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Blues Festival Guide
June 7, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 23

thru July 13
June 7
June 21
June 7
July 5
July 5
This Weeks Events...
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
Special Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Video of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
This Weeks Events...
Festival fun around the globe coming this Weekend 
Jun 8-9: Canton Blues Fest,
Canton, OH
- Greeley Blues Jam, Greeley, CO
Jun 8-10: Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, IL
- Tinner Hill Blues Festival,
Falls Church, VA
- Omaha Summer Arts Festival,
Omaha, NE 
Jun 9: Flagstaff Blues and Brews, Flagstaff, AZ
- Blues and Bones Festival, Angels Camp, Idaho,
Jun 10: Russian River Blues Festival, Guerneville, CA
- Billtown Blues Festival, Hughesville, PA
Jun 11-16: Bentonia Blues Festival, Bentonia, MS
Support live music & enjoy!
Special Announcements
2018 Blues Festival Guide Annual is chock full of info!
The 2018 issue of the Blues Festival Guide features 108 pages with info on of festivals, artists, blues societies and bluesy radio plus cool blues-related stories. Pick up a copy for free from your local blues society or a festival or ORDER a copy to be shipped straight to your house!
 Our 2018 issue sponsored by the Blues Foundation
...Find snippets about articles 
Do yourself a favor and click through... 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 
Here's BMA Winner (Drums) Tony Braunagel during the BMA Week in Memphis, TN. Among others, Braunagel played drums for Robert Cray and is the drummer in the Phantom Blues Band. He is a also a well-respected producer and composer.
 Photo: Mary Ann Haskell
*NOTE! Our 2018 has shipped! Each year our annual edition arrives at festivals, blues societies and a few distributors! 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
Memphis Song completes a trifecta of Tas Cru’s creativity that began with his breakout effort, You Keep the Money (2014) and followed by the 2018 Blues Music Award nominated – Simmered & Stewed. Released on the newly reestablished and refreshed Subcat Records (Syracuse, NY), Memphis Song showcases Cru’s talents as an acclaimed songwriter, guitarist and vocalist.

For Tas it’s always about writing good lyrics, earning him high praise for his songwriting. It is said that his songs are blues poetry, songs crafted with rare verbal flair and that his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical. The songs on Memphis Song proudly aspire to this measure and testify to Tas Cru’s reputation as one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today.

This album is dedicated to those musicians, like him, who found their muse in Memphis – musicians who have been uplifted and inspired by its spirit and when listening to their songs one senses Memphis whispering in your ear.
...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Memphis Song" 
Keeshea Pratt :: BELIEVE
The Keeshea Pratt Band released their brand new album “Believe” on May 29th, 2018. The Houston based, award winning Keeshea Pratt Band possesses the skill and artistry reminiscent of old school Motown; a rarity among bands of any genre today. The 8-piece, musical collective lends its energy and passion to traditional blues, contemporary blues and offers a prevue to the future of blues. The musical artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel, and country and back again. Keeshea Pratt is the siren featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing 5 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan. The female Japanese trumpeter is nestled in the 3-piece horn section that produces thrilling, chorded in-sync rhythms that rival those of big bands....
...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Easily Replaced" 
News Flash... 
Robert Cray, Eric Burdon & Taj Mahal to Headline Russian River Blues Festival – June 10
(GUERNEVILLE, CA) - Johnson's Beach in Guerneville and its surrounding property is turning 100 in 2018 and has announced three incredible music festivals and events all summer long!

The Russian River Blues Festival returns this Sunday, June 10 with an incredible lineup! Don’t miss five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Robert Cray Band, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon & The Animals, blues legend Taj Mahal Trio, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, and many others!

Stay the entire weekend and join us for the Johnson's Beach Feel-Good Beach Party on Saturday, June 9, led by multi-platinum artists the Goo Goo Dolls, Bay Area favorites The California Honeydrops, among many others!

Two great festivals – one incredible weekend! Enjoy two stages of alternating music, wine tasting, shopping, tasty food, dancing and all your friends – jam packed into one incredible weekend! 

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the music goes from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.  ...Find tix and more about this weekend's Russian River Blues Festival
Delmark Records Celebrates 65th with salute to Founder Bob Koester, Sr. this weekend at Chicago Blues Festival 
(CHICAGO, IL) - Delmark Records’ recently announced owners – Julia A. Miller (President and CEO) and Elbio Barilari (Vice President and Artistic Director). Delmark is also currently celebrating the 65th Anniversary of Delmark Records with a salute to its founder, Bob Koester, Sr.

On Friday, June 8 the Chicago Blues Festival will host a special day-long celebration of Delmark and Koester, featuring performances by Delmark artists, a jam session, and a panel discussion with Bob Koester, Sr. plus a special “Tribute to Those Who Came Before and Bob Koester” with Jimmy Burns, Lurrie Bell & Steve Bell, and Jimmy Johnson and Dave Specter at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The Chicago Blues Festival runs June 8-10, 2018 at Millennium Park from 11am-9:30pm and there’s no admission charge. This is the largest, free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals.
For a complete schedule, Chicago Blues festival details, visit their website.
...Find more about Malaco and the events at the Chicago Blues Festival
2018 Blues Blast Music Award Nominations Announced
In early April, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories. The Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. The complete list of nominees is listed below and is also available at their website.

Fan voting to determine the winners begins July 1, 2018 and continues until August 31, 2018 on our website. Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Subscriptions are always free and you are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website.

The 2018 Blues Blast Awards ceremonies will be held on September 29th, at Tebala Event Center in Rockford, Illinois. Tickets and complete information on lodging and directions are available at The Blues Blast Music Awards website.
...Find the list of 2018 Blues Blast Music Award nominees and how to vote
Delta Blues Museum honors Malaco’s 50th with a Celebration plus more events 
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Delta Blues Museum is pleased to announce a special summer exhibit in partnership with the legendary Malaco music group, in celebration of the group's 50th anniversary year.

On July 19, Delta Blues Museum will open "The Last Soul Company: 50 Years of Excellence" honoring Malaco's milestone. The Museum is working in collaboration with Malaco to create the display, which will also be promoted at their gospel concert in Jackson, Mississippi, on July 12. Of the collaboration, Malaco co-founder Tommy Couch Sr. says, "We are excited to curate the exhibit in conjunction with DBM to showcase our contribution to the historic blues genre.” We hope you'll join us for the opening reception and help us celebrate Malaco and its music.

From the Malaco catalog, our "Featured Video" in this week's issue is a great performance with Bobby “Blue” Bland, Bobby Rush and Johnnie Taylor.
...Find more about the events at the Delta Blues Museum
Blues Society News
 Magic City Blues Society Battle of The Bands
(BIRMINGHAM. AL) - Time again for all blues musicians from around the state to enter the Magic City Blues Society (MCBS) - Battle of the Blues Bands! The winners will represent the Magic City Blues Society at the 35th International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis Jan 22–Jan 26, 2019 when winners from more than 150 Blues societies from around the world will compete. The winner of the IBC will get a lot of sponsorship opportunities and booked for some of the most prestigious blues festivals around the country.
There will be two first place winners: one band and one solo/duo act. The winners will be booked for paying gigs at MCBS events. The first place winner will have their choice to headline the October Phelan Park finale or open up for Blues Ball in December. The 2nd place winner will play the gig that the first place winner does not choose. The third place winner will play for the MCBS birthday party in Jan 2019. The solo/duo winner will have the option to open the October Phelan Park finale or other MCBS event. Additionally, the MCBS will give a stipend to the winners to assist with the costs of attending the finals in Memphis.
...Click link above for more details

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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.
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
Medley by Malaco artists:
Bobby Blue Bland, Bobby Rush, Johnnie Taylor
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
June 8- James Harman (1946), Derek Trucks (1979); June 9- Jackie Wilson (1934); June 10- Howlin' Wolf aka Chester Arthur Burnett (1910); Jun 12- Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977); Jun 13- James Carr (1942); Jun 17- Matt Hill (1985);  Jun 18-Sara Martin (1884); Jun 19-Jerry McCain (1930); Jun 19-Big Bill Morganfield (1956); Jun 20-Lazy Lester (1933); 21 Skip James (1902); Jun 23-Helen Humes (1913)
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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
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Canton Blues Fest
Jun-08-2018 - Jun-09-2018
Canton, Ohio, USA
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
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago, IL, USA
Russian River Blues Festival
Guerneville, California, USA 
Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-10-2018, Hughesville
Pennsylvania, USA
Bentonia Blues Festival
Jun-11-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-15-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Alpine, Arizona, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
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 
Kansas City Kansas
Street Blues Fest
Jun-23-2018, Kansas City
Kansas, 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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