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Blues Festival Guide
June 18, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 25

Order your magazine now!
2020 Blues Festival Guide is here... order now!
Here's it is... our beautiful, soulful 2020 cover featuring Danielle Nicole by photographer Brita Brookes!
We know everyone is missing their live Blues! We feel your pain and we also understand there are fewer chances for you to pick up a 2020 Blues Festival Guide! Order and you can get your 2020 Blues Festival Guide magazine mailed to you!
We've been shipping and can mail your copy straight to your U.S. home or P.O. Box for $9 US & Canada and $14 Overseas.
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, artist and label ads, blues society and blues radio listings, we feature interesting editorial like: What’s Cookin’ with Victor Wainwright, A King And A Duke by Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Jammin’ On The High C’s: On Board the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise By Mitch Woods, Living Legend: Charlie Musselwhite by Eric Steiner, Reel Away The Blues by Roger Stolle and more.
Order your magazine now!
Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Intros and Outros
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Show us your BFG
CD, SINGLE & DVD Releases (no reviews)
Featured Videos
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard Blues Album This week
We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Please stay safe and optimistic!
Here's some thoughts about venues opening... share yours!
Hey Blues Fans!! We see some music venues are opening up around the country. I asked for your thoughts and here's what a few shared:
We're interested in your thoughts:
- Have you attended?
- If so, how was the vibe (i.e. joyous, awkward, crowding, etc.)
- If not, when will you feel comfortable attending?
- If you're a musician, have you performed live for an audience recently? 
- If so, how was the vibe and attendance?
Email me with VENUES OPENING in subject line. Tell us where in the world you're located. Feel free to send me a pic of your favorite blues music experience if you like, too.
Wishing you all good health and peace,
Show us your BFG
Our 18th annual has landed...
Photo Moments with the BFG Magazine!
Occupational Therapist and music lover Marlo Gold was happy to checkout the brand new 18th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine.
You can order yours here!

*NOTE! Our 2020 annual is being sent to select festivals, blues societies and a few distributors plus we are also encouraging individual subscribers because of the unusual conditions of the Pandemic. Once you get yours, have fun and SNAP A PHOTO of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the BFG magazine and EMAIL your photo, caption, and photo credit to your e-Guide editor!
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page!
The Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2020 Blues Festival Guide!
Video of the Week
Ronnie Earl - Michael Ledbetter - "Right Place Wrong Time" 
CD, SINGLE & DVD Releases (no reviews)
Mercedes Nicole :: CONSTELLATION
Mercedes Nicole is an American-born blues and jazz vocalist, and songwriter. Her roots are from Little Rock, Arkansas, however she grew up in Long Beach, California and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. Her CD, Constellation was released April 2020.
“Mercedes Nicole’s mantra might be “doing more with less to produce the infinite” - C. Michael Bailey 2013 All about Jazz

"Just when you thought the classic sounds of the late great Gospel singers and jazz vocalists was a thing of the past... Mercedes reminds us of what we love the most!"

"A voice that captures memories of the heart, in a way that breathes life into music almost forgotten!" - Ed Tyll -The Ed Tyll Show New York! 
Mercedes has headlined on major stages of Demetrio’s Jazz Alle
y, The Triple Door, Westport Blues Festival, Panache Music Festival and numerous festivals and events throughout the country. Critics say she is an exquisite blend of contralto, soprano and alto. Think Carmen McCray, Ruthie Foster, Irma Thomas, with the conviction of Mahaila Jackson.One of her favorite Blues Artists that inspired her work is: Eric Bibb. “His love for mankind is amazing and he truly cares about people!” I want my music to heal hearts, like his does, and at the very least, make people smile. 
"Your Love"
Gary Tackett :: “Over The Side”  
The long-awaited release of Gary Tackett's Blue Eyed Sole album showcases Gary's Songwriting talents, soulful voice, and blistering guitar work. Gary is no newcomer to the national music scene, spending over 15 years in Nashville as "Guitarist To The Stars."

Gary has played every stage from the Oakland Coliseum to the Grand Ole Opry. He's developed his unique roadhouse-style of rock and blues playing to a high degree, and incorporates many elements from slide, to grit and glory notes!
The first single. "Over The Side." is listed on iTunes Blues Hot Tracks and showcases his world class soulful guitar playing, songwriting and vocals. This track features Mark Beckett on drums, Scotty Simpson on bass, and Rich Redmond on Percussion.

“Gary, "I've known Gary a long time, and I've watched him grow. Older and wiser now he's become a truly major league song writer. Straight ahead, honest, from the heart, lyrics and a dynamic melodic sense. And guitar? Come on. Romping blues, country, cool jazz, rock, gospel he can do it all. And with fire. On top of that he's a fantastic singer. He's really got it all, including vast experience. I love this guy." – “DW” Dennis Walker - Producer/Writer (BB King, Robert Cray, Phillip Walker, Lowell Fulson)

“Gary Tackett, a great versatile guitarist, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop..and a Cool Man Dude to the fullest!” Walfredo Reyes Jr (Drummer- Santana, Steve Winwood, Chicago, Lindsay Buckingham, David Lindley)

“Gary Tackett: He can play it and sing it all, Blues, Country, Rock, and adds soul to all that he does! I'll play drums with him anytime, anywhere"! - Brian Collier (Drums- Con Funk Shun, Lionel Ritchie, Lauren Hill, Too Short)
"Over The Side"
Ph: 208-807-4695 Email
News Flash... 
Tupelo Music Hall Drive-In to have Joe Louis Walker, Dana Fuchs, Ronnie Earl
(TUPELO, NH) – Among the current, outdoor musical lineup, the Tupelo Drive-In Experience will feature Joe Louis Walker on Friday, July 24, 6pm, Dana Fuchs on Friday July 31, 6pm, and Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters on Saturday Aug 1 for a 3pm and a 6pm show.

The parking lot will open 45 minutes before each show. All shows will be one 75-90 minute set and there will not be a support band. In the event of rain, they will schedule a rain date. Per information given at time of purchase, tickets for outside shows are non-refundable. If you cannot attend a show on the rain date, you will need to sell or give your ticket to someone else.

All outdoor shows will be streamed live on their website. If you would like to tip the performer or venue, there is a “tip jar” on the streaming page of their website. 

Parking attendants will guide you into a parking space. Cars will be parked based on the size of the vehicle i.e. lower cars in front, bigger vehicles in back (no campers). For everyone’s safety, and to ensure that they can continue to be allowed to do this, patrons need to follow New Hampshire’s “Stay at Home 2.0 Reopening Guidance for Drive-In Movie Theatres.” Failure to follow these guidelines could result in removal from the premises.
Schedule & Tickets can be found here. 
October 2020 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Rescheduled to October 2021
It’s Official! The October 2020 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise has been rescheduled to October 24-31, 2021: Same Ship, Same Itinerary, Same Bands!
We at the LRBC continue to keep your safety and well-being at the forefront of our thoughts and plans as we sail ahead. The CDC and Holland America Line have yet to announce their official updated safety procedures and protocols moving into the 4th quarter of 2020. LRBC is aware that the potential social distancing measures, along with capacity limitations for entertainment and dining venues will most likely be restrictive this fall. As the cruise industry resumes, further potential health risks are the last thing we want our passengers to be concerned with while on their vacation. With these potential restrictions being put into place for passenger safety, they could be too limiting for the full enjoyment and quality of our event.
As with the previous 34 LRBCs, we have always been committed to exceeding everyone's expectations. We are proud to provide the best blues experience on the planet and don’t intend to stop now!
We want to thank each one of you for your continued patience and loyalty as we reschedule our October 2020 sailing. (see LRBC info below for booking)
Virtual Health Screenings for Blues Musicians & Industry Members
These times are especially stressful and difficult, and The Blues Foundation wants to help our blues music community stay healthy.

We are offering Virtual Health Screenings for full time blues musicians and full-time blues industry members.

The Blues Foundation will provide at no charge full lab work to assess anemia, kidney / liver function, electrolytes, thyroid function, cholesterol panel, diabetes, Hepatitis C, prostate cancer screening, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Full privacy guaranteed at a medical lab near your home with follow-up by a HART Fund medical doctor.

The link to the application to apply is here and needs to be completed in its entirety and emailed to Keisha Moore Alston.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a first-come first-served basis with funding for the first 50 applicants who qualify.
Featured Videos
Billy D And The Hoodoos :: “Somethin's Wrong”
Billy D and The Hoodoos Are a 3 Piece Blues Based Roots Band out of the talent laden music scene in Portland, OR. Known for their award-winning original material and rockin’ live performances.

Billy is a product of the legendary Chicago blues scene where as a youngster in the 70s he played guitar with legends like Junior Wells, James Cotton and Big Time Sarah. Always a writer, he’s had his own bands as frontman, guitarist and singer since those early Chitown Days.

The Band puts on a great show, and are alumni of major Festivals like the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Chicago Blues Festival, and many more .

Everyone stay safe & see hope to see you all very soon!
Thank You & Rokdablu!
Billy D (Desmond)
"Somethin's Wrong"
Pascal Bokar :: "The Blues Don't Like Nobody"
This new Blues-based CD entitled American Trails by virtuoso guitarist/vocalist Pascal Bokar. connects the American musical traditions of the South with the original 4-string instrument from Mali West Africa, Ngoni or banjo and the West African balafon (ancestor of the xylophone) in a powerful rhythmic and multi sonic contemporary gumbo that one has yet to discover. The album was recently awarded Deep Mission's Best Of 2019 on KALX Radio Berkeley, and PICA Netherlands HIT-Tracks Top 100 "High Five" Highly Recommended Albums of the Week, and mentioned on Top HitzUK.
American Trails deepens Pascal Bokar’s exploration of the Blues in his “AfroBlueGrazz” concept with an opening, ear-popping version of Blues great Otis Spann’s composition, “The Blues Don’t Like Nobody,” in a duet with vocalist Paula Harris and some blistering scat/guitar singing. 

"The Blues Don't Like Nobody"
Runway 27, Left :: “Tex-Mex Food & Texas Blues”
Runway 27, Left is the blues project having former Trans Am/Sun Luca/Run Riot bass player Erich Brandl and My Other Brother lead vocalist Anthony "Tone" Kammerhofer team up. The musicians (Erich Brandl - guitars, bass, backing vocals, and Tone - lead vocals, guitars) try to reconnect with the roots of pop and rock music, calling their style 'In-Blues Entertainment.'
With more than 80 performances from 2011 to 2015 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, acoustic duo Runway 27, Left's first album, Weekend Warriors, was released on their label 'Weissfeder Records' in March 2012. The harbinger of their first album, radio-only release “Flawed & Flattened,” had already gathered radio airplay in the UK, the USA, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Austria and Macedonia.

Eventually, April and May 2012 saw their first, brief guest appearances upon invitation by local artists in Memphis, TN, and New Orleans, LA. February 2013 saw them back in Memphis, TN, for recording their first few songs for their upcoming second album at historic Sun Records Studio. The second part of their second album was recorded in September 2013 at Tonbrauerei Studios in Berlin, Germany (released in January 2014). In January 2016, Runway 27, Left received the Akademia Music Awards for Best Blues Song for “Tex-Mex Food & Texas Blues.”  ...Find more about Runway 27, Left
"Tex-Mex Food & Texas Blues"
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents
In Chasing the Blues Podcast Season 2/Episode 10, Tom The Suit Forst catches up with guitar virtuoso and blues powerhouse Joe Louis Walker, who makes his second appearance on the podcast. Joe shares some interesting insight into how the blues has evolved over many decades into the music we know today.
Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century. His new album Everybody Wants A Piece cements his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues.

Chasing the Blues Podcast has weekly episodes 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.
Chasing the Blues is proudly sponsored by Blues Festival Guide, which Bobby Rush calls the "road map to the blues." Chasing the Blues is also sponsored and produced by Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT.
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
Cabins On Sale – BOOK NOW!
LRBC #35 Eastern Caribbean: Jan. 31~Feb. 7, 2021. Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam. Reservations here or call (816) 753-7979
ARTIST LINEUP: Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Booker T. Jones Stax Revue, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue w/ Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks & Deanna Bogart, Tab Benoit's Swampland Jam w/ Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone & Waylon Thibodeaux, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Victor Wainwright & the Train w/ Dave Gross, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets, Mud Morganfield & many more.
Complete Info & Cabin Availability here.
Open Cabin Sales launch July 15 @ 11am CDT!
LRBC #36 Southern Caribbean: Oct. 24~31, 2021 (rescheduled from Oct. 2020). Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s ms Eurodam.
Starting July 15 make Reservations here or call (816) 753-7979 at that time.

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, Phantom Blues Band, Johnny Rawls, Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, Vanessa Collier, Marquise Knox & many more!
Complete Info & Cabin Availability here
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine! -
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays

 - June 21 Father's Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jun 20-Lazy Lester (1933-2019); Jun 21-Skip James (1902-1969); Jun 23-Helen Humes (1913-1981); Jun 24- Jeff Beck (1944), Tad Robinson (1956); Jun 25-Clifton Chenier (1925-1987), Eddie Floyd (1935), Roger Naber (LRBC CEO); June 26-Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958); Jun 28-David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915-2011) Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892–1964); July 1-Willie Dixon (1915), James Cotton (1935-2017), Syl Johnson (1939); July 3-"Mississippi" John Hurt (1893-1966); July 4-Champion Jack Dupree (1910-1992); July 5-Smiley Lewis (1913-1966); July 7-Pinetop Perkins (1913-2011); July 8-Louis Jordan (1908-1975), Johnnie Johnson (1924-2005), Larry Garner (1952), July 9-Jack White (1975); July 10-Mavis Staples (1939), Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records guru (1947)
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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 to share your events 
Festival-Event Calendar
To view entire calendar of festivals & Live Streams, click here!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender  EMAIL
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 are paid "Featured" ads.  For complete list & links go to our website Festival page!
Postponed means rescheduled or 2020 is still pending. Cancelled means some have picked dates for 2021. Please check the festival links on our site for most current updates
 Juneteenth Festival of Akron
Jun-19-2020 - Jun-21-2020
Akron, Ohio, USA
 Torrita Blues Festival 2020
Jul-10-2020 - Jul-11-2020
Torrita di Siena, Italy
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-24-2020 - Jul-25-2020
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Sunflower River Blues Festival
Aug-07-2020 - Aug-09-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
20th Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-07-2020 - Aug-09-2020
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
New Blues Festival
Aug-08-2020 - Aug-09-2020
Long Beach, California, USA
Joliet Blues Festival
Joliet, Illinois, USA
Crosby Zydeco Festival
Aug-15-2020 - Aug-16-2020
Crosby, Texas, USA
Tawas Blues by the Bay
Aug-28-2020 - Aug-30-2020
East Tawas, Michigan, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 Interstate Blues Fest
Aug-28-2020 - Aug-29-2020
 Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Virtual-Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival at Your House
Sep-04-2020 - Sep-06-2020
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Big Blues Bender
Sep-10-2020 - Sep-13-2020
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Leeds Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
GCBA Lone Star Blues and Heritage Festival
Sep-18-2020 - Sep-20-2020
Tomball, Texas, USA
Laconia Blues Festival
Sep-19-2020, Laconia
New Hampshire, USA
Annual Greenwood Blues Cruise
Sept-24-2020 - Sept-27-2020, Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
Kimbrough Cotton Patch
Soul Blues Festival
Sep-25-2020 - Sep-27-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Sep-30-2020 - Oct-04-2020
Copenhagen, Denmark
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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Call 707-630-3304
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 18 years. Please contact us at 707-630 3304 or EMAIL to findout how we can help you!
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