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Blues Festival Guide
May 18, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 20

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 
15th Annual Blues Festival Guide magazine
News Flash... 
Special BFG Announcements
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
Just a reminder to click through so you don't miss out!
Hi, this is just a friendly reminder for you to click the links at the end of the CD/DVD and News Flash section teasers so you can see them in entirety in our website news section and so you don't miss out on cool details, schedules, artist or festival links, etc. We need to condense here so that you can actually receive our newsletter better since some servers won't deliver if it's too long or there's too many links. So do yourself a favor and click through so you don't miss out!
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
Show us your BFG
Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
We were so pleased to run into Paul Benjamin before the 2017 BMA's in Memphis and be able to capture this photo. Benjamin is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Blues Foundation, a KBA recipient as co-founder of the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine, owner of the Time Out Pub in Rockland, Maine and consultant to festivals nationwide. He was also awarded a Mississippi Trail Marker from the State of Mississippi for his 32 yrs of showcasing Mississippi born artists in Maine. Thanks Paul!
Photo courtesy BFG
*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 official 2017 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine!
15th Annual Blues Festival Guide magazine
Our 15th Anniversary Issue
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. Wirtz, 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! The guide is being distributed across the US and parts of Canada to mainly Blues Festivals and Blues Societies that have ordered them.
Guarantee yourself a copy by clicking here
CD & DVD Releases
 Grady Champion :: ONE OF A KIND
Singer, harp player, guitarist, songwriter, producer, entertainer, GRAMMY Award winner and Mississippi native, Grady Champion’s release, One Of A Kind, is his second album on his hometown label, Malaco Records and the 10th in his career. Champion wrote and co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks. The Mississippi bluesman provides us with his own compositions and texts, brilliant harp and a lot of soul in his voice. Champion started with rap in his early career and with One of a Kind he combines elements of hip hop into his style of contemporary blues. He feels it’s important to stay true to his blues roots, and has become one of the few artists still getting airplay. One Of A Kind debuted at #1 in the Roots Music Report’s MS Album charts.

Grady Champion has been captivating audiences for more than two decades.

Listen"Life Support"
Artist website
News Flash... 
Memorial Day Weekend it's the 28th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival 
(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!
...Find more about the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
 Zakiya Hooker… Another Generation of the Blues
When a woman sings the blues it is the most natural rhythm on the planet. Who else to better know and express the anguish of love and pain or the rollercoaster ride of joy and despair than a woman who has the full experience of life from the beginning to the end, and the intimate knowledge of motherhood and the intuitive gift of survival at her fingertips.
Zakiya Hooker knows this very well. The Detroit native made her debut performance in 1991 with her dad, John Lee Hooker, in Oakland, CA. She has since gone on to perform and record internationally, establishing her voice in a genre dominated by men.
Zakiya’s face has been seen on the cover of several well-known trade magazines including Billboard Magazine. Zakiya’s voice can be heard on advertisements for Lexus and AIWA, also on the soundtrack of the movie Chalk,   ...Find more about Zakiya Hooker and her performance at the Chicago Blues Festival
Annual Fountain Blues Festival celebrates 36 years on June 24th
(San Jose, CA) - The 36th Annual Fountain Blues Festival will be held June 24th, 2017 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, (170 S Market St.) San Jose, California. Appearing will be Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette, Fillmore Slim, Aki Kumar Blues Band and Maxx Cabello Jr. Gates will open at 10 am and music goes from 11am-8pm.
Tickets are on sale. All ticket holders will need to get their tickets scanned to obtain a wristband and then have bags checked by security before entering the event. There will be "in and out" privileges, but they will need to re-check your bags on each re-entry. Low back, beach style chairs and blankets okay. VIP ticket holders will have a padded folding chair/seat in the shade provided by the festival (these are GA and not reserved).
The Big Blues Bender Does It Again 
(Las Vegas, NV) – The Big Blues Bender, one of the most talked about Blues events in the world, is taking shape to have their best artist lineup to date, offering a wide variety of first class music and entertainment including, Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, and many more. This four night all-inclusive music experience delivers eighteen hours of live music, daily, on FIVE indoor stages and a fabulous pool stage all under one roof, featuring the most talented and sought after Blues artists touring today. Book now via their website before packages sell out.

The 4th annual Big Blues Bender will take place Sept., 2017 at the legendary Plaza Hotel & Casino at the top of the world famous “Fremont Street Experience” in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. The Big Blues Bender has quickly become a festival favorite among Blues fans and artists alike – a bucket-list event for all, selling out far in advance last year.  
 Ghost Town Blues Band is the Must See show of 2017
Ghost Town Blues Band is gearing up for yet another road heavy summer this year with already two Canadian trips under their belt for 2017. These Memphis boys played about 25 festivals in 2016, laying their last tour van, “The Memphis Train” to rest after accruing 225,000 miles on the fairly new Ford E-Series. “We called it ‘The Memphis Train’ because we often have a line of cars waiting to pass when we lug our trailer uphill,” laughs Matt Isbell, GTBB front man. “We’ve been really fortunate to have 5 international tours set up already this year with more than a dozen festivals across North America but me and the boys are definitely itching to land a festival overseas sometime in the near future.” Ghost Town Blues Band has one of the most unique and entertaining live shows on the festival scene
...Find more about the band and see their extensive schedule  
The (2nd) 7th Annual Daytona Blues Festival, October 6-8, 2017 
(Daytona Beach, Florida) - When Hurricane Matthew took a turn and began heading directly toward Daytona Beach last October, the organizers of the Daytona Blues Festival had to make a hard call. In the interest of the safety of our guests, talent and volunteers, we had to cancel the festival. This cancellation was indeed necessary, as the area experienced sustained hurricane winds Friday, October 7 (the scheduled first day of the festival) which knocked out power, downed trees, and forced a mandatory evacuation of the beachside. On Saturday, October 8, the festivals venue, Jackie Robinson Ballpark, was under water with major damage and no power. And many of the beachside hotels used by our many out-of-town visitors did not reopen for months.

When the scheduled artists were contacted and told of the cancellation, almost all asked to be invited back for 2017. 
...Find more about the 2nd 7th Annual Daytona Blues Festival 
38th Blues Music Awards are the Blues’ Biggest Night
 (Memphis, TN) – Some of the Blues Festival Guide staff were so excited to be able to travel to Memphis and witness the May 12th 38th Annual Blues Music Awards in person and also enjoy all the doings in the Delta during award week. Pictured is our publisher Kaati, sales associate Tom Andrews and sales Director Cheryl O’Grady-Yearnshaw. Here is the full list of The Blues Foundation's 38th Annual Blues Music Awards Winners in case you missed our posts last week.
- Acoustic Album: The Happiest Man In The World by Eric Bibb
- Acoustic Artist: Doug Macleod
- Album of the Year: Porcupine Meat by Bobby Rush
- B.B. King Entertainer: Joe Bonamassa
- Band of the Year: Tedeschi Trucks Band
- Best Emerging Artist Album: Tengo Blues by Jonn Del Toro Richardson
- Contemporary Blues Album: Bloodline by Kenny Neal
- Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Susan Tedeschi
- Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Kenny Neal
- Historical Album: Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush Omnivore Recordings
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 up on 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.
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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.
Your FESTIVAL will be seen by the 32,000 unique visitors that come to our site each month.
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
May 20-21, 2017 Radio Show: MonkeyJunk
Everyone’s favorite power trio from Ottawa is back! MonkeyJunk has released its fifth album, called Time To Roll. A bit more bluesy and raw this time, throwing back to down and dirty bar band blues. Steve Marriner, who handles most of the MonkeyJunk vocals, plus harmonica, and bass lines, joins us. And a funky time will be had by all.
New music from MonkeyJunk. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio
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Video of The Week
Kenny Neal "Bloodline"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays upcoming of note: 
May 18-Little Son Joe Lawlars (1900), Big Joe Turner (1911); May 19 Jimmy Thackery (1953), Dusty Hill (1949); May 20-Joe Cocker (1944); May 21-Fats Waller (1904), Little Willie Anderson (1920), Dave Specter (1963), Lee "Shot" Williams (1938), Billy Wright (1932), Ronald Isley (1941); May 24-Bob Dylan (1941); May 26-Mamie Smith (1883), Levon Helm (1940);
May 27-Junior Parker (1932); May 28 T-Bone Walker (1910), Gladys Knight (1944), Kaati (our BFG Publisher & CEO), Papa John Creech (1917); John Fogarty (1945)
May 29-Ron Levy (1951) 
If you missed your a copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues in the Archives here on our website.
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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Blues on Broadbeach
Music Festival
May-18-2017 - May-21-2017
Gold Coast, Australia 
Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
20th Annual
Doheny Blues Festival
May-20-2017 - May-21-2017
Dana Point, California, USA
Bourbon Street Blues Festival
May-20-2017 - May-21-2017
Allamuchy, New Jersey, USA 
22nd Annual
Silver City Blues Festival
May-26-2017 - May-28-2017
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Little Walter Music Festival
May-26-2017 - May-27-2017
Alexandria, Louisiana, USA  
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues
Music Festival
May-27-2017 - May-28-2017
Simi Valley, California, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Induction Gala
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Smokin' in Steele
BBQ & Blues Fest
Jun-02-2017 - Jun-04-2017
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
Big Pines Blues Festival
Jun-02-2017 - Jun-03-2017
Longview, Texas, USA
Durango Blues Train
Jun-02-2017 - Jun-03-2017
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Jun-03-2017, Fayetteville
North Carolina, USA
Omaha Summer Arts Festival
Jun-09-2017 - Jun-11-2017
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Chicago Blues Festival
Jun-09-2017 - Jun-11-2017
Chicago, Illinois, USA
About Us 

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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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