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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 3, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 1

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CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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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
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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
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 

Here's singer Sandy Haley of Sandy Haley & Blues To The Bone from Los Angeles, captured on the 2018 Oct LRBC. It's always so cool to meet fellow music industry people on the cruise as well as the many blues fans from across the globe.
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 ...
Featured Videos 
Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater  
CD & DVD Releases
Paul Filipowicz’s :: UNFILTERED
From the first gut-bucket note of Magic Sam’s “All My Whole Life Baby” to the low-down pool hall and juke-box sounds he heard in the early ‘60s, Paul Filipowicz’s Unfiltered is real and raw.

Chicago Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Paul Filipowicz breaks the filter off his smoking blues and gives it to you straight in this, his 10th recording. “I got my blues education the old-fashioned way,” Paul says. “The only way my dad could get out of the house on a Saturday night was to take us boys along, and man did we see some joints!”

On Unfiltered Paul pays homage to the masters. Three Magic Sam tracks draw on Paul’s history of playing an all Magic Sam set in the ‘70s, and Lowell Fulson and Howlin’ Wolf tracks are also represented with a deftness of hand that is true to their creators. The album includes five Paul Filipowicz originals, including the rollicking “Riding High” and the four-on-the-floor ass shakers “Brand New Hat” and “My Woman.” ...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Riding High" 
News Flash... 
Johnny Winter's All-Inclusive "Winterfest" in Jamaica Jan 24-31, 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
40th Blues Music Awards Nominees Announced Jan 9

(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Foundation in partnership with broadcast partner Ditty TV will announce the 40th Blues Music Awards nominees from Memphis on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. William Bell and Shemekia Copeland will emcee the announcements beginning at 8am CST.
...Find the links where you can hear/watch them live as they're broadcast
Tequila Blues Explosion Jan 10-13
(IXTAPA-ZIHUATANEJO, MX) - The 2nd annual Tequila Blues Explosion, a blues and blues-rock festival held in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico, January 10-13, will also feature a taste of jazz-blues fusion and reggae. There will be performers from US, Canada and Mexico, tributes, a harp-off, a drum-off, catamaran cruise, pool parties and more! The festival helps raise funds for the local orphanage.

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, with it's many near perfect beaches and millions of grains of untouched sand, is a perfect location for the Tequila Blues Explosion brand. They are able to provide an amazing vacation experience, "vacaciones increibles," by combining the music and the warmth of the beach. In fact, their mantra is, "Come for the music, stay for the beach"
This 3-day international festival with many great performers from Canada, USA, and Mexico. Headliners are Jenie Thai, Charlie Jacobson, and Geoff and Chris Dahl-The Blues Brothers Tribute from Canada, Robert George from the USA and Isidore Negrete, Charley Blues, Chris Sanchez, Juan Carlos Cortes, Raices del Blues, Broken Brothers Blues Band, Tangerine Blues-Rock and many more from Mexico.  ...Find more about the Tequila Blues Explosion
Lehigh River Blues Jam January 26 in Allentown
 (ALLENTOWN, PA) - The annual Lehigh River Blues Jam will be held January 26, 2019 at the Days Hotel Jetport Ballroom, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Doors open at 2:30pm and showtime starts at 3pm. Kicking off at 3pm will be Skyla Burrell followed by A Few Good Men, Mikey Junior, The BC Combo Jam All-Stars, Mike Farris, each with a 40-minute set. Headliner Georgie Bonds will perform from 8:45-10pm. There will be food and bar service available during the festival. The event aims to raise awareness in the Lehigh Valley about the Red Cross. T
he Lehigh River Blues Jam began in 2006. This is a grass-roots Blues festival with a diverse range of styles and is maintained by a well-oiled team of volunteers, drawing a growing community of Blues lovers from around the world.Advance tickets (PayPal) are $20, door $25, VIP Table for 8 to 10 guests (PayPal) $200. Children 16 and under are free. PayPal purchases end on Jan 20 at midnight.  ...Find more about the Lehigh River Blues Jam
Toronto’s Maple Blues Awards February 4
 (TORONTO, ON, CA) - The Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s National Blues Awards program - promoting blues music across Canada and recognizing outstanding achievement in the field (the equivalent to the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards). The winners of the Twenty-Second Annual Maple Blues Awards will be announced at the Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto, on February 4, 2019 at TELUS Centre for the Performing Arts: Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada).
This very special evening is Canada's national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent. It's also a night of great music with performances by some of this year's nominees backed by the all-star Maple Blues Band and hosted by bluesman and actor Raoul Bhaneja from Raoul and The Big Time. The annual all-star concert, awards event, and after party celebrating Canada’s blues music will feature performances by Steve Marriner, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Jenie Thai, Crystal Shawanda and Earl & Coffin. Don’t miss the after party with Guy Bélanger, too. Presented in partnership with the Toronto Blues Society. ... Find more about the Maple Blues Awards
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 - Open Cabin Sales launched! BOOK 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. Open Cabin Sales launched! BOOK NOW!

~ 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:
Jan 5-Johnny Adams (1932), Wilbert Harrison (1929), Sam Phillips (1923 founder of Sun Records); Jan 6-Kim Wilson (1951); Jan 8-Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 promoter at legendary Fillmore); Jan 9-Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); Jan 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935), Sam Chatmon (1897), Jerry Wexler (1914 founder of Atlantic Records); Jan 11-Slim Harpo (1924), Katie Webster (1936), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); Jan 12- Ruth Brown (1928), Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904), Long John Baldry (1941) 
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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 
Look for our 17th issue coming Spring 2019!
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
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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 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
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Allentown, Pennsylvania 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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