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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 9, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 32

Special Announcement
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
Special Announcement
Have you taken advantage of this 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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Call 707-630-3304 or email us today!
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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
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
Here's guitarist, singer, songwriter Eric Gales and sax woman Nancy Wright at the Doheny Blues Festival meet and greet autograph tent.
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
Double Standards is a celebration of the greatest blues songs, performed as duets with some of his musical friends. Mick’s love of many blues styles is well known, and this album brings the listener a wide range of blues, from down home to classic Chicago to jazzy to blues rock, Mick and his friends bring you the many faces of the blues. As with his previous albums, the proceeds from Double Standards will go to the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund and Generation Blues programs.

Vocalists include Sugaray Rayford, Heather Crosse, Victor Wainwright, Annika Chambers, Tas Cru, Tullie Brae, Eric Hughes, Erica Brown, Patti Parks, David Dunavent, Gracie Curran, and Jeff Jensen. Musicians include Mick Kolassa, guitar/vocals; Jeff Jensen, guitar; Bill Ruffino, bass; James Cunningham, drums; Chis Stephenson, organ; Eric Hughes, harmonica; Alice Hasan, violin; Colin John, guitar; David Dunavent; guitar; and Jeremy Powell on piano, who appears courtesy of Stax Records.

Produced by Jeff Jensen and engineered at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN.
 ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"600 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy" 
News Flash... 
Amazing Hometown Talent Booked for 31st Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
(CLARKSDALE, MS) – When the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary in downtown Clarksdale August 9-12, booking chairman Maie Smith suggests all 180 musicians performing on 8 stages should claim headliner status. 

"Our 2018 festival is a showcase of the amazing hometown talent in our area; some - like O.B. Buchana, "Super Chikan" Johnson, and Christone "Kingfish" Ingram are more well-known than others, but all are extraordinary, she continued. 

The festival is being dedicated to the late C. V. Veal, longtime festival emcee, and the late Josh "Razorblade" Stewart, a festival favorite for 15 years.
Since 1988 when Living Blues co-founder Jim O'Neal and Patty Johnson organized the first festival on the banks of the Sunflower River, all musicians needed to be Mississippians or claim a close connection, says Melvita Tillis Presley. 

"This is appropriate for the hometown of Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker, and Ike Turner," adds Presley whose father played trumpet with Ike Turner and mentored Buchana in his River Mount Lounge. 
...Find more about the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival 
23rd Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival - Labor Day Weekend
(ST. LOUIS, MO) - The 23rd Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival features 69 St. Louis acts on 7 stages over Labor Day Weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 2 throughout historic Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis, Missouri from 3pm-9:30pm. This this popular, outdoor festival attracts an eclectic audience celebrating the rich St Louis history of “the Blues.”

Among the names performing this year are Marquise Knox, Barbara Carr, Big George Brock, Uvee Hayes, Boo Boo Davis, Kim Massie, Roland Johnson, Love Jones Band, Marcell Strong, Renee Smith, Torey Casey and the Southside Hustle, Kingdom Brothers, and many more.

Ticket are $15 for 1 day or $25 for 2 days and available on the website. There is also a free Friday night concert from 7-10pm.

The annual festival provides a platform for our world-class musicians representing a wide range of blues music including, Delta, Country, R&B, Soul, Rock, and more. Big Muddy is the region’s largest Blues music event featuring a 100% local line up of over 50 bands and musicians
...Find more about the Big Muddy Blues Festival
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 the live links and more about what's rollin' on the Mississippi River
Entry details for both the GRAMMY® Awards and Blues Music Awards
Dear Blues Band & Blues Label,
It's Awards Season once again. Here is a reminder about the current entry details for both the GRAMMY® Awards and the Blues Music Awards.

The second round for the 61st GRAMMY® Awards opens on August 8, 2018 and closes on August 22, 2018.

September 15, 2018 is the last day to either renew your membership or become a Recording Academy Voting Member in order to be able to vote on the ballot in the first voting round which commences on October 15th, 2018.

Go here:

This link: has every detail about the entry process.

Submissions for the Blues Music Awards can be accessed here:

This year the Blues Foundation has debuted it's new online submission process where your music, cover art and liner notes can be uploaded directly to the Awards Platform. No more sending quantities of physical CDs!
Not a member of The Blues Foundation or need to renew? Please go to this link:…Find live links and contact info

Producing Music: Capturing The Essence of a Sound

Through the perspectives of Albert Cummings, Michele Lundeen, Jim Pugh and John Shipley, we take a closer look at what a music producer does – the skills needed, the details of the job, how they view the producing process – and maybe even the secret to making a hit.
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.
~ LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 2018 will sail on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Pa& 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
- New Zealand's Hamilton Blues Society 4th Sunday
- Tulsa Blues Society Regional Blues Challenge Aug 18
(HAMILTON, NZ) - Sun Aug 26 Aug from 1pm–5pm, the Hamilton Blues Society presents their 4th Sunday afternoon of blues, blues rock, Chicago Blues at the back bar of Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Pub (17B Hood Street, Hamilton, New Zealand). They'll also have a raffle and the usual merchandise will be available for purchase. All Ages. Free Admission.
(TULSA, OK) - The Tulsa Blues Society will hold their regional Blues Challenge Aug 18 at Cain's Ballroom (423 N Main St., Tulsa, OK)The Tulsa Blues Society will hold their regional Blues Challenge Aug 18 at Cain's Ballroom (423 N Main St., Tulsa, OK)Doors 5:30pm, show 6:30pm. The competing bands, in order of appearance: Dylan Whitney Band, Ronnie Pyle & The Drivers, Sunday Moan, MOJO Big Band, The Vox Squadron, Avery Drive Band.
Each band will perform a 25 minute set with a 15 minute break between acts.

Kids 12 and under will be admitted free! No re-entry! No smoking! No refunds! Funds raised at the event will help the Blues Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, to financially assist the winning act's trip to the International Blues Competiton as well as help fund other Blues Society programs.
Video Pick of The Week
Luther Allison "I Wanna Know"
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915); Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939), Aug 19-Earl Gaines (1935); Aug 20-Issac Hayes (1942), Jack Teagarden (1905); Aug 21-Count Basie (1904); Aug 22-John Lee Hooker (1920), Debbie Davies (1952)
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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
are paid "Featured" ads

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
Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Bloomington Boogies: Blues &
Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-11-2018 - Aug-13-2018
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Fargo Blues Festival
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
 Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018, Norwich, New York, USA
Madison Ribberfest
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-18-2018
Madison, Indiana, USA
Baja Blues Fest, 7th Annual 
Aug-17-2018 - Aug-19-2018
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-24-2018 - Aug-26-2018
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 
Trinidaddio Blues Festival
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park
Rockford, Illinois, USA
 Black Prairie Blues Festival
West Point, Mississippi, USA 
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