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Blues Festival Guide
July 29, 2021
Vol 16/Issue 31

thru Aug 5
Aug 5
May 27
Special Announcements
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
News Flash... 
Video of the Week
Intros & Outros... 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Please stay optimistic!
Show us your BFG
Featured Video Announcement
Blues Society News
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard Blues Album This week
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Special Announcements
Get your 19th Annual Blues Festival Guide Magazine!
We're excited to get back to the live music scene, and we know you feel the same. The 19th Blues Festival Guide is here! We're thrilled to have the talented Kevin Burt on our 19th annual cover thanks to the photography of Marilyn Stringer!
Our magazines are shipping so get your orders in to have and to hold and refer too throughout the year! The magazine is also digital on our website.
If you are a festival, venue, blues society, etc., please contact our distribution manager or your sales rep.
Along with our festival, artist and blues related features, here’s some of the the cool editorial: 
Keeping the Blues Alive During a Pandemic By Irene Johnson
What’s Cookin’ with Larry Garner
The Lore of the Train By Michele Lundeen
Blues Against Hunger Society ...feeding thousands in the last decade while supporting, promoting and preserving the blues
Living Legend: Miss Lavelle White By Pam Cosel
The Blues Foundation Welcomes New Leadership... an interview with the new CEO and President 
Ladies Sing & Play the Blues By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Thanks for digging and supporting the blues!
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the New 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Hector Anchondo, the reigning champ of the solo - duo division at the International Blues Challenge, showing off his copy of the Blues Festival Guide.
Hector is co-founder of In The Market For Blues - Omaha's Blues Fest happening on Aug. 7, 2021. This year's festival features 50 bands at 14 venues for 14 hours of music. Tickets are available now.
Photo: Blues Society of Omaha
Want your picture here with the Guide? Order the 19th annual now!
If you're a BFG client? Reach out to your sales person so they can send to you!
Anyone can also 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 photo, caption (120 words or less), URL if applicable, and photo credit to e-Guide editor!
The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2021 Blues Festival Guide!
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Wilburt Lee Reliford :: SEEMS LIKE A DREAM
"Seems Like A Dream"

In 1989, when Dutch folklorist Ko de Korte taped Wilburt Lee Reliford play a solo harmonica session that became the core of Seems Like a Dream (June 25 / Big Legal Mess), he could not have imagined that half of those tracks would be fleshed out with an ace Memphis studio band.
Some 32 years after the initial recordings and 28 after Reliford’s death, co-producers Bruce Watson (R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough) and Will Sexton (Luther Dickinson) built a band behind Reliford with Sexton on guitar, alongside, George Sluppick on drums (Chris Robinson, JJ Grey & Mofro), Mark Edgar Stuart on bass and guitar (Alvin Youngblood Hart), and Rick Steff on piano (James Blood Ulmer, Luther Allison). They also chose about half of the songs to remain raw and sparse as they were on that day in 1989.

A staple of the North Mississippi blues scene, Reliford was born in 1924 near Rossville, TN, the hometown of Mississippi Fred McDowell, but he grew up near Chulahoma, Mississippi, the location of Junior Kimbrough’s infamous juke joint. He first picked up harmonica (and guitar, though his guitar is not heard on this release) around the age of 11, soon after he went blind due to a medical accident. He performed at the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival.
Featured Video Announcement
2021 Jus' Blues Music Conference & Music Awards
News Flash... 
Covid & Tix Updates for Redwood Coast Music Festival
Sept 30-Oct 3  
(EUREKA, CA) - First, we want to say that as much as we enjoy planning a fantastic music festival and throwing a great party, we value everyone’s health and safety even more. Every decision we make takes that into consideration.
Please Plan Ahead - Limited, Advance tickets available…
At this time the State of California has mandated that only advance ticket sales are allowed so plan ahead and buy in advance. It’s likely that one requirement will be reduced capacity and, at this time, the State of CA mandates that we monitor attendance. Ticket sales will be suspended when we reach limits and continually evaluated as conditions change.

Recent announcements by state agencies and conversations with the County of Humboldt and City of Eureka are encouraging and giving us hope that we can host Redwood Coast Music Festival Sept 30-Oct 3, 2021. Our blues-roots lineup includes Curtis Salgado, Duke Robillard, Jontavious Willis, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Carl Sonny Leyland, and Michael Doucét, among dozens more at 7 different venues

We will be following their guidance and we know that conditions will continue to change - hopefully for the better. We will continue to evolve our planning to reflect current conditions with your safety as our top priority.

One thing is for sure, Redwood Coast Music Festival can happen if conditions continue to improve and if we follow a number of safety protocols, and we will ask patrons to do the same. In the meantime, stay safe, get vaccinated, follow the safety guidelines and we hope to see you Sept. 30-Oct 3 for four days of live music and dance.
The 2021 Fargo Blues Festival is this weekend July 30-31
(FARGO, ND) - The 2021 Fargo Blues Festival will kick off this Friday, July 30 at 2pm (gates open at 1pm). On Saturday, July 31 music starts at 12pm with the gates opening at 11am. The festival will take place on the Newman Outdoor Field (1515 15th Ave., Fargo) on the North Dakota Stage Campus.

Performing on Friday is Samantha Fish, Jeremiah Johnson Band, Mississippi Heat, Vella, and the Blue Wailers. On Saturday it’s John Mayall, John Primer, Rocky Athas, Ally Venable, Miss Myra and the Moonshiners, and the Deb Jenkins Band.
Camping is offered and begins Friday at 8am and ends Sunday at noon. You cannot set up before Friday at 8am and there is no admittance to the campground without a camping pass. All sites are sold on a 1st come basis. 

The campground is located 2 blocks north from the stadium in the Fargodome tailgate lot (west side). Campers, motorhomes, vans, cars and motorcycles ONLY. Tent camping is allowed in the shelterbelt. Please park campers with generators on the north end of Lot F.
Come to the Delta Blues Museum for the 2021 Sunflower Festival Aug 13-15
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Visit Mississippi’s first music museum and celebrate the sounds of the 33rd Annual Sunflower River Blues Festival, live on the Delta Blues Museum stage from August 13th-15th!
Get your museum tickets by calling 662-627-6820 or by visiting the website for more information.
Delta Blues Museum is offering special hours and safety measures for visitors:
• Friday, August 13th (online reservations required): Open from 10am-6pm
• Saturday, August 14th (online reservations required):  Open from 10am- 6pm
• Sunday, August 15th: Open from 10am-3pm

Current Museum guidelines will permit 20 people at a time (per online reservation, see below) to visit the gallery every hour. While we can accommodate more visitors in the gallery, the Gift Shop capacity is currently limited to 15. If there is overlap, the gallery is spacious enough to accommodate.
Friday and Saturday admission reservations must be made online.
A Museum representative will be stationed next to our main entrance to assist visitors in making their online reservations, checking in guests with reservations and ensuring all visitors are wearing a mask. Guests who are solely interested in shopping will be accommodated as space allows.
Blues Society News
Granite State Blues Society's "Blues on the Range" (literally) Aug 7th 
(MASON, NH) - Granite State Blues Society proudly presents "Blues On The Range," their annual blues festival with a twist: a new venue... Marty’s Driving Range (96 Old Turnpike Rd.) in Mason, New Hampshire. The name of the event and location may have changed but the music remains the same! It will be Blues all day, Saturday August 7th and gates open at noon.

Tickets on sale now for $25 advance or at gate or $30 day of show. No coolers or outside beverages or food. Rain or Shine.

The Granite State Blues Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all-volunteer grass roots organization that supports the Blues with our annual Blues Challenge, Barnful of Blues, our Blues Education programs, and this year’s Blues on the Range.
Video of the Week
Big Jack "The Oil Man" Johnson "Catfish Blues"
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our artists & headliners stay & play, they don’t hit & run!!
Announcing #37 West Coast LRBC
LRBC#35 Southern Caribbean: Nov. 6~13, 2021 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL To Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s Ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Cabins & booking info HERE

SOLD OUT! JOIN WAITLIST: 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 ms Rotterdam. Bands & Waitlist info HERE.

WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR RETURN TO THE WEST COAST IN 2022! LRBC #37 Sea of Cortez: Oct. 29~Nov. 5, 2022 from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam. PREBOOK launches THURSDAY, JULY 15th @ 11am CT (9am PT / 10am MT / NOON ET). Visit HERE at that time!
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! -
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
"Hard times ain't nothing that music won't help heal..."
Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 30 Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940-2011), Otis Taylor (1948), Michael Burks (1957-2012); July 31 Roy Milton (1907-1983), Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923-2006); Aug 2-Big Walter Price (1917-2012), Mark Naftalin (1944); 3- Mercy Dee Walton (1915–1962); Aug 4-Louis Armstrong (1901-1971); Aug 6- Willie Lee Brown (1900–1952); 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937–2013), Annika Chambers-DesLauriers (1992); Aug 8-Joe Tex (1933-1982), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920–1997); Aug 10-Ronnie Spector (1945), Grego 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)
Just in case: 
"National Friendship Day" is August 1, 2021 and celebrates the importance of loving platonic relationships and is a day to nurture relationships, new and old. Friendships are the purest type of human relationships.
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Festival-Event Calendar
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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 the festival links on our site for CURRENT UPDATES
 Vallemaggia Magic Blues
Jul-09-2021 - Aug-05-2021
Vallemaggia / Ticino, Switzerland
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
July-30-2021 - July-31-2021
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Fargo Blues Festival
July-30-2021 - July-31-2021
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
River Basin Blues Fest
Newburgh, Indiana, USA
Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-05-2021 - Aug-08-2021
Notodden, Norway
25th Annual Mammoth Festival
of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Aug-05-2021 - Aug-08-2021
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Magic City Blues
Aug-06-2021 - Aug-07-2021
Billings, Montana, USA
 Lebanon Blues Festival
Aug-06-2021 - Aug-07-2021
Lebanon, Ohio, USA
Blue Ribbon Blues Fest
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
In The Market for Blues
Omaha's Blues Fest
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
For festival-event links
please go to our website
 20th Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-13-2021 - Aug-15-2021
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Waukesha Rotary BluesFest
Aug-13-2021 - Aug-14-2021
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
Joliet Blues Festival
Joliet, Illinois, USA
Prairie Crossroads
Blues Fest
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA
Blues from the Top
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Gloucester Blues Festival
Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-20-2021 - Aug-22-2021
 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Big Blues Bender
Sep-09-2021 - Sep-12-2021
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival
Sep-09-2021 - Sep-12-2021
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Mississippi Valley
Blues Festival
Sep-17-2021 - Sep-18-2021
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Oct-15-2021 - Oct-17-2021
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Please stay 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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