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Annual Events & Festivals
Upcoming Events Schedule

(Most festivals are held at the same time each year - make your plans now)

Complete list of 2019 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals - dates and web addresses

Blues Festival Guide
Online Digital Edition of The Blues Festival Guide

Jan 28-Feb 1, 2020 36th International Blues Challenge

Beale Street
Memphis TN

Web Site

KBS Entrants:

  • Band: Blackjack Davey and the Rhythm Kings

  • Solo/Duo: Carnes and Shew

  • Youth: Jacob McDaniel

  • Best Self-Produced CD:
    “Mr. Little Big Man”
    Screamin' John and TD Lind

Last Year's Events - (Most festivals are held the same time each year - make your plans now for next year)

May 10-11,  2019 International
Bar-B-Que Festival

Owensboro KY
Friday, May 10
Several acts including OTIS

Saturday, May 11
Several acts including The Beat Daddys

Web Site

International Bar-B-Q Festival

Schedule of Events

May 25, 2019

BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival
Elizabethtown KY

Web Site

Cherry Lot Stage

Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel
Lisa Mann
Chris Antonik
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics
Cha Wa

Historic State Theater

Austin Walkin’ Cane
Hurricane Ruth Featuring Guitarist Scott Holt
Scotty Bratcher
The Rad Trads
Selwyn Birchwood

May 26, 2019 10th Edition
Blues Between the Bridges

9079 Old Richmond Road
Lexington KY 40515
(I-75 Exit #99)

Music at 4:15
Clay Gilliam and the No Pressure Blues Band
Paul Childers
Laurie Jane and the 45's
Biscuit Miller
Johnny Rawls
Ronnie Baker Brooks

Presented by:

Tickets $20 * Rain or Shine

No Bottles, Cans, Coolers Allowed
Lots of seating but Blankets & Lawn Chairs are okay

Web Site

May 31 - Jun 1, 2019 10th Annual Germantown-Schnitzelburg
Blues Festival

@ the intersection of Hickory & Burnett Streets

Facebook Event Page
Facebook Group

Friday, May 31
7:00-8:00 -
Rusty Ends and Hillbilly HooDoo
8:30-10:00 -
The Travlin Mojos
10:30-12:00 -
The VillEffect

Saturday, June 1
4:00-5:00 -
Tailfin Cadillacs
5:30-6:30 -
D.J. Rice and the Payin' Dues Blues Band
7:00-8:00 -
King Bee and The Stingers
8:30-10:00 -
Tee Dee Young with special guest Sheryl Rouse
10:30-12:00 - 100 Proof with Special Guests

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show

A portion of the proceeds go to Kids Cancer Alliance

Jun 12-15, 2019 29th Annual
WC Handy Blues Festival
Henderson KY
Wed Jun 12 The Beat Daddys, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton,
Jonathan Long, and Vanessa Collier
Thu Jun 13 Ben Prestage,
Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers,
and Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band
Fri Jun 14 Blues 4U, the Gough-Martin Blues Band & Tramp,
the Keesha Pratt Band, Coco Montoya,
and Chicago Plays The Stones
Sat Jun 15 Harris James, Ben Prestage, Jontavious Willis,
the Altered Five Blues Band, Ruthie Foster,
and Southern Hospitality
Complete Festival Schedule

Facebook Page

Jun 21-22, 2019 Louisville
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
@ The Water Tower
River Road at Zorn Ave

Presented by
Four Roses Bourbon
and the
Bisig Impact Group

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

Must Join or Renew by June 1

NOTE: This Event is a month earlier than last year

Friday The Saints
Big Poppa Stampley
Toronzo Cannon
Saturday The Revelators
King Bee & The Stingers
Laurie Jane and the 45s
Little Ed & the Blues Imperials
Jul 19-20, 2019 26th Annual
Master Musicians Festival

Somerset KY
Several acts including
Cedric Burnside and Johnny Conqueroo

Web Site     Facebook

Jul 6, 2019 4th Annual
Burdette Blues
Burdette Park
Evansville IN
R.J. Rigdon & Gary Jones
Muddy Gutt
Beyond Blu

Facebook Event

Jul 13, 2019 Cincy Blues Fest

Smale Riverfront Park
Cincinnati OH

Festival Web Site

Presented by

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

Aug 10-11, 2019 Annual
Bloomington Boogies:
The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival

Bloomington IN

Bloomington Boogies
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

Aug 17, 2019 Capital City Blues and
River Festival

Riverview Park
Frankfort KY

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Ward Oates Amphitheater, Frankfort KY
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Music by Tullie Brae & Robbie Bartlett

Tickets & Info
Facebook Page

Facebook Page
Aug 16-18, 2019 Madison Ribberfest

Madison IN

Ribberfest Web Site

Hotline: 800-559-2956

  • 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

Aug 22-24, 2019 29th Annual
Hot August Blues

Kenlake State Resort Park

Hardin KY

Park Web Site     Festival Web Site
Tickets $30 in advance and $40 at the gate
Thu Opening Night Jam by Adam & The H Bombs
Fri TJohn Sutton Band
Alonzo Pennington w/ the Xtraordinary Gentlemen
Jonathon Long
Sat AnNightfish
Gough-Martin Blues Band
The Beat Daddys
Boscoe France
Big Al & The Heavyweights
The Memphis All Stars
Reba Russell Band
Joanna Connor
Aug 22-24, 2019 20th Annual
Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bill Monroe Music Park
Bean Blossom IN
Bean Blossom Blues Fest

Bean Blossom Blues Web Sites

Thu Opening Night Jam w/ The 1-4-5's
Fri Noah Wotherspoon
The Tony Holiday Band
Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Ban
Sat Gordon Bonham
Damon Fowler
Cedric Burnside
Ruf Record's Blues Caravan 2019 with Ina Forsman
Ally Venable
Katarina Pejak
The Record Company

Full Schedule

Sep 13-14, 2019 Blues at the Crossroads

Terre Haute IN

Blues at the Crossroads Web Site

Friday Main Stage
  • Milk Walker
  • South City Revival
  • Against the Clocks
  • Monte Skelton & Team Skelton
  Verve Stage
  • Tommy Kelly
  • The Nobodies
  • Soupbone Blackwater Mission
  • The Nerve

Saturday Main Stage
  • Jazz Metamorphosis
  • Midnight Motive
  • James Neary and the Bevy Blues
  • Blind Mississippi Morris
  • Jennie Devoe
  • Austin Sterling
  Verve Stage
  • Nick Gibbs
  • Jeff Randall and The Cohorts
  • Cosmic Situation
  • Jazz Metamorphosis
Sep 14, 2019 National Jug Band Jubilee

Louisville KY

Free Admission
Noon to 11 PM
Brown-Forman Amphitheater @ Waterfront Park

Jim Kweskin, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band,
Steel City Jug Slammers, The Juggernaut Jug Band,
Jake Leg Stompers, The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs,
and Miss Maybell & “Ragtime” Charlie Judkins

Jug Band Jubilee Web Site
Facebook Page

Sep 14, 2019 Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ and Arts Festival

Somerset KY

Music by:
Taylor Fox Holiday & Mullins,
The Lake Cumberland Blues Jam Band,
The Catdaddies, The Blue Crawdads,
the Rachel Crowe Band,
and the Ghost Town Blues Band

Facebook - Lake Cumberland Blues Society

Sep 20-22, 2019 Bourbon & Beyond

Louisville KY

Bourbon and Beyond
Louisville KY
KY Fair & Expo Center

Friday, September 20
Several acts including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Saturday, September 21
Several acts including Samantha Fish and Cedric Burnside

Sunday, September 22
Several acts including Southern Avenue and ZZ Top

Full Music Schedule     Bourbon and Beyond

Sep 27-28, 2019 NABBB Fest
New Albany IN
New Albany Blues Brews & BBQ Festival

Bicentennial Park
Downtown New Albany

Oct 6, 2019 Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival

Douglass Community Center, Louisville

Music by
Brazukas, The Buzzard,
and The Stray Cat Blues Band featuring Greg Martin

Louisville Jazz Society

Facebook Festival Page

Oct 11-12, 2019

24th Annual
Garvin Gate
Blues Festival

Garvin Place
@ Oak Street

Garvin Gate Blues Festival

Blues for Youth on Saturday

GGBF Web Site

Gavin Gate Blues Fest Schedule
Friday Four Roses Stage
(Oak & Garvin Place)
Laurie Jane & The 45s
Studebaker John & The Hawks
Billy Flynn Blues Review featuring Willie Buck & Wallace Coleman
  Down in the Alley Records Stage
(Oak @ 4th)
Jordan Wilson Coalition  
Saturday 11:00am-1:30pm Blues for Youth Activities
(details coming)
Saturday Four Roses Stage
(Oak & Garvin Place)
LTD Blues
da Mudcats
Sheryl Rouse & The Bluez Brothers
The Stella Vees
The Mike Wheeler Band
Screamin’ John & TD Lind
The Hazel Miller Band
  Down in the Alley Records Stage
(Oak @ 4th)
The Revelators
King Bee & The Stingers
Blues for Youth @ Garvin Gate

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A day of learning beginner’s harmonica and
enjoying BLUES music for ALL AGES

Thanks to our sponsors:


Blues for Youth Schedule

12:15 pm  
12:45 pm  
1:00 pm  
1:30 pm  
2:00 pm Start of Garvin Gate Blues Festival


Previous Year's Events - (Most festivals are held the same time each year - make your plans now for next year)

Feb 2-3, 2018 Winter
Blues & Heritage Festival

Duke Convention Center
Cincinnati OH

2018 Winter Blues & Heritage Festival
@ Duke Convention Center
Cincinnati OH

Cincy Blues Winter Blues Fest

Tinsley Ellis,
Noah Hunt,
Jane Lee Hooker,
 Samantha Fish

Presented by:

Aug 16-26, 2018 Kentucky State Fair
KY Fair & Expo Center
KY State Fair
Web Site

MySpace  FaceBook  Twitter

Live Music daily in the
Food & Music Tents
Plus additional concerts

Sep 7-8, 2018 Kentucky State BBQ Festival

Danville KY

Friday, September 7
Rachel Crowe and Tee Dee Young

Saturday, September 8
Paul Childers and Dillon Carmichael

KY BBQ Festival

Sat, Sep 29, 2018 3rd Annual
Burdette Blues Festival

Evansville IN

River Basin Blues Society
Saturday, Sep 29
  • Ryan Rigdon and the Primal Roots
  • 2Miles Back
  • CTO
  • Alonzo Pennigton
  • King Bee and the Stingers
Nov 17, 2018 KBS 30th Anniversary Celebration

New Direction Bar & Grill

Big KBS 30th Celebration

Music by:

The Stray Cats

KBS 2018 Blues Challenge Winner

New Direction Facebook Page

Past Events that have changed - Please research availability
May 15-16, 2015 Old Louisville Springfest
First Street @ Ormsby
Web site

No Live Music for 2017

May 16, 2015 31st Annual Bar-B-Q Pitt Festival
Pitt Academy - Louisville

Web Site

Music by The King Bees and Da Mudcats
starting at 5:30

Discontinued in 2016

Pitt Academy
Jun 2-3, 2017 Muddy Roots
Spring Weekender

Brown County IN

Facebook Event Page Friday, June 2
Pearls Mahone, Toe Knee Tea, Brooke Blanche,
Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Mountain Sprout,
Left Lane Crusier and Jimmy Duck Holmes

Saturday, June 3
Joe Henry, Billy Cook, Matt Heckler, Rock Bottom String Band,
Jayke Orvis, Pine Hill Haints, O'Death,
Joseph Huber and the Legendary Shack Shakers

Jun 18, 2016 2nd Annual
Blues Harbor Fest
(formerly Lake Cumberland Blues, Boats & BBQ Fest)

State Dock @
Lake Cumberland
(Jamestown KY)

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

Festival Web Site     State Dock Web Site

Jun 12-13, 2015 Smokin' on the River
BBQ, Blues & Brew Festival

At RiverStage
Jeffersonville IN

Smokin' on the River logo

Smokin' on the River

Visit the Fest on Facebook

Friday, June 12
Billy Byrd & Pen Bogert, The Tarnations, The Stella Vees,
The Beat Daddys and Tinsley Ellis

Saturday, June 13
Randy Colvin, Tyrone Cotton & Screamin' John,
the Dallas Cole Band, Butch Williams,
the Bell Bottom Blues Band and the Vanessa Davis Group

Sep 5-6, 2014 Roots and Heritage Festival

Lexington KY

Friday, September 5
Nellie "Tiger" Travis

Saturday, September 6
Lakeside and Harold Melvin's Bluenotes

Roots Fest Ky

Sep 11-12, 2015 Bands & BBQ
at the Point

Point Park,
Carrollton KY

NOTE - It appears the music is no longer Blues,
possibly all Country

Carroll County Website

Sept 11
6pm - The Louden Mundane Band
8pm - County Wide
Sept 12
11am - 12pm: Will Wallace
12pm -2pm: Nobody'z Bizzness
2pm -4pm: Jordan Wilson Trio
4pm - BBQ Awards
5pm - Van Waylon
7pm - Josh London
9pm - Sparechange Millionairres
Sep 12, 2015 Fort Knox Blues Fest Visit Web Site

Toronzo Cannon, Edward David Anderson,
Jarekus Singleton and Nick Schnebelen

Sep 15, 2017 4th Annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy

Shelby & Lampton Streets

Music by:
Yared Sound, Str8Diamonds Dance Team,
Otis Junior & The Jesse Lees,
Junior J & Piff the Dragon, and The Afrophysicists.

Free Admission

KFTC Web Site
Facebook Event


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