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Blues Festival Guide
June 21, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 25

June 21
thru July 13
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 21-23:
Torrita Blues Festival, Torrita di Siena, Italy
Jun 22-24: Cape Fear Blues Festival
Wilmington, NC
Jun 23: Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Fest, Kansas City, KS
- Fountain Blues & Brews Festival,
San Jose, CA
- Durham Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival, Durham, UK
- Central Virginia Blues Festival, Afton, VA
Jun 23-24: 32nd Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival, Long Beach, CA
- Blues From The Top, Winter Park, CO
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 
Allen Witz (lt) and Donovan Allen (photographer for Blues Foundation for many, many years), here at the Sheraton during BMA Week in Memphis, TN. 
Photo by BFG correspondent 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
Buddy Guy :: The Blues Is Alive And Well
The title of Buddy Guy's latest album says it all: The Blues Is Alive and Well. The legendary blues artist's eighteenth solo LP and follow-up to 2015's Born to Play Guitar showcases his raw and unadulterated sound, its fifteen tracks a true pleasure for aficionados and genre newcomers alike. "I got children and grandchildren who didn't know who I was, but nowadays we can play outdoor concerts and see kids that are eight, nine, twelve years old coming to me and saying, 'I didn't know who you was, but I read what Eric Clapton said about you,'" Guy explains when discussing his mindset around the new record. "I'm always trying to make an album that someone accidentally plays where some kid hears it, picks up a guitar, and helps keep the blues alive."

And it only takes one listen to The Blues Is Alive and Well to realize that Guy's mission has been more than accomplished here. The record is arriving on the heels of a spate of high visibility for the 81-year-old performer:
...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Nine Below Zero" 
 Dharmasoul :: LIGHTNING KID
Drums, guitar, and vocals are the backbone and energy behind the new album Lightning Kid, the debut record of New Jersey based power-duo Dharmasoul. With Jonah Tolchin on guitar, Kevin Clifford on drums, and the two singing both lead and backup vocals, this duo brings their songwriting and production chops to their new band Dharmasoul. Audiences who’ve heard the two in concert look around to see who else is playing up on stage due to the fullness of the sound and the sheer energy of these musicians as they pour every bit of creativity and originality into their compositions, improvisatory performance, and expert musicianship.   

Although Dharmasoul is difficult to narrow down into one genre, they can best be described through their noted influences of contemporary artists such as Medeski Martin Wood & Scofield, Vulfpeck, D’Angelo, Soulive, Snarky Puppy, and Lettuce as well as throwback influences including The Meters, Staple Singers, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers Band, and Stevie Wonder.
 ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"So Sweet" 
News Flash... 
2018 Trinidaddio Blues Fest Aug 24 & 25 
(TRINIDAD, CO) - Central Park, Trinidad the 2018 edition of Trinidaddio Blues Fest will host another world-class lineup starring Robert Randolph & the Family Band ~ 2018 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2017 release Got Soul! Many musicians claim that they “grew up in the church,” but for Robert Randolph that is literally the case. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn’t being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey—quite often by Robert and members of his own family, who upheld a long but little-known gospel music.
Appearing just before Randolph will be Kenny Neal ~ 2017 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Bloodline! If you want to experience the “Real Deal” take time out to find Kenny Neal.  ...Find more about Trinidaddio
Greenville-Washington County is rollin’ on the river all right 
Come to Greenville-Washington County Mississippi for a fabulous lineup of festivals plus museums that tell the fascinating stories of floods, blues, Native Americans, wildlife, literary genius and everyone’s favorite frog.

- 41st Annual Delta Blues & Heritage Festival, September 15th in Greenville. Oldest-running blues festival in the country.

- 8th Annual Sam Chatmon Blues Festival, September 21st - 22nd in Hollandale. Bikes, barbecue, and the blues in the home of Sam Chatmon.

- 6th Annual Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, October 11th - 13th. Held on the banks of the Mississippi River in Warfield Point Park and features the Highway 61 Blues Stage.

- 7th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Fest, October 18th - 20th in Greenville. Celebrates local and regional artists, writers, chefs, musicians, and tamale makers
- 8th Annual Jim Henson Frog Fest & Chili Cookoff, September 29th in Leland. Features professional story-tellers, magicians, live music, Delta cuisine and live puppet performances. More info at Leland Chamber.
...Find all the links here for this series of events
Southern California, June 2018, 6 String Showdown – Trade Licks with the Best!
Presenting the Summer’s Biggest Event:
A head-to-head blues guitar competition, New Blues Festival Presents 6 String Showdown
This summer the Long Beach Blues Society, Orange County Blues Society, and the New Blues Festival have teamed up to present the 6 String Showdown, a series of regional guitar competitions to crown Southern California’s all-around best blues guitar player on the Main Stage of the New Blues Festival Sunday, September 2nd.

This is not a battle of the bands. This is a head to head blues guitar competition; an authentic guitar celebration.

Judging will be based on skill, not speed. Criteria are tasty licks played with feeling, phrasing, personal expression, tone, timing, dynamics, reflection, and solos that tell a story.
Judging will be based on three criteria:
- Technique 30%
- Showmanship 30%
- Audience responses 40%
There are only 20 spots available in each regional (60 total) and they are filling up fast. ...Find more about the 6 String Showdown 
2018 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Judges Announced
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its panel of judges for the 2018 competition. Established in 2002, ISC is the world's largest songwriting competition and is open to both professional and amateur songwriters, signed and unsigned. A total of 71 winners in 23 categories share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash, and much more. 
ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives. The panel is comprised of high-profile recording artists and Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from many top record labels and publishing companies. Over the years, ISC has helped to propel many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more.  “There are a lot of songwriting competitions in the world, but only ISC has judges of such prestige and influence,” said Candace Avery, Founder and Director of ISC. 
...Find more about ISC and also how to enter
Blues 101: Your Vinyl Exam: How to Buy, Sell & Collect Vinyl
by Reverend Billy C. Wirtz 

Article by Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
As the Rev says, “Blues and roots music on CD is kind of like frozen pizza – it’s close, but not quite. Muddy Waters on CD is the goodnight handshake, Muddy Waters on vinyl is second base.” Rev. Billy C. Wirtz is back with tips on how to buy, sell and collect vinyl.
Read this informative article here in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine. 
Blues Society News
Connecticut Blues Society To Chose Regional Winner June 23
Black-Eyed and Blues Festival will be the spot to hear some great music Saturday June 23 at Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford from 3pm-11pm. The event will kickoff with the Connecticut Blues Society's regional Blues Challenge finals. Five finalists will compete to win the chance to go to Memphis for the IBC's. Also appearing are Studebaker John & The Hawks, The Slam Allen Band, and Michael Palin's Other Orchestra.
Free Admission, plus food and craft beer by Black-eyed Sally’s. Kids welcome - Ben & Jerry’s will be there too! Bring a blanket and enjoy some great food and music. (No coolers or outside food or beverages).

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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
Robert Randolph & The Family Band "Got Soul"
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); July 1 Willie Dixon (1915), James Cotton (1935), Syl Johnson (1939); July 3 "Mississippi" John Hurt (1893); July 4 Champion Jack Dupree (1910)
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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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Torrita Blues Festival
Jun-21-2018 - Jun-23-2018
Torrita di Siena, Italy
Cape Fear Blues Festival
Jun-22-2018 - Jun-24-2018
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA 
Fountain Blues & Brews Festival
San Jose, California, USA
Central Virginia Blues Festival
Afton, Virginia, USA
Kansas City Kansas
Street Blues Fest
Jun-23-2018, Kansas City
Kansas, USA
Durham Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Durham, United Kingdom
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 
Basel, Switzerland
Randers City Blues Festival
Jun-29-2018 - Jul-01-2018
Randers, Denmark
For all festival links
please go to our website
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival 
Jul-06-2018 - Jul-07-2018
Davenport, Iowa
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-05-2018 - Jul-08-2018
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Jul-06-2018 - Jul-07-2018
Midland, Texas, USA 
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival 
Jul-06-2018 - Jul-07-2018
Davenport, Iowa, 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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