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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 22, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 8

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 our BFG Sales Director Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw with Tim Fik (Dr. Timothy J. Fik) who is holding his Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) award after the KBA luncheon and awards in Memphis, TN.
Fik is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Florida. where for the past 17 years he has been giving seminars and workshops on blues music while teaching a three-credit-hour course titled “Popular Music and Culture” focusing on the history of American roots music and the blues.
He is also the guitar player in the Bridget Kelly Band.
 Photo: Kaati
*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 our  now! The Big Blues Bender is official 2017 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine! ...
CD & DVD Releases
The Original Blues Brothers Band :: THE LAST SHADE OF BLUE BEFORE BLACK
The Last Shade of Blue Before Black (Severn Records) is from the legendary Original Blues Brothers Band, featuring guitarist Steve Cropper and sax player “Blue Lou” Marini, with special guests Eddie Floyd, Joe Louis Walker, Paul Shaffer, Dr. John, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Joe Morton.

“Had anyone told me in 1978 that in 2017 I would still be traveling around the world and playing with the Blues Brothers’ Band, I would have said they were out of their minds,” says “Blue Lou” Marini. “But, amazingly here we are with a new CD and still playing all over the world. This album is a true labor of love and I’m so proud of the organic way it came about. We really wanted to honor our history and to include some of our favorite musicians that we’ve worked with and loved over the years. We have the legends, Eddie Floyd and Dr. John, plus our original band leader, Paul Shaffer and the great bluesman Joe Louis Walker.
...Find more about these artists and release
Listen"Baby what You Want Me To Do"
Moon Over Montgomery, the second release by The McKee Brothers, once again features inspired performances by a talented roster of players from Los Angeles and Michigan, including soulful vocalists Bob Schultz (original keyboardist with Bob Seger), Jeff Robinson, Reggie Gonzales, Maxayn Lewis, Laith Al-Saadi (vocal and guitar – 2016 finalist on The Voice), Larry McCray (vocal and guitar), guitarist Ari Teitel, keyboardists Bobby West and Jim Alfredson (formerly with Janiva Magness and in Organissimo), horn players Lee Thornburg (formerly of Tower of Power, now touring with Joe Bonamassa) and Doug Webb (Posi-Tone Records recording artist), bassists Bobby Watson (Rufus), Al Threats, and J.V. Collier (Bruce Hornsby) - as well as the brothers themselves: Denis McKee on guitar, keyboards, bass, and vocals, and Ralph McKee on bass, lap steel guitar, and vocals.

The music is high-energy and soulful, in several styles, from gospel (the inspirational title track paying tribute to the 1965 civil rights march), gritty funk, soul, jazz-blues, to funky country.  ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Pig Feet"
News Flash... 
This Weekend is Florida's Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival 
(CLEARWATER, FL) - February 24th-25th is the annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Music Festival which mean a weekend full of live music and delicious food! For two days at Coachman Park (301 Drew St., Clearwater, FL) you'll be surrounded by the finest seafood Clearwater has to offer while enjoying blues music from international recording acts and more. Headliners include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Samantha Fish, Toronzo Cannon and Ana Popovic.

General admission is free but you can purchase reserved seating on the main lawn or upgrade to a VIP ticket. Reserved seating includes a designated seat and a chair will be provided. VIP tickets Include: Front section reserved seating, and access to the Hospitality area which includes, a dinner (served 5-7pm), 2 drink tickets, and access to VIP Bar. All tickets are generated by best available. ...Find lineup and more about the Clearwater Sea Blues Festival
Thousands of photos depict Chicago blues scene at Chicago History Museum interactive exhibit
(CHICAGO, IL) - Two decades worth of photos depicting Chicago's lively blues scene will soon be available to the public beginning April 7.

The Chicago History Museum says it will release over 45,000 photos and papers related to the relatively unknown music photographer Raeburn Flerlage.

Flerlage is one of the few to document the city's blues scene. He has captured some of Chicago's most instrumental blues players in their prime. They include Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King. He also documented the city's developing folk scene in the 1960s, photographing Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

Flerlage's work inspired the museum's exhibition "Amplified: Chicago Blues." The exhibit opens April 7 and uses the photographer's snapshots to showcase how Chicago's blues scene gained worldwide recognition.

Southern black migrants brought the blues to Chicago, where the music helped them forge connections and transform an unfamiliar, often inhospitable city into a new home. The music was also transformed—electrified and amplified to compete with urban noise. The photography of Raeburn Flerlage captures the streets, clubs, homes, and studios where a community of musicians defined the Chicago blues sound.  ...Find more about this amazing exhibit
Kevin “B.F.” Burt, IBC champion, reflects on Iowa’s rich blues history
Genevieve Trainor/Little Village
Kevin “B.F.” Burt is unstoppable.
As a young adult working five jobs (two full-time, three part-time) in Iowa City after a football injury in his senior year of college derailed his intended future, music was the last thing on Burt’s mind. But once he got started — auditioning as a singer for a band at the insistence of one of his bosses (whose praise at his ability was met with a characteristically self-effacing “Alright, whatever”) — his tenacity, fearlessness and ingenuity set him on a trajectory that inevitably led toward his win this winter at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Burt was the second Iowan to win an award at the festival (Des Moines’ Rob Lumbard won Best Self-Produced CD in 2016), the first Iowan to win in the Solo/Duo category and the first artist in the festival’s 34-year history to sweep the solo categories — he also won the Solo/Duo Cigar Box Guitar Award for most promising acoustic player and the Lee Oskar Harmonica Award. ...Read entire story here…
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- #31 West Coast Oct. 2018 is Soldout! Join Waitlist now!
- 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. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List 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
Wiregrass Blues Society Annual Blues Fest April 21
(DOTHAN, AL) -The Wiregrass Blues Society Annual Blues Fest will be April 21, 2018 at The Wiregrass Museum of Art (126 Museum Ave, Dothan, Alabama) from 3-10pm.
This year's entertainment will be: Hurricane Ruth, J.P. Soars and the Red Hots, ​Vanessa Collier, ​Oddly Enough, and Sinners Gospel. Gates are 2pm. Tickets are $20 in advance at $25 at the door. ​

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Video of The Week
Alvin Youngblood Hart "Big Mama's Door" 

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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Feb 23-Johnny Winter (1944); Feb 24-Freddie Robinson (1939), Willie Kent (1936); George Thorogood (1950); Feb 25-Ida Cox (1896 or 1898);
Feb 26-Antoine "Fats" Domino (1928), Bob "Bear" Hite (1943);
Mar 2 Alvin “Youngblood” Hart (1963), Rory Gallagher (1948);
Mar 3-John Primer (1945); Mar 4-Bobby Womack (1944)
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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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 Clearwater Sea Blues Festival
Feb-24-2018 - Feb-25-2018
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Suncoast Blues Festival
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-09-2018 - Mar-10-2018
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Adam Gussow, Kosher Kid and more! 
Mar-10-2018, Hartford
Connecticut, USA
Blues at the Library
Mar-23-2018 - Mar-25-2018
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
 Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
 Redwood Coast Music Festival
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Eureka, California, USA
Springing the Blues
Apr-06-2018 - Apr-08-2018
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA 
27th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
  Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-12-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tribute Show
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-14-2018 - Apr-15-2018
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
14th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Red,White and Blues
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival 
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-10-2018 - May-13-2018
San Diego, California, USA
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-11-2018 - May-13-2018
Kwadendamme, Netherlands
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