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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 16, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 7

Feb 18, 2016
Mar 18, 2017
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Special BFG Announcements
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
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Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!

Hanging out after the Cincy Winter Blues Fest it's (top lt-rt) Missy Golden, Michele Lundeen (your e-Guide editor), Bill Hayes, JoAnn Hayes and Jenifer Sawicki; (top rt) Cincy Blues Society president Edward Sawicki; (bottom lt-rt) Peter Carcieri (VP of the Cincy Blues Society), Paul Weibel artist liason), Ori Naftaly (Southern Avenue band) and Mark Bubash (Cincy Winter Blues Fest Director and Tempted Souls band) with the Blues Festival Guide (and probably whiskey).
*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!
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CD & DVD Releases
Jack Mack & The Heart Attack Horns :: BACK TO THE SHACK
Jack Mack’s sweet, funky soul music has earned a critically acclaimed 30-year legacy of success in the music business that includes ten records, blockbuster movie soundtracks, and hundreds of global television and stage performances. They've circled the globe performing concerts, clubs, festivals and some of the world's most outrageous private affairs. Their smokin’, Southern-flavored R&B and soul is inspired by the legendary artists who recorded for influential labels such as Stax/Volt and in locations rich in musical history such as Muscle Shoals, with hints of Philadelphia and the Motown sound in the mix as well.
Back to the Shack is their latest album, featuring 10 soulful and bluesy tunes, nine co-written by the band and all performed with a fresh, contemporary approach. ...Read more about this release

Listen"Standin' Before The King"
Artist website
Sharon Lewis :: GROWN ASS WOMAN
Chicago blues and soul singer Sharon Lewis’ album, Grown Ass Woman on Delmark, features 12 new original songs with special guest appearances by harp legend Sugar Blue and slide guitar queen Joanna Connor. Sharon’s longtime collaborator, guitarist and songwriter Steve Bramer, contributed 6 of the originals.

Grown Ass Woman kicks off with “Can't Do It Like We Do” a tribute to the current Chicago Blues sound and scene. “Hell Yeah!” is a total party jam, there's plenty of soul like “They're Lying” and “Call Home,” and “Freedom” is a timely song which points out that 'freedom cannot be freedom until freedom means freedom for everyone!'

Sharon's commitment to the blues has paid off handsomely, as she's developed into one of Chicago’s hottest blues acts. ...Read more about this release

Listen"Walk With Me"
News Flash... 
4th Annual Lancaster Roots & Blues features 70 artists on 11 stages Feb 24-26
(Lancaster, PA) - Lancaster Roots and Blues is a fantastically fun music festival featuring outstanding live music from across the U.S. and beyond. The 2017 festival on Feb. 24, 25 and 26 (Friday through Sunday) will be our 4th annual event. Each year gets better and 2017 will be no exception with 70 artists performing 90 shows on 11 stages, from intimate venues to our main stage in the big (heated!) tent in Lancaster Square. All venues are within 3 blocks of each other and easily walkable.
Blues is on the menu but so are many other great musical art forms that America can proudly call home including Jazz, Americana, Folk, Rockabilly, Rock n Roll, Bluegrass, Funk and Soul and so much more. This festival is a music lover’s paradise. Here is the complete list of artists playing this year: ...
... Find entire lineup and more details about the Lancaster Roots & Blues
4 day Annual Redwood Coast Music Festival in Eureka on California's spectacular Redwood Coast Mar 30-April 2
(Eureka, CA) - 25 world class bands, 6 venues, 100 sets of live music throughout the 4 day festival March 30-April 2 with many special headliner shows throughout the weekend. Friday at the Eureka Municipal Auditorium it’s “Blues Legends Night” 5pm-11pm; Saturday Night at the Eureka Municipal Auditorium it’s the “Stars Saturday Blues Show” 5pm–Midnight. "Roots & Blues" is also on Saturday at the Eureka Theater venue from 10:30am–Midnight. We have it all Blues, Roots, Zydeco, Rockabilly, New Orleans Jazz - it's all here!

Special Friday and Saturday all blues venues will feature Duke Robillard, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Kenny Neal, James Harman, Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers, Carl Sonny Leyland and more!

Two blues pass specials available for Friday & Saturday blues shows. Two Day Blues Pass - $60. Full three day all venue passes - $90. 
...Find details and lineup for the Redwood Coast Music Festival
5th Annual Pinetop Boogie and Crawfish Boil May 13 benefits scholarship program
(Clarksdale, MS) - The Pinetop Boogie and Crawfish Boil will be held May 13 from 3pm-8pm at Ground Zero Blues Club (387 Delta Ave.) in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Proceeds will benefit the Pinetop Foundation workshop scholarship Program.
There will be a silent auction and there is a $10-$15 suggested donation at the door. Among those appearing are John Primer, Monster Mike Welch, Michael Ledbetter, Bob Corritore, Anthony Geraci, Diunna Greenleaf and more.
For the past seven years, the Pinetop Perkins Foundation has always focused on offering world-class musicians to lead their Master Class Workshop held in Clarksdale, Mississippi each June. The 2017 Workshop Experience will be no exception. The primary mission of The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career. 
...Find more about the Pinetop Boogie and Crawfish Boil and the Foundation
At 83 and 374 albums later, Bobby Rush wins GRAMMY for Best Traditional Blues Album
(Los Angeles, CA) – The 59th GRAMMY Awards were held on Feb 12, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bobby Rush won Best Traditional blues Album for his album Porcupine Meat. “Wow,” Rush exclaimed as he reached the podium with his Grammy in hand,” Thank God, first of all, for letting me be here long enough to get one of these; for Rounder Records; my producer, Scott, Dorothy his lovely wife; my manager, staff, Lo who been with me for 100 years. I said it because this is my 374th record! And finally …and finally, after recording since 1951, I’m so thankful, because I’m 83 years. Thank all the staff at the record company who was so nice to me in doing this. Thank you for voting for me. Thank the Academy for thinking enough of me to put me in the line, because if I didn’t win, I’m still a winner, ‘cause I’m in the line.”

Then, like clockwork from this humble man’s heart he simply says, “All the… the guys that I [beat] out… this to you!” as he raised his GRAMMY up high.
...Find more about the blues-roots GRAMMY winners 
Gregg Martinez serves up Bayou Blues and Creole Soul
Gregg Martinez—whose blend of blues, R&B and powerhouse Louisiana soul music he describes as “bayou blues and Creole soul”—was born and raised and still lives in the Cajun country of south Louisiana.
The late Ed Bradley of TV’s 60 Minutes—upon seeing him perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival—called Gregg Martinez one of America’s greatest hidden treasures. His talent is the stuff of legend and even after more than forty years, Gregg is better than ever. He has performed throughout the U.S. and has toured South Africa, England, Wales, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Gregg has released eleven albums, including the 2016 release, Soul of the Bayou. This new CD is on Louisiana Red Hot Records label and is Gregg’s second national release on the label. The album was on the 2016 Grammy ballot for Best Traditional Blues Album and was nominated for Best Blues Album by OFFBEAT Magazine’s annual Best of the Beat Awards.
 ...Find out more about Gregg Martinez and how to book
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
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Carribbean Feb 4-11, 2018 
Ft. Lauderdale to Antigua, St. Kitts & Grand Turk on Holland America's ms Koningsdam. Info.

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Elwood's BluesMobile
Feb 18-19, 2017 Radio Show: James Hunter

James Hunter is a great singer who can go from suave to shouting in a heartbeat. He and his band create a tight soul experience, advancing a blues tradition, and bringing their own glorious spin to it all. And their latest is their first for the Daptone label, a haven and heaven for modern soul music.
The James Hunter Six. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako
Episode: Canadian harmonica man Roly Platt
An interview with Canadian harmonica player, Roly Platt who is a multiple Maple Blues Awards  – “Harmonica Player of the Year” nominee, has two double platinum record credits, and has recorded on over 1800 individual album cuts, movie scores and jingles.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Special BFG Announcements
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Video of The Week
Irma Thomas & B.B. King "You Can Have My Husband"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Feb 16-Super Chikan (1951); Feb 17-Lou Ann Barton (1954); Feb 18-Irma Thomas (1941); Feb 19-Sam Myers (1936), William "Smokey" Robinson (1940), Robert “Bilbo” Walker (1937); Feb 20-Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898); Feb 21-Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell (1903), Nina Simone (1933); Feb 22-"Ernie K-Doe" Kador (1936); Feb 23-Johnny Winter (1944), Feb 24-Freddie Robinson (1939), Willie Kent (1936), George Thorogood (1950); Feb 25-Ida Cox (1896 or 1898); Feb 26-Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928)
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Festival Calendar
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Clearwater Sea-Blues
Festival 2017
Feb-18-2017 - Feb-19-2017
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Feb-24-2017 - Feb-26-2017
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Riverwalk Blues and
Music Festival
Feb-24-2017 - Feb-26-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Phoenix Blues Blast
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
 Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-27-2017 - Mar-04-2017
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ
Mar-04-2017 - Mar-05-2017
Kariong, Australia
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-10-2017 - Mar-11-2017
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 River City Blues Festival
26th Annual
Mar-16-2017 - Mar-18-2017
Marietta, Ohio, USA
Redwood Coast Music Festival
Mar-30-2017 - Apr-02-2017
Eureka, California, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-07-2017 - Apr-09-2017
St Petersburg , Florida, USA
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Apr-07-2017 - Apr-09-2017
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Juke Joint Festival
and Related Events
Apr-20-2017 - Apr-23-2017
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
New England Blues Summit
Apr-28-2017 - Apr-30-2017
Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-11-2017 - May-14-2017
San Diego, California, USA
About Us 

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Call 707-630-3304
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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