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Blues Festival Guide
April 23, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 17

April 9
Very Special Magazine Offer
Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
We've Got You Covered
Intros and Outros
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
Please stay safe and optimistic!
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard Blues Album This week
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Very Special Magazine Offer
2020 Blues Festival Guide Magazine Half-Price Offer
Here’s a Half Price Offer you can’t refuse! Get your 2020 Blues Festival Guide magazine mailed straight to your door for only $4.50. We know everyone is missing their live Blues! We feel your pain and with so many fests cancelling, we also understand there are fewer chances for you to pick up a 2020 Blues Festival Guide! We are moving forward with our 2020 mag and want everyone to have an opportunity to get a copy. We’ll print in May and can mail your copy straight to your U.S. home or P.O. Box for only $4.50 US & Canada (normally $9) and $7 Overseas (normally $14)
Here's the link to order your personal copy or give us a call to place your order at 707-630-3304.

Along with blues festival, blues society and blues radio listings, we feature great editorial like: What’s Cookin’ with Victor Wainwright, The Healing Blues By Anita Schlank, Ph.D., The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation, Blues; An African Sonic Response By Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D., Jammin’ On The High C’s: On Board the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise By Mitch Woods, Living Legend: Charlie Musselwhite By Eric Steiner and more ...Find more details
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the BFG Magazine!!
Grab yours NOW & take fun photo & email it to me!
Blues Festival Guide Customer Representative Tom Andrews enjoyed a night of blues at Murky Waters in Ocean Springs, MS with Jamell Richardson, "The Gulf Coast Blues Boy." Richardson was the winner of the Northwest Florida Blues Society Band competition and represented the Society at the 2020 International Blues Challenge In Memphis.

By the way, Happy Birthday to Tom Andrews today, April 23!
*NOTE! Each Spring 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 annual and EMAIL your photo
plus caption & photo credit to us!
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page!
We're proud that the Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine.
Annual Magazine Ad Deadline Extended to May 10
First of all, we hope you are all staying safe!
Music is the universal healer, and blues fans are clamoring for their annual copy of the Blues Festival Guide, but due to to the cancellation of so many events and closure of so many businesses that distribute our magazine, the printing of the 2020 Blues Festival Guide will be delayed until May. 
We will be extending distribution throughout the summer and hit all the festivals, blues museums, clubs, music stores, etc., once they reopen. You don't want to miss out on this once-a-year marketing opportunity!
We offer Ad sizes for every budget. Call us today to brainstorm and find out what Discounts & Package Deals we have available.
 We make it easy, affordable and fun! We will even make your ad for you.
Main office: 707-630-3304 / Kaati's cell: 775-846-8238 (call or text)
Thanks and we look forward to helping you,
Kaati, Cheryl, Tom, Heather and Irene 
RBA Publishing/Blues Festival Guide
*Photo: Eliza Neals and band (lt-rt) Demarcus Sumter, Howard Glazer and John Abraham at the 2018 Jackson Blues Festival in Jackson, Michigan. 
Featured Video of the Week
Doug MacLeod - "Unmarked Road"
CD & DVD Releases
Joe Louis Walker :: BLUES COMIN' ON
Soulful blues phenom and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker is joined by a host of talented friends and peers on his superb new studio album, Blues Comin’ On. The album features guest performances by fellow blues icons Keb' Mo', Eric Gales, and Albert Lee, plus Detroit soul singer Mitch Ryder, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, punk rock vocalist Charlie Harper, legendary session player Waddy Wachtel, and so many more! This album explodes with the passionate playing and soulful melodies that have made Walker a favorite among true blues aficionados including the Rolling Stones.

The first single to be released is the “Old Time Used To Be,” which features guest appearances by Keb' Mo' and John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful.
"From the opening track to the final note, the guests and fellow musicians on this album made this one of the best musical journeys I’ve ever had. I hope it’s the same for you!" reveals Joe.

Originally from San Francisco, Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award-winner, celebrates a career that exceeds a half century. His musical legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues is proven by his 26 albums. ...More about this artist and release 
"Old Time Used To Be"
News Flash... 
Live Stream the 41st Blues Music Awards May 3

(MEMPHIS, TN) – Make sure to "Save The Date" Sunday May 3rd for the 2020 Blues Music Awards starting 2pm PST, 4pm CST, 5PM, EST. The Blues Foundation is excited to bring you a BMA experience like never before. On Sunday, May 3rd, no matter where you're at in the world, you can stream the 2020 Blues Music Awards on Facebook and YouTube. Enjoy special performances, award presentations, and a few surprises as part of the global watch party.

Multi-BMA winning and GRAMMY® Award nominated artist Shemekia Copeland will host the event from her living room and BMA nominees will contribute exclusive performances recorded in their homes. Like prior BMA ceremonies, this online event will also feature announcements of all nominees and award winners, along with some special guest appearances. A full list of 2020 BMA nominees can be found here.

This online experience will give Facebook viewers a chance to share their enthusiasm and comments with fellow blues fans watching around the world as they celebrate blues’ biggest night together.

Universally recognized as the highest accolade for blues musicians, the Blues Music Awards honor the past year’s achievements in performances, recordings, and songwriting, along with sustaining the blues’ rich cultural traditions. Join the celebration!

Visit the Blues Foundation's BMA Facebook Event page and click "Going" to stay up-to-date on the latest BMA news. ...Find more details at their website
Blues Fest among major summer events canceled in Chicago
(CHICAGO, IL) - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday the cancellation of five major summer events because of the coronavirus crisis.
Musicians and fans across Chicago are expressing sadness over the cancellation of the famed Chicago Blues Fest, Jazz Fest, the House Music Conference and Festival and the Gospel Music Festival.
Musician Phil Circle has been performing and teaching in the city for three decades. “One of the great things about the city is all the events that we have, all the interaction between human beings from all over the world. To not be able to present that side of Chicago to people is heartbreaking,” he said.
“I was disappointed, but people’s lives matter. The arts are about people’s lives, and the human condition, so it makes it hard to justify putting their lives at risk. I think the mayor’s doing the right thing.”Lightfoot said she would follow the advice of public health officials and the guidance of the Center for Disease Control to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Chicago.
…Blues Fest is one of Chicago’s signature events bringing half a million people to Millennium Park for three days of free performances from international blues musicians and many local artists…
… The cancellations also mean loss of income for the musicians, production crews, vendors and many others…
2020 Music in Rentiesville
From Selby Minner
(CHECOTAH, OK) - Hope you are all staying well and protecting others! Our Prayers for the ill and their families and the health workers, truck drivers and everyone ... in NYC, Italy, China... around the world.

The Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame (OBHOF) Inductions will happen with one of these 3 options:
1) Sat May 23rd in club with Inductees only streamed on Facebook ...or
2) Sat May 23d on the deck - you bring a chair, social distancing, everyone invited, but not in the club ...or
3) Postponed to a July date to be announced! Time will tell! However, stay tuned. This year's Class of Inductees will be announced soon!
Also... we will let you know when the Jam goes back to every week at 4pm Sundays like it has the last 10 years! And... we are still planning, hopefully, the 30th Rentiesville Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival Sept 4, 5, 6 2020 from 5pm til 5am featuring 200 musicians -30 bands on 3 stages. Admission $18/night and Kids Free.

More Info about the OBHOF and the Dusk To Dawn Blues Festival:
Ph: 918 855 0978 
Rosa’s Lounge Offering Livestreamed Music Lessons
(CHICAGO, IL) - Longstanding blues club Rosa’s Lounge is keeping the music alive online during the coronavirus shutdown.

The team behind Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, Illinois, plans to launch the Live Music School on Sunday [April 26], a virtual initiative that will bring weekly music lessons and performances to students from the club’s Facebook page.

Tony Mangiullo, owner of Rosa’s Lounge, enlisted musicians who play the club to bring the Live Music School to life, which aims to use music to stay connected, support artists and forget about the current troubles of the world.

The virtual school is still in its early stages, but will include donation-based guitar lessons for kids and adults that range from beginner to more advanced levels taught by musician Joanna Connor.

“[We want] to be active and show effort in the meantime” that schools are closed, Mangiullo said.

The Live Music School also gives musicians a chance to stay active.
“Everyone is scrambling to make money, especially people in my position,” Connor said, who regularly plays at Kingston Mines, House of Blues and other Chicago venues.
Read entire story by Ariel Parrella-Aureli at Block Club Chicago
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents 
Twenty-five years ago, Tom Forst sold his soul to the devil and became a corporate executive. At the height of his career, nine years ago, he reclaimed his soul and quit it all to play the blues. Tom "The Suit" Forst was born.

Chasing the Blues Podcast was born in 2019 with 50 weekly episodes of Season One - sharing interesting stories of the original bluesmen, the pioneers of the art form, as told through personal interviews with players from around the world: some famous in their own right, recording and touring artists, veteran sidemen, and rising new talent.

Season Two picks up where Season One left off, with new special features, contests, and giveaways, and as always, featured interviews with blues payers from around the world. Hear their stories, and what inspired them to play the blues, and where they are taking the blues in their own careers for the blues fans of today, and tomorrow to enjoy.

Stay tuned for a new episode every Thursday wherever podcasts are available to stream and download.

Chasing the Blues is proudly sponsored by Blues Festival Guide, which Bobby Rush calls the "road map to the blues." Look for them online at online. Chasing the Blues is also sponsored and produced by Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT.
Tom interviews harmonica player James Montgomery who has played with Johnny Winter, Foghat, and Allman Brothers. He discusses his time traveling down Highway 61, his time in Clarksdale, MI, his upcoming film documentary about blues pioneer and legendary harp player James Cotton, and other stories.
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We've Got You Covered
Blues Festival Guide Magazine Media Platforms Feature Live Streams, Online Concerts & more 
The Blues Festival Guide platforms are fast becoming the main portal for blues live stream and blues online concert events. As fast as an online event is announced, the Blues Festival Guide team makes the announcement and link go live in a special section on the top-ranking Blues Festival Guide Website, as well as on their social media platforms (Facebook with 195,000 Followers, and Instagram @bluesfestguide with 6,000 Followers). This service is provided for free to the artist as well as the viewer.
Even though music festivals and clubs are on lockdown across the globe, there are loads of brand-new music and live concerts via live stream, both small and large, local and international, that can be watched from the safety of your couch on your own TV, computer or phone.
With almost 20 years of experience delivering blues music and blues music news around the world, Publisher Kaati Gaffney says, “We are experienced digital marketers specializing in live music events. During this time of pandemic, while festivals and events are virtual, it is our pleasure to provide this service.” ...Find more about BFG or to contact us 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our Artists & Headliners Stay & Play, They Don’t Hit & Run!!
100+ scheduled shows on 6 stages. Multiple shows by each artist, pro jams, land events, autograph sessions, artist workshops and much more
NOW BOOKING: LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s ms Eurodam. Limited Cabins Remain - Book your cabin before they’re gone! Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979.
Artist Lineup: Taj Mahal & Phantom Blues Band, Keb’ Mo’, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster Six, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Kenny Neal Band w/Tyree Neal, G. Love & Special Sauce, Shemekia Copeland, Danielle Nicole, Johnny Rawls, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Vanessa Collier, Marquise Knox, Shakura S'Aida, RUF Records Blues Caravan, Jonathon Long, Doug MacLeod, Mitch Woods Club 88, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Kelley Hunt, Daryl Davis, Eden Brent, Chuk Barber’s Soul Lounge, Mr. Sipp (Special Guest) & more! Full info @
PREBOOK EXTENDED! LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam! By placing your fully-refundable $500 PER CABIN (not per person) Prebook Deposit, you will be holding a spot in line to book a stateroom (likely in May). Additional passengers may be added once you select your stateroom. Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979.
Artist Lineup: Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Booker T. Jones presents a Stax Revue, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue w/ Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Deanna Bogart & Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tab Benoit's Swampland Jam w/Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone & Waylon Thibodeaux, Victor Wainwright & the Train w/Dave Gross, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets w/ Darrell Nulisch & the Texas Horns, Mud Morganfield & His Allstar Chicago Band, Roomful of Blues, Tinsley Ellis, Coco Montoya, Southern Avenue, Toronzo Cannon, Joanne Shaw Taylor, John Németh & the Blue Dreamers, Mr. Sipp, Albert Castiglia, Keeshea Pratt Band, Kevin Burt, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, HOROJO Trio, Leon Blue, Professor Louie w/Miss Marie & many more! Full info @
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- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine! -
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
- Arbor Day April 24... plant!
Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 23-Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894-1955); April 25-Albert King (1923 –1992); April 26-Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886-1939), Johnny" Shines (1915-1992), J. B. Hutto (1926-1983), Mike Finnegan (1945); April 27-Ann Peebles (1947), Michael Ledbetter (1985-2019); April 29-Big Jay McNeely (1927-2018), Otis Rush (1935), Frankie Lee (1941), April 30-Rev. Gary Davis (1896-1972), Mabel Scott (1915-2000), Frankie Lee Sims (1917-1970), Jimmie Lee Robinson (1931-2002); May 1-Big Maybelle Smith (1924-1972), Little Walter Jacobs (1930-1968), Ada Brown (1890-1950), Carlton Armstrong; May 3 Homesick James (1914), James Brown (1933 )
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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
are paid "Featured" ads

Postponed here means they've rescheduled or 2020 is still pending.
Cancelled means some have picked a date for 2021 or are hopeful
New Orleans Jazz
and Heritage Festival
Apr-23-2020 - May-03-2020
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Blues Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Blues Music Awards
NOW May-3-2020
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Hill Country Harmonica 2020
May-14-2020 - May-17-2020, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
May-15-2020 - May-17-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
Sedalia BBQ & Blues
Sedalia, Virginia, USA
3rd Annual
Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival
May-16-2020 - May-17-2020
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Spring Fling Music Festival
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Chicago Blues Festival
Jun-05-2020 - Jun-07-2020
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-05-2020 - Jun-06-2020
North Canton, Ohio, USA
Interstate Blues Fest
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
Blues On The Fox 2020
Jun-19-2020 - Jun-20-2020
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Juneteenth Festival of Akron
Jun-19-2020 - Jun-21-2020
Akron, Ohio, USA
Franklin Blues and
Barbecue Festival
Jun-20-2020 - Jun-21-2020
Franklin , Pennsylvania, USA
Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-24-2020 - Jul-25-2020
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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RBA Publishing, Inc. in business since 1993, is a boutique blues-specific PR and marketing firm based on the West Coast. We help musicians, festivals, labels and music-related brands. Our digital campaigns target fans, industry and influencers. We are masterful at email marketing, social media, fan acquisition and long-term marketing plans. Our media services are supported by people who understand and love the blues genre. Publishers of annual the Blues Festival Guide magazine, our top-ranking website, and e-Guide newsletter with approx 30,000 weekly subscribers, we have been blues industry leaders for over 17 years. Please contact us at 707-630 3304 or EMAIL to findout how we can help you!
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