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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.


The Beat Daddys
The Beat Daddys

2014 KBS Blues Challenge

Congratulations to the Winners:
The Beat Daddys - Band
Randy Colvin - Solo/Duo

Good Job in Memphis!
They made it to the semi-finals!

Randy Colvin

Upcoming Events
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Wed May 27 Hamilton Loomis
Sun May 31 MERF Booty Shakin' Blues Benefit with Sam "Shake" Anderson, The KingBees, Laurie Jane & the 45's, Mississippi Adam Riggle and D Man & the Alley Hounds
Wed Jun 10 Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling with The Jewel Tones
Fri Jun 26 The Beat Daddys
Mon Jul 13

Anni Piper

Wed Jul 29

Voo Davis Band

Fri Jul 31

G Miles and the Hitmen

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Lexington KY

Thu May 28 Otis
Mon Jun 1 Glen David Andrews

Natasha's Bistro & Bar

Lexington KY

Fri Jun 5 Husky Burnette

Willie's Locally Known

Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival
Louisiville KY

Friday, June 5, 2015
The Saints, Soul River Brown and The Nick Harless Band

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Mark Stein & the Rib Tip Kings, 100 Proof Blues Band and Louisville Blues Diva's Tanita Gaines, Susan O'Neil, Sheryl Rouse and Laurie Jessup with da Mudcats

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Sun Jun 7 Toy Tiger Reunion Show

Wayne Young and the New Legends, Big Rock Show,
Wicked Sinsation, The Boyz, Crazy Train, Live Bullet, Riff Ratt

Proceeds to benefit MERF

Expo Five

Germania Park
Cincinnati OH

Sunday, June 7 – Cincy Blues Challenge


Rolling Hills Shrine Club
North Vernon IN

Saturday, June 13
Dr. Duke Tumatoe / Jimmy Davis


Florence IN

Sat Jun 13 Patti LaBelle

Belterra Casino

Smokin' on the River logo
June 13-14, 2015

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

WC Handy Blues Fest
June 13-20, 2015

Saturday, June 13 - Lindsey Williams, Blues 4 U, Hog Maw Blues Band
and the Boscoe France Band

Thursday, June 18 - Mr. Sipp, Mo’ Mojo and
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

Friday, June 19 - The Bell Bottom Blues Band, The Beat Daddys,
Tyler Mac, Samantha Fish, the Devon Allman Band and Doyle Bramhall II

Saturday, June 20 - Doug MacLeod, Guy Forsyth, Jarekus Singleton,
Victor Wainright, Ronnie Baker Brooks Big Band and
Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Thu Jun 18 Gary Clark, Jr.

Iroquois Amphitheater
Tickets available at

Diamond Pub & Billiards
Diamond Pub Concert Hall
St. Matthews & Highland

Fri Jun 19 BB King Tribute Night with
Ricky Morse, Robby Cox, John Hager,
Jimmy Davis, Stelle Amor and
Kev-E & the Swagg Bros

Diamond Pub & Billiards

Cabo Wabo Summer Party
to benefit
The Community Clubhouse
Mall St. Mathews Parking Structure 2nd Floor

Saturday, June 20
V-Groove and Old School


Cabo Wabo Org

442 S 3rd St,

Sat Jun 20 Gas House Gorillas and Laurie Jane & the 45s

Third Street Dive

June 20, 2015

Louisville Fats & the Rhythm Cats,
The Beat Daddys and Shaun Murphy

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Sun Jun 28 Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepard

The Kentucky Center

Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati OH

Friday, June 26
Tedeschi Trucks 2015 Wheels of Soul Summer Tour with
the Tedeschi Trucks Band,
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II


Lamasco's Bar & Grill
Evansville IN

Sunday, June 28
River Basin Blues Society International Blues Challenge


July 10-11, 2015



July 10-12, 2015

August 7-8, 2015

August 20-30, 2015

August 21-22, 2015
Bean Blossom Blues Fest
August 27-29, 2015

August 28-29, 2015

2014 KBS Winners

2014 Sylvester Weaver Award

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley


2014 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner
The Beat Daddys
The Beat Daddys
(Tommy Stillwell, Shannon Miller,
Larry Grisham, John Gillespie  )
Photo by Bob Brown

Solo/Duo Winner

Randy Colvin

Best Self-produced CD

The KingBees
"HooDoo Moon"

Youth Showcase

No 2014 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 May 6, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Jun 3, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Jul 1, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Aug 5, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Sep 2, 2015 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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