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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 19, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 8
Special Announcements
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Show us your BFG
Send us photo with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Email your fave photo, caption & credit to:

Benny Turner, left, shares his BFG with Don O., blues DJ at KNON in Dallas, after the world premiere showing of the new Freddie King Documentary and Freddie King Reunion Band performance in Allen, Texas. 
Photo courtesy: Sallie A. Bengtson
Start snapping those pics with the 12th
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
Igor Prado Band :: WAY DOWN SOUTH
“Keeping the Blues Alive” is the ubiquitous mantra that’s become the battle cry of the modern-day blues community. To those unaccustomed with this tenet, the phrase can often imply that this enduring, beautiful and quintessential American music is hastily approaching its twilight years. One merely has to cast an eye southward, towards the Equator in São Paulo, Brazil, to find evidence that the blues is still a vital and thriving form of soulful communication, courtesy of the strikingly talented and notably youthful quartet, the Igor Prado Band.
At 11-years old, Igor Prado fell in love with the guitar. Completely self-taught, this promising lefty learned to play a right-handed guitar upside down.
Click to play"Matchbox"
My Own Holiday :: REASON TO BLEED
Don’t think of My Own Holiday as a blues/rock band, even though the duo of Joey Chrisman and Nick Bartolo claim that as a fair description. Don’t think of them as a White Stripes / Black Keys homage, even though their stripped-down, just-guitar-and-drums instrumentation might lead you to lump them into that category. And don’t think of My Own Holiday as this year’s flavor or a flash in the pan – they’re in it for the long haul.
My Own Holiday hails from Lake Arrowhead, California an inland resort community far enough away from the superficial glitz and glamour of Los Angeles to have allowed the band to create their own unique sound unpressured by any of the trendy bandwagon jumping that is de rigueur in the showbiz Mecca. Read more details here...
Click to play"Hold On Me"
News Flash
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Announces Lineup for Memorial Weekend
SIMI VALLEY, CA - The 26th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will fill Memorial Day weekend with an outstanding lineup of Cajun, Zydeco, Creole, Blues and Roots music with simultaneous performances on two stages both Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th. Blues headliners include legends like Canned Heat, Yardbirds and 82 year old Leo “Bud” Welch and contemporary performers like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Candye Kane and Reverend Tall Tree. And the Cajun Zydeco stage is featuring Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, The Magnolia Sisters, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience and Ruben Paul Moreno. And that’s just the beginning.

For the first time in the history of the festival, one band will cross over from the Cajun-Zydeco stage and also play the Blues stage.
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 
2015 Mississippi Blues Fest moves to Labor Day

DAVENPORT, IOWA – After weathering three floods and multiple rain days in the past seven years over the 4th of July weekend, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society Board of Directors voted to move the date of the 2015 Blues Festival to the Labor Day weekend—Saturday and Sunday September 5 and 6.
After 30 years of being on the Independence Day weekend, the change to Labor Day is a momentous move to avoid the flooding of LeClaire Park with its consequent monetary outlays and still keep the Blues Festival on a holiday weekend that will provide a travel day for the 40% of attendees that come from out of town for the Festival.
Chicago Blues Experience—Where the blues lives
Chicago is the birthplace of modern blues, a pure American art form that has had a profound influence on nearly every style of music that followed. This music could have been forged only in Chicago: when the Great Migration brought Delta blues to the city, it was amplified to reflect the energy and struggle of an urban audience. The Chicago Blues Experience celebrates the pioneering artists as well as the generations of musicians who have been influenced by the blues and continue to carry on its traditions.
The Chicago Blues Experience will be a world-class cultural attraction for the City of Chicago. The Museum will feature state-of-the-art interactive technology that takes visitors on an eye-opening, immersive journey into the past, present, and future of the blues.
Cruise News
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Blues Foundation News
~ 2015 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
~ Blues Music Award Voting by Members Ends March 1
2015 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
MEMPHIS, TN - The Blues Foundation announces the selection of three living performers to be inducted into its Blues Hall of Fame. The three are Tommy Brown, Eric Clapton and Little Richard. They join more than 130 performers who have been inducted each year beginning in 1980. Read more here
Blues Music Award Voting by Members Ends March 1 ~ Blues Foundation members are entitled to vote to determine who wins a Blues Music Award. 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 by clicking this link.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Feb 21-22 Radio Show:  CINEMA BLUES
It is Oscar time once again. And we will take you to the movies, old and new. The Blues Brothers, Ghost Busters, Shaft, Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Robert Cray, Shemekia Copeland, and more. You don’t even need a wide screen to enjoy it. Just ears.
Blues from the cinema. Next time in the BluesMobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Kelly Richey :: "LOVE... It's a Powerful Thing!"
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: Feb 19 Earl Bell (1914), Sam Myers (1936), William "Smokey" Robinson (1940), Robert “Bilbo” Walker (1937); Feb 20 Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898); Feb 21 Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell (1903), Nina Simone (1933); Feb 23 Johnny Winter (1944); Feb 24 Freddie Robinson (1939), Willie Kent (1936), George Thorogood (1950); Feb 25 Ida Cox (1896), Feb 26 Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943-1981)
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.
Buddy and Hopkins
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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 and is highlighted, contact
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
are paid "Featured" ads
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
17th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest
Mar-12-2015 - Mar-15-2015
Coral Gables, Florida, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
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
Juke Joint Festival and Related Events!
Apr-09-2015 - Apr-12-2015, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 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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