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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 1, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 35

Special Announcement
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Video of the Week 
Intros & Outros... 
Billboard #1 Blues Albums
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
We continue to stay optimistic! 
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Show us your BFG
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
CD & DVD Releases
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide 
Me and the Devil Blues
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Special Announcement
Farewell to our longtime BFG Correspondent Tom Andrews
The Blues Festival Guide family is very sad to learn that our dear friend and longtime BFG sales representative Tom Andrews passed away this morning, September 1, 2022.
Tom came from a strong publishing, advertising, and journalism background, and this, combined with his passion for blues, were the perfect skills and experience to help the Blues Festival Guide grow. 

Tom sold advertising for our magazine and digital platforms for over 9 years and his clients loved him. He was also our festival correspondent and photographer and would report live with festival photos for our social media pages contributing countless fine and heartfelt images and blues experiences over the years.
Tom traveled to many festivals in his motorhome and made many lifelong friends in the process — especially at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest which he attended religiously, maybe even since the 70s.
Tom had been ill for quite a while and because of his health, Tom hung up his motorhome keys a year ago and moved to Texas to live out his last days with his loving daughter and her family, where he passed peacefully in his sleep.
This Southern Gentleman will be greatly missed.
R.I.P. Tom... You are now forever with the blues. 
Your friends forever at BFG and those in the Blues community that were honored to cross your gentle path over the years.
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 20th Annual BFG Magazine!
Guitarist, singer, songwriter J.P. Soars appears to be feeling pretty good here following his set at 2022 Blues From The Top in Winter Park, Colorado with his band The Red Hots.
Soars began garnering worldwide attention as the first place winner of the Blues Foundation's 2009 International Blues Challenge, and the Albert King Best Guitarist Award. Since then he's been a prestigious Blues Music Award nominee numerous times and continues to receive critical kudos as well as extensive airplay.
Soars has released a half dozen albums over 15 years or so, his latest, Let Go Of The Reins, was produced by Tab Benoit. 
Photo: Marilyn Stringer
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News Flash... 
24th Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle with 40 acts Sept 9-11 
(PORT CREDIT, MISSISSAUGA, CANADA) - Join us September 9-10-11 for the 24th annual Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival held in Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario! This highly anticipated, three-day, outdoor festival features three stages at Port Credit Memorial Park, presenting over 40 Canadian and International acts, along with performances from over 20 musical street party known as the Rabba Fine Foods Street Shuffle held in the village on Saturday, September 10th from 1-5pm. The Street Shuffle is free. The park is fully licensed and offers food vendors and an artesian market along with two free and one paid stage.

Friday’s headliner on the Brightwater Mainstage is the Europe’s Queen of slide-guitar, Finnish vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Erja Lyytinen.

Saturday’s Mainstage headliner is multiplatinum, Juno Award winning Canadian rock icon, guitarist, singer, songwriter Kim Mitchell. Preceding Mitchell is the innovative, blues-based rock of Wide Mouth Mason. Saturday’s lineup also features Germany’s award-winning, hi-energy band Wellbad, and singer, songwriter Riley Michaels.

On Sunday’s Mainstage it’s power-blues quartet Jim Dan Dee, then Juno and Maple Blues Awards winner, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter Steve Marriner (Monkey Junk, Colin James, and more), followed by Maple Blues and Tennessee Music Award Winner’s Ghost Town Blues Band. Multi-award-winning favorites, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band, will close out this fine and music-filled weekend, as per the Southside Shuffle tradition.
With the ticketed mainstage and two free stages at Memorial Park, The Rabba Street Shuffle, and music in the clubs, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
For more information visit the event website.
Friday’s MVBF Tent Stage features Avey Grouws Band, and Molly Nova & The Hawk
(DAVENPORT, IA) – The 2022 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest (MVBF), held September 16-17 at the historic LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa, will feature food vendors and merchandise along with top talent on two stages. 
On the Tent Stage Friday is Avey Grouws Band, and Molly Nova & The Hawk, and Saturday, it’s Kent Burnside, The Soul Searchers, and The Matt Woods Band.
The formidable, award-winning Midwest based Avey Grouws Band features Jeni Grouws, Chris Avey, Bryan West and Randy Leasman, with the addition of Nick Vasquez on keys (when possible). Their 2020 debut album, Devil May Care, garnered multiple awards and nominations, and their 2021 Tell Tale Heart debuted at #7 on Billboard. Get ready for a “unique blend of groove-based blues/rock, rock & roll and R&B.”

The sweet, rockin’ roots and blues of Molly Nova & The Hawk will kick off the Friday Tent Stage. Molly Nova and The Hawk is a 5-piece band that brings together former members of Iowa's popular "Blue Band" featuring 5-string electric violinist Molly Nova, guitarist Bryce Janey and drummer Turk E. Krause, along with Corey Baker (guitar, bass, and vocals) and Russ Moore on keyboards.
Appearing on the Friday Main stage are Kevin Burt and Big Medicine, Billy Branch and Sons of The Blues, Joe Louis Walker, and Sue Foley. 
Saturday’s Main Stage artists include Ivan Singh, Altered Five Blues Band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Vanessa Collier, and Bernard Allison.
Tickets can be purchased here or at the gate. Attendees 16 and younger are free with adult!
Sacramento Blues Society's "14th Annual Hall of Fame Awards" Sunday, Sept 25
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - The Sacramento Blues Society is proud to announce the 2022 Blues Hall of Fame Awards event happening Sunday, Sept 25 at Harlow's, 2708 J St., Sacramento, California. Doors open at 1pm and the event runs 1:45pm-5pm. This is the 14th anniversary of the popular event. 

The Hall of Fame honorees are chosen each year in recognition of their contributions to the preservation and promotion of the blues in Sacramento for at least 20 years. You can find the current and past nominees here.

The special musical presentation this year is a 90-minute multimedia and live theatrical work, "A Blues Revue." Written by SBS member Nan Mahon, and with Musical Director/HOF member Mick Martin, the "Revue" encompasses the vast historical locale-driven story of the ground-breaking genre told in eleven "chapters" — from Classic Women Blues to Delta Blues to New Orleans Blues, Memphis Blues, West Coast Blues, Chicago Blues, on all the way up to modern day Austin, Texas Blues. The production includes 15 SBS member/performers, many of whom are HOF members themselves, and will also feature two of the 2022 HOF class. 

An after-event showcase/jam is at the Torch Club from 6pm-8pm. The south wall of the Torch Club is the SBS Hall of Fame Wall where framed photos of all HOF winners are located. Past inductees include Mick Martin, Johnny Heartsman, Arbess Williams, Rick Estrin and Lil Charlie Baty, Ray "Catfish" Copeland, and the Texiera Family, owners of the Torch Club since 1934.

Tix for SBS members are $15 and GA are $20. Advance tix encouraged. More info at the website.
Click image here to enlarge.
Some Bluesy fare for your Labor Day Weekend
(UPPER LAKE, CA) - The Blue Wing Blues Festival is a 3-day event held Sept 3, 4, 5 in the garden between the Tallman Hotel and Blue Wing Restaurant in Upper Lake, California. Ticket price of $60 + tax ea day includes concert and buffet BBQ dinner. Tickets are available by calling the Tallman Hotel at 707-275-2244 ext. 0.

(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Red's Old-Timers Blues Fest at the MLK Park from noon on. Artists from 95 year old Cadillac John Nolden to old-enough-to-know-better Watermelon Slim. Bring your lawn chair. The fest is free but Red says he gladly take donations.

(ATLANTA, GA) – Monday Sept 5th is the 37th annual fundraiser for community radio station WRFG 89.3 FM with live blues 12pm-7:30pm on the Park Tavern patio, 500 10th St NE Atlanta, Georgia, overlooking Piedmont Park. Featuring Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Frankie's Blues Mission, The Cazanovas, Rae & the Royal Peacocks, and Chester Lethers featuring Nathan Nelson. Bar-B-Q and craft beers available for purchase. All ages. Tix $20 advanced or $25 at gate. Kids 12 and under free with paying adult. 

(BRYAN, TX) - 2nd Annual Hullabaloo Blues Fest happens Sept 4-5 in Bryan, Texas and features local and regional blues artists on the picturesque waterfront stage at Lake Walk, steps from The Stella Hotel. Hotels, bars, and restaurants will feature blues throughout the weekend, capped off with an evening of family fun, food trucks, and the Houston-based, award-winning Keeshea Pratt Band on the Lake Walk stage.

(FLINT, MI) - This “Labor Day Blues Fest” concert happens Sunday, Sept 4 at 7:30pm at The Whiting Auditorium, 1241 E. Kearsley St., in Flint, Michigan. Performances include soul singer, songwriter Calvin Richardson, gritty soul, R&B blues artist Willie Clayton, Grammy nominated singer Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), and seasoned R&B, Gospel singer Shirley Murdock.

(COMO, MS) - Sunday Sept 4 it’s the 2022 RL Boyce Picnic is now at Greg's Guess Room, 16830 Old Panola Rd., in Como, Mississippi 4pm. Free family fun, live music, food trucks, and vendors. Music by slide guitarist Wendy Jean Garrison, Andrea Staten, Beverly Davis with Garry Burnside Band, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Duwayne Burnside Band, and RL Boyce!

(PLACITAS, NM) -Three blues bands perform Sept 4 at the Sandia Chill Labor Day Blues Festival presented by the Canyon Blues and Jazz organization at Homestead Village in Placitas, New Mexico. Bring chair, picnic and beverages are allowed. Tickets $19. Children under 12 free with adult. Concert benefits the Happy Rascal Ranch, Placitas Wild, and Placitas Animal Rescue.

(ALEXANDRIA BAY, NY) - Blues in the Bay and the Blues Fall Craft Fair located at the Pavilion in Alexandria Bay, New York 1000 Islands. Free event with live entertainment Sept 2-Sept 6 featuring String of Pearls, Midnight Mike Petroff Blues Harp Band, Morris and The Hep Cates, Ron Spencer Blues Band, Double Barrel Blues Band, Tas Cru, Miller & The Other Sinners, and an All-Star Blues Jam.
...And I bet if you dig around you'll find lots more bluesy-type fun things to enjoy over this holiday weekend! 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Blues Society News
• High Plains Blues Society Pro Blues Jam Sept 2 
(FORT COLLINS, CO) - The High Plains Blues Society (HPBS) invites you to join them for an all-Pro Blues Jam in a beautiful open-air setting on Friday, Sept 2nd from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Foothills Mall outdoor courtyard at 215 East Foothills Parkway, Fort Collins, Colorado. The Robert Wilson Blues Band and special guests will open up the Blues Jam with a rousing set. Grab your lawn chair, blankets and dancing shoes for this free, family-friendly event.
CD & DVD Releases
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix :: STRIKE UP THE BAND
Strike Up The Band by Professor Louie & The Crowmatix on Woodstock Records, has nine of ten biographical and creative original songs written by Professor Louie, Miss Marie and one co-write with John Platania. This legacy all-star roots band continues to grow and these talented musicians, singers and songwriters wrote these songs that reflect a unique vision of relationships and thoughts about this tumultuous world and the times we live in. The ninth song, “End Of The Show,” (unknown writer) is a tune originally recorded by Richard Manuel of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame group, The Band, which was never released. Louie came across this song on a poorly recorded cassette when he was working as producer for a box set by The Band.

The Crowmatix: Professor Louie (The Band) Miss Marie (Rick Danko) Gary Burke (Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson) John Platania (Van Morrison) Frank Campbell (Levon Helm) The Woodstock Horns with arrangements by Gary Burke on three songs gives Strike Up The Band a special twist. Bob Ludwig, mastering genius of all time, makes the recordings come to life.

With this remarkable 16th release Strike Up The Band, the prolific songwriters and indefatigable musicians Professor Louie & The Crowmatix once again show the world why they are truly roots music royalty.

"A Thousand Ways To Freedom" 
Video of the Week 
Tony Holiday's Porch Sessions Vol. 2 - "Going to Court 2" featuring James Harman
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide 
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide Magazine 
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 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 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... 
Just In Case... plus Holidays & Birthdays
• Labor Day (USA) Sept 5 
• International Peace Day Sept 21
• Native American Day Sept 21
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept 2-Billy Preston (1946-2006); Sept 3-Memphis Slim (1915-1988), Freddie King (1934-1976); Sept 4-Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905-1964); Sept 5-Sunnyland Slim (1907-1995); Sept 6-Jimmy Reed (1925-1976); Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934-2005), Latimore (1939); Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927-2000), Guitar Shorty aka David Kearney (1939-2022 pictured), Derrick "D'Mar" Martin; Sept 9-Otis Redding (1941-1967), Inez Foxx (1942); Sept 10-Roy Brown (1925-1981), Johnny Rawls (1951); Sept 11-Barbeque Bob (1902-1931), John “Juke” Logan (1946-2013); Sept 12-Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900-1954), Gus Cannon (1883-1979)
Just in Case: "World Beard Day" is September 3rd. Beard trends over the years include looks like a lumberjack, biker, and classic, and lately the hipster look that's yep, a throwback to the lumberjack! LOL! Some historians say that a day to honor beards, which were seen as a status symbol, was celebrated by the Danish Vikings as far back as 800 A.D. Well, you know I'm going to dive in and aim to mention a few blues artists that sport beards or did in the past.
Off the top of my head of course I instantly think of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. In my search I see American Blues Scene did an article on the 10 Best Beards in The Blues a few years back (great minds think alike or eventually catchup). Among those listed are Taj Mahal, Reverend Peyton of the Big Damn Blues Band, Jeff Jenson, and the late Sam Chatmon. These days Tab Benoit seems to be letting his beard flag really fly as opposed to the snug look of say, Sugaray Rayford's beard. Okay, the list is way longer then room here but I always hope to inspire you one way or the other... even if just for fun.
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 Labor Day Blues Fests 
Sep-02-22 - Sep-05-2022
See article in this issue
of events across the states USA
Peoria Blues & Heritage
Music Festival
Sep-02-2022 – Sep-03-2022
Peoria, Illinois, USA

Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival
Sep-02-2022 – Sep-04-2022
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Marquette Area Blues Fest
Sep-02-2022 – Sep-04-2022
Marquette, Michigan, USA
Red's Old-Timers Blues Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
Bluezha Paloozha Blues Circus
Sep-03-2022 - Sep-04-202
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

Bourbon, Blues & BBQ
Winters, California, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle
Port Credit Blues & Jazz Festival
Sep-09-2022 – Sep-11-2022
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada San Diego
Blues Festival
San Diego, California, USA 

Western New York
Blues Society Festival
Hemlock, New York, USA
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Sep-16-2022 – Sep-17-2022
Davenport, Iowa, USA
For more festivals & events plus links
please go to our website
Blues in Bisbee
Bisbee, Arizona, USA
Blues and Bones Festival
Angels Camp, California, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Midland, Texas, USA
Gainesville Acoustic
Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Mules & Blues
Marks, Mississippi, USA
Battle, Axe & Tracks
Blues Festival
Oct-01-2022 – Oct-02-2022
Reno, Nevada, USA

King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-05-2022 – Oct-08-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Oxford Blues Festival
Oct-06-2022 – Oct-08-2022
Oxford, Mississippi, USA

25th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival 
Oct-06-2022 – Oct-09-2022
Camden, South Carolina, USA
Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-07-2022 – Oct-08-2022
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Forgotten Music Festival
Oct-08-2022 – Oct-09-2022
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA

Cathead Mini Blues Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
We continue to stay optimistic! 
We're thinking of you.. here's to good health & good music!
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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 the annual 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 20 years. Please contact us at 707-630 3304 or EMAIL to find out how we can help you!
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