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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 6, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 32

Win a One-On-One
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Featured Video
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 
Video of the Week
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Blues Society News
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Print & Digital Versions Available
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard Blues Album This week
We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Please stay safe and optimistic!
Win a One-On-One
Win A One-On One “Live” Video Experience with an Award-Winning Blues Artist
Hey Blues Lovers,

Find complete details and enter your info at this link and you could win a private Zoom visit with one of these artists: Sugaray Rayford, Albert Castiglia, Southern Avenue or Dawn Tyler Watson – all are international touring artists and winners or nominees of the 2020 Blues Music Awards.

4 Winner’s names will be randomly drawn by celebrity DJ Big LLou, and we’ll notify you and send you a Zoom invite. So much fun!

During your one-on-one, 15-minute Zoom (or other method) visit with one of these world-class blues artists, you can ask questions, they may play you a song, or you can just chit chat… connecting you deeper with the artist and their passions.

This contest is brought to you by Blues Festival Guide, Chasing the Blues Podcast, The Blues Foundation and Big Llou. Must be 18 or over.
You can also click the image to find full details and entry form. Good luck!
Here's some thoughts about venues opening... share yours!
Hey Blues Fans!! We see some music venues are opening up around the country. Albeit, opening then closing then opening, etc.
Readers shared this:
DeeAnn from Kansas City writes, "We would love nothing more than to go to a blues festival! However, it's just crazy the joints that are opening in the midst of cases/death toll escalating like crazy.  

I would love to see bands live stream on YouTube where we can offer tips/financial support. Scott Bradlee has had several of these sessions and we've really enjoyed them.  
Editor's note: DeeAnn, many bands are live streaming via Facebook for tips
Pat McDaniel, from Savannah, GA says, " I cannot wait to hear some live music, however, I don’t think it is safe yet. My husband and I will be ready when things get better."
See our Blues Society News section to read what another shared.
We're interested in your thoughts:
- Have you attended any shows and where?
- If so, how was the vibe (i.e. joyous, awkward, crowded, 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 100 words MAX 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,
Video of the Week
Elvin Bishop "Lock Down" 
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's Stacy Groove Girl Norris, drummer of MudCity Blu who represented the Windy City Blues Society in the youth category at the last IBC in January 2020.
Stacy has been exposed and influenced by the unique heritage and continued evolution of the Chicago blues sound. She has participated in previous International Blues Challenges in the youth category in 2018, 2019, and most recently 2020. Stacy also takes part in the yearly "Hit Like A Girl" global contest which aims to highlight female drummers who have traditionally been underrepresented in the music industry.

This year, she received HLAG’s "Aspire" award and a scholarship to Berklee’s summer program.  Stacy is proud to be one of the few female blues drummers. When asked why she loves the blues, she says that she loves the stories the blues tells and tries to enhance the story with her play. She adds. "I want the younger generation to keep the blues alive... Blues is like history to me."
Go ahead and get creative and take a picture with your magazine and email it to us (see below). Don't have your new magazine? You can order one here!
*NOTE! Our 2020 annual was sent to select festivals, blues societies and a few distributors plus we also Encourage Individual Subscribers because of the unusual conditions of the Pandemic... or... if you know of a friendly place that's open that we might send a box to please let us know.
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 (100 words or less), a URL if applicable, 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!
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Eliza Neals :: BLACK CROW MOAN
Washed up on golden grotto beaches in times of rage, is Black Crow Moan. Eliza Neals lands squarely on blues-rock with the help of Joe Louis Walker (B.B. King, Blues HOF) and Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent). Soaring high above 10,000 feet below, Eliza Neals’ sultry feathers soothe the quarantined music-lovers soul.

A terrific landing crew of musicians including Mike Puwal (Kenny Wayne Shepard, ICP), Howard Glazer, Lenny Bradford (Bo Diddly), Jason Kott (Robert Randolph), John Abraham, Chuck Bartels (Sturgill Simpson) handle the guitars to fly by wire. Rolling the undercarriage straight is Skeeto Valdez (King Konga), Jeffrey 'Shakey' Folkes (Too Slim), Demarcus Sumter, John Mederios Jr, and Brian Clune on drums.

Adding extra lift on Hammond B3 is Bruce Bears (Duke Robillard) and Jim Alfredson (Janvia Magness.) Hitting the flight ceiling is Valerie Taylor (Eliza's sister) plus Kymberli Wright (Straight Ahead) on supersonic backing vocals.
Eliza Neals transforms from pain to glory, sheds her blindfold, grasps the key of songwriting and presents a gift called Black Crow Moan.

Taking flight on new wings, shaped by nonstop touring, festivals and recording, Eliza Neals is "the voice of the new blues."
"Don't Judge The Blues"
News Flash... 
Rentiesville Blues Fest in Cyberspace! 25 Bands in the House… at Your House Sept 4-6 
(RENTIESVILLE, OK) - Well, this is a different year, as we all know. But since we all play the blues so we won't get the blues... the music is more important than ever. The Oklahoma Arts Council funds us a large part of the musicians' payroll so we are pleased to announce there will be a Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival number 30 - virtual Labor Day weekend, Sept 4-6, 2020. That means every one of you can check us out... slide shows, interviews, full sets of close to an hour from each band... from the comforts of your home. 

Oklahoma blues legend D.C. Minner (inducted into 7 Halls of Fame in OK) began the Festival in 1991 after moving home with wife/bassist/singer Selby touring for 12 years. The pair met in Berkeley and brought a wealth of music with them. Looking for an excuse to pull fans and musician friends together to party at the old home place/juke joint turned blues venue the Festival seemed the perfect answer.

A showcase of regionals topped off with IBC and Award winning headliners ...this year Dusk til Dawn will present Johnny Rawls, Fillmore Slim, Watermelon Slim, Roger Hurricane Wilson, Danny Timmes (worked w Bonnie Raitt and Kristofferson), Tim Austin Mitchell, Clarence Carter Guitarist Kelvin 'Mr. Guitar' Drake, Sunset the Sunsetter, Poochie Love and Slick Willie family band the Right Cats, Selby , RocknRick Patterson, Harold Aldrich, Akeem Kemp, Ray Charles' and Little Richard's guitarist Tony Mathews, watch parties, Go to the website and click on the social media link of your choice... YouTube, Facebook etc. 
...Find more about the festival
LRBC Happy Hour with Roger Naber & Rev. Billy C. Wirtz Live on Aug 6
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (LRBC) presents: "Driftin' & Driftin' Episode 1: Meet Your Captain!!” Thursday, August 6th at 3pm PST, 5pm CST, 6pm EST on Facebook LIVE.

Join us for Legendary Happy Hour featuring an "Exclusive Interview with Blues Cruise Charter Pioneer Roger Naber and Musicologist Reverend Billy C. Wirtz” as they sip their favorite beverages.
How did All of these Cruises come about? Tune in the event page and find out! 
We’re excited for the first episode of Driftin’ & Driftin’: Tales & Tunes from The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
Now Open! Re-Experience the Delta Blues Museum during John Lee Hooker Month
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The Delta Blues Museum was pleased to re-open Monday July 27. The museum will be maintained at a reduced capacity for your safety. Masks are required and social distancing, plus cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be in place. If you don’t have a mask, the museum has them for a nominal fee.

John Lee Hooker's birth is uncertain as he was born August 22nd, in either 1912 or 1917; and either in Tutwiler or Clarksdale. However, what is certain is that his distinctive style of boogie blues mixing elements from the Delta, North Mississippi Hill Country and talking blues - definitely rocked the house.

Hooker boogied until the end of his long career, recording dozens of albums and winning multiple awards - including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Two of John Lee's many classic songs, "Boogie Chillen" and "Boom Boom" are included in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame's list of 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll. "The Hook" items from the Museum's gift shop

Delta Blues, a 2-CD set produced exclusively for the Delta Blues Museum, is now also available from the Gift Shop. From tracks by legends (Muddy Waters, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Skip James, and Elmore James) to lesser known artists (Blind Roosevelt Graves, King Solomon Hill), this 48-track anthology delivers the deep blues. This limited-edition CD comes with a 40-page booklet. Stop by and purchase or order online.
Here is information about purchasing Museum tickets. Learn more about the museum's COVID-19 protocols. For more information about the Delta Blues Museum see the official website.
Grego MojoHand's Birthday Blowout
(AUSTIN, TX) - Blues musician and folk artist Grego Anderson has been sharing his blues for nearly two decades now. Recognized by the United States Congress in 2003 as one of two official visual artists for the Year of the Blues, he also appears in the Lightnin' Hopkins' documentary film, Where Lightnin' Strikes—the Lightnin’ Hopkins Story.
Grego shares some current news...
"It's my Birthday - and you get the gifts! I've taken 20% off the popular Mojohand "Blues is alright" signature tee until August 10th.

I also have some brand new Blues guitar tribute posters available - this time Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan... both limited editions while supplies last... more to come in this series. is my baby, and I am proud to be the biggest, little one-man Blues company on earth! I pack every order myself and drive them to the post office - I still answer every email, print every shirt, draw every picture and the rest.
There's no gigs for my band here in Austin, TX - Covid has seen to that, so I appreciate everyone that has helped me keep the lights on here as I live my Blues dream while I enter my 52nd year on this planet. 
Thanks so much - be safe out there, and I hope to see you all at a festival sooner than later! Grego Anderson -"
Blues Society News
The Villages Blues Society starts Florida Blues Musicians' Relief Fund and offer events with social distancing
In response to our query about Venues Opening we got this:
"We started a Florida Blues Musicians' Relief Fund to help the musicians financially. We have an event a couple of times a month at our sound guy's large outdoor yard that is shaded with 100's year old oak trees. We have had bands play from all over Florida. We challenge other blues societies from all over the world to start such a program too.

We suggest wearing masks will up walking around and social distancing in chairs, etc. We stay at less than 100 people as that is what the Sheriff's office has suggested. We hope to continue this as long as necessary."

Marcia Adams
President of The Villages Blues Society
The Villages Florida
Featured Video
Johnny & The Mongrels "Louisiana Girl"
Johnny & The Mongrels are a high-powered, New-Orleans-influenced band that has been described as “the perfect combination of a funk-filled heart and a deep Bayou soul.”  Its founders, currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado, are singer, songwriter Johnny Ryan and singer, bassist, songwriter Jeff Bostic. The band has played many prominent venues and music festivals nationwide, sharing stages along with way with Scott Sharrard, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Bob Malone (John Fogerty), Deanna Bogart, Shakedown Street, Samantha Fish, Honey Island Swamp Band and Bobby Messano (Steve Winwood).

“Louisiana Girl,” written by Ryan, Bostic and Sharrard, celebrates the Bayou state’s most alluring asset, with a saucy funk groove, soulful vocals and wailing tenor sax. “It’s a tribute to the women who make Louisiana the incomparable place that it is,” Ryan says. “There’s just something about the women in this state. They have a rhythm, locution and je ne sais quoi all their own.”
...Click YouTube button for featured Video.
"Louisiana Girl"
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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 & more
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct. 24~31, 2021 #35. Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s ms Eurodam.
Find bands, cabin availability & more here. 
Open Cabin Sales launched JULY 15 @ 11am CDT. Visit Online Reservations or call (816) 753-7979 at that time.
Jan. 29~Feb. 5, 2022 LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean
Same Itinerary & aboard Holland America's NEW SHIP, the ms Ryndam! Sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale to Tortola, St. Thomas and Turks & Caicos!
Find bands, cabin availability & more here 
Open Cabin Sales start AUGUST 18 @ 11am CDT. Visit Online Reservations or call (816) 753-7979 at that time.
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- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine! -
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents
On this episode of Chasing the Blues Podcast The Suit catches up with "Los Angeles by way of Nashville" guitarist, singer-songwriter Bart Ryan, whose mix is contemporary take on old school blues. Bart discusses his new release, The Healer, coming this fall, as well as his work to raise awareness for ALS.

Bart Ryan is one of L.A.’s most gifted and powerful six string gunslingers. A native of Los Angeles, Bart has torn up nearly every stage in the city. His knack for roots, soul and blues is uncanny.
 In 1994 he moved to Atlanta and owned the blues scene for 5 years there. Returning home to be closer with his family and make an album of personal yet stomping blues rock songs, Bart has also become one of L.A.’s most sought after side men. His prowess on electric, acoustic and lap steel guitars is equaled only by his good nature and his musical intelligence and sensitivity. His recent projects focus more and more on the craft of songwriting to compliment his guitar and voice.

Listen for Chasing the Blues Podcast on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and wherever podcasts are streamed around the world. Stay tuned for the new Chasing the Blues YouTube Television show starting in August.
Chasing the Blues Podcast is produced by Factory Underground Studio, and Marketed by Factory Underground Media (Norwalk, CT). The season sponsor of the podcast is Blues Festival Guide Magazine, which Bobby Rush calls the "Roadmap to the Blues."
Print & Digital Versions Available
18th Blues Festival Guide Magazine Print & Digital Editions
(ARCATA, CA) — RBA Publishing offers the 18th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine in both print and digital formats as well as our weekly Blues Festival e-Guide newsletter.
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: The Roadmap to Everything Blues. Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial is once again from aficionados in the blues community.
- Living Legend: Charlie Musselwhite By Eric Steiner
- Blues Movies Reel Away the Blues By Roger Stolle 
- The Healing Blues By Anita Schlank, Ph.D. 
- What’s Cookin’ with Victor Wainwright
- The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation
- Jammin’ On the High C’s On Board the LRBC By Mitch Woods
- A King and A Duke By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
- Festivals Receive KBA
- Blues: An African Sonic Response By Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D.

To order a hard copy mailed to your home, send $9 to RBA Publishing Inc. P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518. To read the 64-page magazine online for free, visit our website. 
Blues Festival Guide is a division of RBA Publishing, Inc, which specializes in blues publishing, publicity and marketing.
...Click here to read cool mini descriptions of these fine articles 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937-2013); Aug 8-Joe Tex (1933-1982), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920–1997); Aug 10-Ronnie Spector (1945), Grego "Mojohand" Anderson (1968), Leo Fender (1908-1991), Mighty Mike Schermer (1966); Aug 11-"Crying" Sam Collins (1887-1949), Aug 12-Percy Mayfield (1920-1984), Roy Gaines (1934); Aug 13-Jimmy McCracklin (1921-2012); Aug 14-Larry Graham (1946 Sly & The Family Stone bass), Son Seals (1942-2004); Aug 15-Buster Brown (1911-1976), Jackie Brenston (1930-1979), Bobby Byrd (1934-2007); Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928-2011), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915-1976); Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939-1997); Aug 19-Earl Gaines (1935-2009); Aug 20-Issac Hayes (1942-2008)
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Find back issues in Archives on our website.
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Billboard Blues Album This week
Billboard's Top 2 Blues Albums - Week of Aug 8, 2020
Louisiana's LeRoux
Me and the Devil Blues 
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We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
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
Fargo Blues Festival
Aug-07-2020 - Aug-08-2020
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Interstate Blues Fest
Aug-28-2020 - Aug-29-2020
 Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival In the House at Your House
Sep-04-2020 - Sep-06-2020
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Tim Horton's Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival
Sep-10-2020 - Sep-13-2020
Mississagua, Ontario, Canada
 Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Mifflinburg Wine, Brews,
& Blues Festival
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Laconia Blues Festival
Laconia, New Hampshire, USA
Crosby Zydeco Festival
Sept-19-2020 - Sept-20-2020
Crosby, Texas, USA
 Kimbrough Cotton Patch
Soul Blues Festival
Sep-25-2020 - Sep-27-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
Jimiway Blues Festival
Oct-16-2020 - Oct-17-2020
Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Chelsea Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
CT Rhythm & Blues Festival
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-14-2020
Farmington, Connecticut, USA
Great British Rock & Blues Festival
Jan-15-2021 - Jan-18-202
Lincolnshire, Skegness, UK
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-29-2021 - Jan-31-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, 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 18 years. Please contact us at 707-630 3304 or EMAIL to findout how we can help you!
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