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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.


2016 KBS Blues Challenge Dates Set

Deadlines for Entry:
Band: Jul 10, 2016
Solo/Duo: Sep 6, 2016

** See Contest Page for Details **

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”

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

Muddy Roots Spring Weekend
Nashville IN

Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21
Several acts including Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and LC Ulmer

Muddy Roots Records Spring Weekender

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Wednesday

Wed May 25
Paul Thorn, The Howling Tongues and
Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters

DO502     WFPK.org

Elizabethtown KY

Thursday, May 26
John Hammond and Molly Thomas at the Historic State Theater

Friday, May 27
Brian Keith Wallen, 2015 International Blues Challenge Runner Up

Saturday, May 28
Laurie Jane and the 45's, Tullie Brae, Austin Walkin' Cane,
Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers, Back Pack Jones,
JP Blues, Diunna Greenleaf, Jamell Richardson and The Rad Trads

BBQ Blues Fest

Historic State Theater
Elizabethtown KY

Thu May 26 John Hammond
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 26 at 8:00 am

Historic State Theater

7th Annual
Blues Between the Bridges
9079 Old Richmond Road
Lexington KY 40515
(I-75 Exit #99)

May 29, 2016

Music starts @ 1:30 pm
Midnight: Pro-Am Open Jam

Tickets $20 * Rain or Shine
No Bottles, Cans, Coolers Allowed
Lots of seating but Blankets & Lawn Chairs are okay

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Diamond Pub & Billiards
Diamond Pub Concert Hall

Thu Jun 2 George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic with
special guests Wallace & The Groove Hounds and
Soul River Brown & The Foundation Band

Diamond Pub & Billiards

6th Annual Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival
Check's Cafe @ the intersection of Hickory & Burnett Streets

 Jun 3-4, 2016

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Germantown Schnitzelburg Business Association to help start a local farmers market

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Blues, Brews & BBQ
Springfield KY

Friday, June 10 – Velveeta Jones


WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Jun 13 Samantha Fish and Terry "Harmonica" Bean

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Lexington KY

Tue Jun 14 Miss Tess & The Talkbacks

Willie's Locally Known

WC Handy Blues Fest
W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival
Henderson KY

Wednesday June 15
Studebaker John & the Hawks, The Kinsey Report and Sugar Blue

Thursday June 16
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hell Raisers and
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

Friday June 17
ZoGo, The Beat Daddys, Toronzo Cannon and Curtis Salgado

Saturday June 18
Little G Weevil & Daniel Harper, AJ Ghent Band, Nikki Hill,
John Primer & the Real Deal, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
and Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots

Handy Blues Org

Blues Harbor Fest
(formerly Lake Cumberland Blues, Boats & BBQ Fest)
State Dock @ Lake Cumberland
Jamestown KY

Jun 18, 2016

Music by: Blues and Greys, The KingBees and Les Dudek

Festival Web Site     State Dock Web Site

Crescent Hill Art and Music Festival
Louisville KY

Monday, July 4 - TBA



Master Musicians Festival
Somerset KY

Jul 8-9, 2016

Music includes:
 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
 Robert Randolph & The Family Band
and many many more

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Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
@ The Water Tower
River Road at Zorn Ave

Jul 22-24, 2016

Friday The KingBees, Tullie Brae and Studebaker John & The Hawks
Saturday da Mudcats, Little T&A, Nora Jean Bruso and John Primer
Sunday Carla Zee and Holy Smoke, Blues and Greys and
the Boscoe France Band

KBS Members receive free admission to all 3 days
with current membership card !

Louisville Blues and BBQ Festival

Cincy Blues Fest
Sawyer Point Park, Cincinnati OH

Aug 12-13, 2016

Festival Web Site

Madison Ribberfest
Madison IN

Aug 19-20, 2016

Friday Headliner - Jonny Lang
Saturday Headliner - Los Lobos

Ribberfest Web Site

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

Aug 25-27, 2016

Web Site

Hot August Blues Festival
Kenlake State Resort Park
Hardin KY

Aug 26-27, 2016

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

Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ and Arts Festival
Somerset KY

Sep 9-10, 2016

Lake Cumberland Blues Society Blues BBQ and Arts Festival

National Jug Band Jubilee
Brown-Forman Amphitheater @ Waterfront Park

Sep 17, 2016

Jug Band Jubilee Web Site

Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival
Cherokee Park, Louisville

Oct 2, 2016

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

Special Guest:  "Louisville White Lightning" Curtis Marlett
Friday Headliner: Karen Lovely
Saturday Headliner: Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child"
GGBF Web Site

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

~ No Entrants ~

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 May 11, 2016
(moved for Derby Week)
The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Jun 1, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Jul 6, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Aug 3, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Sep 7, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Oct 5, 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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