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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 17, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 45

Dec 8
Show us your BFG
Blues Society News
Blues Foundation News
Video of the Week 
Birthdays & Just In Case
Billboard #1 Blues Albums
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
We continue to stay optimistic! 
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News Flash... 
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 
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 20th Annual BFG Magazine!
Nothing like being stopped in the buffet food court onboard the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise to pose with the Blues Festival Guide magazine! But downhome bluesman (Clarence) Fillmore Slim here was a good sport and always had a smile whenever I would see him onboard. 
Slim was a special guest with many artists, primarily Rick Estrin & The Nightcats it seemed. Rick always was so respectful raving about Slim each time he introduced him, saying he'd been playing with Slim since he was 15 years old coming up in the San Francisco Bay Area before the Nightcats. Was a treat to see these sharp dressed, hip men on stage together,
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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News Flash... 
The Biggest Blues-Rock Party at Sea Announces New Lineup – Book Now! 
3x GRAMMY® nominated guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa and Sixthman, the leader in festivals and music cruises for more than a decade, are proud to announce over 10 new additions to the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean III cruise! The third European voyage of Bonamassa’s world-famous floating blues-rock party at sea, Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean III sails August 17-22, 2023 from Athens, Greece to Dubrovnik, Croatia and Santorini, Greece aboard the luxurious Norwegian Jade. To reserve your cabin on the KTBA at Sea Mediterranean III cruise, visit here.

In addition to Joe Bonamassa, Blackberry Smoke, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Kirk Fletcher and Jimmy Vivino, the floating festival now welcomes Ruthie Foster, King King, Vanessa Collier, Henrik Freischlader, Cardinal Black, Bywater Call, Johnny A, Eddie 9V, Dom Martin, The Cinelli Brothers, True Strays and Alice Armstrong to the incredible lineup, with even more to be announced soon!

The five-night at-sea music festival will include two sets by Bonamassa along with several electrifying performances and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations fans won’t see anywhere else. The voyage also offers a variety of special activities and programming geared toward Blues enthusiasts such as wine tastings, exclusive raffles, and memorable moments to interact with Bonamassa and other talents aboard the luxurious Norwegian Jade.

The ship will make stops at two stunning ports, Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Santorini, Greece, allowing to enjoy breathtaking scenery and experiences. Moreover, the cruise ship also offers multiple dining options, a pool deck, the Jade Club Casino, Mandara Spa, Body Waves Fitness Center, Sports Court and much more.

The multi-night event will once again benefit Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, dedicated to providing students and their teachers with resources to further their musical education. For more information on the Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean III cruise, visit here.
5th annual Reading Blues Fest Nov 17-20
(READING, PA) - Berks Arts is proud to present the 5th annual Reading Blues Fest. Enjoy concerts, blues-themed lunches and brunches, and related activities Nov 17-20. Fans of traditional and contemporary blues will find an incredible and diverse array of talent in the heart of downtown Reading. 

Opening Thursday with a Community Kickoff Concert at the Reading Liederkranz, and continuing Friday through Sunday Nov 20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, Reading, Pennsylvania, this festival will feature top-notch performances by some of the most exciting and accomplished blues artists in the country, including Blues Music Award winners, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year honorees, Grammy Nominees, and other nationally recognized artists.
Performers include Tab Benoit, Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Lighnin' Malcolm, Eric Gales, Sugaray Rayford, Vanessa Collier, Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia, Clarence Spady, Dawn Tyler Watson, Benny Turner and more.
For more information, including artist bios, visit the website.
Kick Back on the Inaugural Big Easy Cruise 2023

StarVista LIVE announces a completely new way to celebrate New Orleans as it launches the Big Easy Cruise, a 7-day event that brings together the music, food, culture and spirit of this extraordinary city. 

Concerts featuring the roots and offshoots of American music will fill the days and nights with performances by Little Feat, Tab Benoit, Samantha Fish, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Leo Nocentelli from The Meters, Anders Osborne, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Tuba Skinny, John Boutté, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters, Honey Island Swamp Band and John “Papa” Gros with more jazz, funk, R&B, Cajun, zydeco and blues-based artists to be announced in the coming months. The cruise will stop in New Orleans for 24 hours for a very special exclusive performance by Galactic featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph at the famed club Tipitina’s, along with rich cultural experiences throughout the city. 
The Big Easy sails November 4-11, 2023 from Ft. Lauderdale to New Orleans and Cozumel aboard the luxurious Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam.
A true New Orleans music festival at sea, fans will soak up great music, mouth-watering food and nothing but good vibes on the Big Easy Cruise. One-of- a-kind events will bring guests alongside leaders, creators and innovators in music, cuisine, and history for a series of events including live interviews and songwriting presentations, theme nights, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and much, much more.
For further information and exclusive offers, visit the website and join the email list, follow Big Easy Cruise on Facebook or via email
Blues Guide fans can book now with promo code BLUESGUIDE to save on cabin prices. 
Blues & Roots Nominees for the 2023 GRAMMYs
(LOS ANGELES, CA) - The 2023 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 65th GRAMMY Awards, will air live on Sunday, Feb 5, from Los Angeles' Arena, and it will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ at 8-11:30pm ET / 5-8:30pm PT+. The special ceremony's broadcast time, hosts, presenters, and performers will be announced soon.
Each year it still irks me that we have to scroll down past so many of the categories (46 no less), to get to the Blues/Roots nominees. I mean, why do the Dance/Electronic Music (sigh!), New Age/Ambient/Chant (WTH!), Christian and Latin music categories have to come before the freakin' Blues/American Roots category. It's the "roots," hello! 

Okay, below is the list of the Blues & Roots Nominees for the 2023 GRAMMYs:
#3 Song of The Year Nominees include:
- "Just Like That" Bonnie Raitt
#52 Best Traditional Blues Album:
- Heavy Load Blues Gov't Mule
- The Blues Don’t Lie Buddy Guy
- Get On Board Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder
- The Sun Is Shining Down John Mayall
- Mississippi Son Charlie Musselwhite
#53 Best Contemporary Blues Album:
- Done Come Too Far Shemekia Copeland
- Crown Eric Gales
- Bloodline Maintenance Ben Harper
- Set Sail North Mississippi Allstars
- Brother Johnny Edgar Winter
#47 Best American Roots Performance Nominees include:
- "Oh Betty" Fantastic Negrito
- "Stompin' Ground" Aaron Neville with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
#48 Best Americana Performance Nominees include:
- "The Message" Blind Boys Of Alabama featuring Black Violin
- "Made Up Mind" Bonnie Raitt
#49 Best American Roots Song Nominees include:
"Just Like That" Bonnie Raitt
#50 Best Americana Album Nominees include:
- Things Happen That Way Dr. John
- Good To Be Keb' Mo'
- Just Like That Bonnie Raitt
of note...
#91 Best Music Film Nominees include:
Jazz Fest - A New Orleans Story (Various Artists)
Blues Society News
• River Basin Blues Society's River Basin Blues Blast Nov 26
• North Jersey Blues Society Holiday Extravaganza Dec 4
(EVANSVILLE, IN) - The River Basin Blues Society will be hosting the 11th River Basin Blues Blast in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Evansville's Bokeh Lounge, 1007 Parrett Street, located in the historic Haynie's Corner Art District.
The Blues Blast will take place from 2pm-12am. Thanks to a generous grant from the Anna and Benjamin Bosse Music Trust, the entire event will be free to attend, with no cover being charged at the door.
The River Basin Blues Society serves Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky, and Eastern Illinois.

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) - North Jersey Blues Society Holiday Extravaganza and fundraiser will be held Sunday, Dec 4th at Whiskey & Virture, 4 John St., Morristown, New Jersey.
Two award-winning bands, Regina Bonelli Band, and The Jersey Swamp Cats, will perform.
Doors open at 3pm and showtime is 3:30pm. Tickets are $20.
There will be a special signed guitar raffle (signed by Hall of Fame Blues musicians) plus Silent Auction items for bidding.
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Bluesin’ is back! Join Waitlist for #38 Eastern Caribbean!
PreBook #39 Mexican Riviera now!
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
Pre-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).
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO | (816) 753-7979 | 
 More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine!
The Best Blues Experience on the Planet! 
Blues Foundation News
2023 IBC Passes, KBA Brunch and more...
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The International Blues Challenge (IBC) represents the worldwide search for those blues bands and solo/duo blues performers ready for the international stage, yet needing that extra big break. This years event is Jan 24-Jan 28, 2023.
Each Affiliated Blues Society of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo musician(s) to represent its organization at the IBC. Winning artists receive career-changing bookings and publicity to help propel their careers forward. Thousands of blues musicians, industry, and fans gather on Beale Street each year for the biggest blues competition in the world. 

The IBC Pass is $100 and grants general admission to:
- Tuesday - Saturday Beale Street Competition and Showcase Venues
- Youth Showcases held Friday on Beale Street
- All daytime seminars and workshops - IBC Finals at The Orpheum on Saturday, January 28, 2023
Also available:
Keeping The Blues Alive Awards Ceremony & Brunch - Friday January 27, 2023 at The DoubleTree Hotel - $60
IBC Finals Premium Seating Upgrade - $26
All passes purchased in the United States will be mailed to your address middle of January! Purchase passes, find out about event lodging, find merch, and more.
CD & DVD Releases
”Breezy is one of the most unique guitar players I’ve worked with — he’s a rising star in the blues world!”… Anson Funderburgh
Guitarist Breezy Rodio is a classic example of someone born in the wrong era and even in the wrong country. As the Italian born blues, soul, and reggae guitarist, who made his way to America and forged a career in The Windy City, truly has the heart of an authentic bluesman whose style and songwriting skills are from the golden era of Chicago Blues of the 1950’s and 60’s when giants like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Elmore James walked the streets of the West and South side neighborhoods. Emigrating to the state in the early 2000’s Rodio played behind Chicago bluesman Linsey Alexander for a decade before cutting his own debut album in 2011 and signing with Delmark in 2018. Rodio has followed the formula of Chicago blues based on the sound of electric guitar and harmonica, a solid rhythm section of drums and electric bass guitar paired with piano and B3 organ combined with heartfelt natural songwriting and real-life storytelling.

In March 2022 Breezy partnered with Texas guitar legend Anson Funderburgh to produce and record his latest album, Underground Blues at Wire recording in Austin for WindChill Records. The fourteen original tracks that Funderburgh calls "Chicago West Side Modern Blues," were captured live off the floor as showcased in the official video for the title track. Rodio testifies to his struggle under the yolk of the Covid lockdown, utilizing the familiar Magic Sam motif of alternating from straight to swing grooves to create the dynamic tension that only a seasoned songwriter would know.
Listen"Lightning Strike" 
Video of the Week 
Shemekia Copeland "Too Far To Be Gone"
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. 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 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!
Birthdays & Just In Case
Just In Case... plus Holidays & Birthdays
• Nov 24 Thanksgiving (USA)
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967); Nov 18 Hank Ballard (1927-2003), Nov 19 Chris Cain (1955), Mike Zito (1970); Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946-1971); Nov 21 Dr. John (1940-2019); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945), Steven Van Zandt (1950); Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (pictured 1926-2005); Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941-2012); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914-1994), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939), Bernard Allison (1965); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909-1967), Brownie McGhee (1915-1996), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956-2015), Shuggie Otis (1953)
Just in Case: Nov 23, 2022 is "National Jukebox Day." This day always falls on the 4th Thursday of November which is the day before Thanksgiving. Jukeboxes helped artists find a new way to get public exposure and were further enabled to sell vinyl. They allowed people to pick out their own faves and enjoy music in restaurants and bars. I'm sure we all have some  fun memories of flipping through all the choices and picking favorites on the variety of jukeboxes, whether large or tabletop. Some jukeboxes truly look like a work of art in themselves, let alone the treasures they might hold. 
 Hola, bonjour, zdravo, guten tag, konnichiwa, pryvit, shalom, aloha, hallo, namaste...
"World Hello Day" is November 21 and celebrated by 180 countries to illustrate the importance of personal communication for preserving peace. This unofficial holiday was created in 1973 with the hope that people can settle their differences with communication rather than conflict. The day encourages people to participate by simply saying ‘hello’ to at least 10 friends, families and strangers. Maybe take the time to learn how to say hello in a couple of different languages and put that into practice during the day.
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Billboard #1 Blues Albums
Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Album - as of Nov 17, 2022

#1 Billboard 
The Blues Don't Lie
#1 iTunes
Just Like That

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Festival-Event Calendar
To view entire calendar of festivals & Live Streams, click here!
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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!
 Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-18-2022 – Nov-20-2022
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Blues, Brews & BBQ
Nov-18-2022 – Nov-20-2022
Upper Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
 35th Women's Blues Revue
Toronto, Canada
River Basin Blues Blast
Evansville, Indiana USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-02-2022 – Dec-03-2022
Bradenton, Florida, USA 
Tim Fik Birthday Blues Bash
Gainesville, Florida, USA
MLK Blues Festival
Jan-12-2023 – Jan-15-2023
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Sandy Beaches Cruise XXVII
Jan-15-2023 – Jan-22-2023
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Go Mexico Rock ‘n Blues
Explosion Festival
Jan-21-2023 – Jan-29-2023
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-27-2023 – Jan-29-2023
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Legendary Rhythm
& Blues Cruise #38
Jan-28-2023 – Feb-04-2023
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

For more festivals & events plus links
please go to our website
The February Blues XXIV
Feb-02-2023 – Feb-26-2023
Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada

Cincinnati Winter Blues
Experience IV
Mason, Ohio, USA
Saskatoon Blues Festival
Feb-27-2023 – Mar-05-2023
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Byron Bay Bluesfest 2023
April-6-2023 - April-10-2023
Byron Bay, Australia
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-13-2023 – Apr-16-2023
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
April-22-2023 – April-23-2023
Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA

10th Annual
Big Island
Jazz & Blues Festival 
Jun-01-2023 – Jun-03-2023
Kailua Kona, Hawaii, USA

Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-09-2023 – Jun-10-2023
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Waterfront Blues Fest
July-1-2023  - July-4-2023
Portland, Oregon USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
July 14-16, 2023
St. Petersburg, Florida USA 
North Atlantic Blues Festival
July 15-16, 2023
Rockland, Maryland USA
Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea Mediterranean III Cruise
Aug-17-2023 – Aug-22-2023
Athens, Greece
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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