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Lansing JazzFest Schedule – 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Main Stages (1200 block of Turner St.)
5:30 – 6:45    Tavern House Jazz Band
North Stage
6:45 – 8:15      Ron Brooks Trio +2
MICA (South) Stage
8:15 – 9:30     PanaMO
North Stage
9:30 – 11:00   Organissimo
MICA (South) Stage

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Main Stages (1200 block of Turner St.)
2:00 – 3:00     JAMM Scholarship Band
MICA (South) Stage
3:00 – 4:15     Awaiting Confirmation
North Stage
4:15 – 5:30     Beer City Saxes
MICA (South) Stage
5:30 – 6:45     Paul Keller At Sundown Quintet
North Stage
6:45 – 8:15    Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra
MICA (South) Stage
8:15 – 9:30     Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson
North Stage
9:30 -11:00    Bill Heid Trio
MICA (South) Stage

 

KidzBeat (in City Lot 56)

1:00-5:00    Bob Wilson – Electric guitar mentor
1:00-5:00    Randy “Bird” Burghdoff – Electric bass mentor
1:00-5:00    MSU Community Music School – Petting zoo — Woodwinds/brass

Tentative Michigan BluesFest Schedule 2017

9-15... MICA and North Stages:  5:00-6:00 Beeftones South Stage 6:00-7:00 Jim Shaneberger Band North Stage 7:00-8:30 Ray Goodman w/Greg Nagy South Stage 8:30-9:30 War and Treaty North Stage 9:30-11:00 Karen Lovely South Stage @ Michigan BluesFest, Old Town Lansing, MI

9-16... MICA and North Stages: 2:15-3:15 TBA South Stage 3:30-4:00 CABS winner-duo TBA South Stage 4:00-5:00 Gina Garner & Calling Dr Howard North Stage Blues Brawl Winners-BAND 5:00-6:00 Maggie McCabe Band,  South Stage 6:00-7:00 Twyla Birdsong North Stage 7:00-8:30 Groove Council South Stage 8:30-9:30 Chris Canas Band North Stage 9:30-11:00 Lil’l Ed and the Blues Imperials South Stage **** KidzBeat (in City Lot 56) 1:00-5:00 Broad Art Museum – Art Projects 1:00-5:00 Capital Area District Library – Art Projects 1:00-5:00 Bob Wilson – Electric guitar mentor 1:00-5:00 Josh Wilson- Electric bass mentor 1:00-5:00 Community Music School – Petting zoo – Woodwinds/brass @  Michigan BluesFest, Old Town Lansing, MI

SAVE THE DATE!
The 34th International Blues Challenge is scheduled for January 16 - 20, 2018

National News and Beyond

Gregg Allman of Allman Brothers Fame Has Passed at Age 69.

Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman (December 8, 1947-May 27, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter best known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band. Gregg has died at age 69 and was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.

He was born and spent much of his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, before relocating to Daytona Beach, Florida. He and his brother, Duane Allman, developed an interest in music in their teens, and began performing in the Allman Joys in the mid-1960s. In 1967, they relocated to Los Angeles and were renamed the Hour Glass, releasing two albums for Liberty Records. In 1969, he and Duane regrouped to form the Allman Brothers Band, which settled in Macon, Georgia.

The Allman Brothers Band began to reach mainstream success by the early 1970s, with their live album At Fillmore East representing a commercial and artistic breakthrough. Shortly thereafter, Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1971. The following year, the band's bassist, Berry Oakley was also killed in a motorcycle accident very close to the location of Duane's wreck. Their 1973 album Brothers and Sisters became their biggest hit, and Allman pursued a solo career afterward, releasing his debut album, Laid Back. Internal turmoil took over the group, leading to a 1975 breakup. Allman was married to pop star Cher for the rest of the decade, while he continued his solo career with the Gregg Allman Band. After a brief Allman Brothers reunion and a decade of little activity, he reached an unexpected peak with the hit single "I'm No Angel" in 1987. After two more solo albums, the Allman Brothers reformed for a third and final time in 1989, and continued performing until 2014. He released his most recent solo album, Low Country Blues, in 2011, and his next, Southern Blood, is set to be released in 2017.

For his work in music, Allman has received numerous awards including several Grammy's. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place in the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". Allman released an autobiography, My Cross to Bear, in 2012.

Allman canceled a round of concert dates in 2016 but got back on the road briefly last fall, performing his last known shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver and at Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta. He endured yet more heartbreak in January when Butch Trucks committed suicide at age 69.

In March, Allman announced that he was canceling all shows in 2017 and offered refunds to fans. His last song on stage appears to have been "One Way Out."

In addition to Elijah Blue, his survivors include his other children Michael, Devon, Delilah and Layla.

Blues Foundation Presents the 38th Annual Blues Music Awards

ACOUSTIC ALBUM
The Happiest Man in the World by Eric Bibb

ACOUSTIC ARTIST
Doug MacLeod

ALBUM
Porcupine Meat by Bobby Rush

B.B. KING ENTERTAINER
Joe Bonamassa

BAND
Tedeschi Trucks Band

BEST EMERGING ARTIST ALBUM
Tengo Blues by Jonn Del Toro Richardson

CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM
Bloodline by Kenny Neal

CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST
Susan Tedeschi

CONTEMPORARY BLUES
MALE ARTIST
Kenny Neal

HISTORICAL ALBUM
Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush
Omnivore Recordings

INSTRUMENTALIST – BASS –
Biscuit Miller

INSTRUMENTALIST – DRUMS –
Cedric Burnside

INSTRUMENTALIST
– GUITAR –
Joe Bonamassa

INSTRUMENTALIST – HARMONICA –
Kim Wilson

INSTRUMENTALIST – HORN –
Terry Hanck

KOKO TAYLOR AWARD
Diunna Greenleaf

PINETOP PERKINS PIANO PLAYER
Victor Wainwright

ROCK BLUES ALBUM
Let Me Get By by Tedeschi Trucks Band

SONG
“Walk A Mile In My Blues”
written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finnigan performed by Curtis Salgado

SOUL BLUES ALBUM
The Beautiful Lowdown by Curtis Salgado

SOUL BLUES FEMALE
Mavis Staples

SOUL BLUES MALE
Curtis Salgado

TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
Can’t Shake This Feeling by Lurrie Bell

TRADITIONAL BLUES MALE ARTIST
Bob Margolin