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Blues Festival Guide
April 23, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 17
Get your hands on this!!
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
Get your hands on this!!
The 13th Annual Print Magazine is at the printer!
We're excited to announce that the 13th annual BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE PRINT MAGAZINE will hit the streets very soon now. This year's cover features young Mississippi-based bluesman Jarekus Singleton tearing it up at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival in Clearwater, Florida,
courtesy of photographer Mikel Samel.
Our award-winning annual publication. 100,000 copies are distributed for free throughout U.S. and Canada to eager Blues fans, festivals, blues societies and industry professionals (festival promoters, club owners, labels, booking agents, bands, etc.). 
Did you know that Bobby Rush calls our magazine: 
"The roadmap to the blues?"
Thanks for digging what we do!
Kaati, Cheryl, Michele, Tom, Heather, Tim, Irene, Florencia, and Goran
RBA Publishing Inc, P.O. Box 50635, Reno, NV 89513 - 775 337 8344  EMAIL 
Show us your BFG
Wrapping up with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Well, here's moi, Michele Lundeen, your Blues Festival E-Guide Editor and Kenny Beaumont taken April 23rd following an interactive musical program for elementary school children (K-3) attending 
field trips at the beautiful, blooming Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California! A very colorful backdrop for blues.
*NOTE! The 2015 BFG annual magazine will start to ship any day now! We're so excited to welcome our 13th edition! You'll find them for free at various festivals and your local blues society's very soon. Once you get your hands on one, start snapping those photos of you and your friends with the Guide while enjoying an event, or share an extra with your favorite blues artist, etc.!
*EMAIL your fave photo, caption & credit.
*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
Greg Nagy :: STRANDED
Acclaimed Blues artist Greg Nagy's third CD, Stranded, is a soulful exquisitely sung collection that’s easily the singer - songwriter – guitarist’s most mature and nuanced work to date. Stranded stands poised to become one of the years most celebrated releases.
Nagy’s star has been on the rise since his days in the successful Midwestern soul and blues band Root Doctor, whose Change Our Ways, was nominated in 2008 for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues album. A year later saw the release of Nagy’s first solo album, Walk That Fine Thin Line, which found itself nominated the following year for a BMA Best New Artist Debut category.
Read more details on this CD and artist...
Click to play"Long Way To Memphis"
Artist Site
Guitarist Arlen Roth’s new CD, Slide Guitar Summit, teams the acclaimed musician with fellow slide guitar greats Johnny Winter, Sonny Landreth, David Lindley, Rick Vito, Jimmy Vivino, Jack Pearson, Lee Roy Parnell, Cindy Cashdollar and Greg Martin. Slide Guitar Summit was produced by Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge, and recorded at studios in New York, Nashville and Connecticut.

“This Slide Guitar Summit album was a longtime dream come true for me,” recalls Arlen Roth about the recording sessions. “It's like a group of old friends getting together for a great time that is rooted in our serious and mutual love for what we do.” 
Read more details on this CD and artist...
Click to play"Poor Boy Blues"
Artist site
News Flash
Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers and Boz Scaggs to Headline the Doheny Blues Festival, May 16-17
DANA POINT, CA – Celebrating 18 years of Blues On The Beach, the Doheny Blues Festival is proud to present another stellar lineup of talent for its upcoming weekend of music, slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th. The nationally-recognized festival is headlined by 10-time GRAMMY Award winner Bonnie Raitt, the voice of Bad Company Paul Rodgers, the incomparable Boz Scaggs and many others, performing on three stages at the beachfront venue of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA. Tickets are on sale now.
Doheny Blues Festival takes pride in its introduction of new artists, and this year is no exception as we welcome Tennessee folk artist Valerie June to the festival, as well as ... Find Doheny Blues Festival lineup and more
John Nemeth Band helps kick off upcoming Southern California and Baja festivals April 24
SAN DIEGO, CA - The award winning John Nemeth and his crack band will headline in concert Friday April 24 at Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grill at the Ramada concert hall (Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA), to help kick-off upcoming, high-profile San Diego and Baja festivals. Showtime is 7pm-12am.
Nemeth, is the winner of the 2014 “Soul-Blues Artist of The Year” Blues Music Award (BMA) plus a multiple BMA nominee in several categories including “Entertainer of the Year.” An extraordinarily talented singer, harmonica player and songwriter, he’s got an infectious, charismatic stage presence and is very down-to-earth.
Friday’s concert will be promoting the upcoming...
Find who the other artists on this bill are plus info on the upcoming festivals
Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival VII Presents Authentic Jook Joint Style Blues June 12-13
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, who once played back-up for Jimmy Hendrix who then gave her a guitar; a special Saturday Night Jook Joint performance by ... 
Read more about the Pop Ferguson Heritage Blues Festival
Long lost soul man Ironing Board Sam ... Video of the Week
Long lost soul man Ironing Board Sam is the subject of our Video of The Week. The 25-minute documentary, Ironing Board Sam's Return, tells Sam's incredible story, from playing the TV show Soul Train in 1965 to Jimi Hendrix sitting in with his band around then; from playing Jazz Fest while submerged in a tank of water in 1979 to inventing the keytar (really). The Music Maker Relief Foundation found him and he moved to Hillsborough, NC. The former New Orleanian is returning to Jazz Fest this year. It's inspiring, touching, and full of incredible soul music from the '60s to today.
Find out more about Ironing Board Sam
Scroll down to watch our Video of The Week featuring Ironing Board Sam!
Reminders of Katrina and Resilience
NEW ORLEANS, LA - “This P Bass was with me for years and I had it cleaned up in Houston, still worked,” says Gary Edwards, owner and producer of Sound of New Orleans Records. “I gave it to the son of a guy that was very nice to me when we were there. His son is doing well in the biz, working for Red Bull shows, whatever they do. This picture is from 2005 I think, sometime after Katrina. Things were so damned confused then that I am not sure. [I] sent the picture to Fender. They used it in their magazine and sent me a new case and a nice bass amp. I gave that away to Carl Marshall,..."
Documenting the Blues in the Mississippi Delta
The urgent need to preserve a cornerstone of American culture led folklorists like John Lomax to travel the country documenting early blues recordings and writers like Amiri Baraka to publish “Blues People: Negro Music in White America.” Although Margo Cooper did not know it when she began more than 20 years ago, she has followed that tradition and produced a documentary project that archives the oral and visual histories of blues musicians, their families and communities in northern Mississippi and the Delta.
Her project, “Deep Inside the Blues,” includes B. B. King, Sam Carr, Bobby Rush, R. L. Burnside, Otha Turner and many others. It is, for her, a love letter to the people she befriended in the Deep South.
Read entire article and see more photos plus a link to a slide show
Cruise News
LRBC #25 & #26 Sold Out - Join Waitlist!‏
LRBC #27 Date Announced
Waitlist is open Visit this link or 
(816) 753-7979 to join.
LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015
Big Easy / Fantasy
LRBC #25 Big Easy / Fantasy. Fort Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans & Cozumel.
 Holland America ms Westerdam. Join Wait List!

LRBC #26 Jan 17-24, 2016
Eastern Caribbean
LRBC #26 Eastern Caribbean.
Fort Lauderdale to Tortola BVI, St. Croix USVI & Bahamas Private Island

Holland America ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Join Wait List!
*LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016*
San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe
Celebrity Summit. Prebook starts July 21st!

NOTE: Very Important... In order to join the LRBC Waitlist, your user name and password is required to access the Reservation System. If you have forgotten your user name and password, click to resetIf you need help creating an account please email or visit Booking FAQs
Info: WEBSITE or 816-753-7979 or 888-BLUESIN' ~ Need help?: EMAIL
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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
36th Blues Music Awards Advance Sell Out!

MEMPHIS, TN - For what we assume is a first, the Blues Music Awards are sold out! Online ticket sales were discontinued April 16, three weeks before the Blues Music Awards gala set for May 7. Given the show’s large stage and production areas, the Cook Convention Center can comfortably seat 1450 attendees at tables of ten. I might still give a call just in case something opens up or if there ends up being a waitlist, 901-527-2583.
Find more Blues Foundation info here
Blues Society News
~ Ventura County Blues Society's 10th annual festival to benefit American Cancer Society
~ Hamilton Blues Society holds 1st Hammer Blues Awards
MOORPARK, CA - All pre-sale tickets end Friday, April 24 for the Ventura County Blues Society's 10th annual Ventura County Blues Festival which happens April 25 on the sprawling green of Moorpark College campus (7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark, CA). This event will benefit the American Cancer Society!
Get your general admission tickets quickly and save $10 per ticket. Advance tickets are $25 or $35 at the gate. Plus, online, pre-sale only $125 VIP tickets are available and offer tons of perks. 
Special this year, in celebration of their 10th anniversary, will be a 2nd Stage. featuring some of the best regional bands California has to offer. 

Also, there will be a special benefit bike run for longtime festival friend and celebrity emcee, Mickey Jones. Go on their website for more information.
HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA - The Hamilton Blues Society presents the first Hammer Blues awards Saturday, April 25 at Jet Hall, 746 Barton St. E. Sonny del-Rio (above) will be honoured with a special Wall of Fame award. Nominees include Rita Chiarelli, Jack de Keyzer, Joel Johnson and Smoke Wagon Blues. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7. $10. Cash bar and food.
Elwood's BluesMobile
APRIL 25-26 Radio Show: JW JONES

He’s easy on the eyes… one of the best blues guitar players around… And he’s been tearing up the Canadian blues scene for years. JW Jones. His latest, Belmont Boulevard, pairs him with producer, drummer and ace songwriter Tom Hambridge.
An hour with JW Jones. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
 Please see the more about the Ironing Board Sam documentary in this issue
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
April 23 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894); April 25 Albert King (1923); April 26 Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (18869), J. B. Hutto (1926); April 27 Ann Peebles (1947); April 29 Big Jay McNeely (1927), Otis Rush (1935), Frankie Lee (1941); April 30 Rev. Gary Davis (1896) 
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Suncoast Blues Festival
Apr-24-2015 - Apr-25-2015
Sarasota, Florida, USA
10th Annual
Ventura County Blues Festival 
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
Doheny Blues Festival
May-16-2015 - May-17-2015
Dana Point, California, USA
Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival
May-16-2015, Salisbury
North Carolina, USA
Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-16-2015 - May-17-2015
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Blues on Broadbeach
Music Festival
May-21-2015 - May-24-2015
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
For all festival links
go to our website
Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival 20th Anniversary
May-22-2015 - May-24-2015
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Bluesfestival Baden
May-23-2015 - May-30-2015
Baden, Aargau, Switzerland
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
May-23-2015 - May-24-2015
Simi Valley, California USA  
Santa Cruz American
Music Festival
May-23-2015 - May-24-2015
Aptos, California, USA
Little Walter Music Festival
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
BB King Homecoming Festival
Indianola, Mississippi, USA
Music City Blues Festival
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Smokin' in Steele
BBQ & Blues Fest
May-29-2015 - May-31-2015
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
Santa Clarita Valley Blues Festival
Santa Clarita, 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.
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