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Blues Festival Guide
May 1, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 18
Greetings from your Editor...
May the blues lift you up...

Yay! We've heard from people that they are starting to receive our 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine.
It's been said that, "all things seem possible in May." Celebrations abound around the globe to truly ring in the Spring and the budding of May's "blossoms."
"What potent blood hath modest May," said Ralph W. Emerson.
May 1 has also been an international day to celebrate and defend the rights of the working class. Well, I would say that musicians fall into that category and interestingly enough, there doesn't seem too much change on that front. "Well, I work, work, work. What do I got to show. The only things you give, is such a hard way to go." (Buddy Guy) But I digress... with Spring comes faith and hope. There are terrific May blues festivals coming right up across the US and UK to enjoy. We are grateful to the sponsors and entities that keep 'em coming and they couldn't do it without the fans. 
As we all well know, when all else fails, the blues lifts us up...come what may!
Birthdays of note week's: May 1 Big Maybelle Smith (1924), Little Walter Jacobs (1930),  May 3 Homesick James (1914), James Brown (1933), May 5 Blind Willie McTell (1901), May 8 Joe Bonamassa (1977), Robert Johnson (1911), May 9 Bob Margolin (1949)
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.
Our 12th Annual Magazine has started shipping!
100,000 copies, hot off the press...

100,000 copies of the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine are currently being shipped and will be distributed for free throughout U.S. and Canada.
We are proud to have the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival as our 2014 Blues Festival Guide magazine sponsor and again, congratulations to our cover photographer, Marilyn Stringer. 
If you missed getting an ad in the magazine we do offer several
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Here is a picture of Rooster Jones showing off their 2013 magazine after a performance at The Pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Pictured (right to left) Bryan Pugh (harp), John Thomas (guitar), Paul Rolenz (keys), Dorianne Denard (vocals), Al Stambaugh (bass) and Glen Beitzel (drums).
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*Coming soon...You can enjoy the 12th annual magazine in digital format soon! Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or find magazine order info here.
Then start snapping those pics with the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine!!
CD & DVD Releases
Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers (self-titled)
Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers’ self-titled debut borrows from Stax, Motown, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco. The album blends the classic sounds of Soul and R&B, yet has a vibe and sound that is fresh and unique. Each of the eight songs has a great groove, exceptional lyrical, vocal and instrumental performance, artful arrangement and challenges to be stacked up to many of the best songs in any Soul catalog.
“The Shadowboxers are coming out firing on all cylinders, smashing styles together to come up with their own groove. Funky soul packed with power, it’s Dr. John meets Al Green backed by Booker T and the MGs. You know, the good stuff.” - Charlie Johnson, Producer/Engineer Fuse Recording
Click to play
"Just Call Me (I'll be sure to let you down again)"
Delmark 60 Years of Blues
Founded in 1953 by Bob Koester, Delmark Records continues to record jazz and blues under Koester's leadership. To celebrate the 60th anniversary, local multi-artist blues shows have been ongoing. This special CD package features previously unissued performances by blues legends and new songs from Delmark's current line-up of exciting talent. Tracks include an unissued Junior Wells song from the South Side Blues Jam session featuring Otis Spann; Magic Sam from a 1968 live performance, a sneak preview of the full CD slated for November; an alternate take from the Little Walter Trio featuring Muddy Waters which has never been on CD; Toronzo Cannon, Studebaker John, Linsey Alexander, Quintus McCormick, Lurrie Bell, Eddie C. Campbell and much more. Read more here...
Click to play"Just Keep Lovin' Her" (Little Walter Trio)
News Flash
Don’t Miss the 28th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival June 21 and 22
The 28th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival offers patrons a weekend filled with cultural music, cuisine, and dance with southern origins from the Bayou Country. We invite you to delight in the specialties of Cajun and Creole cuisine and savor the many delicacies and flavors of the Big Easy. Rich in cultural music traditions, the Long Beach Bayou Festival presents a wide range of groups, featuring Zydeco, Blues, and Cajun artists.
The Long Beach Bayou Festival is proud to continue its time-honored legacy in the city by the sea. The dance floor is always open. Experience the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band and come Second Line with the best of them at the Long Beach Bayou Festival in Long Beach, CA.
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Performers Spotlight: CANNED HEAT

The 25th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 24th & 25th, 2014.
This week’s artist spotlight is on Canned Heat. Canned Heat’s unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie has earned them a loyal following and influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands during the past four decades. Their Top-40 country-blues-rock songs, “On The Road Again,” “Let’s Work Together,” and “Going Up The Country,” became rock anthems throughout the world with the latter being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock. Their cover version of Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together” was actually their biggest hit as it rose to #1 in 31 different countries around the world. Read more details here.
Blue Lunch 2014 Summer Tour & New Recording
Blue Lunch is planning a nationwide tour and is looking forward to touring Europe. Clearly, Cleveland, OH cannot hold a group this big and this interesting. This is the band that has labored in the musical trenches of Northeast Ohio for 30 years and has astonished many a touring artist for whom they have opened. Right now, on the heels of the critically acclaimed Blue Lunch Special, a compilation of previously released recordings, the band is preparing their new recording of new songs for their second Rip Cat release. The new album should be out by the fall of 2014. For more information, to see a calendar of shows currently booked, and to view several great galleries of photos, visit
Stiff-Finger Guitar Slide Holder
What is a Stiff-Finger? It’s a guitar slide holder. And no one knows what a guitar slide is better than the millions of blues players around the world. This patent pending (possibly a patent by the time you read this) guitar slide holder is changing the way slides are used in Live Blues Performances! The key to the holder is that it allows you to easily access and store your slide during a song. Typically a song played with a slide mandates you wear the slide through the whole song- unless you’re fortunate enough to have a guitar tech to toss it to, but good luck catching it when he tosses it back. More info and photos here
A musical salute to Dr. John May 3
Best of New Orleans. com - Mac Rebennack — aka Dr. John, the alligator-clad medicine man bandleader and ambassador of New Orleans music — makes a rare appearance during a season in which he typically reigns as king. On May 3, dozens of artists pay tribute to Dr. John at the Saenger Theatre at "The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music," including Gregg Allman, Tab Benoit, Terence Blanchard, the Blind Boys of Alabama, John Boutte, Monk Boudreaux, Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lucinda Williams, Widespread Panic and many others.
Premiere Paintin' and Playin' "Art of Blues" May 4 - The Art of Blues' will be “paintin’, playin’ and payin’ tribute" to America’s greatest Blues legends at Phoenix's historic Herberger Theater next Sunday evening. The world premiere, created by painter Randall Hedden and narrated by stage personality Rod Ambrose brings together Grammy musicians, live "speed painting", Blues performance and dance. The two Arizonan, big-name, hometown artists visited yesterday with Examiner about the unique show's inception.
"Bluesy Benny [the role Ambrose plays] makes everything cohesive, takes us on the Blues journey." said Hedden with infectious enthusiasm. Celebrating and enlightening the audience about the historical roots and progressive importance Blues has had on American society, the show pays tribute to BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy and Billie Holiday.
Reunion Party Weekend 35 Years in the Making (May 23-25)
The hottest ticket in the Blues, The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, which sails on the high seas twice a year, is hosting their Annual Cruiser Reunion shows for 3 nights this year (May 23-24-25).
Based in Kansas City, the LRBC is the brainchild of Roger Naber, (former co-owner of the Grand Emporium live music venue) who is also celebrating 35 years as a music promoter in tandem with the music on stage. With the next two sold-out, upcoming LRBC's, Kansas City music fans will have an opportunity to see six varied internationally famous acts at the well known and respected Knuckleheads honky-tonk venue.
Performing over the 3 day Memorial Day weekend soiree, May 23, 24 & 25, will be Blues Hall of Famer... Read complete details here
Home on The Highway with Bart Drolenga (Part VII) 
Hopson Plantation Commissary by Bart Drolenga
Photographer, blogger and traveler, Bart Drolenga and his wife Saskia are from Amsterdam, but travel the world looking for inspiration. Bart has agreed to take us along on their journey through the Delta via writings and photos. This week is our last stop...
"A very cool place to stay is the Hopson Plantation, just south of Clarksdale, Mississippi, where you can spend the night in a beautifully ornamented blues cabin, trailer or room. Find Hopson Plantation online here.
Thanks to Bart for sharing his photo journal... Find Bart's Blog here
#24 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise SOLDOUT!
Join Waitlist... More cruises announced!
The October 2014 LRBC #23 AND also the January 2015 LRBC #24 are SOLD OUT! The cabin Wait List for LRBC #24 started Monday, April 7th, so please signup asap if you are wishing to sail.
A new contract for LRBC #25 has been signed with Holland America to sail Oct 24-31, 2015 aboard the ms Westerdam! The ship will sail from Ft. Lauderdale thru Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale) to New Orleans, LA, and then over to Cozumel. This itinerary was extremely popular last year and this cruise promises to be even more exciting aboard the Westerdam.
Pre-booking for LRBC #25 begins June 24th at 11am CDT so please mark your calendars if you plan to go Bluesin' with 20 plus bands and 1800 of your closest music friends.
Pre-booking for January 2016 will begin sometime in September.
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
For reservations & info see: or 816-753-7979 | 888-BLUESIN'
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Windy City Blues Society & Chicago Blues Fest June 13-15
Sweet Home Chicago, where the blues got electrified. The Windy City is home to the worlds largest free blues festival. This year marks the 31st Annual Chicago Blues Fest and it is still free thanks to their many sponsors. The festival runs 3 days from Friday June 13th to Sunday June 15th (Fathers day).
Check out the festival line-up here and be sure to visit the Windy City Blues Society Street Stage and buy or renew your $20 membership. This non-profit organization helps keep the Chicago Blues Fest free and going strong. Visit their website here. Chicago is also a world class city so you should plan your visit a few extra days to take in some of what this great city has to offer. See ya in Chicago!
Blues Foundation News
The 35th Annual Blues Music Awards happening May 8th
The 35th Blues Music Awards will be Thursday May 8, 2014 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Every year, the Blues Music Awards ceremony itself proves to be one of the best shows of the year. After all, almost every nominee not only attends, but also performs – creating a lineup comprised of the best of the best in blues all in one evening. The complete list of nominees can be found here. 
You can get your tickets to the 35th Blues Music Awards here.
The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Charter Members’ Dinner will be held the night before on Wednesday, May 7.
For more information, contact Jay Sieleman at (901) 527-2583 xt 12 or
Elwood's BluesMobile
May 3-4 Radio Show: Blues Music Awards

The prestigious prize we call the Blues Music Award is about to be handed out to dozens of deserving musicians. The ceremony in Memphis on May 8th will be something to see. And you can get a flavor of it in The BluesMobile. Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, Ben Harper, John Nemeth, James Cotton, Bobby Rush, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and more.
The Blues Music Awards. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Joe Bonamassa :: SLOW TRAIN (acoustic)
Click Here for video...   Happy Birthday Joe May 8th!
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Festival Calendar
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May 3rd 2014
York County, Virginia, USA
May 3rd 2014
Chesterfield, Virginia, USA
May 3rd 2014
Newhall, California USA
Thursday - Sunday
May 8th - May 11th 2014
San Diego, California, USA
May 10th 2014
Topanga, California, USA
Friday - Sunday
May 16th - May 18th 2014 Stourbridge, West Midlands
United Kingdom
May 17th 2014
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 17th - May 18th 2014
Dana Point, California, USA
May 17th 2014
Oroville, Washington, USA
Thursday - Sunday
May 23th -25th 2014
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 24th - 25th 2014
Sedan, Kansas, USA
May 24th 2014
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 24th- May-25th 2014
Aptos, California, USA
Saturday - Sunday
May 24th - 25th 2014
Simi Valley, California, 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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