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May 24, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  21


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...

Those Crazy Blues ...

While you here in the US are celebrating this Memorial Day Weekend at various events, please remember to pay at least a silent tribute to honor those who have died while in active military service. Blessings also to those families that have lost loved ones. 


I'm not sure if I even want to try and tie-in National Escargot Day (May 24) to the blues, but May 25, 2013 is International Jazz Day and that, we can attest to blues origins. I think it's widely understood that Jazz is one of the offsprings of early blues. Okay... so how hard is it to create an International Blues Day? Well finally, thanks to NYC Blues Society Prez and musician Johnny Childs, the inaugural International Blues Music Day is set to happen this coming August 3, 2013. Festivity reports forthcoming.


Birthday of note: Maime Smith (May 26) was the first black vocalist to record the blues. The song was "Crazy Blues" and it sold 10,000 recordings the first week and 75,000 within a month. it was a hit! It was just by luck that Smith got the call when Sophie Tucker, who was orginally scheduled, fell ill. Perry Bradford, the songwriter, convinced Okeh Records that Smith, a vaudeville actress, singer and dancer could "sell" the blues. "The recording of "Crazy Blues" led the way for the professionalization of black music, for the black entertainment industry, and indeed for the immense popularity of black music today," says Angela Davis, former activist and current author and teacher. More info...


Talk to ya next week!

Your ever-grateful editor... 

Michele Lundeen


You can win some amazing things via our Facebook "Rewards Program like the Las Vegas "Sin City Soul & Blues Revival" package worth $1550, CD packages and more. Musicians! You can also signup to upload a YouTube of your fav song to be considered for our digital magazine theme song!


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

Attention Musicians/Bands! We're Looking for a Theme Song for our Blues Festival Guide Digital Magazine

Attention Musician/Bands - Your song could be our theme song on our Digital Magazine! Go to, "LIKE" us and then click on "Theme Song Music Contest" to enter your video. Then direct your friends/fans to the contest page where they'll click the "vote" tab to see all the videos and be able to vote for you.

 Contest Runs May 15th – June 30th, 2013


Blues Festival Digital Magazine “Theme Song” Contest official rules:

The Artist and Song with the Most Votes receives Four Months of having your Song Featured on our Top Ranking Blues Website The Artist and Song with the most Votes – Wins!


Who may enter: This contest is open to anyone 18 years old or older. See complete rules at the official entry form.




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 & Room 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


Contest Winners head to Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

Congrats to our BFG Facebook contest winners of the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival tickets. 


This festive event features a wide variety of performers. Just look at the list here... it's staggering! There's the Blues Stage of course, the equally entertaining Cajun, Creole, Zydeco Stage and even a Kids/Discovery Stage that will feature up-and-coming young artists, workshops and more. There's even after-parties that you can attend free with your festival wristband. There's really fun for all.


Find all the information you'll need about the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival weekend here.

Photo Moments

More fun on the streets of Memphis...



Alligator Records founder and president, Bruce Iglauer enjoys a copy 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

Gina Sicilia :: It Wasn't Real

Dynamic roots music singer/songwriter Gina Sicilia newest release, It Wasn’t Real, on the VizzTone Label Group, expands her burgeoning career as one of the most creative, exciting and diverse artists in the genre today. Produced by Grammy-winner Glenn Barrett, It Wasn’t Real was recorded at Morningstar Studios in Gina’s hometown of Philadelphia, and features the singer backed by a cadre of local all-star session players who bring a soulful intensity that matches Sicilia’s emotionally-charged vocals.


The new album’s nine original songs showcase Gina’s growth as a songwriter who can deal with universal themes of love and fate, but is able to inject a personal deep-felt longing throughout with her commanding vocal style. The lone cover is a scintillating re-working of the great Etta James’ 1961 hit, “Don’t Cry Baby.”


Considered a true rising star in the blues world ever since her debut album, Allow Me to Confess, brought her world-wide acclaim in 2007, Gina manages to raise the bar even further with It Wasn’t Real, throwing down a music gauntlet of soul, power, grit and energy for others to follow. Her songs and performances gracefully cross genres on the new album, too, with echoes of soul, rock and even Americana woven throughout the tapestry of sound she’s created on the new disc, bringing Gina’s music to an even wider audience.


Click to play "Walkin' Along The Avenue" 

More info...

Marshall Lawrence :: House Call

Known internationally in his profession as the “Doctor of the Blues,” Marshall Lawrence operates with a guitar instead of medical instruments. The Canadian Ph.D. in Psychology espouses a holistic approach to music that not only cures what ails you, but is a preventative as well. His latest release, House Call, follows the critical accolades for Where’s the Party (2003), The Morning After (2008) and Blues Intervention (2010) with a timely visit from the good doctor. The latter two releases charted in both the Top 10 on Canada's Roots Music Report and Top 10 on Roots Music.


The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist presents 11 originals and two covers spanning acoustic country blues and R&B backed by Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl (harmonica), Russell Jackson (upright bass), David Aide (Hammond B-3 organ), Barry Allen (background vocals), Dwayne Hrinkiw (drums) and special guests, the legendary Holmes Brothers.


Maple Blues Award Nominee and Canadian Independent Music Award Nominee, Lawrence is a true “Prairie Bluesman." He performs acoustic slide and finger-style blues and roots with a true and genuine blues feel. Marshall Lawrence accurately calls his music “Neo-Delta Blues & Roots.” As an inoculation against the ills of the modern world, House Call delivers a shot of blues power directly to the soul.


Click to play "I Got To Ramble" 

More info...

News Flash

2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival July 4-6

The 29th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is scheduled for July 4-6 in LeClaire Park, Davenport IA—between Highway 61 and the Mississippi River. Acclaimed worldwide for its lineup of seasoned blues artists as well as up-and-comers, the festival also offers BlueSKool for the kids and free workshops. The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is the only major blues festival in the nation produced by an all-volunteer organization and without major corporate sponsorship.


This year’s artists include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mighty Sam McClain, Walter Trout, Southern Hospitality, John Primer (who will receive the RiverRoad Lifetime Achievement Award), C. J. Chenier, W.C. Clark, The 44s, Anthony Gomes, Samantha Fish, and Davina & the Vagabonds—among a total of 27 acts on two stages.


Also this year the festival will see the first-ever Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge. Three bands from within a 175-mile radius of the Quad-Cities will compete in the final round on July 5, with the winner playing a full set on July 6 at the festival and representing the Mississippi Valley Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2014.

Producer of the festival the Mississippi Valley Blues Society seeks to fulfill its mission of educating the public about the American artform of the blues by making the festival financially accessible. Admission is only $20 per day, with discounted prices offered through the MVBS website.


Scream Guitars can be Customized with your Logo or Art

The Perfect Gift or Award for any Celebration

Scream Guitars are playable guitars and basses that are wrapped, engraved or hand-painted with artwork of your choosing, including logos, photos, paintings, tattoo reproductions … and any other graphic you might imagine or desire.


Envision a custom, electric guitar with the entire face portraying - in vivid color - your company logo, a photo of your band, the colors and emblem of your favorite sports team, your tattoo, or a collectible piece of original art. Scream Guitars provides you with that custom designed instrument, at a price below those of other handmade and individually designed guitars.


Our customers include bands, record labels, bars and restaurants, corporations that use them for employee awards and client gifts, retail stores, sports teams, rock band fan groups and many more. Scream Guitars offers its own stock designs, as well as custom designs of your choosing.



(561) 531-0651



LD3 Media Group Helps to Connect the Blues

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


Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #21 & #22

Soldout Join Waitlists Below


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


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!


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.


Blues Society News

Picnic In PA...

The 2013 Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania Treasurers Picnic will take place on May 26 in Grantville, giving guests a chance to celebrate the blues with all-day event. Blues groups and solo performers include Ben Brandt & Co., The Humblers, Tomm Dunn, Nate Myers & the Aces, Don Judy, Wake Up Call, Keith Kailian, the Don Johnson Project and The Cornlickers.

Admission includes food, draft beer, soda and bottled water. Guests are also welcome to supply their own spirits. Noon-8pm at Shellsville VFW Picnic Grounds, 353 N. Crawford Road, Grantville, PA. $20 adv, $25 gate., 717-768-8317.


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 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

Gary Clark Jr.

"Don't Owe You A Thing"

Click Here for Video

Elwood's BluesMobile

Blues Festivals...

Memorial Day is here, and everywhere people begin their drive into the full heat of blues festival season. In Canada, the U.S., and around the world, there are hundreds of festivals, from daylong concerts at the small town park gazebo, to shut off streets and fields. Join Elwood and listen to some of the performers hitting the road this year, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Watermelon Slim, Ruthie Foster, and more.


Get set to festivate. Blues festivals, next time in The BluesMobile.


Photo by: Barry Brecheisen





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

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




 Website - E-Guide - Magazine


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


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

Western Maryland Blues Fest


May 30th-June 2nd 2013

Hagerstown, Maryland USA

Blues Rules Crissier Tour 2013


May 30th-June 2nd 2013

Crissier Lausanne Paris Roma 

Switzerland - France - Italy

Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival


May 31st-June 1st 2013

Louisville, Kentucky USA

Waterfront Blues


May 31st-June 2nd 2013

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Smokin' in Steele BBQ

and Blues


May 31st-June 2nd 2013

Owatonna, Minnesota USA

Michael Arnones Crawfish Festival


May 31st-June 2nd 2013

Augusta, New Jersey USA

Spring Wine, Beer, Blues, and Balloon Festival


June 1st 2013

Springfield, Nebraska USA

Bob Sykes Bbq and Blues Festival - 4th Annual


June 1st 2013

Bessemer, Alabama USA

16th Annual

Freedom Creek Festival


June 1st 2013

Aliceville, Alabama USA

Springs Preserve

Brews & Blues Festival


June 1st 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada USA

2nd Annual Blue Biscuit Festival


June 1st 2013

Indianola, Mississippi USA

Pop Ferguson

Blues Heritage Festival


June 7th-8th 2013

Lenoir, North 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


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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