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** 2018 KBS Blues Challenge **
Band and Solo/Duo
October 21, 2018
Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Band Challengers:
Amanda Webb Band, Beyond Blu,
Clay Gilliam & the No Pressure Blues Band,
One Shot Johnny, and Walter Lay and the Mad Dogs

Solo/Duo Challengers:
Big Poppa Stampley and Freddie Shaw

Doors at 4:00 * Draw for Order of Start: 4:30 * Music at 5:00

Details on the Contest Page

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NOTE: KBS is still seeking Sponsors to help support this year's KBS Blues Challenge winners. Sponsorships start at $100. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Gary Sampson at 502/724-9971 or gary@kbsblues.org. KBS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations may be tax deductible.

Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly updates, plus Festivals
Complete list of 2018 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals

Manchester Music Hall
Lexington KY

Fri Oct 19 Jonny Lang

Manchester Music Hall

Bacon, Blues & Big Stories
Madisonville, KY

Friday, October 19
Samantha Fish, Alonzo Pennington & Michael Goff,
and more

Saturday, October 20
Jonny Lang, Boscoe France, Vanessa Collier,
Salvation from Sundown,
The Beat Daddys, and more

Bacon Blues and Big Stories

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Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Sun Oct 21 Kentuckiana Blues Society
2018 Blues Challenge

More info on the Contest Page

Fri Nov 30 The Saints and Chris Canas

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

Fri Oct 26 Mojo's 7th Anniversary with
the Boscoe France Band
Sat Oct 27 Mojo's 7th Anniversary with
The Amazing Soul Crackers
Sun Nov 4 Meg Williams and Lauren Anderson
Sun Nov 18 Alonzo Pennington

Mojo's BoneYard

Indiana RedBarn
Nashville IN

Sun Oct 28 Dom Flemons

Facebook Event

Kentucky Blues Society
Bowling Green, KY

Sunday, October 28
2018 Blues Challenge Contests
for Band and Solo/Duo Acts

Kentucky Blues Society

Slippery Noodle Inn
Indianapolis IN

Sun Oct 28 NapTown Blues Society Inaugural Blues Challenge Contests

To request an application for the contest, email
lawrencemhansen@gmail.com or call 317-414-4140

Facebook Event

Slippery Noodle Inn

Lexington KY

Mon Oct 29 A Celebration of the Smithsonian Folkways Record Label
with Dom Flemons, Kaia Kater and Rahim AlHaj

Lyric Theatre

Tue Oct 30 Boz Scaggs Out of the Blues Tour
Sat Nov 3 The Peterson Brothers and Gary Clark, Jr.
Thu Nov 8 Tedeschi Trucks Band and Todd Snider
Tue Nov 13 Joe Bonamassa
Join or renew your KBS membership now
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The Louisville Palace

Bistro 42
Prospect KY

Fri Nov 9 Frank Bang Electric Duo

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Lexington KY

Tue Nov 13 The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Cosmic Charlie's

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Wed Nov 14 The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band


Brown Theatre

Thu Nov 15 Music Of Cream 50th Anniversary World Tour
with Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce, and Will Johns

The Kentucky Center / Brown Theatre

Kentuckiana Blues Society
30th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

New Direction Bar & Grill

Music By:
The Stray Cats featuring Greg Martin
2018 KBS Blues Challenge Winner

Free Admission for KBS Members
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Sun Nov 18 Ladies Sing the Blues with Lainey Brown, Sherry Edwards-Canaday,
Jennifer Diamond, Jennifer Lauletta, LaToye Montgomery, and The Troubadours of Divine Bliss

Odeon Louisville

Lamasco Bar & Grill
Evansville IN

Sat Nov 24 River Basin Blues Society's Blues Blast
with Troy Miller & Mychele Woolley-Fly,
Lew Jetton & 61 South,
and The Cash Box Kings

Lamasco Bar & Grill

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

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Solo/Duo Winner

( )

Best Self-produced CD

by ??

Youth Showcase

~ TBD ~

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 Nov 7, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Dec 5, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jan 2, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Feb 6, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Mar 6, 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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