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August 2021 – Loose Blues News

Published September 22, 2021 in Loose Blues News, News

Saturday Night Blues leaving Radio One:  Not to worry, Canada’s longest-running national blues show is not going away but will no longer be a fixture at 9pm on Saturday nights. Holger Peterson reports that SNB has been dropped from CBC Radio One starting Sept.11th replaced by Marvin’s Room and Unreserved.  He’ll still be on CBC Music and available via CBC Listen on Demand.

Sue Foley postpones Ontario Tour: Sue Foley’s record label reports that she has had to postpone the tour dates that had her crossing borders with a band and crew comprised of both Canadians and Americans. She will be doing Canadian dates as soon as they can reschedule. “Sue’s Canadian fans deserve a proper tour that brings Sue to them under optimal performance  conditions. There’s so much up in the air right now about crossing borders, bringing  American band members to Canada and bringing Canadian band members into the US. And with everyone starting up their touring plans at the same time, there are backlogs for work permits, a scarcity in tour buses for rent, and a lot of competition for a limited pool of stages that has grown smaller over the past two years.  

Touring plans were always hard to lock down with so many uncontrollable  conditions able to affect concerts dates in the best of times. Itineraries will be a little hard to set in stone for a few months yet while we all get  used to the new normal of the post-pandemic world.”  

New Orleans Jazzfest Cancelled: Rising cases of Covid-19 in Louisiana have led to the cancellation of the New Orleans Jazz Fest for the second year running, organizers announced Sunday. The annual jazz festival will not take place “as a result of the current exponential growth of new Covid cases in New Orleans and the region and the ongoing public health emergency,” the festival said in a statement on its website. The festival, which normally takes place over two weekends in late April and early May, had been moved to October earlier this year. “We now look forward to next spring, when we will present the Festival during its traditional timeframe. Next year’s dates are April 29 – May 8, 2022.”  Previously announced acts for this year’s Jazz Fest included the Rolling Stones, who were scheduled to play the 2019 festival and had to cancel due to an illness from Mick Jagger. Ticket holders for the Stones show will be refunded and it was recently reported that Charlie Watts will not be part of this tour due to illness.

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