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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 3, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 9

thru Mar 24
Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Celebrating 20 Years
News Flash... 
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!
Show us your BFG
Blues Society News
Video of the week
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
iTunes & Billboard #1 Blues Albums
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Celebrating 20 Years
We're 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!
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• People love the magazine! The physicality. Getting their hands on it. It engages your senses: sight, touch, smell; the sound of the pages turning, sharing it.
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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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Photo Moments with the 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's 23 year old Clarksdale, MS native and musical prodigy, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, aboard the January 2022 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
He received his first Grammy nomination at the age of 19 for his album Kingfish, and now for 662 which also charted #1 on Billboard Blues Charts among others. A multi-award winner, he's currently nominated for a Blues Music Award for "Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year," and "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" for the album 662.

Photo: Cari Navarro
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News Flash... 
Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert March 5 
(ANTIOCH, CA) – The annual Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert will be held Saturday, March 5th, 2022 at 7pm. Appearing will be multi award-winning Blues artists Chris Cain and Sue Foley and intends to be the best night of blues this town has ever seen. Past shows have had great responses from attendees, and many have asked for the same thing: “Let the performers play longer… with less acts.” We’ve listened and have turned up the heat. Our 2022 show will feature these two international blues stars playing for over an hour each. Chris Cain has recently been nominated for a 2022 Blues Music Award (BMA) for “Contemporary Male Blues Artist” and “Blues Guitarist Of The Year.” Sue Foley has been nominated for three 2022 BMA’s including, “Album of the Year,” “Traditional Blues Album,” and “Traditional Blues Female Artist.”

In 2010, El Campanil Theatre in Antioch, California, presented the first Delta Blues Benefit Concert, and ever since, the Benefit Concert has evolved to be an annual event supporting music in our community. To date, the group has awarded over $42,000 in grants and scholarships to benefit musical education. This year’s benefit concert is no different; they will be supporting music in the community, and, of course, be giving away scholarships to young musicians for college. What better way to help support musical education in our community than by attending a great evening of international blues performers in your home town?
Professor Louie’s “Century of The Blues Concert” Mar 26 in New York
(PEEKSKILL, NY) - Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, New York will present Professor Louie’s “Century of The Blues Concert” on March 26. Showtime is at 8pm.(PEEKSKILL, NY) - Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, New York will present Professor Louie’s “Century of The Blues Concert” on March 26. Showtime is at 8pm.

The concert is brought to you in association with the Hudson Valley Blues Society and will feature Joe Louis Walker, a true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter. Guy Davis, “An Ambassador of the Blues.” His work as a musician, actor, author, and music teacher, earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, the torchbearer of the true spirit of American Roots Music, a seasoned live performer, prolific recording artist and versatile multi-instrumentalist. Plus, on the big screen, A Photographic Journey by Joseph A. Rosen.

Professor Louie’s “Century Of The Blues Concert” is a thank you to the great blues artists in history for their contributions throughout the years. Louie has assembled a show of historical performers, who will interpret some of the greatest songs in Blues History. Tracing acoustic Blues, Gospel Music, Rock n Roll to Chicago Blues, this concert continues to keep this American Heritage Music Sound alive.
Find more details and tickets at the theater website as well as their regulations’ regarding Covid-19.
"ART and the Blues" Art Show April 1-30
(BREWSTER, NY) – Presented by the Cultural Arts Coalition and the Hudson Valley Blues Society, "ART and the Blues" Art Show April 1-30, will be an exciting month of art, workshops, live music and the blues! This event will be held at Studio Around the Corner, 67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, New York in the Village.
Join us for the official opening of a "music-inspired" art show on Friday, April 1st, from 7-9pm featuring Tom "The Suit" Forst and Paul Toscano who will be performing an acoustic show during the evening. Check out some fantastic art! Meet the artists! Listen to great music!

The Gallery is looking for your art that is music-themed or music-inspired. If interested, please email a photo and your contact information. Artwork drop-off is March 30th.
Rivers of Rhythm: Music of Africa, Spirituals & Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Hip Hop
Editor’s Note: In Rivers of Rhythm, a six-part series presented by American Songwriter and Renasant Bank, the program takes a deep look into the Music of Africa, Spirituals & Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop. The series is now on episode 5, Rhythm & Blues. The final episode, Hip Hop, will premiere on March 8. The following is an excerpt of the intro on Series 3, The Blues, from American Songwriter.

“The seeds of the blues were buried long ago, planted in the music of Africa, but harvested in the fields of the deep south,” says the narrator in the video. “It was the pain, the sorrow, the struggles through and after slavery that gave the blues the simple structure in this emotionally complex sound.”

Rivers of Rhythm—highlighting the work of The National Museum of African American Music—explores and celebrates the music genres and styles created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.

In episode 3, titled The Blues, artists, alongside leading historians and museum curators, take a look at the history of the blues, which takes place after emancipation, from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

“You don’t have American music without the blues,” says Katie Rainge-Briggs of the National Museum of African American Music. “The blues music opened the door and enabled an artist to tell their story on a popular stage. Rather than limiting their emotion to their home, to their church, now on stage, there can be an emotional camaraderie.”
Click the hyperlinks in the 1st paragraph to read the backgrounds on American Songwriter. You can also find the videos on their YouTube channel. 
You still have time to vote for your favorite blues artists! 
The 43rd Blues Music Award Nominees have been announced and it's time to vote! Blues Foundation members are invited to vote for the Blues Music Awards. The ballot will be open to current Blues Foundation members only until 11:59pm CT Friday, March 18, 2022. To cast your vote, log in to your Member Portal and once logged in, the link to the BMA Ballot will be available at the top of the page.

The Blues Music Awards (BMA) brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.

To become a Blues Foundation member, visit the website and click on the Join button in the upper right corner to learn about the different membership levels and how to easily and securely join online. Upon membership confirmation, new and renewing members will be sent instructions on how to access the 2022 Blues Music Awards Ballot.

Now is the time to also get your tickets to the Blues Music Awards and Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony plus reserve your accommodations. 
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival June 17-19
(GAHANNA, OH) — The City of Gahanna in Ohio has announced the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival will return this June 17-19 and tickets are on sale now. Headliners for the Blues Stage are Tee Dee Young with his dynamic stage presence, exciting harmony and energy on Friday at 9:30pm, Selwyn Birchwood, the groundbreaking young blues visionary and his “electric swamp funkin’ blues” on Saturday at 7:45pm, and Veronica Lewis, the teenage prodigy, piano player, singer and prolific songwriter on Sunday at 3:30pm. 

“We couldn’t be happier to have the full-scale Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival back to its rightful place on the third weekend of June,” said Lori Kappes, Executive Director for Visit Gahanna. “Our committee has already been planning the event for months now and we have incredible regional and national blues and jazz acts in the lineup, in addition to the wonderful local talent we have right here in Central Ohio.”

The Creekside Blues & Jazz festival was canceled in 2020 in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. A scaled-back version was held in September for 2021.
Blues Society News
SWFBS All-Star Blues Blowout Fundraiser Mar 6
(FORT MEYERS, FL) - Your invited to attend the Southwest Florida Blues Society (SWFBS) Fundraiser event at Nauti Parrot Oasis (17200 Tamiami Trail South), Fort Myers, Florida on Saturday March 6. Doors 11am and music 1pm.
The live concert and fundraising event will benefit the local blues society and its many ongoing music and education programs.
Admission is free. All donations are tax deductible and stay local in support and promotion of blues music throughout Southwest Florida on all levels through society-sanctioned educational efforts, and to provide a network of association for area and worldwide blues lovers.

Enjoy a full afternoon of continuous blues, prizes, 50/50, SWFBS merchandise, silent auction, great food, music and cold beverages. 
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!
Or Call (816) 753-7979 to Reserve
 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
Sue Foley "Southern Men"
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
• Mar 8 International Women's Day
• Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day
• Mar 20 Earth Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Mar 6 Walter "Furry" Lewis (1893-1981), Walter Trout (1951); Mar 9 Georgia White pictured top (1903-1980), Lloyd Price (1933); Mar 10 Dave Alexander aka Omar Shariff (1938), Ronnie Earl (1953); Mar 12 Leonard Chess (1917-1969), Bill Payne (1949 Little Feat co-founder); Mar 13 Otis "Lightnin' Slim" Hicks (1913-1974); Mar 14 Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980); Mar 15 Bertha "Chippie" Hill pictured bottom (1905-1950), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912-1982); Sly Stone (1944), Ry Cooder (1947); Mar 16 James "Yank" Rachell (1910-1997); Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917-1965); Mar 18 Wilson Pickett (1941-2006), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927-2001)
Just in case:
"National Son's Day" is March 4th (apparently they also get a day Sept 28th!). Of course every day should son's day if you are one and/or have one! In the blues world we're grateful for the sons of artists that have carried on their parents legacy such as:
Mud Morganfield and the late Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield pictured bottom RT (Muddy Water's aka McKinley Morganfield), Kenny Neal (Raful Neal), Lurrie Bell (Carey Bell), Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks (Lonnie Brooks), Bernard Allison (Luther Allison), John Lee Hooker Jr. (John Lee Hooker),  Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith (Willie "Big Eyes" Smith), Luther and Cody Dickinson (Jim Dickinson), Devon Allman (Gregg Allman), Jimmy D. Lane (Jimmy Rogers), Shuggie Otis (Johnny Otis), Donald, Kenneth and Ralph "Woody" Kinsey (Big Daddy Kinsey), Doyle Bramhall II (Doyle Bramhall), the late Lucky Peterson pictured top LT (James Peterson), Garry Burnside (R.L. Burnside), Chris Thomas King (Rockin' Tabby Thomas), Eric Bibb (Leon Bibb), Vieux Farka Touré (Ali Farka Touré), and C.J. Chenier (Clifton Chenier). If you know of more, give a shout!
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Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
iTunes & Billboard #1 Blues Albums
iTunes/Billboard #1 Blues Albums - as of Mar 3, 2022
#1 iTunes 
The Blues Album
#1 Billboard
Blues For The Southside
(Note: iTunes rankings change very often.
This is #1 as of e-Guide publishing time) 
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.
Checkout website Festival page!
 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
29th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Apr-09-2022, Charleston
South Carolina, USA
Blues Festival
Apr-09-2022 – Apr-10-2022
Bullhead City, Arizona, USA
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Apr-14-2022 – Apr-18-2022
Byron Bay, Australia
For festival-event links
please go to our website
 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

Holland International Blues Festival
Jun-09-2022 – Jun-11-2022
Holland, Netherlands
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
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
Jun-17-2022 - Jun-19-2022
Gahanna, Ohio 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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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 nicknamed the "Queen of Steam" and this time of year, aka "Madame LeRoux." 
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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