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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 19, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 47
Feb 18, 2016
dec 31
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Vinny Marini's "Music on The Couch" IBC Updates Nov 19
Video of The Week
Elwood's BluesMobile
Intros and Outros
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Society News
LR&B Cruise News
Blues Foundation News
Blues Festival Guide in your mailbox!
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Specials BFG Announcements
Red Rooster Early-Bird Special
It's time to figure out your 2016 Marketing Strategy and
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Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 2015 BFG Magazine

The 21st Lucerne Blues Festival held it's premier presentation of Blues in the Schools at the local Swiss high school - Kanti Reussbühl.
Art Tipaldi, editor of Blues Music Magazine, presents the Blues history education in an extended advanced English class for the special day with the Toronzo Cannon Band as class guests and a finale perfromance in the school auditorium for the school. Blues education was further provided with Blues Festival Guides (as pictured here). Left to right: L-R: Maria Haushees (Student); Jakob Falz (Student); Peter Zosso (Principal); Toronzo Cannon (American Blues Artist), Martin Brüendler (President, Lucerne Blues Festival); Klara Haefliger (Teacher, LBF Liaison); Midori Pittini (Student).
Photo credit: Donovan Allen
 *NOTE! Snap photos of you, your friends or an artist with the 2015 Guide! *EMAIL your photo plus caption & credit.
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our websiteFind the digital version hereOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.
CD & DVD Releases
Guy Davis :: KOKOMO KID
After carrying the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, Guy Davis came back with some fresh inspiration and new stories to tell. Kokomo Kidd, his first self-produced recording, finds the blues ambassador visiting fresh territory. “It’s a new beginning for me,” he says, “The first time I produced myself. “What I‘m showing here is a side of me that’s deep inside. It’s needing air and light, and here it comes!”
His deft acoustic playing and well-crafted lyrics are here as always. Some songs find Davis calling on his gifts as an actor and storyteller, while others are personal as it gets. Find more details about this release
Click to play"Like Sonny Did"
Artist Site
Billy The Kid and The Regulators :: I CAN’T CHANGE
I Can’t Change, by the award winning band, Billy The Kid and The Regulators, features some of the funkiest grooving, soulful, and original contemporary blues compositions to come along in a long time. Produced by Damon Fowler, the CD’s has a few tasty covers arranged by the band along with several originals. This is a high energy performance. Seering guitars layered over a powerhouse horn-infused rhythm section, gritty vocals and beautiful vocal harmonies deliver.
Billy The Kid and The Regulators are a high powered, guitar driven, rhythm and blues band based in Pittsburgh. Band leader Billy Evanochko is widely known across the Steel City for his impassioned lyrics, seductive vocals and stinging guitar riffs.
Find more details about this release
Click to play"Ain't Gotta Prove Nothing"
Artist Site
News Flash
Blues!.. Why Blues & Latin Music?
California author spreads love for blues and Latin music in new children’s book!
LOS ANGELES, CA — Author Dr. Carolyn W. Gaines introduces kids to the music for dancing and listening styles of the blues and Latin music in her new book, Blues!.. Why Blues and Latin Music? — Second Edition. This wonderful new book is set to be released the week of Nov 19. The book is written in English and Spanish for kids.
Just like Buddy Guy, Grady Gaines, Shemekia Copeland, and Jennifer Lopez the most exciting entertainers of our decade, now, you can read about blues and Latin music artists while enjoying lots of full-colorful photos. Kids can learn about blues and Latin music history from colorful cartoons of Buddy Guy, Roy Gaines, Grady Gaines, Muddy Waters,
Read more details about this colorful book
GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi Opening now set for early Mar 2016
CLEVELAND, MS - The new grand opening date for the GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi in Cleveland will be March 5-6, museum officials announced, putting the festivities mere weeks after the 2016 Grammy Awards.
The opening had originally been planned for this fall, but the intricacy of its complex exhibits delayed the completion date.
"The intricate details of the exhibits themselves are very complex and involve multiple process phases from start to finish," Lucy Janoush, president of the Grammy Museum Mississippi board of directors, said in a release. "In order to make this project the showcase it should be, consultants and contractors need more time to finish the exhibits."
Read more about the museum opening
2015 Blues411 Jimi Awards Salute Artists Nov 19
 Here’s a special announcement from Chef Jimi and Leslie of Blues411:
“For our 6th year, we at Blues411 have honored those artists who go beyond keeping the blues alive. They make the Blues thrive! Nearly thirty categories ranging from Coolest Release title, to Badazz Bass, and into the deep end with Song/Artist/Band of the year. We congratulate all the nominees, and to the winners we say well done and we are especially proud of you. Thank you all for your music that makes a difference in all our lives.”
Click this link Nov 19th to find the good news.
You can also click thru the Blues411 site to see previous year's award nominees and winners.
Quinn Sullivan makes himself happy by playing the blues
Quinn Sullivan got his first guitar when he turned 3. Kind of. Noticing his deep love for music and his affinity for the guitar, his parents bought him a toy guitar — but that wasn’t enough for Quinn.
He worked on chord progressions and single-string picking on his own, he says in a phone interview from his New Bedford, Massachusetts, home, all the while begging his parents for a real guitar. By the time he was 6, he had a full-sized guitar and was performing regularly around the New England region.
Then Ellen DeGeneres called. To see the full significance of that call, we cut to the last conversation Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy had with his mentor, the inventor of the amplified Chicago blues and one of the last of the great generation of blues masters, Muddy Waters.
Find more details about Quinn Sullivan
Vinny Marini's "Music on The Couch" IBC Updates Nov 19
This Week's Featured Artist: Jake Kulak
MEMPHIS, TN - Hi, I'm Vinny Marini, of Music On The Couch.For the 5th consecutive year I will be web casting live during IBC from The fuBAR at Rum Boogie Café.
By the time you read this update there will be about 14 new entrants listed over on the 2016 IBC Page At Music On The Couch!
Did you know that the Blues Foundation has so much more in store for you during IBC week, whether you are a Challenger or a fan in for the experience or to root your favorite musicians on? We’ll let you know about them as they are announced. Read about this Week's Featured Artist
Blues Society News
Colorado Blues Society News
DENVER, CO - The Colorado Blues Society (CBS) awarded the band Mojomama's self-titled release with Best Self Produced CD 2015. Mojomama is also entered in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Competition best CD category in Memphis in early 2016.
Also, December 10th will be the 4th Annual CBS Member’s Choice Award Show at the Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO where they will announce which blues selections members have chosen as their favorites. Show starts 7pm. Special entertainment will featuring The Billy Hoke Xtrav XVI, an eclectic assortment of some of the finest musicians in Colorado. CBS members $10 at the door, non-members $15. Colorado Blues Society Members can vote here. Voting closes November 22.
Email your special Blues Society news 
(Please keep to 100 words max. Attach image or society logo separately...
Video of The Week
Angela Strehli, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kim Wilson, Jimmie Vaughan :: DON'T FALL FOR ME BABY (Circa 1983)
LR&B Cruise News
LRBC#26 Join Wait List ~ #27 & #28 Pre-Book Now!
Join Waitlist: LRBC #26 Jan 17-24, 2016 Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale to Tortola BVI, St. Croix USVI & Bahamas Private Island
 Join Wait List!
Prebook: LRBC #27 Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016
Southeastern Caribbean San Juan,
Puerto Rico to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and
Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit. 

Prebook: LRBC #28 January 22-29, 2017 Eastern Caribbean Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. John USVI and Dominican Republic

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
NOV 21-22 Radio Show: DR. JOHN B'DAY TRIBUTE

The good doctor… Dr. John, born Mac Rebennack, is an undisputed national treasure. He turns 75 this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to share some of his music and stories, covers by fans, and selected classics. Join us. He has had quite a life. We’ll squeeze of much of it into an hour as we can.
A happy birthday to Dr. John. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Blues Foundation News
2016 International Blues Challenge ...The Big Blues Party is Just Around the Corner‏
MEMPHIS, TN - Don't miss out on the biggest and best Blues Party of the year. The Blues Foundation will be hosting over 200 blues acts on Beale Street for THE 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge January 27 - January 30, 2016. To purchase your Pass for the entire week, along with upgrades for the Keeping the Blues Alive award ceremony and luncheon and for the IBC finals click here.
Memphis Hotels are filling up already so get your rooms reserved. Get recommendations via the Blues Foundation website.
Don't miss out on all the great music! And while you are in Memphis, make sure to visit The Blues Hall of Fame at 421 South Main Street.
For everything IBC, click here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
 Nov 19 Chris Cain (1955); Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946); Nov 21 Dr. John (1940); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945); Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (1926);
Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909), Brownie McGhee (1915), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956), Shuggie Otis (1953).
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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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Blues for Food
Spring Hill, Florida, USA
COPS 2 Blues Fest
New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Venice Blues Festival
Venice, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Olde English District Blues Fest
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
For all festival links
go to our website
_________________________    Ferndale Blues & Music Festival
Jan-29-2016 - Feb-06-2016
Ferndale, Michigan, USA
Winter Blues Fest 2016
Feb-12-2016 - Feb-13-2016
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Destination Blues
Feb-19-2016 - Feb-21-2016, Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
Clearwater Sea Blues Festival
Feb-20-2016 - Feb-21-2016, Clearwater, Florida, USA
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-22-2016 - Feb-27-2016
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-25-2016 - Feb-28-2016
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
Lancaster Roots & Blues Music Festival
Feb-26-2016 - Feb-28-2016
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 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.
We look forward to your suggestions, critiques and questions. Reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen via EMAIL or here.
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