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1995: Another Great Year

Nine Society members contributed their reminiscences of our major happenings in 1995.

7th D.C. Blues Festival

Promotional page for the September 9, 1995 festival

7th Blues Festival Delivers One Great Time

Review by Rebecca Krafft: Deitra Farr & Mississippi Heat, Bobby Parker, John Weston, Daryl Davis, Larry Wise, Nat Reese, Cindy Cain, O.C. Nunn, dancers, Society members

1996 Another Year of Blues

Review by John Chamberlin: 8th Festival, Black History Month Programs, East Of The River , Summer Events

8th D.C. Blues Festival

Promotional page for the September 7, 1996 festival: Joe Louis Walker & the Bosstalkers, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Hardway Connection, Little Sammy Davis, Little Bit of Blues, The DC Blues Society Band

Sun, not Hurricaine, Shines on 8th D.C. Blues Festival

Two Views by Steve Levine & John Chamberlin

Tenth Annual D.C. Blues Festival

Promotional page for the September 5, 1998 festival: Larry Johnson, Shemekia Copeland, The Legendary Orioles, Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials

10th Annual D.C. Blues Society Festival: A Swinging Success

A review by Chris Fisher, of the 10th Annual D.C. Blues Society Festival held at Carter Baron Amphitheatre in September 1998.

11th Annual D.C. Blues Festival

Exciting Line-Up for the D.C. Blues Fest 99

Couldn't Stand the Weather

A review, by Richard Baker, of the DC Blues Fest 99 (the 11th Annual D.C. Blues Society Festival) held at Carter Baron Amphitheatre in September 1999.

DC Blues 2000
12th Annual D.C. Blues Festival

Saturday, September 2, 2000: Choo Choo Charlie Williams & The Spitfires, Ben Andrews, Renaissance Gospel Singers, Cindy Cain, Charlie Sayles, Jesse Yawn & His Music Men, Bobby Parker, Carey Bell  

DC Blues Festival 2001

Photos by Joe Shamwell. (Warning large image files - may be slow to download.)

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Circa 1995 - 2005

Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation
Sounds of Hope Benefit, Potter's House, Washington, DC

by Eric Steiner

I try to make the blues my business whenever I am on the road for my day job--my latest visit to Washington, D.C. was no different. My research begins with a click to the local blues society's web site that I find through The Blues Foundation. On the D.C. Blues Society website, I found an all-ages benefit show on October 7th at Potter's House, DC's oldest coffee house that's celebrating its 45th anniversary with a series of live music and spoken word events called Sounds of Hope on Friday nights in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood.

The 13th Annual Blue Bird Blues Festival
by Eric Steiner

I travel a lot for my day job. Before I pack my carry-on, I check to see who's on the road when I'm on the road. Pollstar features links to artists, cities, and venues, and it is a reliable source for information on touring artists. Fortunately for me, a recent business trip to Washington, D.C. coincided with the 13th Annual Blue Bird Blues Festival at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland.

Blues on Board Remembers Memphis
by Mike Wescott

Mike Wescott, bandleader of the 2004 Battle of the Bands winner Blues on Board, records his impressions at the IBC Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.

Congressional Blues Festival

This show benefited the internationally known grassroots organization MUSIC MAKER RELIEF FOUNDATION of Hillsborough, North Carolina.

CD Review: Zac Harmon's Blues According to Zacariah by Blind Minnie

A review of Zac Harmon's latest CD. (March 2005)

Ramblin' On My Mind
Stuart Davis

A two-part article about visiting the birthplace of the blues - the Mississippi Delta. (January and February 1998)

The Most Fun Week You'll Ever Have With Your Clothes On!
John Chamberlin

A review of a trip aboard the Ultimate Rhythm and Blues Cruise. (February 1997)

"Ain't Nothin' But the Blues" Goes to School
Wally Adams

A review of several cast members of "It Ain't Nothing But the Blues" visit to the fourth and fifth grade classes at Birney Elementary School on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. (January 1997)

East of the River Gospel and Art Show
compiled by Bob Gray

An excellent display of art and writings created by students at the Birney Elementary School in response to What the Blues Means to Me. (April 1996)

We've Always Been A Blues Town
M. LaVert

An historical account of blues in Washington, D.C. (September 1992)

Jazzy Blue Band's Recording Release

by Mark Puryear

Jazzy's Australian Tour

by Jazzy Blue

Boogie On, John Lee

Tribute to John Lee Hooker by Ron Weinstock

Harp Summit

Harp Summit at Bangkok Blues, by Stevie Sparks

DCBS Holiday Party 2001

With Janine Wilson

John Jackson (1924-2002)

Associated Press news release, photos by Ron Weinstock and others

DCBS Spring Dance, May 10, 2002

With the Melanie Mason Band