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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 23, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 8

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
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
Houston music enthusiast, house-concert producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Abrams (L) and Blues photographer Donovan Allen (R) take a moment to show their BFG mags at 5,897 ft. / 1798 m asl on Mt. Rigi’s summit in central Switzerland during their 18-day “Islands to Alps” live Blues Music Tour. Gregor Maranta, a Swiss hiker who just arrived on the summit from a village far below, was gracious to take the photo with Donovan’s rig. Jeff and Donovan’s Challenge: Beat this ground-elevation mag-pose!
Photo courtesy Donovan Allen

*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. *Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now!
The Big Blues Bender is the official 2016 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine!
CD & DVD Releases
Johnny Nicholas :: FRESH AIR
Acclaimed roots musician Johnny Nicholas' latest CD, Fresh Air, showcases his multiple talents on various guitars and soulful vocals for an album surely to be one of the best musical revelations of the year.

Fresh Air was produced by Bruce Hughes and recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Scrappy Jud Newcomb (guitars, mandolin, mandocello), John Chipman (drums, percussion, vocals) and Bruce Hughes (bass, vocals, percussion), plus a guest list that includes Cindy Cashdollar (lap steel and additional guitars), the new CD creates a satisfying statement of true American roots music at its finest and most authentic.
“Fresh Air is a collection of stories and melodies that have haunted me for some time,” says Johnny Nicholas. “There are some different styles here but all of this is the blues as I know it—as all American music and rock and roll has sprung from the same source. ...Read more about this release

Listen"Sweet Katrina"
Artist website
Enjoy It While You Can, by the McKee Brothers, features great performances by a talented roster of players from Los Angeles and Michigan, including soulful vocalist Bob Schultz (original keyboardist with Bob Seger), guitarists Kirk Fletcher and Larry McCray, keyboardists Jim Alfredson (formerly with Janiva Magness) and Duncan McMillan, horn players Lee Thornburg (formerly of Tower of Power, now touring with Joe Bonamassa) and Doug Webb (currently touring with Stanley Clarke and his own bands), Bobby Watson (of Rufus fame) on many bass tracks, and others – as well as the brothers themselves: Denis McKee on guitar, keyboards, bass and vocals and Ralph McKee on bass.
The music is a high-energy blend of soul, blues, funk, gospel, rock and Latin styles, designed to get your body moving while supplying a generous dose of ear candy. ...Read more about this release

Artist Website
News Flash... 
You can Sign Petition to help iconic Chicago Midway Music Store keep its lease
 (Chicago, IL) – George’s Music Room was an iconic record store on Chicago’s West Side for over 30 years before succumbing to changing tides. But the popular store has survived now at Chicago’s Midway Airport since 2001, where it was awarded space by Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration. However, now George’s is losing its airport lease under a revamped concessions lineup. To Chicago residents and the thousands of airport goers from around the world that have discovered and enjoyed George’s Music Room, this is disheartening news. George’s is also said to be the only Black-owned business at Midway.
A petition has started to help George’s Music Room stay at the Midway Airport. “George Daniels is an icon within and outside of the music business. His location in Midway is also iconic,” states the petition. If you’d like to help keep George’s Music Room at Midway ... click here to sign the petition and find more details
Sun Records is New TV series on CMT
Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, Sun Records tells the untold story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. The Season Premiere starts today Feb. 23 on CMT TV 7 pm PST, 10 pm EST, 9 pm Central time. Mr. Sipp the "Mississippi Blues Child" portrays B.B. King.
Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ike Turner, and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest. ...Find trailers and more info
Mardi Gras San Francisco Style
 (San Francisco, CA) - Mardi Gras San Francisco Style opens with a free blues concert at 5 pm in the Fillmore Center Plaza (near Ellis), where Pat (Lady Guiltar) Wilder, is followed by a New Orleans style processional, led by The St. Gabriel Brass Band and SumbaFunk! Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore will again bring San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Music District to life with rhythm & blues, a colorful family friendly carnival atmosphere, along with face painting, street artists and performers

The festivities continue with a Masquerade Ball at the West Bay Conference Center (1290 Fillmore @ Eddy) at 8 pm, where The West Coast Blues Society will perform some California style blues. Advance tickets for the Masquerade Ball are available. Ticket price include admission to the ball, dinner, beads, a wristband for corridor specials and a beverage.
...Find more about events and ticket link for the Masquerade Ball
The Northwoods Blues Festival 2017 announces return of the Walter Trout Sandwich among highlights!
(Chippewa Falls, WI) - The Northwoods Blues Festival will take place at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. They’ve announced the return of the “Walter Trout Sandwich,” and almond breaded, lemon flavored, fresh trout filet served on a fresh baked hoagie bun with shredded lettuce. Very popular and enjoyed by many! This one sold out early on day two last year, along with the great music they’re lining up, be sure to get there early to experience this sandwich!

The 2017 lineup includes Duke Robillard, Tinsley Ellis, Albert Cummings, Bernard Allison, Sena Ehrhardt, Bridget Kelly Band and many more. The Northwoods Blues Festival staff hopes to see all their fans and friends at their 2017 event that they’ve developed throughout the last four years of festivals.
...Find links and more details
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It's Time to Order Your Ad in our Annual Blues Festival Guide Print Magazine
Celebrating 15 years as blues industry leaders! “The Blues Festival Guide is the road map to everything blues,” says Bobby Rush. Include our print magazine in your 2017 marketing budget. This award-winning publication is free to the Blues community (100,000 distributed throughout U.S and Canada), and features entertaining and educational editorial by top Blues aficionados. Advertisers get results. Space Reservation is NOW; Deadline: 3/21; Street Date: 4/21. Print rates include the festival section, general section, color options, highlighted festival listing and digital hyperlinks. You can email your ad or fill in the online order form.

Drive traffic to your site by purchasing a Digital Magazine Hyperlink! The print magazine will also be digitized. Customers can read the entire magazine online by simply clicking through page-by-page, or by going directly to a specific page number and even clicking through to advertiser’s website. This increases circulation. Augment your Print Ad by purchasing a Digital Magazine Hyperlink.
Online advertising options also available year 'round. You can download entire Media Kit. ...Find links to prices, order forms and more info here
How do you promote your Blues Radio Show?
 (National/International) - The annual Blues Festival Guide magazine features a special listing section of blues radio shows and you can be included!
Through this listing, record companies can send you music, bands can send demos and fans can tune in to your show! The cost to be included in our listings is only $65!  Plus you get a free website listing as well as the magazine mailed directly to you!
If you would like to be included complete the order form as directed and submit payment. Deadline for the submission with payment is March 15, 2017.
Please contact us with any further questions.
Thank you! Your friends at the Blues Festival Guide
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Win A Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise For 2 in October!! Enter for your chance to Go Bluesin' On The High Seas! Sail with Buddy Guy, TajMo' (Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band), Booker T. Jones, Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette, G. Love & Special Sauce, Cyril Neville, Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster Quintet, James Hunter Six, The California Honeydrops, Victor Wainwright, Samantha Fish, Coco Montoya, Mr. Sipp, John Nemeth, Marcus King Band & many more. The best blues experience on the planet! Cabins are on sale now. Reservations: (816) 753-7979.
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Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Join Buddy Guy, TajMo': The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band, Booker T. Jones Stax Revue, Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette, Tommy Castro & The LRBR, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ruthie Foster Quintet, James Hunter Six & many more!! Info.
Carribbean Feb 4-11, 2018 
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Elwood's BluesMobile
Feb 25-26, 2017 Radio Show: Eli "Paperboy" Reed

The 21st Century has brought back a soul music revival. Hallelujah, I say! Let us therefore give attention to Eli “Paperboy” Reed, a young man with an amazing voice, tight songwriting skills, and a knowledge of and enthusiasm for rhythm and blues, gospel, and the blues.
Meet Eli "Paperboy" Reed. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako
Episode: Slide master John Campbelljohn
An interview John Campbelljohn an artist who soulfully commands the stage with rich vocals, prolific technique on guitar, slide, dobro lap and pedal steel. Honored in Canada as Blues Artist of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Slide Guitarist of the Year. (Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Special BFG Announcements
~ Promoters! Post Your 2017 Festivals ...easy & free
~ Join over 11,000 Blues Freaks at our Tweeter feed!
Greetings festival promoters! Please post your 2017 festival dates on our top-ranking website (even if you don't know your line-up yet). It's easy (2 minutes) and free and we don't sell our lists! Here is the direct link to post your festival. Just fill in the blanks - your FESTIVAL INFO will go live within hours.
Your FESTIVAL will be seen by the 32,000 unique visitors that come to our site each month.
The Blues Festival Guide is a leading media source for all news and updates related to blues music throughout the world. Take advantage of our website traffic and POST YOUR FESTIVAL on our top-ranking site
Looking forward to a successful 2017 festival season with you!
Best,  Kaati, Michele, Cheryl, Goran, Heather, Tom, Sean, Tim, and Irene
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Video of The Week
Fats Domino & His Orchestra "Jambalaya"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras
Feb 28th, 2017
Laissez les bon temps rouler!!
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
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), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943); Mar 2-Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (1963), Rory Gallagher (1948); Mar 3-John Primer (1945), Mar 4-Bobby Womack (1944), Willie Johnson (1923); Mar 5-J.B. Lenoir (1929), Peg Leg Howell (1888), Tommy Tucker (1933), Mar 6-Walter "Furry" Lewis (1893), Walter Trout (1951)
If you missed your a copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues in the
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
Festival Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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

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
 River City Blues Festival
26th Annual
Mar-16-2017 - Mar-18-2017
Marietta, Ohio, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
KNON Fort Worth Bluesfest
8th Annual
Fort Worth, Texas, 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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P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518
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.
Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter. Call 707-630-3304.
Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... we just report it.
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