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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”

Congratulations & Good Luck in Memphis in January !

Upcoming Events
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Tue Nov 17 Joe Bonamassa

The Louisville Palace

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Sat Nov 21 da Mudcats
Gas Money

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio & Gallery
1501 Story Ave, Louisville

Sunday, November 22 – Ladies Sing the Blues

with Laurie Jessup, Carla Reisert, Judy Tyler, Kim Weber,
Tanita Gaines, Sheryl Rouse, Amy Johnson,
Susan O’Neil, Patty Cain, Marilyn Kington,
Artie Wells and Robbie Bartlett


Lamasco Bar & Grill
Evansville IN

Sat Nov 28 River Basin Blues Society's 5th Annual Blues Blast
with Ryan Rigdon & the Hi Rize Hillbillies, Honey Roy,
Dale Niehaus & Bad Mojo, 2 Miles Back and
the Boscoe France Band

facebook Event

Lamasco Bar & Grill

Wed Dec 2 Woody Pines'

The New Vintage

     WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon Dec 7 The Wood Brothers and The Claudettes

Lyric Theatre

Florence IN

Sat Dec 12 Aaron Neville

Belterra Casino

Players Pub
Bloomington IN

Sat Dec 12 International Blues Challenge Benefit for
KBS Band Representative
Fistful of Bacon

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The Players Pub

Headliner's Music Hall Logo

Fri Dec 18 Pokey LaFarge

Headliners Music Hall


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 got Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge, Tuesday January 21, 2014 thru Saturday January 25, 2014.
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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 Dec 2, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Jan 6, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Feb 3, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Mar 2, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Apr 6, 2016 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm May 11, 2016
(moved for Derby Week)
The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Jun 1, 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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