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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 31, 2020
Vol 16/Issue 1

From your BFG Blues Family
Can't Stop The Blues (CSTB)
Video of the Week
Special Announcements
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros and Outros
Print & Digital Versions Available
Billboard Blues Album This week
We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Please stay safe and optimistic!
From your BFG Blues Family
Happy New Year (whew!) ...Farewell to 2020
Warmest wishes for good health, cheer and peace. As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of our friends and supporters — as we wouldn't be here without all of you!
It's the gift of music that binds us together, it's a universal language, a shared experience among a variety of cultures that stretches across the globe. It's an art form that touches our hearts and reaches deep into our souls. Music speaks to our essence as human beings, it teaches us about other cultures and each other, and for many, it touches on the human experience. For some it’s the joy of release, for others it's their life, and for most of us, it instills a true sense of community.

Peace and Blues from all of us at the Blues Festival Guide,
Kaati, Cheryl, Heather, Tom, Irene, Goran, Joana & Belinda
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws :: BILLY JONES & DELTA BLUES OUTLAWS
Tales from the Blues Highway: Billy Jones is playing the Devil's guitar ...flaming hot funky blues and tortured Southern Soul.

Something is growing deep down in the Mid-South Mississippi Delta, long thought to be extinct. Witness the resurrection and the reinvention of a rare species ...the return of the authentic American bluesman.

Delta Blues Records’ self-titled release “Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws boasts fifteen terrific songs totaling seventy minutes of musical brilliance.” ~ Phillip Smith/Philly Cheeze Blues

"...while I love traditional blues artists such as Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, etc., it was just so damned nice to listen to something that speaks eloquently in the tradition of those older artists, and yet manages to bring something new and funky to the table." ~

Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws have been a crowd favorite and one of the most requested variety show bands on the Mid-South casino, nightclub, and party circuit for over 20 years. With a repertoire that encompasses a wide range of musical styles, from blues to pop to country to soul to today's biggest hits, Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws are guaranteed to please any audience.

Outstanding stage presence, world class vocals, and awesome musicianship, the Delta Blues Outlaws have performed their show-stopping, high-energy style for audiences in Belgium, Germany, France, Austria, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Greece, and Italy, as well as U.S. Military Installations & NCO and Officer's Clubs throughout the United States. Polished and professional, this band is a great choice for festivals, private parties, and corporate events.

From the juke joints of the Mid-South Mississippi Delta, to the Blues Passions Festival at Hennessy Castle Fairgrounds in Cognac, France — and many, many, many shows in between — this band has proven repeatedly that it's the real deal! Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws bring experience, showmanship, and passion to every performance — a guaranteed great time for your next event.
"Biggest House In Town"
Can't Stop The Blues (CSTB)
This Week on Can't Stop The Blues
Your CSTB Family is here for you this holiday season! Because so many of us can’t get together with friends and loved ones this year, we will be broadcasting on New Year's Eve and Day at our usual time - 9:00 pm eastern. Join us for good times, cheer and great music to brighten the days for everyone!
Follow this link for the shows at Can’t Stop the Blues:
• THURSDAY, 12/31
9pm EST: Greasin’ In The New Year- A 2020 Greaseland Retrospective
• FRIDAY, 1/1:
9pm EST: Yulian Taylor- Blues From Argentina
10pm EST: Mike Dangeroux Blues Band featuring Inetta Visor- Live from Chicago
• SATURDAY, 1/2:
9pm EST: Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers- Utah Blues Festival
10pm EST: Rick Estrin & The Nightcats- Thank God It’s A New Year!
• SUNDAY, 1/3
9pm EST: Golden Butter Revue- Cookin' At The Harp
10pm EST: New Blues Revolution- Locked Down
Also find us on Can't Stop The Blues YouTube!
News Flash... 
Grassroots Blues and Heritage Virtual Festival Dec 30-Jan2
(DUCK HILL, MS) - Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc, presents a Grassroots Blues and Heritage Virtual Festival Wednesday, December 30, 2020 through Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8pm each night.

The Grassroots Blues and Heritage Virtual Festival will feature current and past performances from the last 18 years in Duck Hill, Mississippi. You can view the virtual festival at the ACERCCMS YouTube channel plus the Grassroots Blues and also Al White’s Facebook page.
Sponsored by Visit Mississippi, Mississippi Blues, Dixie Roofing, and ACER. 
Early New Years' Eve Special Session of "Driftin' & Driftin'" with Deanna Bogart... say Goodbye to 2020 in Style!
Say Goodbye to 2020 in Style!! Join us for Legendary Happy Hour with special guest Deanna Bogart on Episode 11 of Driftin' & Driftin' this Thursday, Dec. 31st, at 5pm CST on Facebook Live.
LRBC's Driftin' & Driftin' is a close up with our Blues stars. On each episode, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz talks musician to musician with our favorite Cruise artists! Don't miss it! Visit Facebook LIVE or the LRBC Facebook page.

Facebook Event Page
From Long Beach to the World NYE 2020
(LONG BEACH, CA) - The Long Beach Blues Society and Long Beach Post proudly present a New Year's Eve concert streamed live from iconic Long Beach music venues and restaurants, Thursday, December 31 at 9pm PT. Spend your locked-down New Year's Eve enjoying and supporting the bars and bands you would usually be partying with!

Participating Long Beach venues include: Alex's Bar; Supply and Demand; DiPiazza's; Boathouse on the Bay; 4th Street Vine; Main St.; Kobe's Steakhouse; Trani's; Gaslamp; and Harvelle's.

Bands scheduled to perform: New Blues Revolution; Boxcar 7; Shy But Flyy; Corday; Third Degree Blues Band; Lost Civilizations; Michael Motorcycle; The Reflectors; Drugs, Brad Lewis & the Lazy Bastards and more.

Hosted by Long Beach Post, the Hi-lo and Long Beach Blues Society. The aim of this event is to help local bands and bars who we would normally be partying with on NYE. Donations for bars and bands will be displayed on screen during the acts. Watch live at Long Beach Post Facebook page and the Long Beach Blues Society Facebook page.
Blues Fest Live Dec 31st
(ST. PAUL. MN) - Join us for our Year End Revue, an online show featuring highlights from our 2020 Blues Fest Live program that featured 15 fantastic blues bands from April through September. Thanks to our sponsors, foundations and generous donations, we have been able to support our musicians and crew during these difficult times. This show is free!

Artists include Alex Rossi, Kendra Glenn, Alexander Craig, Everett Smithson, Joey Molland's Badfinger, Big George Jackson, Scottie Miller, Mark Cameron, Lisa Wenger & Billy Larson, Hamilton Loomis, Joyann Parker, Ken Valdez, Wilbur Cole & Johnny O, Corey Stevens and Chubby Carrier.

These webcasts were started in musician's living rooms, and eventually moved outdoors to Dual Citizen Brewing, St. Paul, MN.

Click here to save you spot. If you're new to Crowdcast, you'll need to sign in with your e-mail. Simply click on the green 'Save my spot!' link. This is done for security reasons to help prevent hacking. The Lowertown Blues Festival will NEVER sell or give away any of your information.

Blues Fest Live is presented by Dual Citizen Brewing and Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest. To continue to support this program please donate here.
Clarksdale Film Festival Jan 29-31
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The 11th annual Film Festival is coming to Clarksdale Jan 29-31. 
Here's what's cookin' so far...
• MUDDY WATERS: CAN'T BE SATISFIED Time: 11am (54 min) Where: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater. The first authoritative documentary of a man who grew up in Clarksdale, pioneered electric blues and paved the road for rock 'n roll.
VINYL NATION Time: 12:15pm (92 min) Where: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater. Excellent new documentary that digs into the resurgence of vinyl records, the diversification of vinyl fans and what this all means for America today.
BILLIE Time: 2pm (98 min) Where: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater. Fascinating new documentary on famed jazz singer Billie Holiday.
VISIT CLARKSDALE VIDEOS Time: 3:45pm (5 min) Where: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater. Visit Clarksdale's tourism director Bubba O'Keefe, producer Tim Hardiman and team produced a series of Ready For A Road Trip?
MEMPHIS '69 Time: 3:50pm (72 min) Where: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater. Long-lost concert film documenting the fourth Memphis Country Blues Festival and starring Sleepy John Estes, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Johnny Winter, Rufus Thomas, John D. Loudermilk, Bukka White, Jo Ann Kelly, John Fahey and Nathan Beauregard.
RAP SQUAD Time: 5pm (53 min) Where: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater. A new feature documentary about art, education and justice in the Delta.
Website  - The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater
Video of the Week
B.B. King "Bringing In A Brand New Year"

Thoughts about venues opening... share yours!
Hey Blues Fans!! We see some blues music venues are opening up around the country. Albeit, opening then closing then opening, etc.
We're interested in your thoughts:
- Have you attended or performed any live shows since the pandemic and where?
- If so, how was the vibe (i.e. joyous, awkward, attendance, etc.)
- If not, when will you feel comfortable attending?
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,
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our Artists & Headliners Stay & Play, They Don’t Hit & Run!!
LRBC#35 Southern Caribbean: Oct. 24~31, 2021 From Ft. Lauderdale, Fl To Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) On Holland America’s Ms Eurodam. Cabins & Info HERE
LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan. 29~Feb. 5, 2022  From Ft. Lauderdale, Fl To Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks And Caicos On Holland America’s New Flagship Ms Rotterdam. Cabins & Info HERE
Visit Reservations Or Call (816) 753-7979 To Reserve Your Cabin!
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO | (816) 753-7979 |
- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine! -
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts, Holidays & Birthdays
New Year's Eve Dec 31 - Orthodox Christmas Jan 7, 2021
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Dec 31 Odetta (1930-2008); Jan 1 Frank Stokes (1888-1955), Estelle "Mama" Yancey (1896-1986); Jan 2 Little Smokey Smothers (1939-2010), Rubin “Rube” Lacy (1901-1969); Jan 5-Johnny Adams (1932-1998), Wilbert Harrison (1929-1994), Sam Phillips (1923-2003 founder of Sun Records); Jan 6-Kim Wilson (1951); 8-Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 promoter at legendary Fillmore); Jan 9-Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); Jan 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935-2018), Sam Chatmon (1897-1983), Jerry Wexler (1914-2008 founder of Atlantic Records)
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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, visit our website and find our digital version in the upper lefthand corner.
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 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more) 
Billboard Blues Album This week
Billboard's Top 2 Blues Albums - Week of Jan 2, 2021
Joe Bonamassa 
George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
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 8,000 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
Can't Stop The Blues
Thurs-Sun 9PM EST
Facebook, Universal
Samantha Fish Cigar Box
Guitar Festival
Jan-13-2021 - Jan-16-2021
New Orleans, Louisiana, 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
Whitby Rhythm &
Blues Festival
Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
Southport Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Southport, United Kingdom
Bluesberry Festival
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Cleethorpes Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
For festival-event links
please go to our website
 Chelsea Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
Fulham, London, UK
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-19-2021 - Mar-21-2021
Looe, United Kingdom
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-15-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-16-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
15th Clarksdale Caravan
Music Fest 
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Leeds Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
May-14-2021 - May-16-2021
Holly Springs, 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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