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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 27, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 4

thru Jan 27
Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Show us your BFG
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros & Outros... 
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
iTunes & Billboard #1 Blues Albums
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
News Flash... 
Video of the week
Special Announcements
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Please stay optimistic!
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the New 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's sound engineer Sam Castellano who is based in the San Diego, California area. Sam has been doing sound for 44 yrs. He's done sound for tons of local blues bands as well as artists such as B.B. King, Etta James, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, plus the San Diego Bluesfest, numerous street fairs, and many more... "14,000 different bands overall," he notes. Sam currently works at Humphreys Backstage and the Belly Up Tavern.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2021 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
Get Tickets now for the Tampa Bay Blues Festival
(ST PETERSBURG, FL) - Enjoy a fabulous weekend of blues music, nice weather, cool bay breezes and America’s finest blues artists on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay. This premier blues festival will be held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on April 8-10, 2021. All ages; rain or shine. Please make plans to join us for great music, foods, drinks, and fun.

Three great days of blues music on the scenic shores of Tampa Bay. Just a short walk from downtown St. Petersburg with its vibrant night clubs, gourmet restaurants, world-class art museums and more! It’s a fabulous Florida blues vacation!

• Friday, April 8th 12:30PM-10PM: JJ Grey & Mofro 8:30PM, Samantha Fish 6:30PM, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters 4:30PM, Mindi Abair 2:30PM, Jason Ricci 12:30PM.
• Saturday, April 9th 12:30PM-10PM: Jimmie Vaughan 8:30PM, Robert Randolph & The Family Band - 6:30PM, Eric Gales 4:30PM, Danielle Nicole 2:30PM, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones 12:30PM 
• Sunday, April 10th 1PM-10PM: Larkin Poe 8:30PM, Ronnie Baker Brooks 6:30PM, The Nick Moss Band 4:30PM, The Bruce Katz Band 2:30PM, Backtrack Blues Band 1:00PM

Artist and times subject to change. The festival will comply with CDC guidelines in effect as of the date of the event.

A Kick Off Party will happen Thursday, April 7 with Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters 8PM-9:30PM at The Palladium Theater 253 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida. Doors open at 7PM.

VIP packages usually sell out each year. Don’t be disappointed – buy your VIP passes early! This VIP package is one of the best: front stage seating, backstage waterfront shade tents, complimentary beers, wines, soda, water, custom fire-baked pizzas, dinner from Outback Steakhouse, air-conditioned restrooms and hotel discounts. 

Purchase tickets via the website. For more information, contact Tampa Bay Blues Festival via email.
MVBS Fundraiser Feb 9 with Billy Branch
(DAVENPORT, IA) - Chicago-blues singer and harmonica maestro Billy Branch will perform at Davenport's Village Theatre (2113 East 11th St., Davenport, Iowa) on February 9 in a fundraising concert for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society (MVBS). 

Branch is a three-time Grammy Award nominee, Emmy Award winner, and the recipient of multiple Blues Music Awards and Living Blues Critics' Awards, a retired Grammy governor, and recipient of two BMA Keeping the Blues Alive Awards for his Blues in Schools programs. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of both the Blues Foundation and the Little Walter Foundation. Branch is most proud of being a 2020 inductee into the International Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis.

Billy Branch has been called the Ambassador of the Chicago Blues because he has spent nearly fifty years representing the Blues legacy around the world. He is one of the last living bluesmen to have been mentored by the original blues giants. The critically lauded musician is also serving as the resident artist for the first 2022 MVBS Blues in the Schools program.
Admission to this all-ages 8-9:30pm fundraising event is $8–$15. More information and tickets are available at the Mississippi Valley Blues Society website.
Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Feb 18-20
(TORONTO, CANADA) - Celebrating its landmark 20th year presenting the finest sounds around, Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival added award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter Sue Foley to this year’s event lineup online February 18th-20th. Fresh off the release of her latest album, 2021’s Pinky’s Blues, Sue Foley will close-out the three-day event, rounding out the highly acclaimed roster that includes the best and award-winning musicians across blues, rock, jazz, folk, roots, and more.

Registration to watch the expansive list of 18+ concerts is free, and optional donations collected to assist with festival expenses, the main one being remuneration for artists. In other words, donations are welcomed.
Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival was founded by Festival Director Brian Gladstone, and is a division of The Association of Artists for a Better World, a registered non-profit organization.

When a festival has been running for 20 consecutive years — in the middle of Canadian winters, no less — rest assured, organizers have seen it all. Last year, Gladstone and his team added ‘pivoting to online due to a pandemic’ to that list and, in 2022, those conditions have continued. When they started planning for this year’s fête, venues in Ontario were operating at full capacity; in the wake of Omicron’s rapid spread, that lowered to 50%, before recently dropping off altogether.

Those planning to tune in will need to register online for free access here.
22nd Annual Blues Café Mar 11-12
(ROTHSCHILD, WI) - It's time to get fired up" when the Great Northern Society (GNBS) presents Blues Cafe 2022 March 11-12 at the Rothschild Pavilion (1104 Park St.) in Rothschild, Wisconsin. Get your tickets early, as they may be limited to 500 attendees.
If you love horn bands this is the year for you with Hip Pocket Friday at 8:30pm night, and The Jimmy's on Saturday. Friday night begins with the Harrison Street Band at 6:30pm. Kicking off Saturday it’s The Blues Disciples at 1pm followed by the wildly popular Ivy Ford. They will be presenting the 2020 winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Hector Anchondo at 5pm followed by the Jimmy’s at 7pm. One of the best blues bands around, Altered Five Blues Band with J.T. and his silky-smooth vocals, will close the Saturday show. Acoustic artist Michael (Big Dog) Murphy will also perform Saturday.

Tickets are available at the website.
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Bluesin’ is back baby! We're excited to Return to the West Coast in 2022! Cabins on Sale Now!
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.
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
Sonny Landreth & Eric Clapton "Promise Land"
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
• Feb 1 Chinese New Years
• Feb 2 Groundhog Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 25-Sleepy John Estes (1899-1977), Etta James (1938-2012); Jan 26-Huey "Piano" Smith (1934); Jan 27-Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (1914-1960), Elmore James (1918-1963), Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930-2013); Jan 28-Drink Small (1933); Jan 29-Eddie Taylor (1923-1985), Jonny Lang (1981); Jan 30-Janiva Magness (1957); Jan 31-Roosevelt Sykes (1906-1983), Chuck Willis (1928-1958), Paul deLay (1952-2007), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953-2015); Alan Lomax (1915-2002 musicologist, writer, producer); Feb 1-“Baby Face” Leroy Foster (1923-1958), Sonny Landreth (1951), Lisa Mann; Feb 3-Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1935-1996), Jody Williams (1935-2018); Feb 3-Jason Ricci (1974 photo here by Kimberly Anton); Feb 5-Al Kooper (1944), Victor Wainwright (1981); Feb 6-Bob Marley (1945-1981)
Just in case:
• Okay... January 28 is "National Kazoo Day" and while I'm always trying to correlate those off-the-wall calendar "Days" with the Blues, I of course started Googling Blues kazoo!
I actually found Frank Helms that calls himself "Kazoo Man" ...and he ain't bad!
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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
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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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
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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
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA

9th Milwaukee Blues Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA

Bob Sykes
BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer , Alabama, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-5-2022 - May-8-2022
San Diego, California USA

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-21-2022 – May-22-2022
Annapolis, Maryland, 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

Utah Blues Festival
Jun-10-2022 – Jun-11-2022
Salt Lake City, Utah, 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
Please stay 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
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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