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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 3, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 31

Feb 18, 2016
thru Nov 2
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Special BFG Announcements
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
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, 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
Here's major blues fan Marci Coyle holding up her Blues Festival Guide while standing in front of the Hotel California in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico.
Photo courtesy Marci Coyle
*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
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones :: SEEING IS BELIEVING
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones’ Seeing Is Believing is the band’s seventh album for Severn Records and follows their highly-successful 2014 CD, Living Tear to Tear, which garnered them seven Blues Music Award nominations, including “Best Band,” plus individual nominations for Sugar Ray as “Traditional Male Blues Artist” and “Instrumentalist – Harmonica,” and a song nomination for “Things Could Be Worse.” At the most-recent Blues Music Awards in May, the group was again nominated for “Band of the Year,” as well as individual nominations for keyboardist Anthony Geraci, guitarist Monster Mike Welch and bassist Michael Mudcat Ward. Anthony Geraci’s album with The Boston Blues-All-Stars, Fifty Shades of Blue, received three additional nominations.

Produced by the band, the dozen tracks on Seeing Is Believing – 11 originals and a scintillating instrumental cover of B.B. King’s “You Know I Love You” – sweep out of the speakers with the power of a gale force wind, blowing with a transcendent groove.  ...Find more about this CD and the artist

Listen"It Ain't Funny"
Artist Website
Hector Anchondo :: ROLL THE DICE 
Roll The Dice is everything you need in a modern blues record. Showcasing guitar, drums, harmonica, bass, vocals all wrapped together with great lyrical content.

Hector Anchondo doesn’t just play the blues—he lives and breathes the blues. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he was drawn to those artists who played Fender Stratocaster's like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, but also respected the country greats such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. His music reflects those influences, but with a definite modern twist.
Hector has performed with Styx, Johnny Winter, Magic Slim, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Indigenous, Big & Rich, Fishbone and many more. He’s appeared at South By Southwest and Red Gorilla in Austin, TX, the Warped Tour in Kansas City, MO...   ...Find more about this CD and the artist

Listen"Roll The Dice"
Artist Website
News Flash... 
Sonoma County Blues and Arts Festival August 19 - Two Stages!
(Rohnert Park, CA) - On Saturday, August 19th, SOMO Concerts invites you to a day-long, pop-up festival filled with nationally acclaimed Sonoma grown blues and a beautifully curated fine art gallery. Patrons will be delighted by the main stage featuring legendary local living bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, vocalist, guitarist, composer, producer and Santa Rosa High School Alumnus Doyle Bramhall II, Award Winning Bay area Blues vocalist Ms Taylor P Collins and Vallejo-based gospel sensations The Sons of The Soul Revivers. In the Redwood Grove our second stage welcomes “Electric Chicago Blues from Muddy to Buddy” with Sonoma County’s stalwart The Blues Defenders and Special Guest veteran guitarists Levi Lloyd And Friends and Volker Strifler.
Kathleen McCallum, a long-time North Bay artist, arts advocate and event producer has joined the Sonoma County Blues Festival as the Director of this year’s new Juried Art Show. “I’m thrilled to help incorporate the visual arts into this great Blues Festival. 
...Find more about the Sonoma County Blues and Arts Festival
Aug 26 Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, John Primer, Alexis Suter at Trinidaddio Blues Fest
(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, and the time John spent with Muddy cemented his commitment to real Chicago blues...
 ...Find more about the Trinidaddio Blues Festival
Paramount Records Celebrates Milestone Birthday
Sept 1-3
Legendary label was launched in bucolic port Washington, Wisconsin 100 years ago
(Port Washington, WI) - A full century has passed since the Wisconsin Chair Company, located far from urban hustle and bustle in scenic Port Washington, Wisconsin, took the plunge into the fledgling music industry by launching Paramount Records—and the company’s vast recorded legacy continues to be celebrated. During its 15 years of operation, Paramount recorded a wealth of seminal blues, jazz, and gospel performances that are perpetually revered as landmarks of their respective genres. That history will be highlighted during the centennial edition of the three-day Paramount Music Festival, held September 1-3 at Coal Dock Park in Port Washington
The Wisconsin Chair Company was the largest employer in Port Washington at the time Paramount was established in 1917. The firm had begun manufacturing phonographs a couple of years earlier. At first, Paramount concentrated primarily on pop product and struggled to survive, but after the label purchased Black Swan Records and aimed its wares at the African American demographic during the early ‘20s, its fiscal fortunes took a distinct turn for the better.
...Find more about Paramount Records and the Paramount Music Festival
ISC Announces 2017 Judges
The 2017 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) judges Include: Booker T. Jones, Joe Louis Walker, John Mayall, Walter Trout, Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records), Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), Tom Waits, Lorde, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Ziggy Marley, Tony Joe White, Ray Benson, and many more.
ISC is the largest songwriting competition in the world and is open to both professional and amateur songwriters, signed or unsigned. A total of 71 winners in 23 categories share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash, and more.

Established in 2002, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is committed to helping songwriters and artists further their careers, offering the opportunity for their music to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives. The judging panel includes an impressive group of high-profile recording artists and Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from... ...Find more about the process and how to enter, etc.
Dear Blues Band & Blues Label, It's Awards Season once again
Here is a reminder for the current entry details for both the Grammy® Awards and the Blues Music Awards. The first round for Grammy® Award entries closed on July 17th, 2017 for recordings released between October 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2017. The second round opens on August 9th and closes on August 27th. This is for recordings released between August 1st, 2017 and September 30th, 2017.
Click the Grammy® image for every detail about the entry process.
September 15th is also the last day to either renew or become a Recording Academy Voting Member in order to be able to vote in the first-round ballot. 
Submissions for the Blues Music Awards are also. Click that image to signup. Not a member of The Blues Foundation or need to renew? 
...More details for information about the Grammy's and Blues Music Awards
Big Blues Bender Official Program Ad Rates... Deadline Extended to Aug 10th
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. 

Contact us via email or call 707-630-3303
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- Verandah Balcony Cabins Available Now. Book Yours on LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct 21-28
- Enter to WIN a Cruise for 2 on #29, Winner drawn Aug 15th
- Now Prebooking West Coast Oct. 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
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. Now Prebooking - $500 per cabin deposit (fully refundable) holds your spot in line to book once bands are announced!
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Special BFG Announcements
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Video of The Week
Charlie Musselwhite "River Hip Mama"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Aug 4-Louis Armstrong (1901); Aug 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937); Aug 8-Joe Tex (1933), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920); Aug 10-Ronnie Spector (1945), Grego Anderson (1968 Mojo Hand artist), Leo Fender (1908), Mighty Mike Schermer (1966); Aug 12-Percy Mayfield (1920), Roy Gaines (1934); Aug 13-Jimmy McCracklin (1921); Aug 14-Son Seals (1942) 
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Me and the Devil Blues 
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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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 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
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
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
Little Lake Blues & Brews Festival
Aug-19-2017 - Aug-20-2017
Willits, California, 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
Big Muddy Blues Festival
Sep-01-2017 - Sep-03-2017
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Black Prairie Blues Festival
Sep-01-2017, West Point
Mississippi, USA
Rentiesville Dusk to Dawn
Blues Festival
Sep-01-2017 - Sep-03-2017
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Paramount Music Festival
Sep-01-2017 - Sep-03-2017
Port Washington, Wisconsin, 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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