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Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 Cajun & Blues Festival This Weekend!

2015 Cajun & Blues Festival
2015 Cajun & Blues FestivalDwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers - Fantastic!
2015 Cajun & Blues Festival is Announced; @ Location at E2 Family Winery on Highway 12, June 20-21, 2015
(Lodi, CA) Capitalizing on a hugely successful festival last year, The Isleton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2015 Cajun & Blues Festival set for Father's Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21. The Festival location is E2 Family Winery -- the spacious area at 9009 Highway 12, Lodi, CA  95242, offers a pastoral, grassy setting. Parking is Free.  Handicap parking is available.
National headliners this year are:
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
America’s Hottest Accordion” winner, Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin, plays a unique, high energy style of zydeco. Dwayne hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by tradition, he has developed his own high energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music. This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed all over the world since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at age 19.
Lurrie Bell Blues Band
By seventeen Lurrie Bell was playing on stage with Willie Dixon. In 1977, he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon (son of Willie) and Billy Branch. The band recorded three standout tracks for Alligator Records’ Grammy nominated Living Chicago Blues series. In 1978 Bell joined Koko Taylor’s band and stayed for several years, honing his chops and learning the ropes of being a traveling musician. He continued to work with his dad as well, recording the 1984 Rooster Blues album Son Of a Gun and several other titles for UK’s JSP Records. Not only was Bell recognized as an exceptionally talented guitarist and musician, his knowledge of different blues styles, his soulfulness and his musical maturity delivered write-ups in publications such as Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Guitar Shorty
Legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings. Like a bare knuckled boxer, Shorty strikes with his blistering, physical guitar playing and his fierce vocals, connecting directly with body and soul. What really sets Shorty apart is his absolutely unpredictable, off-the-wall guitar playing. He reaches for sounds, riffs and licks that other blues players wouldn’t even think of. says his guitar work “sounds like a caged tiger before feeding time. His molten guitar pours his psychedelicized solos like lava over anything in his path.” The Chicago Reader declares, “Guitar Shorty is a battle-scarred hard-ass. He slices off his phrases and notes with homicidal fury. He is among the highest-energy blues entertainers on the scene.”
John Nemeth
Boise, Idaho is hardly the place anyone would conjure up as a hotbed of soul music.  But for John Németh, it’s where his love for the genre began—and the starting point for a journey that’s taken him from his first gigs fronting a teenaged band to five Blues Music Award nominations in 2013 alone.
It’s where this preternaturally talented son of a Hungarian immigrant gained his early chops on the harmonica, building on the style of rootsy heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. Németh’s first paid performance came in 1991, when he was hired to perform drinking songs for a pinochle luncheon held by the Catholic Daughters of America before setting his sights on the Boise club scene, where, for nearly a decade, he played seven nights a week at local pubs, taverns, joints, and parties.
Andre’ Thierry
A young lion of Zydeco, and already in the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, accordionist/ singer/ bandleader, Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry returns to the Cajun & Blues Festival this year as crowd favorites.   The California scenes now rival anything back home in Louisiana, and that’s due to players like Andre Thierry, a standard bearer for the new generation. Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and he combines youthful vigor with a mature appreciation for his inherited tradition.”
Other artists are:
The Used Blues Band – Derek Abel Blues Band – Motor Dude Zydeco – Deb Ryder – The Zydeco Mudbugs
Over 6,000 pounds of fresh crawdads cooked by the restaurant “Swamp” from San Francisco and festival food (including gumbo, jambalaya, alligator, and more!!) from central and northern CA area vendors will feed the thousands of attendees.  There will also be an active Kid Zone with large climbing wall, face painting  and crafts. Wines from E2 Family Winery will be featured.
Tickets are available Online $20 per day, $35 for 2 days ($25 at the gate).  Ages 12 and under are free. Parking is free.  Advance tickets online at the festival website Tickets will also available in person the Isleton Chamber of Commerce office (23 Main Street, Isleton, CA), plus a number of the participating businesses around the Delta.
Official tee shirts, sweatshirts, hats and visors featuring the new design by Dan Harris will also be available at the at the festival.
We will be offering shuttles at certain points in the Delta for those boaters and RVers who do not have vehicle access.  The complete music line-up (with links to each band and bio) and the full schedule of events plus maps will be available at
For Festival information please contact Suzanne Black or Jean Yokotobi at the Isleton Chamber of Commerce office: (916) 777-4800. Email is

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Protest Of Nestlé Bottling Plant Sacramento

Protesters Converge on Nestlé Bottling Plants in Sacramento and LA

Written By EGN on Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 07:00

By Dan Bacher | May 23, 2015 |
The outrage over the bottling of California water by Nestlé, Walmart and other big corporations during a record drought has become viral on social media and national and international media websites over the past couple of months.
On May 20, people from across the state converged on two Nestlé bottling plants – one in Sacramento and other in Los Angeles – demanding that the Swiss-based Nestlé corporation halt its bottling operations during the state’s record drought.
Wednesday’s protest, led by the California-based Courage Campaign, was the third in Sacramento over the past year. The first two protests were “shut downs” this March and last October organized by the Crunch Nestlé Alliance. 
For over an hour Wednesday, over 50 protesters....story continues here

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Court Rules Vaccines Induce Autism


Recent Italian Court Decisions on Vaccines and Autism

On September 23, 2014, an Italian court in Milan award compensation to a boy for vaccine-induced autism. (See the Italian document here.) A childhood vaccine against six childhood diseases caused the boy’s permanent autism and brain damage.
While the Italian press has devoted considerable attention to this decision and its public health implications, the U.S. press has been silent.

Italy’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Like the U.S., Italy has a national vaccine injury compensation program to give some financial support to those people who are injured by compulsory and recommended vaccinations. The Italian infant plaintiff received three doses of GlaxoSmithKline’s Infanrix Hexa, a hexavalent vaccine administered in the first year of life. These doses occurred from March to October 2006. The vaccine is to protect children from polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis and Haemophilus influenza type B. In addition to these antigens, however, the vaccine then contained thimerosal, the mercury-containing preservative, aluminum, an adjuvant, as well as other toxic ingredients. The child regressed into autism shortly after receiving the three doses.
When the parents presented their claim for compensation first to the Ministry of Health, as they were required to do, the Ministry rejected it. Therefore, the family sued the Ministry in a court of general jurisdiction, an option which does not exist in the same form in the U.S.

Court Decision: Mercury and Aluminum in Vaccine Caused Autism

Based on expert medical testimony, the court concluded that the child more likely than not suffered autism and brain damage because of the neurotoxic mercury, aluminum and his particular susceptibility from a genetic mutation. The Court also noted that Infanrix Hexa contained thimerosal, now banned in Italy because of its neurotoxicity, “in concentrations greatly exceeding the maximum recommended levels for infants weighing only a few kilograms.”
Presiding Judge Nicola Di Leo considered another piece of damning evidence: a 1271-page confidential GlaxoSmithKline report (now available on the Internet). This industry document provided ample evidence of adverse events from the vaccine, including five known cases of autism resulting from the vaccine’s administration during its clinical trials (see table at page 626, excerpt below).
table at page 626

Italian Government, Not Vaccine Maker, Pays for Vaccine Damages

As in many other developed countries, government, not industry, compensates families in the event of vaccine injury. Thus GSK’s apparent lack of concern for the vaccine’s adverse effects is notable and perhaps not surprising.
In the final assessment, the report states that:
“[t]he benefit/risk profile of Infanrix hexa continues to be favourable,” despite GSK’s acknowledgement that the vaccine causes side effects including “anaemia haemolytic autoimmune,thrombocytopenia, thrombocytopenic purpura, autoimmune thrombocytopenia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, haemolytic anemia, cyanosis, injection site nodule, abcess and injection site abscess, Kawasaki’s disease, important neurological events (including encephalitis and encephalopathy), Henoch-Schonlein purpura, petechiae, purpura, haematochezia, allergic reactions (including anaphylactic and anaphylactoid reactions),” and death (see page 9).
The Milan decision is sober, informed and well-reasoned. The Ministry of Health has stated that it has appealed the Court’s decision, but that appeal will likely take several years, and its outcome is uncertain.

Rimini: 2012 – Italian Court Rules MMR Vaccine Caused Autism

Gavel  and Flag of Italy
Two years earlier, on May 23, 2012, Judge Lucio Ardigo of an Italian court in Rimini presided over a similar judgment, finding that a different vaccine, the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine (MMR), had caused a child’s autism. As in the Milan case, the Ministry of Health’s compensation program had denied compensation to the family, yet after a presentation of medical evidence, a court granted compensation. There, too, the Italian press covered the story; the U.S. press did not.
In that case, a 15-month old boy received his MMR vaccine on March 26, 2004. He then immediately developed bowel and eating problems and received an autism diagnosis with cognitive delay within a year. The court found that the boy had “been damaged by irreversible complications due to vaccination (with trivalent MMR).” The decision flew in the face of the conventional mainstream medical wisdom that an MMR-autism link has been “debunked.”

Italian Court Decisions Break New Ground in Debate Over Vaccines and Autism

Both these Italian court decisions break new ground in the roiling debate over vaccines and autism. These courts, like all courts, are intended to function as impartial, unbiased decision makers.
The courts’ decisions are striking because they not only find a vaccine-autism causal link, but they also overrule the decisions of Italy’s Ministry of Health. And taken together, the court decisions found that both the MMR and a hexavalent thimerosal- and aluminum-containing vaccine can trigger autism.

Italian Court Rulings Contradict Special U.S. Vaccine Court

These court decisions flatly contradict the decisions from the so-called U.S. vaccine court, the Court of Federal Claim’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. There, from 2007 to 2010, in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding, three decision makers, called Special Masters, found that vaccines did not cause autism in any of the six test cases, and one Special Master even went so far as to compare the theory of vaccine-induced autism to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
The Italian court decisions contrast starkly with these U.S. cases based on similar claims.
Read the full story at Age of Autism.
About the Author
Mary Holland is Research Scholar and Director of the Graduate Legal Skills Program at NYU Law School. She has published articles on vaccine law and policy, and is the co-editor of Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health and Our Children (Skyhorse Publishing,
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BB King Murdered? Police Investigation Begins

BB King's death to be investigated as murderBB King

BB King was affectionately known as 'the king of the blues'

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of blues legend BB King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned.
Karen Williams and Patty King said the musician was given "foreign substances to induce his premature death" by his business manager Laverne Toney.
Lawyers for King's estate said the claims are unfounded and disrespectful.
But the possibility of homicide will now be investigated by the coroner and police in Nevada.
"Our coroner takes jurisdiction over B.B. King's body, performs autopsy," the Clark County Coroner's office wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Coroner John Fudenberg told CNN that the initial autopsy results found "no evidence to substantiate the allegations" made by King's daughters.
However, he added that full forensic results would take six to eight weeks to arrive.

'Ridiculous' claims

King died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on 14 May, aged 89.
At the time, his doctor and the coroner said he had died of a series of small strokes connected to his Type 2 diabetes.
But the guitarist's daughters alleged that King's personal assistant Myron Johnson and Toney gave him medication to induce diabetic shock.

Karen Williams, BB King's daughter
Karen Williams had previously accused King's business manager of elder abuse and neglect

The women added that "King was sequestered from all family members" in the week before his death, and that Toney and Johnson were the only people with him.
Toney, who is the executor of King's estate, shrugged off the daughters' claims.
"They've been making allegations all along. What's new?" she told the Associated Press.
A lawyer for King's estate also dismissed the accusations as "ridiculous".
"I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libellous allegations," Brent Bryson said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Patty King, Karen Williams and a third daughter, Rita Washington, went to court accusing Toney of neglect, but the case was dismissed because of a lack of evidence.


King was born on 16 September 1925 to sharecroppers and worked in the cotton fields as a child before picking up the guitar.
Considered one of the world's greatest players, he was known for his sharp single notes and vibrato on the electric guitar he christened Lucille.
Known for songs such as The Thrill Is Gone, Three O'Clock Blues and Darlin' You Know I Love You, he influenced generations of guitar players, and was inducted to both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He was married twice and had 15 natural and adopted children, 11 of whom are still alive.
His funeral is scheduled to be held on Friday in Mississippi.
The Clark County coroner said his investigation would not delay the service.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

B. B. King - Memorial Las Vegas

Nov. 11, 2011. B.B. King performs at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. (The Associated Press)
A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas.
"B.B. was energetic, Amen?" Pastor Pamela Myrtis Mason said to open the service that drew more than 350 to the Palm Mortuary chapel.
"Amen," they said.
King's closed casket lay framed by an array of floral arrangements, two of his guitars named Lucille and a tapestry showing him in eyes-clenched reverie picking a note from a section of the guitar frets dubbed by followers the "B.B. King Box."

"Why don't you put your hands together for the King of the Blues, B.B. King!" the pastor said.
As the applause ended, granddaughter Landra Williams dubbed him "the backbone of our family King."
More than 10 of King's 35 grandchildren and eight of the blues icon's 11 surviving adult children spoke during a two-hour service that was distinct for its intimacy and notable for its lack of acrimony.
Several sang a cappella versions of King classics. From daughter Claudette King Robinson, it was, "(Someone Really Loves You) Guess Who?"
Williams, who lives in Houston, remembered her grandfather calling every woman in the family "pretty girl," and spoiling them all, while making himself their confidante and protector.
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"To everyone else, he was a legend," she said. "But for us, he was love."
King's generosity was recalled by grandson Leonard King Jr., who remembered being onstage when people praising the B.B. King show got a prideful earful from his grandfather about his kin.
"His humility was almost as legendary as his music," the grandson said.
Rock superstars Carlos Santana and Richie Sambora attended, although Santana left early.
"Buddy Guy and B.B. let me into the blues," said Sambora, longtime guitarist with of the band Bon Jovi. "That's why I'm here. He made me family."
Other music notables are expected to attend memorials in coming days in Memphis, Tennessee, and King's hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.
King's onstage drummer for 37 years, Tony Coleman, provided another upbeat note on a day full of them.
"He fired me five times," Coleman said, drawing laughter. "But he hired me six times. He said, 'Once you're with me, you're always with me.' "
Coleman promised to go on playing blues "with class, with dignity, with humanity" — just like B.B. King taught him to do.
King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He won 15 Grammys and sold more than 40 million records worldwide.
A family feud wasn't directly addressed by the dozens of speakers.
Several of King's surviving children are fighting with LaVerne Toney, his longtime business agent and power-of-attorney, who is now executor of his estate. Toney watched Saturday from the back row of the chapel and didn't speak during the service.
Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer said Saturday that five adult King daughters — Patty King, Michelle King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Robinson — will contest the blues legend's will and Toney's actions.
The lawyer issued a statement alleging that Toney has misappropriated millions of dollars, has been untruthful and is unqualified to serve as executor of the B.B. King estate.
Toney has said she was carrying out King's wishes as directed, and she told The Associated Press on Saturday that she would not immediately respond to the daughters' allegations.
Toney said she was happy the memorial remained calm, peaceful and respectful.
The spirit of B.B. King will be in the air again on Sunday at the previously scheduled 35th annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival in Indianola.
That will be followed by a procession on Wednesday on Beale Street in Memphis before the last leg of what Landra Williams, the granddaughter, has dubbed "The Road to Mississippi Tour" — the last leg of Riley B. King's trip to Indianola for burial May 30.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Thrill Is Gone--B.B.King Dies at 89


B.B. King Lucille Edition Guitar
Mr. King passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 pm Pacific time May 14 2015
He was an icon, a musician whose first initials alone separated him everyone else.
His name has become a brand for his own style of blues. Most anybody who's slung a guitar over their shoulder would give an appendage for the privilege of playing with him.
 "There are a lot of people who haven't heard of B.B. King." He said on release of his Album 80..which he recorded at 80 years old. So... he played on.

Eric Clapton and Elvin Bishop learning from the Master

Receiving the Freedom Award from President George W.Bush

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

John Nemeth - Country Boy [HD] 2015 Isleton Cajun Blues Festival @ E-2 Winery

Németh was born in Idaho, United States and grew up in Boise.] After singing at his local church, Németh played in local groups in his teenage years, and later formed Fat John & the 3 Slims with his friend Tom Moore. He toured and performed regularly working between five and seven nights a week for almost a decade.]
By 2000, Németh was supplying backing to Junior Watson, and separately fronting his own band known as The Jacks In 2002, he self-published the album, The Jack of Harps. His debut solo effort, Come and Get It, followed in 2004. The same year, Németh relocated to Oakland, California. Gaining more experience, he temporarily replaced Sam Myers in Anson Funderburgh's backing band in 2005 and 2006.

Németh's fourth solo release, Name the Day!, was released in 2010 It equaled the achievement of Love Me Tonight by peaking at number 6 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart. Blues Live was recorded in February 2012 at three venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, and included guitar contributions from Kid Andersen.[9] Soul Live was released in September 2012 In December 2012, Németh appeared at the PowerHouse Pub in Folsom, California. The following February, he performed in his home town of Boise.
In 2013, Németh was nominated in five categories for a Blues Music Award. These included 'B.B. King Entertainer', 'Contemporary Blues Album', 'Instrumentalist - Harmonica', 'Soul Blues Album', and 'Soul Blues Male Artist' Németh is due to perform at the Great Lakes Blues Society in April; the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in May; and the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival in August 2013.[14] He relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in early 2013, and has stated that the Bo-Keys will back him on his next recording. In 2014, he won a Blues Music Award in the 'Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year' category.

This artist may very well steal the show! Stay Tuned for more!