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Blues Festival Guide

Date June 7, 2013

Volume 8/Issue 23


Greetings from your Editor...

BFG Facebook Contests

News Flash

Buddy and Hopkins

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

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CD & DVD Releases

Blues Society News

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Festival Calendar

Greetings from your Editor...

June is bustin' out all over with da blues...

Yes, June is bustin' out all over with blues. At least 14 festivals are happening just this weekend alone. Please check our listing online so you don't miss anything and so you can plan ahead, too.


For instance, the Chicago Blues Festival, one of the largest in the world, is happening right now (June 6-9) and thousands are filling the streets and clubs to get a huge dose of home cookin'... blues that is.


Okay, speaking of home cookin'... (here's your wacky holiday of the week and a nice tidbit)... "National Doughnut Day," always the first Friday in June, was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression, and to honor the work of World War I Salvation Army volunteers who prepared doughnuts and other foods for thousands of soldiers. 


Blues birthdays of note: The one and only James Harman (June 8, 1946), "your full-service bluesman since 1962."


Get out there an' be somebody blue...


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


Show us your BFG

Send us your fave photos with the 11th annual magazine

 I had the pleasure of running into Kofi Burbridge, keyboardist and flutist for the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, before he went onstage to perform at the Doheny Blues Festival May 18, 2013 at Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA. I had first met Kofi by accident on a plane to Puerto Rico last October when we were both on the way to sail the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Kofi is a amazing talent and super cool guy (I even had the distinct pleasure of jamming with him aboard the cruise one late night). Blues really does make for wonderful encounters and memories all the while expanding our "family."

Photo by Michele Lundeen


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.

BFG Facebook Contests

Congrats to our Top Fan Winners so far!

As our Top Fan of The Month of May, John Shearer of Omaha, Nebraska was rewarded with the Sin City Revival Package worth $1550!


I got ahold of John and he kindly replied, "First of all, I want to thank you so much for the Guide, the FB page and the prizes. Everyone probably tells you this, but I love the Guide, even without the prizes. My reaction to winning was disbelief. I still can't believe it, I never win anything. I know it is cliche but it is true. I can't get over it! I won! It is impossible to put the feeling of winning this into words."


Well, thank YOU John and we're very happy for you!


One of our Top 25 Fans has a chance to win a "Five CD’s Package!"

"CD" Winners so far:

WK 1: Toni Fitch

WK 2: John Shearer

WK 3: Dennis Baldonado


You can win a set of 5 CD’s by Various Blues Artists by being one of our Top 25 Fans of the week! We will be selecting One Top Fan each week during the Month of June.


Some of our top 25 Fans had a chance to win 20 bags of "Doctor Dread’s Jerk Potato Chips!" 

"Chip" Winners:

WK 1: Roy Diotte, Robert Schneider, John Shearer, Kathy L. Rankin, Fuzzhead Jones

WK 2: Julie Doyle, Robert Schneider, Fuzzhead Jones

WK 3: Beth Nacci, Fuzzhead Jones, John Shearer, Robert Schneider



More Upcoming Rewards...

Be our Top Fan for the Month of June for a chance to win this Custom Blues Festival Guide Scream Guitar


You could win a Custom Blues Festival Guide Scream Guitar by being our Top Fan for the Month of June. Win a customized electric from Scream Guitars - it is a playable electric guitar wrapped with the Blues Festival Guide logo.Solid body, basswood...maple neck, rosewood fretted finger board. Three single coil pickups .....standard hardware. Our Top Fan of the month of June will be announced on July 1st, 2013.



Be Our Top Fan for the Month of July for a chance to win the "Arkansas Rumble" painting! 


"Arkansas Rumble" is roots artist Lennie Jones' tribute to the late wonderful guitarist Michael Burks...It measures 22" X 28", acrylic on canvas. Original, never reproduced. Lennie can furnish a National Registry Certificate of Authenticity.


"Michael was such a gifted intense humble master Blues musician whom I greatly admired on every level. I had met and painted the "Iron Man" several times and did this painting the week he passed away. Photo is of the last time I saw Michael....Bluesed & Blessed, Lennie"


Our Top Fan of the month of July will be announced on Aug 1st, 2013. 


Go to our Facebook Page "Like" us and click the Rewards button.


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

Attention Musician/Bands - Your song could be the theme song on our Digital Magazine! LIKE" us  at, "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.




CD & DVD Releases

Dayna Kurtz :: SECRET CANON, VOL. 2

M.C. Records is thrilled to announce that the signing of remarkable vocalist and musician, Dayna Kurtz. Her recording Secret Canon, Vol. 2 will be released on June 4 and is her first for M.C. Records.


Secret Canon, Vol. 2 will be a collection of uncovered blues and R&B gems from the 1940's-1960's. In addition, Secret Canon, Vol. II will also contain a few of Dayna's smoky and seductive originals. The sessions for the recording took place in New York as well as Danya's new home in New Orleans.


Danya’s talent has not gone unnoticed by the true greats. Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, and she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition. Dayna Kurtz has toured with and/or opened for the likes of B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens and the Blind Boys of Alabama to name a few.


“Killer stuff that any deep blues fan will recognize is the real deal. Well done.” ~ The Midwest Record


“Dayna Kurtz is the most compelling singer you're probably not listening to.”

~ James Reed/Boston Globe


Click to play "I Look Good In Bad"

More Info..

David Egan :: David Egan

Real soul cannot be bought or sold. Extraordinary singer, songwriter and pianist David Egan from Shreveport, Louisiana exudes it every time he opens his mouth or barrel houses the 88s. Background in the church, opera, musical theater, jazz studies at North Texas State University, Cajun music, bar room gigs and a long list of songwriting credits for notables from Joe Cocker to Irma Thomas confirm his bonafides.


Egan’s self-titled release radiates bayou heat on 12 original compositions backed by Joe McMahan (guitar), Ron Eoff (bass), Mike Sipos (drums) and guest artists. His polished cobalt voice reeks of late night smoky joints on the aching “That’s a Big Ol Hurt” with “I walked in on you and Freddy, and I knew that I was ruined. You gave me that stinkin’ grin and kept right on what you was doin’.” Odiferous funk drives “Call Your Children Home” about a mythological guitarist featuring actual Zydeco legend Lil’ Buck Senegal. 


Now, that's just a taste and I have to say, it sho' tastes good.


David Egan is the worthy 21st century successor to Nat “King” Cole, Charles Brown and Ray Charles. Both timeless and timely, his blues are the salve for the mind, body and spirit.


Click to play "Call Your Children Home"

More Info..

News Flash

Buddy Guy to Headline Pre-Festival Concert July 19 and Dr. John to Headline the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival coming Aug 16-17


The Summer of 2013 will be known as the Summer of Music in Jackson. With the overwhelming popularity of six-time Grammy Award Winner and the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Buddy Guy, this premiere artist will headline the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Pre-Festival Concert at the Mississippi Coliseum on Friday, July 19th, 2013. Joining Buddy Guy will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Percy Sledge. Kicking off the evening will be Canadian International artist, Shakura S’Aida and Grammy nominated and Blues Music Award Winner, Ruthie Foster.


Tickets for the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Pre-Festival Concert are $30, $45 and $60 and are available through Ticketmaster and the Mississippi Coliseum Box Office.


The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival will premiere on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on August 16th and 17th, 2013. The event will be headlined by six-time Grammy Award Winner Dr. John and the Nite Trippers and the hit making music band, Mint Condition. This two-day festival will feature over 30 of the best rhythm and blues artists assembled in the Southeast.


Friday gen. tickets are $35 and gates open at 5 pm Saturday gen tickets are $45 and gates open at 1 pm. A limited number of weekend passes good for both days are available for $65. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at the Mississippi Coliseum Box Office. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Mississippi Blues Commission Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund


Click here for the complete lineup of the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival and more information or Facebook and TwitterClick here for more information on the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, or 601-960-1891.


24th Billtown Blues Festival This Sun June 9th in Hughesville,PA

This Sunday June 9th in Hughesville PA, marks the 24th year for the Billtown Blues Festival. Free parking, free bus transportation from neighboring hotels, great food, craft alley, children under 16 admitted free with a parent and two stages make this celebration of blues music a Pennsylvania attraction. The all day Sunday event brings a diverse range of talent to the stage including blues piano master Dave Keyes, the 2012 IBC finalist Taylor Scott and his band, the powerful guitarist and singer, Kelly Richey, the effervescent Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, and a 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee and recent winner of two Living Blues Awards, Joe Louis Walker among several other talented regional artists with a devotion to blues music.


This relaxing festival has become a reunion of family and friends from all over the country. Our host hotel, The Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport provides ticket and lodging packages for traveling blues fans. Gates open at 11am and the “rain or shine” celebration begins at 12 noon until 10pm. The event is a project of the Billtown Blues Association, recipients of a 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive Award. All event and association details available here. 


Free Chicago Blues Festival is happening right now... June 6-9

The 30th Chicago Blues Festival will run June 6-9, from 11 am-9:30pm in Grant Park (Jackson and Columbus)... And it's Free. For its 30th incarnation in the city parks, the Chicago Blues Festival is looking to its roots. Themed “Rollin’ Up the River,” the 2013 blues fest casts an eye at the music’s origins in the Mississippi Delta — and the great migration that brought so many of its pioneer musicians north to the Chicago clubs.


The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World."




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


Byron Bay Bluesfest Triumphs

 “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.


New York State Blues Festival Cancelled

The Post Standard - Less than two months before its scheduled date, the New York State Blues Festival has been canceled.


This is the second time in four years the festival has been canceled shortly before the scheduled date. Organizers canceled in 2010 due to lack of fundraising.


Last year, the festival came up $130,000 short of its $198,000 operating budget. At the time, Blues Fest board president Todd Fitzsimmons said a 2013 festival was "likely."

Read entire article here...


New Grammy Changes to Affect Blues

The Recording Academy® elected new chairs at its annual spring Board of Trustees meeting. As part of the meeting, The Academy's Board of Trustees also approved several changes to the Awards process. The Awards changes affect the Rock, American Roots Music and Music Video Fields. The total number of categories to be recognized at 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014, is 82.


One of the changes recommended by the Awards & Nominations Committee includes:


*Best American Roots Song has been added to the American Roots Music Field. A songwriter's award, it will encompass all of the subgenres of the Field (Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, regional roots music), and puts the Field in line with the Rock, Rap, R&B, Country, and Gospel/CCM Fields, all of which have songwriters' awards.


Click here to view the infographic regarding the GRAMMY Awards process.


Wealth of talent was enjoyed at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Fest

Sugaray Rayford gettin' down (Monster Mike Welch on guitar, Jimi Bott on drums)

Photo by Mike Lovato


The 24th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, held at the sprawling Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, was chock full of talented choices. While we spent most of our time in the Blues Stage area, it was also fun to throwdown some syncopated dance moves at the Cajun-Zydeco Stage, too.


Along with the inviting, abundant grassy areas within view of the stages that accomodate partiers as well as some kickback families, there are huge, wooden, shaded dancefloors close to the stage areas and space around them for those who want to get even closer to the stage.


The Mannish Boys are a cornucopia of non-stop talent and mixed in special guests such as the phenomenal Curtis Salgado, plus Mike Finnigan, Otis Grand, Kevin Selfe, Peter Dammann, Monster Mike Welch and Audrey Turner. A Tribute To Finis Tasby (who sadly suffered a stroke last Dec) was headed up by the ever-energetic Elvin Bishop and featured Curtis Salgado, Rick Estrin and Kid Andersen. There's simply not enough room to mention all the many other memorable, magical, musical moments... You'll just have to attend the 25th next year and experience it for yourself. See the amazing 2013 lineup plus find more info abput the festival at


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!

Blues Society News

Ladies Sing The Blues June 15 ~ Blues Picnic June 22 & more...

Orange Blossom Blues Society presents "Ladies Of The Blues," a special evening featuring ten talented lady blues singers, headlined by singer/actress Suze Lanier-Bramlett , streamed live from GRP Studios in Orlando, Florida throughout the U.S. and Canada, Saturday, June 15 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. The event is a benefit for the Gary Ingber Musicians Relief Fund. Info/tickets: (407) 862-6882 or


DATE CORRECTION: The Madison Blues Society will host their 11th Annual Blues Picnic on Saturday, June 22, 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; a smorgasbord of traditional and ethnic food from local vendors, craft beers from Capital Brewery, a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and a 50/50 raffle offering a chance to take home a bundle of cash. Details here.


The D. C. Blues Festival is presented by the D. C. Blues Society. It is scheduled for August 31, 2013 at the Carter-Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Ave., N.W., Washington, DC beginning at 12 noon. The Carter-Barron is a beautiful location at the edge of Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington but without an urban feel. The best part of the Festival is that it is free as a public service to help spread the blues. As this will be the 25th annual Festival, we plan to make it special.

Buddy and Hopkins

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

Elwood's BluesMobile

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials 

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials are back with more of their roof-raising booty-shaking good time Chicago blues. Lil' Ed joins Elwood - be prepared to roll up the carpet, and move the furniture to the edges of the room.


Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials. Next time in The BluesMobile.




For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio 

Click Here

Roots Blues Airplay Charts

The Roots Music Express Show ... counting down the top 20 most 

The Roots Music Express Show is counting down the top 20 most radio played Roots albums on the planet as per the totals on the Roots Music Report charts.


They count down the top Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Roots Rock, Jazz and Roots Flavored Country albums each week. This normally means the Top 3 or 4 from each genre. The Blues is their largest format with the most reporting stations.


The Roots Music Express is produced and broadcast on KZMU FM radio and streamed on 3 internet locations . Live 365 and The live show is broadcast every Thursday on KZMU at 2 PM MST. Soon to be syndicated on several more FM and AM stations.


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




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If you host or know of a Blues Festival & don't see here or in our online listings...


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More Info

Chicago Blues Festival


June 6th-9th 2013

Chicago, Illinois 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

Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival


June 7th-8th 2013

Wallingford, United Kingdom

Canton Blues Festival


June 7th-8th 2013

Canton, Ohio USA

Hungry For The Blues


June 7th-8th 2013

Tulsa,Oklahoma USA

13th Annual State Street Blues Stroll


June 8th 2013

Media, Pennsylvania USA

Nolichucky Vineyard Wine Blues BBQ


June 8th 2013

Russellville, Tennessee USA

Jersey Shore Jazz &

Blues Festival


June 8th 2013

Asbury Park, New Jersey USA

Billtown Blues Festival


June 9th 2013

Hughesville, Pennsylvania USA


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.


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