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Blues Festival Guide
May 17, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 20
thru July 13
May 31
thru April 26
May 17
June 7
July 5
This Weeks Events...
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Special Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
This Weeks Events...
Sponsored Festivals & Events
- Thurs-Sun May 17-20: Hill Country Harmonica Event (Waterford, MS)
- Fri-Sun May 18-20: New England Blues Summit (Sturbridge, MA)
- Sat-Sun May 19-20: Doheny Blues Festival (Dana Point, CA) 
- Sat-Sun May 19-20: Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival (Annapolis, MD)
Support live music & enjoy!
Special Announcements
2018 Blues Festival Guide Annual for you!
The 2018 issue of the Blues Festival Guide has been released! Inside the 108 pages you’ll find information to fill your festival calendar, as well as engaging editorial content to keep you updated on today’s blues scene. Pick up a copy for free from your local blues society or ORDER a copy to be shipped straight to your house!
Irene Johnson/Editor/Blues Festival Guide
Our 2018 issue sponsored by the Blues Foundation
...Find snippets about each article and ways to get your own copy
Do yourself a favor... links in CD & News section, etc.
Make sure to click the links at the end of the CD/DVD and News Flash section teasers so you can discover them in entirety on our website news section and so you don't miss out on cool details, photos, schedules, artist or festival links, etc. 
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
Belinda, our BFG Rep in Memphis for the BMA's, captured this fun shot of Mike Ledbetter, Nick Moss and Curtis Salgado checking out the 2018 BFG magazine during BMA week.
Photo: Belinda Hollaway
*NOTE! Our 2018 is shipping! Each year our annual edition arrives at festivals, blues societies and a few distributors! You can also order one, too! Get yours and snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with our 16th annual Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page now!
We're proud to announce that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of the 2018 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
CD & DVD Releases
Artur Menezes :: KEEP PUSHING
Winner of the 2018 Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist and third-place winner in the Band Category at the 2018 International Blues Challenge, Artur Menezes is a high-octane guitarist whose passion and emotion electrify crowds. Based in Los Angeles, the Brazilian artist is releasing his fourth album, Keep Pushing.

Artur plays traditional blues with mastery and respect, augmenting his sound with modern blues and creative applications of other genres. He was a lead educator about blues in his native Brazil, where he co-founded the Casa De Blues society, gave TED talks on the music, and helped organize weekly blues concerts. He enhanced his knowledge and skill during stints living in Chicago, where he jammed with the likes of Buddy Guy, John Primer and Linsey Alexander, among others, in legendary clubs including Kingston Mines, Smokey Daddy and Katheria’s.

In Brazil, Artur stood at the top of the blues music scene, headlining festivals, sharing the stage with Joe Satriani for a crowd of 20,000, and opening Buddy Guy's South American 2012 tour in Brazil.  
...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Now's The Time" 
News Flash... 
Blues On The Chippewa August 3-5, 2018
(DURAND, WI) - Each year, the first weekend in August, numerous musicians and music-lovers from all over the country gather in Durand, Wisconsin. 2018's Blues on the Chippewa will be held August 3-5 so put the date on your calendar and plan on joining us for a great weekend of music! Blues on the Chippewa will feature two stages again this year. The festival is free, has over 15 bands, and raises money for the Brent Titus Music for Children Program. You can visit their website and learn more about the performers, the sponsors and the people. They also have pages devoted to lodging, the organization, past events, photos, and other events they do year-round.
Bauer Built Main Stage Schedule:
Friday 8/3: Left Wing Bourbon, Kris Lager Band, Ghost Town Blues Band
Saturday 8/4: Avey/Grouws Band, Ryan McGrath Band, Deitra Farr, Katy G & the Girls, Hamilton Loomis
Sunday 8/5: Whyte-Orfield Band, Javier Matos & the Innocent Sons, Annie Mack Band
Durand Builders Local Stage Schedule:
Saturday 8/4: Bridgite Rios Purdy w/ PNP Band, Dee Miller Band
Sunday 8/5: Gopher Tones, South Farwell 
...Find more about Blues On The Chippewa
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Learn to play your favorite blues classics by legendary artists including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many others. Or get advice, tips, and techniques from modern-day blue guitarists including Joe Bonamassa, Matt Schofield, Albert Cummings, Kirk Fletcher, and Robben Ford, among others.

To introduce you to, we invite you to check out a couple of free lessons. Learn how to shine in the spotlight with Greg Koch as he teaches you some of his favorite speedy go-to solo licks. And then learn how to play Eric Clapton’s cover of the blues standard “I’m Tore Down” using our revolutionary G-Plus Song lesson format.

If you like these lessons and want more, we’re offering Blues Festival Guide patrons a special 20% discount on our G-PASS subscriptions, which give you instant and unlimited access to the more than 40,000 lessons, guitar tabs, and play-along tracks on   
...Find more about the lessons and offers
38th B.B. King Homecoming Festival June 2
(INDIANOLA, MS) The annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival will return this year to Fletcher Park in Indianola while work continues on an expansion of the museum that bears King's name. Featured at this year's festival on June 2nd will be Tito Jackson and former members of the B.B. King Blues Band. Jackson, well-known for his role with the Jackson 5 and The Jacksons, teamed up with former members of the band in 2017 to become their new lead singer. The band is comprised of many of King's former band members who still perform together, so event goers will likely see familiar faces. 

This will be the 38th year for the event, which for most of its years featured its namesake, Mississippi Delta native B.B. King. As long as he was physically able, King returned every year since its inception in 1983. B.B. King Museum Executive Director Malika Polk-Lee said, "Although B.B. performed in sold-out venues all over the world, nothing made him happier than to be back in his hometown to play this concert for the crowd he considered as his extended family." ...Find out about the B.B. King Homecoming 
Winners & Highlights of the 39th Blues Music Awards
Photos by Jeff Fasano
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Music Awards encompass a broad range of blues styles as well as recognizing both great old and new blues performances. The packed house of top blues musicians, music business professionals and devoted fans from around the globe not only got to salute the best in blues for the past year but also enjoyed a night filled with terrific live performances. Blues music continues to grow and thrive; half of the performances on the BMA stage were led by artists who are under the age of 45, with many still in their 20s and 30s. Blues Foundation President and CEO Barbara Newman reports, “We are watching the trends closely, and the blues, as a genre, is definitely on an uptick, with younger musicians being drawn to create and play this style of music and a continually growing following of the music on our social media outlets and beyond.”
...See the list of winners, pics and more about the 2018 BMA's 
Delta Blues Museum to Receive $10,000 Grant 
Funds to support new music CD from award-winning Museum student band
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Delta Blues Museum for the creation of a new music CD showcasing the Museum's award-winning Student Band. The Art Works category is the NEA's largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

"The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Through the work of organizations such as Delta Blues Museum, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
...Find more about the Delta Blues Museum programs
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
- The West Coast Returns! #31 West Coast Oct. 2018 is Sold Out! Join Waitlist!
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb. 2019 is Sold Out!
Join Wait List!
LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 2018 will sail 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 website reservations or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
LRBC #32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean will sail on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List via the website or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
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Artur Menezes "Chills and Thrills"
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
May 18-Little Son Joe Lawlars (1900), Big Joe Turner (1911); May 19 Jimmy Thackery May 19, 1953; May 20-Joe Cocker (1944); May 21-Fats Waller (1904), Dave Specter (1963), Lee "Shot" Williams (1938), Billy Wright (1932), Ronald Isley (1941); May 24-John Arthur Lee (1915), Bob Dylan (1941); May 25-Willie Thomas (1912), Miles Davis (1926); May 26-Mamie Smith (1883), Levon Helm (1940); May 27-Junior Parker (1932), Ramsey Lewis (1935); May 28 T-Bone Walker (May 28, 1910), Gladys Knight (1944), Kaati (our BFG/RBA Publisher), Papa John Creech (1917); John Fogarty (1945); May 29-Ron Levy (1951)  
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival Calendar
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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
are paid "Featured" ads

Hill Country Harmonica Festival
May-17-2018 - May-20-2018
Waterford , Mississippi, USA
New England Blues Summit
May-18-2018 - May-20-2018
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-19-2018 - May-20-2018
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-19-2018 - May-20-2018
Dana Point, California, USA
Carolina Blues Festival
May-19-2018 - May-20-2018
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
 NCFBS Women in Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Silver City Blues Festival 
May-25-2018 - May-27-2018
Silver City , New Mexico, USA
Duvelblues 2018
Ruisbroek-Puurs, Belgium
Simi Valley Cajun &
Blues Music Festival
May-26-2018 - May-27-2018
Simi Valley, California, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Blues Between The Bridges
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Smokin' in Steele
BBQ & Blues Fest
Jun-01-2018 - Jun-02-2018
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA 
Omaha Summer Arts Festival
Jun-08-2018 - Jun-10-2018
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Russian River Blues Festival
Guerneville, California, USA 
Blues on the Fox
Jun-15-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival
Jun-15-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Monroe, Wisconsin, USA
Cape Fear Blues Festival
Jun-22-2018 - Jun-24-2018, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA 
32nd Annual 
Long Beach Bayou Festival
Jun-23-2018 - Jun-24-2018
Long Beach, California, USA
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