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In some issues of our newsletter, Blues News, we run profiles of local blues bands. If you would like to have your band considered for a future edition and you play in the Kentuckiana area, please go to the Band Profile Info page to send us the information.


2017 KBS Blues Challenge

Deadlines for Entry:
Solo/Duo: Oct 16, 2017
Youth: Oct 1, 2017
Best Self-Produced CD: Oct 1, 2017

** See Contest Page for Details **

2017 KBS Blues Challenge Winners

One Shot Johnny
(Randy Colvin, Joe Shirley, Jeremiah Kelly)

Metro Bluez
(Marjorie Marshall & Ken Lucchese)

Best Self-Produced CD
Gimme More Time
by Screamin' John & TD Lind

2017 KBS Sylvester Weaver Award Winner
Gary Sampson
Former KBS President
WCHQ Vice-President, Music Director & on-air personality
Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival organizer
Local Blues Supporter

Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly updates

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Wed Nov 15 The Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike
Sat Nov 25 Charles Walker Band and Soul Circus
Sun Dec 3 Benefit for Mike Algier with da Mudcats, the Johnny Doughnut Experience and more
Sat Dec 16 John D'Amato and Toad Strangler
Sun Jan 7 International Blues Challenge Fundraiser for
Metro Bluez and One Shot Johnny
with da Mudcats, Laurie Jane and the 45's and more

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Lexington KY

Wed Nov 15 Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

Willie's Locally Known

Lexington KY

Wed & Thu Nov 15 & 16 St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Lexington Opera House

Jeffersonville KY

Fri Nov 17

MOVED to Kye's in Jeffersonville IN
(Originally scheduled at The Planet Bar)

Chix Mix II – Great Songs of the 70's with
Robbie Bartlett, Jaqui Blue, Jeni Carr,
Melissa Combs, Sherry Edwards, Tanita Gaines,
Marilyn Kington, Christy Miller, Susan O'Neil,
Pat Portman, Cheryl Price, Tiffany Puckett,
Carla Reisert and Sylvia Waters


Danville KY

Sat Nov 18 Henry Butler

Norton Center


New Direction Bar & Grill

KBS 29th Birthday Celebration
November 18

with music by
Stacy Mitchart and
Special Guest
Dick and the Roadmasters

New Direction Facebook Page

Mercury Ballroom

Sat Nov 25 Carly Johnson & The Believers
Vinyl Release Show

Mercury Ballroom

Lamasco Bar & Grill
Evansville IN

Sat Nov 25 7th Annual River Basin Blues Society Blues Blast
with Copper Kettle, Blues 4 U, Honey Roy,
Cold Stares, and Eliza Neals & The Narcotics

Lamasco Bar & Grill
River Basin Blues Society

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Sun Nov 26 What's Love Got To Do With It –
A Tribute To Tina Turner starring Sheryl Rouse

Headliners Music Hall

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Dec 4 Roots Music Summit Spectacular with several roots organizations and young performers of the future. Organizations include The Blues Foundation, The Folk Alliance International, The International Bluegrass Music Association and Songfarmers
Mon Dec 11 United By Music is a performance program for musically talented people with development and intellectual challenges. Performers include Christone "Catfish" Ingram, Kenny Neal and Janiva Magness

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

New Year's Eve
Dec 31, 2017
  • American Legion Post #33 (Bedford, IN) –
    Below Zero Blues

  • FOE (Jeffersonville, IN) – Spoilers3

  • Historic State Theater (Elizabethtown, KY) –
    The Kentucky Headhunters

  • Jeff Ruby's – Robbie Bartlett

  • Stevie Ray's – Edge of Barstow


2017 KBS Winners

2017 Sylvester Weaver Award

Gary Sampson
Former KBS President
WCHQ Vice-President, Music Director & on-air personality
Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival organizer
Local Blues Supporter

Pictured with Vicki Sampson & Jill Sampson
Photo by Cheryl Jaggers



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

Band Winner

One Shot Johnny
(Randy Colvin, Joe Shirley, Jeremiah Kelly)
Photo courtesy of David True

Solo/Duo Winner

Metro Bluez
(Marjorie Marshall & Ken Lucchese)

Best Self-produced CD

“Gimme More Time”
by Screamin' John & TD Lind

Youth Showcase

~ TBD ~

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 31-February 4, 2017 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 Dec 6, 2017 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Jan 3, 2018 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Feb 7, 2018 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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