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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 25, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 34

Feb 18, 2016
Sept 1
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Special BFG Announcements
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!

We caught up with the the Reverend Shawn Amos at an underground joint called The Prohibition in downtown San Diego, CA. 
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! The 14th annual edition can be found via blues societies and festivals, etc. When you get yours, snap photos of you, your friends, artists, etc. with the 2016 Guide! *EMAIL us your 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
Chris Beard :: EYE OF THE WITCH
On Eye of The Witch, blues great Chris Beard digs all through the blues – from the early days down in the Delta, to its modern-day step-children in popular music. The CD features a mix of funky blues and blues rock and a touch of traditional blues, all coming from the true blues that Chris was born with. “Incredible blues vocals… insanely lively guitar… it’s amazing!”
Frank Deblase/City Entertainment Magazine
The CD was recorded live-in-the-studio in Rochester, NY with a stellar group of musicians: Americana-rock guitar hero Carlton Campbell (drummer for the world renowned Campbell Brothers), Brother Wilson (rhythm guitar Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes), Marvin Parker on bass, Steve McNally on organ, and multi-faceted horn player Quentin Lawrence. All arrangements were done by Chris Beard and Carlton Campbell.
...Complete details about this release here on our website
Click to play"House Of Shame"
Artist site
Sunday wilde :: BLUEBERRIES & GRITS
“This is as authentic as it gets in the 21st Century” JD Nash, American Blues Scene
“Her voice is sultry and sexy, the music is pure and honest” BarnowlBlues

“She is not afraid to sing about, shall we say, relations between a man and a woman. But she does it in a discreet and sophisticated way, most of the time.” H. Kaplan, No Depression & Twangrila

Blueberries & Grits is the sixth release from award-winning blues and roots artist, Sunday wilde from Northern Ontario. This album was recorded in Memphis and Clarksdale, produced by two-time Grammy nominee Gary Vincent, and is the result of two major trips from Northern Ontario to the Delta.

Sunday retains the theme of “men” in her sixth release with her prayer to God to “Show Me A Man” with the list of things that she wanted to find in the perfect man... Complete details about this release here on our website
Click to play"Show Me A Man"
Artist site
Robert Finley :: AGE DON’T MEAN A THING
September 30 will see the emergence of a major new soul music voice with Robert Finley’s debut album Age Don’t Mean a Thing on Big Legal Mess Records, a Fat Possum imprint. Already, the New York Times has called the 62 year old north Louisianan singer “more than convincing… venerable but vigorous.” NPR Music reviewed a performance of the Music Maker Blues Revue featuring Finley, calling it “exciting… amazing… great stuff.” He has performed at NYC’s prestigious GlobalFest and at the King Biscuit Festival, at which he will appear again this year.

Produced by Bruce Watson and Jimbo Mathus, the album traverses the classic Booker T & The MGs-esque Memphis groove of “I Just Want To Tell You,” the tough soul-blues of the title track, “Snake In My Grass,” and “Is It Possible To Love 2 People,”...
Complete details about this release here on our website
Click to play"Age Don't Mean A Thing"
Artist site
News Flash
New Blues Festival III Honors Blue's Present, Future Artists Sept 3-4
(Long Beach, CA) - Returning for its third big year is the New Blues Festival III, Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, at El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St. in Long Beach, Calif. Gates open 10 am, music starts at 10 am each day. Tickets are $30, available now on the website. Tickets will also be sold at the gate both days. Over thirty top-caliber Southern California-based blues acts headlined by blues legend Bobby Rush (NBF III Saturday headliner) and roots/rockabilly great Lee Rocker (Sunday headliner) perform simultaneously on both the "Main Stage" and "Golden Groove Stage." Special Guest Emcee: Big LLou Johnson, on-air personality at Sirius XM heard daily on the B.B. King's Bluesville show, will also perform on the main stage this year as Big LLou & His Chicago Blues Band.
...Find full article and photos here on our website
Big Blues Bender With HART Benefit September 7th
(Las Vegas, NV) – Please join us Wednesday, September 7th for Bender With HART, as we kick off the 2016 Big Blues Bender with a bang, all to benefit the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund. The lineup is huge! Come join these spectacular artists as they donate their talent and time for a great cause. The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic, and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. With your help, we hope to raise money, awareness and support!
Experience the Bender! The Big Blues Bender is just around the corner! It's a one of a kind music event in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, NV September 8-11. ...Find full article here on our website
40th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Sept. 10 & 11 in Guerneville!
(Guerneville, CA) – The Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival is proud to celebrate 40 years of music on the river. This year’s event will take place on September 10th and 11th at Johnson’s Beach & Resort in Guerneville. Headlining the 40th Annual festival will be Jonny Lang, Keb’ Mo’, Chaka Khan and Brian Culbertson, along with Bobby Rush, Sheila E., Nikki Hill, Raul Midón, Moreland & Arbuckle, Igor Prado from Brazil, The Cosmo Alleycats and The Retroz.
For the last 40 years, music festivals have been a vital part of the Russian River community, and the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival now ranks amongst the oldest music festivals in North America, alongside groundbreaking events like the Newport Folk Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival – and continually voted Best Music Festival in Sonoma County by the readers of the North Bay Bohemian.
...Find full article and photos here on our website
Bridging The Blues Multi-Week Celebration Sept 30-Oct 8, 2016
(Helena, AR) - Bridging the Blues, a multi-week celebration of the musical heritage of Memphis and the Delta regions of Mississippi and Arkansas, marks its fifth anniversary with dozens of activities in late September and early October. These include its signature events: the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, Mississippi, (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) and the 31st annual King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas (Oct. 6-8).
Created with a mission to maximize the experiences offered to visitors to the region, Bridging the Blues (BTB) encompasses multiple festivals, and its many partners have created a broad array of daily events. A new participant is GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi in Cleveland, which opened this past spring and is currently featuring the exhibit “Pride and Joy: The Music of Stevie Ray Vaughan” through mid-October.
...Find full article and photos here on our website
The Seventh Annual Daytona Blues Festival Returns October 7-8-9
(Daytona Beach, FL) - The Daytona Blues Festival returns to Jackie Robinson Ball Park, downtown Daytona Beach, October 7th, 8th and 9th. From Friday’s all women fronted bands to Marcia Ball’s headline performance through Sunday’s traditional Victor Wainwright’s close, it promises to be an event to remember.

For the first time, the Friday lineup is a true showcase of women in blues. Vanessa Collier opens the festival with her powerful voice and amazing saxophone. She is followed by the unique Long Tall Deb featuring Colin John. Katy Guillen and The Girls then add their fiery, energetic Kansas City influenced blues to the main stage. As the sun goes down, the crowd will be treated to Carolyn Wonderland’s rough and raw Janis Joplin-esque howl and impeccable riffs. Finally, the night closes with the incomparable Shakura S’Aida.
...Find full article and photos here on our website
Blues Birthday Heroes: Singer Carolyn Gaines Honors Roy Gaines, Buddy Guy, Junior Kimbrough, Blind Boy Fuller
What do Buddy Guy, Roy Gaines, Blind Boy Fuller, Junior Kimbrough and Carolyn Gaines have in common? Other than all five being blues artists, their birthdays have recently been celebrated. While the first four musicians are all well-known blues legends, Carolyn Gaines (Roy Gaines’ daughter) is an up-and-coming blues singer who has already made major contributions to the blues as a teacher keeping Buddy Guy, Leadbelly, Shemekia Copeland, T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, Bobby Blue Bland, Joe Scott, Johnny Lang, Guitar Shorty, her uncle Grady Gaines, B.B. King, and Roy Gaines’ names alive behind the scenes. She has also been inspired by the four veterans and performs her own fresh interpretations of some of their songs.

Buddy Guy, who ranks as the most famous living blues artist, celebrated his 80th birthday this July 30.
...Find full article and photos here on our website
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ LRBC #29 Pre-Book Started today 7/21/16
~ Limited Cabins Remain for the LRBC #27 ... Act now!
~ Join Waitlist for LRBC #28
LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct-21-28, 2017: PREBOOK HAS STARTED Thursday July 21 for LRBC #29 Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Visit or call (816) 753-7979. Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin holds a space in line to book a cabin when the artist announcement is made (likely in late Nov. '16).

LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016
LIMITED CABINS REMAIN!! San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit.
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.
NOTE:  If you need help, please email or visit Booking FAQs or call (816) 753-7979 to join. Visit
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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Aug 27-28, 2016 Radio Show: Alligator Records 45th Anniversary

The Alligator record label stands for quality and the Blues. And it has been putting out quality blues for 45 years now. Founder Bruce Iglauer leads the celebration on the radio with Elwood Blues as we experience a mere glimpse of the Alligator music mountain. James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, JJ Grey, Elvin Bishop, and more!
Alligator Records 45th Anniversary. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Special BFG Announcements
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FREDDIE KING ...Look Over Yonder Wall
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Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
 Aug 26-Jimmy Rushing (1901); Aug 27-Lester Young (1909); Aug 29-Charlie Parker (1920), Dinah Washington (1924);
Aug 30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934);
Aug 31-Joanna Connor (1962);
Sept 3-Memphis Slim (1915), Freddie King (1934)
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Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
European Blues Cruise
Aug-27-2016 - Sep-01-2016, Marseilles, France
Fishers , Indiana, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival
Sep-02-2016 - Sep-04-2016
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Lehrter Bluesfestival
Lehrte, Germany
Sonoma County Cajun Zydeco & Delta Rhythm Festival
Sep-03-2016 - Sep-04-2016
Sebastopol , California, USA
New Blues Festival III
Sep-03 - Sep 04-2016
Long Beach, CA, USA 
For all festival links
please go to our website
Bowlful of Blues 24th Annual
Newton, Iowa, USA 
Big Blues Bender
Sep-08-2016 - Sep-11-2016
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
Sep-10-2016 - Sep-11-2016, Guerneville, California, USA
San Diego Blues Festival
San Diego, California, USA
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Sep-16-2016 - Sep-18-2016
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Blues Blast Music Awards 2016
Champaign, Illinois, USA
6th Bay Area Blues Festival
Sep-24-2016 - Sep-25-2016
Martinez, California, USA
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RBA Publishing Inc is based in Arcata, CA 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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