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Blues Festival Guide
May 5, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 18
Feb 18, 2016
May 5
May 26
Jul 7
Special 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
Special BFG Announcements
Checkout the 14th Annual Blues Festival Guide
Get your copy of 2016 Blues Festival Guide magazine. Click here to order!
Enjoy our feature stories (listed below and via link below) …And of course, hundreds of festivals.
2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards – Festival Recipients
Every year, the Blues Foundation presents Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) awards to both an international and a U.S. blues festival, in recognition of their significant contributions to the blues community. This year, honors went to the Cahors Blues Festival and the Chenango Blues Festival.
Oakland’s Walk of Fame Pay Tribute to its 7th Street History 
The Music They Played on 7th Street Oakland Walk of Fame pays tribute to the great musicians, club owners, record companies and related independent business that put 7th Street, Oakland, CA, on the map as a top entertainment destination.
Find more about the cool stories in the new Blues Festival Guide magazine
Team BFG in Memphis for BMA's & HOF Inductions

Members of the Blues Festival Guide team are in Memphis for the Blues Music Awards, the Blues Hall of Fame inductions, and all the doings surrounding this special week. They have lots on their agenda but are hoping to be able to say "hello" to you!
Look for (from Lt-Rt) Kaati (publisher) Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw (sales director), Tom Andrews (sales rep). and Belinda Holloway-Harker (BFG rep).
Have yourselves a blues ball in Memphis!
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
Our 1st shot with the 14th Annual BFG Magazine
We had the pleasure of catching up with Sugaray Rayford at a "Wine, Brews & Blues" fest in Escondido, CA on April 30th. Here he is showing off the brand new cover of the 14th annual Blues Festival Guide print magazine.
Photo Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! The NEW 14th annual edition has being shipped and those that ordered quantities, like blues societies and festivals, etc, should start distributing very soon. When you get yours, snap photos of you, your friends, artists, etc. with the 2016 Guide! *EMAIL photo plus caption & credit.  
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now!
Our 2016 edition is sponsored by the Big Blues Bender
CD & DVD Releases
Jeff Plankenhorn :: SOULSLIDE
Acclaimed Austin-based guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn, who’s worked with a host of high-profile artists including Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster, Bobby Whitlock and Ray Wylie Hubbard, stepped into the solo spotlight with his new CD, SoulSlide, on Lounge Side Records.
Throughout SoulSlide, Plankenhorn plays a blend of blues, soul and rock on a stand-up lap steel guitar dubbed “The Plank” (which also happens to be Jeff’s nickname), which he designed and is in the process of beginning mass production.

Produced by Plankenhorn, Ross Hogarth (Keb' Mo', Ziggy Marley) and Miles Zuniga (Fastball), the even-dozen tracks on SoulSlide include a number of Plankenhorn originals, plus a kickin’ cover of ...
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Trouble"
Artist site
Randy McAllister & The Scrappiest Band in the Motherland
Randy McAllister’s latest release, Gristle To Gold, features The Scrappiest Band in the Motherland, with Maya Van Nuys, Rob Dewan and Matt Higgins.
Randy McAllister has been flying in the face of convention his whole career... no smoke, mirrors, choreography or industry machines. One of the most versatile bluesmen in Texas, Randy plays driving drums and world-class harmonica, writes incredible songs, and sings like no one else.
Raised in the small Texas town of Novice, McAllister is a fifth-generation Texan whose father was a fireman and a drummer in a band called The Flames. Randy followed in his footsteps from a very young age, but the drums were just the beginning. McAllister found the harmonica in his early 20s while stationed in Massachusetts as a member of the US Air Force, taking cues from Boston blues legend and harmonica master “Earring George” Mayweather.
... Find more details about this release
Click to play"The Kid With The Really Old Soul"
Artist site
News Flash
Trinidaddio Blues Fest Saturday, August 27, 2016
 TRINIDAD, CO - The Trinidaddio Blues Fest will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 in Central Park in Trinidad, Colorado. Tickets are on sale now via the website.
Headlining the 2016 Trinidaddio Blues Fest will be soul-singing sensation Shemekia Copeland, whose new CD, Outskirts of Love, received a 2015 Grammy nomination (her 3rd!) for Best Blues Album. Janiva Magness won her seventh Blues Music Award for “Contemporary Blues Female Artist” award at the 2015 Blues Music Awards. Her new album, Love Wins Again just released on April 8, 2016, has already reached #1 on the Blues Music Charts! Grammy Award winner, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, who have recorded 10 CDs over the past several decades, will return as a fan favorite.
...Find more about Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brian Setzer, Aaron Neville & Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Headline the Doheny Blues Festival, May 21-22
 DANA POINT, CA – Celebrating 19 years of Blues on the Beach, the Doheny Blues Festival is proud to present an incredible lineup of talent for its annual weekend of music, slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 21st & 22nd. The nationally recognized festival will be headlined by Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, New Orleans icon Aaron Neville, and blues-rock guitar prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, performing on three stages at the beachfront venue of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA. Tickets on sale now.
Doheny State Beach, a 62-acre California State Park, has been home to the Doheny Blues Festival for nineteen consecutive years. Attendees can enjoy this inviting festival layout with breathtaking harbor views, highlighted by three stages of alternating music.
...Find more about the Doheny Blues Festival
This Weekend at Gator by the Bay Festival in San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO, CA - Now in its 15th year, San Diego’s Gator By the Bay, May 5-8, 2016, has become a wildly popular San Diego festival tradition, known for presenting an eclectic mix of musical styles and a fun-filled atmosphere. Wander among the festival’s seven stages at Spanish Landing Park, and you can listen---and, of course, dance--- to over 90 performances of everything from authentic Louisiana Cajun and zydeco music to Chicago and West Coast Blues, from Latin to rockabilly and swing---and more! This year, several new experiences are sure to add to the historically high level of enjoyment.
For starters, the stellar lineup includes blues greats Roy Rogers, Curtis Salgado, John Nemeth, Kid Andersen, Rick Estrin, Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos, and a host of others.
...Find more about Gator By The Bay
Ghost of The Blues …a rollicking Blues Musical in Memphis May 6
MEMPHIS, TN - Ghost of The Blues will be appearing in Memphis at The Orpheum Theatre on Friday May 6th, 2016, the day after the BMA’s.

All of our blues society members and blues lovers who wish to attend the show, are encouraged to use the promo code “BMA” to receive a $10.00 discount on each ticket purchased.

In addition to your discount a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Blues Foundation General Fund, earmarked to assist their worthy causes to keep the blues alive!

Ghost of The Blues is a rollicking blues musical celebrating the music we all love and the legends who made it famous.

The show stars three BMA winners in Mud Morganfield, the eldest son of Muddy Waters, ... Find more about the Ghost of The Blues
21st Annual Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival May 27-29 Announces Lineup & Events
SILVER CITY, NM - The 21st Annual Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, held May 27th – May 29th, 2016, at Gough Park in Silver City, NM, announces their Memorial Day weekend line-up and special events. The Mimbres Region Arts Council’s (MRAC) FREE Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival moves into its third decade with Taj Mahal, Blues Hall of Famer, Lifetime Achievement and 2-time Grammy award winner headlining Saturday night, May 28.
The festival starts Friday, May 27, at 6 pm, in Gough Park with music by Las Cruces Blues guitarist CW Ayon. At twilight, the Busted Knuckles Harley-Davidson Stunt Tour will perform stunts that include wheelies, acrobatics, jumps, and more. Blues Fest food vendors and W & N’s beer garden will be open for business and will be available during the festival.
Find more about Silver City Blues & Bikes
Blues For Peace Worldwide Events Coming May 27-30, 2016
NEW YORK, NY - Blues for Peace is a grass roots movement of musicians, music promoters, music venues, and anyone who wants to help promote peace. On May 27, 28, 29, 30 2016 there will be musical events in cities and towns around the world sending a message of peace. “Blues for Peace” has partnered with the USA for UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency and will be raising money to assist refugees world-wide.
In New York City, the award winning Joe Louis Walker will perform a Blues For Peace event May 28 with Michael Packer, Paul Nelson, Jeannine Otis and the St. Marks Church Choir, Christine Santelli, and many more at the famed Washington Square Park (5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St.).
...Find more about Blues For Peace and events
Blues Society News
14th Annual Blues From The Top Festival features Trampled Under Foot Reunion and Finest Music Lineup Yet
WINTER PARK, CO - This year's 14th Annual Blues From The Top Festival features its finest music lineup yet, with a reunion by renowned Blues-Americana group, Trampled Under Foot! The festival - presented by the Grand County Blues Society, takes place Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, at Hideaway Park, 78820 US Highway 40, in Winter Park. A portion of the festival's proceeds benefit Blue Star Connection, now in it's tenth year of providing access and ownership of musical instruments for children and young adults with cancer and other serious challenges, as well as providing music therapy departments with instruments.
Each day of Blues From The Top features a star-studded lineup. Saturday it's a Trampled Under Foot Reunion Show, the Albert Castiglia Band (with Josh Smith and Kate Moss), Monkey Junk, Kara Grainger, Josh Hoyer & Soul Collective, and the Austin Young Blues all-Stars featuring 21st Annual Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival May 27-29 Announces Lineup & Events
...Find more about Blues From The Top
Blues Foundation News
Blues Music Awards just a week away!
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 ...If you haven't done it, book your room at the Sheraton Hotel.
As a reminder, here is the list of Nominees.
There will be a ton of things to see and hear while in the area during BMA week not to mention the star-studded awards ceremony!
Click here for just a bit of the tentative Schedule of Events ...
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode: ERIC BIBB
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
"Eric Bibb describes himself as a troubadour. He is a very busy musician who is constantly touring and continually recording new material. I've had the pleasure of working with Eric on my "Rhythm, Roots and Soul" series as well with Eric and his legendary father, Leon Bibb on an episode of "God's Greatest Hits" for Riddle Films.  In January of 2016, Eric was kind enough to sit and chat with me in Toronto about his life in music. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman. Special thanks to Sari Matinlassi, Holger Petersen, Bruce Greenaway and Gary Vaughan.)"
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page

Legendary R&B Cruise News
Limited Cabins Remain for the LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct 29-Nov 5, 2016... Act now!

or call (816) 753-7979
LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit. Buddy Guy (3 shows), Taj Mahal & Phantom Blues Band, Keb’ Mo’, Los Lobos, John Hammond, Tommy Castro & LRBR, Kenny Neal, Ana Popovic, Shemekia Copeland, Trampled Under Foot Reunion, Roomful Of Blues, Southern Hospitality, Tinsley Ellis, Johnny Rawls, Lil' Ed, Super Chikan, Albert Castiglia, Rudy Rotta Band, Edent Brent, Chubby Carrier, Victor Wainwright, Lee Oskar, Nick Moss & many more!
LRBC #28 Eastern Caribbean, Jan. 22-29, 2017
SOLD OUT. Join Waitlist!
Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI & Dominican Republic on Holland Aerica’s new ms Koningsdam. Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas, The Lowrider Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tommy Castro & The LRBC w/ Billy Branch, Ron Thompson & Tasha Taylor, Tab Benoit, Ruthie Foster, Walter Trout, Terrance Simien, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Muddy On The Waters w/ The Nighthawks, Mud Morganfield & Bob Margolin, Curtis Salgado, California Honeydrops, Danielle Nicole Band, Jarekus Singleton & many more!
NOTE:  If you need help, please email or visit Booking FAQs or call (816) 753-7979 to join. Visit
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
Mother's Day Blues 
Elwood's BluesMobile
May 7-8, 2016 Radio Show: California Honeydrops

The California Honeydrops started out busking, passing the hat, playing for commuters and passing tourists at subway stations in northern California. But now their everything-but-the-kitchen-sink brand of music has earned them an enthusiastic following at festivals and venues around the globe. Now that party comes to the BluesMobile!
The California Honeydrops. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

Happy Mother's Day May 8th!
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
May 5 Blind Willie McTell (1901), Johnnie Taylor (1934); May 8 Joe Bonamassa (1977), Robert Johnson (1911); May 9 Bob Margolin (1949), A.C. Reed (1926), Greg Piccolo (1951); May 11-Kansas Joe McCoy (1905), King Oliver (1885); May 12-Barbara Dane (1927), Guy Davis (1952); May 13 Stevie Wonder (1950)
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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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Gator By The Bay
May-05-2016 - May-08-2016
San Diego, California, USA
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
Doheny Blues Festival
May-21-2016 - May-22-2016
Dana Point, California, USA
Little Walter Music Festival
May-27-2016 - May-28-2016
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
 Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, 21st Annual
May-27-2016 - May-29-2016
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
B.B. King Museum's
Homecoming Festival
Indianola, Mississippi, USA
Simi Valley Cajun &
Blues Music Festival
May-28-2016 - May-29-2016
Simi Valley, California, USA
T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc.
Jun-03-2016 - Jun-04-2016
Longview, Texas, USA
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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.
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