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In some issues of our newsletter, Blues News, we run profiles of local blues bands. If you would like to have your band considered for a future edition and you play in the Kentuckiana area, please go to the Band Profile Info page to send us the information.


2016 KBS Blues Challenge Dates Set

Band Contest - Jul 31, 2016 @ Stevie Ray's Blues Bar
Solo/Duo Contest - Sep 25, 2016 @ Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Deadlines for Entry:
Band: Jul 10, 2016
Solo/Duo: Sep 6, 2016

** See Contest Page for Details **

2015 KBS Blues Challenge Winners

Solo/Duo - Alonzo & Michael
(Alonzo Pennington & Michael Gough)

 Band - Fistful of Bacon
(Marvin Druin, Matt Boat, Eric Gaylord, Jeff Shew)

Best Self-Produced CD
The Stella Vees “Don't Tell Me Your Name”

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Sun Jul 31 KBS Band Contest
(entry deadline Jul 10)
Sun Sep 25 KBS Solo/Duo Contest
(entry deadline Sep 6)

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

3rd Annual BBQ, Blues & Brew
Columbus IN

Saturday, June 25
The Top Hat Blues Revue, Soot Daddy, JJ Reeves
and Fistful of Bacon (2015 KBS Band Contest Winner)

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Hard Rock Cafe

Friday, July 1
ZoGo (Alonzo Pennington and Michael Gough)
2015 KBS Solo/Duo Winners

Hard Rock Cafe - Louisville

Crescent Hill Art and Music Festival
Louisville KY

July 3rd & 4th
Arts & Crafts Booths, Live Music, Kids Activities,
Food Court, Cake Booth, Pet Contest, Silent Auction and more
Fireworks, Monday, July 4th, 10:00 pm

Sunday, July 3, 2016
12pm BlueZenGrass
2pm Bridge 19
4pm Potluck Ramblers
6pm Faith Forward
8pm Here For The Party Band
Monday, July 4,2016
130pm Rascals of Ragtyme
330pm Bomar and Ritter
530pm Misty Mountain String Band
8pm The Crescent Hill Living Room Experience Band


Bicentennial Park
New Albany IN

Friday, July 8

Kentuckiana Blues Roadshow

 with Jimmy G and the Sidewinders
Laurie Jane and the 45's
The Stella Vees

Kentuckiana Blues Road Show

Master Musicians Festival
Somerset KY

Jul 8-9, 2016

Music includes:
 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
 Robert Randolph & The Family Band
and many many more

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Florence IN

Sat Jul 23 George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Belterra Casino

Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
@ The Water Tower
River Road at Zorn Ave

Jul 22-24, 2016

Friday The KingBees, Tullie Brae and Studebaker John & The Hawks
Saturday da Mudcats, Little T&A, Nora Jean Bruso and John Primer
Sunday Carla Zee and Holy Smoke, Blues and Greys and
the Boscoe France Band

KBS Members receive free admission to all 3 days
with current membership card !
Join or Renew by July 10 to receive cards

Louisville Blues and BBQ Festival

Burdette Blues Festival
Evansville IN

River Basin Blues Society

Cincy Blues Fest
Sawyer Point Park, Cincinnati OH

Aug 12-13, 2016

Festival Web Site

Madison Ribberfest
Madison IN

Aug 19-20, 2016

Friday Headliner - Jonny Lang
Saturday Headliner - Los Lobos

Ribberfest Web Site

Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bill Monroe Music Park
Bean Blossom IN

Aug 25-27, 2016

Web Site

Hot August Blues Festival
Kenlake State Resort Park
Hardin KY

Aug 26-27, 2016

Park Web Site     Festival Web Site
Full Line-Up & Schedule

2016 Capital City Blues and River Festival
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Ward Oates Amphitheater, Frankfort KY
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Music by Robbie Bartlett & Tee Dee Young

Tickets & Info

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Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ and Arts Festival
Somerset KY

Sep 9-10, 2016

Lake Cumberland Blues Society Blues BBQ and Arts Festival

National Jug Band Jubilee
Brown-Forman Amphitheater @ Waterfront Park

Sep 17, 2016

Jug Band Jubilee Web Site

Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival
Cherokee Park, Louisville

Oct 2, 2016

Olmsted Parks Big-Rock-Jjazz-and-Blues-Fest

Garvin Gate Blues Festival
st Annual Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Garvin Place @ Oak Street

Oct 7-8, 2016

Special Guest:  "Louisville White Lightning" Curtis Marlett
Friday Headliner: Karen Lovely
Saturday Headliner: Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child"
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2015 KBS Winners

2015 Sylvester Weaver Award

Natalie Carter
KBS Membership Director,
KBS Newsletter Editor,
Local Blues Supporter

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Mark Sneed, Keith Clements


2015 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

Fistful of Bacon
(Marvin Druin, Matt Boat, Eric Gaylord, Jeff Shew)
Photo by Bob Brown

Solo/Duo Winner

Alonzo & Michael
(Alonzo Pennington (R) & Michael Gough (L))
Photo by Bob Brown

Best Self-produced CD

The Stella Vees
“Don't Tell Me Your Name”

Youth Showcase

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Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 26-30, 2016 in Memphis TN
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Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly meetings are currently held at
The Pizza Place, 2931 Richland Ave
(off Taylorsville Road @ Hikes / Browns Lane)

7:00 pm Jul 6, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Aug 3, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Sep 7, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Oct 5, 2016 The Pizza Place

(Meetings are held on the 1st Wed of every Month unless otherwise stated)

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The Kentuckiana Blues Society was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and perpetuation of the Blues Tradition in all of its forms. We are located in Louisville Kentucky and serve what is called Kentuckiana (the Louisville Kentucky and Southern Indiana area)

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