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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 1, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 44

Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Featured Videos 
CD & DVD Releases
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
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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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 

We were happy to catchup with the 2018  IBC Solo-Duo winner Kevin B.F. Burt at the LRBC Kickoff party in San Diego Oct 27.
Photo: Heather Penrod
*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 
Billy Branch & Toronzo Cannon
News Flash... 
Blues & Crews on The High Seas
SAN DIEGO, CA) – The afternoon after a packed sendoff party in the port town San Diego, Legendary Rhythm & Blues cruisers boarded the beautiful Holland ms Eurodam and prepared to set sail for the Mexican Riviera. The fun for us starts even in line seeing blues friends and artists and the anticipation of the music and adventure filled week ahead. Not only is there a stellar “wish list” lineup of artists, but there are also silent auctions, raffles, and more plus theme nights for those that want to participate. The first night was Hometown Blues where cruisers were encouraged to sport their favorite blues society, festival or blues club gear. It’s fun to see the various locations represented. The second day we were Bluesin’ At Sea and the Returnee and Virgin parties were a huge highlight in the AM.
By nightfall the theme was Blue Night and many showed off of variety of blue colored coloring and accessories, festive wigs and even blue toenails! This night our e-Guide editor Michele Lundeen was the Jamarama Host in the Crow’s Nest. The jam kicked off with Michele (aka the Queen of Steam) on vocals, Tom Stewart on drums, and the amazing Nick Schnebelen on guitar, jammers Erik Hoyer on keys, David followed by the B.B. King Blues Allstars, the amazing Eurodam house band that is off this week. Many other jammers played including bassist Ben White from the Boneshakers Band, keyboard man Mo Beeks (onboard with Debbie Davies), Aaron Chapman and more. Tuesday we arrived in Cabo San Lucas and two of our BFG staff (Kaati and Heather) headed off to swim with the dolphins. There are blues concerts shoreside in the afternoon. Music starts back up onboard at 4:30pm and tonite’s theme is Legendary Gear. We had a fun dinner in the dining room with Billy Branch and his wife Rosa, Mitch Woods, Marion Jacobs (Little Walter's daughter) and her friend Elizabeth.
...Read more about this cool cruise
6 Great Electric Blues Guitars for Players on a Budget
By Casey Hopkins/
So you're looking to start playing the blues, but you can't afford a Burst — or a even new USA-made Stratocaster? Well, never fear — there are plenty of affordable guitars on the market that will more than do the job.
The truth of guitar buying is that you don't need to dynamite your way into a bank vault to be able to afford a quality guitar. Especially for the blues, you don't need an expensive guitar.
For one, most of the guitars that the originators started playing on were not always good guitars in and of themselves. That doesn't mean you need to be playing a vintage Sears catalog stinker to learn to play guitar like the old guys. All you really need is a guitar that is comfortable to play and gets the right sound — especially if you are new to the style or new to guitar in general.
While there are remnants of new-age Jack White-like fetishism lingering in the guitar community — mainly, the idea of needing to play older instruments that "fight you back" in order to get the blues sound — many players have moved on. ...Read entire article
CD & DVD Releases
Dennis Jones :: WE3 LIVE
The power trio of guitar, bass and drums has long been a foundational lineup in rock ‘n’ blues with groups like Cream, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and The Jimi Hendrix Experience building Hall of Fame careers and cementing the format. All the great trios built that reputation playing hundreds of shows. L.A. based Dennis Jones Band are proving that the power trio is alive and well, with the hard-working band already logging over 12,000 miles so far in 2018, not counting a European tour of four countries. In that spirit the road warriors honor their hard-won skills by releasing a new album, WE3 Live, captured at the Beaver Creek Brewery in the wild west town of Wibaux, Montana.
Jones has been well known as a blistering lead guitarist since winning the International Blues Challenge in 2004 as a member of the Zac Harmon Band. He has pushed forward his solo career winning acclaim as a songwriter, who isn’t afraid to tackle the controversial issues of today.
...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Blue Over You" 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
- 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.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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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Festival-Event Calendar
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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

 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
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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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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