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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 3, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 44

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)
About Us (NEW ph#)
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Here's our publisher Kaati with Eddy Clearwater at the Recording Academy Blues Task Force luncheon meeting during 2016 Blues Music Awards week in Memphis, TN.
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CD & DVD Releases
Eddie Turner :: NAKED... IN YOUR FACE
Eddie Turner has done just about everything. A guitarist since age 12, he honed his skills alongside San Francisco's legendary Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth in the '70s and Denver's hard-hitting Zephyr in the '80s, before becoming a founding member of the Otis Taylor Band and later earning a prestigious Blues Music Award nomination for his own solo career. The Denver-based guitarist, singer and bandleader has toured the world, garnering countless fans and critical acclaim in the process. Yet, Naked ... In Your Face marks a first for Turner, who has never released an in-concert recording. The title tells you all you need to know: No shrinking violet of a live album, this vibrant set finds the musician at his most stylistically audacious, crossing boundaries with brazen confidence.
...More details about this release here
Click to play"Blues Fallin' Down Like Rain"
Artist site
Jon Spear Band :: DEVIL'S HIGHWAY
Live Music Is Better was recorded by the Jon Spear Band before a live audience at the Southern Café & Music Hall in Charlottesville, VA on November 27, 2015. On that night, the band not only reprised some of their award-winning original songs from their debut album Old Soul, but also covered several red-hot blues songs in the imaginative style that has made them a favorite among a growing list of blues lovers.

The release of this second recording caps off a year of increasing success for the band, which saw them receive extensive airplay, numerous favorable reviews, and opportunities to appear with several major artists, while Old Soul captured the #24 spot on the Roots Music Report’s Top Contemporary Blues Albums for 2015. ...More details about this release here
Click to play"Devil's Highway"
Artist site
News Flash
17TH Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit Nov 4-5
(Newport, KY) - This Friday and Saturday November 4-5, the 17th annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit will be held at the Southgate Revival-Sanctuary at 111 East 6th Street in Newport, Kentucky. The Summit will feature Carl Sonny Leyland (U.K.), Craig Brenner (U.S.), Ricky Nye (U.S.), Lluis Coloma (Spain) – Friday, Ethan Leinwand (U.S.) – Saturday, with Chris Douglas (bass), Paul Ellis (drums), George Bedard (guitar), and Brian "Boss" Hogg (tenor sax). This is an all-ages, non-smoking event. Showtime is 9pm with door at 8pm and tickets are $20 advanced, $25 door (standing room only) or $30 advanced, $35 door (reserved seating).
The multi award-winning Ricky Nye is the driving force behind the annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit which has held in Greater Cincinnati since 1999.
8th Annual Blues Summit Jan 20-23...
(Toronto, ON, Canada) - Blues Summit is Canada’s not-to-be-missed biennial forum for all members of the blues music community including artists, presenters, agents, festival bookers, event organizers, radio hosts and industry representatives of all kinds. Blues Summit Eight will take place January 20-23, 2017 in Toronto, ON, Canada at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. The conference provides an opportunity for members of the community to connect as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry professionals. Blues Summit 8 will close with the 20th Annual Maple Blues Awards at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall.

Blues Summit showcasing provides artists an opportunity to perform for national and international festival/venue bookers, event organizers, promoters, industry representatives, members of the media and other musicians.
This year’s Blues Summit Eight Showcasing Artists include:
...Read more about the Blues Summit and artists performing
and... Canada’s Maple Blues Award Nominees & event Jan 23
(Toronto, ON, CA) - Canadian blues artists from coast to coast have been honored with nominations for the 20th annual Maple Blues Awards, being held on January 23rd at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
Leading the way with multiple nominations are Quebec’s The Paul DesLauriers Band and its members with five nominations, followed by Angel Forrest with four. Ontario’s MonkeyJunk and its members also received four nominations while Toronto/Texas-based The 24th Street Wailers, British Columbia’s David Gogo and Harpdog Brown each received three nominations.
There are several first-time nominees including 17-year old newcomer Spencer MacKenzie, Andre Bisson, Blue Moon Marquee, Debra Power, and Mark Crissinger for New Artist of the Year. There are several acts from across the country that each received two nominations. ...Find complete nominee list 
Delta Blues Museum to get substantial contribution
(Clarksdale, MS) - "I don’t think that there’s any question that the blues is the bedrock of all American music .... Take away the blues, and you’re left with a very shaky hierarchy of American music." Robert Santelli, executive director of The Grammy Museum.

It was good news to hear last week that the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale is getting a share of money distributed by the Delta Regional Authority, along with federal and state partners, to benefit a variety of projects throughout Mississippi.
The museum will get $1.6 million — $163,903 is the Delta Regional Authority's contribution — to upgrade exhibits so they will be more interactive and, hopefully, more engaging for younger visitors who didn't grow up with the blues the way many older visitors did. ...Read more
London residents learn to sing the blues with launch of new choirs
(Hackney, London, UK) – The London Blues Choir starts two branches in Hackney, bringing the music of the Deep South to the borough. “You don’t have to have a voice like Adele… The most important thing is to be completely connected with the emotion of the music,” says choral director Hannah Northedge.

Northedge is the founder of London Blues Choirs, which launches its Hoxton branch at the Rosemary Branch theatre on Saturday 19 November (there’s a free taster session on Saturday 6 November from 12–2pm).

Northedge plans to set up blues choirs all around London. Another Hackney branch rehearses every Monday at Paper Dress Vintage on the Narrow Way.
Some 20 budding bluesmen (and women) have joined up, says Northedge.
...Read more about the London blues choir program 
Jazz Record Mart's Bob Koester celebrates 84th birthday and a new store
(Chicago, IL) - When you've spent most of your life in the record business, how do you celebrate your 84th birthday?

By opening a record store, of course, which is how Bob Koester — owner of Chicago's Delmark Records label and founder of the shuttered Jazz Record Mart — marked the grand occasion last weekend.

Technically, Koester turned 84 on Sunday [Oct 30]. But because Bob's Blues & Jazz Mart, 3419 W. Irving Park Rd., is closed that day, Koester marked the birthday and celebrated the new store on Saturday afternoon [Oct 29], inviting music lovers to congregate there.

It's a fair bet that not many folks feel like launching a business at such an exalted age. But Koester looked and sounded as if he couldn't be happier, a standing-room-only crowd packing the place.
...Read more about Koester's history and the store
Blues Society News
Southern California Blues Society Presents "Battle of The 20 Blues Bands" Nov 12
(Long Beach, CA) - The Southern California Blues Society Presents the Battle of The 20 Blues Bands on Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 from 2pm-9pm at Malarky’s Grille (168 Marina Dr.) in Long Beach, CA. 20 of the areas bands will perform. Tix are $15 (GA) to $30 (rows 1-2) and on sale now at their website.
The Southern California Blues Society is a 501 (c )(3) all volunteer, non-profit organization that was started in 1982 by a few wonderful individuals who were devoted to preserving and promoting the Blues in the Southern California area. For 30 years SCBS has kept to that original mission. ...
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
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More then a cruise! More than a festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
Nov 5-6, 2016 Radio Show: LIL' ED WILLIAMS
Photo by Michele Lundeen
There’s nothing that soothes the soul like some good old Chicago Blues. Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials personify modern Chicago Blues, and they bring their latest offering to us on the radio this week.
Tune in for the Big Sound of Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin, plays a unique, high energy style of zydeco. Dwayne hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world (he's the youngest son of Rockin' Dopsie, Sr.). This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed all over the world since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at age 19.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Candye Kane "All You Can Eat"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
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); 
Nov 8 Bonnie Bramlett (1944); Bonnie Raitt (1949), Eddie “Vann” Shaw Jr. (1955); Nov 9 Linda Hopkins (1925), Susan Tedeschi (1970); Nov 10 Bobby Rush, George "Mojo" Buford (1929); Nov 11 LaVern Baker (1929), Mose Allison (1927), Chris Smither (1944); Nov 12 Bukka White (1906), Booker T. Jones (1944); Nov 13 Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (1913), John Hammond, Jr. (1942), Candye Kane (1961)
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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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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
 Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm &
Rock Festival
Nov-11-2016 - Nov-13-2016
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
San Francisco International
Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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
Sunshine Music Festival
Jan-16-2017 - Jan-17-2017
St. Petersburg/Boca Raton,
Florida, 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
3rd Annual Suncoast Blues Festival
Jan-27-2017 - Jan-28-2017
Sarasota, Florida, USA
International Blues Challenge
Jan-31-2017 - Feb-04-2017
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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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.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL.
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