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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.

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Check's Cafe and the Kentuckiana Blues Society presented Kosair Charities a check for $1,000. The funds were a portion of the proceeds from this year's Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival. Kosair Charities' mission is to protect the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana by providing financial support for clinical services, research, pediatric healthcare education and child advocacy.

Pictured from left to right are Gary Sampson, president of the KBS; John Murrow, owner of Check's Cafe; Marki Goodlett, Kosair Charities Special Events Coordinator and local bluesman Lamont Gillispie.

The 2015 Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, 2015

Photo by Stephanie Smith, Programs and Special Events Manager at Kosair Charities.

The Beat Daddys
The Beat Daddys

2014 KBS Blues Challenge

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

Randy Colvin

Upcoming Events

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Fri Aug 8 The Beat Daddys * 2014 KBS Blues Challenge Winner

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Bedford Blues & Brews
Bedford, IN

Friday, Aug 8

Nick Harless & the Harless Brothers 7:00
Boscoe France Band 9:30

Saturday, Aug 9

WT Feaster Band 4:30
Kilborn Alley Blues Band 6:30
Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss 8:00
Sad Sam Blues Jam 9:45


Foxhollow Farm
Crestwood KY

Friday, August 8
Sunset Concert Series with
the Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Fox Hollow

Mary Ann Fisher Summer Concert Series
Russellville KY

Friday, August 8 – Maurice John Vaughn

Saturday, September 13 – Redd Velvet


WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Lexington KY

Mon, Aug 11 Lisa Biales and The Barefoot Movement
(americana) 6:45 pm

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Hohner Harmonica Traveling Road Show

Monday, Aug 11 - Willis Music (Lexington KY)
Tuesday, Aug 12 - Willis Music (Louisville KY)
Wednesday, Aug 13 – Willis Music (Florence KY)

First 100 attendees through the door receive a free Hohner Harmonica


Madison Ribberfest
Madison IN

Friday, August 15
Deanna Bogart, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers and Taj Mahal

Saturday, August 16
Power Plant Blues Band, The KingBees,
the Kelly Richey Band, Paul Thorn,
the West Coast Blues All Stars featuring Junior Watson and Fred Kaplan
Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings


Moon Dance at Midnight Pass Amphitheater
1152 Monarch St., Lexington KY

The Stella Vees

August 15th * 7pm-9pm * Free

Moon Dance Lex

KY State Fair

Live Music daily in the Food & Music Tents

Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof
Robbie Bartlett
Litlte T&A


Aug 14-24, 2014

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Mercury Ballroom

Fri Aug 22 Keb' Mo' and G. Love & Special Sauce

Mercury Ballroom

Capital City Blues and River Festival
Benefits Family Abuse Services, Inc

Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Riverview Park, Frankfort KY

Music by Toad Strangler

Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bean Blossom Blues Festival
Bean Blossom IN

Friday, August 22
Gene Deer,
Hank Mowery & The Hawktones and
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

Saturday, August 23
Cabin 12 Allstar Jammers,
WT Feaster, Harsch Reality,
Noah Wotherspoon and Sugar Blue

Bean Blossom Blues

KenLake's Hot August Blues Festival
Hardin KY

Friday, August 22
Noah & the Back Alley Blues,
Andy T & Nick Nixon Band,
Etta Britt and Street Corner Blue

Saturday, August 23
Nightfish, Alonzo Pennington Band,
Justin Hatcher, da Mudcats,
Long Tall Deb and the Werewolves of Alabama,
The Stella-Vees and The Rusty Wright Band


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Fri Aug 22 Blues Explosion with Bluestown
The Boogie Men and Broken Dreams
Fri Sep 5 Tinsley Ellis - $15 admission
$5 off for KBS members w/ card
Fri Oct 24 NRBQ

Jim Porter's Good Time Emporium

Big Dawg Brewhaus
Richmond IN

Big Dawg Brewhaus and Indiana Blues Society present
Big Dawg On My Trail: Grassroots Brews, Blues & Arts Festival

Saturday, August 23
Dicky James and the Blue Flames,
Brian Keith Wallen, Todd the Fox,
Delta Duo and Achilles Tenderloin

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Buttermilk Days Festival
Bardstown KY

Saturday, August 23
Big Black Cadillac, Sheryl Rouse and The Zapp Band


Cresent Hill Radio
Crescent Hill Radio
Trolley Hop Concerts

Live Music on the CHR Studio Lawn
2520 Frankfort Ave

Friday, Aug 29 6:30 - Harpeth Rising
8:30 -Strongbird
Friday, Sep 26 6:30 - Keltricity
8:30 -Ghost Holler

Crescent Hill Radio

Waterfront Park

Friday, August 29
Big Poppa Stamply &  Voodoo Gumbo
The Zydewinders

Sunday, August 31
Buckwheat Zydeco


The Paddy Wagon
Richmond KY

Fri Aug 29 Mark and the Pentones

The Paddy Wagon

Lexington KY

Sat Aug 30 Mark and the Pentones

Natasha's Bistro & Bar

Thu Sep 4 Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 25 at 10:00 am
at TicketFly or by calling 877-987-6487

Iroquois Amphitheater
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Bands & BBQ at the Point
Carrollton KY

Friday, September 5
The Harless Brothers
Jimmy Davis Band

Saturday, September 6
Blue Collar Band,
Jordan Wilson Trio featuring Kerry Mefford and Danny Cook,
Van Waylon,
Wax Factory,
Sparechange Millionaires
Kenny Warren & Whiskey Haze

Carrollton Tourism Web Site

Roots and Heritage Festival

Lexington, KY

Friday, September 5 – Nellie "Tiger" Travis

Saturday, September 6 – Lakeside and Harold Melvin's Bluenotes

Roots Fest Ky

Kentucky State BBQ Festival
Danville KY

Saturday, September 6
Diana Chittester, The Mojos, The Sonny Yingst Band,
The KingBees and Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof

Sunday, September 7 – Toad Strangler

KY BBQ Festival

Blues at the Crossroads
Terre Haute IN

Friday, September 12 - Moonshine Junction, Crowe Committee, Midnight Motive, Jon Strahl Band, Kelly Richey Band, Guy Forsyth and Ellusion

Saturday, September 13 - Lunes Domingo, White Light Revival, Jazz Metamorphosis, Tweed Funk, Max Allen Band, WT Feaster Band, Biscuit Miller, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and The Leonard Washingtons

Blues at the Crossroads

Jug Band Jubilee
Jug Band Jubilee
Waterfront Park,
Louisville KY

Saturday, September 20

Maria Muldaur & her Garden of Joy Jug Band,
Juggernaut Jug Band, Cincinnati Dancing Pigs,
The Hokum High Rollers, Steel City Jug Slammers,
Bones Jugs N Harmony, Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues,
Drunken Catfish Ramblers Traveling Medicine Show & Hokum Minstrels
and The Jake Leg Stompers

Jug Band Jubilee

Phoenix Park
Downtown Lexington KY)

Friday, September 26

WUKY presents
Jarekus Singleton and the Northside Sheiks


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Sun Sep 28 Second Annual Louisville Music Awards

Headliners Music Hall


2014 KBS Winners

2014 Sylvester Weaver Award



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


Youth Showcase


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 Jul 2, 2014 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Aug 6, 2014 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Sep 3, 2014 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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