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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 Winners

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley

Laurie Jane & the 45's
(Laurie Jane Jessup, Cort Duggins,
Jason Embry, Scott Dugdale)

Best Self-Produced CD
da Mudcats "Easy Does It"

2016 KBS Sylvester Weaver Award Winner
Mike Suttles

Upcoming Events
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Memorial Services

First Unitarian Church
Louisville KY

Memorial Service for
Robert Alan "Rocky" Adcock
May 9, 1946 - Jan 24, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 am

First Unitarian Louisville


Derby Time Events

  • The Louisville Muse Cruise (see ad @ right)
    May 2, 2017 * 5-8 p.m.

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Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Sat Apr 8 The Kilborn Alley Blues Band and da Mudcats
Sum Apr 9 Benefit for the Family of Jim Haswell with Kessler's Friends,
the John Burgard Band, Spoilers3, The KingBees and
Dog House Kitchen
Sat Apr 15 One Shot Johnny
Sat Apr 22 Nick Harless Band and Duck & Cover
Wed May 3 Harp Blowout
Mon May 22 Hamilton Loomis
Sat May 27 The Cash Box Kings

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Clifton Center

Sat Apr 8 Kentucky Homefront Blues Show
with Laurie Jane & The 45's, Lew Jetton,
Carla Reisert & The Tarnations and Judea

Kentucky Homefront
Clifton Center

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Apr 17 Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots
Cary Morin

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Loui Loui's

Sun Apr 23 MERF Dough-Raiser with Big Poppa Stampley,
The Dons, Handcar Prophets and Turns 3

Loui Loui's

Zanzabar Logo

Thu Apr 27 Cedric Burnside Project

Facebook Event

Grand Theatre Logo
Frankfort KY

Fri Apr 28 Paul Thorn Band

Grand Theatre

Indiana Grand
Shelbyville IN

Sat May 6 The Kentucky Headhunters

Indiana Grand

IU Auditorium
Bloomington IN

Thu May 11 Buddy Guy

IU Auditorium

Blues Between the Bridges
Lexington KY

9079 Old Richmond Road

Blues Between the Bridges

May 28, 2017

1:30 pm - past midnight
Tickets $20 * Rain or Shine

No Bottles, Cans, Coolers Allowed
Lots of seating but Blankets & Lawn Chairs are okay

1:30 Elvis Cocktail
2:30 RC and The NightShades
3:45 Robbie Bartlett Blues Band
5:00 OPEN JAM - Bring your ax and jam with G. Busy
6:45 Johnny Rawls Soul Blues Revue
8:15 Tee Dee Young
9:45 Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames .

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2016 KBS Winners

2016 Sylvester Weaver Award

Mike Suttles (r)
Garvin Gate Blues Festival Talent Organizer and MC
Owner of Down in the Alley Records
Local Blues Supporter, Writer and Educator

Pictured with Gary Sampson, Mark Sneed and
Keith Clements to the left
Mike Lynch and Howard Rosenberg behind



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

Band Winner

Laurie Jane & the 45's
(Laurie Jane Jesseup, Cort Duggins, Jason Embry, Scott Dugdale)

Solo/Duo Winner

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley
Pictured with KBS Prez Mark Sneed (l)

Best Self-produced CD
da Mudcats "Easy Does It"
da Mudcats
“Easy Does It”

Youth Showcase

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Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 31-February 4, 2017 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 5, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm May 10, 2017
(Moved from Derby Week)
Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jun 7, 2017 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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