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Blues Festival Guide
June 29, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 26

July 6. 2017
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
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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
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Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's our pal, bluesman Barry Liss (aka Little Barry G), who is also MC on the Backporch Stage at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, California.

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
Gina Sicilia :: TUG OF WAR
Dynamic blues singer-songwriter Gina Sicilia creates a deeply soulful new album – the emotionally honest, smartly arranged Tug of War. The album celebrates Gina Sicilia’s status as one of the reigning voices in modern blues and marks a potent evolution in her songwriting. The 11-song set is Sicilia’s seventh release since her emergence as a doyenne of the genre a decade ago. Today, Sicilia’s experience and the fully realized powers of her warm, flexible, emotionally nuanced singing resonate like never before. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt and Grammy-nominated producer Dave Darling.
Tug of War’s title alludes to the complexities of life, which ring throughout this album’s original tracks, mostly written by Sicilia. And it speaks of her own experiences. “I’ve been through a lot in the past three years,” she relates.
...Read more about this artist and release and find link

Listen"He Called Me Baby"
Artist website
The Smoke Wagon Blues Band :: CIGAR STORE

Cigar Store features 50 minutes of new blues classics with tales of the Yukon, New Orleans, voodoo, the underground railroad, lost loves, and even moonshining. Classic R&B, stomping swamp boogies, and new edge barn burners will get you on your feet and remind you of a time when storytelling and music were at the forefront of history.

Featuring whiskey stained soul vocals, funky blues harmonica, slick R&B/roots guitar, swinging piano work, soulful organ, riveting saxophone with a racy, taut rhythm section, The Smoke Wagon Blues Band has been performing in clubs and on festival stages for two decades.

Formed in 1996, the band became crowd favorites in Hamilton, Ontario’s famous Hess Village. Six independent releases, international radio play, and a large local fan base propelled the band to venues across the continent.
...Read more about this artist and release and find link

Listen"Walking Cane"
Artist website
News Flash... 
18th Annual Hayward/Russell Blues Festival July 8-9 celebrates heritage
(Hayward, CA) - The 18th Annual Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival celebrates its 18th year in Hayward, making this one of the oldest continuous Blues festivals in the West. The festival will he held July 8-9, 2017 from 11am-7pm at the Hayward City Hall Plaza (777 “B” Street, Hayward, California).
Some of the talented artists appearing over Saturday and Sunday are Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Grady Champion, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Little Jimmy Reed, Southern Soul Review featuring Johnny Rawls, Blues Boy Willie & Linwood Taylor, The Kimbrough Brothers, The Oakland Blues Divas and many, many more (lineup subject to change).

This little town of African-American's, who migrated here from the deep south, was one of the proving grounds for many blues musicians. Russell City, an unincorporated area of Hayward, California is about 12 minutes from the City of Oakland. This community of modest houses and small farms along the bay is now gone. During it's heyday, Russell City was a down home, known for its clubs with dirt floors, bootleg electricity and a steady stream of musicians playing a unique style of Delta Blues.
...Find more about the Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival
July 7, 8 & 9 Thunder Bay Blues Fest Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday
(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 link to more info for the Thunder Bay Blues Fest
Survivor: The Benny Turner Story release & signing in Austin July 8
After more than 60 years performing gospel, R&B, soul and blues everywhere from the Chitlin Circuit to the Apollo Theatre to the far reaches of the globe, Benny Turner shares his captivating life story in his new biography, Survivor: The Benny Turner Story. Available in hardcover and eBook versions beginning July 8, 2017.

An oral history as told to Bill Dahl, Benny talks about his early years in Gilmer, TX, the family’s move to Chicago in 1950 and the ultimate birth of his career in the gospel, R&B and blues genres. Surviving extreme poverty in rural East Texas followed by the shocking transition to urban life in Chicago and the untimely death of his big brother, bandmate and best friend Freddie King, is only a portion of the obstacles Benny has survived.
Bill Dahl writes in his introduction to the book, “What you’re reading is Benny Turner’s story the way he wants it told.”
 ...Find more about Benny Turner's book plus signings you can attend
Prairie Dog Blues Festival Celebrates 20th on July 28 & 29
2 Days – 2 Stages – 12 Bands
(Prairie du Chien, WI) - 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.
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.
...Find more about the 20th Prairie Dog Blues Festival 
The Left Coast Blues Cruise Returns in 2018… plus book, win & sign on
The Left Coast Blues Cruise returns has been announced! The LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 28~Nov. 4, 2018 will be sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. Prebook starts July 25th at 11am CDT. Mark your calendar and visit here or call (816) 753-7979 at that time. Your fully refundable $500 per cabin deposit holds a space in line to book once bands are announced.
The LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct. 21~28, 2017 has limited Verandah Cabins available, book yours now to Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam.
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!
LRBC #30 Eastern Carribbean Feb. 4~11, 2018 is sold out but sign on to Waitlist to Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola, San Juan, Puerto Rico & Grand Turk on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam (Pinnacle Class).
...Find pics and more about all the awesome acts sailing on these LRBC's
Bluesman Mark Telesca can use some kindness right now
Al Poliak from The Funky Biscuit has set up a "YouCaring" page (similar to Go Fund Me) to help with medical and living expenses for our good friend Mark Telesca. He has been forced to cancel all of his gigs for June, July and most of August. He has not worked very much since early March and really needs some assistance.
Mark had emergency surgery in early March and was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. After recovering from surgery, he had to begin chemotherapy treatments. Mark continued to work until he had a serious setback in the beginning of May. He ended up back in the hospital with another serious condition due to an infection and had to spend four days in quarantine. After that, his doctors advised him to stay home and stay away from crowds. As a full-time musician, Mark will not be able to work until his chemo treatments are completed. He could use your help with medical bills and living expenses. Please donate if you can, it is much appreciated.
...Find link where you can show some's a powerful thing
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- Verandah Balcony Cabins on LRBC Oct 21-28 - Enter to WIN a Cruise for 2 - LRBC #30 Eastern Caribbean Waitlist - Left Coast LRBC Returns in 2018
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 a few Verandah Balcony Cabins available.
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). 
Visit here for complete lineup and waitlist link.
The Left Coast Blues Cruise returns in 2018! The LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 28~Nov. 4, 2018 will be sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. Prebook starts July 25th at 11am CDT.
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
July 1-2, 2017 Radio Show: Tribute to American Blues

For July 4th weekend, the time is right for a tribute to the greatness of America. And the greatness of its music. Particularly the greatness of its blues. Chicago Blues. Delta Blues. California Blues. Piedmont Blues. Texas Blues.
American music, from all across America. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio
Click Here 
Video of The Week
Sharon Jones, Daryl Hall "Hot Fun In The Summertime"
Special BFG Announcements
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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.
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
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; July 9 Jack White (1975); July 10 Mavis Staples (1939), Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records guru (July 10, 1947); July 15 Willie Cobbs (July 15, 1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (July 15, 1910 – Nov 6, 1966); July 16 Denise LaSalle (1939); July 17 Peppermint Harris (July 17, 1925 – Mar 19, 1999); July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (July 18, 1929 – Feb 12, 2000), Martha Reeves (1941), Lonnie Mack (1941)   
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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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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
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
Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, ARTS & BBQ Festival 2017
Redwood City, California, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Waterville Blues Festival
Waterville, Ohio, USA
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza 22nd Annual 
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Calgary International
Blues Festival
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-03-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Notodden, Norway
Blues On The Chippewa
Aug-04-2017 - Aug-06-2017
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-10-2017 - Aug-13-2017
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Bronze, Blues & Brews
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-12-2017
Joseph, Oregon, 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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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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