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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 17, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 11
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Foundation News
Me and the Devil Blues 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Specials BFG Announcements
Promoters! Post Your 2016 Festival Dates 
Festival promoters can post their 2016 festival dates on our
top-ranking blues festival website. You don't need your line-up,
just dates and venue. Easy and free. Find out how easy!
Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
In Memphis last May, we caught up with blues friend and a highly respected figure in the blues community, Bill Wax, the original Program Director for B.B. King's Bluesville on Sirrus XM and former Chair of the Blues Foundation Board of Directors.
Photo: Mary Ann Haskell
 *NOTE! Snap photos of you, your friends or an artist with the 2015 Guide! *EMAIL photo plus caption & credit. *Want your own hard copy?
Order via our websiteOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.Find the digital version here
CD & DVD Releases
MonkeyJunk :: MOON TURN RED
Moon Turn Red, the latest CD from multi-award winning Ottawa-based trio, MonkeyJunk who are comprised of Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, baritone guitar), Tony D (lead guitar, background vocals) and Matt Sobb (drums, percussion, background vocals), MonkeyJunk plays an energized mix of swamp blues and funky roots rock ‘n’ roll. Moon Turn Red was produced by the band and Ken Friesen, with additional production on one track by Colin Cripps of Blue Rodeo.
On this fourth CD for Stony Plain, MonkeyJunk displays their passionate and edgy roots-based music with an unfettered delivery, and Moon Turn Red is certain to further cement the band’s popularity around the globe. “With each record we make, we feel like we’re pushing more boundaries,” says the group’s Steve Marriner
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Light It Up"
Artist Site
Keith Stone is on a mission to play your blues away. His new album, The Prodigal Returns, takes you on a musical tour of New Orleans and Southern Louisiana where you can sample the richness of his musical heritage. Stone, a native of New Orleans, lays down a solid performance as he pays tribute to his city and her musical offspring who have influenced virtually every form of American roots music.
The Prodigal Returns features a special performance by multi–Grammy award winner and rock n’ roll Hall of Famer, Dr. John. Other guests include: Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Joe Krown, and famed background singer Elaine Forster.
"The Prodigal Returns is destined to become a classic New Orleans Blues album featuring Stone’s well written, original songs..." 
... Find more details about this release

Click to play"The Prodigal Returns"
Artist Site
News Flash
The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns April 8, 9, & 10, 2016
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg, Florida, April 8, 9, & 10, 2016. Artists include Aaron Neville, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, J.J. Grey & Mofro, Tommy Castro, Curtis Salgado, Danielle Nicole, Victor Wainwright, and more.
The festival VIP package is one of the best in America. VIP clients enjoy front stage seating in comfortable chairs, 2 waterfront shade tents, free wine, beer, soda, water, complimentary lunch by local restaurants, dinner by Outback Steakhouse, air conditioned restrooms, and more.
The festival is staged on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay, with tropical scenery and beautiful water views. Many food and merchandise vendors also participate. It’s a fabulous three days of Blues by the Bay!
...Find more about the Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Camp at T-Bois Blues Festival March 17-18-19, 2016
LAROSE, LA - The T-Bois Blues Festival music kicks off Thursday March 17 at 7pm through March 20 on the Falgout Gator Farm grounds (900 Hamilton St., Larose, Louisiana). This outdoor, camping festival will feature Mike Zito & The Wheel, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Carolyn Wonderland, Jason Ricci, Nick Moss, Anders Osborne, Nigel Hall, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, and many more on 2 stages!
Yes, T~Bois is a camping festival, and campers need to be prepared to be in the elements. They don’t have electricity, air conditioning or many of the other amenities that commercial festivals have. If being one with nature isn’t your cup of tea, then T~Bois may not be the festival for you.
...Find more about this unique festival
World’s First Blues Music Reality Show To Launch in April
Moonshine & Mojo Hands reunites creators of award-winning documentaries M for Mississippi and We Juke Up in Here
CLARKSDALE, MS – The long-awaited premiere of the world’s first blues music reality show will take place this spring. The first episode of Moonshine & Mojo Hands: The Mississippi Blues Series will begin streaming online on Thursday, April 21 with additional episodes to debut each week. The entire 10-episode series will stream exclusively online.

The web series was created by Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel, who previously teamed up on the award-winning blues documentaries M for Mississippi: A Road Trip Through the Birthplace of the Blues and We Juke Up in Here: Mississippi’s Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads.
...Find more about this blues series and the link to watch
Mick Fleetwood on Blues Beginnings, Upcoming Australia Tour
There's no denying the impact Mick Fleetwood has had on popular music. As a founding member of the iconic Fleetwood Mac, the tall and gangly drummer has played a part in some of the biggest records of our time.
What many won't know about the Cornwall-born, Maui-based Fleetwood however, is how he and legendary guitarist Peter Green came to form the band, back in 1967. For Fleetwood Mac wasn't always the pop/rock, soft/rock behemoth it was through the 1970s. It actually started out as a straight up blues band.
Both Fleetwood and Green, along with bassist John McVie, were playing in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers –the British blues band of the time, and a veritable guitarist factory, claiming amongst its ranks at one stage or another... 
...Find out more about Mick Fleetwood
Music, myth, and community in post-Katrina New Orleans
In an in-depth study of post-Katrina New Orleans, emeritus politics professor Michael Urban explores how music is intertwined with the city’s community-rebuilding efforts.
“New Orleans rhythm and blues, like any music, has the capacity to generate community,” Urban writes in New Orleans Rhythm and Blues After Katrina: Music, Magic and Myth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Through 56 open-ended interviews with music journalists, producers, promoters and, of course, some of New Orleans most prominent musicians (including Davis Rogan, the inspiration behind the HBO’s "Treme" character, Davis McAlary), Urban explores the distinctive subculture of the New Orleans music community and finds an ethos that subordinates individual achievement to group effort, both musically and socially.
...Find entire article about these informative insights
Now here's a Chance for a Cabin for Two on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #27
It’s not every day you get an opportunity to spend 7 Days and 7 Nights of Blues Heaven with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, John Hammond, Tommy Castro, Ana Popovic, Kenny Neal, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls, Trampled Under Foot, Lil' Ed, Tinsley Ellis, Roomful of Blues, Southern Hospitality, Chubby Carrier, Diunna Greenleaf, Albert Castiglia, Rudy Rotta, Selwyn Birchwood, Nick Moss, Eden Brent, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Super Chikan, Quinn Sullivan, and many, many more!
Enter here for your chance to sail! No purchase necessary! Please limit one entry per person. Entries will end August 14, 2016 at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be announced August 15, 2016.
Cabins are on sale now. Call 816-753-7979 or visit here.
Blues Society News
- Mississippi Valley Blues Society Event April 10th
ROCK ISLAND, IL - The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents Alligator Records recording artist Selwyn Birchwood, and his band at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap, 1228 30th Street, Rock Island, IL. The cost to see this performance will be $10 if you are a Mississippi Valley Blues Society member, or $12 if you have not joined the Blues Society (application will be available at the door).

Blues Societies! Send your special event news, URL and 1 image here!
Blues Foundation News
Have you made plans for the 2016 Blues Music Awards?
MEMPHIS, TN – The Blues Foundation annual Blues Music Awards will be presented at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Purchase tables and single seats ...Book your room at the Sheraton Hotel!
The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world. The focus of this celebration is to honor this rich cultural tradition by recognizing the past year’s superior achievements in blues performance, songwriting, and recording.
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka

Intro from Mako Funasaka:
This episode features an interview with blues musician, Sugar Brown.  Sugar Brown is not your ordinary blues musician as you will find out in this interview.  Sugar Brown talks about his upbringing, his education and his time in Chicago which lead him to play the blues.  This interview took place on New Year's Eve, 2015. (Music:  "Poor Lazarus" traditional arrangement by Sugar Brown.  Special Thanks to Sarah French.)
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
Legendary R&B Cruise News
LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016
On Sale Now!
Cabins on sale for LRBC #27
Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016
Southeastern Caribbean
San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit. Buddy Guy (3 shows), Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, Johnny Rawls, John Hammond, Tommy Castro & LRBR, Kenny Neal, Ana Popovic, Shemekia Copeland, Trampled Under Foot Reunion, Roomful Of Blues, Southern Hospitality, Tinsley Ellis, Chubby Carrier & many more!
LRBC #28 January 22-29, 2017 Eastern Caribbean Bands Announced SOON! Join Mail List for Announcement & Cabin Availability. Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI & Dominican Republic on Holland America’s new ms Koningsdam
NOTE:  If you need help, please email or visit
Booking FAQs or 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!
Video of The Week
Rory Gallagher - "Too Much Alcohol"
Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 19-20, 2016 Radio Show: Tedeschi Trucks

The husband wife team of Tedeschi Trucks have turned their musical collaboration into a big band powerhouse, a 12 member ensemble, with not one but two drummers, and live shows that tear down the house. Oh, and their records are mighty good too. They’ve got a new one.
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks join Elwood, next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Happy St. Patrick's Day Mar 17th
Here's to a Health of Blues on Ye!
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917); Mar 18 Wilson Pickett (1941), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927); Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894), Ornette Coleman (1930), Walter Jackson (1938), Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915), Frank Edwards (1909), Marcia Ball (1949), Sam Lay (1935), Eddie Shaw (1937), Jimmie Vaughan (1951)
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Festival Calendar
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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-Bois Blues Festival
Mar-17-2016 - Mar-20-2016
Larose, Louisiana USA
San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta
Mar-19-2016 - Mar-20-2016
San Felipe, Baja, Mexico
Reykjavik Blues Festival
Mar-19-2016 - Mar-25-2016
Reykjavik, Iceland
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Mar-24-2016 - Mar-28-2016
Byron Bay, Australia
Columbus Blues Revival
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Foxfire Blues Fest 2016
Mar-26-2016 - Mar-27-2016
Waterford, Mississippi, USA
Spring Harp Fest
La Mesa, California, USA
Listening Room Festival
Mar-28-2016 - Apr-03-2016
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
Redwood Coast Music Festival
Apr-01-2016 - Apr-03-2016
Eureka, California, USA
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Apr-07-2016 - Apr-10-2016
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2016 - Apr-10-2016
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-14-2016 - Apr-17-2016 Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
New Orleans Jazz
& Heritage Fest
Apr-22-2016 - May-01-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Apr-29-2016 - Apr-30-2016
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Stomp The Blues Out of Homlessness Festival
Springfield, Missouri, USA
About Us
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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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