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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.


2016 KBS Blues Challenge Dates Set

Band Contest Winner on Jul 31, 2016
Laurie Jane & the 45's

Solo/Duo Contest Winner on Sep 25, 2016
Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley

2016 KBS Blues Challenge Winners

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley

Laurie Jane & the 45's
(Laurie Jane Jessup, Cort Duggins,
Jason Embry, Scott Dugdale)

Best Self-Produced CD
TBD “ ??? ”

Upcoming Events
Also check the Calendar page for full monthly calendar and weekly update

Garvin Gate Blues Festival
st Annual Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Garvin Place @ Oak Street

Oct 7-8, 2016

Friday Four Roses Stage
(Oak & Garvin)
6:30 Sheryl Rouse and Bluez Brothers
8:00 Mark Telesca
9:30 Karen Lovely
  Info+ Stage
(Oak & 4th)
 7:30 & 9:00 Robbie Bartlett
Saturday Four Roses Stage
(Oak & Garvin)
2:00 Tyrone Cotton Band
3:15 The King Bees
4:30 "Louisville White Lightning" Curtis Marlett
5:45 da Mudcats
7:00 Southern Avenue
8:30 Hector Anchondo Band
10:00 Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child"
  Info+ Stage
(Oak & 4th)
2:45 & 4:00 The Tarnations
5:15 & 6:30 & 8:00 Laurie Jane and the 45's

GGBF Web Site

Grand Theatre Logo
Frankfort KY

Fri Oct 7 Taj Mahal
Fri Oct 21 Joan Osborne

Grand Theatre

Haunted Huntingburg Blues Festival
Huntingburg IN

Saturday, October 8
Music Noon - 7:00 pm

Bad Mojo, Ryan Rigdon & the Primal Roots,
Sparrow & Crandall and The Beat Daddys

Haunted Huntingburg

The Beach Tiki Bar
Greensburg IN

Friday, October 14
Johnny Rawls Soul Blues Revue (Featuring G. Busy)

Beach Tiki Bar and Grill

Brother's BBQ
Danville KY

Saturday October 15
Johnny Rawls Soul Blues Revue (Featuring G. Busy)


Lexington KY

Sun Oct 9 Jonny Grave
Sun Oct 16 Johnny Rawls
Tue Oct 25 Doyle Bramhall II

Willie's Locally Known

Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park

Saturday, October 15

The Jimmy Davis Band * 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Soul Circus * 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wine on the River Louisville

Fri Oct 21 C.W. Stoneking

The New Vintage

Kentucky Center Logo

Thu Oct 27 Fourth Annual Louisville Music Awards

Nominations were open thru September 9th online at

The Kentucky Center

Headliner's Music Hall Logo

Thu Nov 3 Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Fri Nov 18 KBS 28th Anniversary Celebration - "Ladies Night Out"

Music by: Laurie Jane & the 45's,
Queen Delphine and The Crown Jewel,
Sheryl Rouse and The Bluez Brothers

Doors at 6:30pm * Music at 7:00pm

KBS Members get free admission with current membership card
Facebook Event w/ Details

Headliners Music Hall

Blues & Boogie Piano Summit
Newport KY

Friday and Saturday, November 4 & 5

Carl Sonny Leyland, Lluis Coloma, Ethan Leinwand,
Craig Brenner and Ricky Nye

Ricky Nye Website

Sunday, November 6

Lettersong presents
Ladies Sing the Blues II

Ursuline Arts Center
Facebook Event

Mercury Ballroom

Thu Nov 10 The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Mercury Ballroom

Tue Nov 15 Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Louisville Palace

Indiana University Auditorium
Bloomington IN

Tuesday, November 15 – Buddy Guy

IU auditorium  *  Event Details

2016 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


2016 Blues Contest Winners
for best Blues
Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

Laurie Jane & the 45's
(Laurie Jane Jesseup, Cort Duggins, Jason Embry, Scott Dugdale)

Solo/Duo Winner

Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley
Pictured with KBS Prez Mark Sneed (l)

Best Self-produced CD

~ TBD ~
“ ”

Youth Showcase

~ TBD ~

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge,
January 26-30, 2016 in Memphis TN
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Monthly Board Meeting

The next few monthly meetings will be held at
Check's Cafe
1101 E Burnett Ave)
unless otherwise noted
Meetings were previously held at
The Pizza Place, 2931 Richland Ave

7:00 pm Oct 5, 2016 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Nov 2, 2016 Check's Cafe
7:00 pm Dec 7, 2016 ???

(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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