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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 10, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 50
Feb 18, 2016
dec 31
Specials BFG Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Vinny Marini's "Music on The Couch" IBC Update Dec 10
Blues Foundation News
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash
Blues Society News
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
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 ends Dec 31st
It's time to figure out your 2016 Marketing Strategy and
we are offering an Early-Bird Discount.

~ Red Rooster Early-Bird Special ~

Order/Pay for your Print Ad before December 31
and take a 15% discount off 2015 prices!

Note: Our print magazine Ad Rates are increasing in 2016, but, you can save money by ordering your ad now. (actual artwork not due until March 2016)
Contact us: 775-337-8344
Promoters! Post Your 2016 Festival Dates 
Festival promoters can post their 2016 festival dates on our
top-ranking blues festival website. You don't need your line-up,
just dates and venue. Easy and free. Click here
Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 2015 BFG Magazine
Here's a great note from some blues fans (seen here with Jarekus Singleton (center) who appears on our 2015 magazine cover):
"We met a couple from Annapolis in Charleston, South Carolina in February. They were friends of Jarekus [Singleton]. We heard Jarekus in New Smyrna, Florida and told him of George and Diane. When I looked up festivals in BFG and saw that Jarekus was in Annapolis, we set it in our schedule. What a great time as we gave out the Guides you sent us! The recipients really appreciated them. We also met a Blues fan that had seen us dance in Florida. At 80 years old we don't do ballroom or elevator music! Sandra's a little younger but still works and we still travel... Bessemer, Bradenton, Annapolis etc. when we can schedule it. We drive 25-30 thousand miles a year. Nuff sed. You do a great service to the Blues fans.
Sandra & Marshall Heiden"
Photo courtesy: Sandra & Marshall Heiden
 *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 websiteOur 2015 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, Jackson, MS.Find the digital version here
CD & DVD Releases
Andy Cohen :: ROAD BE KIND
Andy Cohen is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist who has been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.” He grew up in a home with a piano and lots of Dixieland Jazz records. During the Sixties Folk Revival, he got hooked on the music of Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. When Andy was 16, he heard South Carolina’s Rev. Gary Davis perform and the effect on him was profound. He has devoted his life to studying, performing, and promoting traditional blues and folk music of the pre-World War II era.
Andy toured with Martin, Bogan and Armstrong, John Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, Brother Daniel Womack, Rev. Dan Smith, Jim Brewer, and Honeyboy Edwards. ... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Five And Ten Cent Blues"
Artist Site
Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans ::
Brad Vickers and The Vestapolitans, offer a good-time mix of originals and covers spanning blues, ragtime, hill country breakdowns, and more great American roots ’n’ roll. Their latest release, That's What They Say (2015), joins Great Day In The Morning (2013), Traveling Fool (2011), Stuck With The Blues (2010), and Le Blues Hot (2008).
Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans have always celebrated the roots of the music that they love and that has influenced them: blues, folk, rags, and “great American roots ’n’ roll.” For That’s What They Say, they go even further back and mine this rich vein even deeper, with Vickers developing one of his earliest-written songs, “Another Lonesome Road,” ... Find more details about this release
Click to play"That's What They Say"
Artist Site
News Flash
West Coast Women’s Blues Revue Guaranteed an Unforgettable  Performance
Bringing together the very best of Pacific Northwest female blues artists, the West Coast Women’s Blues Revue (WCWBR) is guaranteed to be an unforgettable performance. The amazing rotating line-up includes Lady A, Patti Allen, Teri Anne Wilson and Stacy Jones.
Together they have toured their soulful and funky gospel-tinged Blues styles to festivals, casinos, blues venues and wineries since 2010. WCWBR are now booking 2016.
Collectively, they have garnered hundreds of blues awards and nominations, performed extensively throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, received rave reviews, and recorded over 10 albums.
“West Coast Women's Blues Revue is a showcase of firepower talent
from four of the best in the business. ... Read more details about WCWBR and find contact info
58th Annual Grammy Nominees …
here’s the roots & blues of it
LOS ANGELES, CA - Buddy Guy's Born To Play Guitar is nominated for two Grammy's - "Best American Roots Performance" (for the title track song) and for "Best Blues Album" - in the 58th Annual GRAMMY awards.
Mavis Staples’ “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” off her album Your Good Fortune is also nominated for "Best American Roots Performance."
Shemekia Copeland's Outskirts Of Love, received a Grammy Award nomination in the “Best Blues Album” category from the Recording Academy. This is Copeland's third Grammy nomination. Copeland, the reigning "Queen Of The Blues," also appears on Muddy Waters 100, a various artists tribute album also nominated for “Best Blues Album.” ... Find more nominees and details here
Experience Mississippi Music at Jackson Museum
JACKSON, MS - The intersection of U.S. Highways 49 and 61 in Clarksdale look similar to many highway crossroads in Mississippi. A green road sign tells you to head straight on 61 to get to Memphis or head down 49 to get to Greenwood. Businesses such as a carwash and a gas station surround the sign. But a tall sign with three blue hollow-body guitars and placards that read "The Crossroads" tells a different story.
Legend has it that it's the intersection where blues legend Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil.
As a young man living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Johnson had a desire to become a great blues musician. Late one night, he went to a crossroad near Dockery Plantation in Clarksdale. ... Read article about the museum here
Vinny Marini's "Music on The Couch" IBC Update Dec 10
This Week's Featured Artist: 
MEMPHIS, TN - Hi, I'm Vinny Marini, of Music On The Couch. Check out my listing of 2016 Challengers at the 2016 IBC Page At Music On The Couch!
The deadline has passed and what you will see is the final roster of Challengers coming in from around the world:
90 Solo/Duo Acts; 117 Bands; 38 Youth Showcase participants; 13 Countries; 129 Blues Societies/Associations (If my counts are right!)
Can you believe it is only 7 short weeks before the first act takes the stage for the 32nd International Blues Challenge? You can look at the schedule for the week over on the Blues Foundation website. More events are added all the time, so check back often. 
...Read more about the Featured artists and how to contact Vinny...
Blues Society News
- Central Delaware Blues Society Fundraising event Dec 13
- Jefferson State Blues Society 4th Annual 3-in-1 Jan 3
MAGNOLIA, DE - The Central Delaware Blues Society will celebrate the holiday season with a day of music, food, drink and camaraderie starting at noon, Sunday, Dec. 13, at Jonathan’s Landing Clubhouse in Magnolia.

The event is a benefit to help send The Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark Band to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2016. The band won the CDBS local competition in October.

All of the musicians playing Dec. 13 are volunteering their time in support of fellow blues musicians. There will be a silent auction featuring a variety of unique items donated by musicians and sponsors, as well as a 50/50 raffle.
Find more info about the party 
REDDING, CA - The Jefferson State Blues Society 4th Happy Anniversary, New Year, Membership Dinner Dance with The Lindsey Thomas Band will be held at Bridge Bay Resort, January 3rd. Dinner 5-7pm and dancing 7-10pm. Tickets Dinner and dancing $20 members $25 non members Dance only $10 members $15 non members. Tickets can be purchased from any board member or at the event
Email your special Blues Society news 
(Please keep to 100 words max. Attach image or society logo separately...
Blues Foundation News
Happy Holidays from the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame… here’s what’s happening!
“Cast of Blues” Opens Dec 11– Be a Docent Volunteer
– Hall of Fame Facts & Specials
MEMPHIS,TN - Happy holidays from the Blues Hall of Fame, a program of The Blues Foundation If you are in the Memphis area over the holidays, please come and see our museum. Open seven days a week, we are across the street from the National Civil Rights Museum and surrounded by yummy locally-owned restaurants and cool shops. Come and make a day of it on South Main in downtown Memphis! ... Click here to read all about what's happening
For everything IBC, click here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
Legendary R&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!
Video of The Week
Nick Moss Band - "Time Ain't Free" Big Blues Bender 2015
Elwood's BluesMobile
DEC 12-13 Radio Show: JOE LOUIS WALKER

Joe Louis Walker is now an official member of the Blues House of Fame. But that glory has not stopped him from making music. And sharing his new music with you… is OUR glory.
Joe Louis Walker. Next time in the Bluesmobile
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
~ Birthdays of note this week: 
Dec 10 Guitar Slim (1926), Remembering Casey Bill Weldon (1909);
Dec 11 Big Mama Thornton (1926); Dec 12 Joe Williams (1918),
Lonesome Sundown (1928); Dec 13 Lurrie Bell (1958), Lucky Peterson (1964); Dec 15 Andrew “Big Voice” Odom (1936), Mark Hummel (1955), Nick Moss (1969); Dec 17 James Booker (1939), Paul Butterfield (1942); Dec 18 Pee Wee Crayton (1914), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (1917), Lonnie Brooks (1933),
Peg Leg Sam (1911), Rod Piazza (1947); Dec 19 Professor Longhair
(aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918)
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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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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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Olde English District Blues Fest
Jan-14-2016 - Jan-18-2016
Chester, Virginia USA
Sunshine Music Festival
Jan-16-2016 - Jan 17, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida, 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
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
For all festival links
go to our website
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
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-11-2016 - Mar-12-2016
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Blast Furnace Blues
Mar-11-2016 - Mar-13-2016
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Mar-24-2016 - Mar-28-2016
Byron Bay, Australia
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Apr-07-2016 - Apr-10-2016
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest
Apr-22-2016 - May-01-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, 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.
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