To receive email from Blues Festival E-Guide, add to your safe sender list.
View as Web Page Subscribe Unsubscribe
Blues Festival Guide
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More Share Options
Blues Festival Guide
April 14, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 15

thru Mar 24
April 7-May 28
Celebrating 20 Years... Last Chance to make it into our 2022 Anniversary Issue
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
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Celebrating 20 Years... Last Chance to make it into our 2022 Anniversary Issue
We're Celebrating 20 Years as Blues Industry Leaders!

It's your last chance 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!"
Click here or our logo above for Ad Sizes and Prices

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!

Peace & Music from Team Blues Festival Guide,
Kaati, Cheryl, Heather, Tom, Michele, Joana, Irene and Goran
RBA Publishing Inc. • P.O. Box 920 • Arcata, CA 95518 • 707-630-3304 • Text: 775-846-8238
Email • Website
Sneak Peek of our 2022 Blues Festival Guide 
It’s our 20th Anniversary edition of the Blues Festival Guide, and we’ve loved being a part of your blues community!
It's official and we could barely wait to announce and showoff our 2022 cover by photographer Marilyn Stringer featuring the talented Tullie Brae and Calvin Johnson at the 2021 North Atlantic Blues Festival!
Our team is hard at work wrapping the 2022 issue, and we’re looking forward to bringing you the latest happenings in the industry, glimpses of blues history and, of course, blues festivals to plan your calendar! Here’s an editorial sneak peek! 
Living Legend: Billy Branch By Bill Dahl - Once the new kid on the Chicago blues block, Billy Branch is now revered as the city’s premier harmonica master.  
Fueling Musicians Program - Put together by Joe Bonamassa during the pandemic, the program is designed to support and assist musicians
WLAC: Blues, Baby Chicks and Stim-U-Aid By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz - The Reverend schools us on WLAC – the “clear channel” radio station that was legendary in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s for spreading the blues far and wide across the U.S. (and beyond!) on its nighttime programming.
That Chicago Blues Sound By Wayne Baker Brooks - The Chicago blues catapulted the blues genre into the mainstream in 1948 when Muddy Waters amplified his sound, but the foundation for this revolution was built decades earlier by established artists…
20 Years of Blues By Kaati Gaffney, Publisher - The Blues Festival Guide is celebrating its 20th anniversary issue! Learn more about our journey from the gals who started it all, and enjoy reminiscing on our past issues.
What’s Cookin’ - Blueswoman Shaun Murphy shares her authentic Italian family recipe for Pasta all’Amatriciana plus tips and tricks
Hooked on Blues Docs - During the pandemic, Tom Andrews of the Blues Festival Guide team had the opportunity to dig in and enjoy some recent blues documentaries. Check out his recommendations and enjoy! 
Trumpet Records – Small But Powerful Courtesy of the Delta Blues Museum - From 1950 to 1955, the music of Trumpet Records sounded from coast to coast and their recordings are a testament to Mississippi’s musical gift to the world. 
And more!...
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 19th Annual BFG Magazine!

Here's multi-award-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter Zac Harmon at Bob Corritore's Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Arizona following the Blues Blast festival. Among his many accolades, his soulful bluesy style has earned him a 2022 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nomination for "Soul Blues Album of The Year," for Long As I've Got My Guitar.
Zac, a Jackson MS native, has played with a plethora of top artists since the young age of 16 and continued his successful musical journey in Los Angeles, as well as writing, recording and producing for major artists.
In 2004 Zac Harmon & Mid-South Blues Revue won the IBC and in 2006 he won the coveted Blues Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut.” Later that year, he was featured in Blues Revue magazine as one of the 10 artists that “represent the future of the blues.” Harmon continues on his exciting and fulfilling road since. 
Photo: Marilyn Stringer
Want a pic here with the Guide? Pre-order the 20th annual now! 
If you're a BFG client reach out to your sales person and get yours!
 Anyone can also Order one hereOnce you receive, have fun, get creative and SNAP A PHOTO of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the BFG magazine and EMAIL photo, caption (120 words or less), URL if applicable, and photo credit to e-Guide editor!
The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2021 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
Six Generations of the Blues: from Mississippi to Chicago
An exciting 2 hours of musical history, “Six Generations of the Blues,” will be livestreamed at 8:00 pm CST on April 29th, 2022 on Mandolin. Get your tickets for the show and sign-up for the special VIP After Party with Earwig Music’s Michael Frank and co-producer Lynn Orman Weiss.
Livestream Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
Start Time: 8pm CT
Replay Window:
48 hours
Get Your Tickets here!
In addition to contemporaneous interview vignettes with Honeyboy Edwards, Big Jack Johnson, Aron Burton, Johnny Drummer and other musicians, the film includes compelling interviews with Earwig CEO Michael Frank, Delmark/Jazz Record Mart's Bob Koester, and legendary journalist/oral historian Studs Terkel, who offer their unique perspectives on the Chicago Blues scene. Also featured are archival interviews with Blues Legends H Bomb Ferguson and Sunnyland Slim.
Join us on the Stream!
Juke Joint Festival returns with a bang
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Clarksdale, Mississippi, is known around the world for its 365 nights a year of live blues music and over a dozen annual festivals, including this month's 19th annual Juke Joint Festival & Related Events—the historic small-town's biggest blues and business weekend of the year.
The festival weekend kicks off Thursday, April 21st, and includes special events Friday and Sunday. The main event is Saturday, April 23rd, when Clarksdale hosts 16 free daytime music stages and 21 nighttime wristband venues. Pre-sale Saturday-night Wristbands are available now at the website until April 20. Prices go up when in-person sales begin at the Juke Joint Festival headquarters (243 Delta Avenue, downtown). Quantities are limited.
This year's massive music lineup includes GRAMMY honorees like Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, RL Boyce, Kenny Brown, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes and Jimbo Mathus in addition to festival favorites like The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, Watermelon Slim, and Duwayne, Garry and Kent Burnside. Other Juke Joint Festival activities include a blues panel discussion, musician workshops, Southern eats, children's fun, street vendors, a student art/writing exhibit, live-streams, racing pigs, monkeys riding dogs and more.
Find the full music lineup and festival and related events schedule, and pre-sale wristbands on the website.
Other free events during the long weekend include Thursday's New Roxy Kick-off with Keith Johnson & Big Muddy Band, Friday's New Roxy concert starring Eden Brent and Sunday's Cat Head Mini Blues Fest—just to name a few.
Find a lodging list here, and start calling (always some new openings just before the festival). Find camping info here. Hotel rooms are also available at JJF sponsor Isle of Capri in nearby Lula, and be sure to check and for other new Clarksdale and Coahoma County listings.
You can also check the Juke Joint Festival (JJF) Facebook page for updates.
Annual Pinetop Boogie & Jam May 7
(CLARKSDALE, MS) – The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is looking forward to seeing you in May, both at some workshops in Memphis at the IBCs and at Ground Zero for the Boogie!

On Saturday May 7th 4-7pm CST at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale will be the Annual Pinetop Boogie & Jam. Take a quick trip to Clarksdale while at Memphis for the IBC's and Blues Music Awards.
For a $20 donation at the door, you'll see some of the greatest blues talent, and some of our alumni put on a massive blues jam! Artists including Zac Harmon, Andy T, Diunna Greenleaf, EG Kight, Jonn DT Richardson, Tas Cru, Super Chicken, Billy Gibson and more!! This is one of great fundraisers planned for this year!

The primary mission of The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career (MasterClass Workshop Experience); and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career (Pinetop Assistance League).
Facebook |Website

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. Your donation will honor Pinetop's memory and help fund the mission.
Mac Arnold Cornbread and Collard Greens Blues Festival 
(FOUNTAIN INN, SC) - The 16th Annual Mac Arnold Cornbread and Collard Greens Blues Festival returns to Fountain Inn April 23 from noon-6pm. Held in the city’s Commerce Park at 110 Depot St., the event will feature live music from  Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues, Drink Small, Motor City Josh, and Shades of Brown. There will be food trucks, a spring farmers market with 50 vendors, a Jeep Jam on Main Street!
“I’m glad to be home,” Arnold said. “I am so proud of the city of Fountain Inn and so honored to host the 16th Annual Cornbread and Collard Greens festival this year.”
Join Mac for for the best music, food, and family fun in the South. Free admission and donations are appreciated to benefit the "I Can Do Anything Foundation."
Arhoolie’s April Deep Dive
This month Arhoolie Records is highlighting the work of two longtime members of the extended Arhoolie family, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, in anticipation of their forthcoming album Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Both musicians first crossed paths with Chris Strachwtiz in the 1960s at the Ash Grove.
As part of our "Deep Dive," we are debuting a great interview that Chris conducted with Ry in 1981, in which Ry discusses putting together his multi-faceted band of Tex-Mex players and gospel singers. Ry also shares insights from his foray into all-digital recording.
Meanwhile, on our website we are sharing some intimate photos of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee taken at a private jam session in Berkeley with Jesse Fuller!
Lastly, we are sharing another video from the Arhoolie vault of Taj Mahal performing "Take This Hammer" at the Arhoolie 50th Anniversary show. We salute Ry and Taj for helping to keep roots music alive and vital through the years, and we look forward to hearing their new album!
Visit Arhoolie’s Deep Dives page to see it all plus you can find archives.
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!
 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
Marquette Area Blues Society presents Mark Hummel Band
(MARQUETTE, MI) - The Marquette Area Blues Society is presenting an evening with Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors at 7pm on Thursday, April 21 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company (114 West Spring St.) in Marquette, Michigan. The band is made up of Grammy-winning veteran blues musicians including featured guitarists Billy Flynn, Rusty Zinn, Wes Starr on drums and Randy Bermudes on bass. The evening is also a membership drive for the Blues Society, and there will also be info announced that evening concerning the lineup of the 2022 Marquette Area Blues Fest.
Video of the week
Ruthie Foster "Feels Like Freedom"
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
• International Guitar Month
• National Humor Month
• Easter April 17... Pray for Peace
Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 14 Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield (1964-2020); April 15 Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894-1937); April 16 Sean Costello (1979-2008); April 18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005), Alexis Korner (1928–1984); April 21-Clara Ward (1924-1973); April 22-George "Harmonica" Smith (1924-1983), Bullmoose Jackson (1919-1989); April 23-Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894-1955); April 25-Albert King (1923 –1992)
Just in case:
April 15 is "National Laundry Day"
...silly and yep, it's also tax day so make sure you check all those pockets for any money before starting that load! And yep, you know I'm gonna dig up some blues references like "Laundromat Blues" (Albert King)... 
"You been meetin' your man, baby
Down at the local laundromat...
I've done got wise
An' daddy ain't goin' for that!"
Missed your Weekly e-Guide?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Join Blues Freaks at our Tweeter feed & on Instagram

Hey, come on over and Join 14,200+ Blues Freaks at our TWITTER feed  @BluesFestGuide
Also Follow us on INSTAGRAM with 9,998+ Bluesers
See awesome, bluesy festival photos
from our team and fellow blues lovers!
Get your Face in our Book 
Hey blues lovers! Got FACEBOOK?
Then please drop on by and "LIKE" us and get
a daily dose of blues related stuff! 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums
Billboard/iTunes #1 Blues Albums - as of April 14, 2022
#1 Billboard
Set Sail
#1 iTunes
Delta Kreme
(Note: iTunes rankings change very often.
This is #1 as of e-Guide publishing time) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
Festival-Event Calendar
To view entire calendar of festivals & Live Streams, click here!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender  EMAIL
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!
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

16th Mac Arnold Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival
Fountain Inn, North Carolina USA 
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
International Blues Challenge
May-6-2022 - May-6-2022
Memphis, Tennessee USA

Clarksdale Caravan Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Pinetop Perkins Boogie & Jam
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
For festival-event links
please go to our website
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-12-2022 – May-15-2022
Kwadendamme, Netherlands
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
Northwoods 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!
About Us 

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 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!
Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not do CD/DVD reviews nor write the news... we just share and report it. 
To ensure delivery please set up your spam filters to allow mail from the and 
back to top
Blues Festival E-Guide
Join Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter

Blues Festival Guide  •  PO Box 920  •  Arcata, CA 95518

Facebook Twitter
Subscribe  •  Preferences  •  Send to a Friend  •  Unsubscribe  •  Report Spam

Powered by MyNewsletterBuilder

Share on Facebook Bookmark and Share