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2016 KBS Blues Challenge Dates Set

Band Contest Winner on Jul 31, 2016
Laurie Jane & the 45's

Solo/Duo Contest - Sep 25, 2016 @ Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Deadline for Entry:
Solo/Duo: Sep 6, 2016

** See Contest Page for Details **

2016 KBS Blues Challenge Winners

Solo/Duo - TBD
(  )

 Band - Laurie Jane & the 45's
(Laurie Jane Jessup, Cort Duggins,
Jason Embry, Scott Dugdale)

Best Self-Produced CD
TBD “  ”

Upcoming Events
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Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bill Monroe Music Park
Bean Blossom IN

Aug 25-27, 2016

Thursday Night Jam with Jeff Jensen and more

Friday – Cabin 12 Jammers, Matt Tedder, Ghost Town Blues Band, Carolyn Wonderland and the Tad Robinson Band Chicago Blues Tribute with guests Dave Specter and Deitra Farr

Saturday– Jeff Jensen, Jack Broadbent, Moreland & Arbuckle,
Elvin Bishop and Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots

Web Site

Hot August Blues Festival
Kenlake State Resort Park
Hardin KY

Aug 26-27, 2016

Friday - Deja Blues Band, Blues and Greys, Bottoms Up Blues Gang and the River Towne Alley Cats

Saturday - Adam and the H-Bombs, da Mudcats, Toad Strangler, 2 Miles Back Band, Long Tall Deb featuring Colin John and Markey Blue Band

Park Web Site     Festival Web Site
Full Line-Up & Schedule

Lexington KY

Fri Aug 26 Cedric Burnside Project / Homegrown Head Band
Thu Sep 8 Sauce Boss

Willie's Locally Known


Kentucky Center Logo

Sat Aug 27 Guitar Army with Robben Ford,
Lee Roy Parnell and Joe Robinson

The Kentucky Center

Seven Sense Festival
The New Vintage, Zanzabar and Purrswaytions

Saturday, August 27
Several acts including the Cedric Burnside Project and
Wallace & the Groove Hounds

Facebook Event

2016 Capital City Blues and River Festival
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Ward Oates Amphitheater, Frankfort KY
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Music by Robbie Bartlett & Tee Dee Young

Tickets & Info

Facebook Page

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Tue Aug 30 Hamilton Loomis followed by the Tuesday Night Blues Jam
Fri Sep 16 Guitar Showcase  with Tyrone Cotton, Rob Pickett,
Cort Duggins and Jason Lockwood
Sun Sep 25 KBS Solo/Duo Contest
(entry deadline Sep 6)

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Joe's Crab Shack

Friday, September 2
Stacy Mitchhart, The KingBees and The Tarnations


Endzone Pizza & Pub
Somerset KY

Fri Sep 2 The Pentones

Facebook Event

The Paddy Wagon
Richmond KY

Sat Sep 3 The Pentones

The Paddy Wagon
  Facebook Event

Muncie Three Trails
Music Series
@ Canan Commons
Muncie IN

Saturday, Sept 3 - Pokey Lafarge and The Half Stepsisters

Muncie Music Series

Blues on the Rock Festival (Rockport, IN)

Sunday, Sept 4

Lew Jetton & 61 South
The Beat Daddys
2 Miles Back
Mo’ Pie

Evansville Blues . com
aka River Basin Blues Society

Mercury Ballroom

Fri Sep 9 Tina Turner Tribute "What's Love Got to Do with It"
starring Sheryl Rouse
Thu Nov 10 The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Mercury Ballroom

Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ and Arts Festival
Somerset KY

Sep 9-10, 2016

Jeff Taylor & Ky Hermitz / The Blue Crawdads /
The Allmanacs / D.J. Rice

D.J. Rice & Lake Cumberland Blues Society Band /
Tee Dee Young / Rachel Crowe /
Boscoe France / Glenn Kaiser Band

Lake Cumberland Blues Society Blues BBQ and Arts Festival

Sat Sep 10 St. Paul and The Broken Bones

Iroquois Amphitheater

Blues at the Crossroads
Terre Haute, IN

Sep 9-10, 2016

Friday – The Bastard Hounds / Joel Levi / The Nerve / Eric Steckel / Crowe Committee / Kelly Richey / Ellusion

Saturday – David Ross / Soupbone and the Blackwater Mission / White Light Revival / Jazz Metamorphosis / ISU Rock Band / Ken Tucker / Max Allen Band / Charles Walker Band / Edward David Anderson and Friends / Midnight Motive / Fresh Hops

 Blues at the Crossroads

Kentucky State BBQ Festival
Danville, KY

Sep 9-11, 2016

Friday, September 9
TDH4 (Tall Dark and Handsome) / The Carmonas

Saturday, September 10
Nouveaux Honkies / Nick Dittmeier and The Sawdusters /
The Saints / The Stella Vees / Long Tall Deb

Sunday, September 11
The Bankesters

KY BBQ Festival

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Sat Sep 10 The Delta Saints


Smoketown GetDown
for Democracy
Shelby & Lampton Streets

Sept 16, 2016
4:00-10:00 pm

GetDown Line-up:


DJ Yared Sound


Official Welcome 


Fierce Dancing Tigerettes


The Sheryl Rouse Band


River City Drum Corp


Safiyyah Dance Company


Junior J & Piff the Dragon,
and S.O.O.N. Tonio


GetDown Dance Party
with Yared Sound

Free Admission

KFTC Web Site
Facebook Event

National Jug Band Jubilee
Brown-Forman Amphitheater @ Waterfront Park

Sep 17, 2016

Dom Flemons / G Burns Jug Band / Juggernaut Jug Band /
The Gallus Brothers / Cincinnati Dancing Pigs /
The Side Street Steppers / Ever-Lovin Jug Band /
Bourbonville Buskers

Jug Band Jubilee Web Site

Irving Theater
Indianapolis IN

Sunday, September 18

Irvington Acoustic Blues Festival with Gene Deer, Gordon Bonham,
Jon Strahl, Dave Muskett, Allen Stratyner,
Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine, Reverend Charlie Edmonds,
Delta Duo, Achilles Tenderloin and Jason Hathaway

At The Irving

Kentucky Country Day Theater

Fri & Sat Sep 30, Oct 1 Paul Thorn

KCD Theater

Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival
Cherokee Park, Louisville

Oct 2, 2016

The Beat Daddys
Steve Crews & Birdland South

Olmsted Parks Big-Rock-Jjazz-and-Blues-Fest

Garvin Gate Blues Festival
st Annual Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Garvin Place @ Oak Street

Oct 7-8, 2016

Friday Four Roses Stage
(Oak & Garvin)
6:30 Sheryl Rouse and Bluez Brothers
8:00 Mark Telesca
9:30 Karen Lovely
  Info+ Stage
(Oak & 4th)
 7:30 & 9:00 Robbie Bartlett
Saturday Four Roses Stage
(Oak & Garvin)
2:00 Tyrone Cotton Band
3:15 The King Bees
4:30 "Louisville White Lightning" Curtis Marlett
5:45 da Mudcats
7:00 Southern Avenue
8:30 Hector Anchondo Band
10:00 Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child"
  Info+ Stage
(Oak & 4th)
2:45 & 4:00 The Tarnations
5:15 & 6:30 & 8:00 Laurie Jane and the 45's

GGBF Web Site

Grand Theatre Logo
Frankfort KY

Fri Oct 7 Taj Mahal
Fri Oct 21 Joan Osborne

Grand Theatre

Sunday, November 6

Lettersong presents
Ladies Sing the Blues II

Ursuline Arts Center
Facebook Event

Headliner's Music Hall Logo

Fri Nov 18 KBS 28th Anniversary Celebration

Music by: Laurie Jane & the 45's,
Queen Delphine and The Crown Jewel,
Sheryl Rouse and The Bluez Brothers

KBS Members get free admission with current membership card

Headliners Music Hall


2016 KBS Winners

2015 Sylvester Weaver Award

Natalie Carter
KBS Membership Director,
KBS Newsletter Editor,
Local Blues Supporter

Pictured with Gary Sampson,
Mark Sneed, Keith Clements


2016 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

Laurie Jane & the 45's
(Laurie Jane Jesseup, Cort Duggins, Jason Embry, Scott Dugdale)
Photo by 

Solo/Duo Winner

~ TBD ~

Best Self-produced CD

~ TBD ~
“ ”

Youth Showcase

~ TBD ~

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 26-30, 2016 in Memphis TN
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Monthly Board Meeting

The next few monthly meetings will be held at
Check's Cafe
1101 E Burnett Ave)
unless otherwise noted
Meetings were previously held at
The Pizza Place, 2931 Richland Ave

7:00 pm Sep 7, 2016 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Oct 5, 2016 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Nov 2, 2016 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Dec 7, 2016 ???

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

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