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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 16, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 11

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

Hanging at Hambone Gallery in Clarksdale, Mississippi on a Saturday night following the Blues Music Awards in Memphis are the Hambone Three in their BFG mag-pose:
(L-R) Jef Jaisun (Blues Photographer),
Stan Street  (Proprietor, Artist, Musician/Songwriter), Billy Flynn (Chicago Blues Guitarist).
Photo ©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
Mississippi Heat :: CAB DRIVING MAN
The Heat has turned up again for another chapter in the 25-year history of Pierre Lacocque's Mississippi Heat. Cab Driving Man, their 12th recording, and 6th release on Delmark Records, features 15 new songs with Inetta Visor and Michael Dotson as lead vocalists again. The CD takes you from vintage, low-down Chicago and Delta blues to exciting boogies, Latin beats, and R&B ballads.
Passionate and melodic harmonica player Pierre Lacocque leads his band by providing 11 original songs on Cab Driving Man, while maestro guitar player Michael Dotson sings on three of his own compositions. Lead singer Inetta Visor delivers stellar vocals on 12 songs, including two covers: “Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing,” here a duet with Giles Corey, originally made famous by Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure, and “Smooth Operator” previously recorded by Sarah Vaughan. Special guests include Sax Gordon, Dave Specter, Sumito Ariyo, and Ruben Alvarez. ...Find more about this release

Listen"Cupid Bound"
Artist website
Special Announcements
Tues Mar 21 is the Deadline to order your print Ad in our annual Blues Festival Guide 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
News Flash... 
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
Enjoy a sunny, tropical setting when the Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns 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
Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues is new mecca for keeping the blues tradition and music alive
(Greenville, SC) - Blues Legend, Dr. Mac Arnold is proud to present a new National Blues Concert Series for 2017. Coming up at Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues venue are the Space Coast Playboys March 17-18, New Orleans songbird Sybil Gage March 24-25, and an April Fools Mardi Gras Party on April 1st with Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters. Tickets are only $10 to see some of the best national blues legends and touring acts of today.

Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues is a 200-seat concert venue at 1237 Pendleton Street, Greenville, South Carolina, and one of the hottest new, national blues venues in the western Carolina's. There’s a big dance floor so put on your dancing shoes and come enjoy a fun filled evening.

Mac had a dream to build the world’s greatest blues venue where friends could gather, jam and enjoy the best blues music around, coupled with some great soul food, friends and family.
...Find more about Dr. Mac Arnold's Blues venue and restaurant
Organizers of the Baton Rouge Blues Festival juggle the financial demands of a growing… and free… festival
(Baton Rouge, LA) - Festival-goers have a pretty sweet deal in the Baton Rouge Blues Festival.

At what organizers boast is one of America’s oldest blues festivals, more than 50 performers annually take to four stages over two spring days in downtown Baton Rouge. While the festival has always been focused on highlighting the city’s rich swamp blues heritage and has a bevy of local talent, big name headliners like Dr. John and Buddy Guy have boosted the festival’s profile in recent years.

Perhaps best of all, the festival is free. Organizers—all of whom are volunteers—view the event as a gift to the city. But it doesn’t come cheap, and the return on the investment required to pull it off each year is measured more in terms of culture than currency.

“It takes a lot of money and business acumen to produce a festival of this size,” says festival chairman Chris Brooks. “It’s like running a small business.”
...Read entire story by Annie Ourso
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
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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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Looking forward to a successful 2017 festival season with you!
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Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 18-19, 2017 Radio Show: 
Too Slim & The Tail Draggers
Too Slim is a blues rock guitar man out of Spokane, Washington. Often compared to Jimi Hendrix, he and his trio, the Tail Draggers, have been burning up the road and putting out great records since the mid-eighties. A recent bout with cancer has left him undiminished, and still making great records. Blood Moon is the name of his latest.
Excellent new music from Too Slim and the Tail Draggers. Next time in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio Click Here  
Video of The Week
William Clarke "Lollipop Mama"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Happy St. Paddy's Day!
Here's a health on to Ye!
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
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); Mar 21 William Clarke (1951), Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902), Otis Spann (1930), Gaye Adegbalola (1944); Mar 23-Stick McGhee (1918), Chaka Khan (1953), Iverson "Louisiana Red" Minter (1932); Mar 25-Aretha Franklin (1942)
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
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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

 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
Springing the Blues
Apr-07-2017 - Apr-09-2017
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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
Blues with a Side of Bacon
Henderson, Nevada, 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.
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