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Blues Festival Guide
Feb 7, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 6

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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 
We caught up with the charismatic Brian Kelm, an Oct 2018 LRBC emcee and board member of the Utah Blues Festival. He also has a radio show, "Red, White & Blues" at  KCRL 90.9 which broadcasts every Monday night 8-10pm out of Salt Lake City Utah (and he's a lawyer).
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.
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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 
B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn, Etta James
"Ain't No Business"
CD & DVD Releases
The Little Red Rooster Blues Band ::
Since their formation in 1988, they have become one of the Delaware Valley’s premier blues bands, consistently delivering their own brand of blues, always combined with a crowd-pleasing, high-energy performance and a whole lot of fun.

The Little Red Rooster Blues Band is Kevin McCann on guitar/vocals, Dave Holtzman on harmonica/vocals, Jeff “Flourtown” Fats on bass, and Bob Holden on drums.

The band has built a community of friends and fans of the blues, one that cannot be matched. They have performed at clubs and festivals throughout the United States, and have even toured Europe on multiple occasions, averaging between 150 and 170 performances per year. To date, they have released 7 CDs of original material, all of which were widely acclaimed by critics and fans alike.In February of 2015, the band was inducted into the Pennsylvania Blues Hall of Fame, and in 2016, they were voted Best Band in Bucks County, PA, by the organization Bucks Happening.

In June of 2018, the band’s CD Lock Up The Liquor was released.
...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"Lock Up The Liquor"
News Flash... 
Lancaster Roots and Blues, A Festival of Music and Art
Feb 22-23-24, 2019
(LANCASTER, PA) - Lancaster Roots and Blues is a three-day music and arts festival in downtown Lancaster Pennsylvania on February 22, 23 and 24, 2019. The 2019 festival will be the 6th year for Lancaster Roots and Blues.

Lancaster Roots and Blues features a combination of musical artists representing a wide array of genres including Blues, Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, Rock n' Roll, Jazz, Funk and Soul, Reggae and so much more on multiple stages at a variety of great venues, all within walking distance of each other.  New for 2019 we will see the inclusion of the rich and dynamic arts scene here in Lancaster. Lancaster Roots and Blues is always a super fun time and a true music lover's paradise and now there will be even more to see and do while visiting the festival. 

Lancaster Roots and Blues is adding more shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to accommodate the continuing growth of the festival. In addition to the music and art people attend the festival to stroll the downtown Lancaster downtown area to enjoy the ambiance of the pre-Revolutionary War architecture, the oldest continuously operating market in the U.S. and our many great restaurants.
...Find more about the Lancaster Roots and Blues 
2019 Australian Blues Music Festival Feb 7-10
(GOULBURN, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA) - Thanks to the Australian Blues Festival, historic Goulburn has come to be considered by many to be the home of Australian Blues music. From Friday Feb 7 to Monday Feb 10, across 10 venues throughout Goulburn, the 23rd Australian Blues Music Festival will showcase the very best of emerging and established Aussie blues talent. The line-up includes acoustic and electric acts with a range of styles from the roots of blues music to the music that has been influenced by blues.
The festival is rated by Tourism Australia as one of the “must see events and festival in regional Australia.”More than 70, free-entry performances from 29 acts across 10 performance spaces though the city’s central business district are on offer for visitors and lovers of the blues.
Among the varied acts will be a a one-off, “Tribute to the Piano Player of the Blues,” featuring three of Australia’s finest performers - Leane Paris, Jan Preston and Leo Joseph. There will also be a “Songwriters in the Round” event with PJ O'Brien, John McNamara and Simon Kinney-Lewis and on Friday and Saturday night the unpredictability of Blues Roulette with Ben Wicks and Cameron Smith. ...Find more details, full lineup and more
B.B. King Homecoming Festival and Club Ebony June 1st
(INDIANOLA, MS) - The 39th Annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival will return to Fletcher Park in Indianola on June 1st, and will feature Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Lacee, Karen Wolfe, Chris Ivy, Robert Kimbrough Sr., United Male Chorus and the B.B. King Museum Allstars.

Starting February 1st, tickets are on sale for $15 and must be purchased online at Eventbrite B.B. King Homecoming 2019. Youth tickets (ages 6-17) are $5, and children age five and under get in free. Activities begin at noon with food and art vendors in the park, and entertainment will begin at 2pm, with Mr. Sipp taking the stage at 8pm.

In 2014, Mr. Sipp was the International Blues Challenge (Band) winner, the Jus’ Blues Foundation’s Bobby Rush Entertainer of the Year, and the Albert King Gibson Guitar award winner. He won several Jackson Music Awards in 2015, including International Male Blues Artist, Blues Artist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. In 2016, he received the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Album and the Spirit of Little Walter Award.

Following the events in Fletcher Park, a concert will be held at historic Club Ebony with Grady Champion and Christone "KINGFISH" Ingram"
...Find artist details and ticket and event links
Blues Jukes & Jazz Streets with Bill Ferris and more
Here you can find a program segment from JPR Jefferson Public Radio a service of Southern Oregon University from their Rhythm & News Radio Schedule. The program is called American Routes and it’s hosted by Nick Spitzer on Sundays 2-4pm.

“We travel from Mississippi juke joints to the streets of the French Quarter to hear from those who record and perform music," says Spitzer. "Folklorist Bill Ferris recounts his experience documenting blues, gospel, fife & drum music and folk arts in the Mississippi delta and hill country. Ferris recently compiled his recordings in the Voices of Mississippi boxed set….”
And there's more.

Presenting a broad range of American music — from blues, jazz, gospel and soul, to rockabilly, zydeco, Tejano and roots rock – American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads that both distinguish and bind these diverse genres. The program also presents documentary features and artist interviews that take listeners on journeys riding legendary trains, visiting street parades, discovering roadside attractions and meeting tap dancers, fishermen and fortunetellers. The songs and stories on American Routes chronicle and celebrate both the community origins of American music and the musicians who create it.
...Find the links to this program as well as cool. upcoming programs
 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 - BOOK Now!

~ 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!
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
February is Black History Month
Birthdays upcoming of note:
 Feb 7-Earl King (1934), King Curtis (1934), Eubie Blake (1883); Feb 8-Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (1889), Floyd Dixon (1929), Eddie "Guitar" Burns (1928); Feb 9-Johnny Heartsman (1937); Feb 10-Alton Jay "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin (1932), TV Slim (1916); Feb 11-Josh White (1908), Phillip Walker (1937), Little Johnny Taylor (1943), Otis Clay (1942); Feb 12-Pink Anderson (1900); Feb 14-"Magic Sam" Maghett (1937), Maceo Parker (1943); Feb 15-James "Kokomo" Arnold (1901); Feb 16- Bill Doggett (1916, Super Chikan (1951; Feb 17-Lou Ann Barton (1954), Feb 18-Irma Thomas (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
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Look for our 17th issue coming Spring 2019!
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
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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
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NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events here
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 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32 Eastern Caribbean
Feb-03-2019 - Feb-10-2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Australian Blues Music Fest
Feb-07-2019 - Feb-10-2019
Goulburn, New South Wales,Australia
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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 Destination Blues Music Festival
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-08-2019 - Mar-09-2019
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Walla Walla Guitar Festival
Mar-08-2019 - Mar-10-2019
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Blues Bash at the Ranch
Mar-15-2019 - Mar-17-2019
Brooksville, Florida, USA
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
Tucson Blues & Brews Festival
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-11-2019 - Apr-14-2019
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
Juke Joint Festival & Related Events + Cathead Mini Blues Fest
Apr-11-2019 - Apr-14-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
15th Annual Blues By the Sea 
Apr-14-2019, Kiawah Island
South Carolina, USA
Spring Harp Fest XX
La Mesa, California, USA
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