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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 3, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 36

Enter to Win a One-On-One “Live” Video Experience with an Award-Winning Blues Artist
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video of the Week
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 
Chasing The Blues Podcast
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!
Enter to Win a One-On-One “Live” Video Experience with an Award-Winning Blues Artist
2nd Winner of our One-On One “Live” Video Experience” Contest
Congratulations to our 2nd winner in the One-on-One contest, John Eric Adams of Fernandina Beach, FL. "You made my year!" says John, who will be chatting with Albert Castiglia.
"Besides being a blues fan and player for 38 years I am also currently setting up the world's 1st International monthly online blues jam competition. A couple weeks to open but we are at The Blues Jam. I served in the US Navy for 20 years and even while deployed on ships, always had a guitar with me — my wood soulmate, a 69 Les Paul, has been around the world a couple times. There were always a few players aboard and they would let us jam on the Flight Deck on Sundays. It was both very cool and surreal!"
Of the photo of him playing here he says, "Our RV has gotten some great use this year with the Covid 19 and we love Florida Parks!"

Adams is also an accomplished and respected photographer. You can see some of his fine work here: Adams Views Imaging, The Southern Concours, The Motif Collective - Monthly Fine Art Photography Competitions.
Hey Blues Lovers, If you haven't entered our contest yet, do so now to win a private Zoom visit with Southern Avenue or Dawn Tyler Watson – all international touring artists and winners or nominees of the 2020 Blues Music Awards. Enter as many times as you wish.
All winner’s names will be randomly drawn by celebrity entertainer BigLLou. We’ll then notify you and send you a ZOOM invite. If you don't have a computer, we can arrange via phone. During your one-on-one, 15-minute Zoom (or other method) "live" 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. 
Entrant has the option of having the Zoom meeting moderated by pro-podcaster/blues recording artist Tom “The Suit” Forst and recorded/aired by Chasing the Blues Podcast.

Note: By entering contest, you agree to have your email address added to our weekly Blues Festival E-Guide list (emails will never be sold).
Find complete details and enter your info at this link and you could win a private Zoom visit with one of these artists: The contest goes until Sept 26th so share, share, share!

This contest is brought to you by Blues Festival Guide, Chasing the Blues Podcast, The Blues Foundation and BigLLou. Must be 18 or over. No purchase necessary. 

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.
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 and make sure to put "VENUES OPENING" in subject line (so it doesn't get lost in my email). 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
Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!
Sharing the Blues Festival Guide magazine with some of my family who are all music lovers. The evening before they really enjoyed an outdoor blues/jazz concert featuring their mom/g-ma, aunt and uncle in Carson City, NV.
Photo: Michele Lundeen (aka mom and g-ma)
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!
News Flash... 
Virtual B.B. King Day Symposium at Mississippi Valley State University Sept 5
(INDIANOLA, MS) - Join Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) in celebrating "The Best of the Best" during the 6th Annual B.B. King Day at MVSU Symposium. This year's virtual event will air at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 5th, on the official MVSU YouTube channel and will feature replays of live performances, discussions and jam sessions from legendary blues musicians and artists.You don't want to miss it! Mark your calendar, and click the button below to subscribe to MVSU's YouTube Channel.
B.B. (Blues Boy) King started life as Riley B. King in one of America’s most impoverished places, the Mississippi Delta. He had little but the dream in his heart and a destiny that would take him around the world. The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center tells the story of King’s life, his career, and stories of the Delta—its history and music, social mores and race relations, literature and legends, adversities and successes. You’ll find it in B.B.’s hometown of Indianola, which sits squarely in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, the land that gave birth to American music.B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center mission is to "Inspire Hope, Creativity and Greatness!"
Click image for "2020 B.B. King Day at MVSU" promo.
Museum Website
Take Me to the River Education Initiative every Thursday
To help during these challenging times, the Take Me to the River Education Initiative is presenting a special series of free masterclasses featuring some of the legendary artists featured in their films. This Thursday, Sept 3rd, you're invited to their Music Masterclass "Mardi Gras Indians" with legendary New Orleans Big Chief Monk Boudreaux! They’ll discuss the rich and unique history of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian tribes, and their influence on New Orleans music and culture.
The catalyst for the education initiative is Take Me to the River, a feature documentary celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday.

The masterclass series seeks to inspire a deeper understanding of history, culture, and the meaning of inter-generational and cross-cultural collaboration. Now available online via registration, through this program they had been bringing the film directly to schools and shared a screening, master classes, Q&A sessions and more, interacting directly with students, teachers and the community to bring history to life and foster a deeper understanding and respect for all cultures, genders and generations.
To date they have hosted legendary artists like William Bell, former Stax Records owner Al Bell, Charlie Musselwhite Fan Page, Jerry Harrison, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Greg Davis from Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter Wolfman Washington, North Mississippi Allstars, The Hi Rhythm Section, Lawrence Boo Mitchell, Frayser Boy, Galactic, George Porter Jr. and many others.
Listen to TMTTR artists talk about Take Me to the River Education
CARES Act Relief Fund for Clarksdale
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The Coahoma County Tourism Commission approved executive director Bubba O’Keefe being able to sign application documents for the CARES Act Relief Fund during a special meeting Friday afternoon. “It is to promote Clarksdale travel and local businesses. It’s just to promote travel,” said O’Keefe, adding it would be for after the coronavirus.

O’Keefe said he would not have any other information until he received the grant, but did talk about the importance of letting people know about Clarksdale during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re trying to keep Clarksdale out there,” O’Keefe said. “We have live blues music every night of the week. That’s happening all of the time.”

Tourism board vice present Roger Stolle agreed it was important to have blues music every night of the week. Stolle was part of the effort long before the pandemic to make sure there was live blues in Clarksdale seven nights a week, 365 nights a year.
Since the pandemic, Colleen Buyers has been the main catalyst to make sure there has been live music every night virtually through Live from Clarksdale. Stolle has been helping Buyers in her efforts. …Find full story by Josh Troy here at Press Register
More information can be found here.
SiriusXM and The Blues Foundation kickoff collaboration for B.B. King’s Bluesville Sept 4 
SiriusXM and The Blues Foundation announced their new collaboration to broaden the content and reach of B.B. King’s Bluesville (CH 74). The channel will be powered by The Blues Foundation, which will directly expand the featured programming to include exclusive performances, artist interviews and archival content that only The Blues Foundation can provide.
B.B. King’s Bluesville, powered by The Blues Foundation, on SiriusXM, is devoted to all blues music, from traditional to contemporary, rockin’ blues to soul.

To kick off this collaboration, B.B. King’s Bluesville will exclusively air the 2020 Virtual Blues Music Awards (held earlier this year), featuring SiriusXM host Shemekia Copeland as the ceremony’s host, beginning Friday, September 4 at 3 p.m. ET. The special programming will include exclusive at-home performances from BMA nominees, special guests and flashbacks.

SiriusXM subscribers can listen to B.B. King’s Bluesville (ch. 74) and other channels on XM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with their mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices. The SiriusXM app also offers additional features and they also have special offers for new subscribers.
For more info and schedule visit the website.
Acclaimed Blues Rock Act Avey Grouws Band Ready to JAM in New Online Series 
Contrary to many people on Earth, 2020 has been a pretty good year for the Avey Grouws Band, and it’s getting better all the time.

The Quad-Cities-based blues rock outfit (whose female lead singer lives in Decorah, Iowa) hit the top 10 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart for its debut disc; is nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for best Debut Album New Artist; was a semi-finalist in this year’s International Blues Challenge, and is the inaugural artist for a new online series presented by River Music Experience and Joy Avenue Media.

The new J.A.M. Sessions – starting 6pm Friday [Sept 4] with the Avey Grouws Band – aim to present high-quality, free livestreams of the best Quad-Cities bands, providing safe live music to our community. Tips and donations to the band help cover production costs. The Avey Grouws Band is Chris Avey, Jeni Grouws, Bryan West, and Randy Leasman, and often with Nick Vasquez on keyboard. 

“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been continuing to experiment with ways to continue our mission of providing music,” RME executive director Tyson Danner said Tuesday. “There are so few opportunities for the public to hear live music right now. We’ve worked with Dustin Cobb at Joy Avenue Media for years, and he has been a great supporter of our mission. He has outfitted his studio with multiple high-quality cameras and built it out to be Covid-safe. It’s impressive.”
…Read full story by Jonathan Turner at Quad Cities 
NOTE: Streams will be live on the Joy Avenue Media Facebook page, and available on YouTube afterwards. Find event schedule there as well.
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Evelyn Rubio’s Crossing Borders, is packed with fifteen tracks. Produced by Grammy-winner Larry Fulcher, who also contributes his dynamic bass playing to the new disc, Crossing Borders features musical contributions from a host of A-list musicians, including Fulcher’s Phantom Blues Band buddies Mike Finnigan (keys), Tony Braunagel (drums) and Johnny Lee Schell (guitar), as well as former Spirit bandmates Al Staehely (guitar) and Mark Andes. Added to that mix are world-class guitarists David Grissom (John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, The Allman Brothers Band, Dixie Chicks) and Josh Sklair (Etta James) and it’s obvious that Houston-based Latina Ms. Rubio has cooked up one salsa-fying, soulful stew of blues, R&B and rock to satisfy any musical cookbook. It also includes three bonus tracks sung in Spanish to round out the album.

Crossing Borders is an album in which I allowed myself to explore different sounds from what I had been doing,” Rubio admits. “Blues, Rock, Jazz, and a little Country weave love and heartbreak stories, not being able to understand pain and injustice and the pride of recognizing where I came from and where I am going."
"Still On Your Side"
Scott Ellison :: SKYLINE DRIVE
Tulsa, Oklahoma native, guitarist and songwriter, Scott Ellison has been on the blues and rock scene for over 30 years regularly performing at major festivals and venues across the US, Canada and the UK. Known for his raspy voice, Top-Notch guitar playing and commanding presence on the stage, Ellison has performed and/or shared the stage with numerous legendary artists including Joe Cocker, B.B King, Levon Helm and Buddy Guy. Ellison’s songs have been featured in motion pictures and TV productions including, Eye on L.A., Santa Barbara, Reindeer Games and the ABC-TV Hit Series, Nashville.

“Guitarist Ellison’s new album kicks off with an infectious rocker, "I’m Missing You," that features his searing lead lines snaking around jet-fueled rhythm guitars, and barroom piano. The shuffling rhythms cause us to jump up and dance around the room… The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based guitarist has assembled a tight band that is at home delivering jazz blues or blues rock." – Blues Magazine

“Ellison is a prolific songwriter, and his work reflects influences from the British Blues Invasion, Motown, and Memphis rhythm and blues.” - Blues in Britain

"His sandpapery vocals are compelling, but his consummate instrumental work is what had me coming back for more.” - Jeff Burger, No Depression Magazine
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents: Sir Rod
Sir Rod Patterson of Sir Rod and the Blues Doctors, joins Tom The Suit Forst for a sit down to talk about the band's debut blues album, Come Together. The band features percussion and "lead harmonica" by Adam Gussow. Gussow is best known for being part of "Satan and Adam, a blues duo consisting of Sterling Magee, known by his stage name "Mister Satan," and Gussow.  The two men were a fixture on Harlem's sidewalks in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their unique story was captured in a recent film documentary on Netflix.

Sir Rod is himself the nephew of Sterling Magee, inspired by the film, and his uncle's music, to sing the blues. He formed the Blues Doctors with Adam Gussow, and guitarist Alan Gross. Come Together, their debut record released July 20, is getting radio airplay on Bluesville (Sirius XM) and stations throughout the world. When he is not singing the blues, Sir Rod is also a motivational speaker in Atlanta, GA where he runs anti-bullying campaigns. This is a fascinating and honest discussion that you don't want to miss!
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."
Video of the Week
Crooked Eye Tommy "Death Letter"
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:
Sept 3-Memphis Slim (1915-1988), Freddie King (1934-1976); Sept 4-Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905-1964); Sept 5-Sunnyland Slim (1907-1995); Sept 6-Jimmy Reed (1925-1976); Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934-2005), Latimore (1939); Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927-2000), Guitar Shorty (1939); Sept 9-Otis Redding (1941-1967); Sept 10-Roy Brown (1925-1981); Sept 11-Barbeque Bob (1902-1931), John “Juke” Logan (1946-2013); Sept 12-Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900-1954), Gus Cannon (1883-1979); Sept 13-Charles Brown (1922-1999); Sept 15-Silas Hogan (1911-1994), Snooky Pryor (1921-2006); Sept 16-B.B. King (1925-2015), Little Willie Littlefield (1931-2013), BIlly Boy Arnold (1935)
Missed your copy of the Weekly e-Guide?
Find back issues in Archives on our website.
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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!
Please click through the festival links on our site for most current updates
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
Mifflinburg Wine, Brews,
& Blues Festival
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Laconia Blues Festival
Laconia, New Hampshire, USA
 Crosby Zydeco Festival
Sept-19-2020 - Sept-20-2020
Crosby, Texas, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
CANCELLED - NOW MAY 14-16, 2021
Kimbrough Cotton Patch
Soul Blues Festival
Sep-26-2020 - Sep-27-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
 Jimiway Blues Festival
Oct-16-2020 - Oct-17-2020
Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland
Chelsea Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
Interstate Blues Fest
Nov-6-2020 - Nov-7-2020
 Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
CT Rhythm & Blues Festival
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-14-2020
Farmington, Connecticut, USA
Great British Rock & Blues Festival
Jan-15-2021 - Jan-18-2021
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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P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518
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!
Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not do CD/DVD reviews nor write the news... we just share and report it. 
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