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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 24, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 47

jAN 5, 2017
Feb 18, 2016
Nov 24
Show us your BFG
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
News Flash
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
About Us (NEW ph#)
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
We caught up with guitarist, singer, songwriter Buddy Reed and harp man and promoter Bobby J Holman at a blues gig in Rialto, California. 
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News Flash
BB King’s Band on the Road Again…
The Thrill is Not Gone... We're Back! Keeping The Blues Alive… BB King’s Blues Band can’t stop playing the music that was born in the Mississippi Delta.

If you thought “The Thrill Is Gone” meet BB King’s Blues Band on tour across the United States and hear the sound that made Mississippi “The Birthplace of the Blues.”

Many of the original BB King Band members have come together to “Keep the Blues Alive” for their fans and to perpetuate the music that King made famous all over the world.

Myron Johnson, BB King’s Tour Manager has re-assembled the band with celebrated Mississippi bluesman Jesse Robinson, as the frontman. Robinson was singled out by “BB” as his favorite guitarist on numerous occasions, therefore, “Jesse was the obvious choice to lead the band as we hit the road to honor the “King of the Blues,” according to Johnson.
...Find more about the BB King Band here
18th Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Supports Communities and Raises Awareness
(US & Canada) - Two trains will operate coast-to-coast under the Holiday Train banner, with approximately 150 shows held in November and December. The train that operates primarily through the U.S. will launch in the Montreal area on Nov. 25, while the all-Canada train's first shows will come a day later, also in Montreal. The U.S. train will complete its final shows in Saskatchewan on Dec. 15, and the final show of the tour will take place Dec. 17 at Port Coquitlam, B.C.
At each stop on the Holiday Train’s schedule, the beautifully decorated and lighted train pulls up and one side of a box car opens to reveal a music stage with the band ready to entertain the crowds who flock to see it each year and also bring along food to donate to local food banks. ...Find more info and photos about this anticipated train
2017 Blues Calendar Raising Funds for Brain Injury Association
Brant Zwicker attends several blues festivals across the country every year. The music is one of his passions — he’s behind the At The Crossroads radio show devoted to the genre — but his travels also give him the chance to help out the Kamloops Brain Injury Association. All it takes is his camera, musicians who give him the OK and the time and money needed to create a calendar with some of the giants of the music gracing it each month.

It’s a labour of love, Zwicker said, although sometimes he runs across glitches he didn’t expect.

There are some musicians who just don’t agree — or, more often, their public-relations or management teams don’t agree — to let him use the photograph he has taken. ...Find more about this calendar, see images, and how to purchase
Rising Stars Battle in Memphis plus Blues Foundation Announces 16 to Honor with KBA
(Memphis, TN) -The Blues Foundation will host the annual International Blues Challenge January 31-February 4, 2017 also bestow 16 individuals and organizations with its prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive Awards for their contributions to the world of blues!
Memphis’ claim as the “Home of the Blues” will be indisputably evident the first week of February when The Blues Foundation hosts its 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge. Musicians from around the globe will convene in Memphis to compete for cash, prizes, and bookings as they are judged the best in IBC categories, among them Band, Solo/Duo, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica Player, and Self-Produced CD. The Challenge’s alumni include such acclaimed musicians as Susan Tedeschi, Tommy Castro, Delta Moon, Trampled Under Foot, Sean Costello and Grady Champion.
The 2017 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are: ...
Find details and the list of KBA recipients
Celebrating a Subdued Kind of Blues Dec 10th
The Piedmont Blues, a Dec. 10 concert at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD ) by jazzman Gerald Clayton and The Assembly, combines jazz, traditional buck dancing and photography in an homage to the blues and the African American culture of the tobacco-producing states of the Southeast.

To those who have only heard the blues of the Mississippi Delta and Chicago or its musical descendants in rock music, the rolling rhythms of the Piedmont blues may sound surprisingly gentle, even somewhat subdued. The listener might not immediately recognize the blues in a guitar style that often sounds rooted in ragtime. And the name of the style is even a bit of a geographic misnomer as its musicians also hail from areas that surround the Piedmont, the Appalachians and the coastal planes.

However, this beautiful folk style, with its intricate guitar work, holds an influential place in American music.
...Read more about the Piedmont Blues influence and concert
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Plus, we will make your Banner ad for you at no additional charge!
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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 26-27, 2016 Radio Show: ANA POPOVIC
Photo by Michele LundeenThe finest American blues player to ever emerge from Serbia? Ana Popovic. There is no argument. Great guitar player. Great singer. Dynamic performer. Excellent songwriter. And ambitious! She has released not a double album, but a triple CD set. Called Trilogy.
Buckle up and get ready. Ana Popovic joins Elwood. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Interview with Steve Marriner, Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and record producer based in Ottawa, Ontario. He first garnered attention in the Ottawa blues scene in his early teens as a prodigy blues harp (harmonica) player. He also plays baritone guitar, electric guitar, piano, Hammond organ, upright bass and electric bass). As of 2016, he is the frontman, singer, one of two guitarists and harmonica player for the Canadian rock'n'roll-blues group MonkeyJunk
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).

 More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Brownie McGhee "Don't Pity Me"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Thankful for the little things!
~ Birthdays of note through next week: 
Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939), Bernard Allison (1965); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909), Brownie McGhee (1915), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956), Shuggie Otis (1953)
If you missed your a copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues in the
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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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
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
are paid "Featured" ads

 Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-24-2016 - Nov-26-2016
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-02-2016 - Dec-04-2016
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
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
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-09-2017 - Feb-12-2017
Boquete, Panama
Clearwater Sea-Blues
Festival 2017
Feb-18-2017 - Feb-19-2017
Clearwater, Florida, 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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