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Upcoming Events

Jim Porters Good Time Emporium Logo

Fri Apr 18 Wayne Young * CD Release Party
"Fergie a Tribute to Steve Ferguson"

Jim Porter's Good Time Emporium

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Wed Apr 30 Harp Blowout with Rick Cain, Lamont Gillispie, Denny Thornbury and Eddy Weigleb
Sat May 24 Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers
Sat May 31 Toad Strangler
Fri Jun 27 Johnny Fink and the Intrusion

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Lexington KY

Tue Apr 22 Dustbowl Revival
Fri May 9 Tin Can Buddha
Sun May 18 Husky Burnette

Willie's Locally Known

Headliner's Music Hall Logo

Thu Apr 24 Charles Bradley

Headliners Music Hall

Lexington KY

Fri Apr 25 Joe Bonamassa

Rupp Arena

Mercury Ballroom

Sat Apr 26 The Devil Makes Three
Thu May 15 The Delta Saints / Blackberry Smoke
Sat May 17 Such a Night - Recreating the Music of The Band's
The Last Waltz with Big Poppa Stampley, Jon Boy Slim,
Sheryl Rouse, Sylvia Walters, the Greg Foresman Band
and more

Mercury Ballroom

Waterfront Park
Brown-Forman Amphitheater

Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot

Saturday, April 26
several bands including Sylvia Walters & Groove City


Derby Eve – Friday, May 2
  • Bistro 42 – Toad Strangler

  • Blue River Cafe (Milltown, IN) – Big Poppa Stampley

  • Cloud 9 (Seymour, IN) – Gary Applegate

  • Cuzz's Bar (Vevay, IN) – Broken Dreams

  • Dish on Market – Big Poppa Stampley

  • Jeff Ruby's – Robbie Bartlett

  • Majid's – Tanita Gaines

  • New Vintage – Bodeco / The Ass Haulers / Vice Tricks

  • Old Taylor Bar – Dallas Cole Band

  • Stevie Ray's – The KingBees / The Predators

  • Vernon Club - Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof / Little T&A

Derby Night – Saturday, May 3
  • Bluegrass Tavern (Bardstown, KY) – The Benjamin Davis Group

  • Cuzz's Bar (Vevay, IN) – Broken Dreams

  • Horseshow Casino (Elizabeth, IN) – Sheryl Rouse

  • Jeff Ruby's – Robbie Bartlett

  • Nach Bar - Planet D Nonet

  • Phoenix Hill Tavern - V-Groove

  • Potbelly's (Paddock Mall) – Big Poppa Stampley

  • Stevie Ray's – Old School

  • Third Street Dive – Laurie Jane & the 45s / Art Adams Band

  • Veranese – Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof

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Thu May 8 Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band


Fri May 23 Down Home Blues Festival with Mel Waiters,
Benny Latimore, Sir Charles Jones,
Denise LaSalle, Clarence Carter & Theodis Ealey

The Louisville Palace

BBQ, Blues and Bikes
Elizabethtown KY

Saturday, May 24

Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy /
Tee Dee Young / Kelly Richey /
Brad Webb and Friends /
Dave Muskett / Little T&A /
Micah Kesselring /
Tom Holland & the Shuffle Kings /
D Man & the Alley Hounds


Blues Between the Bridges
9079 Old Richmond Rd, (I-75 Exit #99)
Pier 99 Restaurant
Lexington KY

Sunday, May 25 * 3:00-10:00 * $10

  • Robbie Bartlett

  • Tanita Gaines & The Accused

  • Kelly Richey

  • Claudette King


2013 KBS Winners

2013 Sylvester Weaver Award

Byron Davies
Byron Davies


2013 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner
Hoodoo Blues Band
Hoodoo Blues Band
(Mike Alger, John Burgard, Mike Lynch, Rick Cain)

Solo/Duo Winner
D.J. Rice
D.J. Rice

Best Self-produced CD

Jimmy Davis

Youth Showcase
Baldwin Street Blues
Baldwin Street Blues
(Evan Hawk, Adam Land, Ryan Chandler)

Winners got Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge, Tuesday January 21, 2014 thru Saturday January 25, 2014.
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Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly meetings are currently held at
The Pizza Place, 2931 Richland Ave
(off Taylorsville Road @ Hikes / Browns Lane)

7:00 pm May 7, 2014 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Jun 4, 2014 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Jul 2, 2014 The Pizza Place

(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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