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Blues Festival Guide
July 14, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 28

July 28
thru Aug 25
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Multi-award-winning charismatic sax woman, vocalist, songwriter Vanessa Collier and her band backstage at Gator By The Bay in San Diego following their super fun set.
This multi-instrumentalist, multi-BMA nominee was awarded the BMA in 2019 and 2020 "Horn Player of The Year" and the 2022  "Contemporary Female Blues Artist of The Year." She's currently touring the globe!
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News Flash... 
Mississippi Valley Blues Fest 2022 Advance Ticket Deals
(DAVENPORT, IA) – The 2022 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival will be happening Sept 16th 3:30pm-11:30pm and Sept 17th 12pm-11:30pm in Davenport’s LeClaire Park (400 Beiderbecke Dr.), Davenport, Iowa. Advance tickets are a super deal for this lineup for real!

In keeping with a Quad Cities community tradition, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society is showcasing an exciting and diverse lineup of established and emerging Blues-based artists. The Friday Main Stage lineup from 5pm on is Kevin Burt and Big Medicine, then Billy Branch and Sons of The Blues, Joe Louis Walker, and Sue Foley. On Saturday’s Main Stage begins at 2pm with Ivan Singh, followed by Altered Five Band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Vanessa Collier, and Bernard Allison. On the Tent Stage Friday is Avey Grouws Band, and Molly Nova & The Hawk. On the Tent Stage Saturday, it’s Kent Burnside, The Soul Searchers, and The Matt Woods Band.

Advance Friday tickets are $20 online or $30 at the gate and Saturday advance tickets are $30 online or $40 at the gate. Advanced 2-day passes are $45 online or $60 at the gate.

In the event of an artist cancellation, MVBS reserves the right to substitute a suitable replacement performer.
“In The Market For The Blues" with Curtis Salgado
(OMAHA, NE) - Blues Society Of Omaha presents “In The Market For The Blues” festival Aug 6 from 12 noon–2am. Fourteen hours of music on indoor and outdoor stages at various venues and locations in the downtown Capitol District of Omaha, Nebraska.

Headliners are Curtis Salgado and Hector Anchondo Band, and dozens of other artists will be performing including The Cate Brothers, Brandon Santini, The Bel Airs, Gabe Stillman, Joyann Parker, Shawn Pittman, Cassie Taylor, Lionel Young Band, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method and many, many, more.
Look here for more festival details, tickets, hotel discounts, etc.
Sugaray, Mark Hummel & more at Trinidaddio Blues Fest 
(TRINIDAD, CO) - Headlining the Trinidaddio Blues Fest Friday night Aug 26 is Mark Hummel's Tribute to James Cotton with the James Cotton Blues Band featuring Rico McFarland, who played guitar for such artists as Cotton and Lucky Peterson, seasoned guitarist Tom Holland (Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings), and award-winning harmonica prodigy, 29 year old Kyle Rowland.
Headlining Saturday Aug 27 is Sugaray Rayford, the GRAMMY nominated soul-blues singer and songwriter who's released six albums to date, and awarded Blues Music Award (BMA) "B.B. King Entertainer of The Year," and "Soul Blues Artist of the Year,” Muddy Awards for "Performance of the Year," and "National Recording of the Year" for Somebody Save Me. The Sugaray Rayford Band also won “Best Blues Band” for the 2019 Blues Blast Music Awards.
The Trinidaddio Blues Fest is the annual, premiere blues event in Southern Colorado, and will happen Aug 26-Aug 27 in Trinidad, Colorado at Main and Commercial Streets. The event is free but donations are accepted and totally appreciated.
Also performing Friday is Zakk DeBono & the Broken Circle, Trinidad’s native 60s-style, blues-rockin' sons; Los Albuquerque Blues Connection, one of New Mexico's longest running, hard boogying blues outfits and fierce disciples of John Lee Hooker; and Deborah Stafford & the Night Stalkers who it kicks off at 6pm.
Performing before Sugaray on Saturday is GRAMMY nominee and winner of two BMA's, Mark Hummel and Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout; The Cash Box Kings, 8x BMA Nominees, co-led by real-deal Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar Wilson and Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter, harmonica giant and singer Joe Nosek; Ken Saydak, a pianist, organist, accordionist, writer, vocalist, and producer who currently hosts a two-hour weekly blues radio program, The Trinidaddio Blues Hours in Southern Colorado. Saydak's set will feature special guest, 10x BMA Nominee, contemporary soul-blues singer/harp man, Tad Robinson. Saturday kicks off with Robbie & the Reckless at 4pm.
No coolers, pets, outside food or drink, umbrellas, or video equipment allowed.
Voting is open for the 2022 Blues Blast Awards
Blues Blast Music Awards nominations were announced July 8 and voting by readers and Blues fans began Tuesday July 12 and will continue until midnight CST, Friday Aug 19. 
Blues Band of The Year nominees include The Love Light Orchestra, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Altered Five Blues Band, Wee Willie Walker & Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, and Kilborn Alley Blues Band.
Female Blues Artist of The Year nominees are Diunna Greenleaf Sue Foley, Carolyn Wonderland, Vaneese Thomas, Beth Hart, and Trudy Lynn.
Male Blues Artist of the Year" nominees are Sugaray Rayford, John Németh, Eric Gales, Tommy Castro, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, and Tinsley Ellis.

Other prestigious categories include a plethora of talented nominees for: Contemporary Blues Album • Traditional Blues Album • Soul Blues Album • Rock Blues Album • Acoustic Blues Album • Live Blues Recording • Historical Or Vintage Recording • New Artist Debut Album • Sean Costello Rising Star Award • Producer Of The Year • Electric Guitarist Of The Year • Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year • Slide Guitarist Of The Year • Bass Guitarist Of The Year • Keyboard Player Of The Year • Percussionist Of The Year • Harmonica Player Of The Year • Horn Player Of The Year • Vocalist Of The Year.

Find the complete list and cast your votes for your favorite blues artists.
2022 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announced its panel of judges for the 2022 competition. Established in 2002, ISC is considered to be the world’s most prestigious songwriting competition and is open to both professional and amateur songwriters, signed and unsigned. Its mission is to promote excellence in the art of songwriting and to provide a platform for songwriters to have their songs heard by a panel of iconic recording artists and music executives in an international arena. Called “the songwriting competition to take note of” by The New York Times, ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes, shared by 74 winners in 24 categories, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash, and much more.
Winning ISC is a distinction that has helped many artists go on to achieve greater success. “There are many songwriting competitions in the world, but ISC is the only one whose entrants have the opportunity to have their music heard by a judging panel that includes the top echelon of legendary recording artists/songwriters and high-profile music industry executives,” said Candace Avery, Founder and Director of ISC.
The list of 2022 judges include recording artists: Tom Waits; Sugaray Rayford; Joe Louis Walker, Jeremiah Fraites (The Lumineers); Hozier; Nancy Wilson (Heart) among many varied others.
Industry judges include: Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Greg Johnson (VP of A&R, Columbia Records among dozens more.
Final deadline to submit Sept 21, 2022. Find more information and to enter here.
Blues Society News
Boise Blues Society hosts Blues Jam Sessions 2nd Sundays
(BOISE, ID) - The Boise Blues Society hosts Blues Jam Sessions on the second Sunday of each month, from 3-6pm at Playhouse Boise. Local and visiting musicians are invited to participate — bring your axe and a song or two, or just come out and catch the wide variety of talented blues musicians.(BOISE, ID) - The Boise Blues Society hosts Blues Jam Sessions on the second Sunday of each month, from 3-6pm at Playhouse Boise. Local and visiting musicians are invited to participate — bring your axe and a song or two, or just come out and catch the wide variety of talented blues musicians.
Boise Blues Society also actively seeks to promote touring blues musicians by showcasing them as they pass through Boise. We provide the venue and the audience, you provide the music!
CD & DVD Releases
Anthony Geraci :: BLUES CALLED MY NAME
Just 82 seconds into Anthony Geraci’s new album, Blues Called My Name on Blue Heart Records, there’s no doubt you’re in the recorded presence of a consummate keyboardist. Solidly backed by Paul Loranger on acoustic bass, Jeff Armstrong on drums, and mostly Charlie O’Neal on guitar, Geraci offers up ten self-produced originals, which showcase his stunning piano and Hammond organ prowess.

To open, Geraci’s “Old Pine Box” is a rollicking ode to mortality with vocals by Sugar Ray Norcia. Lost love, the most popular themes of the blues, has Geraci maintaining the tradition in the title track, “The Blues Called My Name.” However, Geraci neither casts blame nor reveals many specifics, but simply states his profound sadness via Sugar Ray’s vocals. The track is punctuated by stinging guitar from guest Monster Mike Welch and strident barrelhouse piano from Geraci.

Back-to-back instrumentals follow. “About Last Night” is an abrupt and intriguing stylistic shift into a Hammond organ-fueled Latin rhythm, and “Boston Stomp” is a vigorous piano workout. “Corner of Heartbreak and Pain,” features vocals of Erika Van Pelt. Geraci then lightens his load in the jaunty “I Go Ooh,” which features his sole vocal of the album.

Walter Trout delivers on “Into the Night,” as does Geraci on both piano and Hammond. Then Sugar Ray is back at the vocal mic for “I Ain’t Gonna Ask” before the set concludes with another pair of instrumentals.

With a guest appearance by Anne Harris on violin, “Wading Through Vermillion” shifts musical gears and turns to parading as a Big Easy feel takes over this penultimate tune. Finally, and fittingly, the album closer is a piano-only track entitled “Song For Planet Earth” in which Geraci reminds us one last time of his dazzling talent evident on every track on “Blues Called My Name.”

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20th Annual Blues Festival Guide 
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide Magazine Digital Edition Released on our website
You can not only get a hard copy of the magazine via select festivals, blues societies or by ordering, but our 20th Anniversary digital edition of the Blues Festival Guide has been launched and is available on our website! Click the image at left to read and enjoy all 84 pages. Don't forget to turn on the speaker to hear Tulle Brae singing "Seven Bridges."
Blues music is America’s original roots music. It is still being picked on the front porches of tar-paper shacks, but just as frequently, it is fired up loud and proud in front of a barroom (or festival) crowd.

Blues reflects hardship, trouble and strife, but also perseverance and strength of character – to know the blues is to be in touch with your true spirit and soul. The Blues Festival Guide is committed to the process of presenting blues to a wider audience, and as you know, offers our weekly, electronic newsletter: Blues Festival E-Guide (free subscription) and the popular annual national print (and digital) magazine which comes out each spring.
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: "The roadmap to everything blues". Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial from aficionados in the blues community includes articles from Grammy winner Victor Wainwright, Mitch Woods, Reverend Billy C. Wirtz and Roger Stolle among others.
Our cover by photographer Marilyn Stringer features the talented Tullie Brae and Calvin Johnson at the 2021 North Atlantic Blues Festival!
You can also order your own hard copy here!
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
• July 20 National Moon Day... 
   to honor man's first moon landing
Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 14-Claude (d.2003) & Clifford Trenier (d.1983) (b. 1919); July 15-Willie Cobbs (1932-2021); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910–1966); July 16-Denise LaSalle (1939-2018); July 17-Peppermint Harris (1925–1999); July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (1929–2000), Martha Reeves (1941), Lonnie Mack (1941-2016); July 19 Buster Benton (1932-1996), Little Freddie King (1940); July 20 Carlos Santana (1947), Steve Freund (1952), Sleepy LaBeef (1935-2019); July 21 Floyd McDaniel (1915-1995); July 22- George Clinton (1940); July 23 Tony Joe White (1943-2018)
Just in Case: "World Youth Skills Day" is celebrated on July 15. This got me thinking of young people that are interested or may become in music. They should be encouraged to share their passion which in turn, in my experience, can build their confidence and creativity. Of course they should be introduced to the fact that Blues is the roots of popular music and that opens up the door to history as well. They may become musicians, songwriters, studio engineers, music teachers, artists, music publicists or editors, promoters, producers, venue owners, managers, clothing or set designers... The list is broad and colorful and still incorporates the passion for music. At the very least they will have been introduced to the possibilities. (Image credit: Blues Camp)
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Due to space constraints
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Russell City Awareness
Blues Series
Every Saturday thru Jul-30-2022
Hayward, California, USA
Tremblant International
Blues Festival
Jul-14-2022 – Jul-16-2022
Mount Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Winthrop Rhythm
& Blues Festival
Jul-15-2022 – Jul-17-2022
Winthrop, Washington, USA
28th Annual Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
North Richmond Music Festival
Jul-16-2022 - Sept-24-2022
Richmond, California, USA
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Jul-16-2022 – Jul-17-2022
Rockland, Maine, USA
 Mac Arnold’s 80th Birthday Gratitude Celebration
Anderson, South Carolina, USA
Blast Furnace Blues
at Steelstacks
Jul-22-2022 – Jul-24-2022
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, USA
Calgary Int'l Blues Festival
Jul-25-2022 – Jul-31-2022
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-29-2022 – Jul-30-2022
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA

Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-29-2022 – Jul-31-2022
Fargo , North Dakota, USA

Mt Baker Rhythm
and Blues Festival
Jul-29-2022 – Jul-31-2022
Washington, USA
 Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Mammoth Lakes, California USA 
For more festivals & events plus links
please go to our website
 Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Notodden, Norway
Magic City Blues – Montana’s Urban Music Festival
Aug-05-2022 – Aug-06-2022
Billings, Montana, USA

In The Market for Blues
Omaha’s Blues Fest
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
BAHS Feedback Festival
Rosarito, Baja, Mexico

Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-15-2022
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-14-2022
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

Bayfront Blues Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-14-2022
Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Sunflower River Blues
and Gospel Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-14-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-20-2022
Norwich, New York, USA
Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues 
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-20-2022
Madison, Indiana, USA

Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-20-2022
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA

White Mountain Boogie & Blues Festival 25th Annual
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-21-2022
Thornton, New Hampshire, USA

Big Blues Bender
Aug-25-2022 – Aug-28-2022
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Aug-26-2022 – Aug-27-2022
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
We continue to stay optimistic! 
We're thinking of you.. here's to good health & good music!
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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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