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2015 KBS Blues Challenge Winners

Solo/Duo - Alonzo & Michael
(Alonzo Pennington & Michael Gough)

 Band - Fistful of Bacon
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Fri Aug 28 Hard Swimmin' Fish
Sat Sep 12 One Shot Johnny and Soul Circus
Fri Sep 18 Guitar Showcase
James Gaetano, Jimmy Davis,
Nick Harless and Randy Colvin
Sat Sep 19 The Blues Drifters and The Nick Harless Band
Fri Sep 25 The Beat Daddys
Thu Oct 1 Little G Weevil
Fri Oct 2 Toad Strangler
Wed Oct 7 Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling with The Jewel Tones
Sat Oct 17 Laurie Jane and the 45s and G Miles and the Hitmen

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

August 20-30, 2015

Live Music daily in the
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Sat Aug 29 Fat Box

Hideaway Saloon

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Sat Aug 29 The Delta Saints


Bean Blossom Blues Fest
Bean Blossom IN
August 27-29, 2015

Thursday, August 27
Party and Jam

Friday, August 28
Danielle Nicole Band, Jarekus Singleton and Jason Ricci

Saturday, August 29
Cabin 12 Allstar Jammers, Tas Cru,
Brandon Santini, Mr. Sipp and Mary Bridget Davies

Bean Blossom Blues

@ Kenlake State Park, Hardin KY
August 28-29, 2015

Friday, August 28
2 Miles Back Band, The King Bees,
Mark Robinson Band and Adam & The H-Bombs

Saturday, August 29
Deja Blues Band, Dog House Kitchen.
Louisville Fats & The Rhythm Cats, Eric Steckel,
JD & The Mudhounds and Hard Swimmin Fish

Hot August Blues Festival

Capital City Blues Festival
Frankfort, KY

Saturday, August 29
w/ Toad Strangler

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Art in Speed Park
Sellerburg IN

Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30

Art in Speed Park

The Paddy Wagon
Richmond KY

Fri Sep 4 Mark & the Pentones

The Paddy Wagon

Lexington KY

Sat Sep 5 Mark & the Pentones

Natasha's Bistro & Bar

Rock City Park
Rockport IN

Sunday, September 6
First Annual Blues on the Rock Festival

The Beat Daddys, Lew Jetton & 61 South, 2 Miles Back,
Laurie Jane and the 45s and Blind Dog Gatewood


Lexington KY

Mon Sep 7 Tommy Emmanuel

Lyric Theatre and
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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Fri Sep 11 Paul Thorn

The Kentucky Center

African Heritage Festival
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

Friday and Saturday, September 11 & 12


Blues at the Crossroads
Terre Haute IN

Friday & Saturday, Sep 11-12, 2015

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

Blues at the Crossroads

Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ & Arts Festival
Somerset KY

Friday, September 11
Cody Meece, Cornbread Mafia and The Lake Cumberland Blues Band

Saturday, September 12
Stacey Mitchhart, Tee Dee Young, Kelly Richey and D.J. Rice


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

Roots and Heritage Festival
Lexington KY

Friday-Sunday, September 11-13


Fort Know Blues Fest

Bernard Allison, Edward David Anderson
Jarekus Singleton and Nick Schnebelen


Jug Band Jubilee
Jug Band Jubilee

Saturday, September 19


Smoketown Getdown
corner of Shelby and Lampton Streets
Louisville KY

Friday, September 18
10th Street Blues Band, River City Drum Corp and The Afrophysicists


Horse Cave Heritage Festival
Horse Cave KY

Saturday, September 19 - The Michael Gough Group


Kentucky Bourbon Festival
Bardstown KY

Friday, September 18
Kirk Mays, Donny Brook Band, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers,
Van Winkle Band and Jericho Woods

Saturday, September 19
Jeni Carr, Kenny Warren and Whiskey Haze, Brandy Neelly and Band,
Johnny Berry and the Outliers and The Kentucky Headhunters

Sunday, September 20
10th Street Blues Band, Paul Childers and the Black Tie Affair and da Mucats


Victory Theatre
Evansville IN

Sunday, September 20
Robert Cray Band

Thursday, October 22
Tedeschi Trucks Band with Cedell Davis and Brethren


Lexington KY

Sun Sep 20 Malcolm Holcomb
Fri Oct 16 Husky Burnette

Willie's Locally Known

Grand Theatre Logo
Frankfort KY

Tue Sep 29 Shemekia Copeland

Grand Theatre

Headliner's Music Hall Logo

Sat Oct 3 "The Blues Had A Baby"
Louisville's Tribute to Muddy Waters Album & CD Release Party
Produced by Mike Suttles and Screamin' John Hawkins

featuring Lamont Gillispie's 100 Proof Blues, The Tunesmiths, Appalatin, The 10th Street Blues Band, Carly Johnson & Craig Wagner, Laurie Jane and the 45s, da Mudcats, The Bibelhauser Brothers, Mississippi Adam Riggle, The Ass Haulers and Tyrone Cotton

Headliners Music Hall

Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival
Cherokee Park, Louisville

Sunday, October 4
The Gail Wynters Trio, Teddy Abrams and Laurie Jane and the 45s

Big Rock Jazz and Blues Fest


Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Louisville KY

Friday, October 9
Mississippi Adam Riggle, Laurie Jane & the 45s,
Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Big Bill Morganfield with Levee Town

Saturday, October 10
Tyrone Cotton & Screamin’ John Hawkins, Stray Cat Blues Band,
The Stella Vees with guest James Gaetano,
The Blues Had A Baby featuring Lamont Gillispie’s 100 Proof Blues,
The Ass Haulers, and the 10th Street Blues Band,
Sheryl Rouse and The Blues Brothers, Da Mudcats,
the Cash Box Kings with Barrelhouse Chuck and
the Billy Flynn Blues Band with Shirley Johnson & Barrelhouse Chuck

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2015 KBS Winners

2015 Sylvester Weaver Award



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


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
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7:00 pm Aug 5, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Sep 2, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Oct 7, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Nov 4, 2015 The Pizza Place
7:00 pm Dec 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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