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Blues Festival Guide
June 22, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 25

Feb 18, 2016
thru Nov 2
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Special BFG Announcements
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
15th Annual Blues Festival Guide
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
Do yourself a favor... click links in CD & News section
Make sure to click the links at the end of the CD/DVD and News Flash section teasers so you can discover them in entirety on 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. 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 made sure to stop by the Los Angeles Blues Society (LABS) booth at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, California where LABS Board member Gene Carlson and President Lorey Maurer were also passing out our Blues Festival Guide magazine.

Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! Our 15th annual edition has shipped to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. When you get yours, make sure to snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the 2017 Guide! *Then 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! ...
CD & DVD Releases
Migration Blues is the latest album from Blues Music Award-winning singer/songwriter Eric Bibb on Stony Plain. The album showcases Eric Bibb’s talents on vocals, guitars, six-string banjo and contrabass guitar, backed by a group that features Michael Jerome Browne (guitars, vocals, banjos, mandolin and triangle) and JJ Milteau (harmonica). Migration Blues was produced by Bibb, Browne and Milteau. Mainly composed of new tunes, the 15 tracks on Migration Blues also include covers of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” An arrangement of the traditional “Mornin’ Train,” closes the opus.
“Whether you’re looking at a former sharecropper, hitchhiking from Clarksdale to Chicago in 1923, or an orphan from Aleppo, in a boat full of refugees in 2016 – it’s migration blues,” Eric says about his timely and insightful new release.  ...Read more about this artist and release and find link

Listen"With A Dolla In My Pocket"
Artist website
Rev. Billy C. Wirtz :: FULL CIRCLE
Live and direct from the First House of Polyester Worship, the Rev. Billy C. Wirtz delivers with moving music and stories that only he, in his divine wisdom can bring to the great unwashed, the sinners and do-gooders alike. As we all know the Rev. Billy usually works alone as he needs no help in bringing the truth and healing powers of music to those in need. A very serious acoustic blues piano player in the mold of his mentor Sunnyland Slim, and accomplished song writer of great depth and wit, he can boogie and preach the blues without the need of a net!
But in these troubling times he has brought in the support of friends and seasoned veterans the legendary Nighthawks, whose 45 years of traveling the world has given them a keen insight into the troubles of the times.

Listen"Too Old"
Artist website
News Flash... 
15th Annual Grassroots Blues Festival set for July 7-8, 2017
(Duck Hill, MS) – The 15th Annual Grassroots Blues Festival will take place Friday, July 7, 2017 from 6:00 -10:00 pm and Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 5:00 – 10:00 pm at the Elliott Field in Duck Hill, Mississippi (I-55 Exit 195). Donation Tickets are $15 in advance for each night; $20 at the gate for each night; or $25 in advance for both nights, $5 for high school students (14-17) for each night; and $1 kids 13 and under for each night.
Featured artists this year include: Little Willie Farmer, Ben Payton, Mark Massey “Mule” Band, John Horton, Dexter Allen, and others.

The Grassroots Blues Festival is a celebration of our rich cultural heritage of blues music, and the artists who demonstrated mastery of their artistic discipline and quality of work. It provides a platform for traditional blues artists and obscure blues artists, to cultivate and celebrate the musical art form that is unique to our Mississippi Heritage.
Find us on Facebook. ...Find link and more about the Grassroots Blues Festival
Thunder Bay Blues Fest Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday July 7, 8 & 9
(Thunder Bay, ON) - The Thunder Bay Blues Festival is a world-class music festival that takes place on a beautiful location in Marina Park on the shores of Lake Superior - looking out at the famous Sleeping Giant. It features some of the best names in blues, roots, and blues/rock entertainment, while also showcasing the incredible base of talent that thrives in Northwestern Ontario. Over the past 16 years, the Festival has grown to the point that it is respected as one of the best Blues Festivals in North America.

This year the Line-up is All-Canadian in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, and includes Barenaked Ladies, Randy Bachman, Amanda Marshall, Kim Mitchell, Sam Roberts Band, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies, Powder Blues, Lighthouse, Angel Forrest, Jerome Godboo and much more!

For More information, or to purchase tickets, visit our website or call 1-800-463-8817. ...Find pics, link and more about the Thunder Bay Blues Fest
Trinidaddio Blues Fest, 8-26-17, Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, John Primer, Alexis Suter!
 (Trinidad, CO) - Returning to Central Park, the 2017 edition of Trinidaddio Blues Fest will host another world-class lineup. Headlining this year's show will be the Fabulous Thunderbirds. The T-Birds first appeared in the 1970s and despite numerous personnel changes over the years, they have maintained a top-shelf international profile and prolific musical output under the leadership of founder Kim Wilson. Not only did Kim establish himself early in his career as one of the top harmonica players in the world, but his playing. singing and writing have remained relevant and dynamic ever since, as evidenced by a steady stream of tours, collaborations, and recordings, and by his 2016 Blues Music Award as best harmonica instrumentalist.

Appearing just before the T-Birds will be two-time Grammy nominee and 2017 BMA nominee John Primer and The Real Deal Band, with special guest Ken Saydak. John was the guitar player in Muddy Waters' last band,
...Find pics and more about the Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Big Blues Bender Announces Its Bender Pre-Party with HART for Wednesday, Sept 6th, 2017
(Las Vegas, NV) - We're ready, the lineup is huge, and this year only Bender Attendees are invited to the Bender pre-party benefit! The Big Blues Bender is proud to announce its annual star-studded charity event to benefit the Handy Artists Relief Trust (HART). Join these spectacular artists as they donate their talent and time for a great cause.
What: Bender Pre-Party in support of the Blues Foundation's HART Fund.
When: Wed Sept, 6, 2017 @ 8pm
Where: The Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $30 & $60 for VIP (VIP sold out). The Big Blues Bender will be donating 100% of the money collected to the HART Fund. Go to to get your tickets before the event sells out. Tickets are on sale now. Get your Pre-Event Extra Night so you can be in the middle of all the fun. With your help, we will bring awareness, support and raise a whole lot of money to benefit musicians in need! ...Find lineup more about the Big Blues Bender
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.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO
(816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
June 24-25, 2017 Radio Show: Blues Nicknames

What is with blues music and nick names? Well, we’ll tell you… the Long and the Short, the Big and the Tall, the Blind and the Tiny, the Doc and the Professor, and a fat batch of Slims – we will call them by name, and play their music.
Blues Nicknames. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio
Click Here 
Video of The Week
James Cotton & Luther Tucker / Rod Piazza (and some crazy dancers) on "Playboy After Dark" 1968/69
Special BFG Announcements
~ Promoters! Post Your 2017 Festivals ...easy & free
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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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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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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.
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
June 23-Helen Humes (1913); June 24- Jeff Beck (1944), Tad Robinson (1956); June 25-Clifton Chenier (1925), Eddie Floyd (1935); June 26-Big Bill Broonzy (1893 or 1898); June 28-David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915), Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892); July 1-Willie Dixon (1915), James Cotton (1935), Syl Johnson (1939); July 3-"Mississippi" John Hurt (1893); July 4-Champion Jack Dupree (1910); July 5-Smiley Lewis (1913); July 7-Pinetop Perkins (1913); July 8-Louis Jordan (1908), Johnnie Johnson (1924), Larry Garner  
Missed your copy of the Weekly e-Guide? Find back issues in  Archives 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!
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

Cape Fear Blues Festival
Jun-23-2017 - Jun-25-2017, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Singing the Blues Festival
Anderson, California, USA
Fountain Blues Festival
San Jose, California, USA
Blues From The Top
"The Year of The Catt"
Jun-24-2017 - Jun-25-2017
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
31st Long Beach Bayou Festival
Jun-24-2017 - Jun-25-2017
Long Beach, California, USA 
Broad Street Blues & BBQ Festival
Jun-30-2017 - Jul-02-2017
Griffith, Indiana, USA
Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
Topeka, Kansas, USA
20th Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-06-2017 - Jul-09-2017
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
GrassRoots BluesFestival
Jul-07-2017 - Jul-08-2017
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Jul-07-2017 - Jul-09-2017
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
 Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival
Buffalo, New York, USA
Hayward Russell City Blues Festival
Jul-08-017 - Jul-09-2017
Hayward, California, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Jul-14-2017 - Jul-16-2017
Midland, Texas, USA
4th Annual
Roadhouse Bluesfest
Magnolia, Delaware, USA
Canal Winchester
Blues and Ribfest
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017,
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-28-2017 - Jul-29-2017
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Waterville Blues Festival
Waterville, Ohio, 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.
Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter. Call 707-630-3304.
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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