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Blues Festival Guide
July 2, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 27
dec 31
Feb 18, 2016
new 5/28
exp. 7-17-15
exp 8-6-15
exp 10-11-2015
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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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"The road map to the blues?"
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Bluesman Bill Magee and his drummer Guy Cariglio are having a laugh with your e-Guide editor Michele Lundeen after the Bill Magee Blues Band's performance at the Long Beach Bayou Festival, in Long Beach, CA, June 21, 2015.
Photo: Mary Ann Haskell
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*Want your own hard copy? You can order via our websiteFind the digital version hereOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS....
CD & DVD Releases
Balkun Brothers :: REDROVA
ReDrova is Balkun Brothers’ first full-length, self-produced album that includes an impressive variety of musical styles that sends the listener on a journey from the roots of American blues to the future of rock n’ roll and beyond. Drawing inspiration from the traditional sounds of delta and electric blues, then fusing it with heavy guitar riffs and funky in-the-pocket rhythms, the album aims to push the known boundaries of the blues. This set of songs speaks volumes about the band’s growth sonically, lyrically and musically, showcasing a vast amount of new age, energetic melodies that are strategically intertwined within varying dynamic ranges throughout the entire album to capture the listener at every twist and turn. Find more details about this release
Click to play"Keep It Up"
Artist Site
Mississippi Fever :: 300 MILES TO MEMPHIS
Nothing challenges blues musicians like playing in a guitar, bass and drums trio. Fierce commitment, top chops and exceptional songs are required to keep the format fresh and enticing to an audience. Mississippi Fever from St. Louis proved their bona fides on their self-titled debut in 2010.
Extraordinary singer/guitarist Brent Barker, virtuoso bassist Ted May and head snapping drummer Tom May have now taken their simmering power and pugnacity up a notch with their latest release, 300 Miles To Memphis. Eight originals of love and lust plus two choice covers are augmented by Steve Grimes and Rick Steff (keyboards), and Brandon Santini (harmonica).
Find more details about this release
Click to play"I Feel Like Superman" 
Artist Site
News Flash
Wallace District Arts Council Presents the 4th Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival

WALLACE. ID - On July 10-12 we will again be hosting the best small town blues festival this side of Chicago. This festival has been named the top regional blues festival each of our first three years by the Inland Empire Blues Society. This achievement led to our induction to the IEBS Hall of Fame in 2014.
This year we will have 18 acts performing at 6 different venues located across our downtown area. Music will kick-off Friday night at 7:00 pm and run until midnight. On Saturday all venues, music will begin at noon and again run until midnight. Sunday morning the festival will close with our blues music breakfast.
More details about the Wallace Blues Festival 
Talented young musicians’ fill Safeway Blues Fest 4th of July Weekend
PORTLAND, OR (KOIN) — When BB King died May 14, the blues lost one of its greatest ambassadors. His passing is a stark reminder the traditional blues superstars are fading away.
But Peter Dammann, the artistic director for the 2015 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, said there is a new breed of blues performers, many of them mentored by the greats.
“Buddy Guy is, in many ways, the last one (of the traditional bluesmen) and he’s playing this year,” Dammann told KOIN 6 News. “(There are) extremely talented young musicians and performers coming up, and we’re showcasing a lot of them this year.”
Among those up-and-comers: Quinn Sullivan (who will play with Buddy Guy), Kingfish Ingram, Ty Curtis and Ben Rice. The festival also pushes the blues envelope with zydeco and rhythm-and-blues acts.
Read more details about Waterfront
Keb Mo, Robben Ford, Bruce Iglauer, Bill Withers, among many more to Select ISC Winners
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) judging panel includes an impressive group of high-profile recording artists, as well as Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Sony Music Latin, Curb, Tommy Boy, Alligator, S-Curve, Blind Pig, Wind-Up, Concord Music Group, and many more.
Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 genres of music for you to enter your songs into. ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes shared among the 68 winners - including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in merchandise and services.
Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more. Find more details about ISC
Claud Johnson, Son of Blues Legend Robert Johnson, Dies
NY TIMES - Claud Johnson, who became rich by winning a much-publicized court fight over the estate of his long-dead and belatedly celebrated father, the Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson, died on Tuesday. He was 83.
His death was confirmed by John Kitchens, who represented Mr. Johnson in the case. He said he did not know whether Mr. Johnson, who had diabetes and other health problems, died in a hospital or at his home in Crystal Springs, Mississippi.
The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in early 2014 that Claud Johnson could keep the profits from the only two known photographs of his father, who is widely credited as a forefather of rock ’n’ roll and whose compositions include “Me and the Devil Blues” and “Cross Road Blues.”
Read article about Claud Johnson
Forgotten Heroes: Pops Staples
PREMIER GUITAR - Whenever you hear country blues-inflected guitar played through an amp with tremolo, you’re hearing a sound descended from singer/composer/guitarist Pops Staples. Best known as the leader of a family gospel group, the Staple Singers, his guitar style influenced and inspired John Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, and countless others. The dark mystery of his instrument’s wavy sound has become part of the fabric of American music. Roebuck Staples, known as “Pops,” was born to Warren and Florence Staples on December 28, 1914, on a cotton plantation near Winona, Mississippi. Roebuck and his older brother Sears were named after the Chicago mail-order company that supplied millions of rural Americans with everything from washing machines to musical instruments.
Find more about Pop Staples here
Blues Society News
- Vicksburg Blues Society Celebrates Native Son Willie Dixon on Sunday July 5 with Concert Gala
- Topeka Blues Society Spirit of Kansas Blues Fest July 4th
VICKSBURG, MS - Sunday, July 5, Vicksburg celebrates the 100th birthday of native son Willie Dixon with a gala event at the Vicksburg City Auditorium from 4-9 pm. The concert will feature nine acts including Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child" and Eddie Cotton, Jr., who both won the International Blues Challenge as representatives of the Vicksburg Blues Society, organizer of Sunday's event. Tickets for the event are $25 advance/$30 door; VIP seating is $50, a VIP table for eight people is $320. Doors open at 3 pm.
TOPEKA, KS - The Topeka Blues Society (TBS) is proud to annually
present the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival, scheduled every 4th of
July at Reynolds Lodge, Lake Shawnee, Topeka. Music starts at noon, and continues until dark. A spectacular nightworks show then lights up the sky, reflecting over the lake. Admission is free thanks to sponsors. If you like to donate to help us with the Annual Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival click here.
Cruise News
SHORT Waitlist for LRBC #25 + Join Waitist for #26 
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
Summertime is upon us,
and blues festivals are everywhere! To tell you about some of them, Louisiana bluesman, Kenny Neal, joins Elwood in the BluesMobile. And you can too! Save on gas, save on suntan lotion. Make your own barbecue, and jam with us free on the radio.
Elwood's making the rounds of Blues Festivals. Next time. In the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Tidbits & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
July 3 "Mississippi" John Hurt (1893); July 4 Champion Jack Dupree (1910); July 5 Smiley Lewis (1913); July 7 Pinetop Perkins (1913); July 8 Louis Jordan (1908), Johnnie Johnson (1924); July 10 Casey Bill Weldon (1909),
Mavis Staples (1939); July 11 Blind Lemon Jefferson (1897)
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Festival Calendar
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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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
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
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 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
Animas River Blues & Brews Fest
Aztec, New Mexico, 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
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Jul-30-2015 - Aug-02-2015
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Magic City Blues
Jul-31-2015 - Aug-02-2015, Billings, Montana, 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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