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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 3, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 36
Feb 18, 2016
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Get your own copy of the 2015 Blues Festival Guide (and back-issues, too). Have the magazine delivered right to your mailbox! Click the image at left to find out how. Our magazine is jam-packed with feature stories, art and photography by top Blues aficionados plus our huge festival section with plenty of details to help you get your blues groove on and plan your festival itinerary.
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Here's Nora Tucker, Manager and Curator of the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame during their May grand opening in Memphis, TN.
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CD & DVD Releases
Kevin Gordon :: LONG GONE TIME
Hailed by The New York Times as "part Muddy Waters and part Carl Perkins," erudite, swampy southern songwriter Kevin Gordon will release his new album Long Gone Time on September 4. His first release since 2012's critically acclaimed Gloryland, Long Gone Time is half-acoustic and half-electric, bridging Gordon's introspective, detailed Southern poetry (he has an MFA from the prestigious University of Iowa Writer's Workshop) with his biting, boozy, honky-tonk shuffle and swagger. Produced by multi-instrumentalist and Dove Award-winner Joe McMahan (Mike Farris, Freedy Johnston, Allison Moorer), it's an intoxicating blend of the intellectual and visceral delivered with sticky-sweet guitars and barroom piano. Find more details about this release
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Artist Site
Performing blues and R&B with bona-fide conviction requires more than chops, knowledge or even love of the world-renown American genres. No, it takes guts to get the glory, especially for a singer who must literally pull the music from his soul as opposed to his fingers. Veteran powerhouse vocalist Al Corte’ actually once suffered a hernia from belting with extraordinary exertion! Fortunately, such extreme measures were unnecessary to produce the thrilling, spirit-nourishing Seasoned Soul.
Producer Jerry Bone (guitar, bass, horn patches, harp, organ), his son Lennon (drums), Ron Miller (piano, strings), Charlie Chalmers on Sax and Sarah Jo Roark (background vocals) provide idiomatic backing on 10 killer classics.
Find more details about this release
Click to play"That's What Love Will Make You Do"
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News Flash
Buddy Guy to Headline the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Sept. 12 & 13
GUERNEVILLE, CA - The 39th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival returns to Johnson’s Beach & Resort in Guerneville, CA on September 12 & 13, 2015. Two great festivals over one incredible weekend – voted Best Music Festival in Sonoma County by the readers of the North Bay Bohemian. Join us for a weekend of music, dancing, wine tasting and loads of fun!
For the last 39 years, music festivals have been a vital part of the Russian River community. Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville offers a picturesque venue that rests along the beach of the Russian River, only a few miles from over 100 wineries. More details about the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
Promoter’s Passion Brings Blues to the Masses and Hope to a Community Sept 26-27

SAN DIEGO, CA - On a recent visit to San Diego, California I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Kinsman, founder and producer of the San Diego Blues Festival.
The festival was founded in 2011 to provide great blues music at an affordable price with the hope to raise money to help support the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The venture has been extremely successful not only providing the best in blues music, but also making a difference helping the community. In the festival’s first four years they have received more than 18 tons of food and raised more than $350,000 to help the Food Bank fight hunger in San Diego County.
More details about the San Diego Blues Festival
Center for Southern Folklore’s Annual Memphis Music and Heritage Festival Sept 5-6 Dedicated to B.B. King
MEMPHIS, TN – This 2015 Labor Day weekend, Sept 5-6, the 29th Center for Southern Folklore’s Memphis Music and Heritage Festival will be held in downtown Memphis on Main Street at Peabody Place from 11am-11pm. Musicians, artists, dancers, talkers and cooks will dedicate the event to the Center’s friend, the late B.B. King. Each Labor Day Weekend the Center produces the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, their signature event. With urban Memphis as their backdrop, they showcase and celebrate the music, culture, arts, and rhythms of the Memphis/Delta region.
The musical lineup will feature a diverse mix of artists in blues (Bobby Rush, Daddy Mack, Blues Band, Joyce Cobb, Elmo & the Shades),...
More details about the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival
Cruise News
LRBC #25 Limited Cabins Now Available! Book NOW!
LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015 Big Easy / Fantasy Fort Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans & Cozumel.
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Wailist: LRBC #26 Jan 17-24, 2016 Eastern Caribbean Eastern Caribbean. Fort Lauderdale to Tortola BVI, St. Croix USVI & Bahamas Private Island
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Prebook: LRBC #27 and place your fully-refundable $500 per cabin Prebook Deposit! LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean | Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016 San Juan, Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica,
Grenada and Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit.

NOTE: Very Important... In order to join the LRBC Waitlist, your user name and password is required to access the Reservation System. If you need help, please email or visit Booking FAQs. You may also call (816) 753-7979 to join.
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Blues Society News
- D.C. Blues Society Hosts 27th D.C. Blues Festival Sept 5
- Volunteers Sought for Memphis Blues Society’s Bona Fide Blues Festival Oct 2-3
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The D.C. Blues Society hosts its 27th annual D.C. Blues Festival featuring performances by Sharrie Williams, James Armstrong, Full Power Blues, the Mojo Priests and Jackson and Oziel.
Throughout the day, visit the John Cephas Workshop Stage for workshops led by talented and well-known artists who will entertain children and adults. There will also be an instrument petting zoo and other children’s activities.
The free event runs from noon-7:30 pm at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Washington, D.C. 301-322-4808. Click image to enlarge

MEMPHIS, TN - October 2-3 in Overton Square, the much anticipated Bona Fide Blues Festival will be happening. This is the festival put on by the Memphis Blues Society and they could really use your help. Here is an awesome chance for you to attend the festival free of charge while being a part of this tremendous production. For information about the festival itself, go to the festival page to see the line up and how to get your tickets.
If you would like to be a volunteer to help the Memphis Blues Society keep this festival rolling along smoothly, send an email to Mark Caldwell to get signed up.
Find more details here
Blues Foundation News
- KBA Nominations Deadline September 30

MEMPHIS, TN -The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world. The KBAs are awarded strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals. 
More details of nomination process
Read more about what's going on at The Blues Foundation
Elwood's BluesMobile
SEPT 5-6 Radio Show: BUDDY GUY

At the age of 79 Buddy Guy has come out with an album some say is his best yet. Here’s your chance to check it out. There are guest stars! Joss Stone, Billy Gibbons, Van Morrison, and more. The release is called Born To Play Guitar.
New music and stories from the magnificent Buddy Guy. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Tidbits & Birthdays
There's a dozen or more Blues Festivals going on EVERY weekend! 
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
Sept 3 Memphis Slim (1915), Freddie King (1934); Sept 4 Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905); Sept 5 Sunnyland Slim (1907); Sept 6 Jimmy Reed (1925);
Sept 7 Little Milton Campbell (1934), Latimore (1939); Sept 8 Guitar Shorty (1939); Sept 9 Otis Redding (1941); Sept 11 Barbeque Bob (1902)
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To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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Not all upcoming blues festivals are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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Rentiesville Dusk Til Dawn
Blues Fest
Sep-04-2015 - Sep-06-2015
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Snowy Range Music Festival
Sep-04-2015 - Sep-06-2015
Laramie, Wyoming, USA
Big Muddy Blues Festival
Sep-05-2015 - Sep-06-2015
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Lehrter Bluesfestival
Lehrte, Niedersachsen, Germany
Big Blues Bender
Sep-10-2015 - Sep-13-2015
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Blues at the Beach, 22nd Annual
Sep-11-2015 - Sep-12-2015
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Cajun Zydeco Festival
Sebastopol, California, USA
Hound Dog Blues Festival
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival
Sep-12-2015 - Sep-13-2015
Guerneville, California, USA
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The Real Blues Festival
of Orange County 6
Santa Ana, California, USA
Roadhouse Bluesfest
Sep-18-2015 - Sep-19-2015
Magnolia, Delaware, USA
Wasaga Beach Blues
Sep-18-2015 - Sep-20-2015 Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Hot Springs Blues
and BBQ Festival
Sep-19-2015 - Sep-20-2015
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Sep-23-2015 - Sep-27-2015
Copenhagen, Denmark
Bridging the Blues
Sep-25-2015 - Oct-11-2015
Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi, USA
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Sep-25-2015 - Sep-26-2015
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
The Bay Area Blues Festival
Sep-26-2015 - Sep-27-2015
Martinez, CA, California, USA
About Us
RBA Publishing Inc is based in Reno, Nevada USA. We are woman owned and operated.
We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine (publishing our 12th annual in 2014), affiliated with the top-ranking website, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide, with approximately 30,000 weekly subscribers.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL or here.
Contact our home office to find out how to advertise in this e-weekly newsletter. Call 775-337-8344.
Information both editorial and advertising in the Blues Festival E-Guide is believed to be correct but not guaranteed. Double check info carefully before you attend any event or send money for anything. We do not write the news... we just report it.
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