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Blues Festival Guide
July 20, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 29

Feb 18, 2016
thru Nov 2
Show us your BFG
Special BFG Announcements
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
News Flash... 
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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, photos, schedules, artist or festival links, etc. 
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
Show us your BFG
Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
The BFG staff ran into Selwyn Birchwood at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN in May.
Photo courtesy Kaati
*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
 Mr. Sipp’s Knock A Hole In It on Maleco Records features twelve brand new tracks of furious fretwork, sizzling solos and vicious licks that have become the identifying features Sipp has built his name on. With this album he is bringing in a diverse landscape of sounds and concepts that is sure to be enjoyed by old fans of the Blues; while also attracting new ones.
Mr. Sipp, "The Mississippi Blues Child," is the alter ego of gospel guitarist Castro Coleman. One of the hottest new names in the blues world, Mr. Sipp made his debut on Malaco Records in 2015.

Castro Coleman was born in McComb, Mississippi, on August 25, 1976, and started playing guitar as a young child. Coleman recalls, "I was born a musician. Music was in my life from the moment I arrived; both of my parents were in singing groups and played some type of instrument. It's just a natural part of me."  ...Find more about this CD and the artist

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News Flash... 
Trinidaddio Blues Fest, 8-26-17, Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, John Primer, Alexis Suter!
(Trinidad, CO) - Returning to Central Park, the Trinidaddio Blues Fest will host the Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring 2016 Blues Music Award winner, Instrumentalist - Harmonica, world renown harmonica player, Kim Wilson. The lineup will also include 2X Grammy nominee, John Primer and The Real Deal Band with Special Guest, Ken Saydak; 2015 Clifton Chenier Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Nathan (Wilson) & the Zydeco Cha-Chas; 2016 BMA Nominee for best Soul Blues Album, the Tad Robinson Band; 2017 BMA Nominee for Contemporary Blues Female Artist, Alexis P Suter Band!

As is that is not enough, the Fest will kick off at Noon with guitar virtuoso, Jacquie Gipson followed by the Pleasure Pilots from Albuquerque, NM and then its ABC! The Albuquerque Blues Connection has revved up the crowd at every Trinidaddio since 1999! As Mexican Jerry says, "Ain't nothin' but the Blues!" ...Find pics and more about the Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Tickets on sale for San Diego Blues Festival, Sept. 9
 (San Diego, CA) - Tickets are on sale for as little as $25 for the 7th annual San Diego Blues Festival on Sept. 9.

The festival on San Diego’s picturesque downtown waterfront features Grammy winner Mavis Staples, the California Honeydrops, Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker, Leo Bud Welch and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats and four other acts.

The noon to 8 p.m. festival also offers VIP tickets at $150 and Super VIP tickets at $250 for an up-close experience with our artists. VIP ticket holders get shaded seating near both stages, a catered lunch, two complimentary drinks and upgraded restrooms.

Super VIP ticket holders get all VIP benefits, plus a ticket to the Friday night kick-off party featuring guitarist Robin Henkel, the closest and best seating in the house and a festival t-shirt. ...Find pics and more about the San Diego Blues Fest
Tas Cru’s Simmered & Stewed
 Released on the VizzTone label... Tas Cru gives us eleven songs featuring his trademark well-crafted lyrics, strong vocal and well-played cigar box, resonator, acoustic and electric guitars. Simmered & Stewed proves to be a worthy follow-up to Tas’ chart topping You Keep the Money (2014).

This new album has earned high praise. Referring to its high energy opening tracks, “Dat Maybe” and “Grizzle n’ Bone,” Big City Rhythm and Blues says, “Nearly blew me out of my chair!” And the Midwest Record dubs it, “The smokingest record of the year!” The take from Living Blues magazine reaffirms Cru’s well-establish reputation as a gifted writer calling Simmered & Stewed “songwriting with a deep respect for the blues.” Enjoying wide airplay, including being featured as a Sirius/XM Bluesville “pick to click,” for the first half of this year Simmered & Stewed has resided at or near the top of every major blues chart. ...Find pics and more about Tas Cru
Big Blues Bender Official Program Ad Rates & Deadlines
Order your ad space today!
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Put your brand into the hands of quality Blues fans by reserving your Ad space in the 36-page BIG BLUES BENDER PROGRAM produced by Blues Festival Guide magazine. Programs will be given out in Las Vegas at prime locations prior to the event and also handed out to each ticket holder at the event as well as stacks strategically located throughout the venue.

The Big Blues Bender will once again take over the Plaza Hotel & Casino in the heart of Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas September 7–10, 2017. Music fans will enjoy top Blues Artists performing on four indoor stages, and Rooftop Pool Stage! “Everything, An Elevator Ride Away!”

Your ad in the Program will benefit you by giving you exposure to an audience that travels to see Blues, spends money on Blues and is in Las Vegas for four days of enjoyment.

Blues fans will be reading and re-reading the Program over the course of the festival while they check out music schedule and band bios thus seeing your ad again and again. 
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 22-23, 2017 Radio Show:
The Bluesmobile Mini-Series Pt. 3

Coming up in the BluesMobile. We conclude our mini-series, the Best of the Bluesmobile, with exclusive interviews and music from Jack White, Fantastic Negrito, the North Mississippi Allstars, Valerie June, and the Wood Brothers – who play for us live in the studio.
The best of the best of Bluesmobile Radio. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find
BluesMobile Radio
Click Here 
Video of The Week
Alexis P Suter & Victor Wainwright "Song For You"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
July 26 Popsy Dixon (1942), Mick Jagger (1943); July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943), Junior Kimbrough (1930), "Banjo" Ikey Robinson (1904);
July 30 Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940), Otis Taylor (1948)
July 31 Roy Milton (1907), Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923)
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!
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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
are paid "Featured" ads

Roadhouse Bluesfest
Magnolia, Delaware, USA
Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, ARTS & BBQ Festival 2017
Redwood City, California, 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
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
Cincy Blues Fest
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-12-2017
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Waukesha BluesFest
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-12-2017
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Bronze, Blues & Brews
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-12-2017
Joseph, Oregon, USA
The Sunflower River Blues
& Gospel Festival
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-13-2017
Bicentennial Mississippi Event Downtown Clarksdale,
Mississippi, USA
Heritage Music Blues Fest
Aug-11-2017 - Aug-13-2017, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-13-2017 - Aug-14-2017
Bloomington, Indiana, USA 
Chenango Blues Fest
Aug-18-2017 - Aug-19-2017
Norwich, New York, USA
Baja Blues Fest
Aug-18-2017 - Aug-20-2017
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
Madison Ribberfest
BBQ & Blues Festival
Aug-18-2017 - Aug-19-2017
Madison, Indiana, USA
Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-25-2017 - Aug-27-2017
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Trinidad, Colorado, USA 
2 Left Feet Blues Festival
Aug-26-2017 - Aug-27-2017
Simsbury, Connecticut, USA
Black Prairie Blues Festival
Sep-01-2017, West Point
Mississippi, 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.
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