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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 26, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 43

Feb 18, 2016
thru Nov 2
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News (go ahead... send your news to us!)
Video of The Week
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
Here's a nice moment with San Diego based musician, publisher, blues addict and promoter Chet Cannon during a heartfelt benefit for his sweet other half, Mary. He's here with the benefit's promoter/booking agent RosaLea Schiavone of Wicked Harem Promotions. The event featured some top regional artists including Kid Ramos and Laura Chavez.
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
On October 13, M.C. Records was so thrilled to release Duke Robillard & His Dames of Rhythm, an eclectic collection of jazz/swing tunes from the 1920’s & 30’s. Duke invited some swinging and sultry ladies to the party, Maria Muldaur, Catherine Russell, Kelley Hunt, Sunny Crownover, Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and Madeleine Peyroux. The record features a generous 15 tracks with liner notes from acclaimed producer and D.J., Bob Porter.
Duke talks about the sessions:
“This recording marks a serious bucket list dream come true for me. When label owner Mark Carpentiari and I started talking about doing an album together we tossed around quite a few concepts and finally decided on a plan that put me with my rhythm section and a fabulous horn section, with me playing acoustic archtop guitar. The concept was to have several guest female vocalists joining me on a collection of tunes from the twenties and thirties that I loved.”  ...Find more about this CD and artist
Listen"Got The South In My Soul"
Alastair Greene :: DREAM TRAIN
Dream Train features an impressive array of special guests including: Walter Trout, Debbie Davies, Mike Zito, Mike Finnigan, and Dennis Gruenling. Greene is supported on Dream Train by his touring band, Jim Rankin on bass and Austin Beede on drums.
Alastair recently plunged headfirst into a full-time solo career, stepping down after 7 years touring the world as the guitarist for rock legend, Alan Parsons. He's philosophical about his time playing with Parsons, saying, “I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity Alan gave me to handle guitar and vocal duties in his band. It was an honor to play the music created by the Alan Parsons Project to Alan’s fans around the world. After 7 years, the time has come for me to truly pursue my own musical dream.”

The culmination of Greene’s musical experiences, influences, and passion is his new record, Dream Train. ...Find more about this CD and artist
Listen"Big Bad Wolf"
News Flash... 
Free Blues Show Nov 10 headlined by Boston singer Gracie Curran
(Gainesville, FL) - Gracie Curran &The High Falutin' Band is coming to Gainesville for a free show courtesy of the The North Central Florida Blues Society. They will be the headliners at the Downtown Blues Concert at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Friday, November 10, to kick off the Downtown Festival & Art Show weekend.

Boston native Curran has rocked houses all across the country, becoming a crowd favorite, known for not only her amazing voice, but her comedic stage banter and hugely entertaining live show. Her unique presence and ability to connect to any audience led her band to be named Boston's Best Blues Band in 2012 and garnered a 2014 Blues Music Award Nomination for Best New Artist. Along with a stunningly soulful voice, Curran’s trademark is her infectious, whoop-it-up enthusiasm that draws people in and shares the good time that she is clearly having.
...Find more about the Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
7th CopenhagenBLUESFestival now through Oct 29th, 2017
(Copenhagen, Denmark) - It's autumn, and once again, it’s time for "Blue Copenhagen." From now until Sunday 29th the Blues is the name of the game, and we’re inviting all blues fans to visit the city's many clubs and venues for a week of world class international blues, as well as some of the best homegrown blues.
The Blues is many things, it's tradition, but also innovation and evolution. The festival is famous for its presentation of The Blues in a fine balance between tradition and new expressions, and our constant musical ambition is to cover all styles of blues and to present a programme of the highest possible international level.
So, as always, you'll find the seasoned blues veterans performing alongside some very talented young artists, who will carry the torch into the future.
Must see international acts this year: ...Find lineup and more
The International Songwriting Competition Extended Deadline is Nov 6th
The ISC 2017 Nov 6th extended deadline is quickly approaching. Enter your songs to participate in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, and the opportunity to be heard by top recording artists and industry execs.

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry. Win cash, prizes, recognition, and exposure!
...Find info and link to submit
2018 Classic Blues Artwork From The 1920s Calendar with 24-Track CD Now Available
The 2018 Classic Blues Artwork From The 1920's calendar with free CD will appeal to anyone interested in blues or blues history. It's a treasure trove of original blues artwork from the earliest days of recorded blues. In addition, each calendar contains a free CD that matches up each month's artwork with the original recording it advertises. These songs make the calendar come alive!
This year's CD has a total of 24 tracks: 12 blues classics from blues masters Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake and others, plus 12 super-rare songs by legendary blues artists including two recently discovered tracks by Jab Jones and the Memphis Jug Band. The songs are newly remastered using the American Epic sound team's amazing restoration techniques. Developed at great expense for the soundtrack of the PBS series, there is less surface noise and more dynamic range than in any previous release of these tracks.
...Find more about this cool calendar
Blues Festival Guide Annual Magazine Early Bird Savings
Now is the time to figure out your 2018 marketing strategy and take advantage of our Early-Bird Discount* on advertising in the 2018 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE MAGAZINE which hits the streets mid-April.

Order/pay for your ad before end of November and save 15%.
(Artwork not due until Spring).

Check out these $avings…
General Section
Full Page $1895 • Early-bird $1610
Half Page $952 • Early-bird $809
1/3 Page $699 • Early-bird $594
1/4 Page $567 • Early-bird $482
1/6 Page $392 • Early-bird $333
1/8 Page $307 • Early-bird $260

Festival Section (Festival Ads only)
Full Page • $1518 • Early-bird $1290
1/2 Page • $791 • Early-bird $672

Full - 1/2 page ads • add $375 Early-bird $319
1/3-1/8 page ads • add $225 Early-bird $191

Our popular publication will be a great marketing vehicle for you and we hope you can join us as an advertiser.  ...Find links and more about BFG ads
Blues Society News (go ahead... send your news to us!)
- Bands wanted for "Battle of The Blues Bands" Nov 11
- Ventura County Blues Society Annual Toy Drive Dec 9
(Long Beach, CA) - Attention Amazing Southern California Blues Bands! The Southern California Blues Society's huge annual "Battle of The Blues Bands" contest is coming soon to Malarkey's Grill (168 N. Marina Dr., Long Beach). They are currently looking for the best blues bands in Southern California to compete in our exciting event which will take place on Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 in Long Beach. If your band wants to compete please e-mail them right away. They will reply within 24 hours to give you the rules and requirements. 

The winning band will receive $2,000 travel expenses to go to Memphis to compete January 16-20, 2018 for the Blues Foundation's  annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN.
(Camarillo, CA) - Save the Date, Saturday December 9th, and join us for the Ventura County Blues Society (VCBS) Annual Toy Drive to benefit the Kids at Casa Pacifica and other local charities. VCBS will be contributing to the 4Kids2Kids Toy drive. The party will be held at Studio Channel Islands (2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA) from 5-11PM. Tickets are $20 per person or a new unwrapped toy for the same value or more. Or you can do both! Let's all make sure the children have a great Christmas. Reserve your tickets now here. All tickets will be at will call. Can't make it? You can also donate here.
EMAIL your Blues Society news to us!
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- Prebook  #31 West Coast Oct. 2018
- Prebook #32 East Coast 2019
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 Pre-booking - $500 per cabin deposit (fully refundable) holds your spot to book once bands are announced!
Prebook now for #32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean! By placing your $500 per cabin, fully-refundable prebook deposit, you will be guaranteed a spot in line to book a cabin once the artist announcement has been made! (likely in March or April ’18). Visit reservations or call (816) 753-7979.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO
(816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
Cab Calloway "St. James Infirmary Blues"
Special BFG Announcements
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931); Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909), Clifford Antone (1949 Antone Records); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946), Hadda Brooks (1916); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902), Ethel Waters (1896); Nov 1 Sippie Wallace (1898); Don Robey (Duke/Peacock Records 1903)
Nov 2 Mark Wenner (1948); Nov 3 Mable John (1930), Sonny Rhodes (1940); Nov 4 Delbert McClinton (1940); Nov 5 Ike Turner (1931), Studebaker John Grimaldi (1952)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
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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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 
Florida Jazz and Blues Festival
Oct-28-2017 - Oct-29-2017
Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Blues Heaven
Nov-03-2017 - Nov-04-2017
Frederikshavn, Denmark
Blues & Boogie Piano Summit
Nov-03-2017 - Nov-04-2017
Newport, Kentucky, USA
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
Jackson MS, Mississippi, USA
South Carolina
Pecan Fest-Blues Stage
Florence, South Carolina, USA
10th College Park
Free Blues Festival 
College Park , Maryland, USA 
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival 4
Nov-10-2017 - Nov-12-2017
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-23-2017 - Nov-25-2017
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
River Basin Blues Blast 7th Annual 
Evansville, Indiana, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-01-2017 - Dec-03-2017, Bradenton, Florida, USA 
Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Winterblues Festival
Udestedt/Erfurt, Germany
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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