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Summer Solstice Jazz Festival Planned Lineup Announced.

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival will be held in East Lansing on June 24-25, 2017 in East Lansing, MIchigan. The planned lineup is as follows:
Lou Donaldson and Dr. Lonnie Smith
Miles Mosley
Dafnis Prieto
WMU Jazz Quartet
Planet D Nonet
Gabrielle Brass Band
Laura Rain and the Ceasers
Phil Denny
J.A.M.M. Scholarship Quartet
Zach Adleman Quartet
Quintet Ruby
Markus Howell Trio
MSU Jazz Studies Big Band Symposium

Magnolia Entertainment, Odawa Casino and Labatt Brewing Company:

The 1st Annual Petoskey Blues Fest

Emmet County Community Building:

1129 Charlevoix Ave Petoskey, MI

Friday, Feb. 17th:

Thornetta Davis: Detroit "Queen of the Blues is a blues and rhythm and blues artists.

The Accidentals: Young duo band from Traverse City Michigan.

Barbarossa Brothers classify their music as Michigan bred bayou folk.

Saturday, February 18th:

Laith Al-Saadi headlining, Laith Al-Saadi- has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops-honed at the University of Michigan School of Music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends

Larry Mc Cray - the Arkansas born and Michigan native blues legend has been pouring his heart and soul into the blues for over 25 years.

The Marcus King Band opening. Marcus King songwriter, guitarist, singer, and bandleader at only 20 years of age.

National News and Beyond

Blues Foundation announces The 38th Blues Music Award Nominees

Ticket sales and the Sheraton hotel reservation block for the 38th Blues Music Awards are officially open! And once again, the 2017 Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be a ticketed event, open to the public. Please plan accordingly as the Sheraton Hotel reservation block closes Tuesday, April 18th.

The Blues Music Awards Ballot will be released to current Blues Foundation Members on January 23, 2017. If you would like to participate in voting for the best in blues music, please make sure your membership is current or.................................

Congratulations to The 38th Blues Music Award Nominees Acoustic Album
Doug MacLeod - Live in Europe
Eric Bibb - The Happiest Man in the World
Fiona Boyes - Professin' the Blues
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes - Live at Briggs Farm
John Long - Stand Your Ground
Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook) Vol I and II

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Fiona Boyes
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Luther Dickinson

Bobby Rush - Porcupine Meat
Kenny Neal - Bloodline
Nick Moss Band - From the Root to the Fruit
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - Seeing is Believing
Toronzo Cannon - The Chicago Way
William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Nick Moss Band
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Tedeschi Trucks Band

B.B. King Entertainer
Joe Bonamassa
John Nemeth
Lil’ Ed Williams
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

Best Emerging Artist Album
Corey Dennison Band - Corey Dennison
Guy King - Truth
Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Tengo Blues
Terrie Odabi - My Blue Soul
Thornetta Davis - Honest Woman

Contemporary Blues Album
Al Basile - Mid Century Modern
Kenny Neal - Bloodline
Nick Moss Band - From the Root to the Fruit
The Record Company - Give It Back To You
Toronzo Cannon - The Chicago Way

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Alexis P Suter
Ana Popovic
Janiva Magness
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Albert Castiglia
Kenny Neal
Mike Zito
Sugaray Rayford
Toronzo Cannon

Historical Album
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw, Bear Family Records
B.B. King, More B.B. King: Here’s One You Haven’t Heard, Ace Records
Bobby Rush, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush, Omnivore Recordings
Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records
Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers, Genuine Blues Legends, Elrob Records

Biscuit Miller
Bob Stroger
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
R W Grigsby

Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Bob Margolin
Joe Bonamassa
Kid Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl

Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Sugar Ray Norcia

Al Basile
Nancy Wright
Sax Gordon Beadle
Terry Hanck
Vanessa Collier

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Inetta Visor
Shaun Murphy
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Barrelhouse Chuck
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Albert Castiglia - Big Dog
Mike Zito - Keep Coming Back
Moreland & Arbuckle - Promised Land or Bust
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By
Walter Trout - Alive in Amsterdam

“Blues Immigrant” written by Matthew Skoller & Vincent Bucher and performed by Matthew Skoller on Blues Immigrant
“I Gotta Sang The Blues” written and performed by Thornetta Davis on Honest Woman
“Seeing Is Believing” written by Ray Norcia and performed by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones on Seeing Is Believing
“Walk A Mile In My Blues” written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finigan and performed by Curtis Salgado on The Beautiful Lowdown
“Walk it Off” written and performed by Toronzo Cannon on The Chicago Way

Soul Blues Album
Bobby Rush - Porcupine Meat
Curtis Salgado - The Beautiful Lowdown
Johnny Rawls - Tiger in a Cage
Wee Willie Walker - Live! Notodden Blues Festival
William Bell - This Is Where I Live

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye Lavette
Lara Price
Mavis Staples
Terrie Odabi
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
Johnny Rawls
Wee Willie Walker
William Bell

Traditional Blues Album
Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore - House Party at Big Jon's
Bob Margolin - My Road
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue - Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lurrie Bell - Can't Shake This Feeling
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - Seeing is Believing

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Bob Margolin
John Primer
Lil’ Ed Williams
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 Announces New Inductees for 2017.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 appears to have a little something for everyone.

The six performer inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of  2017 reflect a wide reach in time and style, ranging from Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, and  Tupac Shakur

The three other inductees include two English bands, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Yes, and San Francisco based Journey.  

Producer, songwriter and guitarist Nile Rodgers will receive the Award for Musical Excellence. Chic, the disco group he co founded, was nominated for the 11th time in the performer category, but wasn’t admitted.

A special exhibit featuring the inductees will open March 30 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The new hall members will be honored at the 32nd annual induction ceremony on April 7 at Barclays Center in New York.

The group is filled almost entirely with first-time nominees. Shakur and Pearl Jam became eligible this year, as the hall of fame will only consider performers 25 years after the release of their first single or album (1991, for this group). Baez, Journey and ELO also are first-time nominees.

The inductees are part of a group of 19 nominees. More than 900 voters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation were eligible to vote for their choices. Fans voted online, too, at a variety of sites. The collective total of the fan vote counted as a ballot in the official voting.

Foundation voters and fans appear to have a common consensus for the most part, with inductees Journey, ELO, Yes and Pearl Jam taking the first four spots in the online vote. Journey, the top vote recipient, received 13% of the nearly 1.9 million fan ballots cast, indicating how spread out the vote was among the nominees. The Cars was No. 5 in the fan voting, but did not make the induction list.