Monday, September 30, 2013

Bobby Nathan Band to Headline Grand Opening of New Blues Bar in Hollywood Florida

Blue Bar Bistro
113 South 20th Avenue, Hollywood, FL  33020

Oct 3: Red Bean Blaize Blues Open Jam; 4: Bobby Nathan Band  (Grand Opening Show); 5: JP Soars & The Red Hots; 10: Red Bean Blaize Blues Open Jam; 11: IKO IKO; 12: Pitbull of Blues; 17: Red Bean Blaize Blues Open Jam; 18: Blaize n Altar Band; 19: David Shelley & Bluestone; 24: Red Bean Blaize Blues Open Jam; 25: Dr. Lee & The Regulators; 26: Grant Piper Band; 31: Red Bean Blaize Blues Open Jam.

Gil Anthony's BLUES POWER Top 30 for October 2013

BLUES POWER w/ Gil Anthony (2013 Keeping Blues Alive Award Winner)
TOP 30 - OCTOBER 2013

Blues Power Top 30...OCTOBER 2013...Broadcasting from WVVL, Enterprise, Al..Sunday 6-11pm cdt..WWNT, Dothan, Al..Monday 6-11pmcdt and also heard on The Path 106.1, Tallhassee, Fa...Sunday 7-9pm edt....all shows are streamed on station websites and

1... Buddy Guy...Rhythm & Blues...Silvertone
2... Tedeschi Trucks Band..Masterworks
3... Too Slim & Taildraggers...Underworld Rec
4... Watermelon Slim...Bull Goose Rooster...Norhtern Blues
5... Lurrie Bell..Blues in My Soul...Delmark.
6... Jeff Jensen ...Road Worn and Ragged...Swing Suit
7... Johnny Rawls..Remembering O.V....Catfood
8... Big Joe Shelton...I'd Never let her Down...45Alt Rec
9.. Dave riley/Bob Corritore...Hush Your Fuss...Vizztone
10. Bryan Lee...Play One For Me...Severn
11. Frank Bey & Anthony Paule band...Soul For Your Blues..Blue Dot
12. Andre Bisson..Bad Scene..
13. Shawn Holt..Daddy Told Me...Blind Pig
14. Guy Davis...Juba Dance..MC Rec
15. Sugaray Rayford...Dangerous...Delta Groove
16. Smokni' Joe Kubek/Bnois King...Road Dog's Life..Delta Groove
17. Chris James/Patrick Rynn...Barrelhouse Stomp...Earwig
18. Adrianna Marie...Double Crossing Blues..Midnight Owl Rec
19. Andra Faye/Scott Ballantine...Laying Down our Blues
20 .Mighty Mojo Prophets...Flying Home From Memphis..Delta Groove
21..Hank Mowery..Account to Me..Old Pal
22. Ron Spencer Band..Soul Reason..Real Gone
23 .Pete Anderson..Birds Above Guitarland..Little Dog
24. John Ginty..Bad News Travels..American Showplace
25. Monkeyjunk...All Frequencies..Stoney Plain
26. Toronzo Cannon..John the Conquer Root...Delmark
27. Holland K Smith...Colbalt...Ellersoul
28. Kara Grainger..Shiver & Sigh ..Eclectorgroove
29. Lou Pride...Ain't No More Love..Severn
30. Billy D & Hoodoos..Somethin's Wrong..

Mailing Address:
Gil Anthony
1301 Alexander Dr. #K-81
Dothan, AL 36301

Phone: (334)718-1736    

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The Fish House – Miami’s home for good times and great music!!


The Fish House wishes to congratulate
Nico Wayne Toussaint on winning the
South Florida Blues Society’s
Regional IBC Competition.
Good luck in Memphis Nico!

10000 SW 56th Street
Miami FL 33165 (305)595-8453

Every Wed,  7-11pm
David Leon 4tet + Pro Jazz Jam

Every Thur, 8pm
Pro Blues Jam w/ Guest Hosts
Featuring Motel Mel, Michael Wainright,
Darrell Raines, George Caldwell, Raul Hernandez,
Julian Harris and Bill Clark

Upcoming Shows

October 12: Music of the Americas II
w/ Sandra Morales,
Roberto Lozano on Piano and
Cookie Lopez on Percussion

November 16: The Bobby Nathan Band

Paradise Bar & Grill in Pensacola Beach – A MUST visit for blues fans!

If you could create your own
beach-side blues venue,
it would probably
be this place!

21 Via de Luna
Pensacola Beach FL 32561  (850)916-5087

Paradise Bar & Grill on Pensacola Beach invites you to “boat it, bike it or walk it” to the hottest spot on the island, where you can enjoy live entertainment every weekend. Paradise Bar & Grill has earned their reputation as a locals bar. Tucked away in a secluded corner, away from the main stream, Paradise Bar & Grill is the perfect spot to kick back and relax in one of the lounge chairs and let the beat of island music carry you away. Go ahead, dip your toes in the water while you enjoy your drink, Paradise Bar & Grill is mere steps from the waterline.
Charlie Boyer, of Jazz & Blues Florida, thinks this is the BEST place to spend a couple days in decompression mode – the music, the bar, the beach (bay beach on property, gulf beach across the road!), the food, the bar, the on-property hotel only steps away, the pool, the staff, and, did he mention ‘the bar’? Check out his last visit in the Jazz & Blues Florida Blog.

Upcoming Shows & Events

Oct 1: Sol Driven Train
Oct 10: Grady Champion
Oct 11: Posi Tones
Oct 12 & 13: Big Al & The Heavywieghts
Oct 15: Little G Weevil
Oct 20: Northwest Florida "Road to Memphis" IBC Fundraiser #1
Nov 2 & 3: Biscuit Miller & The Mix
Nov 8 & 9: Dave Jordan
Nov 17: Northwest Florida "Road to Memphis" IBC Fundraiser #2
Nov 20: Southern Hospitality.

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Repentance is often...(on Allen Kanovsky's To-do list?)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 9/30/13

rewarded. My apology for Saturday paid dividends on Sunday. No Hail Marys' or Our Fathers. No Acts of Contrition or self-flagellation. No head bowed or kneeling in prayer. A simple heart-felt apology and I got my just desserts -----a great afternoon and evening of BLUES and friendship. "Who Could Ask For Anything More". It started mid-afternoon at Rosey Baby in Lauderhill. The South Florida BLUES Society competition for solo and duo acts. If you were there, enough said.  If you weren't you should mark your calendar for next year. The competitors were Graham Drout with Mitch Mestel; Amy Arlo with Big Al; Nico Wayne Toussaint with Michel Foizon; Joel Zoss, solo; The BLUES dragon duo of Mark Telesca with Allen Gibbs; Piano Bob with Nick Trill and Sista Marybeth with Tommy Benson. Original tunes, classic BLUES, delta--James Cotton to Howlin' Wolf---an afternoon of music that will not soon be forgotten. Friendship? Let me start with my pal Bill Rutan who can drink more vodka/rocks in an hour than any living being. He always has olives thinking it makes him look 'civilized' .Angela and Jose from The Fish House, Jackie(American Airlines), Diane Young, Bob Grabau, Piano Bob and Mary, Tania Blue, Martine & Jacques, Betty 'Shake Your Booty' Rosenthal, Marie Blaize(Niles wife). Newly met friends Susy Reiter and John Moore aka "Juan Fabuloso". I am trying to figure out how John 'the Oklahoma Kid' transformed himself to Juan Fabuloso. After Joel Zoss's performance John and I discussed how composers had a special feel for lyrics, even those not their own. You had to see Tania Blue dressed in black, tight and short. Oooohweee!

Susy was with a couple of her friends one of whom felt what she had to say was more important than listening to the music. During the break I mentioned that most of us were here for that purpose. The somewhat heavy-set blond responded in a typical Brooklyn broad manner. I opted to ignore the -----. BLUES Bobby took the stage and told a similar story about people talking. It quieted most of the chatterers----for a while. During the results break, Otis Cadillac asked if I played kazoo. My response was positive and so he asked me to join his kazoo quintet. I have to think about it because I would have to buy my own kazoo. Joe Canizzo(JC Crossfire) said I could afford it. I asked him to 'chip in'.  Bernie Rose said I would be welcome if I could read music..Niles 'Redbeans' Blaize who plays harp, vocalizes and plays kazoo with Otis Cadillac and the Eldorados said welcome aboard. Next time you see Niles ask for one of his business cards. It is a 'collectors item'. I can't just sit there and listen. My body demands motion. I danced with Jackie, Martine danced with Jacques, Juan Fabuloso's wife danced with some of the other ladies. Juan drank his beer!. The play list, far too extensive to list. I must mention that I particularly enjoyed Joel's solo performance especially his dedication "To beer---and those who drink it", Guitar, vocals and great lyric lines. 

The results were as follows: 
Mark & Allen  3d place, Graham & Mitch 2d and off to Memphis representing the South Florida BLUES Society, Nico and Michel. ( *NOTE* You can follow state-wide IBC Challenge results at another blog entry further down this page:

I am off to The Funky Biscuit and graciously Jackie says she'll follow me there. Off we go and arrive at the Biscuit safe, sound and in time for the 2d set of the reunion of Bobby and the Renegades. The 'joint' is packed with folks having a good time. There's an old saying "Music soothes the savage beast". Well. it makes civilized people pretty happy too. A "Pretty Woman", Barbara Thomans is doing the real "Lindy" with Terry Donaho. In conversation Barbara says "If dancing doesn't make you smile, you shouldn't do it" She is right, so Jackie and I get up to enjoy life. The band is smoking!! How the Biscuit doesn't go up in flames is beyond me. Greg Magnati handles the vocals, Rich Conklin is at the drums, Mason Randall playing bass with Steve Laudicina on lead guitar and blowin' the doors off. The band plays the BLUES, some funk and boogie, keeping us all clappin' tappin' and on the dance floor. A Greg original "I Don't Like Anything About You" reflected his feelings about a former band-mate. Greg announced his recent engagement to Chelsea who was celebrating her birthday. The band did Howlin' Wolf's "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy" and Stevie Ray Vaughan's "You're Gonna Miss Me' and an inspired version of "Double Trouble". Jackie and I had a great time and were sorry that the evening had to end. Before we said goodnight, Jackie shared a poem she had written about Tibet, titled "The Mountain and the River". It made me wish I had been there with her. 

No Tracy but Ted Grossman pretty darn good; playing soft JAZZ tunes to fit the late Sunday mood. "I Surrender Dear" and then some Billie Holiday---   

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       

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Longtime Blues Record Collector Pays Record Price For Rare Disc

Tommy Johnson 1930 Blues 78 Rpm Record Sells For $37,100.00 On Ebay!

Longtime Blues record collector and expert John Tefteller was the winning bidder at $37,100.00 for a super rare Blues 78 rpm record by Blues legend Tommy Johnson. This is highest price ever paid for a single 78 rpm Blues record and one of the highest prices ever paid for ANY record.

Bidding, on internet auction site eBay, was hot and heavy for the record, and stood at $16,800.OO until the final seconds when the price shot up to just over $37,000.00

The record, Tommy Johnson on the Paramount label from 1930, is one of only two known and verified copies. All other copies of this disc are presumed lost or destroyed. The two songs on this record "Alcohol And Jake Blues" and "Ridin' Horse" are considered masterpieces of the genre and Johnson is one of the Top Five legendary figures in early recorded Blues music, right along side Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Skip James and Son House.

Tefteller, who has been collecting rare Blues records for over 40 years, already owns the only other known copy and has released the songs previously on one of his Classic Blues Artwork From The 1920's Calendar series...but this newly verified record is in vastly better condition than the other one and Tefteller says he "just had to have it." His original copy will be sold to help offset the cost of this new one and he says he is "going to remaster and re-release this new copy next year" for his 2015 Blues Calendar release. The Blues Calendars come complete with a 20 to 24 track CD that is included free with each Calendar.

Tefteller picked up his eBay win in person in South Carolina last Thursday. "I am happy to report to the record collecting world and admirers of great Delta Blues music worldwide that this newly discovered copy is in Excellent condition and will be able to be remastered to sound absolutely superb."  The seller was a local Columbia, South Carolina collector who found the record some years back at an estate sale. Tefteller says "He absolutely did not realize what he had and how rare it was until he put it on eBay. Within the first few hours of being listed on the auction site another collector tried to stop the sale by offering the seller $4,000.00 for the record. Fortunately, he let the auction proceed and I was able to win it in the final moments."

Tommy Johnson made a total of five records for the legendary Paramount label back in 1929 and 1930. He was a little known and very under appreciated singer/guitar player from Crystal Springs, Mississippi at the time. His legend and stature has grown tremendously over the years and his records, especially the Paramount's, are "Holy Grails" for Blues collectors. Johnson also recorded three records for the Victor label, which are desirable, but enough copies have survived so that they will "only" sell for $1,000.00 to $5,000.00 each. Johnson died in Mississipi in 1956.

This was the first public sale of a Tommy Johnson Paramount 78 rpm record. Tefteller says he was "blown away" when he saw it listed on eBay and knew that he had to bid "very seriously" in order to acquire it. A total of 29 bids were placed during the auction with Tefteller's final bid being the winner.

"I can't wait to have it properly re-mastered and share it with the world" say Tefteller, who resides in Grants Pass, Oregon and deals in rare Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues 45's and 78's while maintaining what has been called by those who have seen it as "the world's best collection of Blues records and memorabilia" and "The British Museum Of The Blues." Tefteller specializes in collecting the Paramount label, run out of a furniture factory in Port Washington, Wisconsin from the early 1920's to the early 1930's. Historians recognize Paramount as the most innovative and creative independent record label from that time and anything on the label is coveted by record collectors worldwide.

"The original masters for these recordings were all destroyed by World War Two. The only way we can hear them now is rescue the few remaining commercial copies which are in private homes," explains Tefteller. "We have to seek out the best or only copies that exist today and remaster from those." There are a number of legendary records by master Blues musicians of the time that have yet to be found. "Find me the missing Willie Brown or J.D. Short on Paramount label and you will see me writing REALLY big checks." Tefteller said.

Tefteller can be reached by email: or by phone at 541-659-7175. His website, Blues Images, can be seen at

Hoodoo Voodoo Halloween Blues Ball Downtown Ft. Lauderdale October 31, 2013

She Do!
He Do!

Dar and Mr. G from the Sunday Blues on WKPX
with Their Great Sponsors
present the

Sponsored by

As always the Hoodoo Voodoo will hold the annual costume contest for cash and prizes, with vendors, tarot readers, and once again The Downtowner will become a haunted venue.

Oct 31, 2013
Cassie Taylor & Soul Calvary
David Shelley and Bluestone
Billy Gibson
Joel DaSilva Duo
7pm start, $10.00

It's Halloween!

Downtowner Saloon
10 South New River Drive East
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301  (954)463-9800

 (WKPX is a non-profit community based radio station)
We appreciate your support and look forward to bringing
you another fantastic event that people will be talking
about throughout the year!
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Middleground's Sunday Brunch at Cafe C - A Gainesville pleasure!

Cafe C
424 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601  (352) 377-7433 
Sunday Brunch,  
Every Sun: Middleground, 10am.
Carl - He'll make sure you get what you want, and more!

Every Sunday through the season! Middleground
keeps the music going!

Excellent omelets, made to order, on the spot!

Made in sight, must be right!

The years of perfect harmony reflected in the music..Yeah Right!

"Dirty Bar Blues" Debut performance of an original Middleground song!
(You talking about me?)

Sweet tones from the acoustic bass, with a perfected touch.

A study in voice and guitar harmonics!

Where the garden is!

A totally wonderful rendition of Lyle Lovett's If I had a Boat.

Artsy tip jar.. For sale for the right price!

Like the rest, fresh and flowerful!

Breaktime! Debby, you really going to eat all that???

Copper tag to copper fish, below. 

NOT on the menu, but you can order others from Mark!

Stand by for stories from the road by Thelma and Louise!

I took this one!

Hmmm.. I've seen this somewhere before....I think...

Thank goodness they are just an acoustic duo!

Back that semi right up here, please....

What is with this guy? Can't he leave that damn thing alone for a minute?

Stop and smell the flowers!

You would think there would be a Jazz Blues Florida sticker here, wouldn't ya?

Still of a still?
Good photos by Debby Strickland. Others by me.

Little Mike and The Tornadoes – October 2013 Tour Schedule Including Debut at Earl’s Hideaway

Little Mike
The Tornadoes

Hitting the Road and
Spreading the BLUES!

Little Mike isn’t only kicking it on the gigs – he is back in the studio and has been laying down some tracks with the help of Tony O and Brad Vickers, two of the original Tornadoes!  Get out and hear some of the new material before anyone else can even get the new release!


October 4, 2013, 9pm
Featuring Tony O on Guitar!
114 S. Park St.
Sanford, FL 32771 (407)328-4848

October 5, 2013, 8:30pm
Featuring Sheba The Mississippi Queen!
714 St John's Ave
Palatka, FL  32177

October 6, 2013, 2-6pm
Featuring Tony O on Guitar!
1405 Indian River Dr
Sebastian FL 32958 (772)589-5700

October 11 & 12, 2013
207 Atlantic Blvd
Atlantic Beach, FL 32266  (904)241-7877

October 17, 2013, 1-5pm
October 18, 2013, noon-4pm
October 19, 2013, noon-4pm
Biketober Week!
549 County Road 415, Samsula, FL (386)427-8969

October 18, 2013, 8-11pm
McCall’s Tavern
999 Alvarez Avenue
The Villages, FL 32159

October 19, 2013, 7-10pm
65 N Main St.
High Springs, FL 32643

October 25, 2013, 8-11pm
2017 NE 27th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32609

October 26, 2013, 8pm
Rick’s Downtown Grill
301 E Call Street
Starke, FL 32091

Booking Contact
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