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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 19, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 12
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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Email your fave photo, caption & credit to: has a NEW Festival JUTE Bag. Stop by their Booth at various West Coast blues festivals and pick one up for Free! They also have cool designs for blues shirts and festival gear. 
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12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine send them now! Our 13th annual issue will be out very soon!
*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
Blues People is the most recent CD from award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Eric Bibb on Stony Plains Records. Produced by Glen Scott, who also plays several instruments throughout, Blues People includes special guest performances by Taj Mahal, Guy Davis, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ruthie Foster (who Eric has been touring with), Popa Chubby and a number of other musicians from around the world.

The 15 tracks on Blues People include a number of Eric Bibb originals, as well as collaborations with other songwriters, plus songs written by Guy Davis (“Chocolate Man”), Rev. Gary Davis (“I Heard the Angels Singin’”) and the traditional, “Needed Time,” arranged by Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb and Glen Scott.  Read more details here... 
Click to play"Silver Spoon" (featuring Popa Chubby)
Blue Lunch :: ABOVE THE FOLD
Blue Lunch, Cleveland-based band has followed up their Rip Cat debut album, Blue Lunch Special, with a sparkling new release titled Above the Fold. These eight musicians, making up the current and arguably best edition of the little big band that has delighted club-goers in the Midwest for over three decades, speak several blues dialects including gutbucket Chicago, T-Bone Walkers and West Coast jump-blues-with fluency and conviction.
But that’s just part of their modus operandi. These Ohioans play off and venture beyond blues conventions into top-grade Blue Note/Prestige-inspired jazz and classic New Orleans R&B and soul and even gospel.
Click to play"Ain't Try To Kill Nobody"
News Flash
Pop Ferguson Blues Festival. June 13. Presents Authentic Jook Joint Style Blues
LENOIR, NC – In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, plans for The Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival, which has taken place in Lenoir, NC on the second weekend of June since 2009, is creating a lot of buzz among Blues fans with the Festival VII line-up.
For the past six years Pop Ferguson Blues brought to the stage Blues legends from around the country, all of whom give stellar performances for their fans. This year’s festival will honor yet another outstanding group of legends including: Big Bill Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters; Mac Arnold, co-founder of Soul Train; Pop Ferguson, a Lenoir native and lifetime Blues artist; Beverly "Guitar" Watkins...
Exclusive Event… The European Blues Cruise!
Meeting with great success, the European Blues Cruise 2015 will happen from August 31 to September 3rd on the Mediterranean. Organized by the French Association, “Blues In Marseille,” this European blues boat will sail from France to Spain through exciting and scenic stopovers. Five great blues artists and their bands, from Mississippi and Chicago blues stages, will perform onboard. There will be several blues shows on different decks, plus many other activities on this four day cruise in the rhythm of the blues!
This first European Blues Cruise is offering blues fans a unique experience!

Promising the best in travel amenities, the European Blues Cruise 2015 will take place on the French boat “Horizon” ...
MerleJam at Knuckleheads May 2nd plus Raffle Chance for a Cabin on Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
KANSAS CITY, MO - Blues lovers in Kansas City are familiar with Knuckleheads Saloon and the roots of the blues are still very strong here. One annual event that the community embraces is MerleJam Transplant Fund and Concert. The event started in 2007 after Knuckleheads doorman Merle Zuel had his heart transplant and has raised over $100,000.
Last year’s event sold out and it promises to be another great show this year with Los Lobos headlining on Saturday May 2nd. Along with the concert, blues lovers have a chance to win a cabin on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Click here for event and raffle info
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Features Two Stages and Dance Floors

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. Both stages are dancer friendly with large, shaded outdoor wooden dance floors. The variety of performers ranges from 82 year old Leo “Bud” Welch who cut his first album at 81 to the all female Cajun band, The Magnolia Sisters.
Shouting, moaning, stomping, shuffling and hollering, Reverend Tall Tree plays original Blues and American Roots music in the tradition of Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, and others.
Concert Photography Workshop Available at Blast Furnace Blues, presented by Highmark Blue Shield, March 27-29
BETHLEHEM, PA - At Blast Furnace Blues, March 27-29 at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA, blues aficionados and photography buffs will have a chance to unite their passions through the PHOTOPASS concert photography workshop. PHOTOPASS is a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of concert photography with Brian Hineline, who has shot hundreds of concerts over the past 15 years for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time Magazine and more. PHOTOPASS students will use their newfound skills to photograph Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, John Nemeth & The Bo-Keys and more at Blast Furnace Blues.

On March 28, PHOTOPASS participants will take part in a 90-minute workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. where they will learn tips and techniques from veteran photographer Brian Hineline. Find more workshop details here 
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 Walk of Fame Unveiled in West Oakland Where the Blues Scene Sparkled
OAKLAND, CA - Once dubbed West Coast's Harlem because of its vibrant blues music scene, Seventh Street in West Oakland was where the greatest names in the blues performed in the 1940s through the 1980s.
In honor of that rich history, the Bay Area Blues Society and city dignitaries on Friday [Mar 6] unveiled a Walk of Fame that commemorates the blues, gospel and jazz artists who graced long shuttered clubs such as Esther's Orbit Room and Slim Jenkins Supper Club.
"The Music They Played on 7th Street Oakland" Walk of Fame lines the Seventh Street sidewalk in front of the West Oakland BART station and features 88 plaques of honorees... Read entire story here
Cruise News
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More Than A Cruise...
More Than A Festival...
More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
MEMPHIS, TN - Mark your calenders for May 6-8 when the 36th annual Blues Music Awards and surrounding events happen in the Delta. Click here for a schedule of events that you'll not want to miss.
Blues Society News
Ventura County Blues Society “Mickey Jones Benefit Ride”
MOORPARK, CA - Come join us Saturday April 25 on a special benefit ride for one of our own… Mickey Jones, the longtime Ventura County Blues Festival Emcee and the “face” of the festival the previous nine years. This benefit motorcycle ride for the veteran motorcyclist, musician, actor, and celebrity figure, will begin at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships and end at the 10th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival at Moorpark College (7075 Campus Rd.) Moorpark, California.

Well-liked musician-turned-actor, Mickey Jones, has always been there to lend a hand to help so many others in need, and now he needs a little help himself.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 21-22 Radio Show:  D.A. FOSTER

This week in the Bluesmobile, a singer who got his start running one of the premiere blues clubs in Connecticut, the Shaboo Inn. And now he sings! It is the circle of life right there! Or the blues anyway.
D.A. Foster, and the music that made New England a blues center- J. Geils, Aerosmith, Roomful of Blues, and more. D.A. Foster. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
(Photo: The Shaboo All-Stars at the Infamous Lone Star Cafe in NYC, Lower 5th Ave. March 1980. (Lt-Rt: A young Dan Akroyd, D.A. Foster, Jack Scarangella (drums), Matt "Guitar" Murphy)
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Trudy Lynn :: RED LIGHT
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: 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); Mar 23 Chaka Khan (1953), Iverson "Louisiana Red" Minter (1932); Mar 25 Aretha Franklin (1942); Mar 26 Rufus Thomas (1917); Mar 27 Leroy Carr (1905), Robert "Junior" Lockwood (1915), Sarah Vaughan (1924), Herman "Little Junior" Parker (1932), Johnny Clyde Copeland (1937)
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!
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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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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
Blues in the Natural State
Music Festival
Apr-10-2015 - Apr-11-2015
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
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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