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Blues Festival Guide
April 2, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 14
Special Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Cruise News
Blues Society News
Video of The Week
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Foundation News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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 EMAIL
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.
Find out more details by clicking here...
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Send us photo with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Here's Art Tipaldi, renowned writer, author of the book, Children of the Blues, former Board Member of the Blues Foundation and editor of Blues Music Magazine.
Photo courtesy: Robby Z
*If you've got pics to share taken with the
12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine send them now!
EMAIL your fave photo, caption & credit.
 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
Deb Ryder :: LET IT RAIN
Deb Ryder is regarded as one of the best up and coming singer/songwriters in the blues world today. Her newest release, Let It Rain, was recorded at the famous Ultratone Studios with award winning engineer/mixer Johnny Lee Schell at the helm. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Tony Braunagel, this album features the absolute A-List of renowned players in the genre such as Mike Finnigan, Kirk Fletcher, Albert Lee, Kim Wilson among others, who bring a fresh energy and a powerful sound. All eleven songs are originals by Ryder, and are a celebration of the blues from classic to modern, Chicago to New Orleans. Read more details here...
Click to play"That's Just How It Is"
Artist Site
Chris Daniels & The Kings featuring Freddi Gowdy ::
Funky To The Bone marks the return of Colorado’s first grand master of Funk ‘n’ Roll, Freddi Gowdy, in this “Sam & Dave meets Tower of Power” type of collaboration with Chris Daniels. It’s the first studio album for the Kings in eight years and the first album for Freddi since the Freddi Henchi Band recorded at Caribou Ranch in the 1980s.Two master “soul men” soothe the spirit and invigorate the body with classic funk and blues. Singer, songwriter, guitarist Chris Daniels and singer Freddi Gowdy, the rightful heirs of Sam & Dave, deliver a musical tonic defying passive listening. Read more details here...
Click to play"Funky To The Bone"
Artist site
News Flash
Los Lobos to headline MerleJam in Kansas City May 2
KANSAS CITY, MO - Los Lobos will headline at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday May 2nd. Enjoy great live music while giving back to an important cause, The Kansas City Chapter of TRIO, a 501c3 nonprofit, will host its annual “MerleJam” at Knuckleheads Saloon on May 2nd. Advance tickets are on sale now and net proceeds will benefit the MerleJam Transplant Fund, which provides support for pre- and post-op heart transplant recipients and their families.

Other performers will include The Kris Lager Band, Maria The Mexican, Amanda Fish Band, Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds and The Head Honchos Band.
Find more details here
Behold Our New Home...
Plaza Hotel & Casino Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV - We’re proud to announce the return of the Big Blues Bender to Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, September 10-13, 2015!
The soul of the city. Neon flash and vintage on one end, and old-school cool with a hipster attitude on the other. Here, it all works. This walkable district is charged with a new energy. And it may be the best people-watching spot in town. It’s where it all began. Enter The Plaza Hotel under the classic twinkling dome and feel like a high roller. Then stride across the marble floors into plush, luxurious rooms with first-class amenities and exceptional service. It’s the result of a $35 million renovation. And you’ll feel the excitement throughout the hotel.
Read more about it 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.
Find more details and schedule here
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Features Two Days of Music & Dancing
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. More Grammy winners and nominees will be appearing on both stages than ever before. Tickets are $25 for adults (13 and over) and children 12 and younger are free. Discount single day tickets of $20 and two-day passes for $35 are available only online

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy celebrate their 22nd anniversary with a first-ever Simi appearance. Find more artist details and info here
What do World, Spring and You have in Common?‏
ATLANTA, GA - Join us for this annual Celebration of Sean Costello on Saturday, April 18 at the Northside Tavern (1058 Howell Mill Rd NW) in Atlanta, Georgia. Performing will be Joe McGuinness, The Hollidays, Blues Fish, and The Cody Matlock Band.
Because of his unique interpretation of American roots music and his generous spirit, Sean Costello’s passing in 2008 has ignited a burning desire to keep his personal and musical memory alive and to translate the human side of his suffering into action that will help in research, education, outreach and treatment efforts for Bipolar Disorder.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function.
Find out more here
B.B. King Museum announces departure of Executive Director Dion Brown
INDIANOLA, MS – The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center announces the impending departure of its executive director, Dion Brown, who has led the organization since February 2011. Brown has accepted an appointment as executive director of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, beginning June 1st.

“The Grammy Museum in Cleveland and the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, both of which will open later this year, will build on the foundation set here in Indianola,” said Brown. “I am glad to have been a part of the [B.B. King Museum’s] success, and look forward to staying connected as the network of music museums grows in our region of the country.”
Museum Info
Cruise News
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Blues Foundation News
Still time to prep for the BMA's and Hall of Fame unveiling
Find more Blues Foundation info here
Blues Society News
8th Annual Santa Clarita Valley Blues Festival
NEWHALL, CA - Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society and Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society invite you to the 8th Annual Santa Clarita Valley Blues Festival. The event will be held May 31 at the very cool antique Heritage Junction Train Station at Hart Park in Newhall, California. Gates open at 11am. Music is from Noon – 7pm.
Music will be provided by Fortune Blues Band, Alan Wright Band, BullFish, Kelly’s Lot, Chuck Strong & SRBQ, Toni Dodd & Southbound Blues, and Francesca Capasso & The Scorch Sisters plus DJ Greg Barbacovi.
Diggy Cat with Lucky Star Radio will be capturing the event which will be broadcast to over 40 countries.
Find more details here
Elwood's BluesMobile
April 4-5 Radio Show:  JOE LOUIS WALKER

A San Francisco native, Joe Louis Walker was in high school when the music of the sixties exploded all around him. He absorbed all that, and played with many of the blues folks that came through town. He later studied music in college and became an active gospel performer. And then …he came back to the blues. Lucky us.
Music from the Blues Hall of Famer, Joe Louis Walker. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Larry McCray :: RUN
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
Happy Easter to you and yours! Celebrate Spring .... Celebrate Renewal!
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939);April 4 Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) (1913); April 5 Larry McCray (1960); April 6 Big Walter Horton (1918), Warren Haynes (1960); April 7 Billie Holiday (1915); April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895); April 10 John Brim (1922), Rosco Gordon (1928), Shemekia Copeland (1979); April 11 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939); April 12 "Hound Dog" Taylor (1915)
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, EMAIL
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
Spring Harp Fest
La Mesa, California, USA
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
George's Music Springing the Blues Festival
Apr-17-2015 - Apr-19-2015
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
Ventura County Blues Festival, 10th Annual
Moorpark, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-07-2015 - May-10-2015
San Diego, California, USA
EUROPAfest 2015
May-08-2015 - May-23-2015, Bucharest, Sibiu, Romania
ParkFest Blues Festival
Chesterfield, Virginia, USA
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
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. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL or here.
Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter. Call 775-337-8344.
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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