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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 6, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 36

Sept 27
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News Flash... 
Video Pick of The Week
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros and Outros
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
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 
Here's Dana Schocaroff (lt),Tim and Jennifer Parks manning the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (LRBC) Land Yacht at the Doheny Blues Festival. Tim is a LRBC Yacht driver as well. Always a treat at festivals to check out the goodies, offers and friendly folks at the LRBC "Land Yacht." Gets us excited about cruising.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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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
Lawrence Lebo :: OLD SCHOOL GIRL
Lawrence Lebo is classic old school blues! In the title track of her sixth release Old School Girl Lebo writes “I’m an Old School Girl from head to toe” … and indeed she is! From the sultry wail of “You’ve Got A Secret” to the flirty laid-back groove of “Give Me A Try,” Lawrence delves deep into soul-blues territory reminiscent of the classic Stax records style.

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Ms. Lebo has been awarded Best Blues Singer in the prestigious LA Weekly-Best of L.A. annual edition. Best known for her Don’t Call Her Larry trilogy, Old School Girl is her sixth studio album. Released on August 17, 2018, Old School Girl has already began charting and receiving critical praise.

“Lebo is a singer with a powerful voice. It has a bluesy bravado, but also a feminine character, both of which work nicely together. Here, she tears through seven songs, performing each and every one to perfection. Lebo has an emotive, mobile sound that does a great job of navigating the melodies of the songs without succumbing to over-singing,” writes American Blues Scene.
...Find more about this artist and release
Listen"You’ve Got A Secret" 
News Flash... 
Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival Sept 22 Seeks Donations
Legendary juke joint owner Red Paden announces new Clarksdale, Mississippi, blues festival; seeks donations to keep the fest free.
(CLARKSDALE, MS) — Internationally known from his appearances in TV shows like Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown and blues documentaries like We Juke Up in Here, Clarksdale's Red Paden has always viewed his place in blues history as part of a mission.

"Somebody's got to keep this good blues music going, and somebody's got to let the world know that there are still old legends walking this earth," according to the man himself. "That's why I'm starting this new festival. The game's for life!"
The festival Red is fired up about? Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival.

Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival will specialize in Mississippi blues legends, 60 years old and up. On Saturday, September 22, 2018, attendees will enjoy FREE music all day on the Martin Luther King Park Stage, just down the street from Red's Lounge in downtown Clarksdale. Red's dream is to make this an annual event.
... Find links and more about the Old Timer's Blues Festival and how to donate
2018 Blues Blast Awards Ceremonies September 29th
(ROCKFORD, IL) - The 2018 Blues Blast Awards ceremonies will be held on September 29th at Tebala Event Center in Rockford, Illinois. The event starts at 6pm with doors opening at 5pm. Appearing at the awards are Jimmy Johnson, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Benny Turner, Shaun Murphy Band, Karen Lovely with Ben Rice, Markey Blue and Ric Latina Project, Casey Hensley Band, Ben Levin, Ivy Ford Band, Heather Newman, Orphan Jon And The Abandoned, Patrick Recob, Ilya Portnov, Joyann Parker, Bob Corritore, Ghost Town Blues Band, and Daniel Erikson.
Fan voting to determine the winners ended Aug 31. Categories include: Contemporary Blues Album, Traditional Blues Album, Soul Blues Album, Rock Blues Album, Acoustic Blues Album, Live Recording, Historical Or Vintage Recording, New Artist Debut Album, Blues Band, Male Blues Artist, Female Blues Artist, and Sean Costello Rising Star Award.

Advance tickets are $35. Tickets will be $40 at the door. Tables for ten are only $300. …Find links and more about the Blues Blast Awards Ceremony
Land of Enchantment Blues Festival Sept 29-30
(BERNALILLO, NM) - New Mexico Jazz Workshop, in partnership with Ultra Health, hosts the upcoming Land of Enchantment Blues Festival – an exciting two-day event September 29th and 30th that will showcase the very best blues musicians from New Mexico and top blues centers across the nation.

“Our goal at New Mexico Jazz Workshop is to produce an unparalleled event, showcasing New Mexico’s finest blues musicians, as well as musicians from the top blues centers in the world, including Chicago, New Orleans and Memphis,” said Chris Cordova, Interim Director for New Mexico Jazz Workshop. “This year’s lineup is packed full of amazing talent, and we’re looking forward to celebrating music and musicians, and to growing this iconic community event each year.”

Taking place at Loretto Park in Bernalillo, the two-day festival will kick off at noon on Saturday, September 29th, with doors opening at 11am. The show will open with a two-hour blues jam featuring over 20 of New Mexico’s best blues musicians, followed by The Plateros (featuring Levi Platero), Mem Shannon (with a local back-up band), and John Németh. 
...Find links and more about the Land of Enchantment Blues Festival 
LRBC Recipients of World's Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Award! 
(SAN DIEGO, CA) - The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (LRBC), along with their Charter and Incentive Agents at Worldwide Travel, were the recipients of the 1st Annual, World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards 2018 in San Diego at the US Grant Hotel on August 16. Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises selected their top partners in Global business.

Photo courtesy of Holland America Line. From L-R: Joe Slattery, HAL Senior VP Sales; Rob Coleman, HAL Senior DIR; Diana Bloss, Worldwide DIR; Steve Bloss, Worldwide President; Roger Naber, LRBC CEO; Keven Naber, LRBC Cruise DIR; Arnold Donald, Carnival President CEO, Eva Jenner, VP Sales.
Look for the LRBC Land Yacht on Saturday, Sept 8 at the San Diego Blues Festival on San Diego, CA. You can also grab a raffle ticket Sept 14-16 at the Telluride Blues & Brews in Telluride, CO for your chance to Win A Cabin For 2 on LRBC #33.
...Find links and more about LRBC
Festivals Receive KBA

The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival has raised over one million dollars for a number of different charities. Bluesfest Byron Bay has grown into a 5-day event presenting over 200 performances. Both these festivals feature renowned headliners, beautiful settings and truly contribute to the blues scene. As such, they are the deserving recipients of the Blues Foundation’s 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Award!
Read about them here in our 2018 Blues Festival Guide magazine.
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
- LRBC #34 Western Caribbean Prebook Sept. 19th 11am Central
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#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020 Prebook Launches Sept. 19th 11am Central. Sailing on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. By placing a fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin, you will be guaranteed a spot in line to book a cabin once the artist announcement has been made (likely in March or April '19).
~ 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! 
~ 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.
~ 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.
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
Kenny Neal live at "Hondarribia Blues Festival"
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept-6-Jimmy Reed (1925); Sept-7-Little Milton Campbell (1934),
Latimore (1939); Sept-8-Harmonica Fats (1927), Guitar Shorty (1939);
Sept-9-Otis Redding (1941); Sept-10-Roy Brown (1925); Sept-11-Barbeque Bob (1902), John “Juke” Logan (1946); Sept-12-Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900);
Sept-13-Charles Brown (1922)
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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
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 Big Blues Bender
Sep-06-2018 - Sep-09-2018
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Tim Hortons Southside ShuffleBlues & 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
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 
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival
Sep-13-2018 - Sep-15-2018
Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA
Telluride Blues Festival
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Library Park Blues Festival
Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
Greater Ozarks Music Festival
Nixa, Missouri, USA
Paxico Blues Festival
Paxico, Kansas, USA
Sam Chatmon Music Festival
Sep-21-2018 - Sep-22-2018
Hollandale, Mississippi, USA
Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bowlful of Blues
Ojai, California, USA
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Sep-28-2018 - Sep-29-2018
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
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