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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 24, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 12
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Me and the Devil Blues 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Foundation News
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
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
The Blues Festival Guide went to breakfast with members of the Bayou Brothers and the Backwater Blues Band and friends at Playa Azul restaurant the day following the San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico. That's BFG Sales Rep Heather Penrod-Rudd on the right... photo by yours truly!
Photo: Michele Lundeen
 *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
Jimmy Rogers and Pinetop Perkins w-Little Mike & The Tornadoes :: GENUINE BLUES LEGENDS
Jimmy Rogers and Pinetop Perkins had a special and magical sound onstage together—a sound that would have been lost in time if it were not for Little Mike. This remarkable album captures that moment and the wonderful Chicago blues sounds that the two blues legends were able to seamlessly weave together on stage.
This live recording comes to you raw and unscripted but with a remarkable clarity that belies its age and dated recording equipment. The first four cuts on the recording find Pinetop leading the band with lively and sharp piano playing characteristic of his earlier years in Chicago. Jimmy Rogers, taking the lead for the cuts five through seven showcases some of his greatest hits and some exceptional lead guitar throughout.  
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"For You My Love"
Wendy Rich :: DRIVER
Florida based artist Wendy Rich collaborated with Grammy Award winning musician and producer Kevin McKendree (Brian Setzer, Delbert McClinton, John Oates) in Nashville, TN to create Driver, a solid album of soulful material.
Real music and real musicians make this record of original retro, soulful, bluesy tunes with a touch of Americana country a must. Driver features Delbert McClinton's stellar band Dick50 backing up long time Texas soul/blues singer /songwriter Wendy Rich. Wendy penned many of the tracks.... such as the title track “Driver,” “Tides Of Change” and “Repossession,” as well as co-writing with Kevin and ACM (Academy of Country Music) 2014 Guitar Player Of The Year Rob McNelley (Bob Seger) and Sean Corbett on the rollicking and lyric heavy "Leavin' Tullahoma."
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Reason To Try"
Artist Site
News Flash
20th Annual Bronze, Blues & Brews Festival Runs August 12 & 13, 2016
 JOSEPH, OR - Join us for our next bash at the Joseph City Park this August 12th and 13th for a truly amazing show of live blues, beautiful bronzes, and a fine selection of NW micro-brews. This year we are hosting six nationally touring award winning acts and it is a rare treat to get them all out here for this 20th Anniversary Festival. Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door and are available on our web site soon and from regional area vendors by May. Please see: the Bronze, Blues & Brews website for full schedule, ticket, and artist information.
Our 2016 lineup:
- The Sugaray Rayford Band
- Chris Cain
- Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram
- Harp Attack with the Brandon Santini Band, Franco Paletta, Mitch Kashmar
- Danielle Nicole Band
- The Delgado Brothers
...Find more about 20th Annual Bronze, Blues & Brews
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
Celebrate "Muddy Waters Month" April 4-17 at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi
CLARKSDALE, MS - Special museum events and exhibits will be running throughout the month of April at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
April 4 - Muddy Waters Birthday Celebration
Open to the public at Delta Blues Museum; cupcakes free while supplies last.
April 15 - 2016 Juke Joint Festival Programs
10:30am & 12:30pm – “Conversations In The Blues” with Big Jon Short
Blues artist/educator leads the discussion.
In the Delta Blues Museum classroom; open to the public.
4pm -Booksigning w-Don Nix, author of Memphis Man: Living High, Laying Low 
Memphis blues and rock legend shares stories from his book. The Gift
Shop will have copies available for purchase, as well as CDs by the artist.
In the Delta Blues Museum classroom; open to the public.
April 16 - 2016 Juke Joint Festival Performances
Live music on the Delta Blues Museum Stage...
...Find out more about Muddy and the events at the museum
Last Chance to Enter the Bluesmobile’s Ticket and DVD/CD Giveaway!
Enter now to win a pair of tickets to the Grand Opening party at the National Blues Museum on April 2, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. This contest ends March 25. There's still time for you to also enter the Johnny Winter Down & Dirty Giveaway where you can win a documentary of Johnny on DVD, and/or his latest CD! This contest Ends April 15.
If you can't make it to the National Blues Museum’s Grand Opening in St. Louis, tickets are good for 1-time entry any time museum is open. Travel expenses to and from St. Louis is not included. Prizes are courtesy of the National Blues Museum. 
The new feature-length Johnny Winter documentary titled Johnny Winter: Down And Dirty features never before seen photos, bonus video footage,... 
Find more details about these giveaways and how to enter
Students Learn Blues from B.B. King’s Daughter
 CHICAGO, IL - Shirley King, the daughter of Blues great B.B. King, performed at Brown Elementary on Chicago’s west side March 21 as part of a lesson about the Great Migration. That’s when millions of blacks moved from the rural south to the north, bringing cultural traditions, like Blues music, with them.
“In Chicago, we do a lot of what’s called traditional Blues,” Shirley King told a gymnasium full of middle schoolers.
King has lived in Chicago since 1967 and says she worries about kids losing access to arts programming in schools.
“My heart hurts knowing our kids are getting everything snatched out of the schools,” King said, alluding to the last several rounds of budget cuts at Chicago Public Schools.
...Find more about this performance
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
- Los Angeles Blues Society Monthly Blues Jam April 10
- Wichita Blues Society Performance & Presentation April 10
YORBA LINDA, CA - The Los Angeles Blues Society will present their monthly open blues jam at the Main Street Restaurant (4902 Main St, Yorba Linda, CA) on Sunday April 10 from 1pm-6’ish pm. Host band is Toni Dodd and Southbound Blues. Open to the public, no cover, and all ages welcome! Bring your voice, axe, amp, sticks.
WICHITA, KS - The Wichita Blues Society will offer a Performance & Presentation Sunday April 10 at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum (204 South Main Wichita, Kansas) from 2-4pm. Learn about Blues music presented in our time, in our city and the role of the electric guitar. No cover.
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.
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
Sue Foley & Peter Karp: "Two Trains"
Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 26-27, 2016 Radio Show: National Blues Museum

This April marks the grand opening of National Blues Museum in St. Louis Missouri. We will learn about this twenty-three thousand square foot tribute to American music and find out some of the fun to be had there.
The National Blues Museum opens April 2 in St. Louis Missouri – a sneak preview next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
25-Aretha Franklin (1942); Mar 26-Rufus Thomas (1917), Mar 27-Leroy Carr (1905), Robert "Junior" Lockwood (1915), Sarah Vaughan (1924), Herman "Little Junior" Parker (1932), Johnny Clyde Copeland (1937); Mar 29-Sue Foley (1968); Mar 30-John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914), Eric Clapton (1945); Mar 31-Big Maceo Merriweather (1905), Lowell Fulson (1921);
April 1 Lucille Bogan (1897), Alberta Hunter (1895), Joseph Amos Milburn, Jr. (1927)
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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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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
St. John Blues Blowout
St. John U.S. Virgin Islands
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
For all festival links
go to our website
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2016 - Apr-10-2016
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-09-2016 - Apr-10-2016
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Blues By the Sea, 12th Annual
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, 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
May-07-2016 - May-08-2016
Kansas City, MO, Kansas, USA
Stomp The Blues Out of Homlessness Festival
Springfield, Missouri, 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.
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