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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 31, 2015
Vol 10/Issue 53
dec 31
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
News Flash
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
Show us your BFG
Blues Society News
"Music on The Couch" IBC News
Blues Foundation News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Buddy and Hopkins (last installment!)
Festival Calendar
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 12th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's Terry Harmonica Bean at the 2015 Bogalusa Blues Festival giving us the thumbs up!  Photo: Tom Andrews
*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 ...
Blues Society News
Private-NonProfit-Individual Partnership Contributes to HART Fund 
JACKSON, MS - Soul Blues singer Dorothy Moore organized a challenge match to raise money for the HART Fund of the Blues Foundation. The Central MS Blues Society hosted the month-long challenge match at its weekly Blue Monday jam in November and December at Hal & Mal's in Jackson, Mississippi. In addition to Ms. Moore and the Central MS Blues Society, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans participated in the fund drive.
The HART Fund exists to help blues musicians in times of medical need, and on the final night of the fund drive, blues drummer Rick Lewis gave heartfelt testimony to the role the HART Fund played in his life during a recent medical situation. ...More about this worthy endeavor
Maple Blues Awards Blues Booster Of The Year - Larry Kurtz‏
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - The Toronto Blues Society is proud to announce the recipient of the Blues Booster of the Year Award, a very special Maple Blues Award honoring outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues music industry. This year the Blues Booster of the Year Award goes to Orangeville, Ontario’s Larry Kurtz, the founder and artistic director of the popular Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival.

Voted one of the Top 100 Festival and Events in Ontario several years in a row, the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival is held annually in the picturesque town of Orangeville in south-central Ontario. Since its modest beginnings in 2003, the festival has grown exponentially and boasts an impressive line-up of local and nationally recognized musicians... More here about the recipient and festival
Saskatchewan Capital Beats Winter Blues with Mid-Winter Blues Festival Feb 22-27
REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA - Just when the February doldrums are setting in, things get jumping at the Regina Mid-Winter Blues Festival.
The festival takes place at venues across Saskatchewan's capital city from Feb. 22-27. There are free performances Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, as well as Saturday afternoon. Tickets will be needed for shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Greg Mildenberger, president of the Regina Blues Association, says they expect about 2,000 people will flow through the festival. "They are full houses right from start to finish, so it's a great weekend and a great week," said Mildenberger.
The festival started more than two decades ago as a weekend event held in pubs, but Mildenberger says it has grown quite a bit over the last decade.
... More about the Regina Mid-Winter Blues Festival
Email your special Blues Society news 
(Please keep to 100 words max. Attach image or society logo separately...
CD & DVD Releases
The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You
This full-length blues album features guest appearances by Grammy winners Blind Boys of Alabama and 2x Grammy nominated Mindi Abair, who also makes debut as album producer.

Certified pure blues singer, harmonica player, songwriter and producer, The Reverend Shawn Amos is on a mission to spread his glorious, secular gospel to all. The son of chocolate chip cookie magnate Wally “Famous” Amos and night club singer Shirl-ee May Ellis, he is dedicated to continuing, extending and spreading the tradition of the blues with unsurpassed fervor and emotional expression.
Born in New York City, raised up on the gritty Sunset Strip in the seventies and preceding his performing career with many successful musical ventures, Amos breaks nearly every cliché with his talent and unstoppable drive ... Find more details about this release
Click to play"Boogie"
Artist Site
Dudley Taft :: SKIN AND BONES
American Blues Music Group recording artist Dudley Taft brings his own version of the blues to the table with Skin And Bones, a hair-raising collection of blues, rock and a slice of grunge pie. Recorded at Muchmore studio in his home in Cincinnati and Omni Sound in Nashville, he and bassist John Kessler co-produced the record.

Skin And Bones came from three sessions with Jason Patterson on drums and John Kessler on bass at Taft’s home studio once owned by legendary rock icon Peter Frampton in Cincinnati, Ohio. Yes, that guy. Taft bought the house with the intent of utilizing the studio full time. He didn’t know the support phone number when setting up the room would lead him to Frampton himself.
...Find more about this release
Click to play"Skin And Bones "
Artist Site
"Music on The Couch" IBC News
Music on the Couch IBC Updates Dec 31, 2015
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 see is the final roster of Challengers coming in from around the world.
Sorry about last week, but tornadoes that came through Mississippi were a little too close for comfort…but all is well in the end.
The last time I posted here, I mentioned the National Women In Blues Showcase. Well, the word is out. The Showcase has been moved to Beale Street. This is great news. The past location, the Center For Southern Folklore was wonderful, but it’s location caused some issues … and Alfred’s stage is much larger and the seating more available.
...Read more, find links and how IBC bands should contact Vinny ASAP!
Buddy & Hopkins’ Archive Farewell Tour Ends
Farewell & thanks to Buddy & Hopkins!! Here's a note from their creator:
"Buddy and Hopkins first appeared in 2003 in the Connecticut Blues Society newsletter. For the first comic strip, it was called "The Blue Smoke Band" which was a band name a friend and I came up with while in high school. While our band never got off the ground, it did provide some material for Buddy and Hopkins and I realized my talent was with a pencil and not with a bass guitar. Buddy and Hopkins was produced weekly for over six years. It's been published in numerous magazines and society newsletters and can still be found in music publications and on entertainment websites around the world! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the archives..."
... Read more about cartoonist Jason Nocera and where to find him
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Oct 2016 LRBC #27 Cabins on Sale  - Prebook for Jan 2017
Cabins on sale for LRBC #27
Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2016
Southeastern Caribbean
The LRBC #27 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. 
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!
Blues Foundation News
Happy New Year 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
Video of The Week
"Happy New Year" from all of us & Lightnin' Hopkins
Elwood's BluesMobile
JAN 2-3, 2016 Radio Show: Arlen Roth

You may not know Arlen Roth’s name, but you’ve heard his guitar. A master of the Telecaster, he has backed up everybody from Art Garfunkel to Duane Eddy and beyond. He is also a master slide player,
and has released an album of duets with other master slide players, called Slide Guitar Summit.
Jaw-dropping slide guitar. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Happy Blue Year!  
~ Birthdays of note
through the next week: 
Dec 31 Odetta (1930); Jan 1 Frank Stokes (1888), Estelle "Mama" Yancey (1896); Jan 2 Little Smokey Smothers (1939), Rubin “Rube” Lacy (1901); Jan 5 Johnny Adams (1932), Wilbert Harrison (1929), Sam Phillips (1923 founder of Sun Records); Jan 6 Kim Wilson (1951); Jan 8 Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 promoter at legendary Fillmore)
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.
Buddy and Hopkins (last installment!)
Did you know that I do Custom Comic Strips & Comic Pages as gifts?
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
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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
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.
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