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Blues Festival Guide

April 12, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  15


Greetings From Your Editor...

Photo Moments

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Got Blues Society News?

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

About Us

Advertise with BFG... 2013 Magazine Ad deadline extended

Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists

News Flash

Calling all Blues Societies...

Help Raise The Roof

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Greetings From Your Editor...

Go ahead April... shower me with blues!

Greetings... well, it WAS raining here (as far as "April showers" go) Sometimes I feel so darn spoiled looking out my patio windows at my palm plant and lemon tree gently swaying (most of the time) in the breeze here in San Diego, CA. Honestly, I do miss the seasons. But beleive you me, wherever I go, there is always a dose of "blues seasoning" and there for the sprinkling (yes, pun intended).


Time for you to go get sprinkled, or even doused by the tasty April blues seasonings out there. The only umbrella you'll need are your hands waving over your head! Go HUNGREY!


Your ever-grateful editor... Michele Lundeen


Correction: Under "CD Releases" last week Southern Hospitality was spelled wrong. My bad... the eye to brain connection is a funny thing isn't it?!


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

Advertise with BFG...

2013 Magazine Ad deadline extended


Ad deadline extended: What project or festival are you working on? Your friends at RBA Publishing invite you to participate in the 11th Annual BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE print magazine Advertisers get results!


Our popular, annual Blues publication has 100,000 free circulation throughout U.S. and Canada, offers great rates, and features entertaining editorial by Blues’ top aficionados, and of course, dozens of festivals.


The entire print magazine will also be digitized. Blues fans around the world can read the entire magazine in Digital Format. This increases circulation without using up natural resources or increasing the cost of advertising. You don't want to miss out on this once-a-year marketing opportunity. Ad sizes for every budget.


Festival Section (Festival Ads only)

Full Page 7.25” x 9” • $1432   ~   1/2 Page 7.25” x 4.125” • $746

General Section

Full Page 7.25” x 9.5” • $1787

Half Page Horizontal 7.25” x 4.625” • $899

Half Page Vertical 3.5” x 9.5” • $899

1/4 Page 3.5” x 4.625” • $535

1/6 Page 2.25” x 4.625” • $370

1/8 Page 3.5” x 2.25” • $299

1/3 Page 2.25” x 9.5” • $660


We know that our award-winning annual publication will be a great marketing vehicle for your business and hope that you can join us as an advertiser. Download our entire Media Kit Here 


Your Blues Festival Guide crew is standing by to assist you. We make advertising affordable, easy, effective and fun!

Thanks, Kaati, Cheryl, Michele, Diana, Robyn, Tracey, Terry, Florencia, Debbie and Irene


Contact us TODAY!  ~  775-337-8344

Space Reservation: NOW   ~   Street Date: April 21

RBA Publishing Inc. P.O. Box 50635, Reno, NV 8951

Photo Moments


President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Sieleman celebrates his ten years with the Blues Foundation while in Boquete, Panama, at the Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival, March 2nd, 2013. Thanks for all your dedication the the blues, Jay!


Photo courtesy of L.A. Smith (of Randy Oxford's Band)

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.

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


Lucky Peterson is back! Nominated for the 34th Blues Music Awards, his sonic fireball, Live at the 55 Arts Club Berlin is now available as a spectacular premium 5-disk CD/DVD package.


“This set will take the novice Lucky Peterson fan to die-hard status within minutes”, says Living Blues Magazine.


In a 2.5-hour concert, Lucky and his talented wife Tamara perform 22 stunning originals and blues classics such as “Ta’ Ta’ You,” “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom,“ “The World’s In A Tangle” and a grinding, raw country blues version of Prince’s “Kiss.”


“Just about everything in this set is first class. Pick your own favorites,” states Buddy Magazine.


The combination package includes two CDs and three DVDs featuring a concert full of blues, rock, soul and funk, a revealing interview with Lucky and Tamara plus a fascinating behind the scenes mini-documentary of the whole band.


Worldwide, the critics agree: Lucky Peterson’s Live at the 55 Arts Club Berlin is a musical experience to be enjoyed over and over again. UK’s Blues & Soul Magazine called it “best DVD of the year.” In Germany, the production was awarded with the German Record Critics’ Award.


Click to play "How Do I, Why Do I"

More info...

 Nicole Hart & Anni Piper :: SPLIT SECOND

Split Second, the highly anticipated new release by label mates Nicole Hart and Anni Piper, consists of songs by Memphis Slim, Sugar Pie Desanto, Janis Joplin, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers among others plus two originals, one composed by Nicole and one penned by Anni.


Giving a helping hand on this project are the Blues Leaf All-Stars consisting of Sandy Mack on harp, Juke Joint Jonnon dobro and acoustic guitar, Ron Rauso on guitars,Sim Cain on drums and special guest John Ginty on keyboards


"One of the more delightful CDs I've encountered in a long time features the pairing of singersNicole Hart & Anni Piper on their new CD,Split Second (Blues Leaf Records). It's undoubtedly going to be a contender for blues album of the year. Highly recommended!" ~ Blues Bytes Bill Mitchell


Click to play "Can't Let You Go"

More info...

News Flash


The spectacular Sin City Soul & Blues Revival featuring Tedeschi Trucks, Robert Cray, Los Lonely Boys, Tab Benoit, Ruthie Foster, and 30 more great acts is happening at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, September 15-17, 2013 in Las Vegas!


Over 35 world-class soul and blues acts performing on two indoor stages and one at the Rio’s fabulous pool, all just an elevator ride from your suite. Plus, Pro-Jams will feature once-in-a-lifetime collaborations between many of your favorite artists.

A world-class line-up in an intimate setting!


Tedeschi-Trucks Band - Robert Cray - Los Lonely Boys - Tab Benoit

The Austin All-Stars featuring Malford Milligan and W.C. Clark

Ruthie Foster - Carolyn Wonderland - Curtis Salgado's Big Band

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Royal Southern Brotherhood

Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials - Trampled Under Foot - Nakia

James Harman - Orgone - The Soul of John Black - Monophonics

Deanna Bogart - The Iguanas - Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

John Nemeth - Tad Robinson - Henry Gray & Bob Corritore

Karen Lovely - Hadden Sayers Band - Scottie Miller Band - Contino

Selwyn Birchwood - Kris Lager Band w/special guest Mama Lenny

Brad Cordle Band - Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

Little Jonny & The Giants - Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners

Mike Zito and The Wheel


Follow this link for more information and to book your Ticket Hotel-Suite Package for the Live Music Event of the Year.


The Revival is holding a Contest for all of their Facebook Fans where they have a chance to win an Ultimate Blues VIP Package with Reserved Seating in the First Two Rows, an Upgraded Suite, and an Invitation to a Private Blues Party at The VooDoo Lounge above the Rio Hotel Casino. Plus, they can also win an additional Standard Ticket-Hotel Package for their favorite Blues Society.


Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival



with Nathan James, Mike Tempo, Troy Sandow and Marty Dodson 

 James Harman is a one-of-a-kind song writer, producer, musician, showman, vocalist and internationally known bluesman. Through his long career starting in the early 60's James Harman has built up an enormous song catalog with 17 originals used in movies and television, 19 Blues Music Awards nominations, has been inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and is the harmonica player of choice on many ZZ Top releases, as well as live on many international TV shows. James Harman's Bamboo Porch Revue features a powerhouse of talent with band members Nathan James, Mike Tempo, Troy Sandow and Marty Dodson.


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 and 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 Kattawar Brothers play; Downhome Mudbottom Boogie Woogie blues and 60s music on piano and drums. Once these guys hit the stage you better fasten your seatbelt because they are high energy entertainment.


Jerry Kattawar (piano) is the entertainer. His stage antics keeps the crowd electrified. His hands and feet are never still. He spends as much time on top of his piano as he does stomping out the rhythm and music on the Keys. He exudes energy and performs with a zeal that leaves the audience breathless. Jerry interacts with his audience, they know he is performing for them, with them, and that they are the most important part of the show.


Mike Kattawar (drums) is the foundation. He lays down that steady beat and even during the wildest stunts brother Jerry pulls he never falters. His drumming is clean and dead on. The only thing more amazing than Jerry Kattawar shinning up the stage support to stand on the roof and sing is to see Mike, drum sticks a blur, sweat pouring off him, keeping that beat no matter what else is going on.


Their dedication to their high energy Boogie Woogie style of 60s music make them great for private parties and festivals large and small....


“The Kattawar Brothers are a definite crowd pleaser at the Annual Grassroots Blues Festival.” - Al White – Executive Director, Grassroots Blues Fest


“There’s not a word in the dictionary that describers these legends. Jerry’s left hand on the piano is faster than lightening and Mike’s drumming is like the thunder."

- Silky O’Sullivan – Owner of Silky O’Sullivans Beale Street


“The Kattawar Brothers are the most exciting duo to emerge from the Delta." - The London Newspaper


“The Kattawar Brothers’ shows are the highlight of the “Music on the Mississippi” cruises on the River Barge Explorer." - Charles and Sarah Vahlkamp – Entertainment Chairperson, River Barge Explorer


Contact & Booking Info: Jerry Kattawar - 901.299.6826

Rachel Kattawar - 901.288.4777



Don’t try to put bluesman Nigel Mack in a box. Bucking the usual labels, the multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and disciple of Chicago blues knows how to unite American roots music into one hot sound.

On his latest award-winning album, Devil’s Secrets, and live on stage with his band, the Blues Attack, Mack shows that harp players can wield a mean slide guitar, that zydeco, funk and R&B can blend with expert blues and that origins and background mean less and less in Chicago’s welcoming, but hard-hitting scene.


This kind of defiant mix comes naturally to the Saskatoon-born, Vancouver and Chicago-forged musician, who grew up catching blues and jazz legends before launching his own career as an artist in his late teens. “You’re not just painting in one color, but you’re mixing colors together that work,” reflects Mack. “I’ve tried to bring in all these elements from American music and fuse them together. It’s all blues, but not stuck in a box, though I really respect the musicians who play traditional blues. My trip’s just a bit different. I like to engage listeners when they put on my albums or watch my show, so that they’re never bored. We’re upbeat, up-tempo and very dynamic!”


Diverse sounds heat up Mack’s latest release of original songs, Devil’s Secrets (#1 Canadian Blues CD of 2012 on Galaxie Satellite radio in Canada). From the rootsy, steel guitar-powered “Chicago Bound,” an unintentionally prophetic song that foretold Mack’s own big move to the city, to the zydeco two-step of “Come Back Baby” (with an accordion cameo by CJ Chenier), from rock tales (“Mid Life Crisis”) to raucous funk (the instrumental shout-out to The Meters, “Meet Her Funk”), to the horn-drenched soul of “Here’s To You,” Mack and his band don’t hesitate to bring other related roots genres back to the blues fold. “The whole thing we call blues is giant,” notes Mack. “It touches everything -- all of American music.”


Find him on YouTube here...




The River City Blues Society of Virginia is proud to announce the inaugural ParkFest Blues Festival onat Pocahontas State Park

 May 11, 2013, in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  


The event will kickoff with local blues bands, Andrew Alli & Last Night Blues Band (bottom) and the Mike Lucci Band (below lt). The music will continue with a regional favorite, Mikey Jr. (below rt), from Philadelphia, PA, playing a wicked harmonica. South Florida native, Albert Castiglia (lt) and his band will take the stage playing hot guitar and timely blues lyrics. The evening will end with Washington area favorite and Blues Music Award winner, The Nighthawks (top).


The festival will not only showcase the blues music of local, regional and national artists, but also the gem that is Virginia’s largest state park, Pocahontas State Park, in Chesterfield County. The festival is set in the Heritage Amphitheater where there is not a bad seat in the house as the stage is elevated. There is ample parking, plenty of shade. The amphitheater has seating and a grassy slope where spectators can set up chairs and blankets.



An interactive exhibit on loan from the Library of Virginia regarding blues music and its roots in American and Virginia music will be on site. This live exhibit will also offer acoustic blues during the stage breaks with opportunities for attending musicians. There will also be a Vendor Park with food and beverages.


RCBS also announces that profits raised will benefit the Special Olympics of Virginia. SOVA is a sports organization that has celebrated the spirit, courage and determination of children and adult athletes with mental disabilities.

The River City Blues Society is a 501(c)3 dedicated to the preservation and to the promotion of blues music in Central Virginia. More information and tickets for ParkFest Blues Festival can be found at



 Homemade Jamz Blues Band at present and still serious


The Rowan Blues & Jazz Society is celebrating its 15th annual Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival, October 19, 2pm-11pm at 200 West Fisher Street in historic downtown Salisbury, North Carolina.


This year’s headliners will be the most requested performers of the past 15 years. Jazz trumpeter, Joe Robinson (below lt), is bringing up-and-coming jazz vocalists to the big stage. The award-winning Homemade Jamz Blues Band (current pic above and early pic at bottom), will be performing selections from their new CD. 


This festival will be a reunion for fans and musicians who meet annually in Salisbury and support the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society. The society plans to show appreciation by returning to its roots — free general admission. Tickets are available for limited reserved VIP seating and may be purchased online here.


Preceding the music will be the Jackie Torrence Storytelling Festival from 11am-1pm. Storyteller Beverly Burnett, president of the NC Association of Black Storytellers, will facilitate this event for children of all ages. Gates open at 1pm for the Blues and Jazz Festival.


Mini Funk Factory, Overton Elementary School’s band, will kick off the festival at 2pm. They will march onto the festival ground to the cadence of sounds reminiscent of New Orleans. Do not miss the performance of Rowan County’s first elementary school marching band. Arts, crafts and international food vendors will be on site. Bring your own comfortable chair and a blanket or wrap. This is a family-friendly and handicap-accessible event with activities for all ages. No pets or coolers allowed. For more information concerning sponsorships or volunteering opportunities:






Now is the perfect time to plan for the 25th annual Bluesfest in 2014, Bluesfest is Australia’s multi-award winning and international renowned blues and roots festival.


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 top musical masters in one of the world’s most picturesque settings. Some of the biggest names in music appear on the seven tent stages.


When guests are not enjoying the massive names in music at Bluesfest, Byron Bay is a place of outstanding natural beauty waiting to be explored. Long an escape destination for Australians this small, relaxed, chic seaside town with glorious beaches provides an ideal location to wind down after a long weekend of music festival indulgence!


For more information about packages to the event, contact Down Under Answers. 800-889-1464

*The Blues Festival Guide is going to Byron Bay Blues Fest in 2014… Please come with us! Call Linda/Down Under Answers to find out about special group rates for our blues family.


Oct. 18~25, 2013 Fantasy/Big Easy/Mayan on Holland America ms Maasdam. Fort Lauderdale to Key West, New Orleans & Progreso, MX.



LRBC #22 Eastern Caribbean, January 19~26, 2014 

LRBC #22, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. Maarten, St. Thomas/St. John & Turks & Caicos on the Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam IV, is SOLDOUT ~ JOIN WAITLIST STARTING APRIL 15


We will begin a waitlist Monday, 4/15/2013 at 11AM CDT! The waitlist will NOT will be live until this time, therefore, you will NOT be able to join the waitlist prior to 4/15.


Here's the link. You will be required to sign into your online account. Details on how to create your account are below.


By joining, you will be placed on the waitlist in order of the date and time that your request was received. If a cabin does become available (most likely Deluxe Verandah Outside ranging from $2450-2600 per person Double Occupancy plus $230 per person port/ship fees and gratuities to be billed onboard) we will notify you of availability. We DO require a Credit Card to be placed on the waitlist. Your card will not be charged until you have secured a cabin.


If you experience problems signing up for the waitlist online, you may also call our office at 816-753-7979. BUT... you will be able to secure a higher spot on the list by using the online system as the phone lines become very busy so it becomes difficult to get through right away. Thank you in advance for your patience!


See or (816) 753-7979

for reservations & info

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


The award-winning creators of M for Mississippi and We Juke Up in Here return in 2013 with “Moonshine & Mojo Hands,” the first-ever blues music reality show! Ride shotgun with hosts Jeff Konkel and Roger Stolle as they travel Mississippi’s back roads in search of juke joints, house parties, moonshine and the musicians who keep this uniquely American art form alive. Weekly web-TV episodes of Moonshine & Mojo Hands will stream for FREE at beginning this fall.


But to make the show a reality, the producers need your help! Please check out their Kickstarter campaign and consider making a contribution. Organizations and individuals interested in becoming marketing sponsors are invited to e-mail Roger Stolle at or Jeff Konkel at


The magic happens in the Newcastle Town Square, 515 Main St., Newcastle, CA on Sunday April 28 with Nevada City’s own Pinkie Rideau & the Blind Resistance taking the stage at 1pm, Sacramento’s Val Starr & the Blues Rocket take off at 3pm and from San Francisco Leah Tysse will be performing at 5pm.


Hosted by Antuzzi’s Newcastle Inn (formerly Constable Jacks), the gates open at noon. Food and beverages will be available at the Faire. Don’t miss this event with three of the best blues women on stage together for a day of blues and magic.


Tickets are only $15 and will be available at Antuzzi’s Newcastle Inn 515 Main St, Newcastle, CA; Cherry Records in Auburn; Clock Tower Records in Grass Valley; all Dimple Record stores; Esoteric Records; Beat Records; Firehouse Clothing store in Folsom; Armadillo Records in Davis; and at the gate on the day of the show.


On this day as well, join the Blues Rocket’s JohnE and Val in celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary, no better way to celebrate than with music, friends and family!


Be there Noon, April 28 at Newcastle Town Square Rhythm & Blues Faire!



This is our new QR code. You will see it on the front cover of the 2013 Blues Festival Guide magazine, on the streets soon!


As usual, your blues friends may want to “borrow” your copy of your Blues Festival Guide magazine that is chock full of great info, but now you can offer to let them scan the code with their smartphone. This will bring them to our Mobile Website with a link to the Digital Version of the magazine, and they can read it there!


How does it work?

Download a free QR bar code scanner App (there are dozens of them), then scan the QR code and you will land on our new landing page for mobile devices.


What will you find there?

~ Link to read the 2013 Blues Festival Guide magazine in Digital Format

~ Link to sign up for and read our free weekly,electronic newsletter called Blues e-Guide (our editor is the Queen of Steam herself, Michele Lundeen!)

~ Link to list of dozens of blues festivals in date order.

~ Link to contact us 


Our new mobile web page is easy to navigate on your smart phone… giving you access to blues festivals at your fingertips.

Blues Society News


The free, Charlie West Blues Festival, May 17 & 18 to Haddad Riverfront Park, Charleston, WV, is brought to us by the West Virginia Blues Society. They partner with the Wounded Warrior Program and were able to donate $10,000 to them last year and hope to do even more this year!


Admission is free but VIP Tickets available while supplies last. Demand for VIP tickets is high and availability is limited. We expect to sell out.Friday VIP—$ 30.00, Saturday VIP— $ 60.00. Two Day VIP Package—$ 75.00 Purchase a 2 Day VIP PASS and get a FREE Festival shirt! NO REFUNDS. All proceeds go to The Wounded Warrior Program.


Artists this year include Ana Popovic, Davina & The Vagabonds, Bryan Lee & The Power Blues Band, Kristine Jackson, Lil Malcolm & The House Rockers. Sat lineup: Kim Wilson & The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Grand Marquis, Southern Hospitality , Tinsley Ellis, Mud Morganfield, Mojo Theory and KJ Blues.


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 (200 words or less) and logo with "Blues Society News" in 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

Homemade Jamz Blues Band

"Who Your Real Friends Are"



Elwood's BluesMobile


Piano man Mitch Woods is a modern day master of boogie woogie. Now he has a new plan to share it with the world – blues beyond borders. He’s been bringing blues to folks who never even heard of the concept before. They’re loving it. And he has some stories to tell, and some songs to sing.


Mitch Woods brings the blues to the world. Next time in The BluesMobile.



 (Photo by Kathy L. Rankin 2012)




 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?

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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


14th Blues Festival Basel 2013


April 9th-14th 2013

 Basel, Switzerland

Juke Joint Festival

& Related Events


April 11th-14th 2013

Clarksdale, Mississippi USA

Tampa Bay Blues Festival


April 12th-14th 2013

St. Petersburg, Florida USA

Temple Blues and Gospel Explosion at Detroits Historic Masonic Temple


April 12th-14th 2013

Detroit, Michigan USA

Blues By the Sea

9th Annual


April 14th 2013

Kiawah Island, South Carolina USA

Clemson Blues Festival


April 18th-21st 2013

Clemson, South Carloina USA

High Desert Music Festival and BBQ Showdown


April 20th-21st 2013

Victorville, California USA

Nidaros Blues Festival


April 24th-28th 2013

Trondheim, Norway

BBQ & Blues


April 26th-27th 2013

Barnesville, Georgia USA

8th Annual

Ventura County Blues Festival 


April 27th 2013

Moorpark, California 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


Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter. Call 775-337-8626


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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