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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 2, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 44

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 
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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
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Share Photo Moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
We were able to catch Dwayne Dopsie while he was cooling down after his rousing set at the 2017 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. Dwayne is the wild accordionist and vocalist for his Lafayette, Louisiana-based band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! Our 15th annual edition ships to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. Snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the 2017 Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
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CD & DVD Releases
Benny Turner :: MY BROTHER'S BLUES
Hard on the heels of his vaunted 2016 album When She’s Gone and his 2017 autobiography, Survivor, living blues legend Benny Turner adds to his family’s legacy with a fifth album that pays homage to his big brother and best friend, Freddie King. My Brother’s Blues is more than your typical tribute album, as it comes from the man who stood by King’s side for decades and helped create his catalog of timeless blues and R&B classics as a band mate, brother, and comrade in arms who paid their dues together, circling the globe spreading the gospel of the Freddie King Band.
Engineered by Jack Miele, a Grammy, Emmy, Bronze Telly and two-time Silver Telly winning audio engineer, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, and mastered by Grammy award-winning Vlado Meller, the 11-song set features Turner on bass, lead guitar and vocals, leading an all-star ensemble of top New Orleans players and special guests ...
...Find more about this CD and artist
Listen"It's Your Move"
Palestine Blues, the latest, all original album from Lew Jetton & 61 South is a personally poignant and sometimes brutal memoir of a 10 year period in Jetton's life which included struggles with alcohol, drugs, depression, joblessness, frustration and a spiritual tug of war.
Lew Jetton says, “Palestine is the community in which I live but it's also a place of historic significance for being sacred, while at the same time, a place of conflict. That's kind of where I have been for years. I know a lot of blues is happy and uplifting. This is not. I'm OK with that. I wanted it to be real blues, in the emotional sense, and that's what Palestine Blues is.”
Palestine Blues is pure emotion. Recorded 3 piece, for the most part, with just Lew on guitar, with bass and drums, so the essence of the songs could show through. ...Find more about this CD and artist
Listen"Will I Go To Hell"
News Flash... 
Keeping a Blues Legacy Alive
The Tommy Johnson Blues Festival begins at 6 pm, Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Tickets are $20 at Ticketmaster and the doors open at 5 pm.

(Jackson, MS) - Tera Johnson-Collins, the paternal niece of blues icon Tommy Johnson, says that she has always felt a spiritual connection to her famous family member, who died on Nov. 1, 1956—three years to the day before her birth. It was a desire to uphold his musical legacy that led her to launch the inaugural Tommy Johnson Blues Festival in Crystal Springs, Miss., in 2005.
"Tommy Johnson never got the public notoriety as a country-blues pioneer, as others have, when he was alive," she says. "Therefore, I feel it's my duty and honor to keep his name in the forefront by putting on the festival and creating the Tommy Johnson Blues Foundation to educate blues lovers, and especially young people, about his profound impact and influence on the industry."
...Find more about the Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
Grandin Theatre Gala: 85th Anniversary Celebration Nov 4
(Roanoke, VA) - To celebrate their 85th Anniversary, the Grandin Theatre (1310 Grandin Road S.W., Roanoke, West Virginia) is throwing a big party and you're invited! Join them as they unveil two permanent exhibits that showcase two bygone eras from the Grandin's long and storied past! The party starts at 7pm and tickets are $85.
From 1976-83 the Mill Mountain Playhouse occupied the Grandin and produced 30+ full length productions! Over a 13-month period in 1984-85, over 20 international music stars played the Grandin, including John Prine, Dave Brubeck, Buddy Rich, Tammy Wynette, Bobby Bland, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, and Ray Charles.

This night will be magical, and they want you to share in the magic! They'll have delicious food and beverages from Blue Ridge Catering, a red-carpet runway for photographs with a professional photographer, a new documentary on the history of the Grandin, tours of the building, and much more!
...Find more about the gala and the past artists and the memories
Diana Rein & Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins in Concert: Two Guitar Ladies of Blues Nov 11
(Prescott, AZ) - Acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Diana Rein aka "The Six-String Siren," teams up with former Grammy winner and blues guitar legend Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins (pictured here), for a performance together at Prescott Center for the Arts, on the PCA Main Stage (208 N. Marina St., Prescott, Arizona), Saturday, November 11. Showtime is 7pm. Tickets are $32 (advance) and $38 at the door. Watkins will be backed by Prescott's own, RD Olson Band.
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins is the Georgia Music Legend Award Winner. If you’ve never seen a blues lady who can play guitar behind her head, belt out powerful songs, and lay down James Brown steps, you’ve never been in the audience when Beverly Guitar Watkins was burning down the house. As a teen she teamed up with the legendary Piano Red and has rocked venues with the best of them for 6 decades.
...Find more about this concert and the artists
Blues Festival Guide Annual Magazine Early Bird Savings
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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!)
MCBS Winter Blues Camp Registration open to ages 8-18
(Davenport, IA) - Registration for the River Music Experience's Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp 2017 is now open. The camp lasts for five days, December 26-30, with workshops and rehearsals from 1 pm-5 pm each day. At the end of the week there is a performance and blues jam by the students in the Redstone Room for all of their friends and families.
The Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp is open to area musicians from ages 8-18 years old. The program features vocal and instrumental workshops (guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards and drums). The focus will be on sharpening one's individual skills and expressing oneself through the blues roots form - by learning how to improvise, and also through the composition of original blues lyrics and music.
These camp will be led by RME's Bret Dale with Hal Reed of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, and will feature other veteran blues musicians from the region as specials guests for these workshop sessions. 
The cost is $175 per participant. There is financial assistance available to those with a determined financial need. ... Find more info and to register here
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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!
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
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); Nov 6 Rory Block (1949); Nov 8 Bonnie Bramlett (1944); Bonnie Raitt (1949), Eddie “Vann” Shaw Jr. (1955); Nov 9 Linda Hopkins (1925), Susan Tedeschi (1970); Nov 10 Bobby Rush, George "Mojo" Buford (1929); Nov 11 LaVern Baker (1929), Mose Allison (1927), Chris Smither (1944); Nov 12 Bukka White (1906), Booker T. Jones (1944); Nov 13 Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (1913), John Hammond, Jr. (1942), Candye Kane (1961)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
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

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
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
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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
MLK Jr Blues Festival
Jan-11-2018 - Jan-13-2018
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-26-2018 - Jan-27-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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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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