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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 23, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 12

Feb 18, 2016
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Special BFG Announcements
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
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!

The lobby of the Orpheum Theater in Memphis was filled with Blues notables during a set change for the 2017 IBC Finals in February. Showing their BFG mag-pose: (L>R) Bill Wax [retired XM Radio Bluesville Program Director, former Blues Foundation Board of Directors Chairperson], Bob Sekinger [Photographer, Radio Host, Baltimore Blues Society President] and Scott Allen [Photographer/Vividpix, IBC/BMA Program Ad Sales].
Photo courtesy ©Donovan Allen

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CD & DVD Releases
Colin James :: BLUE HIGHWAYS
Six-time Juno Award-winning singer/guitarist/songwriter Colin James’18th album is called Blue Highways and was co-produced by Colin and Dave Meszaros (Wake Owl, Old Man Canyon) and recorded at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, Canada. The new album pays tribute to some of Colin’s long-time blues idols, including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. Wells, Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and William Bell to name a few.
In the spring of 2015, Colin wrapped up his “Hearts on Fire” album tour. After a couple of months of straight touring, Colin was loving playing with the band and really happy with the sound they had created on stage. What better time to make an album? Especially the album Colin had been itching to make for years – a collection of some of his favorite blues tracks.
...Find more about this release

Artist website
News Flash... 
Central Valley Blues Society Celebrates 15 years with March 31st Party
(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
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
Two Blues Legends Coming Together for One Great Cause… Bobby Rush and Buddy Guy
(Memphis, TN) - On April 2, 2017 Bobby Rush and Buddy Guy come together for the kickoff event at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN for the The Blues 4 Prostate Cancer Education Tour. They will be performing the 1971 hit song, “Chicken Heads” penned by Bobby Rush and loved by Buddy Guy. "If we can save one life from using the blues to promote prostate cancer then I have done my job,” Bobby Rush added. "I don't think I can do enough." Also appearing will be the Bo-Keys, Vasti Jackson, and Southern Avenue.

The National PCa Blue spokesman is none other than GRAMMY Award winning, Blues Hall of Fame inductee, world–renowned blues legend Buddy Guy. Guy is making a special solo appearance with Bobby Rush backed by the Bo-Keys at this Memphis show alongside an additional three events of the educational tour during 2017. He is committed to the prostate cancer cause after the loss of his brother, Phil Guy, to the disease in 2008.
...Find more about this important event with Buddy, Bobby and more artists
28th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival coming Memorial Day Weekend
(Los Angeles, CA) - The 28th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, 2017 at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Park (5005 Los Angeles Avenue Simi Valley, California). This year’s artist lineup features the Robby Krieger Band celebrating 50 years of the Doors music, The Yardbirds, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles, The 44’s, Lazy Lester, Dwayne Dopsie And The Zydeco Hellraisers, Doug Kershaw, Cajun Trio: Michael Doucet, David Doucet & Mitch Reed plus a special guest, Jo-El Sonnier, Kelly’s Lot, Alex Nester, Crawdaddios, and The Bayou Brothers.
Cajun/Zydeco dance instructor AJ Gibbs will be leading free dance instructions during breaks at the Cajun/Zydeco stage. AJ has blended his own hip hop dance style with traditional Zydeco dancing.
...Find more about the Simi Valley Cajun & 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
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Looking forward to a successful 2017 festival season with you!
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Elwood's BluesMobile
Mar 25-26, 2017 Radio Show: Blue Critters
They can be man’s best friend or his worst enemy. They can be cute and cuddly, or fierce and, frankly, slobbery and gross. This week the Bluesmobile is swarming with…Critters! Songs about dogs, spiders, bees, gators and more.
Blue Critters! Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio
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Video of The Week
Sue Foley "Ice Queen"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Mar 23-Stick McGhee (1918), Chaka Khan (1953), Iverson "Louisiana Red" Minter (1932); Mar 25-Aretha Franklin (1942); 
Mar 26-Rufus Thomas (1917); Mar 27-Leroy Carr (1905), Robert "Junior" Lockwood (1915), Sarah Vaughan (1924), Herman "Little Junior" Parker (1932), Johnny Clyde Copeland (1937); Mar 29-Willie Clayton (1955), Sue Foley (1968), Mar 30-John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914), Eric Clapton (1945); Mar 31-Big Maceo Merriweather (1905), Lowell Fulson (1921)
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
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 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
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-08-2017 - Apr-09-2017
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
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 

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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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