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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 17, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 7

thru Mar 24
thru Jan 27
Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Special Announcement
News Flash... 
Video of the week
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iTunes & Billboard #1 Blues Albums
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Show us your BFG
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros & Outros... 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Continue to stay optimistic! We've got this!
Special Announcement
Celebrating 20 Years as Blues Industry Leaders!
and it's your Once a Year Marketing Opportunity!
It's time to reserve your ad space in the 20th Anniversary Issue of the BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine!
The one Bobby Rush calls "Your roadmap to everything blues!"
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Click the image at left to take a look at our complete Media Kit for information about all of our Blues Media Products. We have so many ways to market your project!

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RBA Publishing Inc. • P.O. Box 920 • Arcata, CA 95518 • 707-630-3304 • Text: 775-846-8238
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Photo Moments with the 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's the talented, solid, multi-award winning Grammy nominated Roomful of Blues. The blues, swing revival group have recorded 25 albums and been entertaining the grateful masses around the globe for over 50+ years!
Home-based in Rhode Island, Roomful of Blues is currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon (pictured far right) and features longtime alto-tenor saxman Rick Lataille (holding magazine), who joined Roomful in 0170.

Photo: Cari Navarro
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The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2021 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
Coeur d'Alene Blues Festival Mar 25-27 has lots to offer 
(COEUR D’ALENE, ID) - The Coeur d'Alene Blues Festival will be held March 25-27 at The Coeur d' Alene Golf & Spa Resort (115 S. 2nd St.,) in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The festival is a five-time winner of the Inland Empire Blues Society “Best Blues Festival." As usual, the 12th Annual will feature top talent from local, regional and national blues artists. At Saturday’s main event, the five bands on two stages from 4pm-12am include Lloyd Jones Struggle, Rae Gordon Band, John Németh, Ana Popovic, and Whack A Mole. But, there’s a plethora of live entertainment and fun going on at the resort starting 3:30pm Friday, 12:30pm Saturday and a Blues Breakfast at 9:30am on Sunday

Friday night offers a Blues cruise from 7:30-9:45pm with your choice between two bands (Bobby Patterson Band or the Kenny James Miller Band, and two boats. There is also a Friday overnight Blues Lake Cruise Package which will include lakeside accommodations and two Blues Cruise tickets.

A Saturday overnight Blues Festival Main Event Package at The Resort Convention Center includes lakeside accommodations and two all-access tickets to the 5-Band performances.

Sunday March 27, enjoy a Blues Breakfast at Dockside Restaurant with live entertainment.
Marcia Ball Feb 19... Blues In The Loft and more at SOPAC
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) - Celebrate Mardi Gras with Marcia Ball and a full-scale roadhouse Rhythm and Blues party this Saturday Feb 19 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) at 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, New Jersey. Showtime is 8pm and tickets range $28-$38.
Then get your groove on during the Blues in the Loft concert series. On Sunday nights, hear world-class artists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. Tickets for these events are $20 and shows begin at 7pm. Sunday February 27 the series lineup presents King Solomon Hicks, the 26-year-old phenom guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and composer from Harlem.
Black Music in Film is featured at the Center, now through March 2.

March 20 enjoy the Sounds of New Orleans with Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas.

Get down to some “Bayou Soul” with Marc Broussard April 1, followed by Louisiana’s hot native son Tab Benoit on April 3.

At this time, all SOPAC patrons are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test and wear a mask. All current Covid-19 Precautions & Policies can be found at the SOPAC website.
Cutrer Mansion presents Black History Month event Feb 24th
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - In honor of Black History Month, Clarksdale, Mississippi's historic Cutrer Mansion aka Coahoma County Higher Education Center (CCHEC) presents a Community Conversation at the Cutrer Thursday, February 24th 5:30-7 pm. “Witnessing the Struggle for Civil Rights” will also feature photographs by the late, renowned Civil Rights photographer Bob Adelman (1930-2016), and a conversation about MLK's visits to Clarksdale.
This special event is free and open to the Public. The center is located at 109 Clark Street in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
 April's Juke Joint Festival Wristband Pre-Sale
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - A Note from Roger Stolle of Cathead:
This year's Clarksdale, Mississippi, Juke Joint Festival & Related Events are 'on' for Thurs-Sun, April 21-24, y'all — including our world-famous juke joint crawl on that Saturday night, April 23rd. The festival nonprofit has already sold PRE-SALE Wristbands to fans from at least 45 U.S. states (plus D.C.) and 10 countries! So, don't wait.

As you may remember, we sold out of Sat-night JJF Wristbands last year, so why risk a repeat? Save a few bucks, and guarantee a bracelet for your bluesy wrist. You'll rock out to the blues at 20-some venues, starting as early as 6pm that Saturday and running as late as 1am. Buy now as there are limited quantities. Price increases in April. 
Of course, don't forget to get to town early and stay late that week for all of the amazing, official FREE music events that Thurs-Sun — including over a dozen FREE daytime music stages on that Saturday between 10am and 5 or 6pm. Lineup coming soon to website. Book your rooms ASAP! Find excellent lodging list here and start calling (not relying on 'online calendars') to find a room (or at least get on waiting lists). If you don't mind a short drive, then the Isle of Capri casino hotel in nearby Lula, MS, definitely has rooms. Also, check out these JJF camping options as well. And maybe search AirBnB and VRBO.
BMG acquires music interests of blues icon John Lee Hooker 
BMG has acquired the music interests of iconic American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist John Lee Hooker from his estate.

The agreement includes his entire publishing catalogue, co-acquired with BMG’s longstanding partner FujiPacific Music. It also covers his entire recorded and performance royalty income, as well as a selection of Hooker’s recorded music catalogue, spanning Alone, Vol. 1 (1980) through to Black Night Is Falling (2020), acquired solely by BMG.

In what is a complex musical legacy some rights will still remain with third parties, but BMG will now take a lead role in promoting Hooker’s catalogue.

BMG currently represents or owns rights in many of Blues music’s most influential artists including Son House, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Mississippi Fred McDowell.

Jeff Jampol, CEO, JAM, Inc, said, “As the longtime managers of the John Lee Hooker estate, JAM, Inc was happy to help the estate and BMG conclude this transaction. We are very pleased that an artist-first company like BMG will be the stewards of this great legacy moving forward, and we are grateful to remain in a consulting and management role of the John Lee Hooker legacy, in partnership with BMG, moving forward.

“This is a rare triple-win for everyone: the Hooker family, BMG, and for the millions of John Lee Hooker fans all across the world. We can't wait to see - and be a part of - what's coming next!”

Thomas Scherer, BMG president, repertoire & marketing, New York and Los Angeles, said: “BMG is proud to be the definitive home of John Lee Hooker’s music, one of the key inspirations and foundation stones of popular music. BMG will ensure John Lee Hooker’s legacy is honored and respected wherever and whenever John Lee Hooker’s music is used, performed, recorded or sold.”
(excerpts from Andre Paine/Music Week)
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!
Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2022
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto.
LRBC #38 EASTERN CARIBBEAN - Bands Announced in late March early April!
Jan. 28 ~ Feb, 4, 2023
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to Ports TBA. Info & cabin pricing!
Visit Reservations Or Call (816) 753-7979 to Reserve!
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
Alvin Youngblood Hart "If Blues Was Money"
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
• Black History Month
• American Heart Month
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Feb 17-Lou Ann Barton (1954); Feb 18-Irma Thomas (1941); Feb 19-Sam Myers (1936-2006), William "Smokey" Robinson (1940), Robert “Bilbo” Walker (1937-2017); Feb 20-Jimmy "Papa" Yancey (1898-1951); Feb 21-Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell (1903-1962), Nina Simone (1933-2003); Feb 23-Johnny Winter (1944-2014); Feb 24-Willie Kent (1936-2006); George Thorogood (1950); Feb 25-Ida Cox (1896 or 1898-1967); Feb 26-Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928-2017), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943-1981); Mar 1-Zac Harmon (1957); Mar 2 Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (1963), Rory Gallagher (1948-1995); Mar 3-John Primer (1945); Mar 4-Bobby Womack (1944-2014); Mar 5 J.B. Lenoir (1929-1967), Peg Leg Howell (1888-1966), Tommy Tucker (1933-1982)
Just in case:
February 18th is "National Drink Wine Day." Okay, well we know we don't need a special day to "drink" wine but let's think of it as a day to not only celebrate a human tradition that's thousands of years old.... AND, recall those songs inspired by this nectar. Early jump blues type songs include "Stick's" McGhee & His Buddies "Drinking Wine Spoodie Oodie" that hit the #1 spot in 1949, "Cherry Wine" by Esther Phillips (1953), "Pink Champagne" by Joe Liggins And His "Honeydrippers" (1953), "Hey Bartender" by Floyd Dixon (1955), the obscure "Wine Drinker" by Cats & The Fiddle (1950), ... many more over the years but we simply can't leave out Luther Allison's heart-wrenching plea of "Cherry Red Wine."
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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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 Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 
Leeds Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Pigz in Z’Hills
BBQ & Blues Festival
Mar-4-2022 - Mar-5-2022
Zephyrhills, Florida USA 

Dallas Blues Festival
Dallas, Texas, USA
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
14th Foley BBQ & Blues Cook-off
Foley, Alabama USA
River City Blues Festival 29th
Mar-18-2022 – Mar-19-2022
Marietta, Ohio, USA
Blues Bash At The Ranch
Mar-18-2022 – Mar-20-2022
Brooksville, Florida, USA
Coeur D'Alene Blues Festival
Mar-25-2022 - Mar-27-2022
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, USA
Blues on Reid
Port St Joe, Florida, 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
Continue to stay optimistic! We've got this!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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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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