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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 24, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 52
dec 31
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
News Flash
Blues Society News
Blues Foundation News
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Buddy and Hopkins
Festival Calendar
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
"Music on The Couch" IBC News
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
BFG in your mailbox!
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Specials BFG Announcements
Act Now! 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
Blues and soul great, Rock House Records artist Roy Roberts from Greensboro, NC with "Soul of The Blues" syndicated radio show host, Cassie CJ Fox. Roy was in Concert Dec 11, 2015 at the 2nd Thursday Blues Concert Series in Chester, SC. The series Coordinator is Davids Clayor-former owner of Daves' CC-Country Club in Braidenton, Florida.
Photo courtesy Cassie CJ Fox
*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
News Flash
Happy Holidays from our staff!
We thank you for being part of our music lovin' family and we look forward to discovering and sharing a multitude of musical events and insights with you in the coming year. Together we've experienced festivals from around the globe. We've mourned the passing once again of some of our blues stalwarts, like the Ambassador of The Blues, the great B.B. King. Together we've been introduced to new artists and embraced long-standing ones. Together we celebrate the music that moves us and motivates us!
Happy Holidays from RBA Publishing & specifically your Blues staff,
Kaati, Cheryl, Michele, Heather, Tom, Irene and Goran
Cabin Sales Open for Oct 2016 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise on Dec 23rd
The LRBC #27 Southeastern Caribbean returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico and sails Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016 to the exotic islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and Guadeloupe on the Celebrity Summit. Open cabin sales begin Dec 23 at 11 am CST. Visit reservations on the website or call (816) 753-7979 at that time.
Artists announced include include Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, Otis Clay with Johnny Rawls, John Hammond, Tommy Castro & The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring Debbie Davies, Sugaray Rayford & TBA, Kenny Neal, Ana Popovic, Shemekia Copeland, Trampled Under Foot Reunion, Roomful Of Blues, Southern Hospitality with Victor Wainwright, JP Soars, Damon Fowler, Tinsley Ellis, Lil' Ed & The Blues...   Read more details about this LRBC sail and sale!
“Little Known Blues Fest” in Cape Town Jan 9, 2016
DURBANVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA - Kick off 2016 with a proper outdoor shindig! This outdoor festival celebrates the much-loved blues genre in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The sixth Little Known Blues Fest comes to the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville on Saturday, 9 January 2016.
The aim of the event is to give lesser-known bands a platform to shine while fans get to see some raw talent and enjoy the tunes with a fun day out.

Take a few friends, a picnic basket and bring some camping chairs to have a wild time in the sunshine. If you’re feeling like some nibbles or an ice-cold pint, there’s a fully stocked bar and food stalls on site. No alcohol can be brought onto the premises. Children are welcome, but have to be supervised.
Read more about the Little Known Blues Fest
Goin' to the Crossroads
CLARKSDALE. MS - Back in the day, early blues musicians migrated to Clarksdale, Miss., where they honed their musical crafts and eventually formed a blues culture.
It’s hard to say if they knew they were creating an epicenter for the evolution of the blues, but they did. Some were born and raised in the rural Mississippi area. Others were drawn to it.
The blues culture lives on in this tiny spot on the map that was once a transportation hub for highways, railways and public transpiration.
Highways 61 and 49 connect in Clarksdale — an important crossroad 30 years before the interstate systems sprawled across the country. It also is the crossroad immortalized by Robert Johnson, who supposedly sold his soul in exchange for mastering the blues.
Illinois Central (IC) and other railroads maintained depots and passenger terminals. The Greyhound Bus Company also built a station in Clarksdale.
... Read more about this adventure
Blues Boot Camp 2015: A Participants Perspective
DRYSDALE, VICTORIA, AU - When you look at the history of music throughout the ages, most of the modern day pop hits, to some extent amidst the electronic drumbeats and heavy bass lines, have some resemblance to blues music. Now this may seem like a very strange concept for you to grasp at the moment, yet all roots of music nowadays pays homage one way or another to the blues. There is just something pure, simple and electric to blues music that you just don’t seem to get these days. In the delta in the deep south of America, the living conditions throughout the Great Depression and the mid 1930s and 40s were horrific. Throughout all of the recordings from that day you are able to hear the true struggle of human life. ...Read entire article & find how to participate
CD & DVD Releases
Brad Absher & Swamp Royale :: LUCKY DOG
Lucky Dog is the first for Montrose Records from Brad Absher, the Houston-based singer/guitarist & practitioner of the “Gulf Coast Blues & Soul” sound. The album was recorded at Montrose Records Studio in Houston and produced by label head Richard Cagle and acclaimed bassist Larry Fulcher (Taj Mahal), who also adds his trademark bass lines throughout the disc. The rest of the musicians involved in the recording are primarily members of Absher’s solid touring band, rightly dubbed “Swamp Royale” for the earthy, soulful sounds they create around Brad’s masterful guitar work and vocals.
Brad Absher’s Gulf Coast sound recipe includes equal amounts of blues, soul, and gospel, stirred up just right into a magical gumbo that goes down easy and has a spicy kick to it, recalling the best of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, too. ... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Woman Who Loves Me"
Artist Site
Dalannah and Owen :: BEEN AROUND A WHILE
Been Around A While represents a watershed moment for the Canadian blues duo, Dalannah and Owen. Filled with a bold mix of well-constructed original compositions and carefully selected covers of artists such as Son House, Louis Jordan, and Marvin Gaye, it's the result of two world-class talents combining to create something fresh and new. Dalannah's impassioned, gospel-soaked vocals and Owen's versatile, mood-setting bass come together to form a sound that's emotionally potent, musically unforgettable, and spiritually transcendent.
With 90 years of music between them, this unlikely duo came together in July 2014, one week before British Columbia's White Rock Blues Society Regional International Blues Challenge. Been Around A While, their first disc as a duo, is about the love of music and Dalannah and Owen's respect for one another.
...Find more about this release
Click to play" Been Around A While"
Artist Site
Blues Society News
- Tennessee Blues Society's Tuesday All Star Jam
- White Rock Blues Society Southern Style NYE
- DC Blues Society New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance Party
NASHVILLE , TN - Join the Tennessee Blues
Society on Tuesdays when they presents their Allstar Jam with the Tennessee Blues Society All Stars - Down Home Blues from 6pm-9pm at Carol Ann's Home Cooking Café (407 Murfreesboro Rd., Nashville, Tennessee). 
SOUTH SURREY, BC - Tickets are now on sale for the White Rock Blues Society's 6th annual New Year's Eve “Southern Style” Celebration to be held Thursday December 31st at the Pacific Inn Resort (1160 King George Blvd., South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada). The Bill Johnson Blues Band will perform. There is limited seating (120 tickets only) for this Southern Style buffet and dance.

SILVER SPRING, MD - The DC Blues Society New Year's Eve celebration might just be the best deal in town. The dinner dance party will be held from 7-12:30pm at the American Legion Post 41 (905 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland… enter at 8110 Fenton).
The party includes a traditional Southern-style dinner, dancing to Full Power Blues with special guest Clarence "The Bluesman" Turner, party favors, midnight champagne toast and exceptionally reasonable cash bar, 50/50 cash raffle and drawings for prizes! Seating is limited and tickets are hot!
Adv Tix: $30 member/$35 non-member Door: $35 member/$40 non-member. There is plenty of parking and venue is accessible via the Red Line Metro. Get your tickets in advance at here or call 301-322-4808.
Email your special Blues Society news 
(Please keep to 100 words max. Attach image or society logo separately...
"Music on The Couch" IBC News
Showcases during IBC week
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! Find the final roster of Challengers coming in from around the world.
Throughout IBC week, there is always something to do when the Challenge is not happening. Every day there is a Showcase going on during the early hours before the Challenge kicks in.
• Blind Raccoon’s Showcases are held at Purple Haze Nightclub on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 11am-5pm
• The Galaxie Agency Showcase is Thursday at B.B. King’s from 11am-4: 30pm
• The Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase is held Thursday at 11am at the Kooky Canuck
• The Pacific Northwest Showcase will be held at Club 152 First Floor on Friday at 11:30am ...Read more, find links and how to contact Vinny
Blues Foundation News
Happy Holidays from the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame… here’s what’s happening!

- “Cast of Blues”
– 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
Joe Bonamassa "Christmas Boogie (One Little Kiss)
Elwood's BluesMobile
DEC 26-27 Radio Show: Best of the 2015 Blues Breakers

Every week, as part of the Bluesmobile Radio Hour, we play for you a song we call the blues breaker, a pick to click, a hot new tune, a great new artist, a fine song from a familiar band. This week Elwood looks back at the year of breakers, and brings you the best of 2015’s new music.
The best of the Blues Breakers. Next time in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Merry Christmas to
You & Yours!
~ Birthdays of note
through the next week: 
Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924); Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949);
Dec 27 Tracy Nelson (1944); Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914), Johnny Otis (1921); Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929); Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928); Dec 31 Odetta (1930);
Jan 2 Little Smokey Smothers (1939), Rubin “Rube” Lacy (1901) 
If you missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide,
you can find back issues in the Archives here on our website.
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Hold our 13th Annual Print Magazine in your hands 
Get your own copy of the 2015 Blues Festival Guide. 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?"
 Thanks for digging what we do!
Kaati, Cheryl, Michele, Tom, Heather, Tim, Irene, Florencia, and Goran
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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!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender and is highlighted, EMAIL
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
are paid "Featured" ads

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.
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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