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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 23, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 34

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News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Video Pick of The Week
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
Here's Marilyn Stringer, staunch blues lover and photographer extraordinaire who gets the deserving credit for our 16th annual cover image featuring Laura Chavez and Nikki Hill. She's getting ready to shoot the Sunday wrap of the 7th annual Baja Blues Festival.
Photos: 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.
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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
Ally Venable :: PUPPET SHOW 
Award winning blues-rock guitarist Ally Venable’s Puppet Show features Ally - guitar and vocals; Elijah Owings – drums; and Bobby Wallace – bass. Special Guests on Puppet Show, which was produced by Rock Romano, Steve Krase (who also plays harmonica on the sessions) and Ally Venable, include guitarists Gary Hoey and Lance Lopez, as well as keyboardist Eric Steckel.

Puppet Show, Ally’s second album for Connor Ray Music, was recorded at Red Shack Studio in Houston. The CD features eight original tunes written and composed by Venable, along with two blues classics that compliment her rockin’ blues sound.

Puppet Show is all about songs that connect. It radiates a sense of soul through the songwriting and guitar playing, as well as the vocals that are laid out throughout the album. The disc opens up with a haunting riff for the song “Devil’s Son,” which features Gary Hoey on lead guitar along with Ally Venable on guitar and vocals.  ...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"Devil's Son" 
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.”

The festival offers a triple threat of world-class blues and a commitment to “Keep the Blues Alive;” a historic town with gorgeous views of the majestic Flint Hills, mouthwatering local food, and shops full of treasures. It is truly a cannot miss opportunity.  ...Find more about the Paxico Blues Festival
Inaugural Windy City Blues Fest Coming Sept 22-23
 (LYONS, IL) - The Windy City Blues Society is collaborating with the Village of Lyons to present the Inaugural Windy City Blues Fest. The Fest is September 22nd and 23rd, at Cermak Park, 7701 Ogden Ave., Lyons, Illinois.

The fest is held Saturday and Sunday at end of summer and will feature 2 stages, over 40 musical acts, family, friends, good food and drink. There will be plenty of room to relax with the great music and new experiences. Artists include Lurrie Bell, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Long Tall Deb & Collin John, Ben Miller Band, Fruteland Jackson and many more. Please join us!

It's a first time Blues Music Festival, and you have a chance to be the first ones to help make it legendary and carry the blues forward. This is going to be like a Chicago Blues Fest from years gone by. We hope the Windy City Blues Fest is the bookend to the Chicago Blues Summer, and a gateway to the King Biscuit in October. …Find more about The Windy City Blues Fest
Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival Aug 24-26
(NANAIMO, BC) - The Summertime Blues Festival is hosted by the Nanaimo Blues Society and held annually in the heart of downtown beautiful Nanaimo, British Columbia. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to listen to acts that take to the open-air stage in Maffeo Sutton Park (100 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC) for the event of the Summer! The festival is honoring Vancouver Island blues musicians. Artists appearing over the weekend include David Gogo, Layla Zoe, Blue Moon Marquee, and The Paul Deslauriers Band. Friday’s show starts at 5pm and Saturday and Sunday shows start at 12pm.

The Festival Line-up for 2018:
Friday: Blackfish - Paul Black Band - Layla Zoe - David Vest
Saturday: The Deb Rhymer Band - South Island Rhythm Kings - Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Band - Big Pacific - The Soul Shakers - Bill Johnson - David Gogo
Sunday: Whitey Somers - Renovation Blues - Auntie Kate & The Uncles of Funk - Hank Angel - Mark Crissinger - The Paul Deslauriers Band - Blue Moon Marquee
...Find more about the Summertime Blues Festival 
Shopping for Talent
by Stacy Jeffress
Blues festival promoters go to great lengths to keep abreast of who’s hot on the blues music scene, educate the audience about the blues genre and create a memorable experience for the fans. Learn more about how these talent seekers put together the line-ups we love.
Read the story here in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine.
Blues Society News
Southeast Harmonica Championship & Fund Raiser for Big Bend Blues Society Aug 25
(TALLAHASSEE, FL) - The 4th Southeast Harmonica Championship and Fund Raiser for the Big Bend Blues Society will be held Saturday, August 25 from 3pm-8pm at Bradfordville Blues (7152 Moses Ln, Tallahassee, Florida). Doors open at 2pm. It’s another blues harmonica blowout with harmonica players from the tri-state area blowing up a storm!
This event was created/hosted by Mike “Salty” Lanigan and the Big Bend Blues Society four years ago and has sold out each time. Ain’t nothin’ like a “Mississippi sax” party! All ticket proceeds will pay for costs of the championship and to benefit the Big Bend Blues Society which raised over $29,000 for the BBC’s GoFundMe Campaign!

There are four categories featured: Open; Female, Future Blower (Under 16); and Amateur, with Best Overall. It is open to all harp players–novice, seasoned, pro and everything in between. Winners will compete for a $500 cash award for Best Overall, $25 for the winner in each category, trophies and will qualify for the Florida Harmonica Championships. ...Find links and more about this event
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!
Video Pick of The Week
Lazy Lester "They Call Me Lazy" 
R.I.P. Lazy Lester aka Leslie Johnson (June 20, 1933-Aug 22, 2018)
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug-24-Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905), Wynonie Harris (1915); Aug-26-Jimmy Rushing (1901); Aug-29-Charlie Parker (1920), Dinah Washington (1924); Aug-30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934); Aug-31-Todd Rhodes (1900); Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945)
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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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Old Capitol Blues & BBQ
Aug-24-2018 - Aug-25-2018 
Springfield, IL, USA
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 
Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
Aug-31-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Bedford Blues & BBQ Fest
Bedford, Texas, USA
23rd Big Muddy Blues Festival
Aug-31-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Hot Springs Blues Festival
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
New Blues Festival
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Long Beach, California, USA
Acres of Blues-CANCELLED
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Eureka, California, USA
Vancouver Island Blues Bash
Sep-01-2018 - Sep-02-2018
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 Big Blues Bender
Sep-06-2018 - Sep-09-2018
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival
Sep-07-2018 - Sep-09-2018, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
San Diego Blues Festival
San Diego, California, USA
Brownsburg Blues
and BBQ Festival
Brownsburg, Indiana, USA
European Blues Cruise 2018
Sep-10-2018 - Sep-14-2018
Genoa, Italy
Sep-11-2018 - Sep-15-2018
Marseilles, France
Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival
Sep-13-2018 - Sep-15-2018
Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA
Library Park Blues Festival
Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
Greater Ozarks Music Festival
Nixa, Missouri, USA
Paxico Blues Festival
Paxico, Kansas, USA
Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, USA
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Sep-28-2018 - Sep-29-2018
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
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