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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 6, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 1

thru Jan 27
Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Show us your BFG
Blues Foundation Important Update!
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 
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Video of  the week
Special Announcements
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Please stay optimistic!
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the New 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's guitarist Billy Flynn and harmonica maestro, singer, songwriter Kim Wilson following the Kim Wilson's Blues Allstars' performance at the El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona.
As many of you know, Wilson is also leader of The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Happy Birthday Jan 6th to Kim!
Photo: Marilyn Stringer
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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!
News Flash... 
29th Annual MLK Blues Festival Jan 15-30, 2022
(CHESTER, SC) - The MLK Blues Festival will feature three weekends of celebration at Carolina Hall (119 College St.) in Chester, South Carolina beginning on Jan 15-16, then Jan 22-23, and Jan 29-30. Headliners include Johnny Rawls and Robert Kimbrough.
“The 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Blues Festival is an American original”, says David Claytor, founder and director of the festival. “For times like these, let’s make it better. Support Martin Luther King Jr. ideals and principles. Join us in exercising, experiencing harmony and love and appreciation for each other and good times.”
Tickets and more information at 803-209-7312.
MLK Day Celebration features Blues Musician, Author and Lecturer Daryl Davis Jan 14 & Jan 16
(McLEAN, VA) - The McLean Community Center (MCC) has expanded its Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration over the weekend this year by offering two events featuring musician and race relations expert Daryl Davis.
The Daryl Davis Band will perform at 7 pm on Friday, January 14, in The Alden Theatre. On Sunday January 16 at 2pm, Davis will return to The Alden to speak on his experiences confronting Ku Klux Klansmen on their racist beliefs.

Davis is a boogie-woogie pianist who has played with the likes of B. B. King, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. On Friday, he and his band will kick off MCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with an evening of R&B and blues. This is the music that opened the door for Klansmen to befriend Davis, a Black man, and eventually, hang up their robes.

The McLean Community Center is located at 234 Ingleside Ave., in McLean, Virginia. Tickets to Friday’s concert are $30/$20 for MCC district residents. Tickets to Sunday’s event are $10/$5 for MCC district residents.
Roots Music Report's Top 200 Blues Albums of 2021
Roots Music Report is the number one independent music chart in the world. They compile radio airplay data from radio stations around the globe that play all forms of roots music, so that each week you can see which independent artists are being played the most and by what stations are playing them. They do not alter, accept payment for, or manipulate the airplay data to give special rankings on our charts. Stations reporting their play list is the only way for artist to appear on the Roots Music Report charts and they do not pick and choose which DJ's and stations may report. 

Here's the Top 10 as a teaser of the Top Blues Albums of 2021:
1- 662 by Christone "Kingfish" Ingram (Alligator)
2- Damage Control by Curtis Salgado (Alligator)
3- Raisin' Cain by Chris Cain (Alligator)
4- Tommy Castro Presents a Bluesman Came to Town by Tommy Castro (Alligator)
5- You Ain’t Unlucky by Veronica Lewis (Blue Heart)
6- Holler if You Hear Me by Altered Five Blues Band (Blind Pig)
7- Little Black Flies by Eddie 9V (Ruf)
8- Tempting Fate by Carolyn Wonderland (Alligator)
9- Pinky's Blues by Sue Foley (Stony Plain)
10- Living in a Burning House by Selwyn Birchwood (Alligator)

Follow this link to see the entire list of the 200 Top Blues Albums of 2021.
Delta Blues Museum 2022 Blues Calendar Offer
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The 2022 Blues Calendar features period artwork from the 1920s plus a free CD! Each month displays the period imagery and marketing copy from a blues original. The accompanying CD includes 24 tracks, fully restored using state-of-the-art sound restoration techniques. “Old” blues have never sounded so “new!”

Each month you can see and hear classic blues by Memphis Minnie, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Victoria Spivey, Furry Lewis, Blind Blake, Ma Rainey, and others, plus nine songs by Lead Belly, recorded live from 1940s vintage radio broadcasts.
The 2022 Blues Calendar is available for purchase via the online Delta Museum gift shop. Or in person of course! The museum appreciates your patronage and support. You can find more information about the museum here.
Stax Museum & Stax Music Academy Celebrate Black History Month Feb 2022
In February 2022, the Stax Museum and Stax Music Academy will release original, free Black History Month virtual productions that offer two distinct but complementary celebrations of Black American Music and its impact on American culture. We invite you to join us and help youth all over the world experience the evolution and magnetism of American Soul Music.

Register today for the free, online, virtual Black History Month 2022 tour/field trip, which will focus on the achievements of Stax icons Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers, promotions man/eventual label owner Al Bell, drummer Al Jackson, Jr., and songwriter/recording artist Bettye Crutcher. 

In Magnetic South: All Signs Point to Soulsville USA, school children, young people (particularly those with little access to the arts), classrooms, youth groups, and viewers of all ages will learn how these history makers were drawn to the opportunities in Soulsville USA, how the community influenced them, what they contributed, and how their legacies continue to inform and inspire the personal and professional journeys of musicians across Memphis and people throughout the world. Register today at no cost and they will send you the link to view this black history month tour closer to the Feb 1st date.

An added bonus is Stax Music Academy – Soul of America: An Evolution of Black American Music. Join Stax Music Academy students as they explore the people, places, politics, economics, and culture that gave birth to Black American music that continues to be relevant decades later. In this virtual celebration, our talented students will perform a series of videos performing music from the early sounds through today. Register for this at no cost here.
Toronto’s January Blues Summit & Maple Blues Awards Postponed to June
(TORONTO, CANADA) — The Toronto Blues Society announced that the 2021 Blues Summit and the 25th annual Maple Blues Awards have been pushed back to June due to current provincial restrictions and travel limitations imposed due to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.
The Blues Summit will now take place from June 17-20, 2022, and the winners for this year’s Maple Blues Awards will be announced on June 20, 2022, at Koerner Hall in Toronto.

Hosted by Ottawa’s Angelique Francis, the Maple Blues Awards will feature performances from five current nominees, including Bobby Dean Blackburn, who is nominated for the Blues With A Feeling (Lifetime Achievement) Award, multiple nominee Sue Foley, who is up for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year, and Guitarist of the Year.
Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Crystal Shawanda, Songwriter of the Year nominee Kat Danser, and Colin Linden, who is nominated for Recording/Producer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, will also take the stage during the event.

Tickets for the Blues Summit can be purchased here and tickets for the Maple Blues Awards are on sale here.
For the conference, COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced with proof of vaccination and valid ID required for entry to the event. Masks will also be mandatory for attendees in 2022 and will be required everywhere in the building, including during concerts.
Blues Foundation Important Update!
IBC & KBA Awards Luncheon Postponed for 2022
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Foundation Board of Directors has made the very difficult decision to postpone the 37th International Blues Challenge that was to take place January 18-22, 2022.

While this decision is coming at a late stage, it was not made lightly. As recently as mid-December, the COVID-19 pandemic and Omicron variant seemed under control, as vaccination rates were growing and large events were taking place successfully with safety protocols in place. The past couple of weeks, however, have shown a significant increase in positive cases not only in the US but globally. Memphis has seen its highest spike in positive cases this week since the inception of the pandemic.

After consulting with our IBC partners including hospitality vendors, event venues, and merchants; as well as with the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Department, similar organizations, and members of our blues community, the decision was made to postpone IBC until later in 2022.
We recognize this will be a great disappointment to the challengers, affiliates, fans, and supporters, but we hope each of you understands our primary concern in making this decision is your safety and wellbeing.

The Blues Foundation is actively working with our IBC partners to determine a new event date, and we will share that news as soon as possible.

Details regarding ticket options will come in a follow-up email. Room reservations can be canceled or changed directly with your hotel.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We’ll see you back on Beale soon!

For questions or concerns, please contact The Blues Foundation’s Board Chair, Scott Fitzke via email.
Blues Society News
• Blue Steel Blues Society all-member meeting Jan 9
• Blues Society Of The Ozarks Open Jam Jan 13
(HIGHLAND, IN) - The Blue Steel Blues Society all-member meeting will be held Sun Jan 9, 2022 at Beer Geeks (3030 45th St.) in Highland, Indiana.
Come help them plan 2022! They say they have some great programs they want to create and need all the help they can get!

(SPRINGFIELD, MO) - Have some fun Thursday, Jan 13, with the Blues Society Of The Ozarks Open Jam at Galloway Station (1281-B East Republic Rd.) in Springfield, Missouri.
The Jams happen the second Thursday of each month! Come jam, sing, or just listen!
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! 
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO | (816) 753-7979 |
- More Than A Cruise…
More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine! -
Video of  the week
Kim Wilson Live with The Rhythm Scratchers
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
• Jan 6 Feast of The Epiphany
• Jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• Jan 26 Australia Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 6-Kim Wilson (1951); Jan 8-Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 legendary Fillmore promoter); 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); Jan 11-Slim Harpo (1924-1970); Katie Webster (1936-1999), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); Jan 12- Ruth Brown (1928-2006), Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904-1972), Long John Baldry (1941-2005); Jan 13-David "Kid" Ramos (1959); Jan 14-Allen Toussaint (1938-2015), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15-Earl Hooker (1929-1970), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968), Queen Ida (1929); Jan 16-Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932-2009), Robert Wilkins (1896-1987)
Just in case:
January 10 is Peculiar People Day, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate those who refuse to conform to the world’s idea of normal. It is always the people who are termed "peculiar" and "different," that set the world in motion because they live “out of the box.” They refuse to accept and live by the status quo and have the courage to do and be different.
Sounds like creative artists past and present!
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Special Announcements
The 19th Annual Blues Festival Guide Magazine!
We're thrilled to have the talented Kevin Burt on our 19th annual cover thanks to the photography of Marilyn Stringer! ORDER one to have and to hold and refer to throughout the year! If you're a festival, venue, blues society, etc., please contact our distribution manager or your sales rep. The magazine is also digital on our website.
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
Thanks for digging and supporting the 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
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Checkout website Festival page!
29th Annual MLK Blues Festival Jan-15-2022 - Jan-16-2022
Chester, South Carolina USA
29th Annual MLK Blues Festival Jan-22-2022 - Jan-23-2022
Chester, South Carolina USA
29th Annual MLK Blues Festival Jan-29-2022 - Jan-30-2022
Chester, South Carolina USA
#36 Legendary Rhythm
& Blues Cruise
 Jan-29-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Eastern Caribbean
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
For festival-event links
please go to our website
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
Florida Blues & Heritage Festival
Immokalee, Florida, USA
 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
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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