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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 17, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 3

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
Memphis Here We Come… lots of ways to win
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Festival Guide (BFG) will have a table set up at the official IBC Registration area at the Tin Roof (315 Beale St.) Jan 23. Be sure to drop by and meet BFG Representatives Tom Andrews and Belinda Holloway and drop off your business card for a chance to win FREE advertising with Blues Festival Guide! While you’re there you can grab some Mardi Gras beads (while they last) that were actually caught during parades at the 2018 Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate (blues society) of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC. Affiliates can also submit a CD for the Best Self-Produced category.

There are over 111 entries in the band, solo/duo and youth divisions from around the blues globe plus five Best Self-Produced CD finalists.
...Find the links and lists and info on tickets
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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 
These blues girls were rockin' their cool hometown shirts touting the Land of Enchantment Blues Festival in New Mexico aboard the Oct 2018 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
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 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 ...
Featured Videos 
Previous IBC Recap (get a taste of IBC week excitement in Memphis)
CD & DVD Releases
Travis Bowlin :: SECUNDUS
Travis Bowlin‘s second studio album, Secundus, is a flavorful, driven yet sultry rock/soul/blues opus that takes us from there jazzy, smoky, lounge feeling of “Casaurina Sand” to heavy/hitting rock songs like “Dancing With The Devil.” There’s plenty of soul in between with tunes like “Strange Vibes” with its Wilson Pickett feel from start to finish, and the downright dirty blue stylings of tracks like “Slow Cooker Man” and “Vicksburg Blues.” This record is filled with lyrics that take you right there like a movie inside your head. There’s love, hate, happiness, sadness, and plenty of attitude throughout. The 12 original compositions were recorded it Mainframe Recording Studio with Bowlin serving as producer and Nathan Smith as sound engineer.

Secundus debuted at #8 on the Global Album Blues/Rock charts, #8 on the Tennessee Blues/Rock Album charts, #47 on Amazon’s 100 Top Selling Blues Albums, #33 on iTunes Top 200 Best Selling Blues Albums, made it on six Top 50 charts and jumped quickly from #38 to #5 on the Root’s Music Reports Blues Rock Charts. ...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Strange Vibes" 
News Flash... 
9th Annual Clarksdale Film & Music Festival Jan 25-26
(CLARKSDALE, MS) – This 9th Annual Clarksdale Film Festival Jan 25-26, a nonprofit event, specializes in Mississippi-connected and music-related (blues/roots) movies. They will also feature live blues music performances, history bus tours, a film workshop, nightly lobby receptions, special guests and more. The price? Just $5 per day!

Friday & Saturday January 25-26:
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM (1 Blues Alley) 10am-5pm - ROCK & BLUES MUSEUM (113 E 2nd St) 10am-5pm. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS RECTORY MUSEUM (106 Sharkey Ave.) 10am-1pm Sat only. "VISIT CLARKSDALE" TOURISM OFFICE (326 Blues Alley) Fri 9am-5pm

NEW ROXY 12pm: HISTORY BUS TOUR OF CLARKSDALE Historian/storyteller Robert Birdsong Please Meet At New Roxy at 11:45am. Drive by important film/music/Civil Rights/literary sites around town. Included in your $5 festival ticket (limited seating; first come, first served)

Friday January 25:
NEW ROXY 12pm: Lens Collective: Mississippi Docs presented by University of MS - 32 min - A multimedia workshop brought together 15 mentors and 31 students from 8 universities and gave them 12 hours to film and 6 hours to edit. ...Find links to tons of detailed info about the cool doings in Clarksdale
Johnny Winter's All-Inclusive Jamaica 2019 "Winterfest"
(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 Winterfest artists and more coming next weekend
17th Annual “In The Name Of Love” Annual MLK Jr. Musical Tribute Jan 20
 (OAKLAND, CA) - The 17th annual “In The Name Of Love,” honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Sunday, January 20th, 2019, 7pm at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center (1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA). This year’s tribute is called “Rhythm and Blues and the Civil Rights Movement.”
The event will feature vocalists Jeanie Tracy, Kev Choice, Ms. Faye Carol, Terrie Odabi, Alvon Johnson with the stellar band of Kev Choice, piano; Scott Thompson, bass; Daria Johnson, drums; Alvon Johnson, guitar. Also on the program will be the 55-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, The Living Jazz Children's Project (LJCP) with material written exclusively for this event, Mistress of Ceremonies Konda Mason, Co-founder and CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee who will present the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award to Tomika Perkins, this year’s recipient.

Over the past 14 years, Living Jazz has provided FREE music education to Oakland public elementary schools serving high percentages of low-income families (Title One) through the LJCP.

...Find more about this event and their goals
Bricks for the Blues
(MEMPHIS. TN) - Bricks for the Blues will be installed at the entrance to The Blues Foundation and Blues Hall of Fame Museum and you can be an integral part of that by purchasing one in your name. Your lasting gift will become part of blues music history, education, and its future.

Own your piece of Blues history by buying a Brick for the Blues. Donations are as low as $250 and there is a limited supply – so reserve your brick today. Payment must be made in full before your brick(s) will be manufactured. After your order is processed, and payment has been paid in full, you will receive information about creating your desired message(s) on the brick(s) you have purchased. Your purchase may be tax deductible.
For questions about Bricks for the Blues, please email Addison at the Blues Foundation. ...Find details and links
 Artists, promoters, etc.... promote your tour, blues event
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 & Birthdays
Jan 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 22-26  IBC and KBA Awards Luncheon   
Birthdays upcoming of note:
 Jan 19-Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936); Jan 20-Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1888), Luther Tucker (1936); Jan 21-Snooks Eaglin (1936), Richie Havens (1941), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938 DJ extraordinaire), Zora Young (1948); Jan 22-Hammie Nixon (1908), Sam Cooke (1935), “Blind” Willie Johnson (1897), Teeny Tucker (Jan 22); 24-Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949); Jan 24-Beth Hart (1972); Jan 25-Sleepy John Estes (1899), Etta James (1938); Jan 26-Huey "Piano" Smith (1934); Jan 27-Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (1914), Elmore James (1918), Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930); Jan 28-Drink Small (1933); Jan 29-Eddie Taylor (1923), Jonny Lang (1981); Jan 30-Janiva Magness (1957); Jan 31-Roosevelt Sykes (1906), Chuck Willis (1928), Paul deLay (1952), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953), Jan 31 Alan Lomax (1915 musicologist, writer, producer) 
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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!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender  EMAIL
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

 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
35th Annual
International Blues Challenge
Jan-22-2019 - Jan-26-2019
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Johnny Winter's
Winterfest in Jamaica
Jan-24-2019 - Jan-31-2019
Trelawny, Jamaica
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-25-2019 - Jan-26-2019, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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
Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea V
Feb-25-2019 - Mar-01-2019
Tampa, Florida, USA
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