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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 31, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 13

thru Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Celebrating 20 Years
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video of the week
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Intros & Outros... 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
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!
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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• 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.
• Interesting and entertaining editorial by blues' top aficionados.
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• Thousands of bluesers read it online in digital format, also for free! We have an aggressive outreach program for our Digital Magazine (your ad in our print magazine, is automatically in the digital version at no up charge).
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• Tens of thousands of magazines are shipped for free to festivals, music museums, music venues, blues societies, etc. to be distributed free to blues fans. Plus... thousands order paid subscription so that the magazine is mailed directly to them.

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 the ever effervescent Deanna Bogart and Tommy Castro who seem even more so now that they are such a sweet life pair!
A multi-award winning guitarist, singer. songwriter and band leader, Castro is currently nominated for 6 Blues Music Awards including Entertainer of The Year, which he's won twice before.
Deanna is the multi-award winning keyboardist, saxophonist, singer, songwriter, and band leader. She is also producing festivals, artists as an arranger, and as a sought after educator, mentor, master classes/creative coach. 
Photo courtesy: Nancy Edwards
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News Flash... 
A Blues Tradition Continues in 2022 at Gator By the Bay
by Wendy Lemlin
(SAN DIEGO, CA) - For those who love their live blues music in a fun and welcoming festival environment, the annual 4-day Gator By the Bay Zydeco and Blues Festival is the must-do spring event. After a 2-year hiatus due to Covid shutdowns, Gator By the Bay will be returning hotter than ever May 5-8, 2022 to Spanish Landing Park in San Diego, California.

In recent years, outstanding blues artists have graced the 5 stages at the festival, and this year is no exception. Along with a plethora of local talent, the blues headliners will include:
Alastair Greene, a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for about 30 years, and hailed as one of the best blues rock guitarists of his generation.
Vanessa Collier, the multi award-winning saxophonist, singer, songwriter, master musician and multi-instrumentalist who weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance.
Sugaray Rayford, the soul blues singer and songwriter whose prodigious list of awards and accolades include a 2020 Grammy nomination.
RJ Mischo, acknowledged as one of today’s top blues harp players and singers.
Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child,” the multi-award-winning blues and gospel guitarist, singer and songwriter AKA Castro Coleman.
Nick Schnebelen, whose forceful guitar playing and singing flexes with styles ranging from slow blues to soul to funk to rock.
Harlis Sweetwater, an exciting national touring artist whose musical foundations are securely rooted in rock n' roll, blues and soul music.
Dennis Jones, known for sizzling hot guitar solos, smooth and soulful vocals, and high-energy stage performance, backed by a rhythm section that is second to none.
For everything you need to know, including complete lineup and schedule of over 100 musical performances, ticket info, and more, please go to the Gator By The Bay website.
36th Annual Carolina Blues Festival: Young, Black, & Blues
(GREENSBORO, NC) — The longest-running blues festival in the Southeast returns during NC Blues Week May 14th- 21st, 2022. The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society (PBPS) gives voice to the next generation with its 36th Annual Carolina Blues Festival: "Young, Black & Blues," Saturday, May 21st at Lebauer Park in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. The lineup includes: Mr. Sipp, Vanessa Collier, Jontavious Willis, TC Carter Band, Jay Hopp, Sean “Mack” McDonald, and Stephen Hull. 
The music will continue Sunday, May 22nd with the PBPS food truck rodeo "Blues & Foods Market" at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro from 2pm-6pm. 

Blues Week's May 14th-21st cultural programming includes a formal proclamation from the Greensboro Mayor's office, community Blues jams in multiple cities, virtual events and concerts in various venues.
PBPS president Atiba Berkley states, “The theme ‘Young, Black & Blues’ was intentionally chosen to amplify the voices of younger African American players of Blues music and participants of Blues culture.” The 36th Annual Carolina Blues Festival affords a unique opportunity to observe the range and depth of Blues from the perspective of a younger generation of Blues originators.
Please visit the here for artists details and various ticket options, some of which include special discounts.

The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society will continue to post updates on its Facebook page, and on Instagram.
A Jus’ Blues Music Foundation 2022 Honoree
It’s out, on Little Village Records... 
You Gotta Have It
Award winning California native Tia Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the San Francisco Bay Area and has become one of the most sought-after female singers on the West Coast. 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 also B.B King, Tommy Castro, Elvin Bishop, Igor Prado and Eric Gales.
She has earned a reputation for her up-beat and engaging manner on stage and audiences around the world are treated to an unforgettable show.
Website | Facebook | ReverbNation

Click to hear Tia: “Even When I’m Not Alone”
Hill Country Meets Soulful Mississippi Vocals at the Gin
(INDIANOLA, MS) - On April 7th B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St.) in Indianola, Mississippi, presents First Thursdays with Mark “Muleman” Massey in the B.B. King Gin! 
Born in the Mississippi Delta, Mark learned the true meaning of the Blues down on Parchman Farm Penitentiary. He was taught by David Kimbrough, the son of Jr. Kimbrough, how to play the guitar inside Parchman, and soon after, Mark joined the Parchman Prison Band.
After Mark left Parchman, he followed his love for the blues towards bettering himself. Along the way, he met blues legend Big Jack Johnson. Johnson became both a mentor and friend to Mark and even gave him the nickname "Muleman."
25 years later, Muleman has played a host of festivals across Mississippi including opening for B.B. King at his annual homecoming festival the last few years King performed. He's been featured in the online blues show Moonshine and Mojo Hands and the culinary television show, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Muleman has gone on to become the youngest white Blues musician to be on a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker located at the front gates of Parchman Farm.
“Sittin’ on the Porch” Jam Session
(ST. LOUIS, MO) - Every Thursday night, The National Blues Museum hosts our free, public jam session “Sittin’ on the Porch,” featuring you: musicians from the St. Louis area and beyond. Welcoming players of all instruments and skill levels (seriously, our jam is the best in STL for blues beginners), the "Sittin’ on the Porch" jam takes place Thursday from 6-9 PM, and doors open thirty minutes before the show. Admission is free for both musicians and audience members, and you can reserve your ticket online or at the door.

After 5pm, The National Blues Museum offers parking for $5 at 410 N 7th St, a secure garage conveniently located across the street. A parking validation, valid for 4 hours, can be purchased at the jam session to be used upon your exit from the garage.

“Sittin’ on the Porch” is a great place to learn the ins and outs of blues music or refresh your chops by playing out in public. Living up to its name, our jam session features a welcoming atmosphere and established local players. Attendees can expect familiar tunes, musical guidance, and opportunities to socialize with fellow musicians. While the National Blues Museum provides a fully stocked bar, guests can bring their own food into the jam, and renowned St. Louis BBQ restaurant Sugarfire Smokehouse is connected to the space.
So, if you play the blues, have always wanted to play the blues, or want to see some talented musicians play the blues, make sure to come by the “Sittin’ on the Porch” jam session every Thursday from 6-9pm. You’ll hear something spontaneous and one-of-a-kind every single week.
If you’re curious about what to play or how to play, check out these National Blues Museum articles detailing Common Blues Jam Session Songs and Blues Jam Session Etiquette.
CD & DVD Releases
 Mary Stokes Band :: CLOUDS IN MY HEART
The Mary Stokes Band, Clouds In My Heart, is available for download or limited-edition CDs on Bandcamp now!
The Mary Stokes Band are Ireland’s foremost blues band, with an established international reputation of over 25 years, and have performed with blues greats John Lee Hooker, BB King, Taj Mahal, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino and many more. Partners Mary Stokes and Brian Palm have led The Mary Stokes Band, performing at blues festivals and venues across Ireland, USA and Europe.

With over 10 album releases, The Mary Stokes Band released their album Comin’ Home during the global pandemic. As independent artists, the pandemic obliged Mary and Brian to seek out new ways to deliver their music to the public. Comin’ Home was independently released on Bandcamp in 2021 and has been an incredible success, reaching audiences through worldwide radio play and sales. The album was named Blues and Roots Radio “Album of the Year” for 2021. 
With new recordings started, 2022 sees the first international release of The Mary Stokes Band’s seminal live album, Clouds In My Heart, originally recorded just before Christmas,1999. It was possibly the last blues record of the 20th Century and definitely one of the first of the new millennium. The popular success of the "as live" album Comin' Home (2020) inspired them to relaunch the fully live Clouds In My Heart to a broader audience. Recorded in the landmark Bruxelles in Dublin, this album captures the live energy and vitality for which The Mary Stokes Band are widely known. This is the first time this album has been available other than at band's live shows.

Clouds In My Heart features Mary Stokes, vocals; Brian Palm, harmonica; Dermot Stokes, piano; Graham Hynes, guitar; Eoin O'Doherty, drums; Ken Matthews bass guitar; and Felim Gormley, saxophones.
Purchase: Clouds In My Heart | Comin' Home
Mary Stokes Band at Bandcamp

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! 
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO | (816) 753-7979 | 
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
"On The Road To Memphis" with Memphis Lightning and Trey Wanvig Bands 
(PORT RICHEY, FL) - The Suncoast Blues Society and Blues on the Bayou present a special sendoff show at Gill Dawg (5419 Treadway Dr.) in Port Richey, Florida, with Memphis Lightning and Trey Wanvig bands, plus they will  join together for a jam at the culmination. Both of these young men are traveling to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis during the following week! This event is to help raise some extra funds to help these bands cover their travel expenses. There will be raffles and a 50/50 contest.
This show will also be featuring MGB Cigar Box Guitars and a booth and the boys will be demonstrating their skills. 
You can also use this opportunity to renew or purchase a Suncoast Blues Society membership.
Video of the week
Paul Oscher "Juke"
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
Women's History Month
• International Guitar Month
• National Humor Month
• Easter April 17
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Mar 31 Big Maceo Merriweather (1905-1953), Lowell Fulson (1921-1999), Lizzie Miles pictured (1895-1963); April 1 Lucille Bogan (1897–1948), Alberta Hunter (1895–1984), Joseph Amos Milburn, Jr. (1927–1980); April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939–1984); April 3 Mitch Woods (1951); April 4 Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield (1913-1983); April 5 Larry McCray (1960), Paul Oscher (1950–2021); April 6 Big Walter Horton (1918–1981) Warren Haynes (1960); April 7 Billie Holiday (1915-1959), Bo Collins (1932); April 8 “Little Ed” Williams (1955); April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895–1976); April 10 John Brim (1922–2003) Rosco Gordon (1928-2002), Shemekia Copeland (1979)...
Just in case:
April 1 is "April Fool's Day" ...a day for all you pranksters... a day which begin to take off bigtime as early as the 1700s... always love to hear that people kept a sense of humor in spite of or because of possible harsher circumstances.
April 1st is also..."International Fun At Work Day"... ummm?! Well, this April 1st is on a Friday and sometimes the term "work" is subjective.
If you're a musician, than your "work" is generally fun all the time, right? 
Hey, April 3 is "World Party Day!" ALRIGHT!
Well, between all this and it being "International Guitar Month" and National Humor Month," April is kind of topping my list of faves at the moment!
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#1 Billboard
Forever On My Mind
#1 iTunes
Buffalo Nichols
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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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Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
 9th Milwaukee Blues Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
SAAACAM Fiesta Family
Blues Festival
San Antonio, Texas, USA 
Florida Blues & Heritage Festival
Immokalee, Florida, USA
29th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Woodystock 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
Loreto Baja Blues Festival
Loreto, Mexico Baja

Buffalo Blues & Roots Festival
Buffalo, NY, New York, USA
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Blues Hall of Fame Inductions
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Gator By The Bay
May-5-2022 - May-8-2022
San Diego, California USA
43rd Blues Music Awards
Memphis, Tennessee USA
For festival-event links
please go to our website
  International Blues Challenge
May-6-2022 - May-6-2022
Memphis, Tennessee USA

Clarksdale Caravan
Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Women In Blues
May-13-2022 – May-14-2022
Helena, Arkansas and
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

5th Annual  Baton Rouge
Soul Food Festival 
May-14-2022 – May-15-2022
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

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

Ground Zero Blues Club
21st Anniversary
May-27-2022 – May-28-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Goat Fest IX
May-27-2022 – May-28-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Red’s Old Timers Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Holland Intl' 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
Blues Festival
Jun-17-2022 - Jun-18-2022
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 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 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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