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The 2023 KBS Blues Challenge will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at Stevie Ray's Blues Bar.
Deadline for Entry extended to Monday, September 18, 2023. See Contest Page for details.

The 2024 Blues Foundation International Challenge in Memphis TN is scheduled for Jan 16-20, 2024.
More information can be found on the Blues Foundation's website at https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/ .


** 2022 KBS Blues Challenge Winners **
Our representatives to the 2023 IBC
Memphis TN * Jan 24-28, 2023

King Bee and
the Stingers



Zeno Jones

Youth Representative

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"Mister B's Blues"
Best Self-Produced CD

The Butch Williams Band

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Complete list of 2022 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals - dates and web addresses

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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 scheduled live shows.

Events listed below are currently scheduled, but
always check with the venue before venturing out and stay safe.
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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, Sep 24   2023 KBS Blues Challenge
Check with venue for current bookings

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - Danny and The Jons 8-10 pm

Check with venue for current bookings    

Mojo's BoneYard

Upcoming 2023 Blues Festivals


2022 KBS Winners

Congratulations to Cort Duggins
2022 KBS Sylvester Weaver Award Winner

Cort Duggins
Local Musician


2022 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD

Band Winner

King Bee and the Stingers

Solo/Duo Winner

Zeno Jones

Best Self-Produced CD

"Mister B's Blues"
The Butch Williams Band


Youth Showcase

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International Blues Challenge,
Jan 24-28, 2023 in Memphis TN
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Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly meetings are currently held at
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7:00 pm Sep 13, 2023 Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Oct 4, 2023 Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Nov 1, 2023 Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Dec 6, 2023 Zoom Meeting

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

Members & Guests Welcome !

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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



Evansville IN


Ernie's Print SHop


Guitar Emporium




Mayor's Office External Agency Fund
for the Arts and Creative Industries


DC Productions
DC Productions
Entertainment Hardware


Louisville Blues,
Brews & BBQ Fest


Former Sponsor
KBS Blues Challenge


WCHQ ceased operations
in 2019

Local Blues Hour @ 4:00pm

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



June 1, 2015


October 31, 2011

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All events of which we are aware are in the Events Calendar
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Take a look and see what you are missing!

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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