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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 25, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 43

Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
Featured Videos 
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
The BFG Girls will be on LRBC #31 Oct 28-Nov 4!
...and maybe even get a photo of yourself with the magazine! See you soon!
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Click links in CD & News section, etc.
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 Rick Snyder of Six String Showdown, Orange County Blues Society and New Blues Festival media consultant with some of the Showdown contestants (l-r) Andrew Ryan, Ryder Green and Pio Gabriel at the 2018 New Blues Festival.
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.
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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 
Featured Videos 
Papa Mali "Walk On Gilded Splinters"
"Happy Halloween Weekend"
News Flash... 
Forgotten Music Festival is On!
(DESTIN, FL) - Forgotten Music LLC has partnered with Wellstock Festival to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Michael on the Forgotten Coast.
The event will be held on November 3 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village located at 4323 Commons Drive West, Destin, Florida. Gates will open at 11 AM CT. All event and ticket information are available at the website. The lineup will include John Nemeth, Vanessa Collier, Josh Hoyer, Lauren Mitchell, Will Thompson and more TBA.

Tickets are $25 and even if you cannot attend the event you can still donate to the charities by purchasing a ticket. If you purchased a Friday Pass, this pass will get you access to the event on Saturday. If you purchased a Saturday or Weekend pass, these passes will get you access to the event on Saturday as well as backstage access. If you purchased a VIP Seaboard Pass, this pass will get you access to the event on Saturday, backstage access, as well as beverage and food vouchers.

Refunds will not be processed until after November 3rd. Previously purchased Saturday Passes are NOT refundable.

Have questions? Email us or join the conversation on Social Media.
...Find links and more about the Forgotten Music Festival
Johnny Winter's All-Inclusive "Winterfest" In Jamaica 2019 
(JAMAICA) - Come join us January 24-31, 2019 for an amazing week of island fun and concerts featuring an A-List of today’s top national acts at Mango’s Beachfront Resort in Jamaica. Featuring: Sonny Landreth, Samantha Fish, Paul Nelson Band, Derek St Holmes, James Montgomery And The All-Star Band.

The all-inclusive price includes transfer to and from hotel, as well as your hotel accommodations at the all-inclusive Mango’s resort with all your musical entertainment including guest jams and workshops provided. This amazing event is sure to fill up fast so book your “Winterfest” packages early!

Sonny Landreth - slide guitar/vocals: Eric Clapton has said that Landreth is one of the most advanced guitarists in the world he has collaborated with the very top names in guitar over the years: Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Derek Trucks – the list goes on. The noted slideman cut his musical teeth in The Red Hot Louisiana Band of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and Landreth has since recorded and toured with artists ranging from John Mayall to John Hiatt.
...Find more about Johnny winter's Jamaica Winterfest

Killer Left Coast Cruise Pre-Party Oct 27 

(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Legendary Left Coast Rhythm & Blues Cruisers are getting ready to embark to the Sea of Cortez Sunday Oct 28- Nov 4! This adventure on Holland America's ms Eurodam will be sailing from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Loreto. But first there’s a party on shore for all to enjoy! Kevin “B.F.” Burt has just been added to Saturday night's Oct 27 Blues Cruise Pre-Party. Kevin won the Blues Foundation solo/duo IBC this year and also took home honors as Best Harmonica Player and Best Guitarist. Y
You can see Kevin along with the inimitable Chris Cain and regional favorites, blues stalwart Bill Magee Blues Band with guests Michele Lundeen, a 12x Best Blues Nominee and Anthony Cullins, Winner of the 2018 Dallas International Guitar Festival’s “10 Under 20” competition. Get to the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel (1355 No. Harbor Dr.) downtown San Diego. Party starts 7:30pm. This annual party is also a fundraiser to benefit the local blues society, Blues Lovers United of San Diego. Get $20 tickets via Paypal at, at the door, or if you are booked for LRBC #31, either add tickets to your reservation online or you may reserve will-call tickets there. Under “Add More Options,” you'll see Activity or Transfer. The Pre-Party is under the “Activity.”
...Find links and more about the party and the cruise
SoCal Divas of Blues fest to donate to Breast Cancer Awareness
(TEMECULA, CA) - The Old Town Blues Club presents The SoCal Divas of Blues music festival on October 27th, 2018. The venue is outdoors, in the heart of Old Town Temecula at the Civic Center Plaza. This blues festival is unique in that we are solely promoting the dynamic influence of women in blues music today. All eight acts are fronted by female performers, with most all of the performers coming from the Southern California region. Doors open at 10am and showtime is 12pm-8pm.

The lineup: Jade Bennett 12pm - Mercedes Moore 1pm - Give Me Back My Wig 2pm - Brigette Rios Purdy 3pm - Diana Rein 4pm - Shy But Fly 5pm - Casey Hensley 6pm -Shari Puorto 7pm.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are also partnering with NBCF (National Breast Cancer Foundation) and Michelle's Place, a local Breast Cancer Resource Center and will be donating a portion of all ticket sales to both organizations.

General admission tickets are available at Eventbrite. Children 10 and under get in free! This is a festival for everyone who enjoys blues and great live music and is also for a great cause… supporting women in music and breast cancer awareness!  ...Find links and more about the SoCal Divas of Blues Fest
CD & DVD Releases
Patrick Lamb :: SOUL TIES
Patrick just returned from Europe after a month of tour dates with Gino Vannelli and some guest appearances and dates with Marc Broussard to release his new release Soul Ties.

Patrick Lamb’s last three singles have been top five nationally on the US Billboard Charts. He was recently inducted as one of the youngest members into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. Patrick has been given the Independent Spirit Award by the City of Portland, the Hero Award by Children’s Cancer Association, the Yolanda Denis King Award by JW Matt Hennessey and first Baptist Church, three Muddy Awards on three separate years by the Cascade Blues Association and has been given the Independent Spirit Award by the city of Portland. He has also performed or shared the stage with many artists including two-time Grammy winning Diane Schuur, Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper, Bobby Caldwell, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Don Felder of the Eagles, Danny Seraphine, founder of Chicago, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, and many others.
...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Beauty & The Beast" 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
- West Coast LRBC #31 Sails Oct 28-Nov 4! See you onboard! 
- LRBC #34 Western Caribbean Jan 19-26, 2019 Prebook Open!
LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook Open!
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 Sold Out! Join Wait List!
~ LRBC#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020 Prebook Sailing on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. Prebook now! 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 now
~ 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 Oct 28-Nov 4 on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. The cruise is sold out! 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
- Mohawk Valley Blues Society presents Bruce Katz Oct 28
(UTICA, NY) - Sunday October 28th the Mohawk Valley Blues Society is proud to present Bruce Katz at 5pm at Wakely's On Varick (700 Varick St., Utica, New York). Bruce Katz is a legendary keyboardist (Hammond B3 and piano) who has released 10 CD’s as a leader and has appeared on over 70 other CD’s with the likes of John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, Butch Trucks, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Joe Louis Walker, David “Fathead” Newman, and many, many others. Bruce had a strong musical connection with the Allman Brothers band, having been a member of Gregg Allman’s band for six years (2007-2013), Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band (2010-2015), Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band (2015-2017) and Les Brers. Bruce toured with the Allman Brothers as well.
(ROCK ISLAND, IL ) - Also Sunday October 28th is Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials at 6pm, at The Establishment (220 19th St., Rock Island, IL). Presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, cover is $18 or $15 MVBS members. Currently celebrating 30 history-making years together, LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor's edge. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil' Ed Williams and his Blues Imperials -- bassist (and Ed's half-brother) James "Pookie" Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton -- deliver gloriously riotous, rollicking and intensely emotional blues.
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931); Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909), Clifford Antone (1949 Antone Records); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946), Hadda Brooks (1916); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902), Ethel Waters (1896); Nov 1 Sippie Wallace (1898); Don Robey (Duke/Peacock Records 1903); Nov 2 Mark Wenner (1948); Nov 3 Mable John (1930), Sonny Rhodes (1940); Nov 4 Delbert McClinton (1940)
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 Copenhagen Blues Festival
Oct-25-2018 - Oct-28-2018
Copenhagen, Denmark
 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Oct Kickoff Party
San Diego, California USA
SoCal Divas of Blues
Music Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #31 Sea of Cortez
Oct-28-2018 - Nov-4-2018
San Diego, California USA
to Mexican Riviera
Forgotten Music Festival
Destin, Florida, USA
Blues Heaven Festival
Nov-02-2018 - Nov-03-2018
Frederikshavn, Denmark
Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Fest
Nov-09-2018 - Nov-11-2018
Bude, United Kingdom
Signifyin' Blues
Nov-09-2018 - Nov-11-2018
Los Angeles, California, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Dunedin Wines The Blues 
Dunedin, Florida, USA
13 Annual 
Tommy Johnson Blues Festival
Nov-10-2018, Jackson MS
Mississippi, USA
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-16-2018 - Nov-18-2018
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Nov-30-2018 - Dec-02-2018
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Langkawi International Blues Roots Aseana (LIBRA)
Dec-29-2018 - Dec-31-2018
Kedah, Malaysia
MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Jan-17-2019 - Jan-20-2019
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Johnny Winter's
Winterfest in Jamaica
Jan-24-2019 - Jan-31-2019
Trelawny, Jamaica
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