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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 12, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 11
Special Announcements
*Time to order your Ad in the 13th Annual Print Magazine!*
*PLUS: Get Listed on our Blues Radio Magazine Page* 
Did you know that Bobby Rush calls our magazine: "The roadmap to the blues?"
It's time to order your Ad in the 13th annual BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE PRINT MAGAZINE which hits the streets the third week in April. Our award-winning annual publication will be a great marketing vehicle for your festival and we hope you can join us as an advertiser.
100,000 copies are distributed for Free throughout U.S. and Canada to eager Blues fans and industry professionals (festival promoters, club owners, labels, booking agents, bands, etc.). 
Click here to download Print Magazine Rate Card
Industry leaders for over 10 years, we make advertising easy, affordable and effective. Cheryl, Michele, Kaati, Tom, Heather, Tim, Irene, Florencia, and Goran are standing by to help you brand your band, announce your new CD, sell tickets to your festival, etc. 
Give us a click or call today to ask questions at 775 337 8344 or
RBA Publishing Inc, P.O. Box 50635, Reno, NV 89513
*Blues Radio Page in the Blues Festival Guide Magazine*
The Annual Blues Festival Guide will once again feature a special section that has listings of radio stations and internet and also television programming. If you would like to be included, simply print this form out, fill in the information and mail it in with your payment.
COST OF LISTING – ONLY $60! Plus you get a free website listing as well as a magazine mailed to you!
The listings are alphabetized by state and then city and further by call letters. Each radio listing will include: call letters, number on dial, name of show, time of show, deejay, address, phone, fax, email, website.
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Victor Wainwright can't seem to get enough of his Blues Festival Guide magazine on board the Jan 2015 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and we just can't seem to get enough of him!! 
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Blues Festival Guide magazine send them now! Our 13th annual issue will be out before you know it 
*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
Ruf Records is 20. A lot has changed in rock ‘n’ roll since 1994. We’ve seen a thousand bands rise and fall. We’ve watched a hundred rock scenes blow up and burn out. All the while, Ruf has steadily evolved, from its roots as one man’s vision, to the most respected blues/rock label around, with a roll-call of talent to top any independent on the planet. And if that sounds like a bold statement, you’re holding the proof in your hands…

Of course, Thomas Ruf didn’t expect any of those accolades back in 1994. Back then, Ruf’s charismatic founder and leader created the label simply to give the legendary Chicago bandleader Luther Allison a platform to release some of the best albums of his career. Read more details here... 
Click to play"You Can't Always Get What You Want" (Luther Allison)
Jon Spear Band :: OLD SOUL
Jon Spear Band’s debut album, Old Soul, showcases their songwriting and musical talents, combining intriguing lyrics with creative musicianship to produce a memorable experience. Six of the tracks feature singer/guitarist Dara James, a talented young man, whose soulful vocals and fiery guitar solos are a large part of the band’s distinctive sound. The work of award-winning singer-songwriter/guitarist Jon Spear is also much in evidence with nine original compositions. Bassist Andy Burdetsky and drummer John Stubblefield provide a solid rhythm section as well as some standout solos.
“Devil’s Highway” is a mesmerizing blues-influenced rock number about an individual who is forced to confront his demons in a direct but unexpected way, while ‘Paid in Full’ evokes memories of the great R&B soul singers of yesteryear. Read more details here...
Click to play"I Can't Help Myself"
News Flash
Learn from the Masters with Blast Furnace Blues’ Masterclass Workshops March 26-28
BETHLEHEM, PA - At Blast Furnace Blues, presented by Highmark Blue Shield March 27-29, at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA, audiences will enjoy three scorching days of music by Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro, the Heritage Blues Orchestra and over 15 other awesome blues acts. Guests looking for a different type of experience, however, may want to check out the festival’s hands-on Blues Masterclass Workshops taught by the artists themselves.

Designed for professional and student musicians, as well as fans of the blues, the workshops March 26-28 provide unique opportunities to learn the various elements that put the heart, soul and sound into the blues.
Time for the Blues Mar 12-15 in Coral Gables Florida!

CORAL GABLES, FL - Welcome to the 17th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest where we invite you to enjoy a "Blues Marathon on the Bierhaus Plaza." Come out and enjoy this fantastic Blues Music Festival; a 4 days, live music, beer and international food extravaganza on March 12-15 on the Bierhaus Plaza in front of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus at 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, Florida. Thursday and Friday shows run from 6pm-2am, Saturday is 2pm-2am and Sunday is 2pm-8pm.
The event will feature over 15 local, national and international bands. Admission is free and there is plenty of self-parking at City Parking Garage #6, Entrance 51 Aragon.
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Presents an All Louisiana Sunday
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. The Blues stage is featuring headliners from classic groups such as The Yardbirds and Canned Heat, to 82 year old Leo “Bud” Welch whose second album is being released this spring to the ever popular Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Candye Kane and Reverend Tall Tree. And the Cajun & Zydeco stage is presenting a unique all Louisiana line up on Sunday.
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.
Take Your Spring Blues Vacation in Florida April 10-11-12 for the Tampa Bay Blues Festival
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.
“Blues Today Symposium" - University of Mississippi April 9
MEMPHIS, TN - The program’s theme, “North Mississippi Hill Country Blues,” will focus on the region’s distinctive blues sound and culture. David Evans, director of the ethnomusicology and regional studies doctoral program of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, will deliver the keynote address. Evans is a specialist in American folk and popular music, particularly blues, spirituals, gospel, and African American folk music. Additionally, George W. K. Dor, the McDonnell-Barksdale Chair of Ethnomusicology and associate professor of music at the University of Mississippi, will discuss Africanisms in Otha Tuner’s fife and band music.
Cruise News
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Blues Foundation News
MEMPHIS, TN - Click here the see the basic schedule for the 2015 Blues Music Awards, the 36th year of these prestigious awards, held May 6-8. When making your travel plans, rest assured that by the time May rolls around there will be plenty of other great musical events before and after the Blues Music Awards. The Blues Foundation will post new information as it becomes available.
Official events are located at:
- The Sheraton Memphis Downtown 250 North Main Street
- The Cook Convention Center 255 North Main Street 
Blues Society News
~ Connecticut Blues Society “Blues Blizzard” March 28
~ Central Delaware Blues Society's “Women of the Blues”
WEST HARTFORD, CT - Saturday, March 28, Petey Hop & The Jack Rabbits, Blues in the Dark with Ryan Hartt, Mike Law, and Shawn Leonard, The Jay Willie Blues Band, Suit, Ty & Thurrsty, and Shaka & The SoulShakers will perform at the Connecticut Blues Society's annual “Blues Blizzard.” The dance will be held at the Hannon-Hatch VFW, 83 South St., West Hartford, Delaware from 5:30-11:30 pm. Admission is $10 and open to the public.

MAGNOLIA, DE - The Central Delaware Blues Society presents “Women of the Blues” with April Mae & the June Bugs, Deb Callahan Band, Skyla Burrell Band, Mar 15 from 1-6 p.m at Jonathan's Landing (1309 Ponderosa Dr.) in Magnolia, Delware.
Cover is $10.
More info here... 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 14-15 Radio Show:  MARKUS JAMES

Hardcore bluesman Markus James has spent a lot of time, energy, and love exploring the African roots of the blues, and re-inventing the American blues with what he’s figured out. Now he has taken his quest to North Mississippi. Just him and some drummers from the hills.
Markus James playing live in the studio. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
(Photo by Manfred Schweda)
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
William Clarke :: LIVE AT BYRON BAY 1993
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: Mar 12 Jesse Fuller (1896), Leonard Chess (1912 Chess Records) (1917), Bill Payne (1949 Little Feat co-founder); Mar 15 Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905), Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912), Sly Stone (1944), Ry Cooder (1947); Mar 16 James "Yank" Rachell (1910); Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917); Mar 18 Wilson Pickett (1941), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927); Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894); Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915), Marcia Ball (1949), Sam Lay (1935), Eddie Shaw (1937), Jimmie Vaughan (1951); Mar 21 William Clarke (1951), Otis Spann (1930) (1930), Gaye Adegbalola (1944)
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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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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 Festival
Mar-27-2015 - Mar-29-2015
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Juke Joint Festival
and Related Events!
Apr-09-2015 - Apr-12-2015 Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-11-2015, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
Blues in the Natural State
Music Festival
Apr-10-2015 - Apr-11-2015
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-10-2015 - Apr-12-2015
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
George's Music Springing the Blues Festival
Apr-17-2015 - Apr-19-2015
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Ventura County Blues Festival, 10th Annual
Moorpark, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-07-2015 - May-10-2015
San Diego, California, USA
May-23-2015 - May-24-2015
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 12th annual in 2014), affiliated with the top-ranking website:, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide with approximately 30,000 weekly subscribers.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. You can reach the E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen at or
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Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... we just report it.
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