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Blues Festival Guide
Date Aug 1, 2013
Volume 8/Issue 31
Greetings from your Editor...
Blues is truth...

This Saturday, Aug 3 is... wait for it... International Blues Music Day...and it's been a long time coming at that! There are celebrations around the globe honoring this day and rightly so. Charlie Musselwhite has been quoted as saying, "The blues remind us that we are human." No true blues lover can deny how blues has captured their soul and expressed it's deep meaning. Yes, the blues is truth and the truth is we thrive on it and celebrate that we relate to it's most honest and exposing power. 
Okay, Aug 3 is also "International Mustard Day." Blues on the Chippewa in Durand, WI is this weekend and maybe you'd like to checkout the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, WI while enroute. If you have plans to go to the Waukesha Blues Fest August 9-10, in Delafield, WI, you'd be a week off from "Mustard Day," but the museum is only an hour away from that fest.
Festival locations THIS weekend include Norway, Wisconsin, Alabama, California, Switzerland, New Hampshire, Ohio, UK, Montana, Delaware, Canada and more.
Blues Birthdays of note: Aug 1 Robert Cray (1953), Aug 2 Mark Naftalin (1944) and Big Walter Price (1914), Aug 3 Mercy Dee Walton (1915), Aug 4 Louis Armstrong, Aug 7 Magic Slim (1937), Aug 8 Jimmy Witherspoon.
Talk to ya next week! Your ever-grateful editor,
If you missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues in the Archives here on our website.
CD & DVD Releases

Coming Out Swingin’ — the brilliant new record from feminist power poet and vocalist Candye Kane, her extraodrinary guitarist and co-writer Laura Chavez, and her exceptional band. It’s a jukebox for the mind that moves the body and spirit with a broad selection of originals and hip covers.
Raised in your typical dysfunctional, blue-collar family, Candye Kane was a teenage mother, a pinup cover girl and a punk rock, blues-belting brassy broad by the time she was 21. Now with twelve CD’s, a couple of record label signings, millions of stateside and international road miles, countless music award nominations and a life-threatening battle with cancer (Candye has continued to work full-time while battling neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer since 2007), Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she lives up to her moniker, “The Toughest Girl Alive”.
Click to play "Coming Out Swingin'"
 Roomful of Blues :: 45 LIVE
For nearly half a century, Roomful of Blues has been delivering its signature blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and R&B to euphoric audiences all over the world. To commemorate and celebrate their 45th anniversary, the band hosted a three-day party in March of 2013 at one of their favorite haunts, The Ocean Mist, in Matunuck, Rhode Island. The band blew the doors off the packed club, playing to roaring ovations each night. Happily, the proceedings were recorded and the resulting album, 45 Live, is among Roomful of Blues’ crowning achievements. The album is a lightning-in-a-bottle blowout, showcasing the larger-than-life vocal and instrumental power of the band. Read all about it here
Click to play "Just Keep On Rockin'"
More Info...
Breakings News! 
BFG Editor Michele Lundeen Nominated San Diego's "Best Blues"
I'm so excited to announce that our own editor, blues singer Michele Lundeen, has been nominated for 2013 San Diego Music Awards "Best Blues." I've always said that Michele is one of my favorite singers ever and we're all pulling for her to take home this award. Michele, who's nickname is the "Queen of Steam," has a been a blues staple in San Diego since 1998 (coming from Reno, NV) and this is her 10th nomination in this category.
Voting goes through Sept 16th and just takes a minute... you can vote here at
You can find more info about our girl here.
Congratulations and go get 'em sister,  Kaati RBA Publisher
BFG Special Web Advertising dealio...
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BFG Facebook Contests
Top Fans Have an Assortment of Things to Win!
CD PACKAGE GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Pam Palovick (Week 7/19/13) and Denise Camicia Pruitt (Week 7/26/13) for winning the Five CD Package from various artists including: Tweed Funk, Jay Gordon Band, The Randy Oxford Band, Delta Wires, Mark Robinson, Kelly Richey, Cassie Taylor, Alan Wilson, Kirby Sewell, Bernie Mora, Tangent and more.
You can win a set of 5 CD’s by being one of our Top 25 Fans of the week! We will be selecting one Top Fan each week.

*Be One of Our Top 25 Fans 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 guitarist Michael Burks. It measures 22" X 28", acrylic on canvas. Original, never reproduced, Lennie can furnish a National Registry Certificate of Authenticity.
One of our Top 25 Fans of the month of July will win the painting. Winner to be announced soon... 
BLUEZZEE-TEE GIVEAWAY: Congratulation to Pete Lindstrand, the July winner of a cool Bluezzee-Tee! Be sure to JOIN Our Rewards Program for your chance to WIN this Bluezzee-Tee! (see graphic at rt).
One of Top 25 Fans will be chosen to win again on Sept 1, 2013.
Albert Cummings poignant song, "The Blues Makes Me Feel So Good," is our 2013 BFG Digital Magazine them song for the next four months. Our digital magazine is linked from our top ranking blues website Congratulations Albert!
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Send us your fave photos with the 11th annual magazine

Dan Treanor and Erica Brown of the band Afrosippi, found a Guide at Lincon's Roadhouse in Denver, CO.
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You can also enjoy the magazine in digital format! Click on 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.
News Flash
D.C. Minner’s 23rd Annual Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
Aug 30-Sept 1
The 23rd Annual Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival will happen Friday, Saturday, Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, August 30 through September 1st, from 5 pm -5 am. Created by D.C. Minner himself with, and now presented by, Selby Minner and the Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc., the old cotton field out back will ring with the blues! Tickets are $15 day at the gate and kids are free. Last year’s Saturday night attendance at the Rentiesville Blues Festival broke all records… All down under the tent, on both sides in lawn chairs and down front around the dance floor!
Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, August 16-17, 2013
The Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau proudly presents the last blast of Summer of Music in Jackson, Mississippi. Come out and enjoy the largest line up in the region at the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, August 16-17, 2013. During these two days the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum will be transformed into a music haven with recreated juke joints; food vendors and over 30 artists performing for your enjoyment. 
18th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival Returns Labor Day Weekend
St. Louis, MO – Crown Royal’s Big Muddy Blues Festival is back for another year of rockin’ Blues performances in St. Louis' historic Laclede's Landing entertainment and dining district. Featuring three outdoor stages and 30 bands, the Labor Day weekend festival, Sat Aug 31- Sun Sept 1, showcases the genre's rich history while celebrating St. Louis’ place in American music.
Seventh Annual Waukesha BluesFest Set For August 9 & 10
Waukesha, WI – The entertainment line-up for Waukesha BluesFest, Friday and Saturday, August 9 & 10 at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, Wisconsin, features 14 national, regional and local blues acts, an art show and an exceptional dining experience from local restaurants.
“The Waukesha Rotary Club is once again excited with the music line-ups we have put together for the seventh annual Waukesha BluesFest,” said Bob Mittnacht, who manages the entertainment for Waukesha BluesFest. “We have a number of very interesting nationally acclaimed musicians performing this year, topped off by our headliners, The James Hunter Six and Moreland & Arbuckle.”
Events include:
- AUG 6: “Tribute To Arthneice "Gas Man" Jones” (Ground Zero Blues Club)
- AUG 8: "From The Archives" Panel Discussion (Delta Blues Museum 5:30-6:30PM)
- AUG 8-AUG 11: "26 Years Of Sunflower" Exhibit Opening (Delta Blues Museum) 
- AUG 9-11: 2013 Sunflower Gospel & Blues Festival (Museum Main Stage)
- AUG 10: Delta Blues Museum Band (Ground Zero Blues Club 2-2:45PM)
B.B. King Launches Line of Signature Wines in the USA
Blues legend B.B. King, in collaboration with Votto Vines Importing, is proud to release a new line of signature wines bearing his name across the United States. The Rock and Roll and Blues Hall of Famer has debuted the B.B. King Signature Collection. The Blues Festival Guide has partnered with Votto Vines, the distributors, to get the word out to blues fans throughout the U.S.
Now's the time to make plans for Blues downunder
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #23 on Sale 
Booking is underway for LRBC #23 Mexican Riviera October 4~11, 2014! Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center (San Pedro, CA) roundtrip to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan on the Norwegian Cruise Line Sun.
A $250 per cabin deposit holds your spot in line to book a stateroom. Line-up and cabin selection dates will be announced as early as November.
See or (816) 753-7979 for reservations & info
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Sacramento Blues Society Celebrates on Aug 3rd for IBC trip in 2014
The Sacramento Blues Society (SBS) will celebrate the art of blues music at their inaugural International Blues Music Day on Saturday, Aug 3.
The SBS International Blues Music Day, held on the outdoor stage at the Lions Gate Hotel, will feature four blues bands from across the country: the Candye Kane Band with Laura Chavez, Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors, Cole Fonseca and the Phoenix Jubilee, and the Island of Black and White.
Proceeds from ticket sales will help support the SBS’s trip to the International Blues Challenge in January.
Tickets for SBS members are $25, and general admission is $30. Groups of four can purchase a VIP table for $150. Raffle tickets are also available from the website for $5. Tickets to the show can be purchased here.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Ana Popovic

Growing up in her native Serbia, Ana Popovic managed to pick up the blues bug. She grew up to become an amazing guitar player. After some success in Eastern Europe and Holland, she moved here to give the blues back. Ana's latest is called Can You Stand The Heat. And yes, it is hot and hard rocking.
Ana Popovic joins Elwood Blues. Next time, in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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July 12th-August 9th 2013
Maggia, Ticino Switzerland
July 19th-28th 2013
Florence, Alabama USA
Saturday - Sunday
August 4th-July 27th 2013
Gloucester, United Kingdom
August 1st-4th 2013
Notodden, Telemark Norway

August 1st-4th 2013
Mammoth Lakes, California USA
August 2nd-4th 2013
Bellingham, Washington USA
August 2nd-4th 2013
Wilmington, Delaware USA
August 2nd-5th 2013
Calgary, Alberta Canada
August 2nd-3rd 2013
Cincinnati, Ohio USA
August 3rd 2013
Big Bear, California USA
August 3rd 2013
New Boston, New Hampshire USA
August 3rd-4th 2013
 Noxon, Montana USA
August 3rd 2013
NewhallCalifornia USA
August 8th-11th 2013
Billings, Montana 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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