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** 2019 KBS Blues Challenge Announced**

Band and Solo/Duo Challenge
will be held on September 8, 2019
at Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Deadline for Entry is August 30, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly updates, plus Festivals
Complete list of 2019 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals

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Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Tuesday Nights * Blues Jam * 8:00-12:00
Wednesday Nights * Open Jam * 8:00-12:00
Thursday Nights * Throwdown Open Jam * 8:00-12:30
Sunday Nights * Sunday Jam Session * 5:00-9:00

Fri May 31 Greg Foresman
Fri Jun 28 The Beat Daddys and the Blues and Greys

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

Sat May 25 Brandon Miller Band and Boscoe France
Fri May 31 Amazing Soul Crackers and the Matt O’Ree Band
Thu Jun 13 Ana Popovic
Sat Jun 15 Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Sat Jun 22 Erin Coburn
Sun Jun 23 Ally Venable

Mojo's BoneYard

Dundee Tavern


Dundee Tavern

Madison IN

Sat May 25 Allman Brothers Live at Filmore East Trubute

Red Bicycle Hall

Elizabethtown KY

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Cherry Lot Stage

Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel
Lisa Mann
Chris Antonik
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics
Cha Wa

Historic State Theater

Austin Walkin’ Cane
Hurricane Ruth Featuring Guitarist Scott Holt
Scotty Bratcher
The Rad Trads
Selwyn Birchwood

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@ Proud Mary BBQ
Lexington, KY

Sunday, May 26
10th Edition of Blues Between the Bridges Festival

with Clay Gilliam and the No Pressure Blues Band,
Paul Childers, Laurie Jane and the 45's, Biscuit Miller,
Johnny Rawls, and Ronnie Baker Brooks

G Busy Blues

10th Germantown Schnitzelburg Blues Festival
@ the intersection of Hickory & Burnett Streets

Friday, May 31
7:00-8:00 -
Rusty Ends and Hillbilly HooDoo
8:30-10:00 -
The Travlin Mojos
10:30-12:00 -
The VillEffect

Saturday, June 1
4:00-5:00 -
Tailfin Cadillacs
5:30-6:30 -
D.J. Rice and the Payin' Dues Blues Band
7:00-8:00 -
King Bee and The Stingers
8:30-10:00 -
Tee Dee Young with special guest Sheryl Rouse
10:30-12:00 - 100 Proof with Special Guests

Partial proceeds to the Kids Cancer Alliance

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Headliner's Music Hall

Fri Jun 7 Joanne Shaw Taylor
with Pressing Strings'

Headliners Music Hall

Stoner's Grill
Boonville, IN

Saturday, June 8

Beat It with The Beat Daddys
A Benefit for Larry Grisham
with Wykd Bliss, Muddy Gutt, the Tailfin Cadillacs,
and The Beat Daddys with David Dunavent

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Bluegrass BBQ Fest
Downtown Lexington, KY

Friday, June 7
Several acts including Short & Company

Saturday, June 8
Several acts including Tee Dee Young

Bluegrass BBQ Fest



WC Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival
Henderson KY

June 12-15, 2019

Wed The Beat Daddys, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton,
Jonathan Long, and Vanessa Collier
Thu Ben Prestage, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers,
and Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band
Fri Blues 4U, the Gough-Martin Blues Band & Tramp,
the Keesha Pratt Band, Coco Montoya,
and Chicago Plays The Stones
Sat Harris James, Ben Prestage, Jontavious Willis,
the Altered Five Blues Band, Ruthie Foster,
and Southern Hospitality

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Brown Theatre

Thu Jun 20

The Paul Thorn Band with Scott Miller

Facebook Event

The Kentucky Center / Brown Theatre

Columbus BBQ Blues & Brew Fest
Columbus, IN

Saturday, June 22

11:45am - Cadillac Scott
 3:20pm - Bigger is Better Band
 7:10pm - Flat Earth

Facebook Page: BBQ Blues and Brew

Louisville Blues-n-Barbecue Festival
Louisville, KY

Jun 21-22, 2019
(NOTE: This event is a month earlier than last year)

  • The Saints
  • Big Poppa Stampley
  • Toronzo Cannon
  • The Revelators
  • King Bee & The Stingers
  • Laurie Jane and the 45s
  • Little Ed & the Blues Imperials

Louisville Blues & BBQ Festival

Rising Sun's Blues & BBQ
Rising Sun, IN

Saturday, June 22

  • Matt Waters Duo

  • Amy and the Arrangement

  • Ricky Nye Inc

  • Misterman and the Mojo Band

  • Leroy Ellington's Fabulous Blues Brothers Showband

Facebook Page - Rising Suns Blues and BBQ

Jerry Green and Friends
@ Breckinridge Inn

Sunday, June 23
Stacy Mitchhart Band

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2018 KBS Winners

2018 Sylvester Weaver Award

James Warfield, Local Bluesman
currently plays with the Mississippi Adam Riggle Band

Pictured with KBS Co-Founder Keith Clements on right



2018 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

Amanda Webb Band

Solo/Duo Winner

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley

Best Self-produced CD

“Late Last Night - Elixir of Sara Martin”
by Laurie Jane and the 45s

Youth Showcase

Jacob McDaniel
New Salisbury, IN

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 22-January 26, 2019 in Memphis TN
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Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly meetings are currently held at
Check's Cafe
1101 E Burnett Ave)
unless otherwise noted

7:00 pm Apr 3, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm May 8, 2019
(date change due to Derby Week)
Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jun 5, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jul 3, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Aug 7, 2019 Check's Cafe

(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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