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Blues Festival Guide

Mar 22, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  12


Greetings From Your Editor...

Show Us Your BFG

News Flash

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...

Spring is bustin' out all over...

Yes, Spring has sprung and for many of you that may just mean on the calender. I'm in San Diego, CA so I do consider myself spoiled for the weather, foilage and fauna. I even found myself performing some songs outdoors on Thursday about flowers, worms and dirt backed by some bluesy-boogie piano young children at the beautiful "Carlsbad Flower Fields!" Had to throw in "Got My Mojo Working" and the "Funky ABC's" for good measure. My little "flowers" loved it!


Passover and Easter are coming right up to celebrate the season. In California, chanteuse Lawrence Lebo will "wow" at  infamous MaCabe's and Earl Thomas presents a unique and jam-packed concert in support of the Blues Foundation. More festivals are also kicking in as the weather starts to lighten up, too. Johnny "Winter" might get a new nickname this this weekend 'cause he's sure to heat up Centenary College in New Jersey. Some of us will be basking in San Felipe Baja Mexico for their 7th annual Blues & Arts Fiesta in this little shrimp fishing village on the Sea of Cortez. On Sunday, fun is going down from Texas to Florida. The 24th Byron Bay Bluesfest kicks off next Thursday... I tell ya there's no excuse for not being able to catching your blues fix ... it's going on all around the globe!


Time to spring into action!

Your ever-grateful editor... Michele Lundeen


If you missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can  find back issues in our archives on our website!

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 ourwebsite the sooner fans will see it and be able to plan their Blues Festival adventures. ARTISTS & PROMOTERS... you can post gigs for free. Go, click on SUBMIT GIG/CONCERT and fill in blanks. It will appear in our Gig/Concert calendar within 24 hours.

Show Us Your BFG


 Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones after performing at a fundraiser Feb 9, 2013 for the Delta Blues Festival which is held each September in downtown Antioch, CA. The event was held in the historic El Campanil Theatre.

Photo courtesy: Tom Yearnshaw


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 editor@bluesfestivalguide.c

From Blues Festival Guide publisher, Kaati:

Attention Blues Festival Promoters: RAISE THE ROOF

Here is a unique opportunity for you to get yourself and your festival attendees involved with the exciting Blues Foundation's RAISE THE ROOF: Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame


The Blues Hall of Fame pays tribute to the greatest of the genre and educates new people about the genre. The Blues Foundation has been inducting people into the Blues Hall of Fame for years; it was a simple evening with web presence. Nothing permanent. But now we need physical presence.


We are working with the Blues Foundation and a myriad of artists and organizations to spread the word about this noble cause. Because we are right in the middle of preparing for festival season, this is the perfect time for you to get involved as well and it requires just a small amount of effort.


Here is a link with more details about the Blues Hall of Fame campaign. Our goal is to help raise awareness (this is where you come in) in order to raise funds to reach the goal of 3.5 million. We know you are busy with your event but here are some easy, quick and free ways you can get the word out about this worthwhile campaign.


What you can do: Add Blues Hall of Fame logo to your website

- Add BHF banner ad to your website - Include BHF ad in your Program

- MC announcements from stage - Pass out brochure to your attendees


Please make a commitment to this cause and let’s use the momentum of the festival season to create awareness! How does someone donate? Donate online. Call me if you want to share ideas or to get an ad for your website or program.



775 337 8626 or

CD & DVD Releases

Fabulous Thunderbirds :: ON THE VERGE

The Fabulous Thunderbirds are On the Verge of an exciting new era as they release their breakout recording for Severn Records. Anchored by the big voice of original front man, Kim Wilson, On the Verge is a departure for the legendary blues rockers as they explore their soulful side with ten original numbers recorded at Severn Sound Studios. On the Verge marks a new beginning for the band with Wilson saying, we're defining our own genre.


Using cutting edge technology and a collaborative, free-flowing creative process, the T-Birds have crafted a fresh sound, one that's sure to satisfy diehard fans while bringing new blood into the fold of the band's faithful legion. These originals tracks take cues from unexpected influences like O.V. Wright ("Too Much Water") and Junior Parker ("That's the Way We Roll"). The T- Birds kick things off with their single, "I Want to Believe," a driving number with a Lenny Kravitz-meets-Staple Singers vibe; "Lovin Time" has a Los Lonely Boys feel; "Hold Me," melds classic rock with soul and reggae; "Got To Bring It With You" is a soulful rocker; "Lonely Highway," nods to the blues of the Stax tradition. 


Backing Wilson are veteran T-Birds guitarists Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller, plus bassist Randy Bermudes and Jason Moeller on drums. Co-producer/-songwriter Kevin Anker guests on keyboards. In a career spanning over three decades, the Fabulous Thunderbirds are On the Verge with their most mature recording to date.


Listen to "I Want To Believe"

More info...

Andy Poxon :: TOMORROW

Tomorrow, young phenom's guitarist, singer, songwriter Andy Poxon's stellar release on EllerSoul Records, is produced by Duke Robillard. All the songs except one on the 14 track album were written by Poxon and reflect his passion for the Americana music roots of blues, rockabilly, early rhythm and blues, country and more. Poxon also wrote all the arrangements for the group of musicians that appear on the disc which include the Roomful of Blues Horns, Bruce Bear and Robillard among others.


EllerSoul co-owner Ronnie Owens discovered Poxon two years ago at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival after getting a tip from blues harp master Mark Wenner of the Nighthawks. Impressed, Owens signed Poxon to a recording deal. Robillard discovered Poxon not long after and was taken with this old soul.


Duke exclaims, "Andy Poxon is a complete and mature musician at the ripe old age of 18 years old. To say Andy has a bright future is an understatement. This album represents a young roots musician already developed past his years, and ready to lead us all into the future of pure American blues and roots music."


Listen to "Too Bad"

More info...

News Flash



The Reel Blues Fest, in association with, returns to the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth on beautiful Cape Cod for its second year in a row for a rocking night of blues and folk featuring the James Montgomery Band (above) with special guest Jon Pousette-Dart (below lt), the Spampinato Brothers (below rt from NRBQ), local favorites the Grass Root Band (bottom lt), and other special guests for one night only: Saturday, May 4, from 7:30-11:30 pm.


Spend an unforgettable weekend overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean by staying at the newly renovated Sea Crest Beach Hotel, which is offering special rates (call 800-225-3110).


Tickets are $35 general admission and $50 for VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet after the show. Purchase online or in person at Eight Cousins Bookstore, 189 Main Street, Falmouth (508-548-5548).


The James Montgomery Band recently released a CD titled From Detroit to the Delta featuring special guest star “Super Harp” James Cotton, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer, New York horn section extraordinaire The Uptown Horns and Rap Star Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels from Run DMC.


Founded in 2001, the nonprofit Reel Blues Fest is a joint effort between the New England Blues Society and the Woods Hole Film Festival that promotes the classic American musical tradition of the Blues and support film projects that address issues of social importance. The organization sponsors musical and film events (the first one took place at the Air Station on Cape Cod). Past performers have included Koko Taylor, Wilson Pickett, Dickie Betts, Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, Robert Cray, Honey Boy Edwards, Los Lobos, members of the band Aerosmith, Ernie & the Automatics, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jim Belushi, John Sebastian, Jay Geils, Huey Lewis, Kim Wilson.


For more information visit or call 617-495-3456.



World Famous McCabe’s Concert Hall and Lecture Series to feature Lawrence Lebo March 22 and March 24


“Some people are blessed, it’s that simple. When you hear one note of B.B. King’s guitar, you know it’s him. The same thing goes for Lawrence Lebo, a woman blessed with not just a great voice, high toned and beautiful, but with a sense of musicality that is definitely one of a kind...”

- Ian McHugh, Host of “Blues is Truth,” UK


Well known and coveted in eclectic circles for her hybrid blues styling’s, Ms. Lawrence Lebo delivers much, much more than you’re traditional bar band. On Friday, March 22, at 8 pm Lawrence Lebo brings her inimitable style of blues and roots music to McCabe’s Guitar Shop (3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90405). McCabe’s “concert hall” is one of L.A.’s treasures where countless legends have performed. Tickets for the concert are $15 at McCabe’s online or call (310) 828-4497.


The March 22nd concert follows on the heels of the wide, international success of her latest CD release, The Best Of Don’t Call Her Larry: Blues Mix, which earned its place on the CMJ, RMR Blues, and the Canadian Earshot music charts.


On Sunday, March 24, Ms. Lebo will also be teaching a one day Blues & Rock Vocal Workshop at McCabe’s Guitar Shop at 1 pm. Lawrence is listed as a blues educator with The Blues Foundation. Register here


Lawrence Lebo can be found at

Winner of the 2012 Blues411 “Jimi” Award for Best Vocalist.


Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival





Remembered by many these days as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop has also tasted pop success with his 1976 smash hit "Fooled Around and Fell In Love." Bishop's long and varied career has included other musical stops along the way as well, from deep down gutbucket blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, to rollicking good time rock & roll. And at every stage along the way, he's imbued all of his music with deep passion, a uniquely creative spirit, and more than a little bit of sly humor. Joining the legendary Elvin Bishop will be rising blues star John Németh (below rt) and Norwegian blues guitarist Kid Andersen (below lt).


The 24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25th & 26th, 2013. 2013 promises to continue our tradition of bringing fans a full weekend of nonstop award-winning entertainment, more food choices than you can sample in two days, and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained too.


The Cajun & Zydeco Stage will showcase continuous music each day featuring the best Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music acts.


The Blues Stage will feature some of the most talented and renowned Blues & Roots acts in the world both Saturday and Sunday.


Both stages feature lots of viewing space plus large dance floors. In addition, this family friendly event has a giant kids area featuring bouncers, rock walls, specialty acts, crafts and talent shows. There are also food booths and many crafts and merchandise booths.


Tickets available now at:


 "The genesis of the movement"


~ The murder of young Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi on August 28, 1955 is noted as one of the leading events in the early civil rights movement.


~ The epicenter of the murder case, Bryant's Grocery (pictured at left as it looked in 2009), is in jeopardy of disintegrating and fading away. Years of neglect have taken their toll on this important landmark.


~ Bryant's Grocery is listed as one of Mississippi’s most endangered historic buildings.


~ This building, (pictured at right as it looked in 1955), MUST be restored as a symbol for civil rights and human rights.


~ Our plan is to fund the restoration process and use the building as a museum for Emmett Till and the civil rights movement that followed his tragic death.


How can you help?



Blues legend Earl Thomas and his friends will play at Club Fox in Redwood City, CA on Sunday, March 24, 2013. This once in a lifetime event, which will not be replicated anywhere, will be live streamed by VenMundi, making it possible for Blues aficionados all over the world to enjoy these extraordinary artists who are coming together in support of The Blues Foundation's Raise the Roof! Campaign for the Blues Hall of Fame.


Your Streaming ticket gets you access to the 1 pm PST show and the 4 pm PST show! VenMundi will contribute 50 percent of the proceeds in support of the Blues Hall of Fame. If you want to buy a ticket to physically attend in person at Club Fox, go to to purchase your ticket. 


Earl Thomas started out wanting to support The Blues Foundation by giving back his time and talents as a Blues artist. As his fellow Blues musicians heard about what Thomas was doing, they wanted to join him. As a result, the show will feature Sista Monica, Syreeta Neal, Lady Bianca, Kenny Neal, Tia Carroll, King Tuffnstuff, Shane Dwight, Daniel Castro, John Nemeth, Kyle Rowland, Greg Nagy, Aki Kumar, the Blues Ambassadors and the list is growing.


Recognized on four continents Earl Thomas' songs have been recorded by icons Etta James, Solomon Burke, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Tom Jones as well as contemporaries Janiva Magness, Big Llou Johnson, Tracy Nelson and, most recently, blues queen Shemekia Copeland on her new Telarc Records release 33 & 1/3.


Get your streaming ticket HERE! Don't miss out!



Bluesfest is celebrating it's 24th Anniversary as Australia's premier multi-award winning and international renowned Blues and Roots Festival, from Thursday 28 March - Monday 1 April 2013 at its permanent home at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just 8 km north of Byron Bay.


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 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 attendances reaching over 114,000 over the five days, the Bluesfest experience encompasses not only a dazzling line up of music but also an abundance of food and market stalls, an undercover food court, four licensed bars, a beer garden, CD Store, camping on site, general store, convenient car parking, shuttle bus service to Byron and surrounding towns, kids activities and more.


Down Under Answers are here to ensure you can experience Byron Bay at its most vibrant. Visit or call 800-788-6685 for details.


Chesapeake Bay Events, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2013 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will join an increasing number of large music events in the nation to become ZERO-WASTE. This means that in addition to recycling paper, plastic and aluminum, we will now turn all food scraps into compost. We have partnered with Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works Waste Management Services for recycling and Veteran Compost to compost all of our “table scraps”.


The festival will be held May 18th and May 19th at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, MD.


The Chesapeake Bay Events (CBE) held its first festival in 1998. It has quickly gained national notoriety as one of the premier Blues Festivals in the world. Outside of providing top caliber entertainment, the festival also gives ALL net proceeds to charity.


Details, VIP packages, Tickets and parking passes are available at


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


Due to overwhelming demand, the deadline for the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition has been extended until April 16, 2013. This will be the final deadline for this year's competition.


Unsigned Only is a music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any ofits affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist... a newcomer or veteran... raw or polished - the "gem" that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package. Judging criteria includes vocals, performance, originality and songwriting. There is also a category just for Vocal Performance which accepts songs that are not original, and a Teen category for artists 18 years and younger (which includes a scholarship to Berklee College Of Music's 5-Week Summer Performance Program as part of the prize package).



 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! 

Advertise with BFG



 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


The 8th Annual Ventura Blues Festival, brought to us by the Ventura Blues Society, will be held at it's new home, Moorpark College (Campus Rd.) on April 27. The festival will benefit the American Diabetes Association as well as several other community service organizations.


Look for more details coming soon.

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. Do what you can. Help 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. Or Mail check to: The Blues Foundation

421 So. Main, Memphis, TN 38104-4464.

3. Or 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

Video of The Week

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite



Elwood's BluesMobile



Jimi Hendrix is back. With a brand new posthumous album of never before released recordings. The album is called PEOPLE, HELL AND ANGELS. The songs here are the building blocks for what would have been the next phase of his growth as a musician after leaving the Experience.



Then, in the second hour of the program… Joe Louis Walker was a teenage guitar hero in the San Francisco sixties. After the death of his friend, Michael Bloomfield, he turned his back on the blues to concentrate on his faith, and his education. Then in 1985, he came roaring back. And he has been roaring ever since. Joe's latest record is called HELLFIRE. Elwood will put some of that in a bottle for you.


Treasures from the Jimi Hendrix archives PLUS Joe Louis Walker and HELLFIRE. Next time, in The BluesMobile.






 For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here

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


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

KNON Fort Worth Bluesfest - 4th Annual

Sunday, March 24th 2013

Fort Worth, Texas 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

River Basin Blues & Barbecue Fest


April 5th-6th 2013

Evansville, Indiana 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

Live on The Levee Spring Concert Series


April 6th 2013

Helena, Arkansa USAs

22nd Annual

Lowcountry Cajun Festival


April 7th 2013

Charleston, South Carolina USA

14th Blues Festival Basel 2013


April 9th-14th 2013

 Basel, Switzerland

Juke Joint Festival

& Related Events


April 11th-14th 2013

Clarksdale, Mississippi USA

Temple Blues and Gospel Explosion at Detroits Historic Masonic Temple


April 12th-14th 2013

Detroit, Michigan USA

Tampa Bay Blues Festival


April 12th-14th 2013

St. Petersburg, Florida USA

Blues By the Sea

9th Annual


April 14th 2013

Kiawah Island, 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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