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Blues Festival Guide
April 30, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 18
Get your hands on this!!
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Foundation News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Heading to Memphis? Checkout these Special Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Cruise News
Blues Society News
Video of The Week
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
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Our 13th Annual Print Magazine has started shipping!
We're excited to announce that the 13th annual BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE PRINT MAGAZINE has started shipping. 100,000 copies of the 13th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine have started 
shipping and will be distributed for free throughout U.S.
and Canada.

We are proud to have the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival as our 2015 Blues Festival Guide magazine sponsor.
Congratulations to our cover photographer Mikel Samel who's great photo of young bluesman Jarekus Singleton graces this year's issue.
If you missed getting an ad in the magazine we do offer several other media products. CALL us at 775 337 8344 or email.
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 
Heading to Memphis? Checkout these Special Announcements
BMA Ticket Available
The Blues Festival Guide has
1 ticket
to the Blues Music Awards
next Thursday, May 6, in
Memphis, Tennessee
at Table i9.
Call Nancy ASAP
at 352-422-5013
Team BFG will see you in Memphis

The Blues Festival Guide's owner/publisher Kaati Gaffney (left) and BFG Sales Manager Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw (center) will be arriving in Memphis by May 6th to meet up with BFG team member Belinda Holloway (right) to enjoy the 36th annual Blues Music Awards and the Blues Hall of Fame Grand Opening. Memphis will be teeming with blues folk and a multitude of events will abound. Much congratulations to all the BMA nominees! If you see Kaati, Cheryl and Belinda stop and say, "Hi." I know they'd love to meet you in person if they haven't already. Remember, we're all one big family!
Cheers, Team BFG
Show us your BFG
Wrapping up with the 2014 BFG Magazine
Here's Kenny Neal and BFG's Tom Andrews at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest.
Photo courtesy Tom Andrews
*NOTE! The 2015 BFG annual magazine has started to ship. 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 find the Digital Edition of the 2015 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine very soon on our website. Enjoy pages jam-packed with blues, news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!  
Our 2015 edition sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival in Jackson, MS. 
CD & DVD Releases
 Roy Rogers remains defiantly upbeat on his 12th solo album Into The Wild Blue — out June 2nd on CD and all digital formats. Even though 64 year-old Rogers has lost longtime friends like blues legend John Lee Hooker, his recent recording partner of eight years, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, as well as his younger brother Robert — he says “life’s too short” to wallow in our grief or what we have lost., “I want to celebrate life through my music.” Into The Wild Blue wails, squawks, stomps and boogies with authenticity — ready for the open road and the live stage. Years of working with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar and Steve Miller has given him a pop musicality...
Read more details on this CD and artist...
Click to play"Don't You Let Them Win"
Artist Site
Dave Fields :: ALL IN
Electrifying Blues Rock & beyond soul combustion!
Dave Fields new RMR Top 50 Blues Rock Charts hit CD All In will electrify you with its rockin’ blues soul. Never before has the fire and intensity of Dave’s guitar been captured in a recording like it has on this new CD! All In features 11 songs produced by Dave: 9 originals an, a funky ‘live’ version of Led Zep’s “Black Dog” and a burning rendition of the timeless classic “Crossroad.”
All In was recorded mostly live in the studio. It features many of the same musicians on Dave’s first three CD’s Time’s A Wastin’, All Wound Up and Detonation: ...
Read more details on this CD and artist
Click to play"Let's Go Downtown"
Artist Site
Mr. Sipp’s new album, The Mississippi Blues Child, takes you to a whole new level. With his mixture of melodic guitar riffs, soulful lyrics and sound, you see another side of Mr. Sipp. This will be the second blues album released, the first album, It’s My Guitar, was the official introduction of Mr. Sipp with all traditional mind and soul moving blues. The new project tells a love story and it’s so very easy to follow beginning with the bio hit song “TMBC” telling you exactly who he is and how he got to where he is today. Then the journey begins taking you through the relationship from the beginning to the end. Blues is a feeling and that’s exactly what love is and it’s so thoroughly expressed by Mr. Sipp on this album. ...
Read more details on this CD and artist
Click to play"TMBC"
Artist site
News Flash
4th Annual Kenny Neal Blues & Southern Soul Festival

PORT ALLEN, LA – Hi Everybody! I'd like for you to join me on June 6th in West Baton Rouge, Port Allen, Louisiana for our 4th Annual Kenny Neal Blues & Southern Soul Festival, which is my dad, Raful Neal's Birthday. We will be celebrating his legacy. This is also the community where I grew up, so all the folks that make up this festival are my home folks. We have great music, down home Louisiana cooking on the spot, Jambalaya, fried catfish, ribs, etc., cold beer and other refreshing drinks.
This year our line-up for the Main Stage is: Chris LeBlanc, Vince Hutchinson and the Heavy Storm Band, Tyree Neal, Lil Nate Zydeco, and the entire Neal Family. Three generations on stage at the same time. ...
See full poster and find more about the festival
Legendary Blues Artist Mashups Coming to Gator By the Bay in San Diego May 7-10
SAN DIEGO, CA - Continuing the tradition of presenting musical collaborations you won’t hear anywhere else, San Diego’s Gator By the Bay Festival will be THE place to be for amazing blues performances, May 7-10, at Spanish Landing Park across from San Diego International Airport.
Big Jon Atkinson & the All-Star Blues Show
On Friday evening, May 8, the Bourbon Street Stage will be Blues central. As the night heats up, be sure to catch Big Jon Atkinson & the All-Star Blues Show. Local harmonica virtuoso Atkinson will be getting together with some of his friends--- and by friends we mean Fabulous Thunderbirds co-founder and harmonica and vocal frontman Kim Wilson, guitarist, singer and songwriter Kid Ramos, and Kid Andersen, a much-lauded Blues Music Award winning guitarist. ... Read more about Gator By The Festival
It’s not even a year since Markey Blue’s Hey Hey was released at #1 on Debut Blues Chart
Markey Blue was named “One of Ten Emerging Artists in Blues to Watch” –
Lead singer Markey “One of the top 10 Favorite Women in Blues to Soar in 2014” – Atlanta Examiner
Markey and Co-founder Ric Latina signed a multimedia/TV publishing deal.
Markey Blue gets signed to Blues Pros Talent Agency.
Feature articles in Gentleman’s Genius Entertainment, RUST Music, NashvilleFringe Festival, Blackman Life and Barfield Life magazines.
FOX News tri-state signs Markey Blue for Hey Hey and Markey Blue Christmas for “bump music.”
“Baby I’m Crying” signed for independent movie Turbulence and Love.
Find out more about Markey Blue
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Features Outstanding Lineup Sunday On The Blues Stage
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. While the Cajun/Zydeco stage is featuring an all Louisiana lineup on Sunday, the Blues stage is presenting an outstanding lineup of old time rock ‘n blues and up and coming new performers. Tickets are $25 at the gate. Discount single day tickets of $20 weekend passes for $35 are available only online:

Candye Kane, according to B.B. King, “has that big, brassy voice that has authority and sass; the kind of thing men like because it’s seductive and women like because it’s powerful.” ...
Long Beach Bayou Festival Announces Lineup - Celebrating Its 29th Year!
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Bayou Festival, a zydeco, blues, creole and Cajun festival, announces its 2015 lineup and once again unites a Mardi Gras atmosphere, Cajun and creole food delicacies and blues, Cajun and zydeco music at Rainbow Lagoon Park (Shoreline Dr.), Long Beach, California for the 29th year on Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21, 2015. Hours are 11am - 9pm on Saturday and 11am - 7pm on Sunday. For info and tickets: 562-912-4451 or website.
The festival features two stages of music featuring top notch blues, zydeco and Cajun music. On the Zydeco Stage, the most popular artists in the Cajun and zydeco genre are all lined up for this year with Grammy nominated bands. ...
Find the lineup and more about the Long Beach Blues Festival
39th Annual Beale Street Music Festival May 1-3
MEMPHIS, TN - The 2015 Beale Street Music Festival marks the 39th anniversary of the festival, which each year attracts music enthusiasts from all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries to the storied city where rock-n-roll and blues music all began.
Over the past decade, the festival has attracted over 1.1 million music fans to the multistage three-day event, best known for its eclectic mix of contemporary rock, blues, soul and modern talent and its musically inspired setting.
The festival is held in a beautiful 25-acre riverfront park at the foot of historic Beale Street overlooking the mighty Mississippi River.
Find all the details here
The Bloodline Tour is coming
BATON ROUGE, LA – “I'm so happy to be back in the saddle again” says Kenny Neal. “I had to take off for a while for my big move back to Baton Rouge. It’s nice to be back and settled. And the best part of it all – I just completed a new CD that will be coming out soon. The name of it is Bloodline. I wrote 8 songs out of the 12. I'm really excited about it. It was fun to make, great horn arrangements, nice back-up vocals. I had my good friend Lucky Peterson come join me on piano. It was like old times. I can't wait to get it into the hands of my wonderful fans that have been waiting for the last five years. ...
Find out more about Kenny's new CD and upcoming tour
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
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Blues Foundation News
Latest Schedule of Events for May 6-9 in Memphis for the Blues Music Awards and Blues Hall of Fame Grand Opening

MEMPHIS, TN - We have just added more gigs to the ever-changing online Schedule of Events for blues fans coming to Memphis for the 36th Blues Music Awards and the Blues Hall of Fame Grand Opening. Check it out here
Find more Blues Foundation info here
Blues Society News
Volunteers still needed for May 16 Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival in Salisbury, NC
SALISBURY, NC - After a run of 15 consecutive years, the event’s founder and chief organizer, Eleanor Qadirah and the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society did not put together the Blues and Jazz Festival in 2014, but it proved to be only temporary because she kept hearing from people who had missed it.
This year’s 16th edition will be held May 16 at the corner of North Lee and East Kerr streets, in the center of the Railwalk Arts District of Salisbury, North Carolina. Headline acts include West End Mambo, Peter Harper, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins of Atlanta and the Joe Robinson Revue.
Qadirah is sending out a plea for more festival volunteers to help her and other Rowan Blues and Jazz Society members. For more information visit their website or call 704-636-3277.
Elwood's BluesMobile
MAY 2-3 Radio Show: DOM FLEMONS

One of the drivers behind the great roots group, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons, has branched out on his own. Which means more roots, from a bigger tree. Early rock and roll, jazz, folk, dirty blues, funk… All with Dom’s unique stamp.
Dom Flemons. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Jarekus Singleton :: REFUSE TO LOSE
Intros and Outros
Birthdays & Tidbits
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
April 30 Rev. Gary Davis (1896); May 1 Big Maybelle Smith (1924), Little Walter Jacobs (1930); May 3 Homesick James (1914), James Brown (1933); May 5 Blind Willie McTell (1901), Johnnie Taylor (1934); May 8 Joe Bonamassa (1977), Robert Johnson (1911); May 9 Bob Margolin (1949), A.C. Reed (1926)  
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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
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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
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
For all festival links
go to our website
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
1st Adelanto New Blues Festival
Adelanto, California 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
T Bone Walker Blues Fest
Jun-05-2015 - Jun-06-2015
Longview, Texas, USA
Freedom Creek Festival
Aliceville, Alabama, 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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