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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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Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Thu May 18

Miller and the Other Sinners

Mon May 22 Hamilton Loomis
Sat May 27 The Revelators
The Cash Box Kings
Wed Jun 7 Billy Stoops with the Hambone Wilson Band

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Lettersong Calligraphy
Studio & Gallery

Fri May 26 Malcomb Holcombe with
Patrick Britton Morgan,
Dave Benson & the Bundle of Nerves

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio & Gallery

Bicentennial Park
New Albany IN

Friday, May 26

Kentuckiana Blues Roadshow
with Jason Lockwood and The Stella Vees,
Laurie Jane & the 45's and
Jimmy G and the Sidewinders

Facebook Event

BBQ, Blues & Bikes
BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival
Elizabethtown KY

May 25 & 27, 2017

Thu, May 25 @ Brown Pusey Tavern In The Garden
Eddie Turner & Trouble Twins * 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, May 27 – Two Stages!
Cherry Lot Stage with Anji Brooks’ Top Dollar Blues Band, Tee Dee Young,
Chris Antonik, Blackfoot Gypsies and Barrence Whitfield & the Savages

Historic State Theater Stage with Brian Keith Wallen, The Stella Vees,
Norman Jackson Band, Laurie Jane & the 45’s and Jarekus Singleton

Blues Between the Bridges

9079 Old Richmond Road
Lexington KY

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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8th Annual
Germantown Schnitzelburg Blues Festival

Friday, June 2
D Man & The Alley Hounds, Jimmy Davis Band
and Laurie Jane & The 45's

Saturday, June 3
The Blue Crawdads, Mississippi Adam Riggle
and the Walnut Street Blues Band

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Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
Brown County IN

Friday, June 2
Pearls Mahone, Toe Knee Tea, Brooke Blanche,
Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Mountain Sprout,
Left Lane Crusier and Jimmy Duck Holmes

Saturday, June 3
Joe Henry, Billy Cook, Matt Heckler, Rock Bottom String Band,
Jayke Orvis, Pine Hill Haints, O'Death,
Joseph Huber and the Legendary Shack Shakers

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Lexington KY

Sat Jun 3 Gina Sicilia and David Vaughan Lindsey

Willie's Locally Known

2nd Annual Burdette Blues Festival
Evansville IN

Saturday, June 3
Ryan Rigdon & the Primal Roots,
Paul Blake and the Pallbearers,
Martin/Gough Blues Band and Shaun Murphy

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Headliner's Music Hall Logo

Mon Jun 12 Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Headliners Music Hall

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


Master Musicians Festival
Somerset KY
July 7-8, 2017

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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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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