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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 20, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 51

Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Featured Videos 
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the Blues Festival Guide staff. Music is a healer, we know this.
Enjoy all the sounds and sights of the season as we prepare for the new year. But how ever you celebrate... do it with kindness. Have fun, embrace your loved ones but don't forget those less fortunates.
Team BFG
Do yourself a favor and click through... 
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 

Randy Oxford, Rae Gordon (3rd Place-IBC, 2017- Rae Gordon & the Backseat Drivers, Cascade Blues Association), and LA Smith at Big Sky Rhythm & Blues Festival, Aug 3-5, 2018.
Photo courtesy
LA Smith
*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!
 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 
Kurt Russell & Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
"Santa Claus Is Back In Town"
CD & DVD Releases
The Southern gentleman of the blues” and four-time BMA nominee Frank Bey latest opus is Back In Business on Nola Blue Records.

The consummate performer and man for all seasons, Philadelphia’s Frank Bey boldly declares he is “back in business now” in the opening voice over on the title track of his fourth album. Recorded and produced in Nashville by two-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, the title track is both autobiographical and symbolic of Bey’s inspired return to the singing career he began as a child in his hometown of Millen, Georgia and will be a fine accompaniment to the new documentary film When You Ask Me How I Feel: The Life And Music Of Frank Bey.

Bey explains the result as this; “Without a doubt, Back In Business is the recording I have always wanted to make, and I couldn’t have done it without Tom Hambridge and the excellent musicians he assembled. It was SO much fun working with such wonderful people.”

Hambridge once again uses his “Midas Touch” on the Nashville sessions by producing, playing drums and writing six of the eleven songs. 
...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Back In Business" 
News Flash... 
Johnny Winter's All-Inclusive "Winterfest" In Jamaica 2019
(TRELAWNY, 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 the Jamaica Winterfest 
Great Salt City Blues Concert Dec 26th Pays Tribute to Legends 
(SYRACUSE, NY) - The beautiful Palace Theatre in Syracuse The Palace Theatre Syracuse (2384 James St., Syracuse, New York) will once again play host to The GREAT Salt City Blues Concert on Wednesday, December 26 at 7:30 pm with doors at 6pm.

Syracuse’s best pays tribute to 5 legendary Blues artists - Bobby Blue Bland, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, T-Bone Walker, and Johnny Winter.

Presented by Blue Wave Productions, this is an historic concert, a once in a life-time event, never to be repeated (not a jam session), featuring some of the area's greatest musicians from such legendary Syracuse bands as The Kingsnakes, Kim Lembo & Blue Heat, Los Blancos, The Hi-Jivers, Ron Spencer Band, Built For Comfort, Phil Petroff & The Natural Fact, Blueprints, and Stroke.
General Admission advance sale tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
...Find tickets and more about this concert and artists
BFG Early-Bird Discount Ends Dec 31 
In the spirit of the holidays, the Blues Festival Guide (BFG) annual magazine early-bird discount has been extended to December 31. This is a once-a-year marketing opportunity. The 17th annual Blues Festival Guide Print Magazine hits the streets April 2019. The Blues Festival Guide is a Blues Foundation Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Recipient for Media. Bobby Rush calls it "the roadmap to the blues."
Enjoy over 100 pages of festival information, blues history and lifestyle, industry highlights and editorial content to keep you connected to the Blues. Order/Pay for your Ad Space before December 31, 2018 and SAVE money! Your artwork isn't due until March.
Our popular annual magazine will be a great marketing vehicle for you ~ join us as an advertiser! 100,000 copies of the magazine are distributed for Free throughout U.S. and Canada to industry professionals (festival promoters, club owners, labels, booking agents, bands, etc.), and of course… BLUES FANS! Thousands more are mailed to subscribers.
...Find rates and more details about our popular print magazine
ISC’s Annual Stocking Stuffer Promotion thru Jan 4 
International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is re-opening submissions from December 17, 2018 to January 4, 2019 for its annual Stocking Stuffer promotion, and the fee is a discounted $25 per entry. All entries will also be automatically entered into the overall 2018 ISC competition. There are 23 categories to choose from, and there is no limit to the number of songs you may enter. All songs entered will be entered into the overall competition as well and will be eligible to win the overall ISC prizes which include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services.

One overall winner in the Stocking Stuffer promo will receive one full day of free recording time at The Tracking Room, Nashville’s biggest recording studio.

This will be the very last chance to enter ISC 2018, so enter now, and Happy Holidays from the ISC team!

Established in 2002, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is the world's largest and most prestigious songwriting competition and is open to professional and amateur songwriters from all over the world. The New York Times called it "the songwriting competition to take note of."
 ...Find more about ISC promotion
Blues Band Larkin Poe Talks Music, Gender, and Edgar Allan Poe
Timothy Hafke/Hour Detroit
Before their upcoming performance at Detroit’s El Club on Dec. 17, [Hour Detroit] sat down with Rebecca and Megan Lovell of blues-rock band Larkin Poe, who has produced soulful, gritty hits like “Black Betty,” “Look Away,” and “Jailbreak,” and has gained a celebrity fan-base that includes Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. The Southern sisters dished about breaking the gender barriers of the music industry, their long-lost relative Edgar Allen Poe, and their new album, Venom & Faith, released in November.

Hour Detroit [HD]: What inspired you both to start your blues band; blues being a genre that isn’t pursued by many artists today, especially by female musicians?

Rebecca: We grew up in the South, specifically Atlanta, so the blues, bluegrass, and Americana were inevitably huge touchstones for us. To Megan and I, singing blues is returning to our roots – we've pursued different styles of music over the years and participated in a few collaborations. But this eight-year journey of being Larkin Poe … I think we’re finally producing American music, which has always been a goal for us.
...Find more about Larkin Poe
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
– LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 - PREBOOK Now!
– LRBC #33 MX Riviera, Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 - PREBOOK Now!
– LRBC #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 - SOLD OUT

~ LRBC#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020. 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). PREBOOK NOW!

~ 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. Bands include Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, Latimore, Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou feat. Eric Johanson & Jeff McCarty, Tommy Castro, Mindi Abair, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mike Zito, Southern Avenue and many more! Click for Artist Lineup and info.

~ LRBC #32 Feb 2019 Eastern Caribbean.
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. The cruise is sold out! Click for Artist Lineup and info.
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Dec 19 Ray Fuller, Professor Longhair (aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918); Dec 21 Peetie Wheatstraw (1902), Carla Thomas (1942); Dec 22 Lil Green (1919); Dec 23 Little Esther Phillips (1935); Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924)Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949); Dec 27 Tracy Nelson (1944); Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914), Johnny Otis (1921); Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929); Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928); Dec 31 Odetta (1930)
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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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 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
Great British Rock & Blues Festival
Jan-18-2019 - Jan-21-2019
Skegness, Lincolnshire, UK
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest, 9th Annual 
Zephyrhills , Florida, USA
Johnny Winter's
Winterfest in Jamaica
Jan-24-2019 - Jan-31-2019
Trelawny, Jamaica
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2019
Boca Raton , Florida, USA
The February Blues XXII 
Jan-31-2019 - Feb-03-2019
Barrie - Simcoe County - York Region, Ontario, Canada
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32 Eastern Caribbean
Feb-03-2019 - Feb-10-2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Mornington Peninsula Blues Fest
Melbourne, Australia
Fargo Winter Blues Festival
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-15-2019 - Feb-17-2019
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival
Feb-21-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Boquete, Panama
Lancaster Roots and Blues
Feb-22-2019 - Feb-24-2019, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
Feb-23-2019 - Feb-24-2019
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest
Feb-25-2019 - Mar-02-2019, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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