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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 14, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 37

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 
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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, 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 guitarist, singer, songwriter Zac Harmon at the New Blues Festival Sept 2 in Long Beach, California
Photo: Jeff Beeler
*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
Sunday wilde & Reno Jack :: TWO
Sunday wilde & Reno Jack’s new CD TWO, on Hwy 11 Records, is set for release September 15th 2017.
“Mastered by GRAMMY® winner Peter J. Moore (Bob Dylan The Basement Tapes), TWO is a raw, deliberately simple recording. No overdubs or fancy studio wizardry. Just real instruments played by real musicians. As soon as we hit play, “Howling For My Darling” graced our ears. The jolt of hearing a Howlin’ Wolf tune done in a female voice vanished in just a few bars. Wilde torched it up nicely with enough of a growl in her voice to make it legit. Singing it from a female point of view, she also added a verse so there is no mistake. Ah, ah, ah ooh-wee!” JD Nash, American Blues Scene
TWO consists of 10 songs mostly covers of Ruth Brown, Howling Wolf, Patsy Cline, and one tune by Sunday’s father called Van Horne. Available at most online retailers. TWO is already spinning worldwide on roots and blues radio programs. If you like the music request it.
...Find more about this CD and the artist
Listen"Howling For My Darling"
Bette Smith :: JETLAGGER
Brooklyn soul dynamo Bette Smith will release her debut album, Jetlagger, September 29 via Fat Possum subsidiary Big Legal Mess. Recorded in Mississippi with producer Jimbo Mathus—who’s played on records by everyone from Valerie June to Elvis Costello—the album finds Smith reconnecting with the Deep South roots of the gospel, soul, and blues music she grew up singing in New York’s rough and tumble Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The record also fulfills a deathbed promise Smith made to her late brother, Junior, that she’d keep on singing no matter what.
“He told me, ‘I want you to sing; don’t give up,’” remembers Smith, who wears yellow onstage to honor his memory. “It’s all for Junior, now.”
In a premiere and feature, Billboard's Elias Leight writes, "A rugged, chugging southern soul record... Like Betty Davis or Betty Wright before her, she's imbues tracks with shingly, sawtoothed texture, capable of breaking off a high note with a throaty cry or scraping so low and wide that she threatens to put her bass player out of work."  ...Find more about this CD and the artist
Label website
News Flash... 
Bessie and Nina Take The Stage
By Gary Tischler/The Georgetowner

Washington theatergoers are enjoying the serendipitous opportunity this fall of seeing and experiencing productions about Bessie Smith and Nina Simone, two of the most compelling figures in the annals of female blues and jazz performers.

At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, Mosaic Theater Company has already begun its third season under its founding artistic director, Ari Roth, with “The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith” by Angelo Parra. The show runs through Sept. 24 in the Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre, with the multi-talented and multitasking Miche Braden in the title role.

Later this fall, from Nov. 10 to Dec. 24, Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, will bring Christina Ham’s “Nina Simone: Four Women” to its Kreeger Theater. Harriett D. Foy stars in this exploration of Simone’s dynamic and often troubled life.  Read entire article here...

Memphis Blues Society Benefit Sept 29 with Vasti Jackson & Reba Russell
(Memphis, TN) - On Friday September 29, the mid-south music community will come together at Neil's Music Room in Memphis, TN to raise funds for the Memphis Blues Society. 2017 Grammy winner Vasti Jackson is the featured band. The Reba Russell Trio will open this incredible night of music at 9pm. Neil’s is a non-smoking venue.
The Memphis Blues Society is a non-profit, volunteer powered affiliate of the Blues Foundation. This event is being held to raise funds to support the MBS to continue its mission to conduct and sponsor Blues music events in local venues, promote Blues musicians from greater Memphis and the mid-south, and to build and educate a local audience on Blues music.
Tickets: $15 Advanced Purchase/$20 at Door
$35 VIP: includes Bona Fide Blues Festival T-Shirt & Appetizer
 ...Find more about the Memphis Blues Society Benefit
Mt. Zion's Fletcher Park All-day Blues Festival Sept 30th
(Mount Zion, IL) Taking the Blues to a new level... Mt. Zion's Fletcher Park (323 Fletcher Park Blvd.) will be hosting our first All-day Blues Festival on Saturday, September 30th! A day of food, drinks and great music in Fletcher Park. Appearing are 12:00pm- Kilborn Alley Blues, 2:30pm- Mary Jo Curry, 5:00pm - James Armstrong, 7:30pm- Ghost Town Blues Band.
We will be featuring custom cuisine with a Cajun and Southern blend by Chef Josh Irby and his team or concessions. Non-stop entertainment for only $8.
We will have something for the entire family... this family friendly event will turn Fletcher park into Beal Street from 12:00pm-10:30pm starting with our all-day entertainment:
Presented by: The Village of Mt. Zion, Neuhoff Media, Skeff Distributing and Thrive Entertainment Guide.
...Find more about Mt. Zion's Blues & Brews Fest
Elwood's BluesMobile
The Mission Continues... Pokey LaFarge
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.
Elwood’s BluesMobile (formerly House of Blues Radio Hour) is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues, his famous character from The Blues Brothers. Since 1993, Elwood has showcased Blues and Blues-based music such as R&B, Soul, and Rock & Roll with featured guests ranging from B.B. King and Eric Clapton to Jack White and Sharon Jones. In February 2012, the program was re-branded as Elwood’s BluesMobile, with all programming remaining unchanged. In July 2017, the program was terminated and is no longer on the air. These episodes are from the radio show's extensive 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!
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO
(816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
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Video of The Week
B.B. King "Sweet Little Angel"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Sept 15-Silas Hogan (1911), Snooky Pryor (1921); Sept 16-B.B. King (1925), Little Willie Littlefield (1931), Billy Boy Arnold (1935); Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939), Ray Charles (1930), Fenton Robinson (1935), Tiny Bradshaw (1907); Mighty Joe Young (1927); Sept 25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936); Sept 27- Bob Corritore (1956); Sept 28- Koko Taylor(1928), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
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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
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Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Sep-15-2017 - Sep-17-2017
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Ojai Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, USA
Bridging the Blues
Sep-22-2017 - Oct-15-2017
Arkansas and Mississippi Delta, Memphis, TN, Arkansas, USA
Cruise For A Cause
San Francisco, California, USA
Jammin' in JC
Sep-22-2017 - Sep-23-2017
Junction City, Kansas, USA
Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival
Sep-29-2017 - Sep-30-2017
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Sep-29-2017 - Oct-01-2017
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-04-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Downtown Helena, Arkansas, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Bukka White Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Daytona Blues Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-08-2017
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Oct-13-2017 - Oct-15-2017
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Rowan Blues & Jazz Festival
18th Annual
Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #29
Oct-21-2017 - Oct-28-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
 Copenhagen Blues Festival
Oct-25-2017 - Oct-29-2017
Copenhagen, Denmark 
About Us 

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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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