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Blues Festival Guide
May 25, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 21

Feb 18, 2016
thru Nov 2
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
15th Annual Blues Festival Guide
Video of The Week
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Intros and Outros
News Flash... 
Special BFG Announcements
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
Just a reminder to click links 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
Here's Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter after their killer set at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*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!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts, Memorial Day fests & upcoming Birthdays

Memorial Day weekend is a time when we get together and enjoy family, friends, music and BBQ's etc. but it is also a time for reflection. Please take a moment on Monday May 29th to remember and honor the lives of our fallen USA servicemen and women this Memorial Day. Peace

Some Bluesy US festivals this weekend:
- 22nd Annual Silver City Blues Festival May-26-28 Silver City, NM
- Little Walter Music Festival May-26-27 Alexandria, LA
- BBQ Blues & Bikes Festival May-26-27 Elizabethtown, KY
- Mississippi Saxophone Festival May-27 Clarksdale, MS
- Slidell Jazz & Blues Festival May 27 Slidell, LA
- Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival May-27-28 Simi Valley, CA
- Exit 56 Blues Fest May-27-28 Brownsville, TN
- Santa Cruz American Music Festival May 27 & 28 Aptos, CA
- Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival May-27-28 Sedan, KS
- 24th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival May-28 Avila Beach, CA
- Myakka River Blues Festival May-29 Venice, FL
Also find links and info and even fests in Spain and the UK this weekend by going to our detailed website.

 Birthdays upcoming of note: 
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 (BFG Publisher & CEO), Papa John Creech (1917); John Fogarty (1945); May 29-Ron Levy (1951); June 3-Jimmy Rogers (1924), Memphis Minnie (1897), Curtis Mayfield (1942); June 4-Tinsley Ellis (1957) 
Missed your copy of the Weekly e-Guide? Find back issues in  Archives on our website.
CD & DVD Releases
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps :: BONAFIDE
Following her 2008 Blues Foundation nomination for Contemporary Blues Female Artist, and two subsequent Independent Music Awards, Teresa James' new album -- her ninth -- features a depth of performance and material that covers a wide range of musical territory and emotions. From the swampy rawness of the title cut to the urban strut of "Hollywood Way," Bonafide has something for everyone. Besides a bevy of well-conceived original songs, the band throws in a couple of cover tunes: "I Like It Like That," the great oldie by the "5" Royales, and James’ much requested version of John Hiatt’s "Have A Little Faith." With performances by some of Los Angeles' top musicians, the album lives up to its name.

Originally from Houston, Teresa James and her band The Rhythm Tramps have been working in the L.A. area and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and Europe for many years.

Listen"Spit It Out"
Artist website
News Flash... 
Vintage#18 Debuts with a Bullet!
"...Robbin Kapsalis delivers vocals that slink through a smoky haze of Soul..." The Alternate Root, May 22, 2017
"...Grit is a solid debut." Blues Blast Magazine, April 27, 2017
D.C.-based Soul-Blues band Vintage#18 debuted at #5 on the Roots Music Soul Blues Album Chart, and have held the #1 spot for the last four weeks! Their album Grit reflects the band’s love of classic 60’s soul and blues, featuring original music from the band as well as their looks at ZZ Top and Bob Dylan, both of which get the serious blues treatment.

The buzz from their hometown of Northern Virginia speaks of the bands engaging live shows and the energy of Robbin Kapsalis. The reviews from Australia, Europe and the U.S. have been enthusiastic and airplay has been unusually strong. They agree that Vintage#18 is one to watch.
...Find more about Vintage#18
36th Annual Fountain Blues Festival 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).
Delta Blues Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day
(Clarksdale, MS) - The Delta Blues Museum, Mississippi's first music museum, announced its participation as a Blue Star Museum, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 29 through Labor Day, Sept 4, 2017.

The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available here. Museum director Shelley Ritter says the program holds special meaning, stating, "Delta Blues Museum has participated in this important initiative from its inception in 2010. Many blues musicians served our country and during their service shared their music with the world.
...Find more about the Blue Star Museum program
Blues From The Top to Celebrate and Dedicate to Founder John Catt June 24-25
(Winter Park, CO) - Blues From The Top, presented by the Grand County Blues Society, is celebrating 15 years of blues in the Rocky Mountains on June 24 & 25, 2017. This year is lovingly dedicated to festival founder John Catt, who passed May 15, 2017.
This will be the first festival to premier on the new, permanent stage at the Hideaway Park Amphitheater in downtown Winter Park. The 2017 roster includes The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson; Anders Osborne "the poet laureate of Louisiana's fertile roots music scene," Carolyn Wonderland, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Alvin Youngblood Hart; Jimmy Vivino and The Kate Moss 3, Little Hurricane, Dustin Young and more. Goers will also experience the awe-inspiring Future of The Blues with some of the nation's most talented young music artists. Festival hours are 11am - 7pm both days. Gates at 10am.
...Find more about Blues From The Top
Hope, Heroes & The Blues via Blues in The School conductor Tj Wheeler
Tj Wheeler has been conducting Blues in the Schools (aka...BITS) for 46 years. His multi-award winning program "Hope, Heroes & the Blues" has reached over a half a million students across five continents. The Missouri Blues Association first brought Tj to mid-Missouri 14 years ago. They connected Tj with Richard King as plans for the first Roots & Blues fest were being made. With the additional aid of Pam Sisson of Grant Elementary School, and the Missouri Arts Council, the first Columbia BITS residency occurred, cumulating with a performance at the inaugural Columbia Roots, Blues & Barbeque Festival. Since then Tj has come back annually, with the program expanding to more students and schools each year. Tj's motto is “We sing the Blues to lose the Blues” ...mid-Missouri students have been singing the Blues, as well as his praises, ever since.
...Find more about Tj Wheeler and his programs
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
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Looking forward to a successful 2017 festival season with you!
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15th Annual Blues Festival Guide
Our 15th Anniversary Issue
Our 15th Anniversary Issue of the Blues Festival Guide magazine contains 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 photo is of the dynamic Toronzo Cannon captured by photographer Marilyn Stringer at the 2016 Mammoth Bluesapalooza. The guide is being distributed across the US and parts of Canada to mainly Blues Festivals and Blues Societies that have ordered. Click here to get yourself a copy.
Elwood's BluesMobile
May 27-28, 2017 Radio Show: Bobby Rush
Fresh on the heels of a four CD retrospective of his fifty years in the blues, Bobby Rush got off his laurels and made a brand new record, all originals, called Porcupine Meat. As always it is excellent. And as always, it does contain songs about food.
Join Elwood and the incredible Bobby Rush. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio
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Photo by Jeff Beeler
Video of The Week
Mavis Staples "Let Me Take You There"
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!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender  EMAIL
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

Festival de Blues de Valencia
Valencia, Spain 
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  
BBQ, Blues & Bikes
May-26-2017 - May-27-2017
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, USA
Staffs Fest
May-26-2017 - May-28-2017
Stafford, United Kingdom
Mississippi Saxophone Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues
Music Festival
May-27-2017 - May-28-2017
Simi Valley, California, USA
Exit 56 Blues Fest
May-27-2017 - May-28-2017
Brownsville, Tennessee, USA
Santa Cruz American
Music Festival
May-27-2017 - May-28-2017
Aptos, California, USA
24th Annual
Avila Beach Blues Festival
Avila Beach, California, 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
For all festival links
please go to our website
Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-09-2017 - Jun-10-2017
Canton, Ohio, USA
Greeley Blues Jam
Jun-09-2017 - Jun-10-2017
Greeley, Colorado, 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
Billtown Blues Festival
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Bentonia Blues Festival
Jun-12-2017 - Jun-17-2017
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-16-2017 - Jun-17-2017
Alpine, Arizona, USA
Blues on the Fox
Jun-16-2017 - Jun-17-2017
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Cape Fear Blues Festival
Jun-23-2017 - Jun-25-2017, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Blues From The Top
"The Year of The Catt"
Jun-24-2017 - Jun-25-2017
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Fountain Blues Festival
San Jose, California, USA
31st Long Beach Bayou Festival
Jun-24-2017 - Jun-25-2017
Long Beach, 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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Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... we just report it.
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