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Blues Festival Guide
April 6, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 14

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!
In the midst of having fun enjoying the music, art, food and drink at the 11th Annual San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta (SFBAF) in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico, blues fan and photographer Jeff Beeler and the SFBAF event co-founder and BFG sales rep, Heather Penrod-Rudd, take a moment to pose with their Blues Festival Guide magazine.
Photo Michele Lundeen

*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
JW-Jones is on tour this April in Florida and Texas! International Blues Challenge winner (2017), JUNO Award Nominee and Billboard Top 10 Blues artist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows. Jones has released nine albums, and performed in twenty-three countries and four continents.
Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, referred to this Maple Blues Award winner as “one of this country’s top blues guitar stars.”
JW’s new release, High Temperature, was named the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Top 10, and is the follow up to the JUNO Award nominated Belmont Boulevard. From the liner notes: “Acclaimed Nashville producer Colin Linden takes Jones into new territory with warm, analog-driven tones, and a wide-range of material. His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people, and JW is the real deal.” – Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones) ...Find out more about JW and this release
Listen"Same Mistakes"
Artist Facebook
News Flash... 
This Weekend enjoy 3 days of blues when the Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to St. Petersburg, FL

(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
Get Ready for the 28th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival coming Memorial Day weekend May 27-28
(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
Double Decker Arts Festival 2017 with Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Dr. John, Luther Dickinson & more April 28-29
(Oxford, MS/The Local Voice) - Double Decker Arts Festival is Oxford‘s annual celebration of food, music, and arts. The festival is going into is 22nd year and, as is tradition, is bringing you a diverse music lineup [April 28-29, 2017 in downtown Oxford, Mississippi]. This year’s festival has a lineup of featured musicians for the weekend, including James McMurtry, Luther Dickinson, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.
Friday’s music schedule includes Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (6pm) who has lived a life steeped in blues. Today he is the last living practitioner of the celebrated style of Bentonia blues made famous by Skip James and Jack Owens. In addition, Holmes operates what is arguably the oldest juke joint left in Mississippi and is the organizer of one of the longest-running festivals in the state – the Bentonia Blues Festival. Saturday’s music schedule includes...  
Find more about the Double Decker Fest
KBBF to Announce 2017 Lineup and Honor GRAMMY Winner Bobby Rush April 19
(Helena, AR) – The King Biscuit Blues Festival will celebrate the announcement of the 2017 lineup with a special appearance by Grammy Award-winning artist Bobby Rush at 5pm on Wednesday, April 19 at the Main Stage on Cherry Street in Downtown Helena.
“This year’s lineup is a big change from some of the past few years,” says Sterling Billingsley, who serves on the Sonny Boy Blues Society Board and handles booking for the Main Stage. “Two of our three headliners will be playing this festival for the first time, and we’re very excited about the mix of veterans and newcomers.”

The lineup announcements will cover all five stages for the 32nd King Biscuit Blues Festival, including the Main, Lockwood-Stackhouse, and Gospel Stages. This year’s festival will also see the revival of the Doctor Ross Rising Biscuit Stage and improvements to the Bit-O-Blues Stage.
...Find more about this special event that is free and open to the public
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 Montoya, 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
April 8-9, 2017 Radio Show: John Mayall
Elwood welcomes the great John Mayall, now in his eighties, with a brand new album Talk About That. On the way to spinning the new disc, Elwood gives a listen to some of the many Brit bluesmen John Mayall set on the path to fame, with his seminal band, the Bluesbreakers, including Mick Taylor, Peter Green, and Eric Clapton.
New music from John Mayall. Next time, in the BluesMobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio
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Video of The Week
Lonnie Brooks "Sweet Home Chicago"
R.I.P. Dec 18, 1933-April 1, 2017  Click Here for video...
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
April 6 Big Walter Horton (1918) Warren Haynes (1960); April 7 Billie Holiday (1915); April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895); April 10 Rosco Gordon (1928), Shemekia  Copeland (1979); April 11 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939), Ana Popovic (1976); April 12 "Hound Dog" Taylor (1915); April 15 Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894); April 16 Sean Costello (1979); April 18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924), “Little Ed” Williams (1955)
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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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 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
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tribute Show
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-08-2017 - Apr-09-2017
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
13th Annual Blues By the Sea
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
 4th Annual
Red White and Blues Festival
Las Cruces , New Mexico, USA
New England Blues Summit
Apr-28-2017 - Apr-30-2017
Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival
Apr-28-2017 - Apr-30-2017
Abilene, Texas, USA
12th Annual
Ventura County Blues Festival
Camarillo, California, USA
Coral Gables Blues Fest
May-04-2017 - May-07-2017
Coral Gables, Florida, USA
7th Annual
Blues, Brews & Barbecue
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Big LLou's Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam, 5th Annual
Memphis, Tennessee, 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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