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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 10, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 10

thru Mar 24
Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Celebrating 20 Years
News Flash... 
Video of the week
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Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums
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About Us 
Show us your BFG
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros & Outros... 
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Me and the Devil Blues 
Continue to stay optimistic! We've got this!
Celebrating 20 Years
We're Celebrating 20 Years as Blues Industry Leaders!
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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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Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's the energetic, soulful guitarist, singer, songwriter Mr. Sipp the Mississippi Blues Child showing off his BFG on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise captured by Nancy Edwards, former Marketing Director and co-founder of the Blues Festival Guide.
This multi-award winner, is currently nominated for a Blues Music Award for "Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year," and "B.B. King Entertainer of The Year."
Mr. Sipp aka Castro Coleman was the 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner by way of The Vicksburg Blues Society as well as the 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award Winner. The same year Castro was given the Bobby Rush Entertainer of the Year Award by the Jus' Blues Foundation. In 2015, he won several Jackson Music Awards including International Male Blues Artist, Blues Artist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. And the list goes on.

Photo: Nancy Edwards
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The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2021 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
Little Village Recording Artist Tia Carroll
Award-winning California native and Little Village Recording Artist Tia Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the Bay Area and has become one of the most sought-after female singers on the West Coast.
Among many accolades, Tia has been nominated for a 2022 "Soul Blues Album" Blues Music Award for her release, You Gotta Have It, and she is a Jus' Blues Music Award 2022 Denise Lasalle Lifetime Achievement Recording Of Excellence Award Honoree for “Outstanding Recordings Of Excellence.” 
Tia has headlined venues and festivals all over the world with her band as well as some very well-established host bands. She has shared stages with legends Ray Charles, Jimmy McCracklin, Syl Johnson, Sugar Pie DeSanto and B.B. King, Tommy Castro, Elvin Bishop, Igor Prado and Eric Gales.
She has earned a reputation for her emotive vocals and up-beat and engaging manner on stage and audiences around the world are treated to an unforgettable show.
It’s out… her new CD and You Gotta Have It.
Click here to listen to "Even When I'm Not Alone" from You Gotta Have It.
Tia Carroll official Website • Facebook • ReverbNation
Watch the video of "Even When I'm Not Alone" recorded in Chile.
2022 Walla Walla Guitar Festival Mar 11-12

(WALLA WALLA, WA) - The 11th annual Walla Walla Guitar Festival will be March 11-13. National, regional, and local acts in multiple venues in downtown Walla Walla, Washington. Venues include The Marcus Whitman Ballroom (6 W. Rose St.), VFW Post 992 (102 N. Colville St.), Walla Walla Eagles (350 S. 2nd Ave.), Plumb Cellars (39 E. Main St.), and Henry Earl Wines (25 E. Main St.. There will also be kick-off events on Thursday, March 10 including a Pre-Fest Jam at 7pm at the VFW hosted by Diego Romero and Mike Mendoza.

Some of the artists appearing this year include Joanna Connor, The Nick Schnebelen Band, Junkyard Jane, Lisa Mann & Here Really Good Band, Coyote Kings with Tiffony Dames, The Stacy Jones Band, The Chris Eger Band and many more.

Suggested accommodations include The Marcus Whitman Hotel, and Best Western Plus Walla Walla Suites Inn (7 E. Oak St.). The RV park close to the fest is the Blue Valley RV Park (50 W. George St.).
Tickets are available at TicketBud
29th River City Blues Festival Mar 18-19
(MARIETTA OH) - The 29th River City Blues Festival takes place at the Lafayette Hotel (101 Front St.) in Marietta, Ohio March 18-19 and will presents nationally known acts such as Peaches Staten, Nick Moss, Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys, Micah Kesselring, Studebaker John & The Hawks, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Vanessa Collier, and Mr. Sipp. Food and drink will be for sale, there’s comfortable seating at this a smoke-free venue with a large dance floor.

Tickets for Friday Night and Saturday Afternoon are $30. Saturday Night tickets are $40

A Weekend Pass is $85. For tickets contact Peggy Bolen 740-376-0222 evenings and weekends.

For festival schedule, hotel accommodations and more info, visit the Mid-Ohio Valley Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society (BJFM) website.
M.C. Records Celebrates Women's History Month with Curated Playlist
M.C. Records has curated a special 16 song playlist in celebration of Women's History Month from its releases over the last 25 years.
President of the label Mark Carpentieri said, "Looking back, I have had the honor to work with so many amazing women. Some are here some have gone and they have inspired me and so many others with their strength and talent. I truly hope you enjoy the music! The playlist has some different songs from last year. The WHM playlist includes Odetta, Marcia Ball, Joanna Connor, Debbie Davies, Kelley Hunt, Joan Osborne, Angela Strehli, Janis Ian, EG Kight, Marie Knight, Maria Muldaur, Catherine Russell, Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt, and Susan Tedeschi.”
You can listen to the playlist via either Soundcloud or Spotify.
In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.  Subsequent Presidents continued to proclaim a National Women’s History Week in March until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.” 
2022 Jus' Blues Honorees 
(TUNICA, MS) - The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation honors by giving recognition to some of America’s finest African-American Blues and Soul music talents who are often left out of the more popular mainstream media and awards shows.

The 2022 Jus' Blues Honorees are:
• Eric Gales: Albert King Lifetime Achievement Award “The Lucy Award” for Being on Fire, Feeling, Funk Blues & Soul.
• D'Kieran “D.K.” Harrell: "King Of The Blues" Award "Tribute To B. B. King" for Preserving Traditional Blues Heritage
• Demetria Taylor: Koko Taylor “Queen Of The Blues” Awards for Reserving Traditional Blues Heritage
• Bobby Patterson: Willie Dixon Lifetime Achievement Writers Award For outstanding contributions to Blues & Soul music as a unique Songwriter
• Barbara Morrison: Willie Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Artist Award for outstanding Artistry to Blues & Soul Music
• Terry "Harmonica" Bean: Bobby Rush Lifetime Achievement Blues Entertainers Award for Outstanding Tradition Blues Entertainer
• Tia Carroll: Denise Lasalle Lifetime Achievement Recording Of Excellence Award for Outstanding Recordings Of Excellence
• Mel Harden: Jus` Blues & Soul Lifetime Achievement Legend Award for Outstanding Contributions to Blues & Soul
• Shirley Jones of the Jones Girls: Millie Jackson “Classy & Sassy” Award for Soul/Blues Queens "Keeping it Real"
• Jesse Thompson - Jackson Music Awards: Benny Latimore “Let's Straighten It Out” Award for Preserving Blues & Soul Heritage Behind the Scenes
• Lee King - Jackson Music Awards: Benny Latimore “Let's Straighten It Out” Award for Preserving Blues & Soul Heritage Behind the Scenes
• Gregg A Smith: Bobby Blue Bland” Lifetime Achievement Blues Award for Outstanding Blues Vocal Stylist
• James Boogaloo Bolden: Bobby Byrd "Know You Got Soul" Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Bandleader
• Rojene Bailey: Ruben Hughes Lifetime Achievement Blues Radio Personality Award for Preserving Blues Radio Programming
• Alabama Mike: Jus' Blues "The Muddy" Lifetime Achievement Blues Award for Outstanding Contributions to Blues Music
• R.L. Griffin: Jus' Blue Juke Joint Award for Preserving & Keeping the traditions of the Chitlin' Circuit Clubs Alive.
The "Night Of The Living Legends" will be held Aug 3-Aug 6 at the Horseshoe Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
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
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of the week
Peaches Staten "Zydeco" Paris 2021
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
Women's History Month
• Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day
• Mar 20 Earth Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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 (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); Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley pictured top (1894-1975); Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe pictured middle (1915-1973), Frank Edwards (1909-2002), Marcia Ball pictured bottom (1949), Sam Lay (1935-2022), Eddie Shaw (1937-2018), Jimmie Vaughan (1951)
Just in case:
Mar 11 is "Middle Name Pride Day" which celebrated on the first Friday of the first full week in March. Middle names were born as a means to commemorate older, or often, dead family members, or godparents. However, some people don’t know much about their middle names. I'm not sure where mine came from. but I gave my children middle names to honor their grandparents. My mother didn't have one... I think after naming 13 children, my grandparents maybe ran out of ideas!
I imagine most people have middle names but a lot of blues artists, for instance, took on nicknames as their first, middle and even last names or used their middle names as their first name. Some used "Big" and lots used "Little;" some used "Son" or "Junior." Ray Charles make a good point here!
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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
 Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-21-2022 - Apr-24-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
For festival-event links
please go to our website
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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Michele is also a singer, songwriter, performer and bandleader based in the San Diego County, California area and nicknamed the "Queen of Steam" for her high energy and passionate style.
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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