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May 31, 2013

Volume 8/Issue  22


Greetings From Your Editor...

Show us your BFG

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...

Hold the tobacco... the blues are smokin'

Some of you may be waiting (or not) to hear what wacky Holidays are happening this weekend. I just can't resist to tell you that Friday, May 31st is "National Macaroon Day!" It's also "World No Tobacco Day"... now these are two holidays to celebrate in my book. Haven't smoked in years and I've been known to spend $$ on giant macaroon's at David's Deli in San Francisco!


Blues birthdays of note: Rich Delgrosso (June 1), blues mandolin master, multiple BMA Nominee and KBA Recipient. Othar "Otha" Turner (June 2), one of the last well-known fife players in the vanishing American fife-and-drum blues tradition. He sadly passed in 2003. Memphis Minnie (June 3), the influential guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter that held her own on all fronts.


Whether planning a road-trip or drving across town, you can mark your calendars for a  numbers of great festivals coming your way. See some highlights in this issue plus check our listings frequently!


Talk to ya next week!

Your ever-grateful editor... 

Michele Lundeen


Remember, 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. ALSO... Musicians! You can signup to upload a YouTube of your fav song to be considered for our digital magazine theme song! See details this issue.


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's song with the most votes receives Four Months of having their 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

Only 2 Days left to Win this "Revival" package! 


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

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


- 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


Show us your BFG

Send us your fave photos that feature the 11th annual magazine



(l-r) Teresa Maltese and BFG Editor Michele Lundeen having fun with new-found friends at the Doheny Blues Festival May 18, 2013 at Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA. Photo by Ray Adler 


Email your fave photos with caption and credit to



You can also enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on the cover at left 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

Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman :: REMEMBERING LITTLE WALTER

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Walter Jacobs receives a fitting tribute on this sparkling live recording, Remembering Little Walter, bringing together five of the greatest harmonica players currently on the blues scene - Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Mark Hummel, James Harman, and Sugar Ray Norcia.


The virtuosic Little Walter is without doubt one of the most influential blues harmonica players of all time. All five of these fine players share a deep love for and keen insight into the revolutionary force that Walter's music brought to bear on the Chicago blues scene of the 'fifties and 'sixties.


Two of the participants, Charlie Musselwhite and Billy Boy Arnold, actually knew and played with him and are joined here by three other harpists, each renowned in his own right.


On Remembering Little Walter, each artist performs two tracks from Jacob's discography, then they collaborate on a balls-out, jamming finale of Walter's signature tune, "My Babe." Backing throughout is crisp and solid, featuring Little Charlie Baty, world renowned guitar slinger and former bandleader of Little Charlie and the Nightcats who also solos on harmonica on the finale. The band also includes Nathan James (guitar), June Core (drums) and RW Grigsby (bass). This one of a kind live harp showcase is a recording no blues fan will want to miss.


Click to play "My Babe" 

More info...

Austin Young & NO difference :: BLUE AS CAN BE

Fasten your seatbelts for Blue As Can Be, the debut recording from Colorado's Austin Young on Vizztone. At 17, he delivers deep passion, exciting showmanship and electrifying musicianship. His inspirations range from blues giants to guitar masters.


Austin is an astounding guitarist, naturally emotive singer, and prolific songwriter. His songs deliver Blues feeling in both traditional and original styles. Blue As Can Be showcases a nice variety from Austin and his NO difference bandmates.


“I enjoy the ‘crossroads’ moment of Austin Young as his live and recorded efforts reveal an exciting prodigy claiming his destiny. I see no limit to his talent as a guitarist, singer, entertainer, bandleader, and magnetic new force of nature. The buzz has already begun in his home of Colorado and from his performances in Helena and Memphis. Austin proves himself every day. Am I hyping him or actually too restrained? Austin Young will deliver an obvious answer.” – Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin


Click to play "Not As Strong" 

More info...

News Flash

Bridges Bikes & Blues To Rock Eaton Blue

(Eaton, Ohio) The Bridges Bikes & Blues annual Ride Fund Raiser is one of the newest and best benefit tours in Ohio, offering beautiful scenery, small town hospitality and a rare chance to drive across the 1829 Roberts double-barrel covered bridge.


The ride kicks off June 15, 2013, putting Preble County Ohio's rural landscape and historical covered bridges on the map. The cruise transitions into a great party and concert complete with smoking hot-blues bands, great food, and an outdoor beer garden in downtown Eaton, OH. It will be a great day to cruise to eight covered bridges with plenty of amazing scenery on the 78-mile ride. Arrive to register and enjoy a pancake breakfast between 9am-12noon.


In 2012, over 1000 bikes registered in the event crisscrossing the county, visiting historic sites and exploring a county that loves motorcycles. Event organizers are confident they can easily handle twice that many participants so the society is ramping up its marketing efforts to get maximum participation.


Cost is $20 per bike or auto/vehicle (paid registration includes 8 tickets for great raffle prizes and 1 Free event t-shirt). Extra t-shirts available.


Rockin’ blues greet you in downtown Eaton after the ride at 4pm starting with Michael Locke & The Repeat Offenders, The Doug Hart Band, Ray Fuller & The Blues Rockers and ending with The Scotty Bratcher Band.


Bike Show & Contest from 3:30-5:30pm with Best of Show custom trophy + $150 cash. Find more info here where you can download all forms: bike show, ride registration, merchandise & food vendor, sponsorship forms! Call 937.787.4256 for more info or email here.


Thunder Bay Blues Festival Offers Something For Everyone

(Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada) The Thunder Bay Blues Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. From July 5 -7, music fans can’t wait to gather at Marina Park, on the shores of Lake Superior, in Ontario, Canada, for three days of fantastic music, camaraderie, delicious food and all-out fun.


This year’s Festival features an incredible line of artists including Collective Soul, Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Great Big Sea, Samantha Fish, Quinn Sullivan, The Family Stone, Melvin Taylor and Mingo Fishtrap to name a few. There is also an all-star lineup of Canadian and local/regional talent.

Slow down a little. Catch your breath. Take the off ramp from the white noise of your day to a destination that’s infinitely more tuneful. Settle in and get comfortable with friends, food and drink. Let the music, warm July sun and Lake Superior breezes set the ambience. Its real life drama streamed live in real time from the Thunder Bay Blues Festival.


Check it out and appreciate why summer just wouldn’t be summer without it! The Thunder Bay Blues Festival is Northwestern Ontario’s premiere festival. Make it your summer musical tradition.


For more information, visit us online at


Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival June 15-16

is Proud to Brings Music Back to Main Street

(Isleton, CA) "Bringing music back to Main Street" is one of the proud key elements of the 2013 Cajun & Blues Festival set for Father's Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16 on Main Street in the Delta hamlet of Isleton, CA.


National headliners blues legend/Grammy winner Elvin Bishop and two impressive Cajun bands from Louisiana, The Lost Bayou Ramblers and The Magnolia Sisters (with Grammy winner Ann Savoy) will top the line-up.


Also on the bill are Bay Area Louisiana music favorites, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, The Creole Belles with Andrew Carriere, and many more. Full band links, bios and set times are at


Presented by the Isleton Chamber of Commerce led by new president Lynette Brister, former Chamber president Jean Yokotobi and talent producer Mindy Giles (Sacramento's Swell Productions) the two-day family-friendly festival is promoting the strongest music line-up yet and two glorious days in the Delta. Budweiser/Markstein Distributors is the title sponsor again this year.


Over 20,000 pounds of fresh Delta crawdads cooked by Isleton's master c-dadster, Kenny Silva, and festival food from central and northern CA area vendors will feed the thousands of attendees.

Tickets are $15 per day for ages 12 and over. Under 12 free. Advance tix here


For Music info: Contact Mindy Giles (916)447-6508 ~


For Festival information, sponsorship opportunities and vendor applications, please contact Lynette Brister or Jean Yokotobi at the Isleton Chamber of Commerce office: (916)777-4800.



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...  and here 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 CollectionThe 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


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!


Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 Big Success


“So there you have it, five glorious days of beautiful music in one of the greatest environs of its kind on the planet!” Dan Condon – Time Off


(Byron Bay, Australia) Bluesfest 2013 – held over Easter long weekend was a triumph of music and cultural experiences. Heralded as "The Best Ever" in its 24 year history, Bluesfest saw over 128 bands deliver nearly 200 performances on seven stages!


Over 104,000 attendees enjoyed the music extravaganza as well as 51 market stalls and 43 food stalls, handpicked for their locally produced, organic and sustainable wares, Q&A’s with the artists, a roving lantern parade, kids activities and dance performances, turning the Bluesfest 2013 into an unforgettable 5 day fiesta experience.


So who and what now for 2014?

Well it’s onwards and upwards as Bluesfest celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a line-up potentially bigger than ever before. Our Bluesfest audience thinks so too .... with over 40% of tickets already sold.


One thing is for sure, Bluesfest NEVER rests on its laurels. We're always looking to bring the best of blues, roots, rock, reggae, soul and jazz to the Bluesfest spiritual home at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, Australia.


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

Tulsa Summertime Blues Showcase June 15

The Blues Society of Tulsa will present it 2nd Annual Summertime Blues Showcase June 15th at the Cimarron Bar, (26th & S. Memorial, Tulsa, OK). The showcase provides great exposure for local and area up-and-coming blues artists. This year’s bands are:  IIIrd Degree, Black Kat Benders and The James Groves Blues Machine. 


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

Trampled Under Foot "I Just Wanna Dance"

Trampled Under Foot is one of the headliners at the Western Maryland Blues Festival May 30-June 2, 2013 in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Enjoy this awesome band of siblings

Click Here for Video

Elwood's BluesMobile

John Lee Hooker

The legendary John Lee Hooker is a tough act to follow. But John Lee Hooker Jr. is a tough customer. And he has made his own way. You will hear his story. And his music.


John Lee Hooker Jr. Next time, in The BluesMobile.






For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here

Buddy and Hopkins

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

Festival Calendar

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




 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


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

5th Annual

River & Brews Blues Festival


June 7th-8th 2013

Red River, New Mexico USA

Greeley Blues Jam


June 7th-8th 2013

Greeley, Colorado USA

Chicago Women in the Blues


June 7th 2013

Chicago, Illinios USA


Jersey Shore Jazz &

Blues Festival


June 8th 2013

Asbury Park, New Jersey 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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