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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 10, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 32

Feb 18, 2016
thru Nov 2
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Elwood's BluesMobile
Special BFG Announcements
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
We caught up with Marlene Appice-Capone and guitarist, singer, songwriter Mikey Capone, at the fun Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival May 28, 2017.
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
Altered Five Blues Band :: CHARMED & DANGEROUS
Blind Pig Records releases new Altered Five Blues Band album, Charmed & Dangerous. The Milwaukee-based quintet is the first artist to join the roster of the esteemed blues/roots label since it was acquired by The Orchard, one of the largest independent distributors in the world. The band’s label debut was produced by multi-Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, James Cotton).
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, front man Jeff Taylor’s voice is “gloriously gritty.” Downbeat raves that Jeff Schroedl’s “live-wire guitar reaches the high bar of mixed invention and fluidity,” while Blues Bytes magazine declares the group features “the funkiest rhythm section outside of Memphis.”
Charmed & Dangerous is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the group’s 2014 album Cryin’ Mercy, which reached #3 in the iTunes blues store, hit #1 on the Roots Music Report blues chart, and won “Best Self-Released CD” at the 2015 International Blues Challenge. ...Find more about this CD and the artist

Listen"Charmed & Dangerous"
Artist Website
News Flash... 
Nick Schnebelen West Coast Tour Aug - Sept 2017
Nick Schnebelen Band, back by popular demand, will make a 2nd West Coast Tour this year, Aug 16- Sept 10, and ending Sept 6-10, with Nick's special appearance at Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, NV.
The "Around the World 2017 Tour” kicked off January 10 at Fanatics Pub in Lima, NY. Since then, Nick Schnebelen Band completed a 2nd NE USA tour, performed at the Moulin Blues Festival in The Netherlands, opened shows for Walter Trout, performed in Canada at the Sherblues and Tremblant Blues Festivals in Quebec, toured all across the USA, released a great record May, 5, 2017 "Live in Kansas City" and found time to write new music for his upcoming debut studio record, producer Tony Braunagel (Coco Montoya, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal) for a planned release in 2018. At the backbone of this power trio is one of the best rhythm sections touring today;
...Find more about Nick and is schedule
Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Announces Lineup - Sept. 9 & 10!
(Guerneville, CA) – For the last 41 years, the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival has welcomed world-class musicians to the scenic river town of Guerneville, and this year’s lineup continues that tradition. The 2017 festival will take place on Sept. 9 & 10, and feature an incredible mix of jazz, blues, soul and funk music, including hit-making songstress Stephanie Mills, East Bay legends Tower of Power, blues guitar powerhouse Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, lead singer from Mint Condition Stokley, Bay Area festival favorites Con Brio, smooth jazz supergroup West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Norman Brown, and many more artists. Tickets are on sale now at the website.
“We are thrilled with this year’s lineup and know that fans of the festival will be partying at Johnson’s Beach in September,” noted festival producer Rich Sherman. “All of these artists are known for their incredible live shows, so the energy will be soaring in Guerneville!
...Find more about the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
Big Blues Bender 2017 Schedule plus Limited Room Packages & 4 Day Tickets
(Las Vegas, NV) - The Big Blues Bender 2017 schedule has been released. Plus, there are only a handful of Room Packages and 4-Day tickets left… Grab ‘em while you can!

Experience the Bender. The Blues music vacation you've been waiting for! September Four days and nights of amazing music at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. The Big Blues Bender, one of the most talked about Blues events in the world, offers a wide variety of first class music and entertainment including top artists – Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, and many more. “Four days and nights of music and accommodations, with Everything, An Elevator Ride Away! Book Now at our website.
Check out this year's schedule and special events, sure to make this The Best Bender Ever! Click the program image here to get your copy. 
Keep reading for more info on this year’s Bender experience, including the performance schedule and special events; our annual star-studded Bender With HART Party to benefit the Handy Artists Relief Trust (HART fund); The F.A.C.E. of Women In Blues Panel; Sidemen - Long Road To Glory documentary private screening; Bender all-star tribute to the Allman Brothers Band; Theme Nights; Blues Yoga, and more. Details here...
Greenville-Washington County CVB is rollin’ on the river all right!
Come to Greenville-Washington County Mississippi, for a fabulous lineup of festivals plus museums that tell the fascinating stories of floods, blues, Native Americans, wildlife, literary genius and everyone’s favorite frog.

40th Annual Delta Blues & Heritage Festival September 16 • “Takin It Back Home” themed, oldest-running blues festival in the country
7th Annual Sam Chatmon Blues Festival Hollandale • September 22 • Bikes, barbecue, and the blues in home of Sam Chatmon

5th Annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival September 29 - October 1 • Live music festival held on the banks of the Mississippi River in Warfield Point Park featuring the Highway 61 Blues Stage, which is now in its 18th year

6th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival October 19-21 • Celebrates the Hot and Soul of the Delta with local and regional artists, musicians, and tamale makers as well as some of the South’s most influential chefs and writers

7th Annual “Jim Henson” Frog Fest & Chili Cookoff Leland • October 28 • Features professional story-tellers, magicians, live music, Delta cuisine and live puppet performances.
...Find links and more about events
Cruise For A Cause Sept 22
(San Francisco, CA) - San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC), founded in 1988 by a group of visionary African American community leaders, has been working for three decades to stem the tide of displacement that has disproportionately affected people of color. They are now turning some of their focus on the displacement of the arts community. Cruise For A Cause net proceeds support SFHDC Artist Housing Fund which will provide affordable housing for local artists and musicians.
Get on board for a night of blues cruising the beautiful San Francisco Bay September 22 from 7pm-midnight, featuring Kenny Neal, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and Tia Carroll with SFHDC's own David Sobel on keyboards.
For additional information contact Producer, Velma Landers at 415.859.3452 or email SFHDC Event Manager, Faye Delassio. ...Find more about this Cruise For A Cause
Big Blues Bender Official Program Ad Rates & Deadlines
Order your ad space today!
There is still time; Order your ad space today: 707-630-3304
Put your brand into the hands of quality Blues fans by reserving your Ad space in the Big Blues Bender Program produced by Blues Festival Guide magazine. Deadline: August 15, 2017
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. Additionally, copies will be mailed nationwide to labels, blues radio DJs, festival promoters, etc. Plus the digital version will be available for free on two gigantic digital newsstands: and

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!” ...see rates and details here
Contact us via email or call 707-630-3303
Elwood's BluesMobile
The Mission Continues...
Good news Blues Brethren and Soul Sisters! We've decided to make selected episodes from our vast archives of The BluesMobile Radio Hour available for your listening pleasure! And in order to appease the music licensing powers that be, we are moving to Mixcloud to host our archival releases.

Our first archival release is a celebration of Eric Clapton. This episode first aired in March 2015 on his 70th birthday. But do we really need an excuse? There is a lifetime of music to sample, from Cream to Blind Faith to Derek and the Dominoes, and more. Plus, exclusive and rare Clapton sound bites from our interview archives! Find The BluesMobile Radio Archives on Mixcloud
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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Video of The Week
Son Seals "Minor C Blues Lesson"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
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); Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915)
Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939), Aug 19-Earl Gaines (1935)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival Calendar
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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

 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
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
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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