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* The Louisville Blues Compilation Volume II * Now Available *

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The Blues Had A Baby CD is available from
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The Louisville Blues Compilation Volume II is available online in the CD Shop, at KBS events, at Better Days Records in Louisville KY or digitally at CDBaby and iTunes.

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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
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly update

27th Annual W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival

Wednesday, June 14
Albert Castiglia, Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind
and Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials

Thursday, June 15
Waylon Thibodeaux and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

Friday, June 16
Blues 4U, The Gough-Martin Blues Band, The Beat Daddys,
Walter Wolfman Washington & The Roadmasters,
Samantha Fish and Tab Benoit

Saturday, June 17
Markus James, Dawn Tyler Watson Trio,
Alvin "Youngblood" Hart’s Muscle Theory,
Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues,
Wet Willie and Coco Montoya

Handy Blues

Lexington KY

Wed Jun 21 Noah Wotherspoon Band

Willie's Locally Known

Thu Jun 22 Miller and the Other Sinners

Levve Restaurant

BBQ, Blues & Brews Festival
Columbus IN

Saturday, June 24
Faded Memory Blues Review,
Wayne Ellis Watson & Bluescake and

Facebook Event

Mercury Ballroom

Fri Jun 30 A Tribute to Gregg Allman & Butch Trucks
featuring The Allmanacs & Friends

Scheduled to appear: Dennie Humphrey (MC), Brad Canaday,
Dave Chandler, Tyrone Cotton, Sherry Edwards, John Hawkins,
Bridget Kaelin, Steve Morgan, Luke Petty, Tim Ragan,
Steve Sturgill, Ben Toadvine, and Yani Vozos

Tickets at Live Nation

Mercury Ballroom

Madison Regatta Music and Food Truck Festival
Madison IN

Saturday, July 1

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band,
Jimmy Davis and Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters

Fireworks Show on the Ohio River

Tickets $10 * Children 10 and under free

Event Info at EventBrite

Louisville Water Tower

Saturday, July 1

2017 Buy Local Fair
with more than 180 local businesses and organizations
including the Kentuckiana Blues Society

Keep Louisville Weird - Buy Local Fair

Master Musicians Festival
Somerset KY
July 7-8, 2017

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Wed Jul 12 Big Al & The Heavyweights

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Four Roses Bourbon
Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

at the Water Tower

Friday, July 21
The Saints, V-Groove and Ghost Town Blues Band

Saturday, July 22
Tyrone Cotton Band, Tullie Brae,
Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings and
Mississippi Heat

Free admission to both days for current KBS members
You must join or renew your membership by Wed, July 12


Speed Art Museum Cinema

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 28, 29 & 30

I Am The Blues
a documentary film

$2 discount for KBS members



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 May 10, 2017
(Moved from Derby Week)
Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jun 7, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jul 5, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Aug 2, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Sep 6, 2017 Check's Cafe

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

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Local Blues Hour @ 4:00pm

KBS Prez Gary Sampson is on the air Fridays at 8:00pm


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If you are member of KBS, then you already know about the Blues Reviews we do in our monthly newsletter ...
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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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