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Blues Festival Guide
May 28, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 22
new 5/28
dec 31
may 28
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June 25
June 4
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June 28
June 18
Feb 18, 2016
May 28
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CD & DVD Releases
Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Society News
Video of The Week
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
Get your hands and eyes on this!!
13th Annual Print Magazine on the Streets & 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. Also see the digital version (click the cover at left) 
The Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival as our 2015 magazine sponsor.
If you missed getting an ad in the magazine we do offer several other media products. 
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"The road map to the blues?"
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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
Marty Alameda (rt) shares a 2015 BFG to blues fans Gregory Moorad and Marian Cabuto. The couple stopped by his Baja Blues Festival booth at the Gator By The Bay Festival over Mother's Day weekend in San Diego, CA.
The Baja Blues Festival will be held Aug  21-23 in Rosarito, Baja, Mexico on the grounds of the famous Rosarito Beach Hotel.
Photo: Jackie Alameda
*NOTE! Start snapping those photos of you and your friends or an artist with the 2015 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. Find the digital version hereOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival in Jackson, MS. 
CD & DVD Releases
Hans Theessink & Terry Evans :: TRUE & BLUE (Live)
Recorded live in Vienna, Austria – True & Blue, like the prize-winning predecessor albums, Visions and Delta Time – is a naked and intimate, bare to the bone, live recording, that leaves a lot of space for Hans Theessink and Terry Evan’s expressive voices and instruments. This is handmade roots music at it‘s best.
It’s evident that Evans and Theessink were in a super good mood this particular evening and the audience was immersed in a hot night full of timeless blues and roots music, brought to life by these two gifted masters.

With only two guitars and two unmistakable voices, they generate an honest, unadulterated musical force in a stripped down setup.
Find more details about True & Blue and the artists ...
Click to play"Gotta Keep Moving"
Label Site
Bernard Allison :: IN THE MIX
Blues guitarist and singer Bernard Allison produced and arranged In the Mix, his first new studio album in six years, featuring 10 tracks, including five originals, as well as covers of two songs from his legendary father, Luther Allison (“Move from the Hood” and “Moving On Up”), plus tunes from Colin James (“Five Long Years”), Freddie King (“I’d Rather Be Blind”) and Tyrone Davis (“I Had It All the Time”). In The Mix is on the Germany-based label, Jazzhaus Records.
Although firmly rooted in the blues, the music on In the Mix shows Bernard’s myriad of influences, including soul, rock and R&B. Allison says about the recording sessions: “I was very excited to record with my reformed group. 
Find more details about Bernard and In The Mix
Click to play"Move From The Hood" 
Artist Site
News Flash
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 historic Lenoir, North Carolina 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 [Jimi] Hendrix who then gave her a guitar...
Find more details about the Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival 
B.B. King viewing and funeral in Indianola, MS, May 29-30
INDIANOLA, MS - A public viewing of B.B. King, the King of The Blues, will be held May 29 from 10am-5pm at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. The funeral will be at 11am May 30 at the nearby Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The 15-time Grammy winner will be buried later that day in a private ceremony at the B.B. King Museum, which King helped develop.
“From a practical standpoint, we feel comfortable knowing his final resting place will receive perpetual care at the museum,” the museum’s director, Dion Brown said.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called the bluesman “one of our state’s most beloved native sons.”
B.B. King's official website
32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival June 12-14, 2015
CHICAGO, IL - Chicago Legend Buddy Guy will headline the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival. The Chicago Blues Festival, held June 12-14, 2015 at Grant Park (Jackson & Columbus), is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, the late B.B. King, Bo Diddley, and Koko Taylor.
The Chicago Blues Festival featuring an amazing 3-day lineup of nearly 75 acts on a variety of stages, kicks-off on Friday, June 12 with Zora Young, Clarence Carter, Syl Johnson and more. Buddy Guy headlines the festival on Saturday...
Find full schedule and details about the Chicago Blues Festival 
Mississippi's Oldest Music Museum presents Steel Sculptures
CLARKSDALE, MS - An exhibit featuring Delta Blues greats like Furry Lewis, Bukka White and others is on display from June through October 2015 at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS. The opening reception is open to the media and to the public.
The exhibit is a series of original portrait sculptures by steel sculptor Scott Cawood, depicting legendary Mississippi Delta Blues artists. From Cawood, "I've always felt that these Delta Blues musicians were 'Artists' in the truest sense of the word. This series is meant to broaden that understanding. Each of these portraits is an attempt to capture what I hear in each individual's music and express it in their faces. In many ways, their expressions are my own. I am honored to be exhibiting my 'Blues Portraits' series at this important cultural museum. Their commitment to preserving the Delta Blues is alive, multi-faceted and firmly engaged. And by my estimation, they're doing a really wonderful job of it...come see for yourself."
For online donations or for more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum website.
Cruise News
Ticket to "Reunion Party" June 26-27 could be winner!
LRBC #25 & #26 Sold Out - Join Waitlist!‏

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Come to the party! Click the image at left for more info.
JOIN LRBC Waitlist 
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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.
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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!

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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Special Father's Day Concert Presented By Ventura County Blues Society
CAMARILLO, CA - The Ventura County Blues Society is proud to present a very special concert with "Chicago Blues Royalty," Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Sunday, June 21 (Father's Day) at Studio Channel Islands Art Center, 2222 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo, CA. Showtime is 2 pm (doors open 1 pm). Tickets $30 (general admission), $50 VIP (includes early 12:30 pm entry, two drink tickets, and seating in the first five rows). Info: (805) 501-7122 or their website.
Opening the show is VCBS Band Challenge winner and IBC semi-finalist, the always-enjoyable, Lightnin' Willie.
Also, win two tickets to attend the four-day The Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, the "largest gathering of national blues acts in the world," in our special drawing.  
Find more details about this special concert
Elwood's BluesMobile
The Chicago Blues Festival is the grand daddy of blues festivals, and is still the biggest and the best out there. This June’s event is a tribute to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, two Chicago blues legends, and features an amazing lineup of over a hundred performers, including Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, John Nemeth, and more.
The Chicago Blues Festival. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
T-Bone Walker & B.B. King ::  SWEET SIXTEEN
Intros and Outros
Tidbits & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
May 28 T-Bone Walker (May 28, 1910), Gladys Knight (1944), Kaati (Blues Festival Guide Owner/Publisher); June 3 Jimmy Rogers (1924), Memphis Minnie (1897), Curtis Mayfield (1942); June 4 Tinsley Ellis (1957)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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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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Bluesfestival Baden
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
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
For all festival links
go to our website
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
Billtown Blues Festival
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Cajun & Blues Festival
Jun-20-2015 - Jun-21-2015
Lodi, California, USA
Long Beach Bayou Festival
Jun-20-2015 - Jun-21-2015
Long Beach, California, USA
North MS Hill Country
Picnic Blues Festival
Jun-26-2015 - Jun-27-2015
Potts Camp, Mississippi, 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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