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June 25, 2015
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Get your own copy of the 2015 Blues Festival Guide (and back-issues, too). Have the magazine delivered right to your mailbox! Click the image at left to find out how easy it is to be able to hold your own copy in your hands and flip through the pages at your leisure.
Our magazine is jam-packed with feature stories, art and photography by top Blues aficionados plus our huge festival section with plenty of details to help you get your blues groove on and plan your festival itinerary.
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Here's Shane Dwight at the annual Great-Eldorado BBQ Brews and Blues Festival in Reno, NV on June 19, 2015.

Photo: Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw
*NOTE! Start snapping those photos of you and your friends or an artist with the 2015 Guide while enjoying an event!
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Our 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival in Jackson, MS. 
CD & DVD Releases
The Toronto singer/songwriter/guitarist, Anthony Gomes, has been creating virtuosic, burning blues since his recorded debut in 1998. 12 releases and numerous awards and ecstatic accolades later, the aptly-named, riff-laden Electric Field Holler crackles with his bare wires passion. A dozen hard driving original tracks are kicked by Theo Harden (bass), Chad Cromwell (drums), David Smith (keyboards) and R. Scott Bryan, Glen Caruba (percussion).
The heavy hitting “Turn It Up!” has Gomes rightly boasting “…got Mississippi lightning in my soul, I was raised on the thunder of rock ‘n’ roll…” his voice and guitar roaring. “Back Door Scratchin’” uses clever tom cat imagery. The mighty chugging “Whiskey Train” has Gomes growling and his guitar smoking like a 20-ton locomotive. Find more details about this release
Click to play"Turn It Up"
Artist Site
Omar Coleman :: BORN AND RAISED
Born and Raised is the Delmark debut of one of Chicago’s best new voices, vocalist and harmonica ace Omar Coleman. This is modern, funky blues at its best, with killer vocals and musicianship and witty songwriting. This young charismatic singer/songwriter oozes deep soul (his main musical heroes are Bobby Rush and Junior Wells).
The music of Omar Coleman, like Chicago itself, contains multitudes. Rooted in the blues, spiked with R&B urgency, and resonant with deep-soul passion, it both moves the heart and galvanizes the feet --"grown folks' music," as they say, but brimming with the enthusiasm, fire, and dedication of a young man making his mark on the world. Find more details about this release
Click to play"Sit Down Baby" 
Artist Site
News Flash
Daytona Blues Festival, October 9-11, opens with a bang!
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - The Daytona Blues Festival is opening with its strongest Friday line up ever at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Florida. With Janiva Magness, Kenny Neal and Watermelon Slim following two IBC standouts, Friday, October 9, will be a special day no blues fan should miss.
Recognized five times as the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards (BMA), Janiva Magness closes our exciting first day of blues. Her latest release, the BMA Contemporary Blues Album nominated Original, was one of 2014's top charting blues/roots albums, and it includes the BMA Best Song nominated "Let Me Breath." On Original, Janiva co-wrote a majority of the tracks for the first time... More details on the Daytona Blues Festival
The 20th annual Fargo Blues Festival
FARGO, ND - The 20th annual Fargo Blues Festival will be held at Newman Outdoor Field August 14 and August 15, 2015. The festival is known for its world class entertainment on the pristine grass of Newman Outdoor Field baseball stadium. People have attended our festival from all lower 48 states, five Canadian provinces and 10 foreign countries.

There are 40 food, beer and novelty booths. The campground is 2 blocks away and 3 hotels are within walking distance. The event starts at 2:00pm Friday and noon Saturday. Three headliners will perform each day with 12 bands in all. Find more details on the Fargo 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. Concerned about that August sun?
Find out more about the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Fest
Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation to host Willie’s 100th Birthday Bash July 1
CHICAGO, IL - The family of Willie Dixon and the entire Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation community invite one and all to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Willie’s birth at our home within the legendary Chess Records Studio at 2120 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Blues Heaven Foundation and Capital One will host Melvin Taylor and the Slack band, which has wowed audiences from Montreux to Telluride, as well as many special guests. Please join us for this celebration from 5-8PM. Price of admission: Free (donations accepted).

Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation was founded in 1982 by Chicago Blues great, Willie Dixon...
Find out more details about the bash and the Foundation
Tremblant International Blues Festival July 3-12
QUEBEC, CANADA - Mont Tremblant will vibrate to the sound of the International Blues Festival From July 3-12, 2015, welcoming musicians from the four corners of the world for 10 days of blues music, from its purest roots to its influence from R&B, soul, funk, country, folk and rock. More than a hundred indoor and outdoor shows, most of them free, will be presented in a natural environment as Street Blues, jam sessions in unusual locations, blues’araoke and music workshops for the family. This 22nd edition will include an explosive program that is more accessible with a wider variety than ever before. Find more details about Tremblant
Get set for a Bluesy 4th of July Weekend
27th Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
PORTLAND, OR - The 27th Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and Fireworks Show will be held July 3-6, 2014 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park (SW Naito Pkwy Portland, Oregon). The Oregon Food Bank has announced the featured lineup. Headlining artists Curtis Salgado, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Maceo Parker, Lee Fields & the Expressions and John Nemeth & The Bo-Keys join more than 100 blues acts on four stages over the July 4th weekend event to benefit Oregon Food Bank’s mission of fighting hunger and its root causes. For complete artist bios, videos and music samples, visit their website.
Find more festivals around the 4th
Blues Society News
- Smokey Mountain Blues Society Blues Cruise - 
- MVBS Fundraising Campaign for Festival ends July 1 - 
- Join Kentuckiana Blues Society for free admission to Louisville Blues, BBQ & Brews Festival July 10-12- 
~ Smokey Mountain Blues Society Blues Cruise
KNOXVILLE. TN - The Smoky Mountain Blues Society will host a Blues Cruise on the Tennessee River with the band Uptown Stomp featuring Devan Jones, from 5-8 pm, Sunday, June 28, on authentic paddlewheeler, the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Cost is $13-$19. Blues Cruises continue monthly through October 18. Tickets and info at the Star of Knoxville 865-525-7827 or their website.
~ MVBS Fundraising Campaign ends July 1
DAVENPORT, IA - Citing depleted coffers due to years of fighting Mother Nature, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society has a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $50,000 by July 1st. The campaign has targeted blues fans as well as community businesses and potential sponsors. All donations are tax-deductible, and will go towards the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival scheduled for September 5-6, 2015 in Davenport’s LeClaire Park. Donations can be made through the organization’s website or mailed to the MVBS office at 102 S. Harrison St. Suite 300, Davenport, Iowa.

~ Join Kentuckiana Blues Society and get in free to Louisville Festival July 10-12 
LOUISVILLE, KY - Now is a great time to join the Kentuckiana Blues Society with the Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival just around the corner. The festival runs Friday through Sunday, July 10, 11 and 12. Admission is $12 to $16 each day but Kentuckiana Blues Society members receive free admission to all three days of the festival. An individual KBS membership is only $20 a year or $25 a year for two people in the same household. Join online via their website. 
Cruise News
~ Your June 26-27 "Reunion" Ticket could Gift you a Cabin!
~ Plus... Join SHORT Waitlist for LRBC #25 

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.
LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015 Big Easy / Fantasy LRBC #25 Fort Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans & Cozumel.
 NOTE: *Very SHORT Waitlist for LRBC#25 so chances of getting on the ship are highly likely!*
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 need help, please email or visit Booking FAQs. You may also call (816) 753-7979 to join.
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
Calling all Blues Artists & Labels: 2016 Blues Music Award Nomination Process Now Open
MEMPHIS,TN - Calling all blues artists and labels! The submission process is now open for artists and labels to register their releases for consideration for the 37th Blues Music Awards in 2016. The Blues Music Awards honor those professional artists and recordings that stand out within the eligibility period, which runs from November 1 through October 31 of each year. In addition to the awards for the past year’s top recordings, additional categories honor individual, actively touring artists for their overall excellence and accomplishment in that year. 
The nomination process is set out here. Artists and labels can register here. The sooner you do this, the more time a nominator has to listen to your release.
Read more about what's going on at The Blues Foundation
Elwood's BluesMobile
JUNE 27-28 Radio Show: CANDI STATON
Candi Staton is a powerhouse gospel singer turned powerhouse soul singer turned powerhouse blues singer turned… well, you get the idea. If you saw the documentary on MUSCLE SHOALS, she was all over it. Her latest album was recorded there. And she does not dial it down.
The powerhouse voice of Candi Staton, next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson, Otis Spann, Victoria Spivey, Big Joe Williams, Matt Guitar Murphy, Bill Stepney ::
"BYE BYE BLUES" American Folk Blues Festival 1063
Intros and Outros
Tidbits & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
June 25 Clifton Chenier (1925), Eddie Floyd (1935); June 26 Big Bill Broonzy (1893 or 1898); June 28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915); June 30 Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892); July 1 Willie Dixon (1915), James Cotton (1935), Syl Johnson (1939); July 3 "Mississippi" John Hurt (1893); July 4 Champion Jack Dupree (1910); July 5 Smiley Lewis (1913); July 7 Pinetop Perkins (1913)
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To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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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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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
Jack's Mountain Blues Festival
Jun-26-2015 - Jun-27-2015
Laurelton, Pennsylvania, USA
Blues From The Top
Jun-27-2015 - Jun-28-2015
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Bluesfest Gaildorf
Jul-03-2015 - Jul-04-2015
Gaildorf, Baden Württemberg, Germany
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Jul-03-2015 - Jul-05-2015
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
Topeka, Kansas, USA
Glenwood Blues, Brews & BBQs
Glenwood, Iowa, USA
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Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-11-2015
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Bluesfest Windsor
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-12-2015
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
NY State Blues Festival
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-11-2015
 Syracuse, New York, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-12-2015
Midland, Texas, USA
Wallace Blues Festival
Jul-10-2015 - Jul-12-2015
Wallace, Idaho, USA
Hayward Russell City
Jul-11-2015 - Jul-12-2015
Hayward, California, USA
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Jul-17-2015 - Jul-19-2015
Winthrop, Washington, USA
Porretta Soul Festival
Jul-23-2015 - Jul-26-2015
Porretta Terme, Bologna, Italy
Calgary International Blues Festival
Jul-30-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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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.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL or here.
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