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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 8, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 36

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Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
CD & DVD Releases
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide 
Me and the Devil Blues
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Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
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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Photo Moments with the 20th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here are two badass bass players at the 2022 Blues From The Top in Winter Park, Colorado.
Terrence Grayson (lt) laid down the groove with Southern Hospitality know for their "Southern soul roots music with a modern sensibility."
Bayou native Corey Duplechein (rt) is the longtime killer 1/3 of Tab Benoit's swampy, Louisiana blues roots band.
Photo: Marilyn Stringer
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The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of the 20th Anniversary Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
The Blues Society upcoming documentary pays tribute
The upcoming  documentary, The Blues Society, by filmmaker and scholar Dr. Augusta Palmer, pays tribute to the artists who performed at the Memphis Country Blues Festival in the late 1960's and of Bohemia in 1960s America.
This re-evaluation of the 1960s is seen through the lens of the festival from 1966-1969. It’s a story of Blues masters like Furry Lewis and Robert Wilkins, who had attained fame in the 1920s but were living in obscurity by the 1960s. It’s also the story of a group of white artists from the North and the South who created a celebration of African American music in a highly segregated city.

The Blues Society follows the festival from its start as an impromptu happening, through a period of cross-pollination with New York’s East Village scene, and up to the 1969 Festival, which mushroomed into a 3-day event and garnered substantial print and television coverage - including an appearance on Steve Allen’s national PBS show, Sounds of Summer. The documentary contains some fantastic footage of that 1969 festival.

"I really got to know the Blues from my dad Robert Palmer,” says Dr. Palmer in an interview by Radio WBGO's Douglas Doyle, “and he's one of the subjects in this documentary… He was a writer for the New York Times and Rolling Stone, a music critic who wrote a book called Deep Blues which is still used frequently as a textbook for people studying the Blues.”

The Blues Society feature documentary is currently in Postproduction. You can help them finish this important film and preserve blues history by donating here.

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Image is part of coverage of the 1969 Memphis Country Blues Festival in underground paper, the Great Speckled Bird
Quick…save with Advance Tix to San Diego Blues Fest happening Sept 10 
(SAN DIEGO, CA) - The San Diego Blues Fest is this coming Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11am-7pm at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park North. If you act fast, you can save $10 by purchasing your tix in advance by Friday Sept 9th at 11:59pm (PST).  Children 12 and under receive free entry with one paid GA adult ticket. VIP areas are 21+ only. The San Diego Blues Festival is a rain or shine event. All sales are final. No refunds will be issued. All proceeds benefit the San Diego Food Bank and their North County Food Bank chapter and neighbors in need. 

Appearing for 2022 will be Billy F. Gibbons & Friends, The Phantom Blues Band with special guest Curtis Salgado, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Southern Avenue, Eddie 9V, Memphissippi Sounds, Ben Powell, and the Taryn Donath Duo.
Since its debut in 2011, the San Diego Blues Festival has become a must-attend event for blues fans from across the country each September.
Saturday 9/17 MVBF Tent Stage with Kent Burnside & more
(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. Appearing on the Main Stage Friday 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 Band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Vanessa Collier, and Bernard Allison.

Appearing on the Tent Stage Saturday is The Matt Woods Band, The Soul Searchers, and Kent Burnside. On Friday it’s Avey Grouws Band, and Molly Nova & The Hawk whom we featured last week.
Iowa-based The Matt Woods Band deliver homegrown roots and blues. The distinctive Woods is known for his masterful fretwork and smoky, old-soul vocals.
The Soul Searchers are best described as boogie-woogie blues and have a longtime presence on the Iowa music scene.

Kent Burnside hails from Holly Springs, Mississippi and is the oldest grandson and pupil of the late blues legend, R.L. Burnside. His signature style of blues is dark, hypnotic, inviting and very danceable.
Tickets can be purchased here or at the gate. Attendees 16 and younger are free with adult!
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Bluesin’ is back baby! LRBC #37 Coming right up!
Join Waitlist for #38! PreBook #39 now!
LRBC #37
Sea Of Cortez
Just a few Cabins left!
Over 98+% Sold…
Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2022
San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. Sailing on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam
Band Lineup, Cabin Availability & More Here!
LRBC #38 Eastern Caribbean
Cabins SOLD OUT &
Wait List is HOT!
Jan. 28 ~ Feb. 4, 2023
Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. John, St. Maarten & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island). Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam.
 Band Lineup, Cabin Pricing & More HereJoin the Waitlist by visiting here or call (816) 753-7979
LRBC #39 Mexican Riviera
Pro-Book Now! 
Oct. 28 ~ Nov. 4, 2023
Sailing on Holland America's ms Koningsdam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. By placing a fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin, you'll reserve a space in line to book once the band announcement is made (likely in December).
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 More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine!
The Best Blues Experience on the Planet! 
Blues Society News
• Steel City Blues Society "Soundbank Blues Revival" 9/10
(PHOENIXVILLE, PA) - The Steel City Blues Society in association with The Soundbank Music Room & Taphouse (119 S Main St, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania), presents the 1st Annual Blues Revival Sept 10, 1pm-7pm. Appearing are Veronica Lewis, Billy The Kid & The Regulators, Chris Antonik, and Noah Wotherspoon. The Soundbank kitchen and bar will be open all day serving up their full menu including chicken sammys, craft beer, specialty/frozen cocktails and spritzers!
GA tix $35 and VIP $50. With the purchase of a VIP ticket, you're also admitted to an after party/blues jam, hosted by Billy The Kid & The Regulators kicks off inside starting at 8pm.
CD & DVD Releases
Vaneese Thomas :: FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
The amazingly powerful voice of Vaneese Thomas ninth album is titled Fight The Good Fight. Beyond her vocal prowess the collection of a dozen new tracks showcases the songwriting skills of Thomas, who wrote/co-wrote the songs. Thomas co-produced the album with her life partner, Wayne Warnecke, at Peaceful Waters Music during the pandemic lockdown. The breadth of style and theme reflects Thomas’ career with a cross section of soul, gospel, blues, country, and Americana flavors with themes of romance, socio-political discourse, spirituality, celebration, and love.
Thomas invited many special guests to contribute to the effort including Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman’s musical director), Bo Mitchell, Lisa Fischer, Tash Neal, along with the Memphis Horns - trumpeter Marc Franklin and saxophonist Kirk Smothers (Drive By Truckers) - and harmonica from Corrin Huddleston. Two veterans of LateNight TV, bassist Will Lee from the Letterman show and drummer Shawn Pelton from SNL, and a slew of other players sat in for special sessions in Brooklyn, Nevada, and the famed Royal Studios in Memphis. Emotional performances like the ones found on Fight The Good Fight come naturally to someone like Vaneese, where making great music is the family business.
“Vaneese Thomas is a powerhouse vocal of positivity and hope on this record. Her lyrics observe the issues and challenges we face in these modern times and uplift us as we navigate toward harmonizing with each other as she does from song to song. Her voice is the true and seamless bridge of musical roots from soul to country and missing no highways in between. From harmonica to fiddle and raging electric guitars, this record lives in a completely timeless realm of beauty.” - Valerie June

"Raise The Alarm" 
Video of the Week 
Billy Boy Arnold - "Love Me Baby"
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
• International Peace Day Sept 21
• Native American Day Sept 21
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927-2000), Guitar Shorty aka David Kearney (1939-2022), 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); Sept 13-Charles Brown (1922-1999); Sept 15-Silas Hogan (1911-1994), Snooky Pryor (1921-2006); Sept 16-B.B. King (1925-2015), Little Willie Littlefield (1931-2013), Billy Boy Arnold (1935); Sept 17-Henry Butler (1948-2019); Sept 18-Vanessa Collier (1987)
Just in Case: September 15 is "Get Ready Day" and immediately thought of Muddy Waters singing... "I'm ready for you, I hope you're ready for me!" But, while we know music is a definite healer, we still must be prepared for the unexpected. Established in 2006 by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the goal of Get Ready Day is to arm individuals, families, and communities with knowledge that will help them cope with crises such as natural disasters, infectious diseases and pandemic illnesses.
Add some music to that please!
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Due to space constraints
Not all upcoming Blues festivals/events are listed here
For a complete list & links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events
are paid "Featured" ads.
Checkout our website Festival page!
 Sunbanks Fall Rhythm
& Blues Festival
Sep-08-2022 – Sep-12-2022
Electric City, Washington, 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

The SoundBank Blues Revival
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Sep-16-2022 – Sep-17-2022
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Blues in Bisbee
Bisbee, Arizona, USA

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Sep-23-2022 – Sep-24-2022
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
Blues and Bones Festival
Angels Camp, California, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Midland, Texas, USA
Gainesville Acoustic
Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida, USA
For more festivals & events plus links
please go to our website
 Blues On The Mesa
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Oct-14-2022 – Oct-16-2022
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Bluestock in Texas
Oct-21-2022 – Oct-22-2022
Bellville, Texas, USA
Legendary Rhythm
& Blues Cruise 
Oct-29-2022 – Nov-05-2022
Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico
We continue to stay optimistic! 
We're thinking of you.. here's to good health & good music!
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 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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