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Events & Festivals
2016 Schedule

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

Blues Festival Guide
Online Digital Edition of The Blues Festival Guide

May 26-28, 2016 BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival
Elizabethtown KY

Web Site
Thu, May 26 John Hammond and Molly Thomas at the Historic State Theater
Fri, May 27 Brian Keith Wallen, 2015 International Blues Challenge Runner Up
Sat, 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
May 29, 2016 7th Annual
Blues Between the Bridges

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

1:30 Jack Smith
2:30 Johnny Roy and The Rub Tones
3:45 Mojo Theory
5:00 Robbie Bartlett Blues Band
6:15 Da Mudcats
7:30 G. Busy Blues Revue
9:00 Ray Fuller & The Blues Rockers
10:30 Tee Dee Young
Midnight: Pro-Am Open Jam
              Bring your goove and your axe.

Facebook Event Page

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 3-4, 2016 6th Annual Germantown-Schnitzelburg
Blues Festival

@ the intersection of Hickory & Burnett Streets

Facebook Event Page

Friday, June 3
6:30 - 8:00 100 Proof Blues Band
8:30 - 10:00 Sheryl Rouse & The Bluez Brothers
10:30 - 12:00 Wallace and the Groove Hounds

Saturday, June 4
6:30 - 8:00 10th Street Blues Band
8:30 - 10:00 The Stella Vees
10:30 - 12:00 Tee Dee Young

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

Jun 15-18, 2016 WC Handy Blues Festival
Henderson KY
Complete Schedule

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

WC Handy Blues Fest
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

Jul 8-9, 2016 Master Musicians Festival
Somerset KY
Music includes:
 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
 Robert Randolph & The Family Band
and many many more

Web Site     Facebook

Jul 22-24, 2016 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 all 3 days
with current membership card !

Aug 12-13, 2016 Cincy Blues Fest

Sawyer Point Park, Cincinnati OH

Festival Web Site

Presented by

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Aug 18-28, 2016 Kentucky State Fair KY State Fair
Web Site

MySpace  FaceBook  Twitter

Live Music daily in the
Food & Music Tents

Aug 19-20, 2016 Madison Ribberfest

Madison IN

Ribberfest Web Site

Hotline: 800-559-2956

Madison Ribberfest

BBQ, Blues, Balloons

Friday Headliner - Jonny Lang
Saturday Headliner - Los Lobos
Aug 25-27, 2016 18th Annual
Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bill Monroe Music Park
Bean Blossom IN
Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Web Site
Full Schedule
Aug 26-27, 2016 27th Annual
Hot August Blues

Kenlake State Resort Park

Hardin KY

Park Web Site     Festival Web Site

Full Line-Up & Schedule

Hot August Blues Festival Website
Thursday Free Concert at The Lodge
  6:00pm-8:00pm Andy Gibson Trio
8:00pm-10:00pm The Sullivan 3
Friday 6:00pm - 7:15pm Deja Blues Band
  7:30pm - 8:45pm Blues and Greys
  9:00pm - 10:15pm  Bottoms Up Blues Gang
  10:30pm - 11:45pm  River Towne Alley Cats
Saturday 2:00pm - 3:00pm Adam and the H-Bombs
  3:15pm - 4:30pm Da Mudcats
  4:45pm - 6:00pm Toad Strangler
  6:30pm - 8:00pm 2 Miles Back Band
  8:15pm - 9:45pm Long Tall Deb featuring Colin John
  10:00pm - 11:15pm Markey Blue Band
Sep 9-10, 2016 Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ and Arts Festival

Somerset KY

Lake Cumberland Blues Society
Blues BBQ Arts Festival
Sep 17, 2016 National Jug Band Jubilee

Louisville KY

Free Admission
Brown-Forman Amphitheater @ Waterfront Park

Jug Band Jubilee Web Site

Oct 2, 2016 Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival

Cherokee Park, Louisville

Music TBA


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

Oct 7-8, 2016

21st Annual
Garvin Gate
Blues Festival

Garvin Place
@ Oak Street

Garvin Gate Blues Festival
GGBF Web Site
Oct 7
Four Roses Stage on Oak St @ Garvin Place
  • Headliner: Karen Lovely
  • Special Guest:
    "Louisville White Lightning" Curtis Marlett

Info+ Stage on Oak St @ Fourth St

7:30 & 9:00 (playing 25 minute sets)

Oct 8
Four Roses Stage on Oak St @ Garvin Place
  • Headliner: Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child"

Info+ Stage on Garvin Place

4:00, 5:30, 6:45, 10:00

Jan 31 thru Feb 4

33rd Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge Beale Street
Memphis TN

KBS Entrants:

Web Site

IBC Logo

Past Events - (Most festivals are held the same time each year - make your plans now for next year)

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

Feb 14, 2015 5th Annual Indy Winter Blues Festival


Facebook Page
May 13-14, 2016 International
Bar-B-Que Festival

Owensboro KY
Web Site

Schedule of Events

International Bar-B-Q Festival
May 15-16, 2015 Old Louisville Springfest
First Street @ Ormsby
Web site
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

Pitt Academy
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

Aug 29, 2015 Capital City Blues and
River Festival

Riverview Park
Frankfort KY

Benefits Family Abuse Services, Inc

Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Music by Toad Strangler

facebook Page
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 11-12, 2015 Blues at the Crossroads

Terre Haute IN

Blues at the Crossroads Web Site

Sep 11
  • Henthorn/Feaster
  • Blind Mississippi Morris
  • Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel
  • Midnight Motive
Sep 12
  • Moonshine Junction
  • Eric Steckel
  • Tweed Funk
  • Samantha Fish
  • Jeremiah Johnson Band
  • Freekbass
Sep 11-13, 2015 Kentucky State BBQ Festival

Danville KY

Friday, September 11
Cane Run Bluegrass and Custom Made Bluegrass

Saturday, September 12
Nick Dittmeier and The Sawdusters, Heath And Molly, da Mudcats,
Laurie Jane and the 45's, Ray Fuller and The Bluesrockers

Sunday, September 13
Tullie Brae

KY BBQ Festival

Sep 12, 2015 Fort Knox Blues Fest Visit Web Site

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

October 31, 2015

Vernon Club Logo
Vernon Club

KBS 27th Anniversary Celebration

Music by:
The Saints
The Nick Stump Band
The Noah Wotherspoon Band


$10 Admission ** Free for KBS members
Show your KBS membership card at the door
Doors Open 5:30p * Music Starts 6:30p

Last Night for the Vernon Club!
Come Party with us to say goodbye to the Vernon

Feb 5-6, 2016 Cincy Winter
Blues Fest
Cincy Winter Blues Fest 2 Nights * 4 Stages * 30 Artists

Fri - Nick Moss
Sat - Tullie Brae and Carolyn Wonderland

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