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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 29, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 52

Feb 18, 2016
jAN 5, 2017
Holiday Greetings!
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
About Us (NEW ph#)
Holiday Greetings!
Happy Blue Year!! ...
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
Here's blues fans Marci Coyle (lt) and David & Mary Lewis during Kim Wilson's annual Holiday show at Winston's Beach Club in Ocean Beach, California Dec 11, 2016.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! The 14th annual edition can be found via festivals, blues societies and etc. When you get yours, snap photos of you, your friends, artists, etc. with the 2016 Guide! *EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit. 
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CD & DVD Releases
JJ Thames :: RAW SUGAR
Raw Sugar, JJ Thames’ follow-up to her debut album is a collection of 13 original works in collaboration with Eddie Cotton, produced by Eddie Cotton (also lead guitar on the album) and co-produced by Thames, and recorded at Malaco Recording Studios. Thames continues her reign as one sexy chanteuse. She has performed all over the world with artists as a backing vocalist, and has even penned songs for some main stream pop, R&B, rock and hip-hop artists, but her path to success was not always glamorous or easy.

Raised in a General Motors fueled, blue-collar family, the classically and jazz trained JJ began performing at the tender age of 9 years old, and became a blues- shouting banshee by the time she was just 18 years old. She cut her teeth after moving down to Jackson, MS, where she performed with the celebrated “Chitlin’ Circuit” superstars such as Marvin Sease. ...Read more about this release

Listen"I'm Leaving"
Artist Website
News Flash
Let's toast to a happy, Bluesy Blue Year! 

Here's to a healthy, happy, year filled with good times, good music and good friends!
We appreciate you and so happy to be a part of your blues family. We look forward with anticipation to the upcoming year and the amazing festivals and events and musical adventures that are in store for blues fans across the globe. Check our website for musical updates and plan your bluesy adventures. Have fun out there and we'll see you on the flipside!!
Yours friends at the Blues Festival Guide
Fall River’s Narrows Center Serves up the Blues in Jan 2017
(Fall River, MA) - The Narrows Center for The Arts (16 Anawan Street, Fall River Massachusetts), kicks off 2017 with a sold-out, post-New Year's dance party, its fourth annual Winter Blues Festival, and a handful of beloved, veteran performers.

Jan. 13-14 is the Fourth annual Winter Blues Festival. Friday features Eric Gales Band, Davina and the Vagabonds, Nick Schnebelen, and Jimmy Bez Blues Band. Doors open at 5 p.m. and show starts at 6 p.m. Saturday features Alexis P. Suter Band, Davy Knowles, Mark T. Small, Dan Lawson, and Black Cadillac Trio. Doors open at 4 p.m., show starts at 5 p.m.

On Jan 5th Grammy-winning guitar legend Albert Lee known best for his finger style and hybrid picking technique will perform in concert; Jan 25 it’s Junior Brown with his unique voice, songwriting and double-necked "Guit-Steel" guitar; Jan 27 features three-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette who also won 2016 Best Soul Blues Female; On Jan 28th it’s Matthew Stubbs & the Antiguas, and The Silks. ...Find complete lineup and more info 
2017 Australian Blues Music Awards Finalists Announced
Melbourne-based guitarist/singer Geoff Achison leads the finalist nominations for the 2017 Australian Blues Music Awards announced Dec 29, 2016. The Internationally renowned artist picked up nods in Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Duo or Group of the Year with his band The Souldiggers.
Fellow-Melbourne performer Hurricane Hearn garnered three nominations in Album of the Year, Artist of The Year and Best New Talent of the Year along with Brisbane newcomers Blues Arcadia who are up for Song of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year and Best New Talent of the Year.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 11, 2017 as part of the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn.
Australian Blues Music Awards (originally known as the Goulburn Blues Music Awards) are presented each year to recognise excellence in Blues Music in Australia. ...Find complete details and where to purchase tickets
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. Booking begins Jan 6, 2017
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
Dec 31, 2016-Jan 1, 2017 Radio Show: BEST OF 2016
We are lurching into 2017 and hoping for the best. This time, a listen back to the best of 2016. Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg, Mavis Staples, Peter Wolf. Plus- James Hunter, the rediscovered Wee Willie Walker, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Fantastic Negrito and much more. Elwood looks in the rear view mirror and brings in the New Year with a bang.
The best blues of 2016. 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 blues, afro-roots and soul guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer [Canada].
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
 Bonnie Raitt "Coming Home" 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Onward & upward in the new year!

~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Dec 29-Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929); Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928); Dec 31-Odetta (1930); Jan 1-Frank Stokes (1888), Estelle "Mama" Yancey (1896); Jan 2-Little Smokey Smothers (1939); Rubin “Rube” Lacy (1901); Jan 5-Johnny Adams (1932), Wilbert Harrison (1929), Sam Phillips (1923 founder of Sun Records); Jan 6-Kim Wilson (1951)
If you missed your a copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues in the Archives here on our website.
Special BFG Announcements
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
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Festival Calendar
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To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender and is highlighted, EMAIL
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

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
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-09-2017 - Feb-12-2017
Boquete, Panama
Winter Blues Fest
Feb-10-2017 - Feb-11-2017
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Clearwater Sea-Blues
Festival 2017
Feb-18-2017 - Feb-19-2017
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Riverwalk Blues and
Music Festival
Feb-24-2017 - Feb-26-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-10-2017 - Mar-11-2017
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
River City Blues Festival
26th Annual
Mar-16-2017 - Mar-18-2017
Marietta, Ohio, USA
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