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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 15, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 11

thru April 12
thru April 26
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 
Mar 15 is deadline to promote your blues radio shows in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine 
Our annual magazine features a special section of blues radio shows. Through this listing, record companies can send you music, bands can send demos, and fans can tune in to your show!
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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 Bridget Kelly of the Bridget Kelly Band and Marie Walker of Backroads Booking Agency at the KBA luncheon and 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
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 artist and release
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 artist and release
News Flash... 
Redwood Coast Music Festival April 5-8 Offers Major Headliners In 7 Venues: Blues, Swing, Zydeco, Rockabilly, & Country  
(EUREKA, CA) - The Annual Redwood Coast Music Festival will be held on April 5-8, 2018 in Eureka, CA: four days, 30 bands, seven venues, 100+ sets of live music. Blues lovers are in for a real treat on Friday and Saturday nights at the Blues Eureka Municipal Auditorium from 4:30 – 11pm (Doors open at 4pm).

On Friday, April 6, the Blues Show will feature 4 different bands: Mark Hummel's Golden State Lonestar Revue with Rusty Zinn; The Andy T Band with Alabama Mike; and Anson Funderburgh, Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band, and Gator Nation.

On Saturday night, April 7, Blues returns with a headline performance of the legendary Roomful of Blues; their first trip out here in over a decade. The evening will be dedicated to the rich music heritage of Old Town Eureka made possible by the contributions of promoter Deborah Lazio. Deborah was the long-time proprietor of Eureka's legendary Old Town Bar & Grill and also booked acts for RCMF's Blues by the Bay. Adding to the evening will be sax man-extraordinaire, Terry Hanck.
...Find more about the Redwood Coast Music Festival 
Annual River City Blues Festival March 16-17 
(MARIETTA, OH) -The 27th Annual River City Blues Festival is presented by the The Blues, Jazz, and Folk Music Society of the Mid Ohio Valley. Held Friday-Saturday, March 16-17 at The Lafayette Hotel (101 Front Street, Marietta, OH) and featuring Zydeco, Chicago and Delta blues, Americana and soul. Acts include C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Chenier is the Creole son of the Grammy Award-winning “King of Zydeco,” Louisiana musician, Clifton Chenier; Bernard Allison, son of the late Luther Allison, Lurrie Bell, son of the late Cary Bell; soul-blues shouter JJ Thames, Mississippi Heat, Gaye Adegbalola, and Cary Morin.
Festival Lineup
Friday Night-Doors open at 7pm: 8pm JJ Thames & The Violet Revolt (Soul Blues), 9:45pm CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (Zydeco)

Saturday Afternoon: 11am High Schools That Rock (Free show, open to public)

Afternoon Show-Doors open at 12:30pm: 1pm Cary Morin (Native Americana Fingerstyle Guitar), 2:30pm Gaye Adegbalola (Acoustic Duo), 4pm Lurrie C Bell (Chicago Blues)

Dinner Break
Saturday Night Doors open at 7pm: 8pm Mississippi Heat (Delta Inspired Blues), 9:45pm Bernard Allison (Blues Rock)...
...Find more about the River City Blues Festival
Superstition Blues, Brews & Arts Festival March 24
APACHE JUNCTION, AZ) - The Superstition Blues, Brews & Arts Festival March 24 at Flat Iron Park (100 N. Apache Tr., Apache Junction, Arizona) is dedicated to bringing together the local community through the “universal language of music, arts and food.” The venue is situated near the scenic foothills of the Famous Superstition Mountains and inside historic Apache Junction! Offering some of the best musical talent plus merchandise from local artists along with great food and craft beers, you’re sure to find a great time for all.
This year’s musical lineup includes JC and the Juke Rockers, Smoke Stack Lightening, Big Nick and the Gila Monsters, Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, Glen Ville Slim’s Juke Joint Blues Show.

Gate opens at 11 a.m., show at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, go to their website or Facebook.
...Find more about the Superstition Blues, Brews & Arts Festival
Blues in the Night… steamy, smoky and spot on 
By Maureen Flanagan Battistella /Mail Tribune
(MEDFORD, OR) - With swinging hips and hands that slide skirts up in delight, three women sing lazy, lovely blues in Randall Theatre’s Blues in the Night, which opened Friday [Mar 9] in Medford.
The performers blast out two sets of the 1930s classics made famous by Bessie Smith, Edgar Sampson, Ida Cox, Billie Holiday and others. There’s misery, moaning and lovin’ a good man gone bad. Sultry, sexy, curvaceous women lonely for a man. Ballsy women, busting back at abuse, or loose on a bottle of beer.Kristen Calvin, Rose Passione and Jennifer Davis de Puglia play the women of Blues in the Night, down and out in a seedy hotel, each in a solitary room dreaming of the past. These performers long for youth, fame, wealth and, of course, a man, performing on a rundown set to fit the melancholy tunes. Calvin, Passione and Davis de Puglia are cast as The Girl, The Woman and The Lady, and these talented women can really scorch the stage with the heat of their performance.
...Read more about Blues In The Night 
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
Boise Blues Society presents John Clifton April 7
(BOISE, ID) The Boise Blues Society will present John Clifton at The Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho on April 7, 7:30-10:30pm. Tickets are $15-$20.
Clifton, is releasing his new album, Night Life, soon and will be showcasing tunes from it as well as his usual West Coast to Chicago Blues, classic R&B and Soul to some hard driving vintage Rock’n’Roll.
"John and his fantastic band gave us one of our best shows ever in May of 2016. Clifton has solidified himself as one of Central California’s most in demand Blues frontmen since he started in the late ’80’s and we’re excited to have him back in Boise."

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Victor Wainwright and The Train... "Money"
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
 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); Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894), Mar 20-Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915), Marcia Ball (1949), Sam Lay (1935), Eddie Shaw (1937), Jimmie Vaughan (1951); Mar 21-William Clarke (1951), Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902), Otis Spann (1930), Gaye Adegbalola (1944); Mar 22-Weldon "Juke Boy" Bonner (1932), Mar 23-Stick McGhee (1918), Chaka Khan (1953), Iverson "Louisiana Red" Minter (1932)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
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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
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-14-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 
For all festival links
please go to our website
 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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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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