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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 10, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 37

Show us your BFG
Enter to Win a One-On-One “Live” Video Experience with an Award-Winning Blues Artist
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 
News Flash... 
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!
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!
"Nothing makes me happier than to receive the newest edition of the Annual Blues Festival Guide, and telling everyone about this great resource," says artist Shaun Murphy. "Thank you so much, keep up the good work!"
Multi-Grammy Nominee, Blues Blast Award winner and chart-topping singer Shaun Murphy started her blues journey at the 1st Ann Arbor Blues Festival. Since then Shaun has toured, sung and recorded with Bob Seger, (to present), Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Glenn Fry, and Maria Muldaur, among many other top names, plus she fronted Little Feat for 16 years! She has released 9 of her own albums, her latest titled Reason To Try.
So, thank you so much Shaun Murphy.... keep up the good work yourself!
Photo: Courtesy Shaun Murphy
*Don't have your 2020 magazine? Order one hereOnce you receive, have fun, get creative 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 editorWe are Encouraging Individual Subscribers because of the unusual conditions of the Pandemic. But, if you know of a place that's open that we might send a box to please let us know.
The Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2020 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
Presenting, The Homebound Bender Sept 10-13
There's no Big Blues Bender this year. Hell, there's no ANYTHING this year! That doesn't mean we can't still have a good time though, right? We think so, and we are proud to present the Homebound Bender!
Four nights of rare and amazing video content, hosted by our very own Musical Director, Jimmy Carpenter!
It all begins TONITE, Thursday September 10th.
(Click images at left to enlarge)
Broadcast in support of The Blues Foundation COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund
You can watch the Homebound Bender on YouTube or Facebook. Simply look up "bigbluesbender" on either platform or follow the button links below.
Each night's offering will be the most recent content come air time!

Virtual Southside Shuffle Festival Sept 10-13

(CANADA) - “If our fans can’t come to us this September, then we’ll go to them” announced Kris Kane, Chair of the Tim Horton's Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival. “Our team has determined that a hiatus for our 22nd anniversary was not an option and a virtual festival was the best alternative to keep our dedicated fans ‘Shuffling-On’ in 2020.”Watch the live stream on YouTube and Facebook.
Bar Twelve 16 in Etobicoke, Ontario and The Moonshine Cafe in Oakville, Ontario will also be live streaming the virtual Southside Shuffle Festival.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 — 8:00pm EDT
Finnish Blues Sensation- Erja Lyytinen
The Art of Stan Street - Official Festival Artist
Juno Nominated: Durham County Poets
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 — 8:00pm EDT
Ladies Sing the Blues - A Tribute to Etta James
Visit Port Credit: Mississauga’s Waterfront Musical Destination
Maple Blues Award-winner: Miss Emily
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 — 8:00pm EDT
Tapestry - The Carole King Songbook
Rabba Fine Foods Street Shuffle Highlights
Everyday People - The Music of Sly and the Family Stone
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 — 8:00pm EDT
Mark LaForme Band
Mississauga Music Walk of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony
The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
N.C. Folk Festival and Carolina Blues Festival return Sept. 11-13
GREENSBORO — The annual N.C. Folk Festival and Carolina Blues Festival return Sept. 11-13. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's blues festival has gone primarily virtual, partnering with the annual N.C. Folk Festival. Performances begin at 6 p.m. daily.
Folk festival organizers partnered with 7 Cinematics to film live performances of 10 acts playing at iconic local spots. Those pre-recorded live performances will stream online and on the Greensboro Television Network.

Look for mostly North Carolina acts playing blues, bluegrass, country, R&B, soul, pop, hip-hop, funk, rock and old-time tunes.

Following the folk festival segment Saturday night, The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society will present its 34th annual Carolina Blues Festival virtually at 8 pm and NC Folk Festival. A featured performance entitled "Women of the Blues," will be headlined by Vanessa Ferguson, a local resident who was also a finalist on "The Voice." Veronika Jackson, a Georgia-based acoustic folk/blues artist, will pay tribute to the late Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten, an American blues and folk musician, singer and songwriter from Carrboro. That performance was filmed at the Underground Railroad tree at Guilford College. The blues society also will present two awards.
The Hamiltones, the Charlotte and Greensboro-based R&B/soul trio started as backup vocalist for Grammy Award-winning soul singer Anthony Hamilton will also perform Saturday. Members are Corey "2E" Williams II from Greensboro, Tony Lelo from Morrisville and J. Vito, who grew up in Anson County. The group filmed its show in front of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in center city.

Sunday’s acts will include Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba: This Pittsboro-based, kora-led dance band combines West African traditionals, funk, rock, blues and elements of jazz. Their performance was filmed at the Greensboro Rotary Carousel at the Greensboro Science.
Roy Rogers Hopes to Reduce the Blues

(GRASS VALLEY) - In the PCE — pre-COVID era — Roy Rogers would appear on stage with his band, the Delta Rhythm Kings, and perhaps a special guest or two.

Ah, the times they are a changin’. And, in an option to hanging out at home in Nevada City, blues guitarist Roy Rogers delivers a solo, live-streamed performance Sept. 20 at the Center for Performing Arts in Grass Valley.

Proceeds from the show go to MusiCares, a charity that has provided more than $60 million in health, financial, and rehabilitation resources to music people in times of need.
“Just me and some of my favorite guitars,” Rogers said Tuesday afternoon, acknowledging that it’s rare to not look around and see fellow musicians during a gig.
“I have had the idea of performing a solo show for awhile — some songs and maybe some stories from my travels as well,” the Vallejo native said.

Rogers, 70, said he “can’t say enough good things” about MusiCares.

“They are really a great part of The Recording Academy and are a top-rated charity organization,” Rogers said. “A great many musicians have received assistance from them and so many more need help now during the pandemic. I just wanted to support them in some way and thought that a solo concert would be a good way to help raise donations toward their efforts.”

The pandemic, obviously, has challenged many musicians including Rogers.
...Read entire article here
Blues Winners Announced In 2020 Unsigned Only Music Competition

(NASHVILLE, TN) - Ten Blues artists garnered wins in the 2020 competition of the US-based Unsigned Only Music Competition. First Place in the Blues category is Zechariah Lloyd from Vicksburg, MS, for his song “Down To The River.” Second Place is Kate Lush from Newport, NSW, Australia for “Jackson.”
Additionally, eight Blues artists garnered Honorable Mentions: Avey Grouws Band (Davenport, IA) – “Come And Get This Love”Billy D And The Hoodoos (Portland, OR) – “Somethin's Wrong”Blue Salt (Jefferson City, MO) – “Near Me”Darren Watson (Wellington, New Zealand) – “Getting Sober For The End Of The World”Lasses Rogers Band (Los Angeles, CA) – “Devil Wants My Soul”Levi Cadle (Middlesboro, KY) – “Blow The Bank”Sugarharp (Birmingham, AL) – “Busted And Disgusted”The Jagat (Torino, Italy) – “Are You Ready Now”

Winners were selected by a panel of high-profile industry experts and renowned recording artists including Ruthie Foster, Eric Bibb, Victor Wainwright, Janiva Magness, Art Tipaldi and many more from all genres.

“Last year we added the Blues category to the competition because it is vital that Unsigned Only recognizes the heritage and legacy of the Blues,” said Unsigned Only founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan, “and it is equally vital that Unsigned Only nurtures and honors the new artists who are carrying on its longstanding tradition.”
Unsigned Only has become known as the leading music competition honoring international artists not signed to a major record label. 

The 2020 Grand Prize was awarded to the Haitian world music artist Jean Belony Murat, known as BélO who’s sound is a mixture of world, rock, reggae, jazz, and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythms known as “ragganga.”

Unsigned Only is now accepting entries for the 2021 competition. More information can be found here. To hear the winning songs, and view complete list of winners here.
Enter to Win a One-On-One “Live” Video Experience with an Award-Winning Blues Artist
Our One-On One “Live” Video Experience Contest
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.
Click the image at left to hear Big LLou announcing our 2nd winner in the One-on-One contest, John Eric Adams of Fernandina Beach, FL. John will be chatting with Albert Castiglia soon.
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.
Here's a message from a reader:
"I am a long suffering, quarantined blues fan, but I have decided we break out on Oct 2 to see Taz Neiderhauer at a local venue that are doing shows on the outdoor deck. First blues show they have booked, and we can’t wait!"

Don Lewis
Charleston, SC
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,
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Reverend Freakchild :: THE BODHISATTVA BLUES
Several musical movements in the 1960s spurned a renewed interest in the blues beginning with the folk music revival out of Greenwich Village, then the British invasion and culminating with the psychedelic blues rock scene. By 1968 Haight Ashbury in San Francisco had become the epicenter of the free-spirited hippie movement as the home of the Grateful Dead, a band who personified the ideals and spearheaded the new jam band genre mixing blues, folk, jazz and rock and roll in a loose freeform style. Fans of the band call themselves Deadheads, and many musicians have tried to emulate their sound. Reverend Freakchild is a spawn of that legend. He grew up in Hawaii and holds a degree in philosophy and religion from Northeastern University in Boston. The Colorado musician performs when he calls “Psychedelic Country Blues,” proclaiming “music is my religion. Through song I seek transcendence.”

On his 12th album, The Bodhisattva Blues, the Reverend resurrects classic blues and rock tunes from Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, and The Beatles, along with Grateful Dead favorites. Primarily a solo performer, the Reverend invited musicians from the extended Grateful Dead musical family to form his backing band – keyboard Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarist Marc Karan (Bob Weir, RatDog, Live Dead), drummer Chris Parker (Bob Dylan, John Hammond, Jr.), and Robin Sylvester (RatDog) on bass, with percussionist Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident). Special guests include harmonica master Hugh Poof (New York Blues Hall of Fame “Master Artist”) and young blues guitarist A.J. Fullerton.
"I Can't Be Satisfied"
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our Artists & Headliners Stay & Play, They Don’t Hit & Run!!
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- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival…
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Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents
SEASON 2 will continue next week: 
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 soon.
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
Mike Zito "Quarantine 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:
Sept 10-Roy Brown (1925-1981), Johnny Rawls (1952); 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); Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939-1988), Ray Charles (1930-2004), Fenton Robinson (1935-1997), Tiny Bradshaw (1907-1958); Mighty Joe Young (1927-1999); Sept 24- Tarheel Slim aka Alden Bunn (1924-1977), Chick Willis (1934-2013), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929); Sept 25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936-1996), Sept 27- Bob Corritore (1956), Larry "Mud" Morganfield (1957); Sept 28- Koko Taylor (1928-2009), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935-1984), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
Missed your copy of the Weekly e-Guide?
Find back issues in Archives on our website.
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Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more)  
Billboard Blues Album This week
Billboard's Top 2 Blues Albums - Week of Sept 12, 2020
Various Artists
Walter Trout
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
Tim Horton's Southside Shuffle
Blues and Jazz Festival
Sep-10-2020 - Sep-13-2020
Mississagua, Ontario, Canada
Homebound Bender
Sep-10-2020 - Sep-13-2020
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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
 Jimiway Blues Festival
Oct-16-2020 - Oct-17-2020
Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland
CANCELLED now MAR 13, 2021
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm & Rock Fest
London, United Kingdom
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Interstate Blues Fest
Nov-6-2020 - Nov-7-2020
 Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Bude Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival
Nov-06-2020 - Nov-08-2020
Cornwall, United Kingdom
CT Rhythm & Blues Festival
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-14-2020
Farmington, Connecticut, USA
Blues at Bridgetown
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-15-2020
Bridgetown, Australia
Looe Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Dec-11-2020 - Dec-13-2020,
Looe, United Kingdom
Cleethorpes Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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
Bluesberry Festival
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
About Us 

RBA Publishing/Blues Festival Guide 
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!
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