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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 4, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 1

Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Special BFG Announcements
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Share Photo Moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
Here's extraordinary entertainer, harpman Billy Watson with Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) Prez and KSDS radio DJ Janine Harty with their BFG! 
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! Each year our annual edition ships to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. Snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the 2017 15th annual Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now! The Big Blues Bender is official 2017 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine! ...
CD & DVD Releases
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters :: THE LUCKIEST MAN
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters latest album, The Luckiest Man, is “A traditional blues album of remembrance, love, and unwavering resolve to live with faith and gratitude,” says the multi Blues Music Award-winning guitarist Ronnie Earl. On The Luckiest Man, Ronnie and the Broadcasters, both current as well as some of the earliest members, contribute to the new album, which follows the sudden loss of Jim Mouradian, the band’s beloved bass player following a show in January 2017. Mouradian was also a respected guitar luthier, family man and a gentleman. This musical journey through loss and healing can be felt in the hauntingly beautiful “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” and in Ronnie’s tender tribute to his brother on “Jim’s Song.” Life moves ever onward in the pulse and beat of “Heartbreak,” and faith takes hold in “Never Gonna Break My Faith.” ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Ain't That Loving You"
Artist Website
Label site
News Flash... 
Florida's Sunshine Music Festival Jan 13-14, 2018
(St. Petersberg & Boca Raton, FL) - The Sunshine Music Festival will be held Saturday, January 13 at Vinoy Park (701 Bay Shore Dr. NE), St Petersburg, FL and Sunday January 14 at Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 Plaza Real), Boca Raton, FL.

A tradition will continue with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. TTB will headline each night and will be joined by Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s five-piece as well as Medeski Martin & Wood, Galactic, Hot Tuna, Foundation Of Funk and The Suffers. Foundation of Funk’s SMF ’18 sets will find George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste joined by guitarist Eric Krasno and keyboardist John Medeski.

The all-day festival kicks off at 1pm.  
...Find more about the 2-day festival
Martin Luther King Jr. Blues Festival January 11-13
(Chester, SC) - Come together for an enlightening, culturally-enriching experience of peace and harmony with live blues and soul music, audience participation on hopes and dreams for all people, food and beverages and good times for all, at the nation’s original blues festival in recognition of the MLK Jr. National Holiday, the one and only, Martin Luther King Jr. Blues Festival January 11-13, 2018 in Chester, South Carolina. 

Three days of live blues, gospel and jazz in the quiet rural community of Chester, South Carolina for a unique gathering of people celebrating being, the love, freedom, brotherhood, harmony and peace espoused for all people and each other by Martin Luther King Jr. in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday.  ...Find more about this 3-day celebration
GRAMMY Museum® presents MISSISSIPPI NIGHT Jan 21
(Cleveland, MS) - Experience a night of Mississippi Hill Country music Sunday, January 21, 2018 featuring special guests R.L. Boyce, Luther Dickinson, Sharde Thomas and The Como Mamas at the GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi.
Presented annually at the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, Mississippi Night is a special event to celebrate current GRAMMY® nominees and Mississippi's cultural legacy. This year, they bring the event home to GRAMMY Museum Mississippi as we kick off GRAMMY® Week!
Immediately following the program will be an after party at the Museum with live music from the DMI Allstars plus food and libations. Doors at 5:30 p.m. Show at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include complimentary food and libations.

Proceeds benefit the Museum's music education initiatives.
...Find more about the event and artists
Malaysia’s first blues music festival a success 
(Langkawi, Malaysia) - The first blues music festival in Malaysia, the Langkawi International Blues and Roots Aseana (LIBRA), kicked off Dec 31, 2017 night in style with a promise that it will emerge as another major musical event in the country for many years to come.

Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) chief executive officer Datuk Azizan Noordin said although the show would be held until the new year's eve, the first night show had already shown its potential to become another "must" in the island's next calendar.

"Those in their 60s, as well as the younger ones, who come in to the island as tourists, and the locals seem to be enjoying the show and this is a good sign," he said when met at the site of the event at Chenang Beach here.

He said LIBRA could emerge as another signature event for Langkawi, just like the Rainforest Music Festival in Kuching, Sarawak, or the international music festivals in Miri (Sarawak) and in Penang.
...Find more about this festival
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- Open Cabin Sales for #31 West Coast Oct. 2018
- Prebook now for #32 East Coast 2019
The Left Coast Blues Cruise returns in 2018! The LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 28~Nov. 4, 2018 will be sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. Cabin sales are open via or call 816.753.7979.
Prebook now for #32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean! By placing your $500 per cabin, fully-refundable prebook deposit, you will be guaranteed a spot in line to book a cabin once the artist announcement has been made! (likely in March or April ’18). Visit reservations or call (816) 753-7979.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO
(816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Regional IBC Send-Off Party
The Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) Send-Off Party for their regional IBC winners, Fuzzy & The Blues Band (Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins), will be held at at Tio Leo's Lounge in San Diego on Saturday, January 13th, from 1-4pm! Special guests include regional talent Len Rainey, Shelle Blue, Michele Lundeen, Anthony "Fallbrook Kid" Cullins, William Cauble, Stoney B, Tom Stewart, Edward Cleveland and Ric Lee will be joining Fuzzy and the Blues Band on stage! $10 cover at the door.
The Connecticut Blues Society (CTBS) monthly jam kicks off at the Pine Loft Pizzeria & Cafe (Berlin, CT), Sunday Jan 7, 2018. The jam is hosted by the CTBS All Stars (River City Slim, Phil Caron, Joey Primo) and guest guitarist will be Gene Donaldson. Food and drinks will be available. Jammers are welcomed, and mics and amps are provided. 
The legendary Connecticut Blues Society Blues Blizzard (Dance Party) is then scheduled for March 10 at the VFW in West Hartford.

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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Jan 5-Johnny Adams (1932), Wilbert Harrison (1929), Sam Phillips (1923 founder of Sun Records); 6-Kim Wilson (1951); 8-Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 promoter at legendary Fillmore); 9-Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935), Sam Chatmon (1897), Jerry Wexler (1914 founder of Atlantic Records); 11-Slim Harpo (1924). Katie Webster (1936), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); 12- Ruth Brown (1928), Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904), Long John Baldry (1941)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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Not all upcoming blues festivals are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked Fests here
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 MLK Jr Blues Festival
Jan-11-2018 - Jan-13-2018
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Sunshine Music Festival
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-26-2018 - Jan-27-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Winter Blues Festival
Feb-02-2018 - Feb-03-2018
Lapeer, Michigan, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #30
Feb-04-2018 - Mar-11-2018
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Destination Blues Music Festival
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival 
Feb-16-2018 - Feb-18-2018
Bruthen Victoria, Australia
Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Adam Gussow, Kosher Kid and more!
Mar-10-2018, Hartford
Connecticut, USA
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