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Band and Solo/Duo
October 21, 2018
Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Entry Deadline October 1, 2018

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Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly updates, plus Festivals
Complete list of 2018 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals

Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series
New Albany IN

Friday, August 10

Shannon Vetter
Southern Avenue

 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Seven Sense Festival
Gravely Brewing Co.
514 Baxter Ave

Friday, August 10 at 10:45pm
Cedric Burnside - $10
(North Mississippi Hill Country Blues Artist)

Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11

Seven Sense Festival features 40 local, regional and national acts, as well as local food, arts & crafts, visual art performances, specialty beer and cocktails, yoga, circus performers, fire dancers and much more.

Seven Sense Fest Web Site

Cincy Blues Festival
Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, August 11

Acts include Delbert McClinton, the Noah Wotherspoon Band, Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, Ricky Nye, and more

Cincy Blues

Bloomington Boogies:
Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
(Bloomington, IN)

Sunday, August 12
Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, Eden Brent, Daryl Davis,
Cynthia Girtley, Craig Brenner, Ricky Nye, and more

Bloomington Boogies

Kentucky State Fair

Aug 16-26

Live Music Every Day
In the Food & Beer Tents
Plus additional concerts

KY State Fair Website

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

Madison IN

Thu Aug 16 Scott Sharrard from the Greg Allman Band
Sat Sep 22 Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute

Red Bicycle Hall


Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

Sun Aug 19 Paul Childers
Thu Aug 23 Scott Sharrard from the Greg Allman Band
Sun Aug 26 Danielle Nicole Band
Sun Sep 2  Leilani Kilgore and Meg Williams

Mojo's BoneYard

SCI Blues & Mike's Dance Barn
Nashville, IN

Sunday, August 19
South Central Indiana Blues Society
2018 Blues Challenge

More info at SCI Blues Challenge
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Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Tue Aug 21 Big Al and the Heavyweights
Wed Aug 22 Mark May
Sun Oct 21 Kentuckiana Blues Society
2018 Blues Challenge

More info on the Contest Page

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

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

Thu Lew Jetton & 61 South and Friends Blues Jam
Fri The Sullivan 3
Woody Pines
Blue Mother Tupelo
Albert Castiglia
Sat Andy Gibson
Elam McKnight
Soul Dog
Microwave Dave & The Nukes
Ivas John
Miranda Louise
Big Mike Griffin
Larry McCray

Park Web Site     Festival Web Site

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd

The Soul of Russell Festival
Celebrating the Tradition of Blues and Jazz

Commemorating Musicians of Louisville and
Kentucky Past including
Steve Ferguson, Boogie Martin,
William “Roach” Cochram,
Sara Martin, Helen Humes, and Mary Ann Fisher

Friday, August 24
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Midwest Creole Ensemble, the Gary Falk Band,
Carla Reisert, Marjorie Marshall, and Tanita Gaines

Celebrating Musicians of Louisville and Kentucky Present

Saturday, August 25
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Mr. Wonderful Production Band, The VillEffect,
Marjorie Marshall, Tanita Gaines,
Robbie Bartlett, Janis Carter, and The Pearls

Sponsored by the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation


Champions Park

Sep 22-23, 2018

Many musical acts, bourbon and food

Saturday - Several acts including
Keb' Mo', JJ Grey & Mofro,
 Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear,
and Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers

Sunday – Several acts including
Sting, Robert Plant,
Government Mule, and Benjamin Booker

Full Music Schedule

Capital City Blues and River Festival
Riverview Park, Frankfort KY

Saturday, August 25, 2018
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Music by Tullie Brae & Tee Dee Young

Tickets & Info     Facebook Page

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Aug 27 Gina Sicilia and Mandy Barnett
Mon Sep 10 Chris Smither and Sam Morrow

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

4th Annual Blues on the Rock Festival
Rockport, IN

Sunday, September 2

Beginners Luck,
Boscoe France,
Taylor Made Blues Band w/ special guest Tullie Brae,
Lew Jetton & Hwy 61 South,
and The Ghost Town Blues Band

Facebook - Blues on the Rock Festival

Kentucky State BBQ Festival
Danville, KY

Friday, September 7
Rachel Crowe and Tee Dee Young

Saturday, September 8
Paul Childers and Dillon Carmichael

KY BBQ Festival

Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ and Arts Festival
Somerset KY

Saturday, September 8
Brooklyn Carter, Madison Lewis,
The Blue Crawdads,
Reverend John and the Backsliders,
Rachel Crowe Band, Magnolia Boulevard,
and D.J. Rice

Facebook - Lake Cumberland Blues Society

Blues at the Crossroads
Terre Haute, IN

Friday, September 14
Bastard Hounds, Great Affair,
The Nerve, Max Allen,
Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel,
Kelly Richey, and Freekbass

Saturday, September 15
CONA, The Syndicate,
White Light Revival, Jazz Metamorphosis,
Michael Kelsey, Tab Robinson,
the Charles Walker Band, Eric Steckel,
the Miller Band, and Solid Sauce

Blues at the Crossroads

National Jug Band Jubilee
Brown Forman Amphitheater

Saturday, September 15
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Frog & Henry,
Hubby Jenkins, Juggernaut Jug Band,
Vaden Landers & The Do Rights,
Cincinnati Dancing Pigs,
Chris Rodrigues & Abby the Spoon Lady,
and The Derby City Dandies

Jug Band Jubilee Org

Fri Sep 21 Tyronne Cotton
St. Paul and The Broken Bones

Iroquois Amphitheater
Tickets available at

Danville KY

Fri Sep 28 Martha Redbone Roots Project

Norton Center

New Albany Blues Brews & BBQ Fest
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

3rd Annual Burdette Blues Festival
Evansville IN

Sat, Sep 29, 2018

Ryan Rigdon and the Primal Roots
2Miles Back, CTO
Alonzo Pennigton
King Bee and the Stingers

River Basin Blues Society

Lexington KY

Sun Sep 30 Eric Gales
Joslyn and The Sweet Compression

Willie's Locally Known


Garvin Gate Blues Festival

October 12 & 13, 2018

Friday Four Roses Stage
(Oak & Garvin Place)
6:30-7:15 Jamiah “BluesSuperMan” Rogers Band
8:15-9:00 L. C. Williams and The Driver
10:00-11:15 Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike and Anson Funderburgh
  Info+ Kentucky Blues Stage
(Oak @ 4th)
7:20-8:00 One Shot Johnny
9:10-9:55 Ladies Sing The Blues featuring LaToye Montgomery, Lainey Brown, and Jennifer Lauletta
Saturday Four Roses Stage
(Oak & Garvin Place)
2:00-2:45 The Pearls
3:15-4:00 King Bee & The Stingers
4:30-5:15 Django Knight
5:45-6:30 Mississippi Adam Riggle Band
7:15-8:15 Laurie Jane & the 45s and Friends
8:45-9:45 Danielle Nicole
10:00-11:15 Keeshea Pratt Band
  Info+ Stage
(Oak @ 4th)
4:05-4:25, 5:20-5:40 da Mudcats
6:40-7:10, 8:20-8:40 The Dirty Church Revival

Garvin Gate Blues Festival

Sat Nov 3 Gary Clark Jr.

The Louisville Palace

Kentuckiana Blues Society
30th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

New Direction Bar & Grill

Music TBA


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



2017 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)
unless otherwise noted

7:00 pm Aug 1, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Sep 5, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Oct 3, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Nov 7, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Dec 5, 2018 Check's Cafe

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

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