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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 8, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 41
Feb 18, 2016
Oct 29
dec 31
9-12 to 9-18
exp 10-11-2015
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CD & DVD Releases
Blues Foundation News
Cruise News
Video of The Week
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Society News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
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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. Bobby Rush calls our magazine: 
"The road map to the blues?"
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Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 2015 BFG Magazine

Here’s a special BFG pose from two well-loved and respected artists who also happen to be close friends, too – Diunna Greenleaf and Bob Corritore. The photo was taken during the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame & Charter Members Reception in May 2015 at the fabulous Majestic Grille in Memphis, TN.
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 Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci :: DIRTY MEMORY
The joining of forces between award-winning blues harp master Jason Ricci and singer, songwriter, guitarist JJ Appleton has produced one of the most unexpected and exciting blues music releases in 2015. Containing original songs that nod to Delta blues and roots history, Dirty Memory stakes a claim in modern Americana authenticity to bring raw, powerful emotions and world-class musicianship in an acoustic format. Ricci’s fiery harp performances blend perfectly with Appleton’s deep, wry, truthful songs and fierce resonator guitar skills. The recording’s intensity is pushed even higher with upright bassists Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks) and Neal Heidler (Eddie Harris), bringing fat bottom grooves to the album’s already supple tracks. Find more details about this release
Click to play"Leaning Blues"
Artist Site
Artist Site
Bob Malone :: MOJO DELUXE
L.A. based keyboardist, singer, songwriter Bob Malone has toured the world for two decades as a solo artist, as well as played keyboards in rock legend John Fogerty’s band since 2011, His latest release, Mojo Deluxe, on Delta Moon Records delivers an even-dozen tracks featuring the wide-breadth of Malone’s musical knowledge and includes exciting originals, as well as cool covers of songs by Ray Charles (“Hard Times”) and Muddy Waters (“She Moves Me”). The sound is a perfect gumbo of dirty blues, classic rock & roll and New Orleans piano pyrotechnics. It’s where Bob Malone stomps his foot on a miked-up cigar box, rips on a funky old upright piano and a vintage Wurlitzer and sings fearlessly of life at the halfway point. 
Find more details about this release
Click to play"Certain Distance"
Artist Site
News Flash
"Bridging the Blues" Events at Delta Blues Museum, 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
King Biscuit Blues Festival Celebrates 30 years This Weekend
HELENA, AR – This weekend through Oct. 10, 2015, the King Biscuit Blues Festival is celebrating its 30th birthday. As one of the most iconic and longest running Blues festivals in the U.S, they have planned an unforgettable four days of music, food, camping and community in the heart of the Delta. The lineup is phenomenal and includes Bobby Rush, Zac Harmon, Reba Russell, Anson Funderburgh, Jimmie Vaughan & Lou Ann Barton, Samantha Fish, Ruthie Foster, Lucky Peterson, Taj Mahal and countless more. Tickets are available at the festival. On Saturday, noon-2:15pm the free, 5th annual "Call and Response, The Blues Symposium" will be held at the Malco Theater in the Cherry Street Historic District and will feature a fine lineup of varied blues aficionados.
More details about the King Biscuit Blues Festival
Legendary Blues Band Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown 50th Anniversary Celebration
Acclaimed blues rock band Savoy Brown, led by its seminal guitarist Kim Simmonds, kicked off its 50th anniversary year celebration September 15 at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City. (Photos courtesy Arnie Goodman) The event was followed by the release of Devil To Pay, a new album of original material on Ruf Records, and proof that the legendary British band continues to showcase Simmonds' love of the blues, his deep commitment to the sound and his quest to challenge himself in both his songwriting and playing. The New York show was also the beginning of a worldwide concert tour to support the new release, with shows in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
More details about Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown
Blues Foundation News
Barbara Newman takes the helm + 2016 IBC Tix on Sale
MEMPHIS, TN - “The Blues Foundation is very excited to welcome our new President and CEO, Barbara B. Newman” offers Board Chairman Paul E. Benjamin. “She will be a great leader who will help us move forward, taking The Blues Foundation to new heights. We all look forward to working together creating a great team.”
She was raised in the world of music, with many family members working in the music industry. Her introduction to the blues occurred when she attended a 7th grade assembly in which Blues Hall of Famer Furry Lewis performed. Even though she was only 11 years old, she knew she was in the company of greatness. See more about Barbara Newman...
The International Blues Challenge is just around the corner!!! Tickets and t-shirts have gone on sale and our affiliate Blues Societies have either held or are holding their local competitions to see who will be competing in January! For everything IBC, click here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
Blues Society News
Blues Challenges Winners and hopefuls...
River City Blues Society Blues Challenge Winners
RICHMOND, VA - RCBS Blues Challenge 2015. Congratulations to Root2 Music and the Forrest McDonald Band, the Challenge winners in the Solo/Duo and Band categories. They'll represent RCBS at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. 
Blues Lovers United of San Diego Prelims start Oct 10
SAN DIEGO, CA - Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) will hold their semi-annual band blues challenge Tio Leo's Lounge (5302 Napa St). Prelims on Oct 10 will have the Casey Hensley Band, Backwater Blues Band and Aqua-Fi Band and Oct 17, John January & Linda Berry w-JJ Crew, Flipside Burners, Give Me Back My Wig, Dave Keefer Band, and Holla Point. The Finals are Oct 24.
Cruise News
LRBC #25 & LRBC #26 Sold out but Join Wait List NOW!
LRBC#27 Pre-Book ~ LRBC #28 Pre-Book has Started
Join Waitlist: LRBC #25 Oct 24-31,2015
Big Easy / Fantasy Fort Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans & Cozumel.
 Click image at left to join last minute Wait List!

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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More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
OCT 10-11 Radio Show: JOE BONAMASSA
The unabashed blues rock guitar man, Joe Bonamassa, has really done it this time. Always a great live performer, he played a once-in-a-lifetime show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. And he has made a CD and DVD to capture the event.
Joe Bonamassa captured live – and on the radio - next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Michael "Iron Man" Burks and Lucky Peterson
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival 2010
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
It's "Fire Prevention" Week. Try and make sure you don't spontaneously
combust at a Blues event while having the time of your life! 
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
Oct 8 Andy “T” Talamantez; Oct 9 O.V. Wright (1939), Oct 10 "Mississippi" Joe Callicott (1900), Cyril Neville (1948); Oct 12 Nappy Brown (1929), Sam Moore (1935), Barbara Blue; Oct 13 Dorothy Moore (1946); Oct 14 Jimmy Liggins (1924), Son Thomas (1926), Kenny Neal (1957); Oct 15 Victoria Spivey (1906), Robert Ward (1938); Oct 16 Sugarpie DeSanto (1935), Big Joe Williams (1903) 
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Festival Calendar
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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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Bridging the Blues
Sep-25-2015 - Oct-11-2015
Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi, USA
Bridging the Blues
Oct-02-2015 - Oct-10-2015
Greenville/Helena, Arkansas, 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
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
For all festival links
go to our website
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
Lucerne Blues Festival
Nov-06-2015 - Nov-14-2015
Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, 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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