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Blues Festival Guide

Mar 8, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  10


Greetings From Your Editor...

Show Us Your BFG


Blues Society News

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Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

About Us

Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists

CD & DVD Releases

Advertise with BFG

Calling all Blues Societies...

Help Raise The Roof

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Greetings From Your Editor...

Why March is Women's History Month? Well, why not?!

What's cookin? Well, undoubtably a woman somewhere and not just in the kitchen! Yeah baby! Go checkout the fabulous blues women in your community! I bet you'll find that there's much more than what meets the eye. There's passion, sadness, life-experience, fire, revenge, humor. Sure, you can say that about many male artists... but we're not talking about them now are we! HA! Okay, just a little sass there, settle down. But seriously, women bring a different angst as well as wry wit to the blues picture. You can't tell me that some of these women don't literally bring you to your knees. It's not always an easy road for a women in the biz either so there's also fortitude involved, too.


Oh, by the way, hug your mama, sister, daughter, gramma, aunt, wife, girlfriend, baby mama too! March 8th is "International Wimin's Day." :]


Your ever grateful editor...

Michele Lundeen


If you might have missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, remember, you can always find back issues in our archives on our website and stay up on the fun stuff!


Correction: Apologies to Mr. Lionel Young for mispelling his name in our "Show Us Your BFG" section last week. 

Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists



FESTIVAL PROMOTERS... Time to post your 2013 festival information on the Blues Festival Guide website. It's FREE and the sooner you put the info on our website the sooner fans will see it and be able to plan their Blues Festival adventures. ARTISTS & PROMOTERS... you can now also post gigs for free.

Go to, click on SUBMIT GIG/CONCERT and fill in the blanks. It will appear in our Gig/Concert calendar within 24 hours.

Show Us Your BFG



Earl Thomas, soul-blues singer extraordinare, shows off his BFG, and especially his shirt, here with BFG editor Michele Lundeen. 


BRING IT ON... Send us your cool photos that display the Blues Festival Guide magazine, banner, shirt, melon... whatevah! We're so proud to be able to share blues with you for over 10 years now. We'd love to see and share you enjoying all that is BFG and helping spread the good word.  Send your BFG shots with subject, location, date and photo credit to

CD & DVD Releases

Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite :: GET UP!

Ben Harper has teamed with renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite to create Get Up!, a piercing song-cycle of struggle and heart, recently release by Stax Records/Concord Music Group. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Harper, Get Up!, is his 12th studio album and first new recording since 2011's Give Till It's Gone (Virgin).


"Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over ten years and now that we've gotten to it," stated Harper, "I can't wait to play it live."


"Ben and I really locked in, personally and musically, when we recorded with John Lee Hooker," added Musselwhite. "Ever since then we wanted to record together and being in the studio together is just a natural. You can hear it and feel it in the music on Get Up!"


A striking mix of blues, gospel, ... roots and R&B, Get Up! features ten vivid musical character studies, skillfully rendered in cinematic detail, all written or co-written by Harper.


Charlie Musselwhite's searing point/counter-point harmonica accentuates Harper's vocals throughout, tying its songs together into a cohesive musical whole. The band, including Jason Mozersky, guitar; Jesse Ingalls, bass; Jordan Richardson, drums; along with Ben Harper on vocals, guitar and slide guitar; plays with economical grit, lending the songs true understanding and authority.


Listen to "I'm In, I'm Out, I'm Gone"

Click for more info

Big Papa and The TCB :: SIX PACK OF COOL

Formed in 2006, Big Papa and The TCB have taken audiences by storm across the Western US with their mixture of jump blues, rock and swing. They have has also garnered several accolades such as “Best Song,” “Best Blues Album” and "Best Blues Band" at the Inland Empire Music Awards and they've shared stages with many blues legends. Their original song, "Go Big Papa," has been used in the Papa John's Pizza national television ad campaign and even appeared during the Superbowl. Two other originals have been used in the hit A&E series, Breakout Kings.


Four albums later, now they're back with Six Pack of Cool, a high-octane, 13-track, jump-blues and swing roots ride with the addition of a dynamic new horn section. Six Pack Of Cool features 12 original tunes and a fiery cover of the Rod Piazza staple, "Murder In The First Degree."


Leading this rag-tag bunch of ruffins is Chris "Big Papa" Thayer working the mic and cuttin' heads on the six string. Laying down the low stuff is blues veteran, Steve "Ice Cream Man" Brown on bass. Ray "Mr. Pittz" Wilson is the glue that holds it all together on the skins. Piano man John "Johnny Red" Mila De La Roca lights up the 88's while The M&M Horns of Maurice "Lot-a-Mo" Oliva (tenor sax) and Marques "Cheeky" Crews (trumpet), add their high energy flash and supa-cool style.


Listen to "Big Bad Blues"

Click for more info

















A veteran of the late Calvin Owens’ Blues Orchestra, 24 Hour Blues, the first-time album from Charles “CD” Davis, is smokin’ hot and along with the diner motif and accompanying menu describing each song, it features something for everyone.


Awesome vocals and strong instrumental solos have propelled this album to be aired around the world. 


Davis thanks nominators and fans for making 24 Hour Blues a nominee of the Blues Foundation's 2013 "Best New Artist Debut Album" Blues Music Award.


"Davis and the crew hit the big-blues‐band mark with originals and a couple of classics. Davis can wail on the guitar and finger-pick deep blues but it's full-on, soulfully arranged brass and guitar-driven songs … show the essence, the power and the pull of big-band blues. Here's to several more hours of Davis' blues.”

– Jim Beal Jr, San Antonio Express-News and Third Coast Radio


Listen here...  More info at




Stress Less... Celebrate Byron Bay Bluesfest’s

25th anniversary Down Under in 2014!

Bluesfest, Australia’s multi-award winning and international renowned blues and roots festival is getting close. Are you going? While it may be late to plan your trip this year, now is the perfect time to start making plans for the 25th annual Bluesfest in 2014.


Taking place over the Easter Long Weekend at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast, Bluesfest is an amazing opportunity to experience some of the world’s the world’s biggest names in blues, roots, soul, gospel, R&B in one of the world’s most picturesque settings.


This year’s lineup (March 28-April 1) includes an incredible array of artists who are on track to deliver another red-hot festival experience. Recent Grammy award recipients Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Cliff and Bonnie Raitt are performing, plus internationally renowned icons Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Ben Harper and Santana are on the schedule, with many more.


With this caliber of lineup at the 24th Bluesfest, the mind boggles to imagine who will visit Australian shores to grace Byron Bay Bluesfest’s stages for their 25th anniversary?


Long an escape destination for Australians the small, relaxed, chic seaside town of Byron Bay with glorious beaches provides an ideal location to wind down after a long weekend of music festival indulgence! For more info visit Down Under Answers or call 800-889-1464


Down Under Answers are here to ensure you can experience Byron Bay at its most vibrant during the 25th anniversary Bluesfest. Here’s how: Visit or call 800-788-6685 for details.



The blues community will come together to honor Magic Slim, a towering figure in the genre for many years who passed away on February 21st at the age of 75.

"A Night For Magic," a tribute to Magic Slim, will take place on March 28th in Chicago at The Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave) at 7 pm.


Born Morris Holt in Torrance, Mississippi in 1937, the guitarist, performer, bandleader, and recording artist went on to enjoy a career that brought him national and international recognition and acclaim. He was considered one of the foremost practitioners of the raw, gut-bucket, back alley blues associated with the postwar Chicago blues sound. He and his band, the Teardrops, became known as the "last real Chicago blues band" and were one of the busiest and best-loved blues groups around.


The host band for the evening will be The Teardrops, fronted by Slim's son, Shawn Holt, who just became a member of the band at the beginning of the year. The rest of the lineup will include John Primer, Otis Clay, Eddy Clearwater, Billy Branch, Lonnie Brooks, Wayne Baker Brooks, Dave Specter, Eddie Shaw, Nick Moss, Grana Louise, Big Time Sarah, Zac Harmon, Carl Weathersby, J.W. Williams, Jimmy Burns, Linsey Alexander, Steve Cushing, the Chicago Blues All-Stars and more to be announced. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds from the event will go to Slim's family.


For those who can't make the event but would like to make a donation to the family, donations can be made to Magic Slim's wife, Ann Holt, and mailed to her c/o Slim's manager, Martin Salzman, at 22 W. Washington, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60602."A night For Maci

DAVID GOGO SHARES STORY ABOUT B.B. KING - Blues-rocker David Gogo opened for the legendary B.B. King in his hometown of Nanaimo last Tuesday (March 5).


Since we're tweetin' buddies (follow him at @DavidGogoBlues) I asked Dave-O if he wanted to shoot me a little write-up about himself and the master.


Here's what he sent:

When I first started playing blues music professionally I was told that the genre had a high floor but a low ceiling. Meaning that there would always be blues bars and some festivals to keep you working, but you're never going to be selling out arenas. This seemed fine with me. Over the years the ceiling has sometimes been raised higher and sometimes it got low. Really fucking low.

If anyone knows the ups and downs of the world of blues, it's the undisputed master Mr. B.B. King. Naturally, when I was offered to open a show for him in my own hometown I jumped at the chance. I have been lucky enough to have this opportunity a couple of times before in my career. The first time was in Switzerland at the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival, whose organizer Claude Nobs ("Funky Claude" of "Smoke on the Water" fame) arranged for me to actually play on stage with B.B. and trade licks with him and other guests such as Otis Rush and Big Jay McNeely. The ceiling seemed to rise dramatically that night.

Read story here...


The 11th Annual Blues Festival Guide magazine will once again feature a special section that has listings of radio stations and Internet radio stations that feature blues. The purposes of this Blue Radio Page compilation are many: record companies can send you product for airplay, bands can send demos, promoters can contact DJs about upcoming events, and fans can tune in to your show. Plus you get a free website listing as well as a magazine mailed to you!


The cost of the listing is only $60! To be included in our radio listings, just click on this link, complete the order form as directed and submit payment.


Deadline for the submission of your order with payment is March 15, 2013. Please contact us with any further questions at or 775-337-8626.


Thank you!  Your friends at the Blues Festival Guide



 Oct. 18 ~ 25, 2013 Fantasy/Big Easy/Mayan

on Holland America ms Maasdam.

Fort Lauderdale to Key West, New Orleans & Progreso, MX.



Jan. 19 ~ 26, 2014 Eastern Caribbean

Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. Barths, St. Thomas / St. John & Turks and Caicos Bands announced soon!


See or (816) 753-7979

for reservations & info

You HAVE to experience this at least once in your lifetime! 

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 April 2013, the Blues Festival Guide print magazine will be publishing its 11th annual Issue. This is once-a-year opportunity for you to market your band, festival, product or service on a national level with just one ad.


No increase in Ad Rates from last year! 100,000 copies

distributed for free across the United States and Canada and thousands more read it online in Digital Format

from a link on our homepage.


This is THE publication that blues fans seek out when making festival plans and looking for their favorite headliners. It's also become an in-depth industry resource. Get more discounts when you include both magazine and online advertising in your 2013 Blues Festival Guide marketing budget.


Ad Submission deadline: Mar 25th / Street Date: April 22nd

CALL or EMAIL NOW to market your blues business in the 2013 Blues Festival Guide magazine! (775) 337-8626


Blues Society News


Get the Blues Festival Magazine via your local Blues Society!

The Blues Festival Guide magazine comes out the third week in April each year. You can pick one up from your local Blues Society or you can order a copy to be mailed to you for a fee. 

Click here for details

Calling all Blues Societies...


Now is the time to order your 2013 Blues Festival Guide magazines for your members! This is your order opportunity forall Blues Societiesin the USA and Canada who wish to receive our FREE annual magazines to distribute to members and/or at events.

Please click on this link and complete the order form as directed. 

Deadline for your response is April 1st, 2013. Expect your magazines to arrive around May 1st. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at or 775-842-9076.


Thanks for your amazing efforts distributing our annual magazine… and mostly... “Thanks for Supporting the Blues!” We appreciate you...

Your friends at The Blues Festival Guide

Got Blues Society News?

If you represent a Blues Society and/or have a very special announcement for a not-for-profit event coming up, send your brief news or Press Release (300 words or less) with "Blues Society News" in the subject line to:

Help Raise The Roof

Raise The Roof: Campaign for Blues Hall of Fame

YOU can make the Blues Hall of Fame a reality. Your support matters!

Attention Blues Fans: Be a Part of Blues History

For the past 15 months, The Blues Foundation has asked blues fans to help Raise the Roof! Many of you have responded generously. As a result, the Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame has secured pledges and donations of over $1.5 million dollars. By September, the final plans and drawings will be ready and construction can begin. But construction will begin only if those blues fans who have not yet pledged do so in the next six months.


Be a part of blues history. Don’t stand on the sidelines. Do what you can. Be as generous as you can be. Let us complete this dream now. Let us have a Grand Opening with B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland with cutting the ribbon!


1. Make a multi-year pledge or donation online 

2. Mail a check to:

The Blues Foundation, 421 So. Main, Memphis, TN 38104-4464.

3. Make a one-time donation by calling 901.527.2583.

For detailed information call or e-mail Jay Sieleman, President & CEO, The Blues Foundation: 901.527.2583 ext. 12 or

No effort is too small or unappreciated!

If not us, who? If not now, when?

You too can get involved. Email us:

to get logos and links for your website or Facebook.outh

Video of The Week

The Women of the LRBC Oct 2012 LIVE

pitching a "WANG DANG DOODLE"


Photo courtesy: Kathy Rankin Photography 2012



Elwood's BluesMobile


Bettye LaVette did not quite make it as a soul singer in the sixties. Bad luck for her, good luck for us. Because she has certainly made it in the 21st Century. She has a new record. And a brand new autobiography.


Then, in the second hour of the program… Shemekia Copeland is on a roll. She performed at the White House in DC… at a star-studded tribute to Hubert Sumlin in New York… and she was crowned "Queen of the Blues" in Chicago.


And she has a new album out, Thirty-Three And a Third, a nod to her age and her understanding of music.


New music from Bettye LaVette and Shemekia Copeland. Next time, in The BluesMobile.





 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

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Buddy and Hopkins

Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips and Comic Pages as gifts?

Festival Calendar

To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!








If you host or know of a Blues Festival & don't see here or in

our online listings...

Please get us the info or POST


More Info


Bonita Blues Festival


March 8th-9th 2013

Bonita Springs, Florida USA

Walla Walla Guitar Festival


March 8th-9th 2013

Walla Walla, Washington USA

Blues Cafe 2013


March 9th 2013

Wausau, Wisconsin USA

Phoenix Blues Blast


March 9th 2013

Phoenix, Arizona USA

Blues & BBQ


March 9th 2013

Winter Garden, Florida USA

City of Orlando Blues B-Q


March 9, 2013

Orlando, Florida USA

Steel City Blues Festival


March 15th-17th 2013

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

'Cused of the Blues


March 16th 2013

Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta


March 22nd-24th

San Felipe, Baja, Mexico

Centenary Blues Bash


March 22nd-23rd 2013

Hackettstown, New Jersey USA

Giving Hunger The Blues


March 24th, 2013

Sarasota, Florida USA

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Thursday - Monday

March 28th - April 1st 2013

Byron Bay, Australia

Blues in the Natural

State Festival


April 5th-6th 2013

Fayetteville, Arkansas USA

Stompin' at the Savoy


April 5th-7th 2013

Helsinki, Helsinki Finland

George's Music Springing the Blues Festival


April 5th-7th 2013

Jacksonville Beach, Florida USA

22nd Annual

Lowcountry Cajun Festival


April 7th 2013

Charleston, South Carolina USA

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

About Us

RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, Nevada USA. We are woman owned and operated.


We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (publishing our 11th annual in 2013), affiliated with the top-ranking website:, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 28,500 weekly subscribers.


We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. You can reach the E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen at or


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Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... we just report it.

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