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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 1, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 40
Oct 29
Feb 18, 2016
dec 31
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exp 10-11-2015
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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 your e-Guide editor Michele Lundeen who was excited to catch up with Thomas Ruf of Ruf Records at the 2015 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival where one of Ruf's bands, Royal Southern Brotherhood, was performing.
Ruf Records is the German independent record label, founded in 1994 by Luther Allison's manager, Thomas, to promote Allison's career. The motto of the blues label is "Where Blues Crosses Over."
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*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 Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
Deb Ryder :: LET IT RAIN
Sometimes an album comes along that just has everything going for it: solid songwriting, talented personnel that click with each other, and top-shelf production values. Deb Ryder’s sophomore solo album, Let it Rain, checks all of these boxes and then some. This disc proves that her excellent debut CD was no fluke, and that she definitely has a role in the future of blues music in the United States.
For Let it Rain, Ryder could not have done any better than having Grammy-winner Tony Braunagel come on board as producer and drummer. Recorded in the famed Ultratone Studios with Johnny lee Schell engineering, they were joined by bassist and executive producer Ric Ryder, Mike Finnigan on the keys, Johnny Lee Schell, Kirk Fletcher and Albert Lee on guitar, Kim Wilson on harp, and the killer horn section of Lee Thornburg and Lon Price.
Find more details about this release
Click to play"You Won't Be True"
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The Rusty Wright Band :: WONDER MAN
Rusty Wright's progressive sound hints of iconic blues legends while staying contemporary and vibrant. Fresh and bold, familiar yet innovative - Fiery improvisational guitar/keyboard duels, catchy duets with soulful, soaring vocals and sly, tongue-in-cheek lyrics are the trademark of Wright's blues-infused muse. Wonder Man, the Rusty Wright Band’s fifth Sadson Music release cements Wright's legacy as a diverse songwriter who defies easy description or categorization.
Rusty, the band's namesake and primary songwriter, has drawn on his family's Southern roots and a wealth of blues, southern rock and legendary blues rock influences to craft his uniquely 'bluescentric' sound that leans on multi - genre songs and showcases his flamboyant guitar style. Find more details about this release
Click to play"Wonder Man"
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News Flash
Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee unite for Bridging the Blues
The fourth annual celebration of regional culture features over two weeks of live music and hundreds of musicians Bridging the Blues, a tri-state effort to promote local musical culture, returns for its 4th year with over a hundred events in Memphis and the Delta regions of Mississippi and Arkansas between Friday, September 25 and Sunday, October 11. Signature events are the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival (Oct. 2-4) in Greenville, the 30th anniversary of the King Biscuit Blues Festival (Oct. 7-10) in Helena, Arkansas, and the 2nd annual International Conference on the Blues (Oct. 5-6) in Cleveland, Mississippi. To see the full schedule, visit the website.
New attractions on the BTB calendar this year include the Bona Fide Blues Festival (Oct. 2-3) in Memphis’ Overton Square, the Art & Soul Picnic (Oct. 3) in Greenwood, Mississippi, ... More details about Bridging The Blues 
Columbia's Free Blues Festival Comes Back Strong!
COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia’s 20th Blues Festival (Saturday, Oct. 24), hosted by Word of Mouth Productions, is a delightful multi-cultural event held in the green space of Dr. MLK, Jr. Memorial Park in Five Points, at the heart of Columbia. As the region's preeminent “free concert,” timing has never been better to announce its headliners. Drink Small, SC's legendary "Blues Doctor," has just been honored as a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow - the nation's highest folk artist award. He is just one of six SC natives to receive this recognition.
WOMP is also pleased to feature Jazz, with the immensely talented
saxophonist, SC's Jazz Ambassador Skipp Pearson.
More details about the Columbia Blues Festival
2015 Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert Headlined by Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
GAINESVILLE, FL – The North Central Blues Society’s free Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert will be held on Friday, November 13 at Parking Lot 10, and will feature Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues, 2015 International Blues Challenge semifinalist The Bridget Kelly Band, and renowned acoustic artist Barbara Paul. Headliner Mac Arnold, who has played with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and James Brown, is gaining recognition for his band Plate Full O’ Blues and their very entertaining shows.Mac Arnold was nominated for best Traditional Blues Male Artist at the 2012 Blues Music Awards. He also headlined the Brick City Blues Festival in 2013 to rave reviews.
Jazz Now said Arnold has “one of the most original voices in Blues” and All Music Guide called him “one remaining virtual Blues goldmine”.
More details about the Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Elvin Bishop's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Is Just One of Year's Highlights
Elvin Bishop was the only artist to win three awards at the 2015 Blues Music Awards, making him the top winner this year. This included Elvin and his band being named Best Band while his Alligator Records release, Can't Even Do Wrong Right was named Best Album of the Year with the title track, written by Elvin and recorded with his band, also winning the award for Best Song of the Year. Can't Even Do Wrong Right also won 2015's Living Blues Reader's Poll for Best Blues Album.
Elvin Bishop is on a roll with more awards, inductions and milestones this year than most artists earn in a lifetime. Elvin was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015 as a founding member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Read more about Elvin Bishop
"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" which opened 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 2015 Blues Blast Music Award Winners
CHAMPAIGN, IL - The 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies were held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois. September 25th, 2015 and honored contemporary Blues artists and their recordings. The awards ceremony also featured music by many of the artists nominated.
Artists with major labels and indie artists are eligible to be considered. The eligibility period for specific recordings is music released from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015 and entries are reviewed by a panel of 30 nominators. Categories such as Male Blues Artist, Female Blues Artist, Blues Band and the Rising Star Award are not tied to these specific dates but instead are based on a nominator’s recent observations of performances of touring artists over the past year. Winners are chosen by fan vote. The 2015 Blues Blast Winner are…
Find winners list here
Blues Society News
Blues Challenges Winners and hopefuls...
Detroit Blues Challenge 
FENTON, MI - Sunday Oct. 18 starting at 5pm bands will compete at 50 Sips Wine, (1545 N Leroy St, Fenton, MI) for a chance to enter the finals of the Detroit Blues Society's Blues Challenge where the winner goes to Memphis to represent SE Michigan at the International Blues Challenge. Interested bands should contact the Detroit Blues Society.

Cincy Blues Society Challenge Winners

CINCINNATI, OH - Winner of the 2015 Cincy Blues Challenge Band Competition is Johnny Fink and the Intrusion. Winner of the Cincy Blues Solo/Duo Challenge is Sonny Moorman.
Women-led bands sweep the Atlanta Blues Challenge 2016
ATLANTA, GA - The Atlanta Blues Society Blues Challenge Third place went to the Bridget Kelly Band, second place went to Diane Durrett & Soul Suga, whose set also won the People's Choice Award. And first place, Atlanta's IBC representative, went to Markey Blue.
Piedmont Blues Preservation Society Winners
GREENSBORO, NC - The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society 2015 Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Winner is Peter May and the 2015 Band Challenge Winner is The Bush League.
Colorado Blues Society Blues Challenge Sendoff, October 25
DENVER, CO - The Historic Oriental Theater in Denver will host a sendoff October 25th for Colorado Blues Society's 2015 IBC winners, Rex
Peoples and X-Factor, band finalists, Randall Dubis & Dan Treanor, solo/duo finalists, and Grace Kuch, Youth Showcase finalist. 100% of the proceeds will go to help the artists defray their travel expenses to represent Colorado at the IBC in Memphis in January. Doors open at 1:30pm, show 2pm. Tickets are $10 for CBS members and $15 for non-members.
Canada's East Coast Blues Society Winners
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CA - The winners in the solo/duo and band categories for the 2015 edition of the ECBS Maritimes to Memphis International Blues Challenge Charlie A'Court and Shrimp Daddy & The Sharpshooters.
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.

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Elwood's BluesMobile

Oct 3-4 Join us for an hour with one of the greatest blues guitar players of all time. It is the Bluesmobile’s birthday tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Some of his greatest music, and remembrances from people who knew him best.
A Stevie Ray Vaughan birthday tribute. Next time in the Bluesmobile.  
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy w-Bob Corritore
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
The 1st week of October is "Get Organized Week"...
Time to plan your live blues music attack!
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
Oct 1 Albert Collins (1932), George "Wild Child" Butler (1936);
Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), Billy Branch (1951 Blues in The Schools founder), Keb' Mo' (1951), Deborah Coleman (1956); Oct 4 Duke Robillard (1948), Betsie Brown (Blind Raccoon); Oct 5 Roy Book Binder (1943),
Rick Estrin (1949); Oct 6 Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw (good friend & BFG Sales Director), Diunna Greenleaf (1957); Oct 8 Andy “T” Talamantez
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Festival Calendar
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
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Bridging the Blues
Sep-25-2015 - Oct-11-2015
Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi, USA
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
Paoli Blues Fest
Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA
Chain O' Lakes Blues Fest
Oct-03-2015 - Oct-04-2015
Waupaca, Wisconsin, 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
West Oz Bluez Fest
Oct-09-2015 - Oct-11-2015
Perth, Bolgart, Australia
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Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival
Oct-15-2015 - Oct-17-2015
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Avignon Blues Festival
Oct-16-2015 - Oct-17-2015
Avignon, PACA, France
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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