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Blues Festival Guide
June 4, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 23
June 9
June 28, 2015
dec 31
new 5/28
june 18
June 25
June 4
June 4
June 18
Feb 18, 2016
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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. See the digital version (click 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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RBA Publishing Inc, P.O. Box 50635, Reno, NV 89513 - 775 337 8344  EMAIL 
Show us your BFG
Send your pics with the new 2015 BFG Magazine
Here's the Ventura County Blues Festival volunteers, some holding up their BFG at the their volunteer appreciation party!
Also, here's Michael “Papa” John's grandsons, Caden (lt) and Dylan (rt) who are just getting into the blues and loving it. Michael John is the president of the Ventura County Blues Society and it's festival creator and promoter.
Photo courtesy Michael John
*NOTE! Start snapping those photos of you and your friends or an artist with the 2015 Guide while enjoying an event!  *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
Sugaray Rayford :: SOUTHSIDE
Delta Groove Promotions and Nimoy Sue Records present Southside, the brand new album by Mannish Boys' singing sensation, Sugaray Rayford.
Southside consists of all original songs written by Rayford and his writing partner, Ralph Carter. The CD has a Memphis Stax feel to it and its original, soulful contents highlight Suga’s current perspective of the blues. Gino Matteo’s guitar is as eclectic as the guitarist himself. The band is tight and the grooves are intoxicating.
The CD features Sugaray on lead vocals, Matteo on guitar, Ralph Carter on bass, Lavell Jones on drums, Leo Dombecki on keys, Allan Walker on sax, Gary Bivona on trumpet and Jade Bennett, Zara Davis, and Rachele Quioque on backup vocals.
Find more details about Southside
Click to play"If I Live To Love Again"
Artist Site
Diane Durrett :: SOUL SUGA
Those who think powerful singing comes from shouting need to hear the golden pipes and soul- penetrating talent of Diane Durrett. The extraordinary singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer effortlessly exudes a full range of emotions on her seventh lusty release, Soul Suga.
Ten arousing originals and one classic are backed by a who’s who of Georgia musicians including Yonrico Scott, Melissa “Junebug” Massey (drums), Ted Pecchio, Charlie Wooton, Gregg Shapiro, Chris Price (bass), Markham White, Oliver Wood, Tinsley Ellis, Critter Critendin (guitars), Yoel B’nai Yehuda, Eric Frampton, Brandon Bush, Randall Bramblett, Ike Stubblefield (keyboards), Jon Maret, Daryl Dunn (saxophone), Jonathan Lloyd, Joe Burton (trombone), Kathie Holmes (flute), Miko Bowles (trumpet), Dub Hudson (clarinet)...
Find more details about Soul Suga
Click to play"Butters In The Skillet" 
Artist Site
News Flash
Behold Our New Home...
Plaza Hotel & Casino Downtown Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV - We’re proud to announce the return of the Big Blues Bender to Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, September 10-13, 2015!
The soul of the city. Neon flash and vintage on one end, and old-school cool with a hipster attitude on the other. Here, it all works. This walkable district is charged with a new energy. And it may be the best people-watching spot in town. It’s where it all began. Enter The Plaza Hotel under the classic, twinkling dome and feel like a high roller. Then stride across the marble floors into plush, luxurious rooms with first-class amenities and exceptional service. It’s the result of a $35 million renovation.
Find lineup and more details about the Big Blues Bender
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.
Find more details about the Bentonia Blues Festival
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.
Find lineup and more details about the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival
Cruiser Reunion Party June 26-27 Update + Reminder!‏
KANSAS CITY, MO - The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Reunion Party is set for June 26-27 at Knuckleheads (2715 Rochester) Kansas City, Missouri. One lucky attendee will win a cabin for two on LRBC #27 that sails Oct. 29 – Nov. 5, 2016 (Southeastern Caribbean from San Juan, P.R. to Barbados, Grenada, Dominica and Guadalupe on the Celebrity Summit). Cabin Winner will be drawn prior to Dwayne Dopsie & Zyedeco Hellraisers performance on the 27th. No Raffle Tickets will be sold. Winner is responsible for Ship Taxes and Fees of $230 Per Person and Airfare to San Juan. Anyone with a paid admission to the Reunion Party is automatically entered to win. Good Luck!
Find details about this party and opportunity to sail
Meet The BluesMobile's C.C. Rider at the Chicago Blues Festival!
CHICAGO, IL - The BluesMobile's C.C. Rider, the Venerator, rides along side Elwood Blues to shine light on the founding mothers and fathers of the blues and to spread the word about all the great blues today.
Look for C.C. at the Chicago Blues Festival and win tickets to her After-Party at the House of Blues Foundation Room Saturday Night, June 13, 2015.
Check C.C. Rider's Twitter (@CCRiderBlues) and C.C. Rider's Facebook page for updates on how you can meet C.C. Rider at the Chicago Blues Festival and win!
A life incomparable
METRO TIMES - I came across a post on Facebook that I found pretty interesting not long ago. Elayne Sikelianos, on the occasion of her 72nd birthday, posted: "Now that I'm long-in-the-tooth ... I'll share some amazing things I've done."

What first attracted me was the freedom that she exuded because of her age — the sense of "I'm too old for this to matter and I don't care." Then a heck of a tale unfolded. Sikelianos had been a driver for John Lee Hooker, and fed a not-yet-big-time Frank Zappa a couple of plates of her enchiladas at a Halloween party once. She dropped Owsley acid that she got from a friend who was an early roadie for the Grateful Dead, and sang in a "We Shall Overcome" singalong led by Pete Seeger. She got an Attic Bar T-shirt signed by B.B. King, and served a carryout at the Pegasus restaurant in Greektown to Isaac Hayes. 
Read entire article here
Cruise News
Ticket to "Reunion Party" June 26-27 could be winner!
LRBC #25 & #26 Sold Out - Join Waitlist!‏

Would you like a cabin for two?
Come to the Reunion Party June 26-27 in Kansas City! Click image at left for more info.
JOIN the LRBC Waitlist for #25 & #26
Visit this link or call (816) 753-7979.
LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015 Big Easy / Fantasy LRBC #25 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!
Prebook for LRBC #27 starts July 21 for...
*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 Society News
Topeka Blues Society event this weekend
TOPEKA, KS - The 23rd annual Mulvane Art Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday June 6-7 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. The Topeka Blues Society will present the Art Fair’s musical entertainment, including two national touring acts — Biscuit Miller & The Mix and Rachelle Coba — both performing each day. Also featured throughout the weekend are a food court and beer garden, and a children’s tent where families can enjoy hands-on art activities. Art Fair hours are 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Tickets are $10; admission is free for children 12 and under and for Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum (FOMAM). members. Attendees can purchase FOMAM memberships at the gate and enter free.
BUFFALO, NY - The 2nd Annual Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 beginning at 12pm located at the historic Silo City in Buffalo, New York produced by the Blues Society of WNY. This year’s festival will be MC’d by Anita West and will feature a stellar line-up of national blues acts to include Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Teeny Tucker, Mississippi Heat, Tony Monaco with Buffalo Legend Bobby Militello, local favorite the Chicago Blues Connection featuring Jay Moynihan who toured with Buddy Guy. Enjoy a day of Blues music, vendors and food at this free event.
Elwood's BluesMobile
Rock and blues guitar man Joe Bonamassa has spent years working on his chops, building his audience, expanding his musical horizons. His latest release has more of his killer guitar work, but also has him trying his hand at songwriting. The release is Different Shades of Blue
Joe Bonamassa is Elwood's guest. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes - Blue Front Cafe, Bentonia MS
Intros and Outros
Tidbits & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
June 4 Tinsley Ellis (1957); June 8 James Harman (1946), Derek Trucks (1979)
June 9 Jackie Wilson (1934); June 10 Howlin' Wolf aka Chester Arthur Burnett (1910); June 12 Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977); June 13 James Carr (1942)
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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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T Bone Walker Blues Fest
Jun-05-2015 - Jun-06-2015
Longview, Texas, USA
Freedom Creek Festival
Aliceville, Alabama, 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
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-12-2015 - Jun-13-2015
Canton, Ohio, 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
For all festival links
go to our website
 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
Bentonia Blues Festival
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
34th Annual
Fountain Blues Festival
San Jose, California, USA
North MS Hill Country
Picnic Blues Festival
Jun-26-2015 - Jun-27-2015
Potts Camp, Mississippi, USA
La Nuit Du Blues de Carpentras
Carpentras, Paca, France
Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-26-2015 - Jun-27-2015
Alpine, Arizona, USA
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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.
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