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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 22, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 43
dec 31
Feb 18, 2016
Oct 29
Blues Festival Guide in your mailbox!
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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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: 
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Even Smokey the Bear loves the blues! Here's Smokey and his sidekick with their copy of Blues Festival Guide at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas October 9, 2015.
Photo: Tom Andrews
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Find the digital version hereOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
Delta blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards and his manager, Earwig CEO Michael Frank, recognized early on Les Copeland’s ability to play, on a very high level, acoustic and electric blues, jazz, folk and Americana from many eras, as well as original tunes and an eclectic mix of covers.
In 2010, Earwig released Les’ first album, Don’t Let The Devil In. Now comes his second album, To Be In Your Company, with the title cut being Les’s tribute to Honeyboy, his teacher, guru, working partner and traveling companion of 15 years. The remaining songs showcase Les’ talent as a fine, quirky songwriter who offers here, “songs about people I’ve known or know. Some of these people I love very much, some not so much. I write songs with a mixture of humor and sarcasm.” Find more details about this release
Click to play"If I Was A Bad Man"
Artist Site
David Michael Miller :: SAME SOIL
Same Soil is a tribute to the fertile blues/roots tradition influencing David Michael Miller’s unique style, following the heels of his breakout album, Poisons Sipped. Co-produced, mixed and engineered by Grammy Nominated producer, Mike Brown, at Temperamental Studio (featured on American Pickers), over half of this album was tracked with pre-WWII instruments and using old mic’ing techniques. Along with the vintage equipment, David brought in a host of veteran players to bring the songs to life including keyboardist Jim Ehinger (Bonnie, Raitt, Albert Collins, Biller Vera and The Beaters), saxophonist Jason Moynihan (Buddy Guy) and drummer Carlton Campbell (of The Campbell Brothers). David explores songs inspired by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley as well as a blend of Americana, soul and gospel influences. Find more details about this release
Click to play"All The Blues To You"
Artist Site
News Flash
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 
Award-Winning Photographer offers signed B.B. King prints at NY Expo Oct 23
NEW YORK, NY - Award-winning music photographer Jerome Brunet invites you to attend PhotoPlus Expo in New York, where he will be signing and handing out free B.B. King prints at the Hahnemühle booth #655, October 23rd from 11am-12pm. Jerome has captured numerous, amazing shots of many blues artists, some that we’ve been pleased to be able to share with you on our Facebook site.
The PDN PhotoPlus Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 21,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, filmmakers, students and educators from around the world.
Jerome Brunet was born in southern France and raised in Ontario, Canada. His passion for music began at the age of four, when he started studying as a classical cellist for eight years before moving on to the guitar.
More details about Jerome and the Expo
“Life Death & The Blues” explores power, passion and meaning
SASKATOON, CANADA - Life Death and The Blues will appear at Remai Arts Centre in their Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, Canada) from Oct 21-Nov 8. This innovative concert/theatre hybrid explores the power, passion and meaning of the blues, tracing the history, telling all of our stories and influencing music of all genres. Following the blues from its early roots to new artists, blues veteran Raoul Bhaneja – with the help of his band, The Big Time (guitarist Jake Chisholm, drummer Tom Bona, Chris Banks on upright bass), and amazing R&B artist, Divine Brown – combines autobiography, interviews and multi-media to draw you into a personal, poetic and visceral world of the blues. A special feature of the show is the appearance of a different guest musician each night, most from Saskatoon and area. Find more details about Life Death & The Blues
Gary Clark Jr. talks blues and balancing
ATLANTA — Even though Gary Clark Jr. often performs in front of thousands of people, the Grammy-winning musician still doesn't know how to react when he hears concertgoers chant his name.
"I never know what to do," he said. "You can't say thank you, I guess. I just smile and take it all in."
Clark has embraced the pressure of being considered the future of blues. So far, he's kept the genre alive performing on the grandest stages alongside music's biggest acts, including Mick Jagger and Beyoncé.
This year, Clark opened for The Rolling Stones' kick-off tour. He joined the Foo Fighters' tour for nearly two months and was a headliner at several popular music festivals, including Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits Festival.
More details and interview with Gary Clark 
Blues Foundation News
IBC Tix and T's on Sale... plus reserve your room
MEMPHIS, TN -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!
Left is this years t-shirt logo design by Jen Taylor of VividPix.
For everything IBC, click here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
Blues Society News
~ KC Blues Society to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Nov 7
~ Montreal Blues Society picks Blues Challenge Winner
KANSAS CITY, MO - Kansas City Blues Society’s 35th Anniversary Celebration will be held November 7th, 6pm, Knucklehead’s Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120. The Kansas City Blues Society is the second oldest Blues Society and will celebrate 35 years of promoting the blues in Kansas City.
Music will be provided by five bands with Anthony Gomes headlining. The evening will also include a silent auction with proceeds going to the Michael Shannon Musician’s Fund benefiting local musicians in times of medical crisis. The night will also include inducting the first members into the Kansas City Blues Hall of Fame plus raffles and more.
MONTREAL, CANADA - The grand finale of the Quebec to Memphis challenge, hosted by the Montreal Blues Society, took place October 20th, at the Bistro à JoJo in Montreal. The Paul DesLauriers Band took the honours. Paul DesLauriers, Sam Harrisson, and Greg Morency make up the power trio based out of Montreal and will head to Memphis to represent at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in January.
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
 Join Wait List!
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.
Info: WEBSITE or 816-753-7979 or 888-BLUESIN' ~ Need help?: EMAIL
313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
More then a cruise! More Than You Can Imagine!
Elwood's BluesMobile
OCT 24-25 Radio Show: TOMMY CASTRO

The great singer, songwriter, and flashy guitar man Tommy Castro is back. What kind of music does he play? His influences include electric blues, Chicago blues, West Coast blues, soul music, old school rock, and Southern Rock.
New music from Tommy Castro. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Video of The Week
Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King "CORNBREAD" (Mar 2015)
Click Here for video...    R.I.P. Smokin Joe Kubek (Nov 30 1956-Oct 11, 2015)
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Saturday Oct 24 is "Make a Difference Day" ...neighbors helping neighbors.
This is a national day devoted to helping others by doing volunteer
work in the community. The activity can be almost anything.
If nothing else, at least share the healing power of the blues!
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892), Boozoo Chavis (1930);
Oct 24 Sonny Terry (1911), Willie Mabon (1925), Bill Wyman (1936),
Jimmy Dawkins (1936); Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931); Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909) and Clifford Antone (1949 Antone Records founder); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946), Hadda Brooks (1916); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902), Ethel Waters (1896) 
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
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
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
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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
10th Tommy Johnson Blues Festival 
Nov-06-2015 - Nov-07-2015
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Lucerne Blues Festival
Nov-06-2015 - Nov-14-2015
Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Frederikshavn Bluesfestival
Nov-06-2015 - Nov-07-2015
Pandrup, Denmark
For all festival links
go to our website
Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
San Francisco International
Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
Blues for Food
Spring Hill, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Olde English District Blues Festival
Jan-14-2016 - Jan-18-2016
Chester, Virginia USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #26, Eastern Caribbean
Jan-17-2016 - Jan-24-2016
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Blues on the Beach, Huatulco
Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
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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