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Blues Festival Guide
May 7, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 19
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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
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Our 13th Annual Print Magazine has started shipping!
Our 13th annual BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE PRINT MAGAZINE has started shipping. 100,000 copies of the 13th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine are being distributed for free now throughout U.S. and Canada.

We are proud to have the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival as our 2015 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 775 337 8344 or email.
Bobby Rush calls our magazine: "The road map 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 
Team BFG is in Memphis for the BMA's and HOF Opening
Cheryl and Kaati from Blues Festival Guide are in Memphis and report that they, "Partied at the Hard Rock last night with friends. On stage was Elvin Bishop, Eddie Cotton, Bobby Rush, Ed Earley of the Elvin Bishop band, and so many more. It was such a rockin' time. The Blues Festival Guide magazine was well received by all. Looking forward to partying until the cows come home. See ya'll on Beale Street."
Kaati (right) & Cheryl (left)
Show us your BFG
Kickin' off with the brand new 2015 BFG Magazine
Kaati and Cheryl are in Memphis and caught up with sax man Terry Hanck who is also one of our story contributors to this year's Blues Festival Guide magazine! Here he is showing off  the brand new, hot-off-the-press issue! 
Photo: Kaati
*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
Cash Box Kings :: HOLDING COURT
On Holding Court, award-winning fan favorites The Cash Box Kings continue their mission of carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20's and 30's. Living Blues said they are simply "one of the best blues bands in the land."
But these illustrious torchbear¬ers also add a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical expe¬rience. With a focus on the raw, stripped-down, ensemble playing that was the hallmark of the post-war sound, the band showcases the music of Chess Records and Sun Records while add¬ing a healthy dose of original music that captures the essence of early Memphis and Chicago blues sounds.
Read more details on this CD and artists...
Click to play"I Ain't Gonna Be No Monkey Man"
Label Site
The Picnic Sessions is an uncut diamond, the perfect expression of what happens when five talented musicians with a love of blues and roots Americana get together and play and sing, with no pre-determined idea of the outcome. You can hear the relaxed enjoyment and spontaneity as they swap instrumental roles, add harmonies and contribute ideas. It’s a “back porch” session without the porch!

This CD follows Siegal’s much lauded Man & Guitar, a BBC recording of his solo performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Live Nation’s London Bluesfest. Man & Guitar took top spot in MOJO’s roundup of blues albums in 2014, while both CDs confirm Siegal’s position as the finest blues voice the UK has produced since the iconic names of the sixties British blues boom.
Read more details on this CD and artist
Click to play"Stone Cold Soul" 
Artist Site
News Flash
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Announces Full Schedule
SIMI, 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. The full schedule has been released and is at the bottom of this article. Tickets are $25 at the gate. Discount single day tickets of $20 weekend passes for $35 are available only online.
Royal Southern Brotherhood: Before they even hit a chord, this band has your attention. In the South, where music is religion, two rock ‘n’ roll bloodlines tower above all others. In saloon bars from Mississippi to Maryland, mere mention of the Allman and Neville Brothers casts a magic spell. ...
Full schedule and more info for the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Val Starr’s Blues On The Patio 2015 returns to Sacramento, CA with a great lineup!
SACRAMENTO, CA – Val Starr’s “Blues On The Patio” summer concert series returns for its 2nd year at the beautiful Lions Gate Hotel (3410 Westover Street, Sacramento, CA) with a spectacular huge blues lineup, and discounted laminated season passes for only $75!
The series kicks off on Friday, May 22nd, with award winning blues guitarist and Ruf Records recording artist, Coco Montoya. Guitar One Magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya “the hottest southpaw in the blues” and raves about his “master touch and killer tone.”
On Friday, June 12th, the Dennis Jones Band hits the Patio hard with blistering blues that you can rock and dance to! ... 
Read more and find complete "Blues On The Patio" lineup
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 ...
Find Doheny Blues Festival info and lineup
Free Bentonia Blues Festival includes a week full of live blues at the Blue Front Cafe
BENTONIA, MS – The 2015 Bentonia Blues Festival is just around the corner. This authentic country blues festival will be held on June 20th at the Blue Front Cafe in downtown Bentonia, Mississippi. The festival will feature arts & crafts, food vendors, and live music from 9 a.m. til 9 p.m. Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, the owner of the Blue Front Cafe and the last remaining performer of the unique and haunting Bentonia style of country blues, has added several days of live music inside the Blue Front Cafe leading up to the festival. Head to Yazoo County on June 15th, and plan to spend the week engulfed in the unique style of blues made famous by Skip James.
Rum Boogie Cafe Celebrates 30 Years this Weekend!
MEMPHIS, TN - The Rum Boogie Cafe celebrates 30 years on Beale this weekend. Opened May 8, 1985, it has been the home of legendary Beale Street performers plus a watering hole for tourists and locals alike. Anniversary activities follow the official opening of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame.
Friday, May 8th /1-5:00pm 4th Annual “Beale Street Mess Around”: Janiva Magness, Jarekus Singleton, Brandon Santini, Mick Kolassa, Igor Prado, "Monster" Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci, Annika Chambers, Jeff Jensen, John Primer, Bob Corritore + more. $10, all ages
6-10pm Tas Cru and his Band of Tortured Souls
10:30pm-2am Vizztone’s “Blues Party On Beale”. Hosted by Bob Margolin, with Brandon Santini, Amanda Fish, Dave Gross, Long Tall Deb, Rob Stone, Bob Corritore + more.
Saturday, May 9th / 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Fubar (Rum Boogie upstairs)
“Women in Blues Showcase” (fine emerging talent)
9pm – 1am Gracie Curran and the High Falutin’ Band.
Eat, drink, boogie, repeat
Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop To Appear On CONAN TV show on May 11
BURBANK, CA - Blues guitar master Elvin Bishop – newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – will appear on TBS' CONAN on Monday, May 11. The legendary guitarist will sit in with Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band for the duration of the show.

Last month, Bishop was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the groundbreaking music he made with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Bishop's latest solo album, Can't Even Do Wrong Right, has been hailed as the best of his long career. Rolling Stone says the CD is "among Bishop’s very best...Impeccable playing by a legendary guitarist…engaging singing and most notably, good spirits…a great showing for a distinguished American player."
Read more about Alligator recording artist Elvin Bishop
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
Awesome Schedule of Events for this weekend in Memphis! 

MEMPHIS, TN - Click the link below to see the Schedule of Events for blues fans in Memphis for the 36th Blues Music Awards and the Blues Hall of Fame Grand Opening. Have a great time! Check it out here
Find more Blues Foundation info here
Blues Society News
~ River City Blues Society's ParkFest Blues Festival May 9
~ Capital Area Blues Society "Keys In The Cities"
RICHMOND, VA - The River City Blues Society will host the third annual ParkFest Blues Festival on May 9 from 1-9pm at Pocahontas State Park on Beach Road in Chesterfield. Appearing are JP Soars & The Red Hots, Debbie Davies, Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos, Jon Spear Band and In Layman Terms. Tickets are $15 advance ond for RCBS members and $20 at the gate.

LANSING, MI - When you’re walking around Lansing and East Lansing this summer, one of the new attractions you’ll be seeing will be pianos. Not indoors but outdoors,and each will have been decorated by a local artist. It’s part of a new project from the Capital Area Blues Society called Keys in the Cities whose goal is: "Bringing pianos, artists and the communities of Lansing and East Lansing, MI together in public spaces to experience fun, creativity and the arts." 
Elwood's BluesMobile
MAY 9-10 Radio Show: BLUES MAMA'S DAY

Where would the blues be without mothers? Or maybe a better question would be, where would the blues be without mamas? How about a Mama’s Day tribute with Big Mama Thornton, Ma Rainey, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Beth Hart, and more? Sounds good to me.
Celebrating Mother’s Day. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Mavis Staples & Rick Holmstrom :: 
Intros and Outros
Tidbits & Birthdays
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all! There is nothing like a mother's love! 
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
May 8 Joe Bonamassa (1977), Robert Johnson (1911); May 9 Bob Margolin (1949), A.C. Reed (1926); May 12 Guy Davis (1952); May 13  Stevie Wonder (1950); May 16 Cleveland Chenier (1921); May 17 Taj Mahal (1942); May 18 Big Joe Turner (1911), Sara Martin (1884); May 19 Jimmy Thackery (1953)  
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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
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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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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