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

Entry Deadline October 1, 2018

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NOTE: KBS is seeking Sponsors to help support this year's KBS Blues Challenge winners. Sponsorships start at $100. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Gary Sampson at 502/724-9971 or gary@kbsblues.org. KBS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations may be tax deductible.

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Complete list of 2018 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals

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Wed Jun 20 Big Al and the Heavyweights
Fri Jun 29 Bleu Phonque and The Greg Foresman Band
Fri Jul 20 Charles Walker Band / Chris Canas
Sat Jul 21 John D'Amato / Chris Canas

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

Thu Jun 21 Big Al & the Heavyweights
Sun Jun24 Alonzo Pennington
Sat Jun 30 Gough-Martin Blues Band
Sun Jul 1 Paul Childers
Sat Jul 14 Boscoe France
Sun Jul 22 Meg Williams
Fri Jul 27 John D'Amato & The Amazing Soul Crackers

Mojo's BoneYard

Columbus BBQ & Blues Fest
Columbus, IN

Saturday, June 23
Schedule Yet to Be Announced

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Waterfront Wednesday
Big Four Lawn

Wednesday, June 27

Betty Lavette
Company of Thieves
Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff

Facebook Event

Bistro 42
Prospect KY

Wed Jun 27 Miller and the Other Sinners

Facebook Page

4th Street Bar & Grill

Columbus, IN

Saturday, June 30

Top Hat Blues Revue

4th Street Bar

25th Annual
Master Musicians Festival
Somerset KY

Jul 13-14, 2018

Web Site     Facebook     2018 Lineup

Levee at the River House

Tue Jun 19 Fundraiser to send Sheryl Rouse to the
Monterey International Blues Festival - 6:00-9:00

Levee Restaurant

Four Roses Bourbon
Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Water Tower

Friday, July 20
Blues and Greys, Little T&A, and The Norman Jackson Band

Saturday, July 21
The Tailfin Cadillacs, The Stella Vees,
Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers,
and The Reverend Shawn Amos

Free admission for KBS members!
(with current membership card)

Louisville Blues and BBQ Festival

Indiana RedBarn
Nashville, IN

Saturday, July 21
South Central Indiana Blues Society
3rd Anniversary Party

Outside Stage
JC Clements, Benson-Wills, and Will Scott

Inside Stage
O2R, the Dicky James Band,
King Bee & the Stingers & Special Guests,
and the Rebekah Meldrum Band

Facebook Event

Bacon, Blues & Brew Music & Arts Festival
Walhill Farm
Batesville, IN

Saturday, July 28

 Carson Diersing, TBA,
Harper and the Midwest Kind, Duke Tumatoe,
Samantha Fish,
and the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Bacon Blues and Brew

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

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


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 Jul 11, 2018
moved due to 4th of July
Check's Cafe
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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