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May 17, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  20


Greetings From Your Editor...

Photo Moments

News Flash

Got Blues Society News?

Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists

Elwood's BluesMobile

Festival Calendar

About Us

Our BFG Facebook Contests

CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

Help Raise The Roof

Video of The Week

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

Greetings From Your Editor...

Bike to the Blues ...

I decided to Google and findout what "holidays" fell on this particular weekend. Well, to my surprise, there were actually plenty... from heartfelt to downright wacky (which is right up my alley, if you hadn't noticed by now!) May 17 is ...are you ready?... "Pack Rat Day." Yes, those of you so inclined can celebrate all your "stuff." Keeping in the music vein here, aside from the myraids of albums, CDs and downloads, I imagine many blues-type fans will have their share of memorabilia that they just can't turn loose.


May 17 is also National Bike To Work Day. Now, stretching that a bit, you could save a bit of gas by biking to some nearby blues. Okay, probably not the norm unless it's a motorcycle. Although I know I'll see some bicycles pull up to the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA this weekend.


May 18 is "Armed Forces Day" here in the USA. On this day we salute all of the men and women in all branches of the service who protect our country. 


Happy Birthday this weekend to Taj Mahal (May 17) and Jimmy Thackery (May 19).


Have you made it to our Facebook "Rewards Program?" You can win some amazing things like the "Sin City Soul & Blues Revival" package worth $1550, CD packages, festival tickets and more. There's also a link where musicians can signup and load a YouTube song to be considered for our digital magazine themes song!


Talk to ya next week!

Your ever-grateful editor... 

Michele Lundeen


Corrections: Anybody? 


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

Our BFG Facebook Contests

Join our Rewards Program and become one of Our Top Fans to Win Gifts, Discounts, Perks, Experiences and More!

Be our "Blues Festival Guide Top Contributing Fan of the Month" and you could be the winner of the "Sin City Soul & Blues Revival Reward!" The reward includes the "Blues Lovers Package" and a "Standard Room Package" at the Rio in Las Vegas, NV, Sept 15-17, 2013 valued at $1,550.00


Click here to Join Now

* Enter now! Winner to be selected on June 1st, 2013


- Standard Blues Lovers Package Includes:

Admission to all 35+ performances at the Pool Party Stage, Pavilion Showroom Stage, & the Miranda Blues Stage!

+ Standard/Double Occupancy Suite for (3) Nights: All of the Rio's standard suites feature 600 square feet of spacious living and all the amenities of a first-class hotel.

• Floor to ceiling windows • Panoramic View

• Conversational lounge area • Separate vanity & dressing area

• Refrigerator • Iron & ironing board • Hairdryer

• Internet access available (nominal fee applies) • In-room safe

Blues Festival Tickets Anyone?

Win tickets to the 24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, held May 25-26, 2013.


Click the image or here and follow the bouncing ball to find out if you're an "Instant Winner." Keep coming back to pull that virtual handle to try your luck.


Findout more about this cool festival in this issue. One way or the other YOU need to be there!

Artists! We're Looking for a Theme Song for our Digital Magazine


Click here to enter...


Photo Moments

Fun on the streets of Memphis...



Blind Pig guru's Edward Chmelewski (lt) and Jerry del Giudice (rt) with artist John Nemeth (ctr), holding hot-of-the-press copies of our 11th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine in Memphis, TN, during the 34th annual Blues Music Awards week.  Photo by M.A. Haskell 



You can also enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on the cover at right to check out the online digital version!


If you'd like a hard copy to have and to hold, check with your local blues society or look for one at a blues festival or... you can find order information here.

CD & DVD Releases

John Primer and Bob Corritore :: KNOCKIN' AROUND THESE BLUES

Both John Primer and Bob Corritore are deeply rooted in the classic Chicago blues tradition, so it was only a matter of time before they collaborated. The only surprise is that it took them this long. But the resulting CD, 'Knockin' Around These Blues, was well worth the wait, and has brought out the best in both artists. Primer digs deep into the raw and heavy sound that he started out playing with the veterans of Chicago's South Side blues scene. Corritore's harp wails and moans with echoes of Little Walter, Junior Wells and James Cotton, while still sounding unmistakably like his own man.


The session covers material meticulously selected from the songbooks of such Windy City blues icons as Little Walter, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Willie Dixon and Jimmy Reed, in addition to Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, among several others, and features a crack team assembly of A-list players that includes guitarists Billy Flynn and Chris James, pianist Barrelhouse Chuck, bassists Bob Stroger and Patrick Rynn, as well as Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith and Brian Fahey on drums. The result is one of the most consistently satisfying traditional-style blues releases since the heyday of Chicago blues. So put it on, turn it up, and enjoy the sounds of these two consummate pros Knockin' Around These Blues!


Click to play "The Clock" 

More info...

Dudley Taft :: DEEP DEEP BLUE

On Deep Deep Blue, guitarist/singer Dudley Taft, pulls together his influences – geographical, biographical and musical – and filters them through his blue soul. The result is a genre-busting slab of tunes, blending his Midwestern roots with his love of the blues, the British Invasion and Southern Rock, seasoned with songwriting and musicianship nurtured through 30-plus years as a musician. The new album includes eight originals, plus deft takes on a diverse group of covers from Bob Dylan (“Meet Me in the Morning”), Lou Reed (“Sally Can’t Dance”) and Freddie King (“Palace of the King”).


Dudley Taft’s slashing style of guitar playing, honed from years of work in a host of rock bands based in cities from Indianapolis and Houston, to Los Angeles and Seattle, has given his blues-fueled repertoire a decidedly edgier tone, which accentuates the tension and energy of the songs.


The songwriting and planning for Deep Deep Blue began in 2012, shortly after he moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The new CD was recorded at Seattle's Studio X and London Bridge, with drums by Scott Vogel and Chris Leighton, bass by John Kessler and keyboards by Eric Robert. Overdubs and Taft's guitar tracks were recorded at his home studio in Chapel Hill.


“I’m not about regurgitating stuff that everybody has done before.” Taft says. “The blues legends of old were breaking the rules; they were doing what they wanted. I'm just doing what comes naturally to me.”


Click to play "Meet Me In The Morning"

More info...

News Flash

Tt's Here... the16th Annual Doheny Blues Festival May 18-19

Get ready for a weekend of blues, roots and rock music at the 16th Annual Doheny Blues Festival on May 18 & 19, 2013. Enjoy 20+ performances on three different stages, tasty microbrews, local vendors and delicious food.


Headlining the 2013 festival are Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joe Bonamassa, and George Thorogood & The Destroyers. Also joining the line-up are Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Jimmie Vaughan, JD McPherson, Marcia Ball, Shemekia Copeland, James Hunter Six and many more. Grab your family and friends and head down to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for the Doheny Blues Festival on May 18 & 19, 2013!

Box Office 949.360.7800


Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Coming May 25-26

Performer's Spotlight: A Tribute To Finis Tasby with Elvin Bishop, featuring Curtis Salgado, Rick Estrin, Kid Andersen and Andy Santana


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 Award-winning vocalists/songwriters/harmonica icons Curtis Salgado and Rick Estrin, as well as Norwegian blues guitarist Kid Andersen and veteran West Coast musician Andy Santana.


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 here


July 20-21, 2013 Riverside Blues Train & Festival Package

Spend an enjoyable weekend of Blues in Elkins, West Virginia, July 20-21 participating in the Riverside Blues Train & Festival.


The Riverside Blues Festival features music all day Saturday from 11am-10:30pm. On Sunday, the Riverside Blues Train will travel to the High Falls of Cheat with an extended layover. The trip will include a picnic lunch and blues entertainment by Phil Wiggins and Eleanor Ellis. The Riverside Blues Babies dance troupe and Gospel Sing will be in Town Square upon return (4pm). This weekend package includes one night lodging at the Iron Road Inn, the only railroad-themed Inn and Lodge in Elkins, the music festival and train ticket.


For Package information and Reservations: or call 866-934-7668


Aurora’s 17th Annual Blues On The Fox Festival

at the New RiverEdge Park Concert Pavilion

The 17th Annual Blues on the Fox Festival will be held at the new RiverEdge Park in Aurora, Illinois, June 14-15, 2013. 1-day and 2-day passes are available. Tickets start at $10. The festival is sponsored by Rush Copley.


Friday, June 14: 7pm. – 10:30pm: JJ Grey & Mofro and Dr. John.


Six-time Grammy Winner and Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John (Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr.) takes the stage in the inaugural concert for RiverEdge Park. Widely influenced by his New Orleans roots, his music is a unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, blues, R&B, zydeco, psychedelic rock and Creole flavor. His latest, Locked Down, won a 2013 Grammy for Best Blues Album. With more than a half century in the biz, Dr. John’s passion for his music continues to drive him to create and perform for audiences across the globe.


Saturday, June 15: 3 P.M. – 10:30pm: The Stone Foxes, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Buddy Guy.


You can’t think of Chicago Blues without immediately thinking of the one-and-only Buddy Guy. The legend takes the stage for the final act at RiverEdge Park’s 2013 Blues on the Fox in a show that can only be expected to be amazing. Inarguably one of the greatest guitarists of all time, the Multi-Grammy Winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and pioneer of the Chicago blues sound will make you feel right at Home Sweet Home Chicago with his many hits we all know and love.


More info...


It's Not too Early to Start Making Plans to Join us Downunder to Celebrate Byron Bay Bluesfest’s 25th Anniversary in 2014


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.


Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

#21 & #22 Soldout ~ Join the Waitlist

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


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!


Blues Society News

May 18, 2013, the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s 27th Annual Carolina Blues Festival presented by YES! Weekly is being held in downtown Greensboro, NC. Headliners are Janiva Magness and Kenny Neal for the day-long event.  Bring a lawnchair or blanket, your children (under 12 are FREE), friends and extended family for a wonderful day of music under the big tent at Festival Park in downtown Greensboro! 


The Orange County Blues Society is throwing a one-year Anniversary Party and Blues Jam Sunday, May 19, 2-6pm at Main Street Restaurant (4902 Main St.) in Yorba Linda, CA). Free to the public. The OCBS has grown steadily since its debut last year, with growing recognition from some of the finest blues musicians in Southern California. Info: (714) 328-9375 or click logo.



The Madison Blues Society will host their 11th Annual Blues Picnic Saturday, June 23, 2013 at Warner Park in Madison, Wisconsin, with headliner Matthew Skoller. This free, public festival will feature the Boys and Girls Club's “Blues Kids” and a fantastic line-up of popular local and regional blues bands.



The Crossroads Blues Society's Inaugural Rockford Field of Blues Festival will be held on Saturday, June 22nd at Rockford Aviators Stadium, (4503 Interstate Drive, Loves Park, IL). The event features Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Willie Buck and Taildragger with Rockin’ Johnny Burgin to celebrate Delmark Records 60th Anniversary. Delmark’s Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames and Toronzo Cannon are also featured on the bill plus Madison’s Aaron Williams and the HooDoo and the Flaming Mudcats from Auckland, New Zealand. Advanced tickets $10 or gate $15.


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 16 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 $1.55 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 five 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 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?


NOTE: BFG is working with the Blues Foundation to help spread the good word.

Here's how you can also help- 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 brochures at events


Contact me for details: Best, Kaati / BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE

775 337 8626 or


Attn: Festival Promoters & Artists

Post Your Festivals ~ Post Your Blues Gigs

- FESTIVAL PROMOTERS... 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 post gigs for free, too! Go to, click on SUBMIT GIG/CONCERT and fill in blanks. It will appear in our Gig/Concert calendar within 24 hours


Video of The Week

Happy Birthday Taj Mahal May 17

"Tomorrow Will Not Be Another Day"

Click Here for Video

Elwood's BluesMobile

Rising Stars

Next time in the Bluesmobile, Elwood pays tribute to some blues players who really went somewhere, even though they seemed to come out of nowhere. Susan Tedeschi, Homemade Jamz, James Hunter and a sneak peak at a couple newcomers who might be the rising stars of tomorrow, Quinn Sullivan (below lt) and Bex Marshall (below rt).


The rising stars. Next time, in The BluesMobile.








For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Her

Buddy and Hopkins

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

Festival Calendar

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EUROPAfest 2013


May 9th-25th 2013

Bucharest, Romania

6th Annual Charlie West Blues Fest 2013


May 17th-18th 2013

Charleston, West Virginia USA



May 17th-20th 2013

Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein Germany

Stomp The Blues Out of Homelessness


May 18th 2013

Springfield, Missouri USA

Bourbon Street Blues Fest


May 18th 2013

Califon, New Jersey USA

Carolina Blues Festival


May 18th 2013

Greensboro, North Carolina USA

Bluesfestival Baden


May 18th-25th 2013

Baden, Aargau Switzerland

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival



May 18th-19th 2013

Annapolis, Maryland USA

Doheny Blues Festival


May 18th-19th 2013

Dana Point, California USA

Smoking Blues and BBQs


May 18th-19th 2013

Decatur, Illinois USA

Blues on Broadbeach

Music Festival


May 23rd-26th 2013

Gold Coast, Broadbeach precinct


15th Annual International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival


May 23rd-27th 2013

Warrenpoint, Ireland

18th Silver City Blues Festival


May 24th-26th 2013

Silver City, New Mexico USA

Bluesweek Festival


May 24th-26th 2013

St. Louis, Missouri USA

Blythe River Blues Festival


May 25th 2013

Blythe, California USA

Exit 56 Blues Fest


May 25th 2013

Brownsville, Tennessee USA

Northwoods Blues Festival


May 25th-26th 2013

Trego, Wisconsin USA

Simi Valley Cajun & Blues

Music Festival


May 25th-26th 2013

Simi Valley, California USA

Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival


May 25th-26th 2013

Sedan, Kansas USA

Playing with Fire at LoessFest


May 27th 2013

Council Bluffs, Iowa 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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