurrection of Jesus, Pearl at Commerce -- the blues bar on the eastern edge of downtown Dallas -- will re-open in September, confirms Tracy Yost, who owns the bar with her husband Rick Yost, himself a blues musician.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Florida represented by two artists at 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has selected 12 semifinalists to compete in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. These semifinalists will perform for a panel of esteemed judges including Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran, Danilo Perez and Renee Rosnes on Sunday, September 11 from 1pm to 5pm at Baird Auditorium, located at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History sponsored by Cadillac. Admission is free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The semifinalists are: Antonio Madruga, Pembroke Pines, FL,  Emmet Cohen, Miami, FL; Kris Bowers, Los Angeles, CA;  Steven Feifke, Lexington, MA; Beka Gochiashvili, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; Justin Kauflin, Virginia Beach, VA; Pascal Le Boeuf, Santa Cruz, CA; ; Hod Moshonov, Pardes Hanna, Israel; Can Olgun of Marburg, Germany; Harold O’Neal, Kansas City, MO; Joshua White, Los Angeles, CA; and Glenn Zaleski of Boylston, MA.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Northeast Florida's Amelia Island Blues Festival set for September

Amelia Island Blues Festival

Fernandina Beach
Tarpon Avenue & 
Dolphin Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
One-day pass $15/adv & $20/gate
Two-day pass $25/adv & $30/gate

Friday, Sept 16, 2011, 3:45-10:30pm
Julia Nikki Savage Band – 5pm
Conrad Olberg – 7:15

Saturday, Sept 17, 2011, 11am-10:30pm
Peck Ensemble – 11am
Blues in School – 11:30am
Beth McKee – 12:15pm
Blistur – 1:45pm

Known as the “Isle of Eight Flags,” Amelia Island, Florida has had an amazing, interesting and tumultuous past, characterized by its diverse cast of Timucuan Indians, pirates, shrimpers, nobles & confederates. With abundant sunshine and mild temperatures year round, it's always a perfect time to visit Amelia Island. With the annual Amelia Island Blues Festival scheduled for September 16 & 17, 2011 it’s also the perfect time and place to extend your summer listening to the Blues at Main Beach.

After the Amelia Island Blues Festival Committee worked diligently to secure magnificent talent for this event they were saddened to learn of the passing of a true blues legend. Willie “Pinetop” Perkins died in his sleep at his home in Austin, Texas. The former piano player in the Muddy Waters Band was 97 years of age and had recently become the oldest Grammy Award winner ever, with his collaboration with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith on the album “Joined at the Hip.”   

As sometimes the Blues can be an expression of good things coming from bad, the same day the festival committee learned of the passing of Pinetop we learned of Conrad Oberg, a gifted 16 year old singer, guitar and piano player from Jacksonville who met Pinetop when he was 10 years old. As his mentor from that meeting, Pinetop introduced Conrad to other Blues legends including Buddy Guy, Bob Margolin and Hubert Sumlin to name a few. In honor of Pinetop Perkins, Conrad played the Amelia Island “Taste of the Blues” fundraiser and returning to play the Amelia Island Blues Festival with his set opening for Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. It will be a special night celebrating the life of Pinetop Perkins with his longtime musical partner and a prodigy in the making to begin the 2 day festival.

The David Gerald Band from Detroit, Michigan, Gainesville’s
6th St.
Rhthym & Blues Review and  South Florida’s Albert Castiglia who’s latest album “Keepin’ On” hit number one on the Root’s Blues Chart last September along with other national talent will round out the line up with all proceeds to benefit the Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary as active partners.

Amelia Island is an easy 30-minute drive from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), making the airport and available ground transportation services, a quick and convenient option for air travelers from all over the world. For information on Ticket and Accommodation package visit:

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Smooth jazz is back in Orlando


Early this August, Gross Communications' heritage smooth jazz WLOQ (103.1) became Spanish contemporary “KQ103”, ahead of the $8 million sale to the Lindemann family’s TTB Media Corporation. Now Clear Channel is using translator W273CA to simulcast the HD2 channel of its soft AC WMGF, supplying smooth jazz to the 250-watt translator. The translator is owned by Central Florida Educational Foundation, who also own top-rated contemporary Christian non-com WPOZ (88.3). 102.5 had previously simulcast Cox Media Group’s talk WDBO (580). But as of today (8/18), Cox doesn’t need it, because it just shelved classic rock WHTQ (96.5) to turn it into a full-power simulcast of ‘DBO.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Florida Blues Band crosses the line to play in Alabama Internation Blues Challenge local competition


International Blues Challenge regional competition Saturday in Mobile

Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011, 6:23 AM     Updated: Thursday, August 18, 2011, 6:39 AM

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kenny Vance & Planotones in Ft. Lauderdale August 27, 2011

Time to get close & personal w/
The Planotones

Friday, August 27, 2011 @ 8pm

Tickets on sale now and
available by
 calling 954-462-0222
or by visiting

The Parker Playhouse
707 NE 8th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jazz & Blues Florida - Club, Concert & Festival Info

Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?:
(These are just some highlights of the week ahead and a summary of new things posted to our site; please click on MUSIC LISTINGS menu tab at to see our comprehensive listings.)
Sunday, Aug 14:
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale:  Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam  (4-8pm).
  • Earl’s Hideaway, Sebastian: Bonefish Johnny & the Raiford Starke Band w/special guests
  • Van Dyke Upstairs, Miami Beach: Oriente
  • 264 The Grill, Palm Beach: 7:30-10:30pm, Every Sun: Susan Merritt Trio Jazz Party & Jam.
  • Ruby's Elixir, St Petersburg: Jimmy Griswald Duo
  • Upstairs, Lithia: Blues Jam Hosted by Josh Lamkin & Automatic Heat
  • Big Easy, Hollywood: Piano Bob's 88s Trio w/ Pat DeLeon & Richie Coricelli
  • Web Listening Night: Gil Anthony's BLUES POWER, 6-11pm Central Time, at   
Monday, Aug 15: 
  • New York Pizza & Pasta, Naples: Expandable Jazz Band
  • Mister Tony's, Palm Bay: Jazz Jam Every Monday: Hosted by guitarist Chuck Van Riper w/ pianist Carl Hendrix and bassist Ron Pirtle
Tuesday, Aug 16:
Wednesday, Aug 17:
  • Bonefish Gill, Tampa: The Mars Trio
  • Dave’s Aqua Lounge, St Petersburg: Open Blues Jam Hosted by Cannon Quinn
  • Top of the Bridge @ Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, Boca Raton: Jazz, Bossa & Blues Presents Davis & Dow
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale Danny Burger 's Show case w/ Nicole Henry
Thursday, Aug 18:
  • Bodega Blue, Vero Beach: Davee Bryan
  • City Pub, Deerfield Beach: Jimmy Cavallo and The House Rockers
  • SallyO Irish Pub: 17 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954)522-4641 8-10pm, Every Thu: Mike Norris Big Band I or II
  • Florida Keys Piano Bar & Cocktail Lounge, Melbourne: John Ryan on Piano.
Friday, Aug 19:
Saturday, Aug 20:
  • Alley Blues Bar, Sanford: Black Top Blues 
  • Harry's Cigar & Brew, Ovideo: RJ Harman & Company (Jazz & Blues Florida Featured Artists - August 2011)
  • Beach Shack, Cocoa Beach: Danny Morris Band
  • Roadhouse Cafe, Fort Myers: Roadhouse Jazz Trio
  • Back Room Blues Bar, Delray Beach: Blues Dragon
  • McWell's Restaurant & Bar, Orlando:  ZShowz Presents IBC Solo/Duo Winners from Germany, Georg Schroeter/Marc Breitfelder Band
  • The Orange Door, Lake Park: JCB Featuring Jeff Bayles "JCB meets the Funkabilly Playboys
Sunday, Aug 21:
Monday, Aug 22:
  • Ka’tiki, St Petersburg: Blues Jam with the Roadhouse Rockers
Tuesday, Aug 23:
  • Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa: IBC Solo/Duo Winners from Germany, Georg Schroeter/Marc Breitfelder Band

  • SW Florida Blues Festival Funds Scholarships
  • Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art’s Jazz Series Continues cool nights
  • Rhythm Room 20th Anniversary Celebration announced (not Florida, but a neat thing)
  • Sinatra Serenade to Benefit Cancer Alliance in Jupiter FL
  • Joe Louis Walker headlines 10th Annual Red, White The Blues
  • Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Wine and Jazz Event Wins Tourism Award
  • South Florida Blues Society to Hold Local International Blues Challenge Competition
New Club/Venue Listings:  
  • SallyO Irish Pub: 17 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954)522-4641 8-10pm, Every Thu: Mike Norris Big Band I or II.
  • Crawdaddy's: 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, Fl. 34957 (772)225-3444 7pm, Sept 3: Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast presents "Hooked on Blues" Event w/ Category 5.
  • On August 26th Joey Gilmore will be playing at Bodega Blue in Vero. - This will be the last night for Bodega Blue with Lynn at the helm. New owners will be taking over and re-opening in October. Stop by and give Lynn & Jeff a good send-off and welcome the newbies!
  • Blue Tuesdays w/ Famous Frank Ward at Boston's on the Beach will be taking a break starting in August and returning apprx the first week of November to accommodate remodeling.
* New Florida Music:  Kenny MacKenzie Trio's MOVED & Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion's URBAN NATURE.
* New Links: Living Blues Magazine, Jupiter Performing Arts Fund, Salty Dog's Blues-n-Roots podcast/stream
WWWBTW? Presented by:

Saturday, August 13, 2011

SW Florida Blues Festival Funds Scholarships

August 9, 2011
By FRAN THOMAS ( , Pine Island Eagle
"The Matlacha Mariners presented six $1,000 scholarships to deserving area students. The winners were Francisco Castaneda, Caleb Davis, Carolina Lerma, Michael Marzella, Brandi Schulte, and Dale Wagner."

"Funds are raised through three yearly activities, the Mullet Toss, the Seafood Fest, and the Southwest Florida Blues Festival to be held on Nov. 19, 2011."

See full article at:

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art’s Jazz Series Continues

hot nights
cool jazz
~ ~ ~ ~
On top, from down under…

2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach FL 33139 (305)673-7530 
7-9pm, $10/Members & BassPass Free

(Featured Artist in August Edition of Jazz & Blues Florida!)

Aug 28: David Siegel Quartet

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rhythm Room 20th Anniversary Celebration announced! PARTY!

"Borrowed" from Bob's e-newsletter!:

  • It is quite a milestone for any music venue to make it for 20 years, and the Rhythm Room can boast that after all these years it remains a thriving and symbolic institution. The Rhythm Room opened on Sept 18th, 1991 and has since been Phoenix's standard bearer for presenting live music (with a special focus on the blues). To celebrate it's two decade anniversary, the Rhythm Room plans a weekend of blues parties with 3 full days of pure fun and music. Here is the lineup:

  • Friday, Sept 16th (early) 5pm doors 6-8pm early show with Tommy Castro.
    Friday, Sept 16th  (late show) starting at 9pm Soul Music Party with host band Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns, plus featured artists Jerry Lawson (of Persuasions fame) Stan Devereaux, Gloria Bailey, George Bowman, Lucious Parr, Kenneth Williams, Rochelle Whitehead, Andy Gonzales, Paris James and more! Phoenix's rich soul music legacy will be on display this night!

    Saturday, Sept 17th Bob Corritore & His Blues Friends 7pm doors 8pm show with Mud Morganfield, Bob Margolin, Diunna Greenleaf, Dave Riley, Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chuck, Mookie Brill, Johnny Rapp, Brian Fahey and more! 

    Sunday Sept 18th (the actual day of the 20th anniversary) All Day Blues and Rhythm Festival featuring 11 of the greatest Phoenix based blues and soul bands. Doors at 11am and music kicks at noon. Free Big Pete Pearson CDs will be given to the first 75 people. Acts in order of appearance include
    Chico Chism Tribute with George Thomas & The Flamekeepers (Chico's last band) with guest appearance by Gypsy!
    Hoodoo Kings Tribute with Mario Moreno, Jim Dorholt, Paul Thomas and other alumni of this historic Phoenix band
    Rocket 88s with special guest Johnny Rapp
    George Bowman & Badness featuring Lucious Parr
    Discount hotel room rates of $69.00 plus tax are available for out of town attendees from the Residence Inn Black Canyon. To make reservations call 602-864-1900 and  ask for the Rhythm Room rate. The Rhythm Room thanks it's loyal clientele and looks forward to this forthcoming celebration.