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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 4, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 37
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Greetings from your E-Editor...
I Literally Love the Blues....

It's almost International Literacy Day which celebrates and promotes literacy all over the world. There are so many back stories about blues that one can read, whether legend or true, that speak of the pure depth of life and how blues music is truly a savior. Years ago, when I first started reading about blues history, I discovered many words and phrases, slang and double entendres, that revealed a much clearer picture of life, love, grief, etc.; the raw, expressive and poignant language of the blues really resonated with me and my own situations. While reading and writing is second nature for most of us, it is unfortunate that some youngsters are still fairly illiterate. There are blues in the schools programs that encourage kids to write lyrics — blues lyrics — about life, as a way to have them express themselves while practicing the skills of writing.
The written word is a beautiful and expressive thing. Express yourself.
Birthdays of note: Sept 4 Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905); Sept 5 Sunnyland Slim (1907), Deanna Bogart (1959); Sept 6 Jimmy Reed (1925)
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.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Email your fave photo, caption & credit to:

Here's Rooster Jones with their BFG at Bricco in Kent, Ohio following their Kent Blues Festival performance July 18, 2014. Pictured from right to left is: Paul Rolenz (keys), John C. Thomas (guitar), Al Stambaugh (bass), Dorianne Denard (vocals), Glen Beitzel (drums) and Bryan Pugh (hamonica)
BTW: We try and include artists websites when we can. Last issue this was overlooked. Here's how to find Eliza Neals and Howard Glazer from last week's photo opp.
*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.
Voting continues for Blues Festival Guide E-Editor Nominated 2014 San Diego Music Awards "Best Blues"
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! Please cast your vote here. You can vote daily until September 16 (PDT).
Thanks,  Kaati BFG Publisher
CD & DVD Releases
Carmen Grillo :: A DIFFERENT WORLD
Building on his illustrious career as a stellar sideman, member of the legendary Tower of Power, currently with the equally legendary Sons of Champlin and as a studio owner, virtuoso guitarist, singer and songwriter, Carmen Grillo has created A Different World, a monster sophomore album. R&B, blues, funk and jazz comingle easily as Grillo emerges as an explosive new talent with a musical message demanding to be heard.
Twelve resounding tracks include four instrumentals among originals and covers backed by Mark Meadows, Rocco Prestia and Bobby Watson (bass), Tony Braunagel, Herman Mathews and Steve Stephens (drums), Marc Hugenberger, Mike Finnigan ... Read more details here...
Click to play"A Different World"
Blues-rock guitarist Dudley Taft’s latest release, Screaming in the Wind, on his American Blues Artist Group label, was produced by Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge, best-known for his work with Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood and Johnny Winter, and recorded at The Switchyard and Rendering Plant in Nashville, as well as Taft’s new Muchmore Studio in Cincinnati. The recording facility is part of the house and property Dudley recently purchased from legendary guitarist Peter Frampton.
The new CD features a dozen songs, most of which are originals penned by Dudley Taft, including several co-written with Tom Hambridge (who also plays drums on a couple tracks) ...Read more details here ...
Click to play"Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" 
News Flash
World's Best Blues & Beer Meet in Ventura:
Two-Day California Beer Festival is Back Sept. 14-21
(Ventura, CA) – All roads lead to Ventura as the world's best blues music and craft beer meet at the 6th Annual California Beer Festival, Mission Park, 185 E. Santa Clara St., Saturday, September 20 for the Craft Beer Heaven (12:30 pm -5 pm) and Sunday, September 21 for the Blues & BBQ Festival
(11 am-6 pm).
It’s Ventura County Beer Week, September 14-21, featuring nightly Craft beer-themed activities at selected venues throughout Ventura. The California Beer Festival is now a yearly post-Labor Day event that draws several thousand people during each of it's two distinctly different days - Saturday primarily for craft beer enthusiasts; Sunday for blues lovers of all ages permitted (children 12 and under, free).
Singer/Songwriter Camp & Guitar/Bass Camp Coming
(Clarksdale, MS) - Let your creativity come out! Songs at the Shacks, a 5-Day singer/songwriter workshop, will be held September 16-20. Down 2 the Crossroads is 5-Day Guitar & Bass Camp set for September 28 - October 4 at the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi. (Jon Gindick's one-week Blues Harmonica Jam Camp September 23-27 is full.)

Songs at the Shack will help you discover how to develop your songwriting and performance skills while in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Work with professional songwriters, one on one, and in small groups. Be inspired with valuable feedback and coaching on your songs. Test your creative chops by performing your songs in nightly “Song Circles.”
2014 British Blues Awards
(Colne, UK) - The 2014 British Blues Awards culminated in the presentation at The Great British Blues Festival in Colne on Sunday 24th August. King King (pictured here) swept the board at this year's awards taking the "Of The Year" awards for Male Vocals, Bass, Drums, Band and Album. They were also runners up in the Guitarist and Song Categories. (Photo by Tony Winfield)
In January a panel of seventy-plus people closely associated with the British blues scene chose their favorite performers in 18 categories. The initial list included over 1300 artists. The panel then shortlisted the 6 most popular nominees in each category and asked the public to vote for their favorites.
Relay For Life-American Cancer Society & Blues
(Goodyear, AZ) - Doing Thangs Productions in partnership with the American Cancer Society is hosting a weekend of family fun at Goodyear Ballpark (Arizona). The Finish The Fight Festival will be held Saturday, October 4 (10am-6pm) and is dedicated to family fun and community entertainment for a great cause. This festival takes place after the 5K run and concludes just before the Relay for Life begins its opening ceremony.

The Arizona Blues Fest is Sunday, October 5, 2014 (10am-6pm) with top regional blues bands all day.

Proceeds donated to Gotta Run Arizona, host of the Relay for Life 5K Run on October 4th, 2014 and the American Cancer Society. For information about the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life, visit DTP’s Relay Team website.
Blues Society News
Blues Go Pink to Benefit Uninsured Women
(Warrendale, PA) - On Sunday, September 21, 1–7pm at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, (285 Northgate Dr.), Warrendale, Pennsylvania, women of the blues will come together in concert for a heartfelt cause. Proceeds from The Blues Go Pink event will benefit breast and cervical cancer screenings for uninsured women in Western PA through Hot Pink Pittsburgh Adagio Health’s Signature Fundraiser.
Appearing are: Katie Simone and Soul Vaccination - Mia Z Band - Shakedown
Pittsburgh Women of Blues: Patti Spadaro, Jill Simmons, Andrea Pearl, Stevie Wellons, Ruby Red, Jeanie Girl, Shot O’Siyl, Annie Sutton, Cheryl Rinovato (guitar) - Rhythm Aces w/ Helene Milan and guest appearance by Nancy McKeen - Ms. Freddye Band
Cover is $12.00 or $10.00 for Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWPA) Members.
Prebook #25 2015 Oct "Big Easy Fantasy" NOW!
Prebook #26 Jan 2016 "Eastern Caribbean" begins Sept 17


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. Need help?: Email 
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Reservations & info: or 816-753-7979 | 888-BLUESIN'
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
~ BMA Nomination Process Open ~ New Auction Item Here
~ 2015 BMA CD Nomination Process Open: The three-step 36th Blues Music Awards nomination procedure is set forth here. Steps 2 and 3 are a little different this year as they have been altered to work with the new website. If you have released a CD since November 1, 2013, please enter it now. Read more
~ New auction item: The BF has another autographed LP this month to auction: Bad Company's Run With The Pack signed by lead singer Paul Rodgers. Paul signed this album specifically to raise funds for The Blues Foundation. Paul is donating proceeds from his latest release The Royal Sessions to the Stax Music Academy so in keeping with his generosity, we will assign all proceeds from this albums to our own Generation Blues youth music scholarship program. The winning bidder will get a great rock artifact and some young blues performer will get to go to camp next summer. Click HERE to bid NOW!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Sept 6-7 Radio Show: JOHN NEMETH

The great soul singer John Nemeth caught the blues bug in Boise, Idaho. He moved to Oakland, California to hone his skills. And now he has settled in Memphis, Tennessee. Nemeth hooked up with the Bo Keys, the premiere horn section for Memphis soul, on a new release called Memphis Grease.
Memphis grease with John Nemeth. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
Video of The Week
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Festival Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender contact 
Not all upcoming blues festivals
are listed here due to space.
For a complete list see our comprehensive website.
Friday - Saturday
Sep-05-2014 - Sep-06-2014
Grafton, Wisconsin, USA
Friday -Saturday
Sep-05-2014 - Sep-06- 2014
Virginia Beach, VA
Friday - Monday
Sep-05-2014 - Sep-08-2014
 Monaghan, Ireland
Sebastopol, California, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Sep-06-2014 - Sep-07-2014
San Diego, California, USA
Sep-06-2014, Phoenixville Pennsylvania, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Sep-11-2014 - Sep-14-2014
Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Friday - Saturday
Sep-12-2014 - Sep-13-2014
 Longview, Texas, USA
Friday - Saturday
Sep-12-2014 - Sep-13-2014
Fernandina Beach, Florida, USA 
Richmond, Illinois, USA
Friday - Sunday
Sep-12-2014 - Sep-14-2014
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Sep-13-2014, East Hartland
Connecticut, USA
Friday - Sunday
Sep-19-2014 - Sep-21-2014
Cork, Cobh, Ireland
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Murphysboro, Illinois, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Sep-20-2014 - Sep-21-2014, Denton, Texas, USA
Saturday -Sunday
Sep-20-2014 - Sep-21-2014
 Guerneville, California, USA
Wednesday - Sunday
Sep-24-2014 - Sep-28-2014
Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark
Thursday - Tuesday
Sep-25-2014 - Sep-30-2014
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Friday - Saturday
Sep-26-2014 - Sep-27-2014
Junction City, Kansas, USA
Friday - Sunday
Sep-26-2014 - Oct-12-2014
 Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Friday - Sunday
Sep-26-2014 - Sep-28-2014
 Columbia, Missouri, USA
Sep-27-2014, Big Bear Lake California, USA
Thursday - Saturday
Oct-02-2014 - Oct-04-2014
 Camden, South Carolina, USA
Thursday - Friday
Oct-02-2014 - Oct-03-2014
Rock Hill & York, South Carolina, USA
Friday - Sunday
Oct-03-2014 - Oct-05-2014
 Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Friday - Saturday
Oct-03-2014 - Oct-04-2014
 Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Saturday - Saturday
Oct-04-2014 - Oct-11-2014
Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, California, USA
Paoli, 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 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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