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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 24, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 39
Oct 29
Feb 18, 2016
dec 31
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exp 10-11-2015
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CD & DVD Releases
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News Flash
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Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts
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Hold our 13th Annual Print Magazine in your hands 
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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Show us your BFG
Farewell and Thanks to the Blues Foundation’s Jay Sieleman who steps down September 30

MEMPHIS, TN - We here at BFG offer up a respectful and hearty farewell to Jay Sieleman who is officially retiring September 30 as the longtime Blues Foundation President/CEO. For a dozen years Jay has devoted his existence as a true mover and shaker to uplift this fine organization. We are forever grateful for his dedication as well as his friendship, not only personally, but to the blues world at large.
Here, Jay (lt) and Bobby Rush (rt) were captured eloquently by photographer Donovan Allen with their hot-off-the-press Blues Festival Guides during the grand opening of the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis last May, a project that Sieleman was instrumental in making a reality.
Thank you deep down from our blues lovin’ hearts Jay, and thanks Donovan for this memorable shot!
Photo © Donovan Allen
*NOTE! Snap photos of you and your friends or an artist with the 2015 Guide! *EMAIL your photo plus caption & credit.
 *Want your own hard copy? You can order via our websiteFind the digital version hereOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Festival, Jackson, MS.Jackson Rhythm & Blues ...
CD & DVD Releases
Eddie Cotton :: ONE AT A TIME
One At A Time is the second album from Eddie Cotton released on DeChamp Records, which is owned by Grady Champion. Cotton, who composed all 14 songs, is joined by fellow DeChamps Recording artist, JJ Thames, on background vocals, and Grady Champion on harmonica on “My Money.” Cotton’s cohorts from the 2014 release, Here I Come, return: Myron Bennett (bass), Samuel Scott, Jr. (drums), and Carlos Russell (harmonica on ‘Be Careful’). In addition, James “Hotdog” Lewis (organ/keys), Kimble Funchess (trumpet), Jessie Primer III (tenor sax) and Mike Weidick (trombone) give it their all. The album was produced by Cotton with Champion as executive producer.
An electric blues guitarist from Clinton, Mississippi, Cotton is the 2015 International Blues Challenge band winner. Find more details about this release
Click to play"Be Careful"
Artist Site
Brad Wilson :: BLUES THUNDER
A charismatic and talented guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, California guitar slinger Brad Wilson plays a rocked-up blues hybrid. His songwriting has a hard-charging, soulful Americana/Blues/Roots style with Brad tapping into all his sources of inspiration.
His latest release, Blues Thunder features an outstanding collection of songs such as "Step By Step” which charted at #1 for three weeks in a row on Europe's Hit Tracks Top 100. "Cool Running" and "Let's Go Barefootin' It" were added to the SiriusXM Radio channel and BB King's Bluesville and the CD is getting airplay on syndicated radio shows like Blues Deluxe and Confessin' The Blues, reaching all seven continents with millions of listeners.
Find more details about this release
Click to play"Change It Up"
Artist Site
News Flash
"Bridging the Blues" Events at Delta Blues Museum, September/October 2015

CLARKSDALE, MS - Every good trip writes a story, you don't need a guidebook. Just let your trip unfold. Visit Mississippi and the Delta Blues Museum. Take a drive down the Great River Road in September and visit Delta Blues Museum--Mississippi's first music museum--to see "Blues Portraits in Steel: Works by Scott Cawood" now through October 31. Don't miss "Anthony Mostrom: Paramount Portraits" opening September 24.
Mostrom’s exhibit is an opportunity to visually experience the Grammy award -winning collaboration between Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant: The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume 1, 1917-27, released in November 2013 and Volume 2, which was released in November 2014. The label, founded by the Wisconsin Chair company, amassed one of the most potent archives of American music.
More details about this Delta Blues Museum event
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
21st Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride & Concert Oct 4, 2015
DALLAS, TX – While remembering the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan, enjoy a fun-filled combination motorcycle parade and blues/rock concert October 4, 2015. All proceeds benefit the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund. The parade starts at The World's Largest Hooters in Dallas' West End. Hooters will serve breakfast starting at 9am and the parade departs at 11:15am sharp. Event tickets are $25 or if you just want to ride in the parade there’s a $10 entry fee. The parade ends at Cowboys Red River (10310 Technology Blvd. W. Dallas) for the memorial concert from 12pm-6pm.
Cowboys Red River is a 3,000 capacity, non-smoking venue which allows everywhere to be a great view of the stage. Concert tickets are general admission. Limited reserved tables are on sale now and admission price is separate.
More details about the SRV Remembrance weekend events
Blues Society News
2nd Annual Blues at the Flats Sept. 26
EAGLE, ID - For almost 25 years, the mission of the Boise Blues Society has been to "promote and preserve blues music." BBS does this in part with its Blues in the Schools program, which not only introduces school age kids to the revered music genre but also offers lessons.

Along with bringing blues to the next generation, the nonprofit also brings national musicians to town and provides opportunities for local blues players to strut their stuff for blues-loving Boiseans. One such chance is the upcoming family friendly Blues at the Flats (Crooked Fence Brewing's Crooked Flats, 3705 Idaho Hwy. 16, Eagle, Idaho). September 26 from 2-8 pm. Admission is $8 advance or $10 door. Find more on this event
Cruise News
LRBC #25 Limited Cabins Now Available! Book NOW!
LRBC#27 Pre-Book ~ LRBC #28 Pre-Book has Started
LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015
Big Easy / Fantasy Fort Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans & Cozumel.
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Join Waitlist: 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 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.

Prebook: LRBC #28 Prebooking for LRBC #28 January 22-29, 2017 Eastern Caribbean begins Tuesday, September 22 at 11am Central

NOTE:  If you need help, please email or visit Booking FAQs or call (816) 753-7979 to join.
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Blues Foundation News
- Weds Sept 30 is Last Day for KBA Nominations

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. September 30 is the final day to turn in your nominations 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

What is it with blues music and nick names? Well, next time I will tell you… the Long and the Short, the Big and the Tall, the Blind and the Tiny, the Doc and the Professor, and a fat batch of Slims – we will call them by name, and play their music.
Blues Nicknames. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Legendary Country Blues Guitarists
Including: Skip James, Bukka White, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House, Will Shade, Rev. Gary Davis and others
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
Sept 24 Tarheel Slim (1924), Chick Willis (1934), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893);
Sept 25 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936); Sept 28 Koko Taylor (1928),
Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30 Z.Z. Hill (1935),
Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949);
Oct 1 Albert Collins (1932); George "Wild Child" Butler (1936);
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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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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, US
Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert, 21st Annual
Dallas, Texas, 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
For all festival links
go to our website
West Oz Bluez Fest
Oct-09-2015 - Oct-11-2015
Perth, Bolgart, Australia
Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival
Oct-15-2015 - Oct-17-2015
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Bukka White Festival
Oct-16-2015 - Oct-17-2015
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Crescent City Blues
and BBQ Festival
Oct-16-2015 - Oct-18-2015
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Dark Season BLUES
Oct-22-2015 - Oct-25-2015
Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
Columbia's 20th Blues Festival
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise: Big Easy/Fantasy #25
Oct-24-2015 - Oct-31-2015
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Hambone Festival
Oct-29-2015 - Nov-01-2015
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Ultimate Louisiana Party: Blues and Cultural Festival
Oct-31-2015 - Nov-01-2015
Houston, Texas, 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.
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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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