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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 Luck in Memphis

Randy Colvin

Upcoming Events

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar Logo

Sun Jan 11 International Blues Challenge Benefit
for KBS Band Contest Winner (The Beat Daddys) and KBS Solo/Duo Contest Winner (Randy Colvin)

with Primo, Mark Stein & the Rib Tip Kings, Boscoe France, One Shot Johnny and The Beat Daddys with special guest Prince Phillip Mitchell

Fri Jan 16 Toad Strangler
Fri Jan 23 Gordon Bonham Blues Band
Sat Mar 7 Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar


International Blues Challenge
Memphis TN

January 20-24, 2015

The Beat Daddys & Randy Colvin
will represent KBS


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Fri Jan 9 Friday, January 9 – Tee Dee Young
Tickets $10 in advance/$12 day of show
KBS members receive $5 off with their membership card

Jim Porter's Good Time Emporium

Lexington KY

Wed Jan 7 Woody Pines
Wed Feb 4 Selwyn Birchwood

Willie's Locally Known

Fri Jan 9 Malcolm Holcombe

Rudyard Kipling

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Sat Jan 10 Jam For A Cure with V-Groove, The Greg Foresman Acoustic Experience, Danny Flanigan & the Rain Chorus and John Mann - All proceeds go to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Wed Mar 4 WFPK Roots & Boots with Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Jonah Tolchin & The Lonesome Angels and The Guilty Ones (Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin have just been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Blues Album Category) Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for reserved seating.


KBS members can get a $5.00 discount by selecting the following link and using the password BLASTERS.

Headliners Music Hall

Lexington KY

Wed Jan 28 Keb' Mo'

Lexington Opera House

Lexington KY

Wed Jan 21 The Delta Saints and SIMO

Cosmic Charlie's

Sat Jan 31 Stray Cat Blues Band
Tue Feb 3 Selwyn Birchwood
Thu Feb 5 Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
Fri Feb 13 Mojoflo and Brahman Jahman

All shows $10 advance/$12 day of show
KBS members receive $2 discount

The New Vintage

Fri Feb 13 Fat Box
(Kentucky Blues Society's (Bowling Green) 2015 International Blues Challenge Band Contest Winner)

Hideaway Saloon

Ogle Center
Indiana University Southeast
New Albany IN

Saturday, February 14 – The Hot Sardines


Cincy Blues Society Winter Blues Fest
Cincinnati OH

Friday and Saturday, February 6 & 7
25 Acts on 3 Stages including
Popa Chubby and Joanne Shaw Taylor


5th Annual Indy Winter Blues Festival

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015

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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 Jan 7, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Feb 4, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Mar 4, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Apr 1, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm May 6, 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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