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2017 KBS Blues Challenge Winners

One Shot Johnny
(Randy Colvin, Joe Shirley, Jeremiah Kelly)

Metro Bluz
(Marjorie Marshall & Ken Lucchese)

Best Self-Produced CD
Gimme More Time
by Screamin' John & TD Lind

2017 KBS Sylvester Weaver Award Winner
Gary Sampson
Former KBS President
WCHQ Vice-President, Music Director & on-air personality
Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival organizer
Local Blues Supporter

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Complete list of 2018 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Fri May 11 Big Poppa Stampley,
Tyrone Cotton & the Screamin' John Project,
Hector Anchondo
Sat May 12 Charles Walker Band and V-Groove
Fri May 18 Chris Canas Band and Mississippi Adam Riggle
Sat May 19 John D'Amato and Chris Canas
Fri May 25 The Cash Box Kings
Sat Jun 9 Juggernaut Jug Band and The Beat Daddys
Wed Jun 20 Big Al and the Heavyweights

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

Sat May 12 Nick Harless Band 9pm-12a
Sat May 19 Skelton's Montourage
Sun May 20 Ana Popovic
with Alonzo Pennington, Jon Rochner, Brett Holland opening 6pm
Ticketed event $25 in advance * $28 day of show
Sat May 26 The Amazing Soul Crackers 9pm-12am
Sun May 27 Leilani Kilgore accompanied by Jon & Brett 6-9pm

Mojo's BoneYard

The Burl
Lexington KY

Wed May 9 Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodrigues
Tue Jun 12 Davina & The Vagabonds

The Burl

Lexington KY

Sun May 13 The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Cosmic Charlie's

Lettersong Calligraphy
Studio & Gallery

Sat May 19 Juggernaut Jug Band

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio & Gallery

The Fun Farm
Corydon, IN

Saturday, May 19
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Eatin Crow
Darryl Hewitt & Brian Fink

Facebook - Fun Farm Concert Series

Ogle Center
New Albany IN

Sat May 19 BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Ogle Center

BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival
Elizabethtown KY

May 26, 2018

Cherry Lot Stage
The Stella Vees, The Norman Jackson Band,
John Primer, The Cash Box Kings

Historic State Theater
Laurie Jane & the 45’s, One Shot Johnny,
Jon Del Toro Richardson, Eden Brent, Kenny Neal

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Headliner's Music Hall Logo

Sun May 27 The Songbird Sunday Series featuring
Sheryl Rouse's Tribute to Gladys Knight

Headliners Music Hall

Blues Between the Bridges
​@ Proud Mary BBQ
9079 Old Richmond Rd
Lexington KY

​9th Edition
Sunday May 27th, 2018

Music by Tee Dee Young, Harper & Midwest Kind
Encore Of Lexington, Beat Daddys
G. Busy Blues Revue, Robbie Bartlett Blues Band​
Zydegator, da Mudcats, The Revelators, Tyler Newman

G Busy Blues

Germantown Schnitzelburg Blues Festival

Friday, June 1
Jimmy G & the Sidewinders
TC and the Screamin’ John Trio
Johnny Fink and the Intrusion

Saturday, June 2
Erin Coburn
One Shot Johnny
The Revelators
Gough-Martin Blues Band & Tramp
Boscoe France Band

A portion of the proceeds go to Blessings in a Backpack

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Mercury Ballroom

Thu Jun 7 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Mercury Ballroom

Mon Jun 4 Gary Clark Jr

Nov 3 - Louisville Palace

Iroquois Amphitheater
Tickets available at

Apocalypse Brew Works

Sat Jun 9 The Blue Crawdads
facebook event

Apocalypse Brew Works

Lexington KY

Mon Jun 11 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Lexington Opera House

W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Fest
Henderson KY

June 13-16, 2018


Handy Blues Fest Org

Kentucky Center for
African American Heritage

Sat Jun 16 A display of Louisville and Kentucky Blues,
Ragtime, Jazz, Jug Band, and Vaudeville artists
presented by the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation

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25th Annual
Master Musicians Festival
Somerset KY

Jul 13-14, 2018

Web Site     Facebook     2018 Lineup

Madison Ribberfest
Madison IN

Friday, Aug 17, 2018
Walter Trout
Junk Box, Dawn Tyler Watson

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Eric Gales,
John Nemeth & the Love Light Orchestra
John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band
King Bee and the Stingers
Jordan Wilson

Madison Ribberfest Web Site

Bean Blossom Blues Fest
20th Annual
Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bill Monroe Music Park
Bean Blossom IN

Aug 23-25, 2018

Thu Open Jam
Larkin Poe
Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind
Fri Harmonica Masters & Pros Showcase w/ Jason Ricci
Big Al and the Heavyweights
Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind Main Stage
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
Sat Bean Blossom Musical Talent Contest
Special Guest on Main Stage
Danielle Nicole Band
Bernard Allison
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

Bean Blossom Blues

29th Annual
Hot August Blues
Kenlake State Resort Park
Hardin KY

Aug 23-25, 2018

Music TBA

Park Web Site     Festival Web Site

Champions Park

Sep 22-23, 2018

Music TBA

New Albany Blues Brews & BBQ
Bicentennial Park
New Albany IN

1st Annual NABBB Fest
Sept 29, 2018

Music by:
Rick Estrin, Mike & Mike
Tad Robinson, Laurie Jane
Jimmy G., The Stella Vees
Louisville Fats

NABBB Fest Web Site

Garvin Gate Blues Festival

Garvin Gate Blues Festival

October 12 & 13, 2018

Music TBA

Sat Nov 3 Gary Clark Jr.

The Louisville Palace

2017 KBS Winners

2017 Sylvester Weaver Award

Gary Sampson
Former KBS President
WCHQ Vice-President, Music Director & on-air personality
Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival organizer
Local Blues Supporter

Pictured with Vicki Sampson & Jill Sampson
Photo by Cheryl Jaggers



2016 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

One Shot Johnny
(Randy Colvin, Joe Shirley, Jeremiah Kelly)
Photo courtesy of David True

Solo/Duo Winner

Metro Bluz
(Marjorie Marshall & Ken Lucchese)

Best Self-produced CD

“Gimme More Time”
by Screamin' John & TD Lind

Youth Showcase

~ No Entrants ~

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 16-January 20, 2018 in Memphis TN
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Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly meetings are currently held at
Check's Cafe
1101 E Burnett Ave)
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7:00 pm May 9, 2018
moved due to KY Derby Week
Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jun 6, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jul 11, 2018
moved due to 4th of July
Check's Cafe

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

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