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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 10, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 37
dec 31
Feb 18, 2016
9-12 to 9-18
sept 14
exp 10-11-2015
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CD & DVD Releases
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Blues Foundation News
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News Flash
Blues Society News
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Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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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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CD & DVD Releases
Samantha Fish :: WILD HEART
Ruf Records recording artist singer-guitarist Samantha Fish is raising eyebrows with her third studio release, Wild Heart, produced by Luther Dickinson (The North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes). With Samantha on guitars and Luther on various stringed instruments, they rounded out the lineup with Grammy Award-winning Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris/Bob Dylan) on drums. Special guests include Lightnin Malcolm (guitar), Sharde Thomas (drums) and Memphis session singers Shontelle Norman-Beatty and Risse Norman. The result is a stunning representation of Americana roots music.

Wild Heart was recorded in three different studios, as they trekked the backroads from Louisiana to Mississippi in the fall of 2014. Starting at Brady Blade’s Shreveport, Louisiana studio, they laid the basic rhythm tracks and vocals. Find more details about this release
Click to play"Highway's Holding Me Now"
Artist Site
The Betty Fox Band :: SLOW BURN
With an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music, Betty Fox has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent. Now the 2015 representative of the Suncoast Blues Society, an International Blues Challenge Finalist, and 2 time winner of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay, she is truly proving herself a force to be reckoned with. After honing her craft for 20 years, her first album, Too Far Gone, put her on the international map as a songwriter and vocalist and had the critics from American Blues Scene Magazine to Blues Revue Magazine singing her praises!
Find more details about this release
Click to play"Think About It"
Artist Site
News Flash
Elvin Bishop is on a roll with more awards, inductions and milestones this year than most artists earn in a lifetime

Elvin Bishop was just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015 as a founding member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. This was the second Hall of Fame induction for Elvin in just a matter of months. On November 1, 2014, Elvin was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame as well, along with JJ Cale and Lowell Fulson.
Elvin's classic megahit, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" was featured in the 2014 worldwide blockbuster movie (grossing over $600 million worldwide) and the soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy which reached #1 on the Billboard Pop charts while also earning a Grammy nomination.
More details about Elvin Bishop
California Beer Festival "Brews & Blues" - Coming To Ventura, California, Sunday, September 20
VENTURA, CA - The final and premiere California Beer Festival of 2015 expands to three big days - Friday, September 18, Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20,at Mission Park, 185 E. Santa Clara St., in Ventura. Headlining this year’s Blues & Brews Festival on Sunday, September 20: Southern California’s own, wildly popular guitarist vocalist, Walter Trout, now fully recovered from last year's liver transplant, back on tour, and set to release a new album, Battle Scars, in October. Also performing: Mingo Fishtrap, from Austin, Texas, whose jam-tastic music deftly blends blues with soul, R&B, and funk; the legendary Booker T Jones, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band, Booker T. & The M.G.'s

More details about the California Beer Festival "Blues & Brews"
The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, October 2-4, 2015, Warfield Point Park, Greenville, MS
GREENVILLE, MS - Chris Stapleton, Nashville’s favorite singer songwriter, will headline the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival on Oct. 2-4 in Greenville, Mississippi.
Stapleton’s career spans 15 years, as he’s written songs for country music stars from Luke Bryan to George Strait. Five of the songs he’s penned have become No. 1 hits. His debut solo album, Traveler debuted at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Country Albums Chart. He’s also been nominated for three Grammy Awards and won the International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artist of the Year award as a member of The SteelDrivers.

Stapleton joins a heady mix of musicians set to perform at the festival named the No. 1 New Festival in American by American Blues Scene.
More details about the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Front Porch Jubilee Celebrates Musical Heritage Sept 19
HERNANDO, MS - The Second Annual Front Porch Jubilee and Arts Festival is slated to kick off with a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras Parade at the historic Banks House on Saturday, Sept. 19, followed by scorching hot gospel and cool blues all afternoon and into the night at the Clifton Cotton Gin, adjacent to the old DeSoto County Jail on South Street.
The parade, which begins at 1 p.m., will wind its way to the Clifton Cotton Gin in historic West End where Beale Street-bound blues honed their guitar licks and singing styles before taking the hill country blues form of music to the rest of the world. More details about the Front Porch Jubilee
Navy Pier: Sweet home for Chicago blues?
CHICAGO, IL - Want to find the blues? Take a drive through Chicago's North Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side. Look for the vacant two-flat at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave., the one with boarded windows and a tattered awning over the front stoop. That's where Muddy Waters lived for about 20 years, until the mid-1970s. Chicago historian Tim Samuelson calls it "Chicago's 'real House of Blues.'"
Head up to 2120 S. Michigan Avenue, once the home of Chess Records (now the Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation). If you poke around near the Museum Campus, you'll find the obscure marker celebrating Chicago's place on the Blues Trail, the path that brought so many musicians here from the Mississippi Delta during the Great Migration.
Read article about the proposed museum site
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
Blues Challenges: Connecticut - Great Lakes - Spa City Blues
Connecticut Blues Solo Duo Challenge starts Sept 13
BERLIN, CT - The Connecticut Blues Society Solo Duo Challenge at The Pine Loft, Sunday September 13. The Solo Duo Challenge Prelims are scheduled for three Sundays, September 13, 20, 27 and the Finals are on Oct. 18. The first act goes on at 5 pm. Each act will perform a 25-minute set.

Great Lakes Blues Society's "Road To Memphis" Guitar Raffle Fundraiser 
LONDON, ON, CANADA - You can pickup tickets during each of the "Road To Memphis" events for a chance to win a signed blues guitar. Tickets will be sold during the competition dates in September, with the Final Draw date to be announced. The Great Lakes Blues Society's 6th annual “Road to Memphis” competitions will be held at Eastside Bar and Grill (750 Hamilton Rd., London Ontario), at 3 pm. Sunday, September 13 Solo/Duo acts will compete. September 20 Band acts will compete. Champion's Day, Sunday, September 27, will feature the top three of each category. 
Spa City Blues Society's Local Competition starts Oct 25
HOT SPRINGS, AR - Spa City Blues Society's IBC Local Competition will be held at The Big Chill (910 Higdon Ferry Rd) on October 25.
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 12-13 Radio Show: B.B. KING

B.B. King would have been ninety on September 25th. The BluesMobile celebrates his long life, packed full of great music - both on his own, and with the many talented friends who lined up to play with him. Plus some exclusive interviews with B.B. himself.
A birthday salute to BB King. 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
Thoughts & Birthdays
Remembering those we lost on Sept 11, 2001. Peace and blessings...
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
Sept 11 Barbeque Bob (1902); Sept 13 Charles Brown (1922); Sept 15 Silas Hogan (1911), Snooky Pryor (1921); Sept 16-B.B. King (1925), Little Willie Littlefield (1931), BIlly Boy Arnold (1935); Sept 23 Roy Buchanan (1939), Ray Charles (1930),
Fenton Robinson (1935), Tiny Bradshaw (1907); Mighty Joe Young (1927); Sept 24 Tarheel Slim (924), Chick Willis (1934), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893)
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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
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 Big Blues Bender
Sep-10-2015 - Sep-13-2015
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Paramount Blues Festival
Sep-11-2015 - Sep-12-2015
Grafton, Wisconsin, 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
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
California Beer Festival,
Blues and BBQ
Sep-19-2015 - Sep-20-2015
Ventura, California, USA
For all festival links
go to our website
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 
San Diego Blues Festival
Sep-26-2015 - Sep-27-2015
San Diego, California, USA
Bridging the Blues
Oct-02-2015 - Oct-10-2015
Greenville/Helena, Arkansas, USA
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival
Oct-02-2015 - Oct-04-2015
Greenville, Mississippi, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-07-2015 - Oct-10-2015
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Daytona Blues Festival
Oct-09-2015 - Oct-11-2015
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Crescent City Blues
and BBQ Festival
Oct-16-2015 - Oct-18-2015
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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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.
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