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Catch the First MADCatfish Blues Festival Labor Day at Santa Anita Park featuring All-Star Blues bands, a Tribute to BB King and a Juke Joint Comedy Night

  08/22/15 17:18, by , Categories: Music News, Festivals and Events , Tags: B.B. King Tribute, Barbara Morrison, Delgado Brothers, MADCatfish, Ray Bailey, Richard Cameron Lovely, Santa Anita Park, blues festival, comedy, labor day, sunnie paxson

MADCatfish Entertainment, LLC and legendary music and event producer La Quētta M. Shamblee will present the 1st Annual MADCatfish Blues Festival at Santa Anita Park on Labor Day Weekend, September 5 and 6, 2015. The two-day fun-filled, power packed, foot-stomping, all-star musical extravaganza will include a tribute to the late Blues great, B.B. King.

Executive Producer Shamblee said, “I am very excited to be starting a new tradition here in the Southland with the establishment of a regional music festival focused on showcasing the Blues.  This year’s festival represents the launch of a new three-year plan to establish the MADCatfish Blues Festival as the premiere annual Labor Day weekend destination Blues celebration in Southern California.  

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A Look Back at Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2011, Part 4 of 4

  06/02/12 23:08, by , Categories: Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Review, Ben Smith , Tags: 2011, badly drawn boy, ben smith photography, blockheads, cropredy, digance, fairport convention, folkcast, horslips, lau, oxfordshire, shee, widdows

This is a final part of our very special look back, in words and photos, of Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2011, featuring the photography of Ben Smith. Special Guest Reviewer Phil Widdows is the presenter and producer of FolkCast, the UK’s top independent folk music podcast, and the official podcast of Fairport’s Cropredy Convention. To take it from the top, click here for Part One, here for Part Two and here for Part Three. Be sure to check out the outstanding photo sets!

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

The third and final day of the festival carried on where the Friday had left off; the fine weather holding and the crowd in fine mood.

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A Look Back at Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Part 3 of 4

  05/22/12 23:21, by , Categories: Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Review, Ben Smith , Tags: 2011, acoustic, ben smith photography, cropredy convention, fairport convention, folkcast, oxfordshire, phil widdows, photos

This is Part 3 of our special look back at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2011. We apologize for the unavoidable delay in getting you the last two parts but hope to rush them both to you this week. To take it from the top, click here for Part One and click here for Part Two. Be sure to check out the outstanding photo sets!

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

The weather has a vital role to play at any outdoor festival, and the weather in England – even in high summer – is notoriously fickle. But Day 2 of Cropredy 2011 dawned bright, dry and warm and the crowd stirred from their tents and campers in the fields surrounding the stage. The first job of the day is to find breakfast, and for many that means taking the short walk into the village that gives the festival its name. There the few hundred full-time residents suddenly find they have thousands of weekend guests. They respond by laying on “the full English": bacon, eggs, sausage and toast, plus tea and coffee by the tanker full. Money raised from the sale of breakfasts has helped build and run the community hall and funded facilities at the village school. Later in the day, as an unofficial addition to the music on the festival stage, the two village pubs stage live gigs in their gardens to create the “Cropredy Fringe” and the whole place buzzes with life. No wonder the festival-goers are genuinely welcomed by the people of Cropredy!

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Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Part 2

  04/04/12 02:49, by , Categories: Music News, Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Review, Ben Smith , Tags: 2011, acoustic, ben smith photography, cropredy convention, fairport convention, folkcast, oxfordshire, phil widdows, photos

This is Part 2 of our special look back at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2011. To take it from the top, click here. Be sure to check out the photo sets!

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

2011 was the year that, for the first time, Fairport Convention was not only the finale of festival but also started it, too, playing in their “acoustic” line-up early on the afternoon of Thursday August 11th … although the difference between Fairport acoustic and Fairport electric is a philosophical one only really apparent to their most ardent fans. Simon Nicol leaves aside his electric guitar, while drummer and percussionist Gerry Conway (ex-Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens Band, Pentangle and many more) relinquishes his full rock kit for a collection of hand-drums and a skiffle washboard, complete with home-made thimble-tipped gloves. Bassist Dave Pegg, fiddler Ric Sanders and multi-instrumentalist Chris Leslie remain plugged-in to their amps.

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Fairport's Cropredy Convention

  03/28/12 03:31, by , Categories: Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Ben Smith , Tags: ben smith photography, cropredy convention, fairport convention, folkcast, phil widdows

This is a very special look back, in words and photos, of Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2011, featuring the photography of Ben Smith. Special Guest Reviewer Phil Widdows is the presenter/producer of FolkCast, the UK's top independent folk music podcast, and the official podcast of Fairport's Cropredy Convention.

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

England in the summertime is the land of a thousand music festivals. Every genre and style is catered for and events range from tiny gatherings in pub beer gardens played by hobby soloists and garage bands, right up to the massive corporate cattle markets with international superstars at every turn.

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Grab the Big Ticket for Good Times in Jacksonville

  12/02/11 14:48, by , Categories: Music News, Festivals and Events, Jim Messer , Tags: a day to remember, jacksonville metro park, taking back sunday, the big ticket

Taking Back Sunday!
Sublime!
A Day to Remember!

Those might be your comments after you head to Jacksonville Metro Park for The Big Ticket fest at noon on December 4, presented by X1029 and Metro PCS. They are also just a few of the featured bands in the great line-up! Others include Everlast, Young The Giant, Manchester Orchestra, Joy Formidable, Surfer Blood, Middle Class Rut and Fun.

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Magnolia Fest 2011 in Review

  11/08/11 11:23, by , Categories: Music News, Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Jim Messer, Review, Ryan Kroeger , Tags: jim messer photos, magfest, review, ryan kroeger, spirit of the suwannee music park

Review by Ryan Kroeger
Photos by Jim Messer

It’s that time of year again, fall in North Central Florida…which means that it’s time for MagnoliaFest! Of all the festivals held at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, MagFest is, without a doubt, my favorite, boasting a very diverse lineup with fun for all ages. This year marks the 15th consecutive running of MagFest and my 10th year in a row attending. Simply put, I love this music park and would recommend to all that it’s worth checking out!

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