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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 12, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 7
Special Announcements
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Here's some of the band members from Roomful of Blues hanging out with their copies of the BFG magazine during the week of January 2015
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
Photo courtesy: Kaati
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annual Blues Festival Guide magazine! 
*Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or if you can't find, order via our website.

You can also find the Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine on our website. Enjoy 98 pages jam-packed with blues, news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!  
Our 2014 edition sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival in Jackson, MS. 
CD & DVD Releases
Shaun Murphy :: LORETTA
Loretta (Vision Wall Records) features three-time Grammy Nominee: Shaun Murphy.
Loretta is produced by TC Davis and Randy Coleman, and recorded at Colemine Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Loretta showcases 8 tunes penned by Shaun Murphy and beautifully executed by such great players as Jack Pearson (Allman Bros.), Jimi Fiano (Bad Co. Foghat), Rob McNelley (Bob Seger, Delbert McClinton), Kenne Cramer (Dr. Hook), Mark T. Jordan (Bonnie Raitt), Larry Van Loon (Andy T & Nick Nixon), Randy Coleman (T Graham Brown), and renowned drummer, George Lilly.
Coming off 15 plus years as the only female lead singer with Little Feat, she jumped right into recording a number of great Blues discs.
Click to play"Loretta"
Eden Brent :: JIGSAW HEART
Take Eden Brent to a Nashville studio and you still hear the Mississippi Delta. Recording in the historic RCA Studio A with producer/guitarist extraordinaire Colin Linden, the blues-piano songstress stretched her musical legs, ambling into soulful Americana territory. But by reaching back to Mississippi — recalling memories, old friends and all she learned from her piano mentor Boogaloo Ames — she has made her deepest, most reflective album yet.
Ames would be proud of the three-time Blues Music Award winner and her piano work on Jigsaw Heart, which takes root in the blues and flowers outward. Notoriously eclectic himself when it came to song choices, Boogaloo surely would be pleased by the breadth of styles on her new album, starting with track one, "Better This Way." Read more details here...
Click to play"Let's Go Ahead And Fall In Love"
News Flash
Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro & Heritage Blues Orchestra Headline Blast Furnace Blues March 27-29 in Bethlehem, PA
BETHLEHEM, PA - It’s three scorchin’ days of the blues when Shemekia Copeland, Blues Music Award and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year winner Tommy Castro, the Heritage Blues Orchestra, John Németh & The Bo-Keys, and more come together for the Blast Furnace Blues Festival presented by Highmark Blue Shield March 27-29 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Three-day festival passes and single-day tickets for the event, which features 20-plus national and local blues artists, are on sale now online here and 610-332-3378.
On March 28, Blast Furnace Blues welcomes the one and only Tommy Castro. A two-time winner of the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award,...
Tampa Bay Blues Festival St. Petersburg, Florida
April 10, 11, & 12, 2015
TAMPA BAY, FL - Take Your Spring Blues Vacation in Florida!
Plan to join us on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay, Florida, for the 2015 Tampa Bay Blues Festival. This three day blues music event on April 10, 11, & 12, features Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Tab Benoit, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Carolyn Wonderland, Southern Hospitality, John Nemeth, and others. A total of 22 great blues shows!

You will really love our VIP experience which includes admission, front stage seating, two large shade tents on the bay, gourmet foods from our on-site chefs and local restaurants, and complimentary, unlimited beer, wine, spring water, and soda.
Find more info and schedule here 
Uptown Theatre Presents The Blues Brothers in Napa, CA on March 6
NAPA, CA - Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Musical Director Paul Shaffer present The Official Blues Brothers Revue. Coming to Uptown Theatre in Downtown Napa on Friday March 6th, this live concert show combines the comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel, and soul music. Hear all of The Blues Brothers classics such as “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide” and “Gimme Some Lovin’.”

Jake, Elwood and the band hit the right balance of humor, music and mayham. Upbeat and uplifting, The Official Blues Brothers Revue is fun for all ages. 
Step Back by Johnny Winter Takes 57th Blues Grammy
LOS ANGELES, CA - Step Back by Johnny Winter (Megaforce Records) took the 57th Grammy Monday, February 9th. The 13-track set pairs Winter with such admirers as Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Brian Setzer and Jason Ricci. Step Back was the sequel to 2011's Roots and the second of four planned collections of early blues and rock interpretations and was released posthumously. Winter had finished recording the album, and then played a concert tour in Europe, before he died on July 16, 2014 at age 70. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts for Blues Albums and Independent Albums “He left on a high note," said producer/guitarist Paul Nelson.
Reverend Shawn Amos Steps into the Blues
MEMPHIS, TN - With the son of Bobby “Blue” Bland onstage behind the drum kit many of the members of the audience in the Purple Haze must have been surprised to learn the lead singer was the one whose father was “Famous.”
“The MC Googled me,” “the Reverend” Shawn Amos said afterward. “I don’t keep a secret who my father is by any stretch but I also don’t advertise it.”
A Google search on Wikipedia for the son of chocolate chip cookie celebrity, Famous Amos, says nothing about Shawn Amos’ foray as a bluesman, a relatively new endeavor in a multifaceted career.
Cruise News
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Blues Foundation News
Blues Foundation members are entitled to vote to determine who wins a Blues Music Award
MEMPHIS, TN - Anyone can become a member! Once your membership is completed, you will receive the Blues Music Award ballot via email. Simply click on the link in the email and VOTE!
If you are not a member but wish to vote this year, simply become a member here. You will have to create an online account to become a member but once you do, you will be able to join, buy tickets to the Blues Music Awards and purchase merchandise just like in any other online store.
If you are a member in good standing, your Blues Music Award ballot has been emailed to you. If you have not voted, you will keep receiving the ballot until the deadline.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Feb 14-15 Radio Show:  MARDI GRAS TIME! 
Every year, there is a strange celebration in New Orleans that combines Caribbean, African, French, Cajun, and whatever other New Orleans tradition you can throw in there. It is called Mardi Gras. Food. Drink. Parades. Most of all, music. We will give you some of that.
Let the good times roll.
We celebrate Mardi Gras with you, New Orleans Style, next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Wild Tchoupitoulas...
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: Feb 12 Pinkney "Pink" Anderson (1900), Big John Wrencher (1923); Feb 14 Samuel "Magic Sam" Maghett (1937); Feb 15 James "Kokomo" Arnold (1901); Feb 16 Bill Doggett (1916), Super Chikan (1951); Feb 17 Lou Ann Barton (1954), Noble Watts (1926); Feb 18 Irma Thomas (1941); Feb 19 Earl Bell (1914), Sam Myers (1936), William "Smokey" Robinson (1940), Robert “Bilbo” Walker (1937); Feb 20 Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898)
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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Festival Calendar
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Not all upcoming blues festivals are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival
Feb-14-2015 - Feb-15-2015
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
Feb-17-2015 - Feb-21-2015
Miami, Key West, Nassau/Bahamas, Bahamas 
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Feb-21-2015 - Feb-22-2015
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Saskatoon Blues Festival
Feb-23-2015 - Mar-01-2015
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Napa, California, USA
Blues Blast '15
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
17th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest
Mar-12-2015 - Mar-15-2015
Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Winter Blues Music Festival
Milwaukee, Oregon, USA
River City Blues Festival
Mar-20-2015 - Mar-21-2015
Marietta, Ohio, USA
Napa, California, USA
Blast Furnace Blues
Mar-27-2015 - Mar-29-2015
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-10-2015 - Apr-12-2015
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
About Us
RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, Nevada USA. We are woman owned and operated.
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