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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 28, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 52

Signs of the Season ...wait for it!
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
News Flash... 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
Signs of the Season ...wait for it!
Happy New Year from RBA Publishing Blues & Reggae
News Flash... 
39th Blues Music Award Nominees to be Announced Live from Memphis Jan 9
(Memphis, TN) - The Blues Foundation in partnership with broadcast partner Ditty TV will announce the 39th Blues Music Awards nominees LIVE from Memphis on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, and John Nemeth will emcee the announcements beginning at 10am CST. You can watch the announcements in real time on any of Ditty TVs multiple platforms as well as via Facebook Live on The Blues Foundation Facebook page.
Barbara Newman, President/CEO of the Blues Foundation says, “We have enlisted approximately 100 blues aficionados from all aspects of the blues world to review close to 250 submitted recordings and vote on their top choices in 26 categories and we will be sharing our BMA nominees in each category via a live stream broadcast… Tune-in in real time to be a part of this important Blues Music Awards announcement.”Tickets to the BMAs will go on sale in conjunction with this BMA Nominee broadcast so you can visit after the program to purchase your tickets online.  ...Find more about this live broadcast
International Blues Challenge is right around the corner
(Memphis, TN) - The Blues Foundation has planned something for everyone - from panels to workshops to film to master classes to artifact unveilings, to jams and showcases, and of course the nightly challenge performances in more than 20 clubs along Beale Street. You can still purchase passes to come to Memphis for the IBC week January 16 - 20, 2018.

As part of IBC week, the Blues Foundation (BF) will celebrate the 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipients. You can join them at the KBA luncheon on Friday, January 19th at 11 am at the Doubletree hotel. “In addition to chicken and waffles,” says Barbara Newman of the BF, “we will be serving up one of our feel-good events of the year as we celebrate 12 individuals and organizations that are working tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of this genre we all love so well.” This event is open to the public with the purchase of a KBA upgrade ticket for just $50.

Online ticket sales will close Friday, January 12.  ...Find more about the IBC
Little Village Foundation to Showcase Diverse Artists Jan 19, 2018
Broadway World News Desk
(San Francisco, CA) - On Jan 19, 2018, San Francisco’s Freight & Salvage will bring seven Little Village Foundation (LVF) artists together for an evening of music and spoken word reflecting the diverse makeup of the label's roster and mission-backed up by the powerful Greaseland All-Stars featuring LVF founder Jim Pugh (B.B. King, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, Boz Skaggs, Syl Johnson and Van Morrison) and Greaseland Studios award-winning producer/engineer Kid Andersen.

Little Village Foundation, the non-profit record label focused on bringing the hidden veins of roots music in America to the masses, presents a sampler of the folk, blues, jazz, gospel and ethnic flavors that make LVF's the most diverse catalog around.

LVF Artists featured include Aireene Espiritu, Aki Kumar, Chris Cain, Howell Devine, Maurice Tani, The Sons Of The Soul Revivers, and Xóchitl Morales. ...Find more about the artists and the LVF
Lifetime Achievement In Music: The Poet Laureate Of Mardi Gras Indians, Monk Boudreaux
John Swenson/Offbeat Magazine
Monk Boudreaux was born to be a Mardi Gras Indian.

It is not a career, a craft or a profession, though one needs to go through an apprenticeship to become one.

It’s a blood and spirit celebration of the bond between African people brought to the New World as slaves and the indigenous people who were here when they arrived. The interchange was not just cultural. Monk, like many Mardi Gras Indians, is part of the undocumented creolization that occurred when the arrivals to the New World interacted with its indigenous people. Emancipated blacks, like many other Americans, were reluctant to admit a native heritage at a time when the United States was in open warfare with the Indian nations. You don’t want to go from the plantation to the reservation.

“Choctaw Indian, we Indians,” Monk explains. “Mardi Gras day we don’t just be doing this for masking. We be doing this for who we really are. It was a hidden thing. The older people hid this because they was hiding from the government because they didn’t want to be put on the reservation…”
...Find entire story here
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- Open Cabin Sales now for #31 West Coast Oct. 2018
- Prebook now for #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. Open cabin sales began today December 21st via or call 816.753.7979.
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
"Happy New Year" Lightnin' Hopkins
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Special BFG Announcements
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914), Johnny Otis (1921); Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929); Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928); Dec 31 Odetta (1930); Jan 1 Frank Stokes (1888), Estelle "Mama" Yancey (1896); 2 Little Smokey Smothers (1939) Little Smokey Smothers (1939), Rubin “Rube” Lacy (1901); 5-Johnny Adams (1932), Wilbert Harrison (1929), Sam Phillips (1923 founder of Sun Records); 6-Kim Wilson (1951) 
Missed your copy of the Weekly e-Guide? Find back issues in  Archives on our website.
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
are paid "Featured" ads

 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
Winter Blues Festival
Feb-02-2018 - Feb-03-2018
Lapeer, Michigan, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #30
Feb-04-2018 - Mar-11-2018
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Destination Blues Music Festival
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival 
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Bruthen Victoria, Australia
Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Adam Gussow, Kosher Kid and more!
Mar-10-2018, Hartford
Connecticut, USA
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