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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.


2017 KBS Blues Challenge

Deadlines for Entry:
Solo/Duo: Oct 16, 2017
Youth: Oct 1, 2017
Best Self-Produced CD: Oct 1, 2017

** See Contest Page for Details **

2017 KBS Blues Challenge Winners

One Shot Johnny
(Randy Colvin, Joe Shirley, Jeremiah Kelly)


Best Self-Produced CD

2017 KBS Sylvester Weaver Award Winner

Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly updates

Bourbon & Beyond
Champions Park

Saturday, September 23
Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, Band of Horses, Amos Lee,
Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chris Robinson Brotherhood,
ZZ Ward, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters,
Fantastic Negrito, and Dave Cavalier

Sunday, September 24
Stevie Nicks, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers,
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jonny Lang,
G. Love & Special Sauce, Nikki Lane,
Kiefer Sutherland, and Caitlyn Smith

Bourbon & Beyond

Brown Theatre

Fri Sep 29 Paul Thorn Band

The Kentucky Center / Brown Theatre

Lexington KY

Sun Oct 1 Mayeux & Broussard

Willie's Locally Known

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Thu Oct 5 OTIS
Tue Oct 10 The Sextones
Wed Oct 18 Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
Wed Nov 1 Brody Buster and The Amanda Fish Band
Fri Nov 3 Miller and the Other Sinners and The Blues Drifters
Sat Nov 4 The Beat Daddys and One Shot Johnny
Wed Nov 15 The Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike
Sat Nov 25 Charles Walker Band and Soul Circus

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

91.9 FM

Fri Oct 6 WFPK Live Lunch
with OTIS


Danville KY

Sat Oct 7 The Edgar Winter Band
Sat Nov 18 Henry Butler

Norton Center

The Southern Indiana Bacon & Blues Festival
Elizabeth IN

Saturday, October 7
Laurie Jane and the 45's, The Stella Vees, and
Jimmy G & The Sidewinders

Sunday, October 8
Tyrone Cotton, da Mudcats, and Jimmy Roberts Blues Band

Southern Indiana Bacon and Blues Festival

Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival
Cherokee Park

Sunday, October 8
Tyrone Wheeler and the 502 Vintage Keys,
Queen Delphine & The Crown Jewels, and
Mike Tracy and Hora Certa

Louisville Jazz Society
Facebook Festival Page

Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Garvin Gate Blues Festival

Friday, October 13
da Mudcats, Walnut Street Rhythm & Blues Band,
Tullie Brae, Andrew Alli & The Mainline,
and Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

Saturday, October 14
Special Blues for Youth Program 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Nick Stump Band, OTIS, The Saints, Carly Johnson,
Leroy Ellington Band, Screamin’ John & TD Lind,
Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers, Tweed Funk,
and Tony O with Zora Young

Garvin Gate Blues Festival

Slippery Noodle Inn
Indianapolis IN

Sun Oct 15 Indy Crossroad Blues Society Indiana Blues Challenge
for Band and Solo/Duo
(Deadline to apply is September 20)

Slippery Noodle Inn or Indiana Blues Society

Lettersong Calligraphy
Studio & Gallery

Sun Oct 29 KBS Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Contest
(Deadline to enter is October 16)

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio & Gallery

Headliner's Music Hall Logo

Sun Nov 5 MERFEST 2017
with The Louisville Crashers, Radiotronic,
Soul Circus, V-Groove and Wildwood

Headliners Music Hall

Lexington KY

Mon Nov 6 The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Cosmic Charlie's

Zanzabar Logo

Tue Nov 14 The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band


New Direction Bar & Grill

KBS 29th Birthday Celebration
November 18

with music by
Stacy Mitchart and
Special Guest
Dick and the Roadmasters

New Direction Facebook Page

2017 KBS Winners

2017 Sylvester Weaver Award





2016 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


Best Self-produced CD


Youth Showcase

~ TBD ~

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 Sep 6, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Oct 4, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Nov 1, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Dec 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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