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Blues Festival Guide
May 21, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 21
Get your hands and eyes 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 and eyes on this!!
13th Annual Print Magazine on the streets & now Digital!
100,000 copies of the 13th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine are being distributed for free now throughout U.S. and Canada. Look for them at blues festivals and/or from your regional blues society, etc. Click the cover at left to also see the digital version.

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 
Show us your BFG
Kickin' off with the 2015 BFG Magazine
Shaun Murphy and her BFG sales rep, Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnsahw, ran into each other at the Hard Rock on Beale Street during the Blues Music Awards weekend. Shaun is a three-time Grammy nominee with an incredible voice.
Photo: Kaati
*NOTE! The 2015 BFG annual magazine has been shipped. 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 now find the Digital Edition of the 2015 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine 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
J.B. Hutto & His Hawks with Sunnyland Slim ::
"The raw-as-an-open-wound Chicago slide guitarist J.B. Hutto outdid himself throughout an outrageously raucous album anchored by an impossible-to-ignore 'Hip Shakin,' the blaring title cut, and savage renditions of '20% Alcohol' and 'Notoriety Woman'." - Bill Dahl,
The rough and rowdy blues heard at Turner's Lounge was the inspiration for this explosive 1968 recording. Blues legend Sunnyland Slim guests with The Hawks on piano and organ.
This Digipak Deluxe Edition of Hawk Squat contains the previously unissued song "I'll Cry Tomorrow," alternate takes of "Hawk Squat," "Too Much Pride," "Same Mistake Twice," two alternates of "Speak My Mind" and a 20-page booklet with many never-before-seen photos from the recording sessions and Turner's.
Find more details and quotes about Hawk Squat...
Click to play"Notoriety Woman"
Label Site
Delta Moon :: LOW DOWN
The dynamic dual slide guitarists Tom Gray and his “blues brother” Mark Johnson once again shatter perceptions of what the music is and what it can become. Their 10th album, Low Down, is another landmark for a band formed in the new millennium. Consisting of nine originals and three hip covers, it enervates the genre as a timeless, evolving cultural treasure. Gray (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, & harmonica) and Johnson are backed by Franher Joseph (bass) and Marlon Patton (drums) and backup singers Anna Kramer and Francine Reed.
The ominous “Wrong Side of Town” opens with a funky N’Awlins groove and Gray’s whiskey-cured voice. The dark, minor key “Afterglow” mines similar voodoo rhythms as Gray’s lyrics jab passionately with Johnson’s melancholy lead guitar speaking volumes.
Find more details about Low Down
Click to play"Wrong Side of Town" 
Artist Site
News Flash
Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, August 14-15… It’s Boomin!
JACKSON, MS – The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival is set for its third (3rd) year and It’s Boomin! The event will be held August 14-15, 2015 at the MS Ag Museum and it will offer a stellar music mix and line up guaranteeing a good Jackson, Mississippi time with over 30 Artists on 5 stages, including 4 indoor-venues, a boost from last year. These venues are transformed into Juke Joint replicas to give you that down home blues feeling….It’s Boomin!
Are you a first timer? Well let me warn you, the aroma of deep-fried, fresh Mississippi farm-raised Catfish, succulent ribs, tender pulled pork, and beef brisket will escort you through the gate. Concerned about that August sun? Step into one of those 4 indoor air-conditioned Juke Joint replicas, grab a chair and hold on!
Full schedule and more for the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Music Festival
B.B. King to be buried in his hometown, in Mississippi Delta
(Photo: BB King circa 2007 by Matthew S. Gunby)
JACKSON, Miss. - The body of blues legend B.B. King will return next week to the Mississippi Delta where his life and career began.
His body will be flown on Wednesday to Tennessee, the place where a young King was nicknamed the Beale Street Blues Boy. It is expected to arrive at the airport at about noon, and will be driven in a procession to Handy Park on Beale Street, where a tribute will be held that day. After that, King's body will be driven to Indianola, Mississippi, which King considered his hometown.
A public viewing will be from 10am.-5pm. May 29 at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, and the funeral will be at 11am May 30..
Further details about viewings and memorials and a link to some great photos
20th Anniversary Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, May 22-24 Announces NEW Headliner!
SILVER CITY, NM - The 20th Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, Friday May 22- Sunday May 24 at Gough Park over Memorial Day Weekend will feature renowned harmonica virtuoso, W.C. Handy award winner, Grammy nominee and Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite. Also appearing are The Campbell Brothers, Janiva Magness, Andy T Nick NIxon Band and more! Friday all day Biker Events including a People's Choice Bike & Award Show with cash prizes, and 3 Kick Off Dances (Country Blues Revue, Dusty Low and Guitar Slim). The Wall of Death, raffles, vendors, and blues all weekend! And all FREE!
For info call 575-538-2505 or the website.

Taj Mahal was set to headline but had to cancel due to illness. We do wish him well.
Family to Honor Oakland Blues Pioneer Bob Geddins May 23
OAKLAND, CA - Even though blues pioneer Bob Geddins wrote and produced numerous national hit records between 1948 and 1961 – by such blues and R&B artists as Lowell Fulson, Sugar Pie DeSanto and Jimmy McCracklin, the Oakland resident received scant notice from Bay Area media following his death on February 16, 1991.
Today, more than 24 years later, Geddins remains a largely forgotten man, even to some members of his large extended family.
Irma Geddins, 55, the youngest of Geddins’ 14 children, hopes to raise awareness of her father’s accomplishments. She will pay homage to his legacy with an event on Saturday, May 23 at 2pm on the 7th Street sidewalk in front of the West Oakland BART station where a plaque was recently inlayed honoring Geddins in “The Music They Played on 7th Street Oakland” Walk of Fame Project.
Find more details about Bob Geddins and the tribute event
Cruise News
Ticket to "Reunion Party" June 26-27 could be winner!
LRBC #25 & #26 Sold Out - Join Waitlist!‏

A cabin for two?
Come to the party! Click the image at left for more info.
JOIN LRBC Waitlist 
Visit this link or (816) 753-7979.
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.
 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

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
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
Rest in Peace B.B... see heartfelt video links below
MEMPHIS, TN - You truly were the King. Thank you for your music and for you the man. Check out our friend Mako Funasaka’s tribute. Here is official video from the 2015 Tennessee Governor’s Arts Awards.
(NOTE: BFG ran as our "Video of the Week" in e-Guide Issue 13.)
Find more Blues Foundation info here
Blues Society News
~ MVBS offering “Blues Cruise for Two” raffle
~ Utah Blues Society Blues Festival June 13
MVBS Cruise Raffle
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is offering a “Blues Cruise for Two” raffle for a seven-day cruise on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise sailing in January 2016. Raffle ticket sales will officially begin on May 23. Only 150 tickets will be sold for $100 each chance. State of Iowa gambling regulations do not allow on-line purchase of raffle tickets. However, the MVBS “Blues Cruise for Two” raffle ticket mail order forms can be found here. This raffle is a fundraiser for MVBS and proceeds will go towards producing the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival held Sept. 5 -6. More info.
Utah Blues Festival
The Utah Blues Society's Utah Blues Festival will be held June 13, 1pm-10pm at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. West Valley City, UT 84119. Early bird tickets are only $15 through June 7th.
Elwood's BluesMobile
MAY 23-24 Radio Show: BOB DYLAN

Got a very special BluesMobile Radio show for you this week. We have an exclusive tribute to Bob Dylan. It is a birthday celebration, though the man seems strangely ageless. Over 50 years now Dylan has been interpreting the blues, and the rest of us have spent some time interpreting Dylan. Can you imagine the range of music we will be compelled to play for you?
Next time on BluesMobile Radio - Bob Dylan.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
B.B. King :: THRILL IS GONE        R.I.P King of the Blues 
Intros and Outros
Tidbits & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
May 21 Fats Waller (1904), Dave Specter (1963), May 24 John Lee (1915); May 25 Miles Davis (1926); May 26 Mamie Smith (1883); May 27 Junior Parker (1932); May 28 T-Bone Walker (May 28, 1910), Gladys Knight (1944), Kaati (Blues Festival Guide Owner/Publisher)
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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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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
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
For all festival links
go to our website
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
Canton Fireman's
Blues and Brews
Canton, Connecticut, USA
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Jun-06-2015 - Jun-07-2015
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Kenny Neal & The City of Port Allen Blues & Southern Soul Festival
Port Allen, Louisiana, USA
Chicago Blues Festival
Jun-12-2015 - Jun-14-2015, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Greeley Blues Jam
Jun-12-2015 - Jun-13-2015
Greeley, Colorado, USA
Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival VII
Jun-12-2015 - Jun-13-2015
Lenoir , North Carolina, USA
Norsia-Delta Blues Festival
Jun-12-2015 - Jun-13-2015
Hønefoss, Norway
Blues On The Fox, 19th Annual
Jun-19-2015 - Jun-20-2015
Aurora, Illinois, 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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