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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 4, 2016
Vol 11/Issue 5
Feb 18, 2016
Specials BFG Announcements
Show us your BFG
News Flash
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Legendary R&B Cruise News
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for links to sample tracks)
IBC & BFG Offers
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Foundation News
Me and the Devil Blues 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Festival Calendar
Specials BFG Announcements
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. Find out how easy!
IBC & BFG Offers
IBC Participants! Blues Festival Guide is Offering Discounts! 
MEMPHIS, TN - The International Blues Challenge was a blast by all reports and congrats to ALL that participated! The Blues Festival Guide is a proud sponsor of the IBC.
We're currently offering print discounts to IBC participants in our 14th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. Click the image at left to enlarge for details. Do it now to assure your spot and discount.
*On another note, if you have a photo taken with the Blues Festival Guide magazine, please submit it to us ASAP with your caption and credit! We just might publish it!
We look forward to hearing from you!
Show us your BFG
Share your pose with the 13th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's the WellBad band all the way from Germany at IBC Registration in Memphis, TN last week with our BFG rep in Memphis, Belinda Hollaway-Harker who preparing to pass out our annual Blues Festival Guide magazine.
 *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
Duke Robillard :: THE ACOUSTIC BLUES & ROOTS OF...
The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard, a very special album on Stony Plain Records from the two-time Grammy nominee and multi Blues Music Award winning guitarist, focuses on the music that has informed his over 50-year career as a performing artist, bandleader and producer of seminal American roots music. The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard was recorded primarily at Duke’s own Mood Room studio, with additional work done at Lakewest Recording and some live recording done at the Blackstone River Theater in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

“This project has been about a decade in the making for various reasons I won't go into here,” Duke Robillard says in the liner notes about the sessions for the new CD.“ As many of you know, I am, and always have been, a huge fan of American roots music in its entirety.
... Find more details about this release

Click to play"I Miss My Baby's Arms"
Artist Site
Christian Collin :: SPIRIT OF THE BLUES
Spirit of the Blues is from Chicago-based singer, guitarist and songwriter Christian Collin, a devotee of blues and American roots music. Produced by Collin and Grammy Award-winning engineer Brian Leach and recorded at Joyride Studio in Chicago, Spirit of the Blues pays homage to his blues heroes while leaving a musical mark all his own. On the album’s dozen, all-original songs, Christian is backed by his longtime road band featuring Alex Evans on bass and Chris Morrow on drums. He is joined by notable guest musicians Billy Branch and Mathew Skoller on harmonica; and Johnny Iguana on piano and organ. Rounding out the package is Pete Galanis from Howard and the White Boys on slide guitar, Jen Williams on background vocals and Rodney Brown and his crew playing horns. ...Find more about this release
Click to play"One And Only"
Artist Site
News Flash
The Big Blues Bender is Back Sept 8-11. Four Days & Nights of the Very Best Blues Music with Luxury Accommodations 
LAS VEGAS, NV – The Big Blues Bender returns to Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World! Experience the Big Blues Bender Sept. 8 - 11, 2016 at the legendary Plaza Hotel & Casino in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. The Big Blues Bender has quickly become a festival favorite among Blues fans and artists alike – a bucket-list event for all, featuring the most talented and sought after Blues artists touring today, a top festival experience with all the comforts of a fabulous hotel in the pulsing heart of America’s wildest city. Four days and nights of the best Blues music on three indoor stages and an oasis pool stage, All Just An Elevator Ride Away! There are some outstanding packages still available but quantities are limited so book your Bender trip now!
... Find more details and images on the Big Blues Bender
29th annual Black History Month Blues Series in Monroe
MONROE, MI - The Monroe County Library System’s award-winning history lesson with a back beat! Since 1988, when Detroiter Robert Jones brought the blues, “the roots of all American music,” to a corner of our Navarre Branch, the Monroe County Library System’s annual Black History Month Blues Series has thrilled music lovers of all ages with free concerts by local, regional and national blues and roots music artists. With awards from the Public and Michigan Library Associations, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the 2009 Blues Foundation Keeping the Blues Alive Award, the series is now the states’ longest running annual blues celebration.
The 29th annual Black History Month Blues series kicked off Feb 2 and continues Tuesday Feb 9 with Larry McCray in concert with very special guest Thornetta Davis. Showtime is 7pm.
...Find more about the series and artists coming to Monroe
Mardi Gras 2016 is Tuesday, February 9 which means Outrageous Parades, Costumes &… Music!
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday marks a time to celebrate in many places. It’s a time to party and may include a parade and costumes and music… you got to have music (and probably some beads at least)! Your own town is no doubt having something cool going on and several musical artists will be helping you laissez les bons temps for sure! From Buffalo, New York to the Carnaval de Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook-Off in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Mobile, Alabama, to St. Louis, Houston, San Francisco and all points in between, festive Mardi Gras/Carnival-style events will be going on from now until Fat Tuesday.
While it’s impossible to list all the musical events, we decided to at least dig around a bit to find some websites that could give you an insight to the basic Mardi Gras scene and things to do in New Orleans, the place where this celebration is probably the most famous. Here’s a few we found:
...Find more about Mardi Gras happenings in New Orleans
Chicago Blues Fest 2016 Lineup Announced
CHICAGO, IL -The headliners have been announced for the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival happening June 10-12 in Grant Park.
The free admission three-day festival will open on Friday, June 10, with a celebration of the 45th anniversary of Chicago's Alligator Records, and conclude on Sunday, June 12, with a special tribute to the legendary Otis Rush featuring notable friends and other musicians he has influenced throughout his career. The festival headliners throughout the weekend include: Shemekia Copeland with guest Curtis Salgado, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials with guest Corky Siegel, Tommy Castro and The Painkillers with guest Toronzo Cannon, Fred Wesley and the J.B.s, Irma Thomas, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater and Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters.
The full schedule will be announced later this spring.
...Find more details about the Chicago Blues Fest
How To Dance The Blues On Thomas Street
DUBLIN, Ireland - Last Thursday evening, as we made our way to our first blues-dancing class in Arthur’s on Thomas Street, my friend Siobhán and I reminisced about our previous experience with dance lessons. A hip-hop workshop in transition year of secondary school. Twitchy moves and flailing limbs. We’ve clung to more academic pursuits since. 
These memories trigger some niggles and doubts. What even is blues dancing? Will I be able for it? Am I dressed right for a dance class in a bar?
Unsure how I’d get on, I climbed the stairs with Siobhán and ducked under the heavy red and gold curtains into the upstairs lounge.
...Find more about blues dancing in Dublin
Blues Foundation News
Here's the Winners of the 2016 IBC!
MEMPHIS, TN - The 32nd International Blues Challenge were held last week in downtown Memphis, which bustled with thousands of blues artists and fans from around the globe. The Keeping The Blues Alive Awards, workshops, showcases and more, also helped fill the historic district and the outlying areas to the brim.
Congratulations to the 2016 International Blues Challenge Final winners who were announced at the historic Orpheum Theater on Saturday, January 30. The list of winners is as follows...
1st Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons (Washington Blues Society)
2nd InnerVision (Columbus Blues Alliance)
1st The Delgado Brothers (Ventura County Blues Society)
2nd The Paul DesLauriers Band (Montreal Blues Society)
3rd The Norman Jackson Band (Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society)
Rob Lumbard Blues in a Bottle (Central Iowa Blues Society)
Bing Futch (Orange Blossom Blues Society)
The Delgado Brothers (Ventura County Blues Society)
InnerVision (Columbus Blues Alliance)
Find photos and artist links here
Find more Blues Foundation news and info here
The Talkin'Blues Podcast with Mako Funasaka
Episode 3: Photographer Joe Rosen

Intro from Mako Funasaka:
Joseph A. Rosen is a New York photographer who has spent his life
documenting the blues with his camera. I got to know Joe through our work with the Blues Foundation in Memphis. He recently published a book entitled "Blues Hands" which is available from his website. In this episode, I speak to Joe about his life in photography and his new book. This interview took place in May, 2015.
More info on Mako Funasaka and his Talkin'Blues home page
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
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!
Video of The Week
 A peak into New Orleans music from "Make It Funky!"
Elwood's BluesMobile
FEB 6-7, 2016 Radio Show: Walter Trout

Ace guitar man Walter Trout played with everybody from Big Mama Thornton to Canned Heat before going solo. In 2014 his music and his life were put on pause as he battled for his very survival. One liver transplant later, Walter has picked up where he left off, with a new-found gratitude, and a new commitment to the blues.
Walter Trout joins Elwood Blues. 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 through the next week: 
Feb 4 Speedy Ashford (1910); Feb 5 Will "Son Brimmer" Shade (1898), Al Kooper (1944); Feb 6 Bob Marley (1945); Feb 7 Earl King (1934), King Curtis (1934), Eubie Blake (1883); Feb 8 Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (1889), Floyd Dixon (1929), Eddie "Guitar" Burns (1928); Feb 9 Johnny Heartsman (1937);
Feb 10 Alton Jay "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin (1932); Feb 11 Josh White (1908), Phillip Walker (1937), Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Otis Clay (1942);
Feb 12 Pink Anderson (1900), Gene McDaniels (1935),
Big John Wrencher (1923); Feb 13 John Lee Henley (1919)  
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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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Ferndale Blues & Music Festival
Jan-29-2016 - Feb-06-2016
Ferndale, Michigan, USA
3rd Annual Baton Rouge
Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA 
Ultimate Louisiana Party-
Mardi Gras in the Treme
Feb-07-2016 - Feb-09-2016
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Winter Blues Fest 2016
Feb-12-2016 - Feb-13-2016
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Taste of New Orleans Blues & Brews Festival
Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
Charlie Musselwhite and North Mississippi Allstars at Uptown Theatre Napa
Napa, California, 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 
For all festival links
go to our website
 Lancaster Roots & Blues
Music Festival
Feb-26-2016 - Feb-28-2016
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Wolverhampton Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Fest 
Wolverhampton, W Midlands, UK
Doncaster Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Fest 5
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK
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
Columbus Blues Revival
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Foxfire Blues Fest 2016
Mar-26-2016 - Mar-27-2016
Waterford, Mississippi, USA
Spring Harp Fest
La Mesa, California, USA
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
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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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