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Blues Festival Guide
May 24, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 21
thru July 13
May 31
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?
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
This Weeks Events...
Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of Summer and a time to get together and enjoy family, friends, music and BBQ's etc. but it is also a time for reflection. Please take a moment on Monday May 28th to honor and remember those valiant military service members, first responders and their families. Celebrate and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Wishing peace to us all!
Some Bluesy US festivals this weekend:
- May 25-27 23nd Annual Silver City Blues Festival Silver City, NM
- May 26 BBQ Blues & Bikes Festival Elizabethtown, KY
- May 26 Slidell Jazz & Blues Festival Slidell, LA
- May 26-27 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival Simi Valley, CA
- May-26-27 Exit 56 Blues Fest Brownsville, TN
- May-26-27 Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival Sedan, KS
- May-27 Wall Hill Blues Fest Byhalia, MS
- May-27 25th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival Avila Beach, CA
- May-27 Blues Between The Bridges Lexington, KY
- May-28 7th Myakka River Blues Festival Venice, FL
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 
2018 Blues Music Award Nominee (B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Soul Blues Album, Soul Blues Male Artist, Instrumentalist - Vocals)
Sugaray Rayford was excited to get his copy of the hot-off-the-press 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine during BMA week in Memphis, TN.
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
Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys
Simply titled My Life, the new studio album from Milwaukee institution, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys, celebrates 20 years as one of the nation’s hardest working road band. The quartet of blues veterans, led by Raven, have played every tavern, gin joint and cool club in the Mid-West and Florida and enjoyed just about most of them.
My Life, their eighth album, is a compilation of original songs from all four studio sessions remixed or re-recorded as a new version with a new lineup. The 16 tracks feature performances from Cadillac Pete Rahn, Madison Slim, Benny Rickun, Big Al Groth, Mickey Larson, Danny Moore and Westside Andy. The songs run the gamut of styles from traditional Chicago Blues, to swing, rhumba, roadhouse, delta and jump blues, all centered on Raven’s smooth-talking baritone, and tasty guitar work.

Choosing the best material from 20 years of work was certainly a daunting task as everything Raven and the Boys do is designed to burn up the dance floor. ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Here Comes My Baby" 
When you think of the Pacific Northwest music scene, you obviously think of the “grunge” movement of Seattle or the indie rock coming out of Portland, but nestled quaintly in a corner of the Evergreen state is a happening blues scene.

One of the front runners of that blues scene is the firecracker known as Stacy Jones. With a voice as strong as Janis Joplin and a backing band as solid as John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Stacy Jones (vocals, harmonica, piano, guitar) and the boys — Tom Jones (bass), Rick J. Bowen (drums, vocals), and Jeff Menteer (guitars, vocals) have been described as “a whiskey and water baptism.”

The growth of this multi-award-winning band from album to album is immeasurable. On their seventh album, Love Is Everywhere, Jones and the band spread their wings further than they have ever before. 
...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Mojo Potion #61 & 49" 
News Flash... 
A Good Year for Thornetta Davis
For Thornetta Davis, “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues,” this has been a good year for her and to music lovers everywhere. Her CD Honest Woman has won her awards and she has received great reviews worldwide, for her music and her shows for which she is very thankful.

This CD is Thornetta’s 20-year labor of love, written from a place deep within, chronicles her evolution as a singer, songwriter, producer and growth as a woman. It is currently available on CD Baby, Amazon and ITunes. Honest Woman uses some of Detroit’s finest musicians, and captures all the emotions of the blues, including contemporary, Southern soul and Americana. Musically and personally she is fascinating.
To get better acquainted with her, these are a few of her most recent career highlights;

- International Songwriting Competition 2017 – First Place for Best Blues Song (Recent)
- From the Academie du Jazz (France)The Prix 2018 Award- Best Blues Album
- Recently, she won 6 Detroit Music Awards 2018 including, Outstanding Blues Vocalist and Outstanding Songwriter and Outstanding Video.
- Winner of the 2017 Blues Blast Music Awards for “Best Soul/Blues Album”
...Find more about Thornetta Davis 
6-String Showdown Guitar Competition… Sign up!
Blues lovers… The Orange County Blues Society (OCBS) is pleased to announce they have teamed up with the New Blues Festival to put on the 6-String Showdown, the most ambitious, exciting guitar competition of its kind this Summer in Southern California.

Created by musicians for musicians, 6 String Showdown isn’t a battle of the bands, it’s a summer series of regional head to head skill competitions to crown Southern California’s all-around best blues guitar player on the Main Stage of the New Blues Festival this Labor Day weekend. 

Bracket rounds to determine regional winners will be held at:
• Campus Jax, Newport Beach, CA, Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3 PM- 11 PM
• Harvelle’s, Long Beach, CA, Sunday, July 29 from 3 PM- 11 PM
• Arcadia Blues Club, Arcadia, CA, Saturday, August 4, 6 PM-midnight
• Paladino's, Tarzana CA, Saturday August 11 4 PM- 1:30 AM
Four regional winners will face off on the Golden Groove stage at the New Blues Festival on Saturday, September 1 to determine the two finalists.
Two finalists will face off on Sunday, September 2 on the Main Stage of the 2018 New Blues Festival to crown the winner. 
...Find more about how to signup for and/or attend the 6-String Showdown
 25th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival May 27
(Avila Beach, CA) - This is the 25th year for what has been a landmark Central Coast event, the Avila Beach Blues Festival. This year continues the tradition of the biggest and longest running blues festival on the Central Coast, with top name entertainment against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. To celebrate the 25th year, Otter Productions has decided to make this a Free Festival for all the support over the years. The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson will return to the beach at Avila after a 15-year hiatus. Central Coast favorite Shemekia Copeland will also appear and Pryor Baird of The Voice will be the opening act! This is the party that kicks off the outdoor concert season! Gates open at noon and showtime is 2pm.
There will be a Golden Circle Reserved Area with chairs closest to the stage. ...Find out about the Avila Beach Fest 
Buddy Guy to receive Americana Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award
By Randy Lewis/LA Times
Veteran blues man Buddy Guy will add a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Assn. in September to his long list of awards and honors.
The association will present the award singling out the 81-year-old blues master's prowess as an instrumentalist on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville at the group's annual award ceremony.

"Buddy Guy's incomparable musical craftsmanship has been lovingly shared with us over the years," AMA executive director Jed Hilly said in a statement. "As a community [that] reveres and honors groundbreaking artists and their work, we are humbled to present Buddy with this Lifetime Achievement honor in recognition and thanks for his musical and artistic contribution."
...Read entire story
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!
Video of The Week
Sugaray Rayford "Death Letter Blues"
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
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); Jun 3- Jimmy Rogers (1924), Memphis Minnie (1897), Curtis Mayfield (1942), Heather Penrod-Rudd (BFG Sales Rep & Distribution Mgr) - Jun 4 Tinsley Ellis (1957)
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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
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Silver City Blues Festival 
May-25-2018 - May-27-2018
Silver City , New Mexico, USA
BBQ Blues & Bikes Festival
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, USA
Duvelblues 2018
Ruisbroek-Puurs, Belgium
Blues Between The Bridges
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Simi Valley Cajun &
Blues Music Festival
May-26-2018 - May-27-2018
Simi Valley, California, USA
Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival
May-26-2018 - May-27-2018
Sedan, Kansas, USA
Exit 56 Blues Fest
May-26-2018 - May-27-2018
Brownsville, Tennessee, USA
Wall Hill Blues Fest
Byhalia, Mississippi, USA
25th Annual Avila
Beach Blues Festival
Avila Beach, California, USA
Smokin' in Steele
BBQ & Blues Fest
Jun-01-2018 - Jun-02-2018
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
Ojai Blues Fest
Oak View, California, USA 
For all festival links
please go to our website
Newport Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Newport, United Kingdom
Greeley Blues Jam
Jun-08-2018 - Jun-09-2018
Greeley, Colorado, USA
Omaha Summer Arts Festival
Jun-08-2018 - Jun-10-2018
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Russian River Blues Festival
Guerneville, California, USA 
Bentonia Blues Festival
Jun-11-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Bentonia, Mississippi, 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
Brews & Blues 
Lancaster, 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
Blues From The Top
Jun-23-2018 - Jun-24-2018
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
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