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Blues Festival Guide
April 7, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 14

April 7-May 28
thru Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Celebrating 20 Years
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Intros & Outros... 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Continue to stay optimistic! We've got this!
Show us your BFG
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video of the week
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Billboard & iTunes #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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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!

Roots guitarist, singer, teacher, and songwriter Brandon Hudspeth and singer, drummer, percussionist Jaisson Taylor met on the Kansas City music scene.
In 2020 Hudspeth & Taylor received a 2020 Blue Music Award Nomination, two Blue Blast Award nominations, and an Independent blues award nomination along with significant airplay and charting success hitting #1 on the RMR for a month for their debut album, Folie a Deux.
Photo courtesy: Cari Navarro
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The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2021 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
Cathy Grier remains true to her music
Soulful and electrifying, Grier hails from New York by way of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. 

Guitarist, songwriter Cathy Grier, formed The Troublemakers in 2017 with a stellar lineup of top Wisconsin Blues players. Their 2020 album "I'm All Burn," hit the Blues charts worldwide, and was in the top 100 for 2021 of RMR Contemporary Blues Charts. The title track was named Coolest Blues Song of 2021, Big City Rhythm and Blues magazine.

Cathy has remained true to her music, and to critical social causes since 1978. She subtly shifts from sultry to funky, from the Delta to Memphis and Chicago. Cathy’s life story can be felt in every heartfelt note accentuated by tasty blues guitar stylings, electric and 4-string Cigar Box. Her gritty, soulful vocals underscore the poignancy of her lyrics.  

In Grier’s dynamic stage presence, blues is a fundamental cornerstone of everything she does. Cathy’s career highlights range from an MTV video in the 80’s, opening up for legendary artists Laura Nyro, The Band, and Joan Armatrading. She has written hit songs in France, produced artists in multiple languages, toured extensively, supported important causes and even honed her craft in New York City as a busker. 

Cathy Grier + The Troublemakers will be representing Paramount Music Association, and the State of Wisconsin at the 2022 International Blues Challenge Memphis, TN May 6-9. And will also perform during the Women In Blues Showcase May 9th at Alfred’s On Beale Street. Cathy is looking forward to returning to Beale Street (IBC Soloist in 2018), and looks forward to meeting you.
Contact Cathy Grier at 917-374-8870 and Email.
Media Kit | YouTube | Facebook
Photo Credits Top-Bottom: Jennifer Stulo, Bruce Rose, Rob Schaffer 
This weekend it's 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 at the 2022 Tampa Bay Blues Festival. This premier event will be held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 8-10, 2022. All ages; rain or shine. 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!  Make plans to join us for great music, foods, drinks, and fun.• 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 1:00PMArtist 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 happens 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. 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 the Tampa Bay Blues Festival via email.
Blues Grammy Winners
Congratulations to Christone "Kingfish" Ingram (lt)  and Cedric Burnside (rt).
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, the young rising-star blues guitarist, songwriter and vocalist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, won his first-ever Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for his sophomore release, 662. Ingram’s debut album, 2019’s Kingfish, had previously received a Grammy Award nomination.

Two-time Grammy Nominee, North Mississippi Hill County blues artist Cedric Burnside, won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for his album I Be Trying. He said it was “a dream come true for this Mississippi boy!” The guitarist, drummer, singer and songwriter is the grandson of the legendary, late R.L Burnside.
The awards were presented at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, April 3.
“BUTTERFIELD REVISITED - Chicago to Woodstock” May 7
A celebration of the life and musical legacy of world-renowned bandleader and harmonica master, Paul Butterfield who passed, May 4th 1987.

Lizzy Vann, owner and architect of the newly renovated Bearsville Theater and complex, and Gabriel Butterfield, Paul’s eldest son, are thrilled to present “BUTTERFIELD REVISITED - Chicago to Woodstock,” at Bearsville Theater (291 Tinker St.), Woodstock, New York, on Saturday May 7. Doors open 6pm, showtime 8pm. The show will feature an all-star cast of musicians, including Gabriel Butterfield’s Band with Jimmy Eppard, Jim Curtin and Eric Finland, plus special guests Rob Paparozzi (harp), Steve Guyger (vocals) and original Better Days member, Chris Parker (drums).

Beginning with Paul’s early works of 1963-1966 and followed by the Big Band years of 1967-1970, all the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in Chicago and Elektra Records years will be celebrated, finishing with the Bearsville Records years. The Bearsville Records alumni, Paul was the first artist signed by Albert Grossman (The Baron of Bearsville). He recorded four albums for Bearsville Records, removing “blues” from the band’s name, calling it Paul Butterfield’s Better Days.

“There will be surviving Butterfield band members and many surprise guests, all here to share the love, music and memories to celebrate the gain and loss of my father, Paul Vaughn Butterfield in our own dream. See you there!” - Gabriel Butterfield.

This event also marks the launch of a GoFundMe campaign to complete the filming of a new documentary of Paul’s life, times and legacy, to be co-produced by Gabriel and film maker Thom Pollard.

Advance tickets $30 Gen (standing) - $40 Seated (Auditorium) - $50 Golden Circle (seated first rows Balcony & Auditorium). Day of Show: add $5 per ticket. Tickets at 845-684-7133- Ext 3. or Bearsville website
Loreto Blues Fest in Baja Sur coming April 23
(LORETO, BAJA, MX) - Saturday, April 23, 6-10pm is the Loreto Blues Festival in Loreto, Baja, Mexico at La Mision Loreto. The festival will feature blues, rock, funk, Latin soul and more from the Blues Foundation's 2016 International Blues Challenge Winners, The Delgado Brothers, rocking blues band Histeria, a Baja Sur favorite, and the acoustic blues of The Street Dogs.

The Delgado Brothers Band deliver a mighty musical expression of artistic soul, rhythm and blues all spiced up with a fiery blend of hand crafted original music. Beloved for their live shows and renowned for their signature L.A. sound, the Delgado Brothers are a delicious fusion of soaring guitar virtuosity, melodious harmonies, and rock solid musicianship. Yet the main reason their music strikes such a universal chord is their message. Their lyrics reflect and reveal the ethos and pathos of our common humanity.

On Friday April 22 there's a Pro Blues Jam at Mike's Bar and Saturday following the festival will be an After-Party Jam at the Giggling Dolphin.
Muddy Waters Month
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Welcome to "Muddy Waters Month." To celebrate his April 4th birthday and a month of events dedicated to his legacy, the Delta Blues Museum proudly pays tribute to McKinley Morganfield - better known as the legendary Muddy Waters.
And welcome, Juke Joint Festival fans! The Delta Blues Museum has much in store for the month of April, from the opening reception for our new traveling exhibit featuring the story of Trumpet Records, to live performances on our stage during Juke Joint Fest and special hours on festival weekend!
On Saturday, April 23 the Delta Museum Stage will feature live music from 11:15am until late afternoon. See the poster at left for the lineup.

To purchase tickets online and learn more about the museum hours and protocols, please visit the Delta Blues Museum tickets page.
The Richmond Walk... live video shoot, street party & more
(RICHMOND, CA) - Join us on Saturday, May 28, 2022 for a free street block party and community video shoot from 11am-4pm celebrating the renaming of a North Richmond Street to Jimmy McCracklin Way, in honor of Richmond Blues Ambassador- Jimmy McCracklin. The Richmond Walk is the last leg of the 100-year celebration honoring Richmond Blues Ambassador Jimmy McCracklin. The North & Greater Richmond Blues Foundation is reaching out to you, the community, for support as an attendee.

Come join the fun, participate, and support the rich blues legacy and culture of Richmond, California’s history! It will be happening on Chesley Ave. between 5th, 6th, and Grove Streets (across from Shields Reid Park).

The event will begin with the filming of participants as they walk along Chesley Avenue followed by a Street Party. The Richmond Walk, Jimmy McCracklin Street Renaming video project is now underway highlighting the beautiful greenway, walking, and hiking trails of Richmond, California, with Jimmy’s award-winning song, “The Walk,“ as its soundtrack.

After the shoot, they will continue to gather in fun on Chesley Ave. for a Community Street Party that will feature arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and a live Blues Jam. If you love the Blues, or just love music, it's an event you won’t want to miss!

The event sponsored by The North & Greater Richmond Blues Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, will feature: crafts from local artists; food vendors; and live music by the “Blues Out Norf’ Jam Band” featuring local blues legends. Please come out and show your support as we continue “Preserving Our Roots...Our Music.” Please RSVP here.
For more info. please visit the Foundation’s Facebook page.
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 Next Week!
 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
Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society Jam features Band & Duo winners at Jam/Fundraiser April 10
(NEWHALL, CA) - The Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society (SCVBS) Monthly Jam will happen April 10th at the American Legion Hall, 4527 Spruce St., Newhall, California. This monthly jam will feature The Sandy Haley Band kicking off the night at 5pm sharp, followed by Celso Salim and Darryl Carriere, then the jam happens until 9pm! The Sandy Haley Band, SCBS Band Winners and Celso & Darryl, SCVBS Duo Winners, are heading to the International Blues Competition in Memphis in May. Doors open at 4:30pm so come early for Jam sign-up. Bring your own mic and axe. Backline provided.
This jam is a fundraiser to help with costs for their trip so SCBS is requesting a $10 donation at the door.
Video of the week
Ian Siegal - "I Am The Train" 
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
• International Guitar Month
• National Humor Month
• Easter April 17
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); April 11 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939); April 12 "Hound Dog" Taylor (1915-1975); April 14 Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield (1964-2020); April 15 Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894-1937); April 16 Sean Costello (1979-2008)...
Just in case:
April 7 is "National Beer Day"...the oldest and most venerable of all beverages, people have been making beer for over 5,000 years; in fact, the oldest recorded recipe we know of is for beer. Beer has inspired a lot of blues songs... like "Beer Bottle Boogie," "Beer Drinking Woman," "Gimme A Pigfoot," "Hey Bartender," "Beer Drinking Daddy," "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers"...
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I Got Love
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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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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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