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* Est. 1988 * In our 35th Year of Blues *

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2023 was the 100th Anniversary of the first blues guitar recording, which was recorded by Louisville's Own Sylvester Weaver. KBS is offering a limited edition t-shirt promote this historical musician.

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* The Louisville Blues Compilation Volume II * Now Available *

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The Blues Had A Baby CD is available from
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The Louisville Blues Compilation Volume II is available online on the CD Shop page, at KBS events, at Better Days Records in Louisville KY or digitally at CDBaby and iTunes.

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Front Page News

The 2025 KBS Blues Challenge will be held on
Sunday, September 22, 2024 at Stevie Ray's Blues Bar.

The winners will represent the KBS in The 2025 Blues Foundation International Challenge in Memphis TN, Jan 7-11, 2025.
More information can be found on the Blues Foundation's website at https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/ .

Deadline for contest entry is Sep 9, 2024.  See Details on the KBS Contest Page.


** 2023 KBS Blues Challenge Winners **
Our representatives to the 2024 IBC
Memphis TN * Jan 16-20, 2024

Highway 9 Blues Band

Joe Roe, Larry Bolinger,
Norm Hamilton, Mark Lindsay


Linwood Blues

Trevor Davis, Jordan LaDuke

King Bee & The Stingers
Best Self-Produced CD

"Don't Move So Fast"


KBS Board Member Zeno Jones' CD "Disillusion Blues" was submitted by The Central Kentucky Blues Society to the Best Self-Produced CD category of the IBC and was selected as one of the 5 finalists.  

Zeno Jones
"Disillusion Blues"

Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly updates, plus Festivals
Complete list of 2022 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals - dates and web addresses

Please continue to help fight COVID-19 and get the vaccine and booster when you can!

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.

Germantown Schnitzelburg Blues Festival
June 7 & 8, 2024
1101 E. Burnett Ave
Louisville KY

Facebook Event

Festival Facebook Page

Musik Festival
@ Mercurio's Music & Restobar
June 23, 2024

Garvin Gate Blues Festival Benefit

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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

Sep 22, 2024
KBS Blues Challenge Details TBA

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

Garvin Gate Blues Festival

Details TBA


2023 KBS Winners

Congratulations to Bill Dean
2023 KBS Sylvester Weaver Award Winner

Bill Dean
Local Musician


2023 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD

Band Winner

Highway 9 Blues Band
Joe Roe, Larry Bolinger,
Norm Hamilton, Mark Lindsay

Solo/Duo Winner

Linwood Blues
Trevor Davis, Jordan LaDuke

Best Self-Produced CD

King Bee & The Stingers
"Don't Move So Fast"

Youth Showcase

No 2023 Entries

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
Jan 24-28, 2023 in Memphis TN
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Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly meetings are currently being held as Zoom Meetings
Pre-CoVid meetings were held at Check's Cafe
1101 E Burnett Ave)

7:00 pm Jun 5, 2024 Zoom Meeting
& Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jul 3, 2024 Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Aug 7, 2024 Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Sep 4, 2024 Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Oct 2, 2024 Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Nov 6, 2024 Zoom Meeting
7:00 pm Dec 4, 2024 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



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
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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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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