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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 23, 2021
Vol 16/Issue 52

thru Jan 27
Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Special Announcements
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros & Outros... 
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Top 2 Blues Albums This week
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Show us your BFG
Blues Foundation News
Video of  the week
Special Announcements
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Please stay optimistic!
Special Announcements
Happy Holidays from our Music-Lovin' Family to Yours...
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the New 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's Bob Corritore following a performance at the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation "Fall Blues Revue" at the MSA outdoor arena in Tucson, AZ.
Bob is one of the top traditional blues harmonica players on the scene who is also owner of the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Arizona, host of “Those Lowdown Blues” on KJZZ, founder of Southwest Musical Arts Foundation, official endorser of Hohner harmonicas, a Keeping The Blues Alive award recipient, a GRAMMY nominated harmonica player and producer. 
Photo: Marilyn Stringer
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The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2021 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
Big LLou Johnson wins Voice Arts Award for Best Campaign
Congratulations to Big LLou Johnson of Goldenvoice Audio who received the prestigious SOVAS Award Sunday Dec 19 in New York. Big LLou reports it was a grand time had by all and a tremendous honor indeed!

Big LLou was nominated for his work on the television campaign for "Phillips 66" entitled "Stories" which featured looks into the lives of regular Americans… "Living to the Full."
The Voice Arts™ Awards is an open competition voted upon by experts within the various fields that constitute the entry categories. 
The 2022 International Blues Challenge is coming right up Jan 18-22
(MEMPHIS, TN) – The Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge (IBC) is back for 2022 and will happen January 18-22 on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Along with the Beale Street competitions and finals, the event includes live workshops and seminars, Youth and International Showcases and the Keeping The Blues Alive (KBA) Awards Ceremony & Brunch. Time to get your passes now!

The IBC represents the worldwide search for those blues bands and solo/duo blues performers ready for the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each affiliated Blues Society of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo musician(s) to represent its organization at the IBC.
The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all competing musicians are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated Blues Societies are required to stage a live regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While affiliated Blues Societies are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple musicians takes place resulting in winners.
Blues On The Block Feb 4-5, 2022
(CLEARWATER, FL) - Clearwater Sea Blues Festival is on hiatus for 2022 while the festival park is under construction. A two-day, free outdoor downtown spin-off event will be held Feb 4-5, 2022 on Cleveland Street, downtown Clearwater. Enjoy live music from national blues recording artists, culinary experiences from downtown restaurateurs, craft beer and wine from local brewers, market vendors and so much more. “Blues On The Block” will feature artists Anders Osborne, Ghost Town Blues Band, Ally Venable, Southern Hospitality, Selwyn Birchwood, RJ Howson Band and more TBA. Music starts 5 pm, Friday, Feb 4, and you can get your weekend started with an evening of blues in beautiful downtown. Enjoy the music and eat at one of the local downtown restaurants.

On Saturday, Feb 5, music and market vendors will begin at noon. Stroll through Downtown Clearwater, and check out vendors from the Market Marie while enjoying blues music throughout the day.

VIP Friday and Saturday tickets are available. VIP Ticketed guests enjoy a backstage lounge experience in Station Square Park with complimentary food, soft drinks, (3) complimentary alcoholic beverages (age verified) and any additional beverages will be available through a private beer/wine bar for VIP guests, reserved seating area directly in front of the stage, and access to a private restroom trailer.

The Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival will be eagerly awaiting to return a newly renovated waterfront park and music venue after the completion of Imagine Clearwater construction in 2023.
Alligator Records’ 50th Anniversary Year Culminates with Major International Recognition
Alligator Records founder and president Bruce Iglauer was honored on December 17 with the French Charles Cros Academy "In Honorem" Award.

According to the Académie Charles Cros (ACC), "Members of the Jazz and Blues and Soul commissions have unanimously agreed to award this distinction to Bruce Iglauer, founder of Alligator Records, the independent label which has carried the colors of the blues high for 50 years, on the occasion of the release of 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin' Music.”

"The ACC has awarded prizes annually since 1948 and is placed under the high patronage of the President of the Republic. Each year, in addition to the President of the Republic's award, it also gives "In Honorem" awards to artists for their entire career, or to personalities for the importance of their work."Iglauer is thrilled to receive this recognition, saying. "I am extremely honored to have Alligator Records receive this award. I accept it in the name of all the Alligator artists, from Hound Dog Taylor in 1971 to Christone "Kingfish" Ingram today, who have lived the blues and carried the tradition forward."
On June 18, 2021, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared "Alligator Records Day" throughout the city via official proclamation. This is the same day Alligator Records-50 Years Of Genuine Houserockin' Music (a 2-LP or 3-CD set) was released. On September 18, 2021, the Mayor declared "Bruce Iglauer Day" across the city.

Alligator Records was born in 1971, when 23-year-old blues fan Bruce Iglauer spent his savings to record and release a record by his favorite Chicago blues band, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. He created Alligator Records to release that one LP. Today, Alligator boasts a catalog of over 350 titles, many of which are renowned, award-winning, time-tested classics of the genre.
Deep Dives: Strachwitz Video Archive
Chris Strachwitz spent many years taking pictures of the people, places and events that he was fortunate to be part of.  In the 1980’s Chris also started taking more home movies and videos of concerts, parties, talks, and other behind-the-scenes activities. We have begun preserving over 700 hours of these videos. Our Deep Dive in December debuted four new videos across a broad range of styles.

The Arhoolie Foundation is rooted in the life's work of its founder Chris Strachwitz and his acclaimed independent label Arhoolie Records. Our mission is to document, preserve, and celebrate blues, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, jazz, Tejano/Norteño, old-time, and other tradition-based styles of music through archival preservation, live performance, films, community and educational outreach, exhibits, and direct support to artists.
Take a deep dive into the Strachwitz video archive.
Blues Foundation News
Announcing Judith Black as New President & CEO
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Black as its new President and CEO effective January 1, 2022. Black is co-founder and previously served as President of the Tarik Black Foundation; a foundation focused on delivering youth life skills education. The foundation's mission is to provide young people access to practical information and exposure through real world experiences. She was also responsible for all operations, grants, fundraising, and programs and spearheaded the brand launch of 'Taking Back the Future.'

Black's marketing and communications career spans over 30 years. Previously she served as Director of External Affairs at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Before working at the museum, she left an indelible mark in her fifteen-year stint as Director of Communications at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Black also worked at the National Civil Rights Museum, where she was Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

She was a member and former chair of the City of Memphis' Minority Business Development Oversight Commission. In addition, she serves on numerous boards and is affiliated with various civic organizations. The Memphis resident is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Memphis, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Black is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. She earned a BA in journalism and holds an MBA in Marketing from Strayer University.
Black stated, "I am honored and thrilled to serve as CEO for The Blues Foundation. I grew up in a household where the blues was celebrated and its history embraced. I look forward to drawing from my own family legacy, knowledge of this community, and depth of business experience in advancing the mission of the organization." ...Read in full
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Bluesin’ is back baby! We're excited to Return to the West Coast in 2022! On Sale Launches Jan 13
We're excited to Return to the West Coast in 2022!
LRBC #37 Sea of Cortez: Oct. 29~Nov. 5, 2022 San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam.
PUBLIC ON-SALE LAUNCHES JAN 13 at 11AM CENTRAL! Bands Announced! Visit reservations Jan 13 or call (816) 753-7979 to book your cabin at that time! Full info & cabin pricing
LRBC #38 Eastern Caribbean:  Jan. 28~Feb. 4, 2023 Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Ports TBA on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam. PREBOOK NOW!
Visit Reservations Or Call (816) 753-7979 To Reserve Your Cabin!
The Best Blues Experience on the Planet! 
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- More Than A Cruise…
More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine! -
Video of  the week
The Mavericks "Hey! Merry Christmas"
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
December 23 Festivus
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Kwanzaa
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Dec 23 Little Esther Phillips (1935-1984); Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924-1986); Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949); Dec 27 Tracy Nelson (1944); Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914-2000), Johnny Otis (1921-2012); Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929-2018), Terry Hanck (1944); Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928-2008); 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 legendary Fillmore promoter)
Just in case: December 23 is "Festivus" Festivus is perfect for those who don’t have a traditional holiday to celebrate. Although it sounds paradoxical, its purpose makes a lot of sense. Not everyone has a major holiday to celebrate like Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. This holiday gives many people a non-denominational and non-commercial holiday to call their own. Festivus is for everybody!
December 24 is "National Short Film Day"... there are some amazing short films about many Blues artists and scenarios. There's St. Louis BluesTwo Trains Runnin', Shake Sister Shake, etc. Do a Google and/or YouTube search and there's always an interesting list of blues films and documentaries featured at the annual Clarksdale Film Festival.
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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 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
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Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart 
Top 2 Blues Albums This week
iTunes/Billboard Top Blues Albums - Week of Dec 23, 2021
#1 iTunes
Stomping Ground
#1 Billboard
(4th week in a row)
Heavy Load Blues
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival-Event Calendar
To view entire calendar of festivals & Live Streams, click here!
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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.
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Blues On The Block
Feb-4-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues Fest
Feb-4-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Marshall, Michigan, USA
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Experience III 
Mason, Ohio, USA
& BBQ Festival
Feb-12-2022 - Feb-13-2022
Vero Beach, Florida, USA
 Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 
Leeds Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-11-2022 - Mar-13-2022
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Walla Walla
Guitar Festival 11
Mar-11-2022 - Mar-13-2022, Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Coeur D'Alene Blues Festival
Mar-25-2022 - Mar-27-2022
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
 Florida Blues & Heritage Festival
Immokalee, Florida, USA
For festival-event links
please go to our website
 29th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Apr-09-2022, Charleston
South Carolina, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-21-2022 - Apr-24-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Apr-24-2022, Kiawah Island
South Carolina, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-5-2022 - May-8-2022
San Diego, California USA
Flagstaff Blues and Brews
Jun-10-2022 - Jun-11-2022
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
32nd Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-10-2022 - Jun-12-2022
Billtown, Pennsylvania, USA

New York State Blues Festival
Jun-16-2022 – Jun-18-2022
Syracuse, New York, USA
Northwoods Blues Festival
Jun-17-2022 - Jun-18-2022
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
21st Annual Greenwood Blues Cruise/Festival of Discovery
Jul-07-2022 - Jul-09-2022
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

Vallemaggia Magic Blues
Jul-07-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Vallemaggia, Switzerland
Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Big Blues Bender
Aug-25-2022 - Aug-28-2022
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Please stay optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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Call 707-630-3304
We welcome e-Guide suggestions and questions. You can reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen (pictured here) via EMAIL
Michele is also a singer, songwriter, performer and bandleader based in the San Diego County, California area (click image).
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 find out how we can help you!
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