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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 8, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 10

thru April 26
thru April 12
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
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
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Share Photo Moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's Paul Benjamin (Chairman of the Board - Blues Foundation, and Organizer and Promoter for the North Atlantic Blues Festival) and his wife Jean after the KBA luncheon and awards ceremony in Memphis during IBC week.
Photo: Kaati
*NOTE! Each year our 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 15th annual Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now our  now! The Big Blues Bender is official 2017 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine! ...
CD & DVD Releases
Victor Wainwright And The Train (self-titled)
It had to be a train. The name of Victor Wainwright’s new band – and the sleeve image of their debut album – is also the most fitting of metaphors. In music folklore, the train might have associations with the freight-hopping bluesmen of yore, but with this restless boogie-woogie innovator stoking the furnace, this latest project is a charging locomotive – surging forward, crashing through boundaries of genre, sweeping up fresh sounds and clattering headlong past the doubters. As the man himself hollers in the ivory-pounding title track: “If you wanna boogie get aboard this train/get yourself a ticket or get out of the way…”

At a sweet-spot in his career, where most established stars would rest on their laurels, Victor Wainwright & The Train instead rips up all that has gone before. These twelve tracks are originals in every sense, written by Wainwright, pricking up ears in a sterile music industry and stretching the concept of roots in bold directions. 
...Find more about this artists and release
Daniel Eriksen :: NARRATIVE BOOGIE
"Fucking Amazing!" - Steven Van Zandt (guitarist, actor, producer)
"He's got his own style! If he's copying anyone, I haven't heard them" - Eden Brent (artist)

"He shouts, stomps and screams his way through this set of Delta blues and dark gospel with plenty of feeling. So much, in fact, that you sometimes forget this is a new record from a modern day, Scandinavian blues man"- Blues Matters (UK Blues Magazine)

Award winning blues artist and slide guitarist, Daniel Eriksen, has performed his unique delta style blues, infused with New Orleans rhythms, gospel and  boogie "everywhere" - from Moscow, Russia to Clarksdale, Mississippi via the deep forests of Finland, the countryside of France and groovy New Orleans and everywhere in between- for over 20 years.

Through dedication, and years of relentless touring all over the world, he has built a reputation as a great slide guitarist.
...Find more about this artists and release
News Flash... 
Blues Foundation’s 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
 (MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Foundation’s 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on May 9th at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts and Education (225 South Main Street, Memphis) at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception, followed by formal inductions at 6:30pm. Tickets are on sale now at $75 per person.
The 39th class of Blues Hall of Fame inductees are:
- Performers: The Aces, Mamie Smith, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Roebuck Pops Staples, Sam Lay
- Individuals - Business, Production, Media, or Academic: Al Benson
- Classics of Blues Literature: I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy by Bob Riesman
- Classics of Blues Recording-Album: Blues Is King by B.B. King (ABC BluesWay, 1967)
- Classics of Blues Recording-Single: “Cross Cut Saw” by Albert King (Stax, 1966), “Green Onions” by Booker T. & the MG's (Stax/Volt, 1962), “I'm A Man” by Bo Diddley (Checker, 1955), “Roll 'Em Pete” by Joe Turner (Vocalion, 1938), “See See Rider Blues” by Ma Rainey (Paramount, 1924).

The Blues Hall of Fame honors those who have made the Blues timeless through performance, documentation, and recording. 
...Find more about the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame purpose and process
Jus' Blues Music Awards Week & Conference Early Bird Tix Deadline Mar 15
(TUNICA, MS) - The Jus' Blues Music Awards and Conference will be held August 1-4 at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The Early Bird VIP Conference/Awards ticket price ends March 15th.

The 2018 Class of Living Legend Honorees are Tito Jackson, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Toni Lynn Washington, Sir Charles Jones, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, John Primer, R. L. Boyce, Tyree Neal, Sheba Potts, Theodore Arthur, Larry Garner, Marquise Knox, and Dexter Allen. A Wednesday August 1st reception will be held to welcome the honorees. Friday morning, August 3rd, the “Blues Got A Soul” Historical Conference will provide a rare glimpse at Black music makers. Friday evening, the Jus’ Blues Juke Joint Fish Fry Party will feature some of the best Southern Soul and Blues artists of today. This will be a downhome "Mississippi Style" juke joint party with a purpose. Saturday night, August 4th, is the Jus’ Blues White Linen Party. Tickets are sold as a package or individually.
...Find more about the Jus' Blues Music Awards Week events and tickets 
15th Annual Juke Joint Festival April 12-15
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Plan for the 15th annual Juke Joint Festival in historic Clarksdale, Mississippi — one of the friendliest festivals in the world.  The main event is Saturday, April 14, 2018 with related events that Thurs-Sun, April 12-15.

Saturday features over a dozen stages and a huge lineup of artists including Johnny Rawls, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, Bill 'Howl-N-Madd' Perry & Shy Perry, Terry Harmonica Bean, Libby Rae Watson, The Beat Daddys, Lew Jetton & 61 South, Austin Walkin Cane, Duwayne Burnside, Andre Otha Turner Fife & Drum Band, David Kimbrough and Robert Kimbrough, Sr. and lots more.
Wristbands are valid for official JJF nighttime venues on Saturday, April 14 only. • Juke Joint Wristbands allow access 20+ Official Venue Stages & 20+ Acts Sat night • Includes 1 seat on Daytime History Bus Tour (limited seating).• Related Events may require additional fees• Online $20 Pre-Sale Wristbands ends Tues, April 11th at 5pm (central)• Wristbands can be purchased at the JJF Headquarters during the festival (Thurs-Sat) at $25 each
...Find more about the Juke Joint Festival
13th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival Returns to Lovely Camarillo April 28
(CAMARILLO, CA) - The 13th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, Southern California's longest-running yearly big blues event, returns on Saturday, April 28, to Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., in Camarillo. This year's lineup features multiple, former GRAMMY nominee, vocalist Earl Thomas; harpist-vocalist extraordinaire, John Nemeth; SoCal native daughter and longtime festival favorite, Deb Ryder; past International Blues Challenge semi-finalists, Alan Wright Band; Sandy Scott & Blues to The Bone, featuring powerhouse vocalist, Sandy Scott. As per yearly tradition, the Ventura County Blues Society All-Star Jam closes out the festival, with special, unannounced guest performers. 

This year's festival is dedicated to our friend, the late musician and actor, Mickey Jones.

"The Passing of our dear brother and friend Mickey Jones will leave an empty place in our hearts. Anyone who ever had the honor to meet Mickey knows what a very special human being he was. Not just because of the incredible life he lived, but the person he was. 
...Find more about the Ventura County Blues Festival 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- #31 West Coast Oct. 2018 is sold out! Join Waitlist...
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb. 2019 bands announced soon!
The Left Coast Blues Cruise returns! 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. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List via or call (816) 753-7979.
#32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean bands announced soon! LRBC #32 will sail on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. Open Cabin Sales or Wait List will be announced in April. To receive an email with this info, sign on to the LRBC email list and stay tuned! 

313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO
(816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
LUU Jazz & Blues Society Fundraiser for Music In Hospitals And Care in UK Mar 14
LUU Jazz & Blues Society Fundraiser for Music In Hospitals And Care is March 14, at Wharf Chambers Ground Floor (23-25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds, UK). The event will run 7pm-3am.
Music in Hospitals & Care are a phenomenal charity that provide live music for vulnerable people all over the country in a wide range of healthcare settings. Only £4 per person for this important event to help raise money for them. 

Wharf Chambers is a members' club and you need to be a member, or guest of a member, in order to attend. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect. Join here.

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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
 Mar 9-Georgia White (1903), Lloyd Price (1933); Mar 10-Dave Alexander aka Omar Shariff (1938), Ronnie Earl (1953); Mar 12 Leonard Chess (1917),
Bill Payne (1949 Little Feat co-founder); Mar 13 Otis "Lightnin' Slim" Hicks (1913); Mar 14 Robert Pete Williams (1914); Mar 15 Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912); Sly Stone (1944), Ry Cooder (1947);
Mar 16 James "Yank" Rachell (1910); Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917);
Mar 18 Wilson Pickett (1941), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-09-2018 - Mar-10-2018
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Adam Gussow, Kosher Kid and more! 
Mar-10-2018, Hartford
Connecticut, USA
Blues at the Library
Mar-23-2018 - Mar-25-2018
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
 Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
 Redwood Coast Music Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Eureka, California, USA
Springing the Blues
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA 
27th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-12-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tribute Show
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-14-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
14th Annual
Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Red, White and Blues
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival 
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
13th Annual
Ventura County Blues Festival 
Camarillo, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-10-2018 - May-13-2018
San Diego, California, USA
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-11-2018 - May-13-2018
Kwadendamme, Netherlands
New England Blues Summit
May-18-2018 - May-20-2018
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 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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