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** 2019 KBS Blues Challenge Announced**

Band and Solo/Duo Challenge
will be held on September 8, 2019
at Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Deadline for Entry is August 30, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly updates, plus Festivals
Complete list of 2019 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals

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Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Tuesday Nights * Blues Jam * 8:00-12:00
Wednesday Nights * Open Jam * 8:00-12:00
Thursday Nights * Throwdown Open Jam * 8:00-12:30
Sunday Nights * Sunday Jam Session * 5:00-9:00

Tue Aug 20 Big Al & the Heavyweights
Sun Aug 25

Human Trafficking Awareness Benefit
with King Bee and the Stingers, Most Wanted,
Carla Reisert and Holy Smokes, and da Mudcats

Sun Sep 8 KBS Blues Challenge Competition
for Band and Solo/ Duo Acts

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

Sun Aug 25 Paul Childers
Sat Aug 31 Nashville Guest Night with Nashville Meg Williams,
Kirby Newman, Terry Goose Downing, and Jon Rochner
Fri Sep 6

Selwyn Birchwood

Sun Sep 8 Brandon Miller Band
Sat Sep 14 Tommy Baldwin Trio
Tue Sep 17 Eric Gales
Sun Sep 22 Kara Grainger
Fri Sep 27 Nikki Hill Band

Mojo's BoneYard

Lettersong Calligraphy
Studio & Gallery

Thu Aug 22 Ivan Applerouth

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio & Gallery

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Aug 26 B.B. King Blues Band featuring Claudette King
Mon Sep 9 Janiva Magness and New Book & New Album
Mon Sep 16 Jim Kweskin, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton,
the Steel City Jug Slammers, and EMI Sunshine

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bean Blossom Blues Festival
Bean Blossom, IN

Thursday, August 22
Opening Night Jam with The 1-4-5's

Friday, August 23
Noah Wotherspoon, The Tony Holiday Band,
Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling,
and The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Saturday, August 24
Gordon Bonham, Damon Fowler, Cedric Burnside,
Ruf's Record Blues Caravan 2019 with Ina Forsman,
Ally Venable, Katarina Pejak, and The Record Company

Bean Blossom Blues

KenLake Hot August Blues Festival

Hardin, KY

Thursday, August 22
Opening Night Jam by Adam & The H Bombs

Friday, August 23
John Sutton Band,
Alonzo Pennington w/ the Xtraordinary Gentlemen,
and Jonathon Long

Saturday, August 24
Nightfish, the Gough-Martin Blues Band,
The Beat Daddys, Boscoe France,
Big Al & The Heavyweights,
The Memphis All Stars,
Reba Russell Band, and Joanna Connor

Tickets $30 in advance and $40 at the gate.

Kenlake Blues

Sat Aug 24 Buddy Guy with the
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Iroquois Amphitheater

Waterfront Wednesday
(BigBig Four Lawn at Waterfront Park)

Wednesday, August 28

Devon Gilfillian,
C2 and the Brothers Reed,
and John Paul White


Blues on the Rock
Rockport, IN

Sunday, September 1
Jonas Scott Cowen, Beyond Blu,
Boscoe France, Shawn Murphy,
and Muddy Gutt featuring Kenny Brown

Evansville Blues

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Grand Theatre
Frankfort KY

Fri Sep 6 Max Weinberg's Jukebox
KBS members get $5 off per ticket - use promo code KBS
Sat Sep 28 Tommy Emmanuel
Mon Nov 4 The Allman Betts Band

Grand Theatre

McCormick's Creek BBQ & Blues
Spencer, IN

Saturday, September 7

Freddie Shaw, John Ford, The 1-4-5's,
Little Harold and the Homewreckers,
and King Bee and the Stingers


Blues at the Crossroads
Terre Haute, IN

Friday, September 13

Main Stage
Milk Walker, South City Revival, Against the Clocks,
and Monte Skelton & Team Skelton

Verve Stage
Tommy Kelly, The Nobodies,
Soupbone Blackwater Mission, and The Nerve

Saturday, September 14

Main Stage
Jazz Metamorphosis, Midnight Motive,
James Neary and the Bevy Blues,
Blind Mississippi Morris, Jennie Devoe,
Austin Sterling, and COFRESI

Verve Stage
Nick Gibbs, Jeff Randall and The Cohorts,
Cosmic Situation, and Jazz Metamorphosis

Blues at the Crossroads

Brown-Forman Amphitheater @ Waterfront Park

Sep 14, 2019

Free Admission * Noon to 11 PM

Jim Kweskin, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band,
Steel City Jug Slammers, The Juggernaut Jug Band,
Jake Leg Stompers, The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs,
and Miss Maybell & “Ragtime” Charlie Judkins

Jug Band Jubilee Web Site * Facebook Page

Bourbon and Beyond
Louisville KY
KY Fair & Expo Center

Friday, September 20
Several acts including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Saturday, September 21
Several acts including Samantha Fish and Cedric Burnside

Sunday, September 22
Several acts including Southern Avenue and ZZ Top

Full Music Schedule     Bourbon and Beyond

2018 KBS Winners

2018 Sylvester Weaver Award

James Warfield, Local Bluesman
currently plays with the Mississippi Adam Riggle Band

Pictured with KBS Co-Founder Keith Clements on right



2018 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

Amanda Webb Band

Solo/Duo Winner

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley

Best Self-produced CD

“Late Last Night - Elixir of Sara Martin”
by Laurie Jane and the 45s

Youth Showcase

Jacob McDaniel
New Salisbury, IN

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 22-January 26, 2019 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 Apr 3, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm May 8, 2019
(date change due to Derby Week)
Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jun 5, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jul 3, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Aug 7, 2019 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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