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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 2, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 9

Feb 18, 2016
Mar 18, 2017
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Special BFG Announcements
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Elwood's BluesMobile
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
Show off your 2016 BFG Magazine!
A multi-national effort for this Swiss Blues in the Schools (BITS) educational program is sponsored by The Lucerne Blues Festival at Kanti Reussbühl high school in Lucerne, Switzerland. Some of the key personnel show their Blues Festival Guide "mag-pose". (L-R) Jürg Zortea [local hosting English teacher -Swiss], Andreas Arlt (guest Blues guitarist/vocalist -German), Art Tipaldi [BITS program developer/instructor, Blues Music Magazine Editor -USA], Michael Arlt (guest Blues lead vocalist/harmonica -German). Andreas and Michael are band members of B.B. and the Blues Shacks performing at the school and the festival.
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
John Mayall :: TALK ABOUT THAT
Blues Hall of Fame member John Mayall’s latest album is Talk About That on Forty Below Records. Joining Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica and guitar) and Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums) and Rocky Athas (guitar) as special guest is legendary guitarist Joe Walsh, who plays on two tracks, “The Devil Must Be Laughing” and “Cards on the Table,” both John Mayall compositions.

Produced by John Mayall (who also designed the album package) and Forty Below Records president Eric Corne (who also engineered and mixed), Talk about That was recorded at House of Blues Studio in Encino, California, and contains 11 tracks: eight originals, plus covers from Memphis soul music songwriter Bettye Crutcher (“It’s Hard Going Up”), blues great Jimmy Rogers (“Goin’ Away Baby”) and rock singer/songwriter Jerry Lynn Williams (“Don’t Deny Me”). The album also showcases a three-piece horn section that adds extra punch on several tracks, including the infectious New Orleans-flavored “Gimme Some of that Gumbo.” ...Read more about this release

Listen"The Devil Must Be Laughing"
Artist website
News Flash... 
Blues Foundation 38th Annual Blues Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored May 10
(Memphis, TN) - Six performers, one album, five singles, one book and one magazine founder will be inducted at the Blues Foundation’s 38th Annual Induction Ceremony on May 10, 2017 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center (255 North Main St.). This year’s 14 richly deserving honorees represent all five of the Hall of Fame’s categories: Performers, Non-Performing Individuals, Classics of Blues Literature, Classics of Blues Recording (Song) and Classics of Blues Recording (Album).
The six performers chosen for induction include two distinctive vocalists, Mavis Staples and Latimore; a pair of legendary guitarists, Magic Slim and Johnny Copeland along with longtime Howlin’ Wolf sidemen guitarist Willie Johnson; and piano-man Henry Gray. They will join the more than 125 performers who already are Hall of Fame members. The year’s non-performer selection is Living Blues magazine co-founder and radio show host Amy van Singel, who passed away in Sept. 2016.
... Find more about the Inductees and how you can attend
Oldest Blues Society in US celebrates its 40th March 11th
(Santa Barbara, CA) – The Santa Barbara Blues Society, the oldest blues society in the US, celebrates its 40th anniversary on March 11 at the Carrillo Recreation Center (100 E. Carrillo, downtown Santa Barbara. The award-winning Delgado Brothers will perform and many special guests will be joining them including Coco Montoya, Debbie Davies, James Harmon, Kid Ramos, Roach & BYL of Cafe R&B.
Formed in 1977, the Santa Barbara Blues Society was the recipient of the Blues Foundation’s prestigious Keeping The Blues Alive award for Blues Organization of The Year in 1982 and 2005.
They’ll be many other surprises so you won't want to miss this one! The cost is $30 for General Admission, $40 VIP (seats in front of stage and a free drink). Discount tickets for groups of 5 or more, or to guarantee admission, leave your contact information at (805) 722-8155 or email.
...Find links and more info about the Santa Barbara Blues Society
Central Valley Blues Society has reached far and wide to share the Blues for 15 years
(Fresno, CA) - The Central Valley Blues Society (CVBS) is celebrating 15 years of supporting the blues. Their extensive blues calendar covers Bakersfield to Sacramento, the Central San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast, Sierra Mountain Range and the Bay Area of California. On Friday, March 31 they’re throwing an anniversary party at Fulton 55 (875 Divisadero St., Fresno, CA) featuring The Daniel Castro Band, Mike Hammar & the Nails, Glen Delpit & the Subterraneans and The Lucky Lopez Band. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
The CVBS original mission to share the blues started in Fresno, California. They hoped to venture up north and south but they never imagined their mission to help keep the blues alive would spread so far and wide. Then took a unique approach in the beginning deciding to be a virtual blues society. No membership fees, just 100% support of the blues all by volunteers.
 ...Find links and more about CVBS and checkout their extensive calendar
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ BOOK NOW! LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean cabins on sale
~ Win a Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise for 2!!!
~ LRBC #30 Eastern Caribbean: Bands announced early April
LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct. 21~28, 2017: CABINS ON SALE NOW!
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, Cyril Neville, Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster Quintet, James Hunter Six, The California Honeydrops, Victor Wainwright, Samantha Fish, Coco Montoys, Mr. Sipp, John Nemeth, Marcus King Band & many more! Call Reservations @ (816) 753-7979 and Book Your Cabin NOW! Visit here for complete lineup and cabin availability.

Enter for your chance to Win A Blues Cruise For 2!
One lucky winner will be drawn on August 15th for an ocean-view cabin for 2 on LRBC #29, sailing Oct. 21-28. Please limit one entry per person. Must be 21 to enter. Tell 'em Blues Festival Guide sent you! Entry form.

LRBC #30 Eastern Carribbean Feb. 4~11, 2018: Bands announced in late March/early April
Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola, San Juan, Puerto Rico & Grand Turk on Holland America's ms Koningsdam (Pinnacle Class). Stay tuned for the band announcement. Once cabin assignments are complete for those passengers who prebooked, Open Cabin Sales will start or a Wait List will be announced. To receive this announcement, join the mail list here.
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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
Hey, come on over and Join over 11,000 Blue Freaks at our Twitter feed! @BluesFestGuide
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.
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Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 4-5, 2017 Radio Show: Rolling Stones & Don Was
Believe it or not the Rolling Stones have gone back to their roots with their first studio album in over ten years. And lucky for us, it is filled with Chicago blues, the music that got them together in the first place. This album was produced by the great Don Was. The music will be played, and Don Was will join Elwood to talk about it.
The Rolling Stones and superstar producer Don Was. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako
Episode: Paul DesLauriers
An interview with the multiple award-winning Canadian virtuoso guitarist and singer, Paul DesLauriers.
(Music: "Leaving" by Steve Strongman).
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Video of The Week
Fantastic Negrito "Honest Man"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
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); Mar 9 Georgia White (1903) (1903), Lloyd Price (1933); Mar 10 Dave Alexander aka Omar Shariff (1938) (1938), Ronnie Earl (1953); Mar 12 Leonard Chess (1917), Bill Payne (1949 Little Feat co-founder)

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

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
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Apr-07-2017 - Apr-09-2017
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Springing the Blues
Apr-07-2017 - Apr-09-2017
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-08-2017 - Apr-09-2017
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-08-2017 - Apr-09-2017
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 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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