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Blues Festival Guide
April 7, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 14
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Me and the Devil Blues 
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
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
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!
Dear advertisers: Now is the time to order your ad space in the 2016 Blues Festival Guide PRINT magazine!
10 Good Reasons Why You Should Include
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9. Cross promotions / sponsor relationships give your brand additional exposure.
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Oh and one more reason: We make it easy, affordable and fun!
You don't want to miss out on this once-a-year marketing opportunity.
Ad sizes for every budget. Call us today to brainstorm and find out what discounts and package deals we have available: 775-337-8344
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...Find more details about this invitation
Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's Carolyn "Blues Singer" Gaines showing off her Blues Festival Guide magazine. Carolyn says she loves being out there singing the blues and keeping the blues alive!
Photo: Terry Guy
 *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
Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea :: ON THE ROCKS
Since 2012 Minneapolis-based Sweet Tea has been a hard working four-piece band of some of the Twin Cities’ premier professional musicians including Mark Lamoine on guitar and vocals, Mick Zampogna on keys and accordion, bassist Michael Carvale and drummer Nick Zwack. With the addition of vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and front-woman Joyann Parker, the group made an official change in name and direction. In August 2015 Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea headed into the studio at Home Bass Audio with audio engineer JR Hartley to record their debut album, On The Rocks.
Emerging with a dynamic album of 11 tracks of all original music written and arranged by Joyann Parker and Mark Lamoine, each number highlights the sassy, sexy and power soaked vocals of Joyann Parker and the skills of this veteran ensemble, who deliver house-rockin’ blues, funk, and soul.
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Ain't Got Time To Cry"
Artist site
Eric Bibb & JJ Milteau :: LEAD BELLY'S GOLD
Lead Belly’s Gold (Stony Plain) is a tribute to the legendary blues and folk musician from award-winning roots musician Eric Bibb and acclaimed French harmonica player JJ Milteau. Lead Belly’s Gold features 11 live tracks recorded at famed Paris jazz club, The Sunset, as well as five new studio recordings.

“It’s hard to remember when I first heard Lead Belly’s music because, somehow, he’s always been around,” writes Eric Bibb’s in the album’s liner notes. “Most likely, I heard recordings of others (The Weavers and Woody Guthrie) singing songs from his huge repertoire before hearing his actual voice. In any case, I have an early memory from the mid-1950s of listening to a recording of Lead Belly singing a children’s song, ‘Ha Ha This-a-Way.’
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Midnight Special"
Eric's Site / JJ's site
News Flash
Elvin Bishop headlines the 30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival May 21
(Photo Lt-Rt: Elvin Bishop, Bob Margolin, Samantha Fish, Marquise Knox)
GREENSBORO, NC - 2015 Rock ‘n Roll and 2016 Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Elvin Bishop, will headline this year's 30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival in association with YES! Weekly, May 21, 2016 at Barber Park Amphitheather in Greensboro, North Carolina. Elvin has been travelling the Blues road longer than most, and he’s got the stories to prove it – many of which are contained in the songs he writes and performs. Bishop was a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early ‘60s. He has recorded with legends like Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker, and The Allman Brothers, and has had Pop success with his own 1976 smash hit “Fooled Around and Fell In Love.”
...Find more about the Carolina Blues Festival
This weekend, April 8, 9, & 10, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg, Florida, this weekend, 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
Big Blues Bender is Back! Sept 8-11 ~ 4 Days & Nights of the Best Blues Music with Luxury Accommodations!
LAS VEGAS, NV – The Big Blues Bender returns to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world! Experience the Big Blues Bender Sept. 8 - 11, 2016 at the legendary Plaza Hotel & Casino in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. The Big Blues Bender has quickly become a festival favorite among Blues fans and artists alike – a bucket-list event for all, featuring the most talented and sought after Blues artists touring today, a top festival experience with all the comforts of a fabulous hotel in the pulsing heart of America’s wildest city. Four days and nights of the best Blues music with accommodations, all just an elevator ride away! There are some outstanding packages still available but quantities are limited so book your Bender trip now! ...Find more and how to book the Big Blues Bender
LRBC Cruiser Reunion Party June 23-25 
KANSAS CITY, MO - The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruiser Reunion Party will be held for three nights, June 23, 24 and 25, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester St., Kansas City, MO 64120, (816) 483-1456). Appearing are Curtis Salgado (CD Release show) and Ronnie Baker Brooks (Thurs), Terrence Simien & The Zydeco Experience and Lorenzo Cannon (Fri), and Anna Popovic, Jarekus Singleton and Mr. Sipp the Mississippi Blues Child (Sat).  3-Day Pass: $55 Advance / $60 Day Of Show. Thursday, June 23: $20 Advance / $25 Day Of Show. Friday, June 24:$25 Advance / $30 Day of Show. Each night starts at 7:30PM. When you book your hotel, ask for the "Knuckleheads Rate."
The book a cabin on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, see link below
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
 - Reno Blues Society’s Spring Dance to Benefit Washoe County School District Music Program 4/23/16
- Newly Formed Alaska Blues Society seeks Volunteers
RENO, NV - The Reno Blues Society is hosting its Spring Dance Party on Saturday, April 23rd at the Ramada Inn, 1000 East 6th Street in Reno.
The event is a fundraiser for Washoe County School District’s Music Program. Non-perishable food donations will also be collected for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
The Rick Hammond Band will open the festivities, followed by the award winning band, Mumbo Gumbo. You can purchase tickets for this event via the society website.

ANCHORAGE, AK - The Alaska Blues Society is a newly formed charitable organization tasked with promoting and preserving blues music in Alaska, will hold a fundraiser May 6th at the Hard Rock Cafe (415 E St.) in Anchorage. Doors open at 7pm.
There are numerous opportunities to volunteer including fundraising activities, recruiting, event setup, event sound technicians, musical performances, etc. Contact them to learn more about opportunities and ideas for donating, fundraising, hosting events, campaigning, and involving your school or company. Membership is open to both fans and musicians. The photo is of the society's founders.

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
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
Bobby Rush is a legendary blues musician, composer and singer. He was inducted into the Memphis Blues Hall of Fame in 2006 and into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, MS in 2015. He is probably best known for his song "Chicken Heads" which was his first certified gold record - released in 1971 and for his appearance on Martin Scorcese's documentary on the Blues. He recently released a career spanning 4 CD Box set called “Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush”. I had a chance to sit down with Bobby Rush in Port Credit, Ontario before his show at the Southside Shuffle Blues Festival in September of 2015. Please note: This interview contains language that may offend some people. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special Thanks to Chuck Jackson, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan.)
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
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
Shemekia Copeland & Robert Cray :: "I Pity The Fool"
Elwood's BluesMobile
April 9-10, 2016 Radio Show: Janiva Magness

The ever soulful Janiva Magness has a new record out, further cementing her place in the soulful lady blues hall of fame. It is called Love Wins Again. It is fast, slow, hot, cool, sexy, deep, heartfelt. Among other things. Give it a listen with us.
Janiva Magness joins Elwood. Coming up in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
April 7 Billie Holiday (1915); April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895); April 10 John Brim (1922), Rosco Gordon (1928), Shemekia Copeland (1979); April 11 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939), Ana Popovic (1976); April 12 "Hound Dog" Taylor (1915); April 15 Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894); April 16 Sean Costello (1979)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
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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
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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 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
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
For all festival links
go to our website
May-07-2016 - May-08-2016
Kansas City, MO, Kansas, USA
Topanga Blues Festival
Los Angeles, California, USA 
New England Blues Summit
May-13-2016 - May-15-2016
Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
Stomp The Blues Out of Homlessness Festival
Springfield, Missouri, USA
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2016
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-21-2016 - May-22-2016
Dana Point, California, 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, 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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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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