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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 16, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 33

Special Announcement
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video Pick of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
Special Announcement
Last Chance for Big Blues Bender Festival Program Advertising Opportunity!
Big Blues Bender Festival Program - excellent advertising opportunity for blues bands, labels and festivals!
The Big Blues Bender is an amazing event held in Las Vegas each year.
Everything happens on multiple stages within the Plaza Hotel. There is a captive audience who will be using their Program repeatedly.
Be a part of it! Last call this week!
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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 in our website news section and so you don't miss out on cool details, photos, schedules, artist or festival links, etc. And see festivals listings here and LOTS more on our website!
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
The Reno Blues Society (RBS) held their 25th Anniversary concert party Aug 4th and featured slide-master Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings as headliner. Rogers was the headliner at their inaugural event in 1993. Supporting the show were artists that played in those early days of RBS which included Guitar Woody & The Fly-By-Night Band featuring the "Queen of Steam" Michele Lundeen!
Michele, who is your Blues Festival e-Guide editor, was the RBS founding editor and made the trip from San Diego to perform with her old band and help celebrate with all.
Photos: Michele Lundeen (Roy) & Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw
*NOTE! Each year our annual edition arrives at festivals, blues societies and a few distributors! Get yours and snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with our 16th annual Guide! Then EMAIL us your photo with the BFG plus caption & photo credit.
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page now!
 We're proud to announce that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of the 2018 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
2018 Blues Festival Guide Annual is chock full of cool info!
The 2018 issue of the Blues Festival Guide features 108 pages with info on of festivals, artists, blues societies and bluesy radio plus cool blues-related stories. Pick up a copy for free from your local blues society or a festival or ORDER a copy to be shipped straight to your house!
 Our 2018 issue sponsored by the Blues Foundation
...Find snippets about articles 
CD & DVD Releases
Johnny Fink & The Intrusion :: JFI
Award-winning blues band Johnny Fink and The Intrusion debut album is simply titled JFI. The group was known for years as the best-kept secret in the mid-Western scene among blues and blues-rock enthusiasts. That is, until they won the 2015 Cincy Blues Society Band Challenge and made the semifinals at the 2016 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. Then, Johnny himself won the 2016 Cincy Blues Challenge in the Solo category and the band won the 2016 Dayton Ohio Blues Challenge, subsequently reaching the finals at the 2017 IBC. The band recently won the 2018 Cincy Blues Challenge.

The first single from the album, "Let's Hear Some Blues," was included on the compilation disc featuring artists from the 33rd IBC, receiving rave reviews and tremendous airplay. JFI also won the 2017 Cincy Blues Society award for Best Self-Produced CD and was a Top 10 Finalist for Best Self-Produced CD at the 2018 IBC.  ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Oh No" 
News Flash... 
Ticket Sales Zoom for AimLoan San Diego Blues Festival
 (SAN DIEGO, CA) - Tickets for the eighth annual San Diego Blues Festival on Sept. 8 are moving at a record pace. More than 6,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which features Billy Gibbons & Friends as headliners, along with such stalwarts as Kenny Neal, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, John Nemeth & the Blue Dreamers, the Sons of the Soul Revivers, Lightnin Malcolm, Chickenbone Slim & the Biscuits, Sarah Rogo and Fred Heath. The festival is held on the downtown waterfront, with general admission tickets priced at $30, VIP tickets at $150 and a limited supply of Super VIP tickets for $250. Tickets will be $35 at the gate.

Advance tickets are available at the festival website. All proceeds from the event benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and its fight against hunger in the region. The Food Bank utilizes nearly 400 nonprofit partners to distribute food to the needy throughout San Diego County, including soup kitchens, shelters, churches, schools and senior and disabled living facilities. ...Find more about the San Diego Blues Festival
2018 Trinidaddio Blues Fest Aug 24 & 25 Hosts World-class Lineup
 (TRINIDAD, CO) - Central Park, Trinidad the 2018 edition of Trinidaddio Blues Fest will host another world-class lineup including Robert Randolph & the Family Band a 2018 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2017 release Got Soul; Kenny Neal a 2017 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Bloodline; C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band a Grammy Nominee for Best Regional Roots Music Album; and 2018 BMA Nominee for Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Instrumentalist ~ Horn, Vanessa Collier, among others.
Don’t forget the Friday night PreFest Party held to show appreciation to our sponsors and volunteers and showcases some of the talent appearing the next day at the Fest.Gates open at 11am with music starting by noon. Last call is at 8:45pm with the music ending sometime after 9pm. The Fest will include food, craft and many types of merchandise vendors and a display of Art-O-Cade art cars. As always, transportation will be available from the hotels and campgrounds.
…Find more about the Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Ready to Rumble Sept 1-2 at New Blues Festival for 6 String Showdown Finals
 (LONG BEACH, CA) - This Labor Day Weekend get ready to rumble at the New Blues Festival in Long Beach when the 6 String Showdown, the summer’s biggest guitar competition, rolls into town. Orange County Regional winners, Jesse Godoy and Ewen Williams, face off with Arcadia’s best, Jessica Kaczmarek and Andy Vimar on Saturday, September 1 at 4pm on the Golden Groove Stage. Judges will determine which two finalists will go head to head on the Main Stage of the New Blues Festival Sunday, September 2 at 2:30pm. Southern California’s all-around, best blues guitar hero will then be crowned and walk away with over $5000 in cash and prizes, including an Eastman T58-v Archtop guitar and more!
The New Blues Festival will be held 10am-8pm at EL Dorado Park (Area 3/Glider Field, 7550 E Spring Street, Long Beach, CA) and over 30 bands on 2 stages including headliners The Lowriders, Janiva Magness, James Harman, and Dennis Jones. Tickets are available now at the festival website.
...Find more about the 6 String Showdown Finals at the New Blues Festival
My Brother Gave Me The Blues
A Compilation with Art by Matt O’Brien
How’d you get turned onto the blues? We asked Blues Festival Guide’s 200,000+ Facebook followers and discovered that, for many, it was all due to their brothers! Perhaps you’ll see your own story reflected in these memories, accompanied by original illustrations from artist Matt O’Brien.

Read the story here in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine.
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook Open!
- West Coast Returns! #31 Oct 2018 Sold Out! Join Waitlist!
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 Sold Out! Join Wait List!
~ LRBC #33 MEXICAN RIVIERA Oct. 26 ~ Nov. 2, 2019 Sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Mark Your Calendar: PREBOOK has launched! By placing a fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin, you'll reserve a space in line to book a cabin once the band announcement is made.
~ LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 2018 will sail on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Pa& Loreto. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List via website reservations or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
~ LRBC #32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean will sail on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List via the website or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
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
- Blues Society of Northwest Florida Challenge Aug 18
- 2018 Iowa Blues Challenge Sept 8 
(PENSACOLA, FL) - The Blues Society of Northwest Florida presents it's Regional Blues Challenge, an International Blues Challenge-sanctioned event, Saturday, Aug 18 at 2pm at Seville Quarter (130 E. Government St). Fifteen acts have signed to compete. Winners will compete in the 35th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
There will be a blues jam at this venue on Friday Aug 17 starting at 8pm. More info: 850-434-6211.

(DES MOINES, IA) - The 2018 Iowa Blues Challenge event will take place on Saturday, Sept 8 at the Des Moines Social Club (900 Mulberry, Des Moines, Iowa), 4:30pm-9:35pm. For the25th year the Central Iowa Blues Society, in cooperation with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in Davenport and the Southeast Iowa Blues Society in Fairfield, presents the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC), a live music competition open to all Iowa-based blues acts and conducted in two categories: Solo/Duo and Band. Acts will be competing for cash prizes for the top three in each category, and additionally the two winners will receive recording time, opportunities for paid gigs and entry into and travel expense stipend for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN in January, presented by the Blues Foundation. ...Find more about this Challenge
Video Pick of The Week
Aretha Franklin "It Won't Be Long" 
Mar 25, 1942-Aug 16, 2018  Rest In Peace "Queen of Soul"
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915); Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939), Aug 19-Earl Gaines (1935); Aug 20-Issac Hayes (1942), Jack Teagarden (1905); Aug 21-Count Basie (1904); Aug 22-John Lee Hooker (1920), Debbie Davies (1952); Aug-24-Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905), Wynonie Harris (1915); Aug-26-Jimmy Rushing (1901); Aug-29-Charlie Parker (1920), Dinah Washington (1924); Aug-30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934); Aug-31-Todd Rhodes (1900); Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival-Event Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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Not all upcoming blues festivals/events 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 events here
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Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 
Fargo Blues Festival
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
 Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018, Norwich, New York, USA
Madison Ribberfest
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018
Madison, Indiana, USA
7th Annual Baja Blues Fest
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-19-2018
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ
Aug-24-2018 - Aug-25-2018 
Springfield, IL, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-24-2018 - Aug-26-2018
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 
Trinidaddio Blues Festival
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park
Rockford, Illinois, USA
 Black Prairie Blues Festival
West Point, Mississippi, USA 
Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
Aug-31-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
23rd Big Muddy Blues Festival
Aug-31-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Hot Springs Blues Festival
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
Acres of Blues-CANCELLED
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Eureka, California, USA
Vancouver Island Blues Bash
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Big Blues Bender
Sep-06-2018 - Sep-09-2018
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival
Sep-07-2018 - Sep-09-2018, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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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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