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Blues Festival Guide
April 9, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 15
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 Listing in the Blues Festival Guide Magazine...
There is still time!
The Blues Festival Guide is a leading media source for all news and updates related to blues music throughout the world.
The Annual Blues Festival Guide will once again feature a special section that has listings of radio stations and internet and also television programming. 
Plus you get a free website listing as well as a magazine mailed to you!
The purposes of this Blue Radio Page compilation are many:
• Record companies can send you product for airplay
• Bands can send demos
• Promoters can contact DJs about upcoming events
• Fans can tune in to your show
If you would like to be included our radio listings, simply complete this form as directed, and submit payment.
Please contact us with any further questions or 775 337 8344.
Thank you!
Find out more details by clicking here...
Show us your BFG
Send us photo with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Heather (BFG Sales Rep) had a great time meeting Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos when she was in Virginia.  "What an awesome group of guys & some amazing music.  They won Best Blues Band at the 2015 Veer Music Awards this year." 
Photo courtesy: Heather Penrod-Rudd
*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
Tomislav Goluban :: BLOW JUNKIE
With his sixth studio album, Blow Junkie, Tomislav Goluban is back to his roots. The CD features good old blues-rock, stripped to four instruments (harmonica, guitar, bass and drums) just to make the point that even this raw and simple sound could be easily enjoyed. Harp plays the leading role and the old blues mantra "less is more" is well established here. For the first time, this Croatian artist appears here as an author of songs in English. A link, but also a constant value in his career, is his harp, which becomes more and more powerful, clear, grown and definitely original.
Read more details here...
Click to play"Gambler's Blues"
Artist Site
Morose Elephant is Jeff Jensen’s fourth studio offering. Following his critically acclaimed 2013 release Road Worn and Ragged, USA Today Top 10 Pick, Morose Elephant features seven powerful originals, and four truly inspired standards. Primarily recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, this album showcases Jensen’s diverse songwriting, poetic lyricism and unique, over the top guitar stylings. From the Memphis soul vibe of “Make it Through” to the gritty, “Get Along,” to the fully exposed lyrics of “Fall Apart” and “Ash and Bone,” this record really lets you in to the vulnerable, organic and honest soul of Jeff Jensen. Read more details here...
Click to play"Make it Through"
Artist site
News Flash
JP Soars & Debbie Davies to Headline - ParkFest Blues Festival, May 9th, Chesterfield, VA
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA - The River City Blues Society of Virginia is proud to announce the 3rd annual ParkFest Blues Festival on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County, VA. Gates open at 12:00 Noon, with music from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The festival is set in the Heritage Amphitheater where there is not a bad seat in the house as the stage is elevated. The amphitheater has seating and a grassy slope where spectators can set up chairs and blankets.
There were will be local craft beers and local wines for sale, and both food and craft vendors all day. There is ample parking and plenty of shade.
Find more details here
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...  
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Features Special Sunday Lineup
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. On Sunday the Cajun & Zydeco stage is presenting an all Louisiana lineup featuring Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers; Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience; The Magnolia Sisters; Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys and Curly Taylor & Zydeco Trouble. Tickets are $25 at the gate. Discount single day tickets of $20 weekend passes for $35 are available only online:
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers have been rated one of the “Top 100 Reasons to Visit Louisiana.”
Find more artist details and info here
Local high schoolers to play House of Blues New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, LA - There are certain places considered "sacred ground" to four teenagers in a rock band. House of Blues New Orleans is one those to Pineville [Louisiana] High School sophomores Xzavier Price, Austin Box, William Lee and Tayveion Graham.
So when their band When All is Lost headlines the Music Forward Foundation's Bringing Down the House Showcase, the boys will not be taking the experience for granted.
"People that love the local music scene in Louisiana, they'll go to this, and it's nice to have a chance to show our art to hundreds of people in that venue," said Lee who plays bass for the group. "It's definitely sacred ground for us."
The group was one of 4,300 musicians, ages 13-19, who entered for a chance to play the April 14 show, which spotlights high school students.
Read more about it here
Cruise News
LRBC #25 & #26 Sold Out - Waitlists Announced!‏
Waitlist is now open to general public!
Visit this link or call

(816) 753-7979 to join.
LRBC #25 Oct 2015
Big Easy / Fantasy
Ft. Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest), New Orleans, LA, and Cozumel, MX on the Holland America ms Westerdam
LRBC #26 Jan 2016
Eastern Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola BVI , St. Croix USVI and Bahamas Private Island (Half Moon Cay) on the Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam IV

Very Important: In order to join the LRBC Waitlist, your user name and password is reqiuired to access the Reservation System. If you have forgotten your user name and password, click to reset.
If you need help creating an account please email or visit Booking FAQs
Info: WEBSITE or 816-753-7979 or 888-BLUESIN' ~ Need help?: EMAIL
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
Little Milton Statue Dedication April 9
MEMPHIS, TN - On Thursday April 9 at 4pm (CDT), The Blues Foundation will dedicate the Little Milton bronze statue that will permanently reside in front of the Blues Hall of Fame. The statue is inspired by the cover of Little Milton’s last studio album entitled Think of Me. That cover photo features Little Milton sitting on a bench holding his Gibson guitar in Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi River. The bench is known as the gar bench as it legs are in the shape of the gar fish found in the Mississippi and is the creation of the National Metal Museum here in Memphis.
Read more here...
Find more Blues Foundation info here
Blues Society News
Blues In The Natural State Returns To Fayetteville
April 10-11, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - For the 13th consecutive year, some of the top names in blues music today will make their way to Fayetteville, Arkansas as part of Ozark Blues Society’s annual Blues in the Natural State Festival.
Organizers planned to start things off last week during the outdoor art walk at Fayetteville’s First Thursday, but that event was rained out. The festival is now set to begin on Friday, April 10 at George’s Majestic Lounge.
Friday night will include a bunch of talented female performers under the theme “An Evening of Women in the Blues,” and will include performances by local supergroup Divas on Fire, and touring acts Nikki Hill, Kelley Hunt, and Shemekia Copeland.
Find more details here
Elwood's BluesMobile
April 11-12 Radio Show:  ALL ABOARD! IT'S TRAIN TIME!

There was a time when the train was the major mode of transportation. And in the blues, it is still the coolest way to get around. Next time on the Bluesmobile, riding the rails with Jimi Hendrix, Junior Parker, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Band, James Brown, and much more.
All Aboard! It is train time. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Little Milton :: Mississippi Blues Trail Interview
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Tidbit: It was reported that B.B. King was hospitalized due to dehydration, a complication of his diabetes. We hope that he is home recuperating as was posted on his Facebook page. We wish the Blues Ambassador a speedy recovery.
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
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); April 15 Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894); April 16 Sean Costello (1979); April 18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924), “Little Ed” Williams (1955)
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Juke Joint Festival
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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
Greater Clemson Blues Festival
Apr-15-2015 - Apr-25-2015
Clemson, South Carolina, USA
George's Music Springing the Blues Festival
Apr-17-2015 - Apr-19-2015
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Suncoast Blues Festival
Apr-24-2015 - Apr-25-2015
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Ventura County Blues Festival, 10th Annual
Moorpark, California, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
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
Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival
May-16-2015, Salisbury
North Carolina, USA
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-16-2015 - May-17-2015
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
May-23-2015 - May-24-2015
Simi Valley, California USA  
Little Walter Music Festival
Alexandria, Louisiana, 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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