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Blues Festival Guide
July 26, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 30

July 5
Special Announcements
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video Pick of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival Calendar
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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. And see festivals listings here and LOTS more on our website!
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
Special Announcements
Big Blues Bender Festival Program Advertising Opportunity
Big Blues Bender Festival Program - excellent advertising opportunity for blues bands, labels and festivals!
The Big Blues Bender is an amazing event held in Las Vegas each year.
Everything happens on multiple stages within the Plaza Hotel. There is a captive audience who will be using their Program repeatedly.
Be a part of it! 
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Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
Ran into sax man extraordinaire Buddy Leach before his rousing set with George Thorogood & The Destroyers at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! 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 ...
2018 Blues Festival Guide Annual is chock full of cool 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 
CD & DVD Releases
Tommy "Blue Sky" McCoy :: COAST TO COAST JUMP
Tommy "Blue Sky" McCoy has released his new CD, Coast to Coast Jump, and it is BMA bound. Green Swamp Records has submitted it to the Blues Music Awards for 2019. This is Tommy's 9th CD and his best to date. "This is a modern jump blues record," McCoy notes, "combining traditional elements of West coast jump with my contemporary songwriting, bare-bones production and minimalist combo interplay."

Recorded at Greaseland Studio in San Jose with Kid Andersen who helped enlist an all-star lineup to record this most relevant album. The end result… a smart, well produced, original jump CD, featuring blues luminaries with performance off the charts. Start with Mitch Woods, piano extraordinaire, who put a touch of class on the ivories, followed with Jimmy Pugh blowin' up the B3, as does Nancy Wright on the sax and McCoy's unique guitar style. All 11 cuts are strong recordings, with first-rate performance, showcasing original McCoy compositions, all but one, a cover of Zappa's iconic "Cosmik Debris" featuring Rick Estrin bringing the characters to life... 
 ...Find more about this artist and release
News Flash... 
Beach Bliss Aug 17-19 at the Baja Blues Fest 
(ROSARITO BEACH, B.C., MX) - Over the last 6 years, the Baja Blues Fest has quietly been building into a major musical event, attracting thousands of blues enthusiasts to Baja California for a weekend of sun, fun and great music. The upcoming 7th Annual Baja Blues Fest looks to be no exception - the lineup features Grammy Award winning Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band as the headliner, along with accomplished musicians Anthony Gomes, Gregg Wright, Backwater Blues Band, the Bayou Brothers featuring Michele Lundeen, Hola soy Lola Blues Band with surprise guests and Mexicali’s, Palaco Blues Band. The buzz around this festival has been increasing every year - more than 4,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event on August 17-19, 2018. The Baja Blues Fest is held at the world famous Rosarito Beach Hotel in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico and is a joyful mix of blues music and fundraising to help kids with “the Blues.” Advance tickets are available here. All proceeds benefit local children’s charities. ...Find more about the Baja Blues Fest
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival #28 at the end of summer
(RENTIESVILLE, OK) - Music extravaganza for a song! Down Home Blues Oklahoma Style 200 musicians; 30 bands on 3 stages; a showcase of regional OK blues and 4 international headliners August 31, Sept 1-2, Fri-Sat-Sun of Labor Day Weekend; 5pm ‘til 5am, $18; under 12 free.

125 miles E of OKC,
200 m. N of Dallas & 70 m SE of Tulsa I – 40 @ US 69(918) 855-0978
Chosen by National Geographic as one of the world's “Ten Awesome Festivals To Check Out This Summer!”... The only one they picked in the US!

Mark your calendar and come to the longest running big blues fest in Oklahoma
The Bands:
Main Stage: The Plateros, Johnny Rawls, Bebo McDaniels Trio, Last Call, Native Blues w-Cecil Gray, Selby Minner, Oklahoma Slim Sonny
Between sets: Lem Sheppard or Pat Moss
In the Club: Alice April, CeCe Craig, Hydramatics, Sunsetter, Craig Vaughn Invitational Jam
Back Porch Stage: JamBand, John White, Stewart Wolfs
...Find more about the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
18th annual Big Bend Blues and Brews Bash set for this Friday and Saturday
POMEROY, OH) — Two nights of explosive live music and a local craft beer festival will highlight the 18th annual Big Bend Blues & Brews Bash, which takes place Friday and Saturday, July 27-28 at the Pomeroy Riverside Amphitheater in historic, downtown Pomeroy, Ohio.

Affectionately called “The Bash” by blues aficionados nationwide, this home-grown music festival along the Ohio River has blossomed into one of the premier events for both performers and fans of live blues music. The festival, which is the brainchild of Jackie Welker, Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society President and owner of legendary local juke joint, Court Street Grill, has been going strong for 17 years and this year’s event promises to continue with its tradition of incredible music and jam-packed audiences.

“Each year, we keep thinking that it can’t get any better. But each year, we’re completely blown away by the incredible musical performances and amazing crowds,” said Welker. “We anticipate this year to be no different.”
…Read entire article here
Henry Turner, Jr. To Receive Slim Harpo Music Award For Blues In Baton Rouge 
Bryce Berman/Offbeat
Blues, soul and funk musician Henry Turner, Jr. has used his musical platform to celebrate philanthropists and musicians in the Baton Rouge area. The city, aware of how much Turner has contributed to its music scene, is awarding him with the 2018 Slim Harpo Blues Award. Turner was named an “Ambassador” for his efforts to represent and share his enthusiasm for blues with music enthusiasts. It is an incredible honor that he shares with other 2018 recipients, Shannon Williford (“Legend”) and Mamie & Smokehouse Porter (“Pioneers”). Previous recipients of the Slim Harpo Music Award include Van Morrison, Keith Richards, Alvin Batiste, Buddy Guy and many others.

The Slim Harpo Blues Awards Ceremony is named for James Moore, a.k.a Slim Harpo, a Baton Rouge jazz musician who went on to popularize Louisiana roots music and influence the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Van Morrison and more. The Awards celebrate individuals who have followed in the footsteps of Slim Harpo, sharing their passion for blues and supporting Baton Rouge musicians. …Read entire article here
A Toot To The Flute, Fife and Quills
By Regi Oliver
The flute, fife and quills are woodwind instruments that enrich many genres of music, including the blues. Discover the history behind their use, what woodwinds contribute to the blues and the influential musicians who further these traditions.
Read this informative article here in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine.
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook starts July 26!
- West Coast Returns! #31 Oct 2018 Sold Out! Join Waitlist!
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 Sold Out! Join Wait List!
~ LRBC #33 MEXICAN RIVIERA Oct. 26 ~ Nov. 2, 2019 Sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Mark Your Calendar: PREBOOK launches Thurs, JULY 26th 11am Central! By placing a fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin, you'll reserve a space in line to book a cabin once the band announcement is made (likely in November).

~ 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!
Blues Society News
Blues Under The Trees July 28 in Iowa
The Lizard Creek Blues Society will hold it's annual Blues Under The Trees this Saturday July 28 held under the trees from 2-9 pm at the Frontier Sports Park (2298 South River Road, Fort Dodge, Iowa).
Live music by Selwyn Birchwood, John Nemeth, Kevin BF Burt and Joe & Vicki Price. Food and beverages will be available.
Bring a lawn chair. Sit under the trees and enjoy the show.
Video Pick of The Week
Michael Burks - Bucks County Blues Society 27th R&B Picnic
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
 July 26 Popsy Dixon (1942), Mick Jagger (1943); July 28 Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943), Junior Kimbrough (1930), "Banjo" Ikey Robinson (1904); July 30 Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940), Otis Taylor (1948), Michael Burks (1957); July 31 Roy Milton (1907), Ahmet Ertegun (1923 - Atlantic Records founder)
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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
are paid "Featured" ads

 Blues & Swing Week
Jul-22-2018 - Jul-27-2018
Elkins, West Virginia, USA 
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-27-2018 - Jul-28-2018
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin
Canal Winchester's
Blues and Ribfest
Jul-27-2018 - Jul-28-2018
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
 Blues, Brews & Brats
Waterville, Ohio
Calgary International Blues Festival
Jul-30-2018 - Aug-05-2018
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 Jus' Blues Music Awards Week 
Jul-31-2018 - Aug-04-2018
Tunica, Mississippi, USA
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 
Magic City Blues
Aug-03-2018 - Aug-04-2018
Billings, Montana, USA
 Blues on the Chippewa
Aug-03-2018 - Aug-05-2018
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
 Blue Ribbon Blues Fest
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
Blues On The Water
The Toledo Blues Fest
Toledo, Ohio USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-09-2018 - Aug-12-2018
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada 
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-10-2018 - Aug-12-2018
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Sunflower River Blues
and Gospel Festival
Aug-10-2018 - Aug-12-2018
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bayfront Blues Festival
Aug-10-2018 - Aug-12-2018
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Waukesha Blues Fest
Aug-10-2018 - Aug-11-2018
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
Joliet Blues Festival
Joliet, Illinois, USA
 Bloomington Boogies: Blues &
Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-11-2018 - Aug-13-2018
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
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