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The 2022 Blues Foundation International Challenge is currently scheduled for Jan 18 – 22, 2022. KBS is in process of planning our Blues Challenge for mid-October 2021. Details will be posted as soon as finalized.
More information can be found on the Blues Foundation's website at https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/ .


** 2019 KBS Blues Challenge Winners **
(the 2020 Blues Challenge was not held)

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


As restaurants, bars and music venues begin to reopen fully in Louisville and southern Indiana,
we will do our best to keep you informed of locations offering live blues.

Please continue to follow all guidelines related to the pandemic.
That means you should wear a mask in public, practice social distancing,
stay home if you feel sick and wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.

We traditionally list those places offering music within a 100 mile radius of Louisville.
If you are a local/regional blues musician and would like us to consider your event
for our weekly email and monthly newsletter calendars,
please email the information to gigs@kbsblues.org

Many artists continue to perform live on the internet. You may find information on their website or social media pages regarding when they will appear online. You can find a list of local/regional artists on our Bands page.

Together, we will make it through this challenge.

Please be sure to follow all guidelines established by the CDC during the pandemic.
It may save your life and the life of someone you love.
You can find information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Check out the KBS Weekly Update that is emailed to subscribers. It will list this week's events which includes local/regional blues radio and TV shows as well as any scheduled live shows.

Events listed below are currently scheduled but may not be happening.
Always check with the venue before venturing out and stay safe.
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Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Stevie Ray's will reopen starting June 8, 2021
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

Fri Jun 11 da Mudcats
Soul Circus
Sat Jun 12 Tailfin Cadillacs
Soul Circus

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

    Please check with venue

Mojo's BoneYard

WC Handy Blues Fest 2021
June 16-19, 2021
Audubon Mill Park, Henderson KY
Handy Blues.org

River Basin Blues Fest 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Friedman Park, Newburgh IN
Evansville Blues.com

Southern Indiana Blues Festival
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground
5163 N State Rd 135
Morgantown, IN 46160

Thu Aug 26 2021 - Sat Aug 28 2021
1:00 PM (Doors 11:00 AM)
$45.00 - $360.00

John Nemeth Band
Mike Zito
Eric Gales
Albert Castiglia
Joanna Connor
Damon Fowler Band with special guest Jason Ricci
and more to come!

Southern Indiana Blues Festival Tickets


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Grand Theatre
Frankfort KY

The Following Events are the Rescheduled Dates
Showtime is 7:30 pm. Check the web site for current info
Mon Aug 21, 2021 Robert Cray
Thu Jul 8, 2021 Tommy Emmanuel
Sat Oct 16, 2021 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers with Marcia Ball

Grand Theatre

OCT 8 + 9, 2021

Facebook at GarvinGateBluesFestival

Web Site: Garvin Gate Blues Festival

2019 KBS Winners

Congratulations to Bruce Lively
2020 KBS Sylvester Weaver Award Winner

Bruce Lively
Local Musician

(Photo Credit: David True)

2019 Sylvester Weaver Award

Jason Lockwood
Local Musician



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 Jun 2, 2021 via Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Jul 7, 2021 via Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Aug 4, 2021 Zoom Meeting?
7:00 pm Sep 1, 2021 Zoom Meeting?

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

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Visit these supporters of the Blues in the Louisville area

WFPK Radio
WFPK-FM  91.9

Saturday Night Blues Party
Weekly 9:00pm - Midnight




WCHQ ceased operations in 2019

Crescent Hill Radio

Local Blues Hour @ 4:00pm

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


Guitar Emporium



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Ernie's Print SHop




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All events of which we are aware are in the Events Calendar
Some are not definitive, absolute or anything else ... but it is a place to start!

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If you are member of KBS, then you already know about the Blues Reviews we do in our monthly newsletter ...
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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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