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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 26, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 13
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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Danielle Nicole (formerly Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot) who got married the night before the Jan 2015 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise! Congrats!
Photo courtesy: Robby Z
CORRECTION Mar 19/Issue 12: has a NEW Festival JUTE Bag for sale... the magazine is Free!
*If you've got pics to share taken with the
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
Legendary Chicago blues harmonica master Billy Boy Arnold, release, The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold was produced by Duke Robillard. Arnold’s new CD showcases his talents as a songwriter, singer and harmonica player and is backed by an all-star cast of musicians, including the Roomful of Blues horns. This is Arnold’s second album for Stony Plain, joining his highly-acclaimed 2001 release for the label, Boogie 'n' Shuffle, also produced by Robillard.

Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013, Arnold ably demonstrates his credentials on this scintillating set that showcases a number of original songs, as well as compositions from...
Click to play"Dance For Me Baby"
Mike Osborn :: IN THE DOG HOUSE
In The Dog House by Mike Osborn is a unique blend of blues, rock, and country. Mike Osborn is a San Francisco Bay Area guitarist with a passionate, powerful, artistic style combined with soulful, growling vocals. His music is always expressive and danceable, performed with a commanding stage presence.
Mike Osborn has been played on hundreds of radio stations in the US and International markets. His previous CD Fire & Fury reached #16 on the radio playlist Roots Report. Mike currently holds the #1 spot in the ReverbNation Blues/Rock category in the Bay Area.
This CD was produced and mastered by Grammy award winning Alan Mirikitani who also wrote many of the tracks ...
Click to play"Love VS Ego"
News Flash
Gator By the Bay Festival is Looking Blue
SAN DIEGO, CA - Blues lovers won’t be feeling blue at all when they peruse the Gator By the Bay schedule for 2015. The festival, which brings the joie de vivre of the Louisiana bayou to Spanish Landing Park in San Diego on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-10, not only features the hottest Cajun & zydeco music, but also three days of one of the strongest blues lineups around.
Festival goers will enjoy about 24 blues performances on 5 stages throughout the fun filled weekend, from Grammy winning Chicago blues legends to a young crop of teenage bluesmen destined to assume the mantle of the next generation of serious talent.
18th Annual Freedom Creek Blues Festival Kickstarter campaign
ALICEVILLE, AL - The Rural Members Association is proud to announce the 18th Annual Freedom Creek Blues Festival founded by the late, great Willie King. This year’s festival is to be held 11:30am until 8pm near downtown Aliceville, Alabama at "Cookieman's" place at 1438 Wilder Circle, rain or shine!
This internationally acclaimed festival will take place on Saturday June 6 with music from 11:30am, opening with great traditional gospel followed by non-stop blues. The family friendly festival attracts local and international crowds and is renowned for its down-home atmosphere, great music and delicious southern food.

This year's festival features a wide range of great regional blues artists, featuring a host of blues talent, including...
Stax Museum, B.B. King among Recipients of 2015 Tennessee Governor's Arts Awards
NASHVILLE, TN - The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and blues great B.B. King were among recipients of the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards. The awards, which recognize individuals and institutions who represent the best of arts and culture in Tennessee, were presented during a ceremony March 17 in Nashville.
King received a Distinguished Artist Award and "continues to reign as the unchallenged 'King of the Blues,’” said the Tennessee Arts Commission. This award it presented to Tennessee artists of exceptional tale nt and creativity in any discipline who have contributed to the arts and influenced directions, trends and aesthetic practices on a state and national level.
Roadside oddities: Dockery Farms & the birth of the blues
CLEVELAND, MS - B.B. King said it all started at Dockery Farms – the blues, that is. And he would probably know, being one of the most revered blues musicians of all time.

The blues is quite possibly America’s most distinctive musical style and many of its most iconic practitioners worked and lived in and around this cotton plantation, including Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and Son House. Their music has been immensely influential on popular culture, particularly on rock n’ roll, with legends like Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and, most recently, the White Stripes, covering their songs.

Will Dockery established the plantation in 1895...
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.
Cruise News
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Blues Foundation News
President and CEO Search Now Underway
MEMPHIS, TN - Jay Sieleman is stepping down as head of The Blues Foundation September 30, 2015 after more than twelve years at the helm. The search for a new President and CEO of The Blues Foundation is now underway.
The Board of Directors will select a successor this summer. Applications are due May 15, but you are encouraged to make your interest known early.
Please click HERE for complete information.
Blues Society News
Washington Blues Society Announces 2015 Best of the Blues Awards
KIRKLAND,WA - The Washington Blues Society ’s annual Best of the Blues Awards (“BB Awards”) returns to the Kirkland Performance Center on Sunday, April 12th to honor musicians and artists nominated by blues society members in 31 award categories. The 2015 BB Awards features performances by over 45 select nominees and recognize new inductees into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame.
The nominees once again represent the very best blues performers from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Long-time favorites Brian Lee and the Orbiters lead nominations with members receiving seven categories such as Mark Dufresne Male Vocalist, Slide Blues Guitarist, Chris Leighton Blues Drummer, Act, Performer, and Songwriter. Fresh from their 2015 International Blues Challenge performances in Memphis, the Rafael Tranquilino Band, the CD Woodbury Band and Nick Vigarino are also on this year’s ballot... 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 28-29 Radio Show:  ERIC CLAPTON

Time once again for a celebration of Eric Clapton. It is his 70th birthday. But do we really need an excuse? There is a lifetime of music to sample- from Cream to Blind Faith to Derek and the Dominoes, and more. Plus exclusive and rare Clapton sound bites from our interview archives!
Do not miss it. Eric Clapton. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
B.B. King :: Governor's Arts Award Recipient Tribute
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: 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); Mar 29 Sue Foley (1968), Mar 30 John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914), Eric Clapton (1945); Mar 31 Big Maceo Merriweather (1905), Lowell Fulson (1921); April 1 Lucille Bogan (1897), Alberta Hunter (1895), Joseph Amos Milburn, Jr. (1927)
April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939)
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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 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
Blast Furnace Blues Festival
Mar-27-2015 - Mar-29-2015
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta
Mar-27-2015 - Mar-28-2015
San Felipe, Baja, Mexico
Juke Joint Festival
and Related Events!
Apr-09-2015 - Apr-12-2015 Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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
For all festival links
go to our website
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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