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** 2019 KBS Blues Challenge Announced**

Band and Solo/Duo Challenge
will be held on September 8, 2019
at Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Deadline for Entry is August 30, 2019
See the Contest Page for Details

Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly updates, plus Festivals
Complete list of 2019 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals

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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 Nights * Sunday Jam Session * 5:00-9:00

Thu Jul 18 CD Release Party for Big Poppa Stampley's JukeBox Blues
Proceeds to benefit KBS Blues in the Schools Program
Fri Jul 19 Cash Box Kings
Sun Aug 4 Hippie Reunion for Derek Young
with Legends featuring Wayne Young,
The Wolf Brothers with Sherry Edwards,
Animal Tracks and The Saints
Wed Aug 14 Gary Cain Band
Fri Aug 16 The Holy Smokes
Chris Canas Band
Sat Aug 17 da Mudcats
Chris Canas Band
Tue Aug 20 Big Al & the Heavyweights
Sun Sep 8 KBS Blues Challenge Competition
for Band and Solo/ Duo Acts

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

Sat Jul 27 Nick Harless Band and Hannah Evelyn Jones
Sun Jul 28 Alonzo Pennington
Wed Aug 7 Amanda Fish
Fri Aug 16 Anthony Gomes
Tue Sep 17 Eric Gales

Mojo's BoneYard

Cincy Blues Festival
Smale Riverfront Park
Cincinnati OH

Saturday, July 13

BITS Band, Trouble Waters,
Ben Levin Band with Special Guest Phillip Paul,
Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts Band,
G. Miles & The Band of Helping Hands,
The Blues Beatles, and Lil' Red & the Rooster

Cincy Blues

Master Musicians Festival
Somerset KY

Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20

Several acts including
Cedric Burnside and Johnny Conqueroo

Master Musicians Festival

Check's BBQ & Blues

Sat Jul 20 Marty Christian
Facebook Event

Web Link Here

Air Devils Inn

Sunday Jul 21 SheCastle with several special guest vocalists
including Tanita Gaines, the Troubadours of Divine Bliss,
Robbie Bartlett, Kimmet Cantwell, Tiffany Lynn Puckett,
Sherry Edwards, Lynny Prince, LaToye Montgomery,
Carla Reisert, Marjorie Marshall, Georgia Phillips,
Katy Rene, and Rebecca Osborne

The show is a benefit for
Successful Living for Women
and Girl's Rock Louisville

FaceBook and
Event Page

Old Forester's Paristown Hall

Tuesday, July 23

Opening Night for this New Venue
w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Facebook Events
Paristown Hall

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
Mount Vernon, KY

Saturday, July 27

Delbert McClinton

Renfro Valley

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Grand Theatre
Frankfort KY

Mon Aug 5 John Mayall with Carolyn Wonderland,
Jay Davenport and Greg Rzab

KBS Members get $5 off per ticket
with promo code KBSMAY

Grand Theatre

Railbird Festival
Keeneland in Lexington, KY

"Music, Bourbon, Equine"

Saturday, August 10
Several acts including Mavis Staples and Devon Gilfillian

Sunday, August 11
Several acts including St. Paul and the Broken Bones
and Gary Clark Jr.

Railbird Fest

Bloomington Boogies:
Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Bloomington, IN

Saturday, August 10
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Alfred "Uganda" Roberts,
Scott Patterson and more

Sunday, August 11
Josh Christina, Michael Drexler, Anju Marie Chandy,
Kid Kazooey, Noah Selo,
Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi Duo,
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Keith McCutchen,
Henri Herbert, Craig Brenner, Alfred "Uganda" Roberts,
Bob Seeley, Judy Carmichael, Jean-Pierre Bertrand,
Scott Patterson, and Ben Toury

Bloomington Boogies

Madison RibberFest Blues & BBQ
Madison IN

August 16 – 17, 2019

Friday Night:

  • Laurie Jane and the 45's

  • Wee Willie Walker and
    the We "R" Band

  • Mike Zito


  • Big Poppa Stampley and
    Voodou Gumbo

  • The Kilborn Alley Blues Band

  • Shawn Pittman

  • Altered Five Blues Band

  • Indigenous

  • Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
    with Special Guest Magic Dick

Madison Ribberfest

Capital City Blues and River Festival
Frankfort, KY

Saturday, August 17

Tullie Brae and Robbie Bartlett

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Florence IN

Sat Aug 17 Aaron Neville

Belterra Casino

Mike's Music and Dance Barn
Nashville, IN

Sunday, August 18
South Central Indiana Blues Society Blues Challenge

Facebook Event

Lettersong Calligraphy
Studio & Gallery

Thu Aug 22 Ivan Applerouth

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio & Gallery

Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bean Blossom Blues Festival
Bean Blossom, IN

Thursday, August 22
Opening Night Jam with The 1-4-5's

Friday, August 23
Noah Wotherspoon, The Tony Holiday Band,
Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling,
and The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Saturday, August 24
Gordon Bonham, Damon Fowler, Cedric Burnside,
Ruf's Record Blues Caravan 2019 with Ina Forsman,
Ally Venable, and Katarina Pejak, and The Record Company

Purchase tickets before August 1 and save on both Weekend Passes or Individual Day Passes

Bean Blossom Blues

KenLake Hot August Blues Festival

Hardin, KY

Thursday, August 22
Opening Night Jam by Adam & The H Bombs

Friday, August 23
John Sutton Band,
Alonzo Pennington with the Xtraordinary Gentlemen,
and Jonathon Long

Saturday, August 24
Nightfish, the Gough-Martin Blues Band,
The Beat Daddys, Boscoe France,
Big Al & The Heavyweights,
The Memphis All Stars,
Reba Russell Band, and Joanna Connor

Tickets $30 in advance and $40 at the gate.

Kenlake Blues

Sat Aug 24 Buddy Guy with the
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Iroquois Amphitheater

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Aug 26 B.B. King Blues Band featuring Claudette King

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Waterfront Wednesday
(BigBig Four Lawn at Waterfront Park)

Wednesday, August 28

Devon Gilfillian,
C2 and the Brothers Reed,
and John Paul White


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

Amanda Webb Band

Solo/Duo Winner

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley

Best Self-produced CD

“Late Last Night - Elixir of Sara Martin”
by Laurie Jane and the 45s

Youth Showcase

Jacob McDaniel
New Salisbury, IN

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 Apr 3, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm May 8, 2019
(date change due to Derby Week)
Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jun 5, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jul 3, 2019 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Aug 7, 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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