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2015 KBS Blues Challenge Winners

Solo/Duo - Alonzo & Michael
(Alonzo Pennington & Michael Gough)

 Band - Fistful of Bacon
(Marvin Druin, Matt Boat, Eric Gaylord, Jeff Shew)

Best Self-Produced CD
The Stella Vees “Don't Tell Me Your Name”

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The Clifton Center presents: TRUE BLUES with Corey Harris and Eric Bibb, Thursday, February 4th, 8:00pm

True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the Blues in an uplifting evening of music and storytelling featuring MacArthur Genius Award recipient Corey Harris and Grammy-nominee American Folk & Blues musician Eric Bibb. This is an evening not to be missed!
Through a special partnership, the Clifton Center is offering our subscribers the chance to purchase tickets to TRUE BLUES with COREY HARRIS and ERIC BIBB at 20% off. To do so, use the code “kyblues” when purchasing your tickets online (click here) or provide the code at the box office at the show. 
Through the Kentuckiana Blues Society, the Clifton Center is also giving away TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS TO TRUE BLUES with COREY HARRIS and ERIC BIBB! To enter, send an email with YOUR name in the subject line to: tickets@cliftoncenter.org by Tuesday, February 2nd
About the Clifton Center
Located at 2117 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40206, the Clifton Center is a gathering place for art, culture and ideas that enrich our community. The Clifton Center brings award winning musicians from diverse genres like roots, jazz, and world music to its beautiful 500 seat Eifler Theatre, and into area schools through our its outreach programs. See the Clifton Center’s full concert calendar HERE.

Historic State Theater
Elizabethtown KY

Sat Feb 6 The Official Blues Brothers Revue

Historic State Theater

Thu Feb 4 Patrick Sweany and Discount Guns
Wed Feb 17 Cedric Burnside Project
Thu Mar 3 Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
Fri Mar 11 Low Cut Connie

KBS Members get $2.00 off these shows
with current membership card

The New Vintage

Clifton Center

Thu Feb 4 Eric Bibb and Corey Harris
Fri Mar 4 Dom Flemons Trio

Clifton Center

Cincy Winter Blues Fest
February 5 and 6
4 Stages * 30 Artists

Fri - Nick Moss
Sat - Tullie Brae and Carolyn Wonderland

Cincy Blues 

Danville KY

Fri Feb 5 Eric Bibb and Corey Harris

Norton Center

Bistro 42
Bistro 42
Prospect KY

Wednesday, February 10
Little G Weevil
(no cover)

Facebook Event

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Tue Feb 16 Tommy Emmanuel

The Kentucky Center

Filson Historical Society

Friday, February 19
Blues Night with the 10th Street Blues Band

Event Details


Kentucky Country Day Theater

Sat Feb 20 Buckwheat Zydeco
Wed Mar 30 Shovels and Rope
Fri & Sat Apr 15-16 Taj Mahal

KCD Theater

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Feb 22 The Kentucky Headhunters and
Michael Martin Murphy

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Thu Feb 25 Charles Walker Band

Hideaway Saloon

Grand Theatre Logo
Frankfort KY

Fri Feb 26 Delbert McClinton

Grand Theatre

Kentucky Stage
Americana, Bluegrass and World Music

 2 days of live music
Music, art, food and kid’s activities
Children 15 and under get in free

March 5-6
Lexington Convention Center

March 6 * 11:00 am
Greg Schaber, blues

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Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Sat Mar 6 Nick Harless Band and Blues and Greys
Fri Mar 11 Studebaker John and the Hawks
Sun Mar 20 Hall of Fame Benefit

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Sat Mar 19 Bonnie Raitt

The Louisville Palace

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Thu Mar 31 North Mississippii All Stars

The Kentucky Center

2015 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


2015 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

Fistful of Bacon
(Marvin Druin, Matt Boat, Eric Gaylord, Jeff Shew)
Photo by Bob Brown

Solo/Duo Winner

Alonzo & Michael
(Alonzo Pennington (R) & Michael Gough (L))
Photo by Bob Brown

Best Self-produced CD

The Stella Vees
“Don't Tell Me Your Name”

Youth Showcase

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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

Monthly meetings are currently held at
The Pizza Place, 2931 Richland Ave
(off Taylorsville Road @ Hikes / Browns Lane)

7:00 pm Feb 3, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Mar 2, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Apr 6, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm May 11, 2016
(moved for Derby Week)
The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Jun 1, 2016 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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