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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 9, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 10

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

GRAMMY winner Bobby Rush and blues singer Carolyn Gaines, daughter of blues legend Roy Gaines, show off their Blues Festival Guide at Mississippi Night at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles, CA. This special event was held during GRAMMY Week celebrating Grammy Nominees Bobby Rush and Vasti Jackson.
Blues guitarist Vasti Jackson and Carolyn Gaines at Los Angeles Grammy Museum's Mississippi Night sharing the Blues Festival Guide.
Photo: Jacki Sackheim 2017

*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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Special Announcements
Deadline is Mar 21 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
Deadline to promote your Blues Radio Show is March 15th
 (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
News Flash... 
New England Blues Summit – April 28-30, 2017 the Cape Cod Resort & Conference Center
(Hyannis, MA) - For those that don’t know us yet, the New England Blues Summit is a three day music festival happening on Cape Cod. This year we are bringing you two nights of incredible national blues artists and three days of the best regional blues bands around. If that’s not enough we will also be presenting some of the region’s best acoustic artists, up and coming youth artists and even have a discussion panel with regional festival promoters and venue owners.
So let me tell you about our national performers first. On Friday night we are opening the main show with Anthony Gomes, that crazy good rocking bluesman from up north. He puts on an over the top energetic show, you will be floored. If you have not seen Anthony then all I can say is come to our event. Following Anthony will be Tommy Castro and Mike Zito bringing you their Six Strings Down show. ... Find more about the New England Blues Summit 
Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to the sunny, tropical setting April 7-9
(St. Petersburg, FL) - The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to the waterfront, in St Petersburg, Florida, on April 7, 8, and 9, 2017. That's three great days on blues music, in the sunny, tropical setting of Vinoy Park, on the shores of Tampa Bay.

This KBA winning blues festival has earned the reputation as one of America's best music events, with fabulous music, in a friendly downtown venue with so much to enjoy. On Friday, April 7, dig the legendary sounds of Buddy Guy, with Ana Popovic, Albert Cummings, Jordan Patterson and Dennis Gruenling.

Saturday, April 8, features Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Barry Goldberg with The Rides. Also, hear the amazing tunes of Coco Montoya, Toronzo Cannon, Samantha Fish and Matt Schofield. That's an incredible day for blues guitar lovers!

Sunday, April 9, it's Louisiana blues master, Tab Benoit, with IBC Winner, Dawn Tyler Watson, and The Lee Boys, J W Jones and Backtrack Blues Band.
...Find more about the Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Houston has HART Mar 26
(Houston, TX) – On March 26th the blues community of Houston will be meeting to raise money in support of the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund. This event will take place at one of Houston’s landmark clubs, Rockefellers. This great hall is ideal for showcasing music and this concert will be a special event! There is parking available, with security on hand. The bill is made up of the local bands who have represented the Houston Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge for the past four years. 2017 Blues Music Award nominees Trudy Lynn and Annika Chambers will be joining the bands. Above the dance floor and seating area will be tables set with auction items, including works of art and music, concert tickets, even travel opportunities. These auctions always amaze! All money collected at the gate and auction will go directly to the Hart Fund. Join us. Blues fans, this is a cause dear to our hearts!  
...Find more info about Houston has HART
12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival April 29
(Camarillo, CA) - Announcing the 12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, a Spring soCal tradition, keeping the blues alive for a dozen consecutive years, taking place Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., in Camarillo. Lineup includes The Phantom Blues Band, Debbie Davies, Chris Cain, RJ Mischo, Michael John & The Bottomline featuring Mikey Mo, Crooked Eye Tommy, and Jim Gustin & Truth Jones. Gates open 10am, music begins at 11am. Tickets $30. (Pre-Sale), $40. (Day of Show). Kids 12 and under, free with paid Adult General Admission. V.I.P. Tickets $125. (online only). Festival proceeds benefits Food Share and other Ventura County area charities (please bring a food item to donate). Info: (805) 501-7122 or visit our website. "We look forward to carrying on this tradition for many years to come," says Michael John, Ventura County Blues Society President.
 ...Find links and more about the Ventura County Blues Festival
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
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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.
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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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Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 11-12, 2017 Radio Show: Rolling Stones & Don Was
New music from the Rolling Stones, an entire album of the Chicago blues they loved when they first got together, given the Stones spin. Produced by ace producer, Don Was, who will join Elwood for a ride in the Blu Mo.
New blues from the Rolling Stones. And it’s like we are young again! Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Video of The Week
Eli "Paperboy" Reed & Daryl Hall "Take My Love With You"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Mar 10 Dave Alexander aka Omar Shariff (1938) (1938), Ronnie Earl (1953); Mar 12 Leonard Chess (1917), Bill Payne (1949 Little Feat co-founder); Mar 13 Otis "Lightnin' Slim" Hicks (1913) (1913); Mar 14 Robert Pete Williams (1914); Mar 15 Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912), Sly Stone (1944), Ry Cooder (1947); Mar 16 James "Yank" Rachell (1910); Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917); Mar 18 Wilson Pickett (1941), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927);
Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894); Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915), Marcia Ball (1949), Sam Lay (1935), Eddie Shaw (1937), Jimmie Vaughan (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!
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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

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
San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta
Mar-17-2017 - Mar-18-2017
San Felipe, Baja, Mexico
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
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
Blues By the Sea, 13th Annual
Apr-09-2017, Kiawah Island
South Carolina, 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
12th Annual
Ventura County Blues Festival
Camarillo, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-11-2017 - May-14-2017
San Diego, California, USA 
About Us 

RBA Publishing/Blues Festival Guide 
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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