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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 2, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 31

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-Event Calendar
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Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
Special Announcements
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Everything happens on multiple stages within the Plaza Hotel. There is a captive audience who will be using their Program repeatedly.
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Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
BFG Sales Director Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw and her hubby Tom enjoyed a warm, outdoor concert with Joe Louis Walker for Tuesday Bluesdays at The Village at Squaw Valley, CA. Tom captured this shot of Joe on break talking to Chris, a blues fan from the Bay Area.
Photo: Tom Yearnshaw
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 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
“James House is one of the premier songwriting and musical talents in the world today. His ability to flourish in so many different genres is a testament to his lifelong dedication to his songwriting craft. Plus, he is one helluva singer. On a personal note, many of my career-defining songs have been written with James. He is very good at taking my wacky ideas and turning them into real songs. “ - Joe Bonamassa

Nashville-based singer-songwriter James House set to release an album of blues to his fans that have been begging him to do for a long time. His love of the Blues has always been an undercurrent tone to his tunes. The self-titled album will come out on August 3 to worldwide audiences, and this time, James is singing from his gut. 

Created by James in his studio, Cabin In The Woods, located in a rural area of Nashville, he called on some hot-shot musicians with great pedigrees to help: ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Long Way Down" 
News Flash... 
Paxico Blues Festival Celebrates 15th Anniversary Sept 15th 
(PAXICO, KS) - The Paxico Blues Festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary on Saturday, September 15th by hosting thousands of blues lovers throughout a full day of blues on the Main Street stage. Performances by Tas Cru and his band of Tortured Souls, Hurricane Ruth with Scott Holt, Kool-Aide and the Exact Change Band, Torrey Casey and the Southside Hustle, and Heather Newman will keep toes tapping all day long.
“The Paxico Blues Festival brings some of the best blues on the planet to a historic town set right here in the gorgeous Flint Hills,” said Steve “Bud” Hund, co-founder and proprietor of Mill Creek Antiques. “We welcome all to our festival to enjoy dancing, top quality music, local food, and antiquing. It is important for us to keep this festival free because we believe in building a community around preserving a quintessential American art form in the blues while also promoting small town culture and giving back.” ...Find more about The Paxico Blues Festival 
BMA & Grammy Nominees lead 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 including Robert Randolph & the Family Band a 2018 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2017 release Got Soul; Kenny Neal a 2017 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Bloodline; C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band a Grammy Nominee for Best Regional Roots Music Album; and 2018 BMA Nominee for Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Instrumentalist ~ Horn, Vanessa Collier, among others.

Don’t forget the Friday night PreFest Party held to show appreciation to our sponsors and volunteers and showcases some of the talent appearing the next day at the Fest.

Gates open at 11am with music starting by noon. Last call is at 8:45pm with the music ending sometime after 9pm. The Fest will include food, craft and many types of merchandise vendors and a display of Art-O-Cade art cars. As always, transportation will be available from the hotels and campgrounds. ...Find more about Trinidaddio Blues Fest
August is John Lee Hooker Month at Delta Blues Museum 
 (CLARKSDALE, MS) - Throughout August Blue Star Families receive Free Admission: As part of the Blue Star Museum program and available to active duty military and their family members through Labor Day Sept 3rd. 

Here’s what’s happening at the Museum…

- August 10th - 12th - 31st Annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival: Live music on the Delta Blues Museum stage starting at 6pm.
- August 12th - Special Museum hours, open noon - 5pm
- August 20th - Movie Night at the Museum: The Blues Brothers featuring an appearance by John Lee Hooker: Free and open to the public; BYO chairs/blankets; screening begins at 7:45pm
- August 22nd - John Lee Hooker birthday celebration at Delta Blues Museum: Free and open to the public; cupcakes while supplies last, sponsored by Walmart
- August 30th - Teacher Night at Delta Blues Museum: Special educational tours for teachers from Coahoma County and surrounding areas; from 4:30pm - 6:30pm
- Throughout the Summer - Malaco Music Group 50th Anniversary Exhibit: In the Delta Blues Museum gallery. …Find more about the Delta Museum doings
25th Annual Living Blues Awards (2018) 

The 25th Annual Living Blues Awards (2018) have been announced. 
Critics’ Poll
Blues Artist of the Year (Male) Taj Mahal
Blues Artist of the Year (Female) Mavis Staples
Most Outstanding Blues Singer Wee Willie Walker
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) John Primer
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) Omar Coleman
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) Henry Gray
Most Outstanding Musician (Bass) Benny Turner
Most Outstanding Musician (Drums) Cedric Burnside
Most Outstanding Musician (Horns) James “Boogaloo” Bolden
Most Outstanding Musician (Other) Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton – Banjo/Fiddle
Best Live Performer Bobby Rush
Comeback Artist of the Year Don Bryant
Artist Deserving More Attention Jontavious Willis

Best Blues Albums of 2017
Album of the Year Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo – Concord Records
New (Contemporary Blues) Mr. Sipp – Knock a Hole in It – Malaco Records
New (Southern Soul) Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up on Love – Fat Possum Records
New (Best Debut) Jontavious Willis – Blue Metamorphosis – No Label
New (Traditional & Acoustic) Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway – Nonesuch Records
…Find entire list of winners of the Critics and Reader's Poll
Confessin' The Blues… Original Blues Masterpieces to Benefit Blues Heaven Foundation
(LONDON, U.K.) – As well as being the biggest band in the world, The Rolling Stones are also the biggest champions of the blues, so who better to curate a compilation of the music that inspired them throughout their career?

Confessin’ The Blues collects the greatest bluesmen ever and provides a perfect study of the genre. The tracks on the various formats of the release have been chosen by the Rolling Stones in collaboration with BMG and Universal. The sets are due out from BMG on November 9, 2018.

The Rolling Stones have long been supporters of the blues, from before the start of their career right through to their latest album, Blue & Lonesome, which featured their interpretations of the classics; many of those songs appear in their original versions here on Confessin’ The Blues. Mick Jagger was an early fan of the genre: “The first Muddy Waters album that was really popular was Muddy Waters at Newport, which was the first album I ever bought.” Keith Richards said, “If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.”

As such big supporters of the blues, the band and BMG have decided that 10% of BMG’s net receipts* from the sale of this album will be donated to Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation (registered as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization in the United States). ...Read more about this compilation
The Love Boat: A Honeymoon on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
by Claire Henderson
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise features top blues artists, parties everywhere you go, delicious food, luxurious accommodations and beautiful settings – everything to make a great honeymoon as our writer discovered. Read on to board The Love Boat, styled up in the blues.
Read the story 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 Open!
- 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 has launched! 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
- San Antonio - Huntington, WV - River City
(SAN ANTONIO, TX) - San Antonio Blues Society Jam August 5th 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm at The Cove (606 W Cypress St, San Antonio, Texas).

(HUNTINGTON, WV) - Party on the Patio, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. Heritage Station, Huntington. The Huntington Blues Society will kick off the party followed by Creek Don’t Rise and Miss Freddeye. The free concert will pay tribute to the late blues legend Diamond Teeth Mary. 

(RICHMOND, VA) - Parkfest at The Diamond (3001 N. Boulevard), a blues music festival with bands, food trucks and craft beer, is coming Saturday, Sept. 29, 12:30p-7pm. The festival will feature five bands including Victor Wainwright and the Train, Vanessa Collier, In Layman’s Terms, Hard Swimmin’ Fish, And The Bush League.The Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team and River City Blues Society are partnering on the event to benefit Flying Squirrels Charities and their Blues in the Schools program. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased on their website
Video Pick of The Week
Freddie King "Have You Ever Loved A Woman"
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug 2-Big Walter Price (1917), Mark Naftalin (1944); 3- Mercy Dee Walton (1915); Aug 4-Louis Armstrong (1901); Aug 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937); Aug 8-Joe Tex (1933), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920); Aug 10-Ronnie Spector (1945), Grego Anderson (1968-Mojo Hand artist), Leo Fender (1908), Mighty Mike Schermer (1966); Aug 12-Percy Mayfield (1920), Roy Gaines (1934); Aug 13-Jimmy McCracklin (1921); Aug 14-Son Seals (1942)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival-Event Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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Not all upcoming blues festivals/events 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 events here
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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
Blue Ribbon Blues Fest
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
Blues On The Water
The Toledo Blues Fest
Toledo, Ohio USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
6 String Showdown
A Blues Guitar Celebration
Arcadia, California, 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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