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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 2018 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals - dates and web addresses

Blues Festival Guide
Online Digital Edition of The Blues Festival Guide

Jan 22-26, 2019 35th International Blues Challenge

Beale Street
Memphis TN

Web Site

KBS Entrants:

  • Band: Amanda Webb Band

  • Solo/Duo: Big Poppa Stampley

  • Youth: Jacob McDaniel

  • Best Self-Produced CD:
    “Late Last Night - Elixir of Sara Martin”
    by Laurie Jane and the 45s

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

Jan 16 thru Jan 20

34th Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge Beale Street
Memphis TN

KBS Entrants:
Band: One Shot Johnny
Solo/Duo: Metro Bluz
CD: "Gimme More Time"
by Screamin' John & TD Lind

King Bee & The Stingers will represent the
South Central Indiana Blues Society

Web Site

IBC Logo
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:

May 26, 2018

BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival
Elizabethtown KY

Web Site

Cherry Lot Stage
12:45 PM - The Stella Vees
 2:45 PM - The Norman Jackson Band
 5:00 PM - John Primer
 7:15 PM - The Cash Box Kings

Historic State Theater
12:00 PM - Laurie Jane & the 45’s
 2:00 PM - One Shot Johnny
 4:15 PM - Jon Del Toro Richardson
 6:30 PM - Eden Brent
 8:45 PM - Kenny Neal

May 27, 2018 9th Edition
Blues Between the Bridges

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

Music starts @ 12:45 *
Tyler Newman
The Revelators
da Mudcats
Robbie Bartlett Blues Band​
G. Busy Blues Revue
Beat Daddys
Encore Of Lexington
Harper & Midwest Kind
Tee Dee Young

Presented by:

1:30 pm - past midnight
Tickets $20 * Rain or Shine

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

Jun 1-2, 2018 9th Annual Germantown-Schnitzelburg
Blues Festival

@ the intersection of Hickory & Burnett Streets

Facebook Event Page
Facebook Group

Friday, June 1
6:30-8:00 - Jimmy G & the Sidewinders
8:30-10:00 - TC and the Screamin’ John Trio

10:30-12:00 -
Johnny Fink and the Intrusion

Saturday, June 2
4:00-5:00 - Erin Coburn
5:30-6:30 - One Shot Johnny
7:00-8:00 - The Revelators
8:30-10:00 - Gough-Martin Blues Band & Tramp
10:30-12:00 - Boscoe France Band

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show

A portion of the proceeds will go to Blessings in a Backpack

Jun 13-16, 2018 28th Annual
WC Handy Blues Festival
Henderson KY
Complete Schedule

Wednesday, June 13
Vanessa Collier, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops,
Davina and The Vagabonds

Thursday, June 14
Dwyane Dopsie & The Zydeco Hell Raisers,
Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band

Friday, June 15
Reddog Band, Blues 4U,
The Beat Daddys, Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils,
Sugaray Rayford, Davy Knowles

Saturday, June 16
Ben Prestage, Watermelon Slim
Heather Gillis Band, Dawn Tyler Watson band
Delbert McClinton, Paul DesLauriers Band

Jul 13-14, 2018 25th Annual
Master Musicians Festival

Somerset KY
Web Site     Facebook
2018 Lineup

Jul 20-21, 2018 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 July 1

Friday Blues and Greys
Little T&A
The Norman Jackson Band
Saturday The Tailfin Cadillacs
The Stella Vees
Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers
The Reverend Shawn Amos
Aug 11, 2018 Cincy Blues Fest

Sawyer Point Park, Cincinnati OH

Festival Web Site

Presented by

Saturday, August 11
Acts include Delbert McClinton, the Noah Wotherspoon Band,
Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, Ricky Nye, and more

View Full Schedule

Aug 12, 2018 Annual
Bloomington Boogies:
The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival

Bloomington IN

Bloomington Boogies
Sunday, August 12

Acts include:

 Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues
Eden Brent
Daryl Davis
Cynthia Girtley
Craig Brenner
Ricky Nye
and more

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

Aug 17-18, 2018 Madison Ribberfest

Madison IN

Ribberfest Web Site

Hotline: 800-559-2956

Fri Dawn Tyler Watson
Junk Box
Walter Trout
Sat Jordan Wilson
King Bee and the Stingers
John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band
John Nemeth & the Love Light Orchestra
Eric Gales
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Aug 23-25, 2018 29th Annual
Hot August Blues

Kenlake State Resort Park

Hardin KY

Park Web Site     Festival Web Site
Thu Lew Jetton & 61 South and Friends Blues Jam
Fri The Sullivan 3
Woody Pines
Blue Mother Tupelo
Albert Castiglia
Sat Andy Gibson
Elam McKnight
Soul Dog
Microwave Dave & The Nukes
Ivas John
Miranda Louise
Big Mike Griffin
Larry McCray
Aug 23-25, 2018 20th Annual
Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bill Monroe Music Park
Bean Blossom IN
Bean Blossom Blues Fest

Web Site

Thu Open Jam
Larkin Poe
Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind
Fri Harmonica Masters & Pros Showcase w/ Jason Ricci
Big Al and the Heavyweights
Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind Main Stage
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
Sat Bean Blossom Musical Talent Contest
Special Guest on Main Stage
Danielle Nicole Band
Bernard Allison
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

Full Schedule

Aug 25, 2018 Capital City Blues and
River Festival

Riverview Park
Frankfort KY

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Ward Oates Amphitheater, Frankfort KY
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Music by Tullie Brae & Tee Dee Young

Tickets & Info
Facebook Page

Facebook Page
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

Sep 8, 2018 Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ and Arts Festival

Somerset KY

Music by:
Brooklyn Carter, Madison Lewis,
The Blue Crawdads,
Reverend John and the Backsliders,
Rachel Crowe Band, Magnolia Boulevard,
and D.J. Rice

Facebook - Lake Cumberland Blues Society

Sep 14-15, 2018 Blues at the Crossroads

Terre Haute IN

Blues at the Crossroads Web Site

Sep 14
Main Stage
  • Max Allen
  • Mike Milligan
  • Kelly Richey
  • Freekbass
Verve Stage
  • Bastard Hounds
  • Great Affair
  • The Nerve
Sep 15
Main Stage
  • Rock Band
  • Michael Kelsey
  • Tad Robinson
  • Charles Walker Band
  • Eric Steckel
  • Miller Band
  • Solid Sauce
Verve Stage
  • CONA
  • The Syndicate
  • White Light Revival
  • Jazz Metamorphosis
Sep 15, 2018 National Jug Band Jubilee

Louisville KY

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

Music by
Ben Hunter & Joe Seam - Seattle WA
Hubby Jenkins -  New Orleans LA
Juggernaut Jug Band - Louisville KY
Vaden Landers & The Do Rights - Asheville NC
Cincinnati Dancing Pigs - Cincinnati OH
Chris Rodrigues & Abby the Spoon Lady - Asheville NC
The Derby City Dandies - Louisville KY

Jug Band Jubilee Web Site
Facebook Page

Sep 22-23, 2018 Bourbon & Beyond

Louisville KY

Bourbon and Beyond
Louisville KY at Champions Park

Saturday & Sunday

Full Music Schedule

Bourbon and Beyond

Sep 29, 2018 1st Annual

Bicentennial Park
New Albany IN

Music by:

Rick Estrin
Mike & Mike
Tad Robinson
Laurie Jane
Jimmy G.
The Stella Vees
Louisville Fats

NABBB Fest Web Site

Tickets $10

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
Oct 7, 2018 Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival

Cherokee Park, Louisville

Music by

Gabe Evens Funk Sextet * 1:00-2:30
Sheryl Rouse & the Bluez Brothers * 3:00-4:30
Don Krekel Orchestra * 5:00-6:30

Louisville Jazz Society

Facebook Festival Page

Olmsted Parks Big-Rock-Jjazz-and-Blues-Fest

Oct 12-13, 2018

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)
6:30-7:15 Jamiah “BluesSuperMan” Rogers Band
8:15-9:00 L. C. Williams and The Driver
10:00-11:15 Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike and Anson Funderburgh
  Info+ Kentucky Blues Stage
(Oak @ 4th)
7:20-8:00 One Shot Johnny
9:10-9:55 Ladies Sing The Blues featuring LaToye Montgomery, Lainey Brown, and Jennifer Lauletta
Saturday 11:00am-1:30pm Blues for Youth Activities
(see detail below)
Saturday Four Roses Stage
(Oak & Garvin Place)
2:00-2:45 The Pearls
3:15-4:00 King Bee & The Stingers
4:30-5:15 Django Knight
5:45-6:30 Mississippi Adam Riggle Band
7:15-8:15 Laurie Jane & the 45s and Friends
8:45-9:45 Danielle Nicole
10:00-11:15 Keeshea Pratt Band
  Info+ Stage
(Oak @ 4th)
4:05-4:25, 5:20-5:40 da Mudcats
6:40-7:10, 8:20-8:40 The Dirty Church Revival
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
11:00 am Blues History Presentation in KBS Booth
Free Harmonicas to ALL in attendance (kids first!)
11:15 am "Louisville Orff Ensemble" from Semple Elementary
11:45 am 11:45 - Beginners Harmonica Lesson
Playing a Melody using Straight Harp (Mary Had a Little Lamb)
12:15 pm “Sonic Bloom Modern Band” from Bloom Elementary
12:45 pm Beginners Harmonica Lesson - What is Cross Harp?
(Learn the Blues Scale & Bending Notes)
1:00 pm Blues Mentoring with Walter Lay & Matthew Floyd,
featuring Alix Lay (student from “Girls Rock Louisville”)
1:30 pm Thanks to the Kids with free popsicles provided by FMS
2:00 pm Start of Garvin Gate Blues Festival


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 13-14, 2016 International
Bar-B-Que Festival

Owensboro KY
Web Site

Schedule of Events

No Music Scheduled for 2017

International Bar-B-Q Festival
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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