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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 27, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 43

Feb 18, 2016
Nov 24
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!

Up and coming blues musician Bubba Wilson and his band The Powerhouse put on a great show at Callahan's Music Hall, opening for Nick Moss Sept. 30, 2016. Later he and Nick discussed some pages in the BFG (top). Bubba also shared the bill ...and his magazine with Dennis Gruenling! (bottom).
Photos: LaVonne Kujawa
Toledo, Ohio
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CD & DVD Releases
Jeff Jensen feels it is his responsibility to make the effort to communicate his passion with each member of the audience every night. After all, music is art, and art is the physical form of emotion. This is exactly what you’ll find within The River City Sessions.
Most people are in for a shock the first time they experience a Jeff Jensen Band performance. It starts with the trio mixing an eccentric blend of soul, rock, and American roots music with a deep blues influence. Suddenly Jensen feels the spirit, transforming into a whirling dervish of sight and sound as he bounds across the stage, barely able to contain himself. His passion is there for all to see, a rare occurrence in these times of buttoned-down music-making.
...More details about this release here
Click to play"Empty Bottles"
Artist site
Little Charlie And Organ Grinder Swing :: SKRONKY TONK
Skronky Tonk has been a dream of Charlie Baty for quite a while now and showcases swing, blues, jazz standards and even some Gypsy Jazz, all done with Charlie’s unique guitar stylings. Most of you know Charlie Baty as leader of Little Charlie & the Nightcats. Former Nightcat band mates, Lorenzo Farrell on Hammond organ and J. Hansen on drums join him on this swinging CD that was recorded and engineered at Greaseland Studios by Chris “Kid” Andersen. There is no mistaking Charlie’s creative blues guitar playing, as he’s a true legend in this field. Skronky Tonk finds him in one of his favorite settings, an organ jazz trio. Charlie always played some swing jazz tunes with the Nightcats, which has led him where he is today. If you’re a Charlie Baty fan you could really dig this record.
...More details about this release here
Click to play"Skronky Tonk"
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News Flash
Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert Nov 4 features Annika Chambers
 (Gainesville, FL) – Gainesville will be treated to the kind of experience one usually only gets in the biggest of cities as Annika Chambers plays the Downtown Blues Concert at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Friday, November 4, courtesy of the North Central Florida Blues Society. The powerhouse singer from Houston, Texas is known for her soulful, heartwarming and ground-stomping performances. She was a 2015 Blues Music Award nominee for Best New Artist, Album (Making My Mark), and is driven to give her all every time she’s on stage and provide the audience a show with long-lasting memories. Her influences include Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Shemekia Copeland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Big Mama Thornton. The rising star has performed at numerous festivals, including multiple appearances at Las Vegas’s Big Blues Bender, and will tour Brazil later this year.
...Read more about the Gainesville Downtown Blues full lineup
11th Frederikshavn Blues Festival Nov 4th-5th in Denmark
 (Frederikshavn, Denmark) - The Frederikshavn Blues Festival will be held November 4-5, 2016 in Frederikshavn, Denmark. During this first weekend it will be time to enjoy “Blues Heaven on Earth” with an amazing international lineup of unique, world-class celebrities and Grammy award-winning performers from the U.S. and around the globe. As usual “Det Musiske Hus” in Frederikshavn provides the backdrop for the festival’s intimate atmosphere. Blues, rock, gospel and soul lovers, get ready for the 11th year of one of the world’s most respected and prestigious blues festivals, featuring a marvelous and rich music program.
Holle Thee Maxwell, “The Black Blonde Bombshell,” is top of the bill. Holle has a six-decade career behind her. As a teenager she studied classical piano and vocal education at prestigious Roosevelt University and Juilliard School in New York.
...Read complete details about the incredible lineup, tickets and more
Harmonica Showcase in Hartford this Saturday Oct 29
(Hartford, CT) - “The Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase” returns to Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar (350 Asylum St, Hartford, Connecticut) this Saturday, October 29 from 9pm-12am. The show provides fans of with stellar blues playing, powerhouse blues vocalists, sizzling electric blues and an evening of outstanding musical entertainment.

Four regionally and nationally recognized blues harmonica players will lead the show, all backed one of the East Coast’s premier bands, The Ricky King Russell Band.

On harp is Brian Templeton, Diane Blue, Racky Thomas, and The Kosher Kid.
Templeton is the former lead singer of the Boston based blues band, The Radio Kings. He is one of the most talented vocalists and blues harmonica wizards to come along in quite a while. ...Read more about the artists appearing
Book Signing at Delta Blues Museum Nov 1
(Clarksdale, MS) - Join award-winning blues historian Martin Hawkins, author of Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge, for a booksigning and Q&A at the Delta Blues Museum on November 1st at 1 pm.
Presenting the only complete biography of Harpo, Hawkins traces Harpo's rural upbringing in the South, his professional development fostered by the local music scene, and his national success with R&B hits like Rainin' in My Heart, Baby Scratch My Back, and I'm A King Bee, among others.
Martin Hawkins is the author of A Shot in the Dark - Making Records in Nashville 1945-1955, co-author of Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll, and the writer of some four hundred magazine articles, LP sleeve notes and CD booklets stretching back to 1971. During the 1970s and since, he issued more of Sun Records' music than anyone knew existed, mainly on Charly, Spotlight (Sonet), Bear Family and other pioneering reissue labels.
...Read more about Martin Hawkins
Blues Society News
Minnesota Blues Society IBC Fundraiser Nov 15 plus a party in Clarksdale, MS at the Shack Up Inn Feb 5, 2017
(Minneapolis, MN) - The International Blues Challenge will take place on Beale Street in Memphis, TN from Tuesday, January 31st though Saturday, February 4th, 2017. The Minnesota Blues Society (MNBS) is proud to send the Mark Cameron Band, Mike Munson/Mikkel Beckmen and Colin Campbell & The Shackletons as their representatives. The MBS Road To Memphis fundraiser will be Nov 13 at the Wicked Moose Bar & Grille in Rochester, MN.
For the past several years a contingent of Minnesota blues fans that attend IBC week have extended their trip and traveled to the Mecca of the Blues, Clarksdale, MS. The MNBS has made arrangements with the Shack Up Inn this year to hold a blues party on Sunday night, February 5th with bands and jams through the night. Lodging there is affordable and unique.
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ Join Waitlist for Jan 2017 LRBC #28
~ LRBC #29 & #30 Pre-Booking... Hold Your Spots!
LRBC #30 Eastern Carribbean Feb 4-11, 2018 ! PREBOOK NOW for LRBC #30! 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. 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 #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
 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 29-30, 2016 Radio Show: HALLOWEEN BLUES
Photo by Michele Lundeen
Get the spirit of Halloween with the Elwood on the BluesMobile Radio Hour. Music from the Black Keys, Tom Jones, B.B. King, Fantastic Negrito, Pokey LaFarge, Joe Bonamassa, and more. Join Elwood for Halloween!
Boo, y’all. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
An interview with soulful, veteran singer, songwriter, entertainer Johnny Max about his life and involvement in the business of music, all infused with his good-natured wit.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Victor Wainwright "The Devil's Bite"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909), Clifford Antone (1949 Antone Records); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946), Hadda Brooks (1916); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902), Ethel Waters (1896); Nov 1 Sippie Wallace (1898); Don Robey (Duke/Peacock Records 1903); Nov 2 Mark Wenner (1948);
Nov 3 Mable John (1930), Sonny Rhodes (1940); Nov 4 Delbert McClinton (1940); Nov 5 Ike Turner (1931), Studebaker John Grimaldi (1952); Nov 6 Rory Block (1949);
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 Hambone Festival
Oct-27-2016 - Nov-30-2016
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Sugar Cube Blues Festival
Oct-28-2016 - Oct-29-2016
Županja, Croatia
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
Gainesville Downtown
Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Blues & Boogie Piano Summit
17th Annual
Nov-04-2016 - Nov-05-2016
Newport, Kentucky, USA
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
11th Annual
Jackson MS, Mississippi, USA
College Park Blues Festival
College Park, Maryland, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm &
Rock Festival
Nov-11-2016 - Nov-13-2016
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
San Francisco International
Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
Venice Blues Festival
Nov-18-2016 - Nov-20-2016
Venice, Florida, USA
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-24-2016 - Nov-26-2016
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-02-2016 - Dec-03-2016
Bradenton, Florida, USA
MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Jan-12-2017 - Jan-15-2017
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues
Cruise #28 Caribbean
Jan-22-2017 - Jan-29-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Cincy Winter Blues Festival
Jan-27-2017 - Jan-28-2017
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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RBA Publishing is the parent company of the Blues Festival Guide and Reggae Festival Guide.
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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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