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* Est. 1988 * In our 31st Year of Blues *

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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.


** 2019 KBS Blues Challenge Winners **

Blackjack Davey and The Rhythm Kings


Carnes and Shew

Jacob McDaniel
Youth Representative


Screamin' John & TD Lind's
"Mr. Little Big Man"
Best Self-Produced CD

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

Celebrating the Sounds
of Kentucky at
Frazier Museum

Celebrating the Sounds of Kentucky
Co-curated by Michael L. Jones
2nd Floor, Frazier History Museum

September 13, 2019 – Fall 2020

Kentucky is often credited for its role in the development of bluegrass; however, it has also produced seminal figures in nearly every significant movement in the history of American music — from ragtime to country, folk to blues, jazz to R&B, and classic rock to hip hop.

Sounds explores the rich — and mostly untold — tale of Kentucky music.

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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

Sun Oct 20 Stevie Ray's 25th Anniversary
Customer Appreciation Celebration

The Stella Vees with special guest Kurt Crandall
and the John Burgard Band

Free admission and half-priced drinks! * 4:00 pm

Fri Nov 1 KBS and Three Chord Bourbon Event
with The KingBees and the Chris Canas Band
Sat Nov 2 KBS and Three Chord Bourbon Event
with 2 Miles Back and the Chris Canas Band

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

Fri Oct 18 Davy Knowles
Fri Oct 25 Erin Coburn
Sat Oct 26 Ally Venable Band
Tue Oct 29 Vanessa Collier
Sat Nov 2 Nick Harless Band
Fri Nov 8 Nick Schnebelen
Fri Nov 15 Amanda Fish

Mojo's BoneYard

Lettersong Calligraphy
Studio & Gallery

Thu Oct 24 Claude Bourbon

Facebook Event

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio & Gallery

Paristown Hall

Sat Oct 26 Michael Franti and Spearhead with Devon Gilfillian

Paristown Hall

Brown County Music Center
Nashville, IN

Thu Oct 17 Duke Tumatoe and the Amanda Webb Band

Brown County

Madhop Music Fest
Madison, IN

Saturday, November 2

Five Venues / 25 Acts
the Jimmy Davis Trio,
Jeremy Short and Amy Noel

Mad Hop Music Fest

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Grand Theatre
Frankfort KY

Mon Nov 4 The Allman Betts Band

Grand Theatre

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Nov 4 Gumbo Grits and Gravy
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Unity of East Louisville

Sunday, November 24

Ladies Sing the Blues
with Sue O'Neil, Laurie Duggins, Judy Tyler,
Carla Reisert, Kim D’Amato, Martha Brewer,
Tanita Gaines, Marilyn Kington and Juliana Rodriguez

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Kentuckiana Blues Society's 31st Anniversary Weekend
Come join in celebrating 31 years of Keepin' The Blues Alive!

New Direction Bar & Grill
2630 Chamberlain Lane

Friday, November 15, 2019

Pre-Party Blues Night

New Direction Bar & Grill
2630 Chamberlain Lane

KBS 2019 Solo/Duo Contest Winner
Carnes & Shew
and the Tailfin Cadillacs

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Kentuckiana Blues Society's
31st Anniversary Party

Music by:
KBS 2019 Band Contest Winner
Blackjack Davey and The Rhythm Kings
 and The Beat Daddys

Food and beverages available at venue.
Great entertainment all evening!

Doors at 6:30pm, Music starts at 7pm

Free for KBS Members with current Membership Card
$10 cover for non-members


2019 KBS Winners

2019 Sylvester Weaver Award

Jason Lockwood



2019 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

Blackjack Davey and
The Rhythm Kings

Solo/Duo Winner

Carnes and Shew

Best Self-produced CD

“Mr. Little Big Man”
by Screamin' John & TD Lind

Youth Showcase

Jacob McDaniel

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 28-February 1, 2020 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 Nov 6, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Dec 4, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jan 8, 2020
(moved for New Years Day?)
Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Feb 5, 2020 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Mar 4, 2020 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Apr 1,2020 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm May 6, 2020 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jun 3, 2020 Check's Cafe

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

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WFPK Radio
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Saturday Night Blues Party
with Kevin Yazell
Saturdays at 10:00pm




Local Blues Hour @ 4:00pm

KBS's Gary Sampson is on the air Fridays at 8:00pm


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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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