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Blues Festival Guide
April 27, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 17

Feb 18, 2016
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Our 15th Annual is here!
News Flash... 
Special BFG Announcements
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
Last shot at showing off the 2016 BFG Magazine!
In support of their Blues artists competing in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and their KBA award recipient Blues organization, France Blues, photographer Sylvie Bosc and soloist Patrick Sib (guitar, harp), enjoy a moment in the Orpheum Theater lobby to show their BFG "mag-pose" between artist an set-change during the event Finals.
Photo ©Donovan Allen 

*NOTE! Our 15th annual edition has begun shipping to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. When you get yours, snap photos of you, your friends, artists, etc. with the 2017 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 2017 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine!
Our 15th Annual is here!
Our 15th Anniversary Issue of the Blues Festival Guide magazine is now shipping!
Woohoo! We're excited!!
Our 15th Anniversary Issue of the Blues Festival Guide magazine is now available. 100 pages of entertaining articles by blues aficionados like Reverend Billy C. Wurtz, Mac Arnold, Tim Parsons and others, and of course, blues festivals galore! 
Our cover features a colorful photo of the dynamic Toronzo Cannon captured by photographer Marilyn Stringer as he was delivering a killer set at the 2016 Mammoth Bluesapalooza. Congratulations to both!
Get yourself a copy by clicking here
CD & DVD Releases
Hurricane Ruth is joined by Nashville’s elite for one hell of a ride!
For her fourth album, Ain’t Ready for the Grave, Hurricane Ruth lays all her cards on the table. Ruth enlisted mega hit-man producer, songwriter, drumming master and Grammy winner Tom Hambridge to work his special magic on 12 tracks, recorded in Nashville with a group of A-list players; Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan) on keys, Michael Rhodes (Joe Bonamassa) on bass, guitarists Pat Buchanan (Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney) and Rob McNelley (Delbert McClinton), who all had to work hard to keep up with Ruth’s fire!

The album kicks off with the good time blues, “Barrelhouse Joe’s,” setting the scene of Friday night at a juke joint just like her old man’s place. This song sets the mood for the entire album. You don’t get a name like Hurricane Ruth by being shy coming out of the gate. more about this artist and release

Listen"Hard Rockin’ Woman"
Artist website
Studebaker John :: SONGS FOR NONE
Simply put, this is a great album. It combines a simple blues/folk style that is comforting to the ear. John’s songwriting ability continues to impress with thoughtful lyrics, combining grit with simple truths about everyday life. His silky smooth harmonica interweaves gracefully with the simple yet elegant guitar to compliment the legendary Studebaker John vocal style. This entire record was initially conceived as a tribute to the mighty blues masters of the past and John’s love of their songs shines through brightly. The obvious influences on these songs include the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jukeboy Bonner, Big Joe Williams and later musicians like R.L. Burnside. John also recorded this on analog equipment to more closely capture the sound everyone was used to back in the days of early Americana. This album is a beautiful answer to the modern day digital utopia.

This record is a must for any fan of Studebaker John. – ThunderBlues Radio. more about this artist and release

Listen"Nothing But"
Artist website
News Flash... 
Pre-order John Németh’s new album Feelin’ Freaky and get free title track now plus find him on Tour
Feelin’ Freaky is being released worldwide on May 19, 2017 on John's own Memphis Grease Records label. Click album image here to Pre-Order and receive the title track now!
John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, Feelin’ Freaky. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality and marijuana. For this album John brought his new songs to his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers...
...Find more about John Nemeth's free track and his tour dates
12th Ventura County Blues Festival this Sat April 29th …presale tix purchase ends Fri night

(Camarillo, CA) - Pre-Sale Tickets are available Online. General Admission Tickets $30 now or $40 day of Festival. Pre-sale closes Friday April 28th 11:59 PM. VIP Tickets are Pre-Sale Only! VIP Tickets are available online only and will close Thursday April 27th at 11:59 PM. VIP tickets will not be available day of the festival.
The 12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, a Spring soCal tradition, keeping the blues alive for a dozen consecutive years, is 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.
Are you a current Ventura County Blues Society Member? If so, all beer, wine and cocktails are only $5 each at the festival.
...Find more about pre-sale tickets and the Ventura County Blues Festival
Doheny Blues Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary May 20 & 21, 2017~ Lineup & Tickets Now Available
(DANA POINT, CA) – Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Blues on the Beach in Southern California, the Doheny Blues Festival announces its final lineup for this year’s event, held in Dana Point Harbor on May 20 & 21, 2017. Headlining this year’s anniversary celebration is the legendary Joe Walsh, Melissa Etheridge’s MEmphis Rock & Soul, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, roots rocker Chris Isaak, and soul legend Mavis Staples. Single Day tickets are on sale now.
For 20 years, the Doheny Blues Festival has created a festival environment like none other. The cornerstone of the event is three alternating stages of blues, rock and soul music, with legendary artists alongside rising stars, all held at the beautiful beachfront venue of Doheny State Beach. This year’s lineup may be the strongest in the event’s history, led by legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and platinum-selling artist Melissa Etheridge.
...Find more about the 20th Doheny Blues Festival
20th Annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 28 & 29, 2017
2 Days – 2 Stages – 12 Bands
(Prairie du Chien, WI) - The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! This year's festival features: Annika Chambers, Laith Al-Saadi (The Voice 2016 Finalist), The Groove Hogs, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Eliminator, Chris Avey Band, Lil' Davy Max, Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers, Southern Avenue, Carolyn Wonderland, Eric Sardinas & Big Motor and Kris Lager Band.
Tickets and camping are available by calling 1-888-567-1567 or on their website. Information on accommodations can also be found on their website or by calling 800-732-1673.
The Prairie Dog Blues Fest is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park, right on the Mississippi River and nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age! Once you get that cold drink in your hand, great tunes in your ear and good, friendly people all around, you’ll realize you’re at one of the most beautiful venues anywhere.
...Find more about the 20th Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Daytona Blues Festival - Great Blues for Great Causes
(Daytona Beach, FL) - The Second 7th Annual Daytona Blues Festival will be October 6-8, 2017 at Jackie Robinson Ball Park in historic Daytona Beach, Florida. The Daytona Blues Festival is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation that brings the best of the blues to the beach at the nicest time of the year. The festival has raised over $165,000 in 6 years for women and children's health initiatives in Volusia and Flagler counties. Great Blues for great causes.
Thanks for being so understanding as Hurricane Matthew was bearing down on Daytona Beach last year. If you purchased 2016 tickets online - your tickets will be honored at the 2017 festival. ...Find more about the Daytona 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. Cajun-Creole food such as jambalaya and crawfish — BBQ sandwiches and hot dogs are also popular! Funnel cake, fruit smoothies, and kettle corn will satisfy that sweet tooth!
... Read more about the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
~ Let's Go Bluesin'! Your Cabin is Waiting this Oct 21~28, 2017!
~ Enter to WIN a Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise for 2
~ LRBC #30 Eastern Caribbean: Sign on to Waitlist
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. There are still Excellent Verandah Balcony Cabins available for the choosing on the upcoming stellar LRBC #29, October 21~28, 2017 Southern Caribbean. With the Star-studded Lineup listed below, you don't want to miss this ship!! 100+ scheduled shows on 5 stages, Pro Jams not seen on land, Pro-Am Jams, Artist Workshops, Land Events, Theme Nights, Autograph Sessions & Much More... Feeling lucky? Enter for your chance to Win A Blues Cruise For 2
Featuring 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's Swamp Funk, Tommy Castro, Ruthie Foster Quintet, James Hunter Six, The California Honeydrops, Victor Wainwright WildRoots Revue, 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. Tell ’em Blues Festival Guide sent you! Please limit one entry per person, must be 21 to enter. Entry form
LRBC #30 Eastern Carribbean Feb. 4~11, 2018: Sign on to the Waitlist
Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola, San Juan, Puerto Rico & Grand Turk on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam (Pinnacle Class). Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal Trio, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Original Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue® w/ Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks & Deanna Bogart, Tab Benoit, Charlie Musselwhite, Willie Clayton, Walter Trout, Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Neal Band w/ Tyree Neal, Trampled Under Foot (Reunion), Southern Hospitality, Colin James, Jon Cleary & Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Mitch Woods Club 88, Eden Brent, Commander Cody, Marquise Knox & many more! Visit here for complete lineup and waitlist link.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO
(816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
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.
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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!
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Elwood's BluesMobile
April 29-30, 2017 Radio Show:
Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials
Get some modern yet very old school Chicago Blues this week, complete with some smoking guitar. The Big Sound of Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials. Lil Ed joins Elwood to play some music, and talk about sharp dressing, slide guitars, and the fine points of barbecue. Elwood also plays music from some other Littles, just for grins: Walter, Milton, and Charlie, of the Nightcats.
The Big Sound of Lil Ed and The Blues Imperials. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio
Click Here  
Video of The Week
Jimmie Lee Robinson "Rosa Lee" & Twist It Baby"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
April 27 Ann Peebles (1947); April 29-Big Jay McNeely (1927), Otis Rush (1935), Frankie Lee (1941); April 30 Rev, Gary Davis (1896), Mabel Scott (1915), Frankie Lee Sims (1917), Jimmie Lee Robinson (1931); May 1 Big Maybelle Smith (1924) Little Walter Jacobs (1930), Ada Brown (1890); May 3 Homesick James (1914), James Brown (1933); May 5 Blind Willie McTell (1901), Johnnie Taylor (1934)
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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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
V Festival Cervantino de Blues
Azul, Argentina
Coral Gables Blues Fest
May-04-2017 - May-07-2017
Coral Gables, Florida, USA 
BBQ & Beer Festival
May-05-2017 - May-07-2017
Santa Clarita, California, USA
2nd Annual
Gip's Juke Joint Festival
Bessemer , Alabama, USA
 7th Annual
Blues, Brews & Barbecue
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 7th Annual
Blues, Brews & Barbecue
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA
White Lake Blues Festival
Whitehall, Michigan, 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
Kimbrough Cotton-Patch
Blues Festival
May-12-2017 - May-14-2017
Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA 
Pinetop Boogie & Crawfish Boil
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Carolina Blues Festival
May-20-2017, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
 Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival
May-18-2017 - May-21-2017
Gold Coast, Australia 
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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.
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