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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 14, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 33
Greetings from your Editor...
Listen to the Hot August Blues calling...

August 20 is unofficial National Radio Day, celebrating a great invention and communications medium. The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800s. The radio somewhat evolved cruising down a long path from the telegraph and the telephone, with wireless telegraph directly contributing to its invention.
Let's face it, if it weren't for the radio, we may never discover certain artists or get to hear our favorite songs by artists unless we buy their albums. Of course buying albums is the end goal and radio is a marketing tool for that for sure. There are countless stations now with the advent of internet radio which has also introduced us to some amazing DJ's. Radio fills our senses with the heartfelt passion of artists thanks to DJ's either "spinning" tracks that artists have recorded or featuring them live in the studio on occasion. Radio is a vehicle for artists to not only be heard but also collect royalties for their hard work and talent. I can't tell you how many artists I've discovered thanks to the radio... one of those is featured as our Video of The Week. If you don't know him already, meet Darren Watson from New Zealand.
Yes, we love our radio and DJ's but we do love it live and festivals deliver!
Birthdays of note: Aug 17 Luther Allison (1939); Aug 18 Curtis Jones (1906); Aug 20 Issac Hayes (1942), Jack Teagarden (1905); Aug 21 Count Basie (1904); Aug 22 John Lee Hooker (1917), Debbie Davies (1952)
Your ever-happy 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.
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Here's Billy Thompson (lt) and drummer Eric Selby in San Diego, CA while on tour from the Washington DC area.   Photo: Michele Lundeen
*Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or you can find our magazine order info hereStart snapping those pics with the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine!
Find the Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine on our website and enjoy 98 pages jam-packed with blues, news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!
Our 2014 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15-16, 2014, Jackson, MS.
Our Blues Festival Guide Editor Nominated 2014 "Best Blues" by the San Diego Music Awards
We're excited that our Editor Michele Lundeen has been nominated once again for "Best Blues" by the San Diego Music Awards. Nicknamed the "Queen of Steam" for her passionate and energetic delivery, Michele has been performing in the San Diego, California area since 1998 after relocating from Reno, Nevada. We're so proud of Michele and wishing her the best! This is her 11th nomination and we'd love to see her win!
Kaati BFG Publisher
CD & DVD Releases
Powerhouse songwriting, blues/roots outfit Stormcellar, have released their 6th Album, The Curious Assembly to debut at #2 and climbing on the Australian Blues & Roots Chart. With two previous #1 slots in the land downunder and albums charting in the US, France and Canada, Stormcellar have continued to release original interpretations of 20th century styles described as ‘Weird…but good!’

It’s Blues, but not as you know it.

But what else would you expect from band built on the bones of a straight forward slide/harmonica, R&B five piece that’s mutated uncontrollably to mix blues with Reggae, Japanese pop and Australian convict songs.
Click to play"On The Low Low"

One of the wonders of the blues is the circuitous path some artists take to the “true way.” Singer, harmonicist, songwriter and ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, Shawn Amos is the son of former William Morris agent Wally “Famous” Amos and R&B singer Shirlee May, who grew up in Los Angeles in the 1970’s when his father was booking legendary Motown acts like Marvin Gaye. He would go on to produce and perform with Solomon Burke, and produce John Lee Hooker and Johnny “Guitar” Watson, along with performing and recording his original folk music in the nineties with lyrics from an African-American perspective. 
Click to play"Hoodoo Man Blues" 
News Flash
Tony Mart Presents Blues & Rock Free CDRA Music Summer Concerts at Atlantic City, New Jersey
(Atlantic City, NJ) – Tony Mart presents the free and open to the public Mardi Gras AC CRDA Summer Concerts series featuring three New Orleans rhythm & blues and roots-rock concerts on Mondays, 7pm, at Kennedy Plaza on the world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey. This lineup includes Tab Benoit August 18, and Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Grammy winning Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, August 25. On September 8 it’s world renowned guitarist singer/songwriter, Coco Montoya, plus special guest Johnny Sansone and his band. 
Stormcellar - The All Colours Blues Tour
Stormcellar returns to the Midwest this year to open the Crossroads Festival in Rockford, Illinois and play a string of shows across the Midwest on the All Colours Blues tour. 
Audiences developed a taste for Stormcellars’ Australian take on blues and roots during their first tour in 2013 and began following them Dead Head-style through Illinois.
The All Colours Blues tour sees the band return at full compliment, a six piece of slide guitar, harmonica, electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin and percussion combo and this time they’ve shanghaied mother of four, Jo Fitzgerald, from sleepy rural Cumnock in rural New South Wales, to come and sing with the band!
Gary Clark Jr. and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue to Headline Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, Sept 20 & 21
(Guerneville, CA) - Omega Events is proud to announce details of the 38th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival at Johnson’s Beach & Resort in Guerneville, CA on September 20 & 21, 2014. Headlining the festival this year will be performers Gary Clark Jr., Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Boney James & Larry Graham & Graham Central Station along with Goapele, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ana Popovic, Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, Beso Negro, Davina & The Vagabonds, and Mitch Woods.

For the last 38 years, music festivals have been a vital part of the Russian River community. Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville offers a picturesque venue that rests along the beach of the Russian River, only a few miles from over 100 wineries.
Pinkie’s Hair Raising Experience 2014 to Benefit Kids
The First Traveling Church of North San Juan and Chewy B Crunchie Innovations presents "Pinkie's Hair Raising Experience 2014," Sunday, August 31 at the outdoor amphitheater at the North Columbia School House (17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Rd.), Nevada City, CA, from noon to 10pm. The musical lineup includes Cee Cee James, Pinkie & Blind Resistance, Val Starr & The Blues Rocket, Dippin' Sauce, Jamal Walker Band, Grease Grit & Grime, Dennis Sies & Friends and emcee Tommy King. Tickets are $25.
"Pinkie's Hair Raising Experience" strives to have a blast for kids' sake! No really! We get together and have a great time while making money for a child with cancer to have a human hair wig....
Festivals Abound Through August into Labor Day Weekend
There's over two dozen blues festivals happening between now and Labor Day weekend. Then there are over a dozen festivals just on that weekend alone. They say Labor Day signals the end of Summertime here in the US. Make your plans now to attend a festival before Fall hits. You owe it to yourself to partake in the many varied offerings from California to Maryland and many points in between. Even a blues cruise in Europe! See all of our listings here.
Let the blues overtake you. From back porch stages to concert arenas, lets support the blues genre we love and keep it thriving.
If you don't see a festival listed that you know of, please post. Inquiring blues minds will want to know!
(painting by Diane Russell)
Aug 28 Video Premiere of the 35th Blues Music Awards
Ardent Studios and The Blues Foundation have teamed up to produce a 90 minute program highlighting the best moments from this year's Blues Music Awards. Witness the world premiere of the 35th Blues Music Awards telecast at Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104), August 28th at 7:30pm. The television broadcast will be presented by WKNO-Memphis for national distribution to PBS stations later this year. Seating is limited. Email your name to Viewing is free but donations are accepted.
The DVD release, featuring additional performances and paired with an audio CD from the live show, will be available for purchase soon at  Pre-orders will be taken at this event!
Please join us at Ardent Studios (2000 Madison Ave, 38104) at 6 PM for a pre-celebration with appetizers and beverages before making your way down the street to the theater.
Thanks!  Your friends at The Blues Foundation & Ardent Studios
Blues Society News
50% off Blues Society of Omaha: Blues Cruise Reunion Sunday Aug 17
The Blues Society of Omaha: Blues Cruise Reunion will set sail Sunday, August 17, at 2:30 pm from the Kon-Tiki-O Party Barge at River City Star Landing (151 Freedom Park Rd), Omaha, Nebraska. Boarding is 2 pm on this luxury riverboat anchored and docked on the Missouri River. Music provided by the Sean Chambers Band, Dan Treanor's Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown, and The Honeyboy Turner Band.
Tickets are $15 each but you can get 50% off via ... that's $15 for TWO general admission tickets (up to $30 value).
Prebook LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015 NOW!

Prebook now for the LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015. Go Bluesin’ with 20 plus bands and 1800 of your closest music friends from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans, LA, and Cozumel, MX on the Holland America ms Westerdam.
$250 deposit per cabin holds your space in line to book a stateroom once the artist lineup and pricing details have been announced. You will receive the announcement likely in November with instructions on how and when to reserve your cabin. Your deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days after the announcement is made or until you select your cabin. Need help creating and account or accessing the reservation system? Email and/or visit this page on the website
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 Foundation News
BMA CD Nominations Open/HOF Donor Wall Deadline

~ 2015 BMA CD Nomination Process Open: The three-step nomination procedure for the 2015 Blues Music Awards is now open.  If you have already released a CD since November 1, 2013, please begin the process now. This applies to artists and record labels. Managers... Read more

~ Blues Hall of Fame Donor Wall List Deadline Aug 30

August 30 will be the last day to make a pledge or donation that will get your name on the List of Donors in the Blues Hall of Fame. Names are to set to be “in stone” by September 1, 2014 … Read more...
Elwood's BluesMobile
Aug 16-17 Radio Show: ANA POPOVIC

She learned to play in Serbia from her father’s American blues collection. She learned the guitar. She learned the slide guitar. She conquered Serbia, she conquered Berlin, and now she lives in America to show us all how the blues can be done.
She is the great Ana Popovic. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
Darren Watson :: LOVE IS AN OCEAN
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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Friday - Saturday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-16-2014
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Friday - Saturday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-16-2014
Norwich, New York, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-17-2014
Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
Friday - Sunday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-17-2014
Thornton, New Hampshire, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-15-2014 - Aug-17-2014
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-16-2014 - Aug-17-2014
Panama City Beach, Florida, USA
Thursday - Saturday
Aug-21-2014 - Aug-23-2014
Morgantown, Indiana, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Aug-21-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Tris-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
Friday - Sunday
Aug-22-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico

Aug-22-2014 - Aug-24-2014
East Tawas, Michigan, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-22-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Nanaimo, Canada
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-23-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Barstow, Maryland, USA
York, Pennsylvania, USA
Saint Marys, Ohio, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-23-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Barstow, Maryland, USA
Aug-29-2014, West Point
Mississippi, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Laramie, Wyoming, USA
West Helena, Arkansas, 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 12th annual in 2014), 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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