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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 24, 2023
Vol 18/Issue 34 

Show us your BFG
Which Cruise Hits Your Groove?
CD & DVD Releases
Birthdays & Just In Case
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Festival-Event Calendar
Music is a Healer!
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News Flash... 
Blues Society Event News
Video of The Week
Billboard #1 Blues Albums
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart
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Photo Moments with the 21st Annual BFG Magazine!
Alligator recording guitarist, singer, songwriter Chris Cain seems pleased posing with his BFG magazine following his performance at a recent Bluesdays Tuesdays at Palisades Tahoe. 
"Hands down my favorite blues player on the scene today. He’s an absolute blinder of a guitarist, with the voice of B.B. King and the chops of Albert King." says
Joe Bonamassa
With more than three decades of touring and fourteen previous albums, master blues guitarist and vocalist Chris Cain has earned his reputation as a musician's musician. 

Bluesdays is co-sponsored by the Reno Blues Society.
Photo © David Rocco
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News Flash... 
Celebrate your days off with some Labor Day Blues fun!
Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States and held on the first Monday in September since 1894. This year it falls on Monday, September 4. It’s a day to relax, picnic, BBQ, see a parade, etc. Yes, we celebrate work by not doing any. We labor, and then we rest. It also incorporates the weekend preceding it so we often have up to 3-4 days off! You can enjoy the last hurrah of summer by attending some bluesy festivals happening over Labor Day weekend! Here's some to share. Let us know where you'll be hanging!
(PEORIA, IL) - The Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival is Sept 1-2 at the Peoria Riverfront in Peoria, Illinois. Gates open at 5PM Friday and 12PM Saturday. Headliners include Ana Popovic, Kingfish, Bernard Allison, The Record Company, and Wayne Baker Brooks. 
(RENTIESVILLE, OK) – The 33rd Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival is all-ages, held in Rentiesville, Oklahoma Sept 1-3 with 50 acts on 3 stages on a 5-acre old family farm. There’s also a Kid’s Village, a Harmonica Workshop, and more. Gates 4pm, all music starts 6pm. 2 outdoor stages go until midnight or 1am. The indoor 21+ Juke Joint club continues until 5am. Artists include Watermelon Slim, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Selby Minner, and many more.
(MARQUETTE, MI) – The 19th Marquette Area Blues Festival is Sept 1-2 on the shores of Lake Superior in the Mattson Lower Harbor Park in downtown Marquette, Michigan. There’s food vendors, a beer and wine tent, free workshops, and assorted arts and crafts booths. Headliners include Larry McCray, Curtis Salgado, Ivy Ford, and Mississippi Heat.
(LONG BEACH, CA) - The 9th New Blues Festival is Sept 2-4 at the Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach, California from 9am-9pm each day on 2 stages. Headliners include Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Phantom Blues Band, Maria Muldaur, and Micki Free. Additionally, forty top Southern California-based blues/roots artists will perform, plus some of SoCal’s best food, arts and crafts vendors will be on hand.
B.B. King’s Big Heavenly Birthday Bash Sept 16
(INDIANOLA, MS) – Lucille is talking about B.B. King’s heavenly 98th birthday celebration and you’re invited. B.B.’s Big Birthday Bash will be held at the Historic Club Ebony, 404 Hanna Ave., Indianola, Mississippi, Saturday, September 16. Doors open at 7pm and showtime is 8-11pm CDT. Performing will be Baton Rouge bluesman Kenny Neal and Theodis Ealey “The Stand Up In It” Man. A classic car showcase will also be featured all day to celebrate the King of the Blues.
Tickets are $25 in Advance on Eventbrite or at the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center (400 2nd St.). They will be $30 at the door.
The 2023 Big Blues Bender is Almost Here!
The time has come for tough choices, long days and nights, and squeezing every last drop out of your Bender experience. It's all happening Sept 7-10, at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
The Big Blues Bender released the 2023 Big Blues Bender schedule (click image to enlarge) so better get ready for the time of your life!
The Hart Party, the Official Bender Pre-party and charitable event, kicks off Weds Sept 6. Join us in support of the Blues Foundation's Handy Artist Relief Trust.
On Sat Sept 9, join us as musician, actor and Blues historian Chris Thomas King leads us on a multimedia experience tracing the Journey of the Blues, with stops in New Orleans, the Delta, Chicago, London, and all points in between.
The Bender Brass Band, led by Jimmy Carpenter, will bring the story to life, with special guests John Primer and his band, Tinsley Ellis, Bob Margolin, Jason Ricci, Terrie Odabi, King Solomon Hicks, Steve Marriner, Carly Harvey, Dave Keyes and more. Just like all our One Series shows, this is a very special, one-time event, presented only at this year’s Big Blues Bender. This is a one night only special event you do not want to miss!
Plus, there’s casino stage acts, courtesy of the Westgate include Leon Blue, and The Smokestacks on Weds Sept 6; Leon Blue, Frank Sultana, and Dick Earl's Electric Witness on Thurs Sept 7; Rick Berthoud on Fri Sept 8, and Chris Tofield on Sat Sept 9. Please note these sets are not officially a part of the Big Blues Bender. Drink wristbands will not be honored at the Casino bar during these sets.
See the Bender website and Facebook for more updates and details.
Music Maker Photography Studio will capture the Essence
(FOUNTAIN, NC) - Welcome to The Music Maker Photography Studio (MMPS) in Fountain, North Carolina. Our studio is a haven for both digital and tintype photography, and videography, capturing the essence of our partner artists and their awe-inspiring work. At the heart of our creative sanctuary is co-founder Tim Duffy, a visionary artist known for his breathtaking tintype photographs of musicians, showcased proudly in museums and galleries all over the country.
We’re excited to announce our newest endeavor: monthly sessions that bring together Tim and other talented photographers to capture the unique essence of individual artists and groups. We’re also using this space to bring in professional videographers to craft music videos that will serve as powerful promotional materials for our artists’ upcoming album releases.
Through these various media, we provide musicians with invaluable tools to unlock their potential. From booking performances to self-promotion and building an online presence, our studio supports artists on their journey to success. We believe that quality photographs hold a deeper significance; they are not just promotional assets but also emblems of our nation’s cultural heritage. Over the past three decades, our photographs have formed the core of museum exhibits that traveled to over 50 museums and cultural centers, introducing countless individuals and schoolchildren to the rich legacy of American roots music.
In this media-driven society, music videos have become essential elements in every artist’s press kit. We understand their power, and that’s why we’ll be hosting video filming sessions here every quarter. These videos will find their way onto our YouTube Channel and social media platforms.
At The Music Maker Photography Studio, we are committed to nurturing artists and celebrating the legacy of American music. We invite you to embark on this creative journey with us, where the spirit of American roots music comes alive in every shot and every frame.
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Nevada Blues Festival venue update 
The Nevada Blues Festival article in last week's VOL 18-ISSUE 33 stated that one of the venues would be the Sand Dollar Downtown Las Vegas.
That particular venue has now changed to the original Sand Dollar Lounge at 3355 Spring Mountain Rd, Ste 30, Las Vegas Nevada.
Which Cruise Hits Your Groove?
#39 Mexican Riviera: Limited # of Cabins Now Available!
#40 Western Caribbean: SOLD OUT - Join Waitlist!
#41 Southeastern Caribbean Prebooking Open Now!
LRBC #39
Sailing OCT 28~NOV 4, 2023
on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta.
Call (816) 753-7979
 LRBC #40
Sailing JAN. 28~FEB. 4, 2024
on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Cayman, Roatán, Honduras & Costa Maya, Mexico.
SOLD OUT - Join the Waitlist 
 LRBC #41
Sailing Oct. 26~Nov. 2, 2024
on Holland America’s ms Eurodam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
to Aruba & Curacao.
$500 per cabin (not per person) fully-refundable deposit 
holds your space in line to book a cabin once bands are announced later this year.
Prebook is open now!
or call (816) 753-7979 
313 Lawrence St. Kansas City, MO | (816) 753-7979
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Blues Society Event News
• Colne Blues Society - Great British R&B Festival Aug 25-27
• Washington Blues Society Monthly Blues Bash
• Kansas City Blues Society - Blues In The Bottoms Sept 23
(CLONE, LANCASHIRE, UK) - Talented blues artists across the UK will head to Colne over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Aug 25-27 as the popular Great British R&B Festival returns to East Lancashire.
The Colne Blues Society are programming the festival and will also showcase top local talent. The festival will feature over 30 artists across two stages. Get tickets at the Colne City Hall through Friday Aug 25 or at the gate.
(SEATTLE, WA) - The Washington Blues Society monthly Blues Bash is held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-9:30pm. Admission is free.

2nd Tuesday night is at Aurora Borealis (16708 Aurora Ave N) Shoreline, Washington. 4th Tuesday night is at CCR Sport and Entertainment (215 Cypress Ave, Snohomish, Washington.
(KANSAS CITY, MO) - The Kansas City Blues Society and Knuckleheads present Blues in the Bottoms Sept 23. featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mathias Lattin, Keeshea Pratt, and Womanish Girl.
The KCBS will also hold their regional Blues Challenge on Sept 16 noon-5pm, at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, Missouri.
CD & DVD Releases
Mike Bourne Band Featuring Jimmy Burgin
Kansas City, much like New Orleans, has a unique distinction of being a melting pot and a swingin’ capital of jazz and blues musical styles that played no small part in influencing what would become R&B and rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. Guitar man, Mike Bourne, has spent time in other cities of music, Chicago and Atlanta, but makes the Missouri border city his home and plays his own version of what is known as Kansas City Blues.
In tribute to the players who mentored him and the late nights in the sweaty clubs of the famous 18th and Vine district, he recorded Cruisin’ Kansas City.

Joining Bourne for the 13-song set are members of his band, Kansas City Boogie, and a collection of friends and special guests - guitarist Johnny Burgin, keyboardists Dave Creighton and Johnny Iguana, Big D Erickson (R.I.P.), Mickey Munoz from the Hoodoo Brothers, John Paul Drum, and Greg Hopkins, trumpeter with the Buddy Rich Orchestra.

Bourne has recorded and performed with legends of the genre, including Otis Rush, Sam Lay, Barrelhouse Chuck and more. After long stints in Chicago and Atlanta, he's back home in Kansas City. Having joined forces with high-caliber band members, their high-energy shows have the town buzzing. His new album, Cruisin’ Kansas City, honors the Kansas City blues tradition started on 18th and Vine with thirteen exciting new songs and grooves.
"Lose Your Rings, Keep Your Fingers"
Video of The Week
Kyle Rowland with Anson Funderburgh
Birthdays & Just In Case
Just In Case... plus Holidays & Birthdays
"Hard times ain't nothing that music won't help heal..."

Aug 24-Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905-1974), Wynonie Harris (1915-1969 pictured); Aug 25-Mr. Sipp aka Castro Coleman (1976); Aug 26-Jimmy Rushing (1901-1972); Aug 29-Charlie Parker (1920-1955), Dinah Washington (1924-1963); Aug 30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934-1976); Aug 31-Joanna Connor (1962 photo by Maryam Wilcher, Joanna's daughter), Van Morrison (1945); 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)
Just in case: Well, Aug 28th is "National Red Wine Day!" Lots of songs talk about the ups and downs of wine... for instance the complimentary reference in "Pride & Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan), the resolution in "Trying To Live My Life Without You" (Otis Clay), the carefree "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" (Sticks McGhee), and the desperation of "Cherry Red Wine" (Luther Allison). What's in your glass?
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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
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Checkout our website Festival page!
 Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-25-2023 - Aug-27-2023
Edmonton , Alberta, Canada
Festival Blues, Schmus
and Apfelmus
Aug-25-2023 - Aug-27-2023
35321 Laubach, Germany
Trois-Rivières en Blues
Aug-24-2023 - Aug-27-2023
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
Great British Rhythm
and Blues Festival
Aug-25-2023 - Aug-27-2023
Colne, United Kingdom 
Orange County Blues Festival
Santa Ana, California, USA
Peoria Blues & Heritage
Music Festival
Sep-01-2023 - Sep-02-2023
Peoria, Illinois, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival
Sep-01-2023 - Sep-03-2023
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Marquette Area Blues Festival
Sep-01-2023 - Sep-03-2023
Marquette, Michigan, USA
Harvest Time Blues Festival
Sep-01-2023 - Sep-04-2023
Monaghan, Ireland
New Blues Festival
Sep-02-2023 - Sep-04-2023
Long Beach, California, USA
For more festivals &
events plus tons of links
please checkout our website
 Red's Old Timers Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle
Blues and Jazz Festival
Sep-08-2023 - Sep-10-2023
Port Credit, Ontario, Canada
Western New York
Blues Society Festival
Hemlock, New York, USA
Phoenixville Blues Festival
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA
Mississippi Valley Blues Fest
Sep-15-2023 - Sep-16-2023
Davenport, Iowa, USA 
Telluride Blues And Brews
September 15-17, 2023
Telluride, Colorado USA 
Mighty Roots Festival
Sep-22-2023 - Sep-23-2023
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Blues Blast Music Awards
Sep-22-2023 - Sep-23-2023
Peoria, Illinois, USA
Blues and Bones Festival
Angel's Camp, California, USA
Blues on the Mesa
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
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Our cover photo, features Southern Avenue's Ori and Tierinii Naftaly by photographer Jon Naugle at the 2022 San Diego Blues Festival.
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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 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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