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Blues Festival Guide

April 19, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  16


Greetings From Your Editor...

Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists

News Flash

Calling all Blues Societies...

Help Raise The Roof

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Advertise with BFG... 2013 Magazine Ad deadline extended

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Got Blues Society News?

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

About Us

Greetings From Your Editor...

Bring on the blues buffet...


I've noticed I must be hungry when I type my note to you here as I seem to compare the many blues events with a good meal! Well, really, that's about right! Once again we've aimed to deliver to you, a varietable, tasty smorgasborg of blues galore. Why, just scroll through here and savor the many flavors that are ripe for the pickin' (and they even include wine this week!).

Festivals this weekend range from Boyton Beach, Florida to Clemson, South Carolina to Victorville, California. You know you'd got a range of delectables there.


So grab your appetite and go scarve up some tasty blues out there!

See ya next week!

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!

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

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


At age 73, Al Johnson Jr. finally hopes to move Beyond Carnival with this, his first-ever full-length CD. Johnson is best known for his 1960 single “Carnival Time,” an enduring anthem of Mardi Gras, Voted year after year as everyone's favorite Mardi Gras song. Five generations of New Orleanians have grown up listening to "Carnival Time" on the radio in heavy rotation year after year. Over the decades, he released intermittent recordings, none of which came anywhere close to approaching the popularity of his signature song.


Local label Rabadash Records has finally recorded a full-length CD by Johnson, Beyond Carnival. On it, he lofts his still-supple tenor on such original compositions as “Lower Ninth Ward Blues,” “Mardi Gras Strut” – he isn’t moving entirely “Beyond Carnival” ... and “Lena.” He also covers Eddie Bo’s “Who Shot the La La,” popularized by Oliver Morgan, and Dave Bartholomew’s “Jailbird.”


Producer John Autin spent a year talking and planning the new CD with Al. "I think Al's voice is one of a kind and the joy he brings to everything he sings and plays is just incredible" says Autin. "Having a chance to produce a CD on Al is a little like discovering a beautiful uncut diamond or ruby in my own back yard. I think Blues lovers all over the world are going to be just as excited about this CDas I am."


At 73 Al "Carnival Time" Johnson is just getting started. His new CD Beyond Carnival is available at now and will be released April 19 for New Orleanians and world wide on May 15.


Click to play "Lena"

More info...

Sena Ehrhardt :: ALL IN

Sena Ehrhardt is unquestionably one of the freshest and most dynamic emerging young voices on the blues scene today.  Once the lights come on, her commanding stage presence and gritty, soulfully emotional vocal prowess capture the audience, belying her youthful, demure appearance.


On her second recording, All In, Sena has teamed up with one the foremost producers in the worlds of rock and blues, multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines. The result, as Sena portrays it, was "an experience of a lifetime." All In places Ehrhardt among the very best and most versatile of current blues vocalists.


Sena's co-written most of the material here with her father and guitar player, Ed Ehrhardt. The originals segue smoothly from rockers like "Buried Alive" and "Man Up" through the funky groove of "All In" to the brooding "Storm's Coming" and finally to the album's coda, a surpassingly beautiful ballad, "Dreamin and Dyin.'" Interspersed are some well chosen covers including the mid-tempo ballad, "Cry To Me," and the blues classic, "Cold Cold Feeling."


Throughout All In, Sena's performances are fresh and incisive, delivered in a style that moves effortlessly from sultry to declarative to passionately forceful. Of special note is the interplay of her vocal phrasing with her father's bold, empathetic lead guitar.


Click to play "Buried Alive" 

More info...

News Flash


The New York Blues Project aka NYBP is: Jon Montgomery, Clint Bahr, Billy Ficca, Fingers DelRey, Steve Bondy and Jeff 'Houndog' Schiller. NYBP... six New York City legends... each having an industry track record that is nonpareil. Members of  NYBP have collaborated with: Johnny Winter; The Doors; Peter Banks; Flash; Kiss; Foreigner; Bootsy Collins; Bill Laswell; and Todd Rundgren. A comprehensive listing of the many luminaries with which members of NYBP have worked would exceed the press release's permissible wordcount. The website at contains a comprehensive listing of their many credits.


NYBP's sound is as unique as are the talents of the members of the group. The sound is classified best as metropolitan blues or urban-city-scape blues. Its roots include: jazz; jump; swing and the multitude of categories that have come to define the contemporary blues genre.


NYBP has stunned audiences wherever they have played. Whether performing at the Montreal Blues Festival, aka Festiblues, or benefits to raise monies for the less fortunate amongst us, or legendary venues in New York City, audiences agree that they are a “blues super group.” But, Mud Williams, who is the son of the legendary Muddy Waters, put it best when he said, "The New York Blues Project...a great band...that's why I love the blues."


Since the initial penning of this press release, the legendary Uptown Horns ( has chosen to join forces with the New York Blues Project. Their musicianship can only enhance the super-group status of the New York Blues Project.


Lords and ladies of the blues world, please join with Bustle Trunk Mgmt. in welcoming the New York Blues Project, featuring the Uptown Horns, to the wonderful world of the Blues.






May 17-18, Hot Tuna, the blues spin-off of The Jefferson Airplane, featuring Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady will headline with an acoustic performance, with guitarist Steve Kimock joining them. The James Hunter Six, The Soul of John Black and Dan Treanor's Afrosippi Band will also play the two-day event at the Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO.


James Hunter headlines Friday May 17 with support from Nathaniel Rateliff. Hot Tuna with Steve Kimock will headline Saturday May 18 with support from The Soul of John Black.


Saturday afternoon, Dan Treanor leads a FREE Blues in the Schools musical event for children of all ages at the Boulder Theatre.



Elwood Blues has arranged for ten pair of tickets to give away to Saturday's Hot Tuna concert. Winners will meet Jorma, Jack and Steve before the show for drinks and conversation. Click here to enter

More info at



Blues legend B.B. King, in collaboration with Votto Vines Importing, is proud to release a new line of signature wines bearing his name across the United States. The Rock and Roll and Blues Hall of Famer has debuted the B.B. King Signature Collection. The Blues Festival Guide is partnering with the distributors to get the word out to blues fans throughout the U.S.


Exemplifying the grace and elegance of the blues, the B.B. King Signature Collection represents the tradition, quality and excellence of B.B. King and his music. At 87 years old, B.B. King has won over 15 Grammy awards, has performed in 88 countries and still frequently tours all over the world. With hundreds of performances throughout Europe under his belt, the emerging region of Spain was selected as the source for this signature collection. A fitting choice for the wines of one of the most-beloved musicians of all time, Spain was also the host of the original all-star “Guitar Legends” concert series, which in 1991 gathered and celebrated 27 of the world’s best guitarists, including B.B. King, over 5 days of completely sold out shows. 


The B.B. King Signature Collection will be comprised of a red wine and a white wine for music fans and wine lovers alike. Both wines are sourced from the award winning Bodega Santa Cruz Winery, which has been producing wine for over 60 years and is located in the up-and-coming D.O. wine region of Almansa, Spain. B.B. King Signature Collection Red 2010 is a Crianza blend made from Garnacha, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and B.B. King Signature Collection White 2011 is comprised of 100% Verdejo grapes. Both wines are food friendly and meant to be enjoyed as everyday drinking wines. 


The wines will first launch in Memphis and Nashville, and soon thereafter the B.B. King Signature Collection will be available through select national, regional, local and online outlets. The suggested retail price of the wines is $13.99. 


For more information or to order, visit



LD3 Media Group began operations on January 1st, 2012. LD3 Media Group brings together a rich history in internet product marketing, offline marketing, passionate website designers and mobile app developers.


Darrell Hein, President, started online marketing in 2000 and by 2007, began offering his knowledge and experience to other businesses and individuals. By 2011, the company began offering website design and consulting, social media marketing, mobile website and mobile app design.


LD3 Media Group is on a mission to help individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs and organizations understand the ever changing, complex social media and mobile world that we live in today. It is our goal to keep things simple.


Enough about us! What about you??

Are you an individual, business owner, entrepreneur or organization needing help with: 

• Branding • Website Development • Smartphone Marketing

• Social Media Contests • Email Campaigns and eBlasts

No problem! We are here to help! Our team solves problems for you in a professional and cost efficient way!


“LD3 Media Group has done a tremendous job helping me promote my upcoming event, “Sin City Soul and Blues Revival”. - Terry O’Halloran


If you would like to know more about our services and what we can do to help contact:

LD3 Media Group


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 CasinoSeptember 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.




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




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.



Straight Up Blues Productions in association with Blues Junction Productions presents an evening of Chicago Blues with the 2012 Male Blues Artist of The Year, Lurrie Bell with special guests San Pedro Slim & Tommy Harkenrider. Saturday April 20 at Chaparral Liveroom, 8pm-1am (400 w. Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA) 21 and over only. Table reservations and info at 909-973-8208.




On Friday, May 10, the day after the Blues Music Awards, Memphis-based music marketing company, Blind Raccoon, in conjunction with Chicago-based Earwig Music, is hosting a showcase of blues and roots music at Purple Haze Night Club (140 Lt. George W Lee Ave.), Downtown Memphis. Admission is $5 at door or free to Blues Music Award laminate holders.


Artists performing are all clients of Blind Raccoon and five are on the Earwig Music label and include: MemphisAndy Cohen, a diehard prewar blues and folk traditionalist, kicks off the showcase. His 2010 Earwig release Built Right On The Ground features several tracks by Memphis Minnie and other artists associated with Memphis; Up next is guitarist, singer and barroom poet, Leo Hull. The title “Texas Legend” is not bestowed for nothing; Earwig artist Tommy McCoy will perform songs from his 2012 release Late In The Lonely Night . He performs a blend of electric blues, 70s soul and rock ‘n roll; Hard on Tommy's heels is Canadian born, Clarksdale, Mississippi based Guitar Mikey, performing with Memphian Billy Gibson on harmonica; RB Stone has been called a Blues Cowboy, Country Bluesman, Americana artist and Roots Rocker and he answers yes to all; Johnny Drummer, a resident of Chicago for 55 years, will perform tunes from his new Earwig release, Don’t Call Me Trash, scheduled for fall 2013. The guitar/bass driven combo of Chris James and Patrick Rynn will close out the showcase.

Find the event on Facebook here... 



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! 




"A huge thanks to everyone who has already backed our project ... and a reminder to those who haven't that you can still support us at Kickstarter! Every dollar we raise through Kickstarter is one less dollar we need to raise from sponsors ... and more time for us to work on creating the best show possible.


For those who have backed us at the $50 level or higher, here's a sneak peak at the "Moonshine & Mojo Hands" ball cap you'll receive. If you backed us at a lower level but would like the hat, it's still possible to raise your pledge. Thanks everyone! You're the best." - Jeff Konkel & Roger Stolle


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



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 Orange County Blues Society is proud to announce its "First Friday of the Month - Best Of Orange County Blues" concert series at the House of Blues (1530 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA) starting Friday, May 3 and every first Friday of the month thereafter. No cover unless otherwise noted. Showtime is 10 pm and it's 21 and over. Info: (714) 328-9375 or web.


Host Papa J promises an eclectic lineup of talented blues acts from all over Orange County as well as bands and solo artists from throughout Southern Calif. This all leads up to Real Blues Festival Of Orange County 4, taking place Sunday, September 8 at Malone's in Santa Ana, CA.



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 for all Blues Societies in 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

Dan Treanor & The Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown




Elwood's BluesMobile


Dr. John has given the world a lot of great music over the years. His CD, Locked Down, produced by Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys, is being called his best album yet. He joins Elwood to talk about it. And, of course, Locked DownN will get a serious spin.


Dr. John... Next time in The BluesMobile.


 (Photo by Michele Lundeen)




 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


Clemson Blues Festival


April 18th-21st 2013

Clemson, South Carolina USA

High Desert Music Festival and BBQ Showdown


April 20th-21st 2013

Victorville, California USA

Red Hot Blues Cruise Event


April 20th 2013

Boynton Beach, Florida 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

A Full Fay of Blues in Memory of Billy "The Blindman" Allardyce


April 27th 2013

Angus, Scotland, Arbroath UK

Playing with Fire @ LoessFest


April 27th 2013

Council Bluff, Iowa USA

Hoopee Jam


May 3rd-4th 2013

Norristown, Georgia USA

Burnley International Rock and Blues Festival


May 3rd-5th 2013

Burnley, United Kingdom

White Lake Blues Festival


May 4th 2013

Whitehall, Michigan USA

The Reel Blues Fest


May 4th 2013

Falmouth, Massachusetts USA

Blues, Brews & Barbecue


May 4th 2013

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania USA

Little Walter Music Festival


May 4th 2013

Alexandria, Louisiana USA

Blues Move

Saturday - Saturday

May 4th - June 1st 2013

Calabria, Italy


Guisborough Rhythm

& Blues Festival


May 4th-5th 2013

Guisborough, United Kingdom

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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