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Blues Festival Guide
June 14, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 24

June 7
thru July 13
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-15-17: Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, Gahanna, OH
Jun 15-16:
- Alpine Country Blues Festival, Alpine, AZ
- Bentonia Blues Festival, Bentonia, MS
- Blues on the Fox, Aurora, IL
- Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival, Monroe, WI
 Jun-16: Brews & Blues, Lancaster, WI
- Utah Blues Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
- 18th State Street Blues Stroll, Media, PA
Jun-16-17: Franklin Blues & BBQ, Franklin, PA
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 in 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 
BFG correspondent Belinda Holloway grabbed this shot with Lynn Orman Weiss during BMA Week in Memphis, TN. Lynn is a photographer, print and broadcast journalist and founder of the Women of the Blues Foundation. She is also author of "Daughters of The Blues" in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine.
Photo courtesy Belinda Holloway
*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 with the BFG plus caption & photo 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
Grand Marquis :: BRIGHTER DAYS 
Formed during the jump blues and swing band revival in the late 90s in Kansas City, the birthplace of swing, Grand Marquis (Grand Mar-key or Grand Mar-keys) has established themselves as one of the hardest working bands in the region. The masterful six-piece horn band injects a vibrant relevance into their brand of jazz and blues music while delivering a classic, timeless ‘straight-from-the-speakeasy’ sound. The group made the finals at the International Blues Challenge in 2011 and their last album Blues And Trouble drew rave reviews including being voted one of the top three best self-produced recordings of 2013 by the Blues Foundation.

For their eighth release, Brighter Days, Grand Marquis explore the musical epicenters of Kansas City, New Orleans and Memphis that have influenced their twenty-year labor of love. Bryan Redmond (lead vocals, saxophone) deftly plays the role of ring master for the collection of seven original tracks and the inspired covers of a Jimmy Cliff classic and a gospel standard. Opening track “Another Lover,” kickstarts the journey by taking us to Soulsville with a genuine Stax records styled groove of infectious horn band power and phat back soul stew.
...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Another Lover" 
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps :: HERE IN BABYLON
A native of Houston Texas, singer songwriter and roadhouse piano player, Teresa James has been based in Los Angeles since the 90’s, where she has assembled a group of some of the top L.A based touring and session musicians into her band, The Rhythm Tramps. James, whose style draws instant comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Lou Ann Barton, is a unique figure in the blues and roots world as soprano whose voice is equal parts sweet and salty with just a sprinkle of southern twang and plenty of full-throated range.

Her tenth album Here In Babylon is the first one that she and the Tramps tracked ‘live’ in the studio. James was joined by her longtime partner, Terry Wilson, on bass and Billy Watts on guitars along with drummer Jay Bellerose to record all the songs in two days of tracking. Bellerose is well known for his work in the rhythm section for producer T Bone Burnett and joins the Tramps for the first time to add his imaginative style of drumming and take the group in a slightly new direction. ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Here In Babylon" 
News Flash... 
Thunder Bay Blues Festival July 6, 7 & 8
(Thunder Bay, ON) - The Thunder Bay Blues Festival is a world-class music festival that takes place in beautiful Marina Park on the shores of Lake Superior, and looking out at the famous Sleeping Giant. It features some of the best names in blues, roots, and rock entertainment, while also showcasing the incredible base of talent that thrives in Northwestern Ontario. Over the past 17 years, the Festival has grown to the point that it is respected as one of the best Blues Festivals in North America.

This year the Line-up features some of the top names in the business, including Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Grammy and Blues Music Award nominee Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Maple Blues Award winners Spencer MacKenzie and Blackburn, Blues Music Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies, The Magpie Salute, and more! For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-800-463-8817. ...Find more about the Thunder Bay Blues Festival
23rd Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival June 15-16
(RENO, NV) - The unofficial kick off to summer, the 23rd annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival is set for Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16. The event is equal parts barbecue block party, microbrew tasting event and music festival with two stages featuring nonstop rock and blues with Tommy Castro, Shane Dwight, Spin Doctors and more.
Downtown Reno will be rockin’ with all this live entertainment, amazing food and beer from more than 50+ microbreweries from around the world. The festival route runs from The Eldorado Resort Casino and Virginia Street between Third and Fifth streets, 3-9pm Friday and 11am-8 p.m. Saturday.
Festival-goers can buy their tickets in advance for special discounted rates, saving $5 to $10! A one-day wristband costs $40 in advance or $45 on the day of the event; a two-day wristband costs $65 in advance or $75 the day of the festival. Visit us at at the website or call us at 800-648-5966 or 775-786-5700 for more information. 
Entertainment Schedule and more info here...
4-Day Passes going fast for Clarksdale’s biggest Deep Blues Festival
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Deep Blues Festival organizers say that this year's 11th edition promises to be the biggest and best yet with an emphasis on heavy music rooted in the American Music Triangle. 4-Day Passes for the October 11-14, 2018 festival are selling fast, and with this year's lineup, it's easy to see why.

Festival's Music Roots Run Deep
"We run the gamut from young rockers to old souls," said co-organizer Robin Colonas. "We've got the roots and the fruits — blues, gospel, rock 'n roll. Even Bob Log III."

The impressive lineup includes RL Boyce, Adia Victoria, Big George Brock, Bob Log III, Avin "Youngblood" Hart & Muscle Theory, James Leg, Molly Gene One Whoaman Band, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Monsieur Jeffrey Evans & His Southern Aces, Robert "Lil Poochie" Watson & Hezekiah Early, Psychotic Reaction, Reverend John Wilkins and more at the two main festival venues.
As always, the venues are just as amazing and original as the acts themselves. ...Find more about the Deep Blues Festival
 Living Legend Otis Rush... a story by Jim O'Neal
Story by Jim O'Neal
Otis Rush amazed audiences with his guitar excursions and could evoke goosebumps with the depth of emotion in his singing and playing. He influenced the music of Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others, and recorded masterpieces like “Double Trouble” and “All Your Love (I Miss Loving).” But the blues ran deep in Otis Rush, and not just in a musical sense. Peek behind the musician to the man that is Otis Rush in our annual Living Legend feature.
Read this insightful story in full here in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine. 
Blues Society News
Central Valley Blues Society Blues Festival June 23rd
(AFTON, VA) - The Central Valley Blues Society 3rd Annual Blues Festival will be held June 23rd. Enjoy a day of fabulous blues music with five amazingly talented acts including Vintage#18, The Dave Chappell Band, Bobby Black Hat, Patty Reese and Danger Zone. There will also be a guitar workshop, food, libations, vendors and more.
The event will be held 3-10pm, rain or shine at Rockfish Valley Community Center (90 Rockfish School Lane (Rt. 635 West), Afton, VA).
Tix are $10 for CVBS members and $15 general. Children under 12 free. No coolers, outside food or drinks.

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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.
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
"Blues Ain't Nothing But A Woman" (medley) 1962
Helen Humes with Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Jump Jackson, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Jun 21 Skip James (1902); Jun 23-Helen Humes (1913); Jun 25-Clifton Chenier (1925), Eddie Floyd (1935); Jun 26-Big Bill Broonzy (1893 or 1898); Jun 28-David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915) 
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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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 Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-15-2018 - Jun-16-2018
Alpine, Arizona, 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 
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
New York State Blues Festival 
Jun-28-2018 - Jun-30-2018
Syracuse, New York 
For all festival links
please go to our website
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival 
Jul-06-2018 - Jul-07-2018
Davenport, Iowa
Tall City Blues Fest
Jul-06-2018 - Jul-07-2018
Midland, Texas, USA 
 Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Jul-06-2018 - Jul-08-2018
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Hayward/ Russell City
Blues Festival
Jul-07-2018 - Jul-08-2018
Hayward, California
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Jul-14-2018 - Jul-15-2018
Rockland, Maine, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-27-2018 - Jul-28-2018
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin
Blues, Brews & Brats
Waterville, Ohio
23rd Mammoth Festival of
Beers & Bluesapalooza
Aug-02-2018 - Aug-05-2018
Mammoth Lakes, California
Mount Baker R&B Festival
Aug-02-2018 - Aug-05-2018
Deming, Washington 
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