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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 29, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 39

Feb 18, 2016
sept 29
Nov 24
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
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Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
Photo by Michele Lundeen
Australian blues man Harper with his copy of Blues Festival Guide. Harper brought his brand of blues with his band Midwest Kind, to the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival (Bogalusa, LA) Sept 23-24. Besides harp and vocals Harper also plays his native Didgeridoo
Photo: Tom Andrews
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CD & DVD Releases
The Happiest Man in the World is a 14-track tasty gumbo of country blues songs recorded in the English countryside with an exuberant, soulful spirit that feels like the perfect soundtrack for relaxing on the back porch or the front parlor. Led by multiple Blues Music Award-winner Eric Bibb, this stellar acoustic band is made up of musicians who have known each other for years. It features famed upright bassist Danny Thompson, whose resume includes work with such acclaimed artists as Alexis Korner, Donovan, Richard Thompson (no relation), Pentangle and John Martyn. The album also includes a bonus instrumental track, “King Size Bed,” which is available only in the Deluxe digital edition....More details about this release here
Click to play"The Happiest Man In The World"
Artist site
Fans of jump, swing and boogie, rejoice: You have a new artist to play! Gus Spenos is a blues man with the shouting style of some of the all-time greats who also has serious sax chops (and the day job of being a top neurologist in Indianapolis). On If You Were Gold Baby, Spenos and his big band prove they know how to lay down tracks that make listeners want to move and groove.
On a set that mixes classic-sounding originals such as the title track with a varied selection of carefully chosen standards, Spenos teams with eight-time trombonist of the year Wycliffe Gordon and legendary drummer Cecil Brooks III. Thelonious Monk vocal finalist Charanee Wade even joins Spenos in a duet as they unearth the old Jimmy Preston song “Rock With It, Baby.”
Click to play"If You Were Gold Baby"
Artist site
News Flash
Bridging the Blues… Connecting Arkansas, Memphis and Mississippi with Live Music
(MS, TN, AR) - Since 2000 the Delta region has enjoyed a blues renaissance, with the arrival of new festivals, venues, museums, and the Mississippi Blues Trail series of historic markers. In order to help maximize visitors’ experiences of the area’s blues riches, the “Bridging the Blues” project is bringing you America’s music by coordinating events over a multi-week period, from September to October.
Weekend-long events include the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, Mississippi (September 30-October 2) and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas (October 5-8) plus many more opportunities for live music and exhibits throughout the area to make the most of your visit! ...Bridging the Blues info here and here
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. ...Read full story and see more images here
Copenhagen Blues Festival 2016 & Blues Awards Sept 28-Oct 2
(Copenhagen & Fredericksburg, Denmark) - It's Autumn, and once again, it’s time for "Blue Copenhagen." For 5 days, starting Wednesday Sept. 28-Oct 2, the Blues will sound all over the city, and we invite all blues fans to visit the city's many clubs and venues for a week of world class international blues, and some very good homegrown blues.

The Blues is many things, it is tradition, but also innovation and evolution. The festival is famous for its presentation of The Blues in a fine balance between tradition and new expressions, and their constant musical ambition is to cover all styles of blues and to present a program of the highest possible international level. So, as always, you'll find the seasoned blues veterans performing alongside some very talented young artists, who will carry the torch into the future. ...Read full info here 
Mt. Zion Memorial Fund Headstone Roots Benefit Concert Series Starts Oct 6
(Nashville, TN) - An event on Thursday October 6 marks the first of several benefit concerts at the American Legion (3206 Gallatin Pike) in Nashville to support the work of the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund (MZMF) – a non-profit cemetery organization based in Oxford, MS that since 1989 has worked to fulfill its mission of marking the unmarked graves of blues artists, protecting abandoned cemeteries, and helping African American church communities regain legal access to historic rural cemeteries in Mississippi. This benefit concert featuring the musical lineup of Jordan Tice, Zach Ryan, Allen Thompson, and Jack Pearson, will primarily serve to help mark the grave of legendary blues musician Bo Carter, otherwise known as Armenter Chatmon, of the famous Chatmon family. The event starts at 8pm.
...Find detailed info here about the concert and the project
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ LRBC #29 & #30 Pre-Booking... Hold Your Spot
~ Limited Cabins Remain for the LRBC #27 … BOOK NOW!

Prebooking for LRBC #30 Eastern Carribbean Feb 4-11, 2018 is now open! Ft. Lauderdale to Antiguia, St. Kitts and Grand Turk on Holland America's ms Koningsdam
LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct-21~28, 2017: PREBOOK NOW for LRBC #29! Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

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
Join Waitlist! Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI & Dominican Republic on Holland America’s new ms Koningsdam.
If you need help, please visit Booking FAQs or call (816) 753-7979. 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 a festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Oct 1-2, 2016 Radio Show: Fantastic Negrito
Photo by Michele LundeenThere is a phenomenal new talent out there. Calls himself Fantastic Negrito. Started out as a Prince sound alike, had a horrible car accident, recovered, became a family man and a farmer, and then launched into a new life as a street performer. Rediscovered as a dynamic, highly original, music maker. He is taking off!
The downs and ups and ups and ups of Fantastic Negrito. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode: ROGER NABER (Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise)
Intro from Mako Funasaka:
The LRBC (Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise) is the brainchild of it's Chief Executive Officer Roger Naber, (former co-owner of the Grand Emporium live music venue), who is celebrating 37 years as a music promoter. LRBC info
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949); Oct 1 Albert Collins (1932), George "Wild Child" Butler (1936); Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), Billy Branch (1951 Blues in The Schools founder), Keb' Mo' (1951) and Deborah Coleman (1956); Oct 4 Duke Robillard (1948) and Betsie Brown (Blind Raccoon); Oct 5 Roy Book Binder (1943) and Rick Estrin (1949); Oct 6 Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw (good friend and BFG Sales Director), Diunna Greenleaf (1957); Oct 8 Andy “T” Talamantez;
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Copenhagen Blues Festival
Sep-28-2016 - Oct-02-2016
Copenhagen, Denmark
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Sep-30-2016 - Oct-02-2016
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
Bridging the Blues
Sep-30-2016 - Oct-08-2016
Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee USA
Paoli Blues Fest
Oct-01-2016, Paoli, PA, Pennsylvania, USA
Georgia Blues and Roots Festival
Oct-01-2016, Mableton
Georgia, Georgia, USA
22nd Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert
Dallas, Texas, USA
 King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-05-2016 - Oct-08-2016
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Daytona Blues Festival
Oct-07-2016 - Oct-09-2016
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival
Oct-08-2016 - Oct-09-2016
Kure Beach, North Carolina, USA
Deep Blues Festival
Oct-13-2016 - Oct-16-2016
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Fest
Oct-13-2016 - Oct-16-2016
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Avignon Blues Festival
Oct-13-2016 - Oct-15-2016
Avignon, France
Bukka White Blues Festival
Oct-14-2016 - Oct-15-2016
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #27 Southeastern Caribbean
Oct-29-2016 - Nov-05-2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Frederikshavn Blues Festival
Nov-04-2016 - Nov-06-2016
Frederikshavn, Denmark
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-24-2016 - Nov-26-2016
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
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RBA Publishing is the parent company of the Blues Festival Guide and Reggae Festival Guide.
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.
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