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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.


2015 KBS Blues Challenge

Solo/Duo & Band

Aug 2 @
Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Details on the Contest Page

The Beat Daddys
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Congratulations to the 2014 Winners:
The Beat Daddys - Band
Randy Colvin - Solo/Duo

Good Job in Memphis!
They made it to the semi-finals!

Randy Colvin

Upcoming Events
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Louisville Cemetery

Saturday, July 25, 3:00 pm
Sylvester Weaver Headstone Dedication

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Wed Jul 29

Voo Davis Band

Fri Jul 31

G Miles and the Hitmen

Sun Aug 2 KBS Solo/Duo & Band Challenge
Sat Aug 8 Travlin Mojos and Kilborn Alley Blues Band
Wed Aug 26 Tas Cru
Fri Aug 28 Hard Swimmin' Fish

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Cherokee Triangle
2015 Summer Concert Series
at Willow Park
  • Sunday, July 26 – Delicious Blues Stew

  • Sunday, August 9 – The Tarnations


2015 Summer Concert Series
Complete Schedule

Mary Ann Fisher Summer Concert Series
Russellville KY
Friday, August 7 Tribute to Mary Ann Fisher and Ray Charles
Friday Night Jams
Poolside at
The Galt House Hotel
  • Jul 31 - da Mudcats

  • Aug 28 - V-Groove

Cincinnati OH
August 7-8, 2015

Friday, August 7
Sonny Moorman, The 24th Street Wailers,
Samantha Fish and the Cash Box Kings

Saturday, August 8
Blues in the School (BITS) Band,
Johnny Fink and the Instrusion, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops,
Tommy Castro & the Painkillers and Tab Benoit

Cincy Blues Fest

Well Crafted Brews & Bands Festival
at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Harrodsburg KY

Saturday, August 8
R.L. Boyce and The Northside Sheiks

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Madison Theatre
Covington KY

Sat Aug 8 Albert Cummings and Kelly Richey

Madison Theatre

Thu Aug 20 Polly O'Keary
Sat Aug 29 Fat Box

Hideaway Saloon

The Old Dam Fest for Special Olympics
Evansville IN

Saturday, August 8

River Basin Blues Society

Bloomington Boogies: Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Bloomington IN

Sunday, August 9
Marcia Ball, Bob Seeley, Carl Sonny Leyland,
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues,
Craig Brenner and more

2015 Bloomington Boogies Festival

August 20-30, 2015

Madison IN
August 21-22, 2015

Friday, August 21
The Lionel Young Band, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and
Jimmie Vaughan and The Tilt-a-Whirl Band with Lou Ann Barton

Saturday, August 22
da Mudcats, Boscoe France, Tee Dee Young,
Mark Hummel Combo with Little Charly,
Southern Hospitality and Keb' Mo'

Madison Ribberfest

Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bean Blossom IN
August 27-29, 2015

Thursday, August 27
Party and Jam

Friday, August 28
Danielle Nicole Band, Jarekus Singleton and Jason Ricci

Saturday, August 29
Cabin 12 Allstar Jammers, Tas Cru,
Brandon Santini, Mr. Sipp and Mary Bridget Davies

Bean Blossom Blues

@ Kenlake State Park, Hardin KY
August 28-29, 2015

Friday, August 28
2 Miles Back Band, The King Bees,
Mark Robinson Band and Adam & The H-Bombs

Saturday, August 29
Deja Blues Band, Dog House Kitchen.
Louisville Fats & The Rhythm Cats, Eric Steckel,
JD & The Mudhounds and Hard Swimmin Fish

Hot August Blues Festival

Capital City Blues Festival
Frankfort, KY

Saturday, August 29
w/ Toad Strangler

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Art in Speed Park
Sellerburg IN

Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30

Art in Speed Park

2014 KBS Winners

2014 Sylvester Weaver Award

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley


2014 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner
The Beat Daddys
The Beat Daddys
(Tommy Stillwell, Shannon Miller,
Larry Grisham, John Gillespie  )
Photo by Bob Brown

Solo/Duo Winner

Randy Colvin

Best Self-produced CD

The KingBees
"HooDoo Moon"

Youth Showcase

No 2014 Entrants

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 Jul 1, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Aug 5, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Sep 2, 2015 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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