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Blues Festival Guide
April 25, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 17

ends May 9
ends July 11
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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
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Here's our longtime, good friend and BFG Sales Director Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw celebrating the arrival of the 2019 Blues Festival Guide magazine with a bottle of "Buddy Brew” (and a couple of blues fans). Buddy Brew is Buddy Guy’s beer and the label states: “The Damn Right Beer!”
Cheryl says, "Thanks to all of our advertisers, our amazing authors and photographers, our distributors and our wonderful staff who made this possible. See ya at the BMA’s!"
Photo: Tom Yearnshaw
*NOTE! Each Spring 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 17th annual! Then EMAIL your photo plus caption & photo credit.
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Featured Videos 
“Monster" Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter
"Down Home Girl" (2017)
CD & DVD Releases
Exuberant new album from jump-swing piano torchbearer Mitch Woods captures the sound, soul and spirit of New Orleans. Recorded live at the Crescent City’s famed Jazz & Heritage Festival, A Tip of the Hat to Fats showcases the masterful pianist and entertainer in his element — onstage and in command of a wealth of styles, from jump swing to blues, boogie-woogie to primal rock ’n’ roll.

Mitch Woods’ new album is far more than a tribute to the late rock ’n’ roll granddaddy Fats Domino. With a wide embrace of styles, high-flying performances, and a song list that also includes Professor Longhair, Wynonie Harris, Jackie Brenston and Woods himself, these nine tunes — each with a buoyant introduction by the singer, pianist and bandleader — perfectly spotlight his upbeat virtuosity. The album was released by Blind Pig Records via The Orchard on April 19, 2019.

“I’m an entertainer, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be than at a festival playing and singing the music I love and making people happy,” Woods relates. “Onstage is where I flourish.
...Find more about this artist and release
"Blue Monday"
King Bee & The Stingers :: MEET ME IN MEMPHIS
Meet Me In Memphis, the debut album by King Bee & The Stingers, plants its roots firmly in that city's fertile musical soil but stretches across the blues landscape and beyond. From Chicago to the north, Muscle Shoals to the south, and even across the pond for some vintage British guitar finery, the songs spin tales of love, obsession, regret, redemption and more. "We started playing these songs in the spring of 2018 and started recording them shortly thereafter," explains harmonica player/singer and band founder Mark 'King Bee' Menefee. "Then we played a lot of gigs over the summer, the songs changed, got better so we went back and rerecorded them."

Menefee formed the band in 2007, but it wasn't until his daughter, Sarah, came on board as lead singer in 2014 that the group began to come into their own. They steamrolled to the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge in 2018 and 2019, gaining fans from around the globe for their expansive take on the blues. ...Find more about this artist and release
"You're All I Need"
News Flash... 
Inaugural Huntington Beach New Blues Festival April 27
(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) - The New Blues Festival, Southern California's premier family blues festival, heads to Huntington Beach Saturday, April 27 at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex (18100 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, California)! Headlining sets by top Orange County-based artists Eric Sardinas, James Harman, The Verdoros and Legendary Bluesman Guitar Shorty plus eight additional acts! But wait, there's more: a dozen great SoCal bands performing on the "Big Top Stage" both days. (Rain Or Shine). The inaugural Huntington Beach New Blues Festival showtime is 9am- 9pm (gates open 9am).

The Festival features an eclectic, Orange County-centric Main Stage lineup with eight of the twelve groups - Eric Sardinas, James Harman, The Rhythm Shakers, The Verdoros with Harliss Sweetwater, plus Warren Renfro and Brian Coakley (ex-Cadillac Tramps), The Broughams, Whiskey & The Wolves, and the Michael Mills Band - all calling the OC home. Blues legend Guitar Shorty, New Blues Revolution, Deb Taren Band, and Union Hobos are the other Main Stage acts.  ...Find more about the Huntington Beach New Blues Festival. 
Take a European Blues Cruise from France 
(MARSEILLE, FR) - The particularity of European Blues Cruise is the meeting between tourism and blues. Indeed, we cover destinations all around the Mediterranean basin rocked by melodies of its own. From Sept 30-Oct 4, sail from Marseille, France, to Ibiza (a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain), Barcelona, Spain, and Genoa, Italy and back to Marseille. The cruise includes: Blues concerts on board + private sessions + grand opening night.

Our cruise is organized by the association Blues in Marseille, which aims to promote the blues in the city through various concerts. Through this festival of blues at sea, we highlight the city of Marseille, its tourist attractions and its cruise port.

Our event is organized thanks to partnerships with the travel agency Marseillaise Voyages Byblos and various cruise lines.
Since its creation in 2014, we offer new routes and artistic programs of quality to combine holidays and musical passion. From blues, rhythm and blues to soul to Delta blues, our artists accompanying you throughout the trip come mostly of the United States to offer you their voices and their stories.
...Find more about European Blues Cruise
Enter Your Songs at Unsigned before April 30
Unsigned Only is looking for talented, unsigned artists who deserve to be heard! Submit your entry now before the April 30th deadline for your chance at $20,000 US in cash, plus one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives.

If you are an unsigned artist and think you have what it takes to land a record deal, then you should enter the Unsigned Only Music Competition. Since Unsigned Only launched seven years ago, four Grand Prize winners have been signed to major label record deals, making Unsigned Only a leading source for transitioning new talent into major label record deals. However, getting a record deal isn't the only success Unsigned Only artists have achieved. Many winners have also secured licensing deals, publishing deals, better gigs, and more recognition after winning the competition. This could be your chance!

Unsigned Only is designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are looking for exposure, recognition, and a chance to be noticed by industry professionals. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the “gem” that needs to be discovered.
Enter your songs today! ...Find out about how to enter
24-Hour Blues Online is a worldwide, 24-Hour online radio station.
The program features the Delta blues and classics and new artists.
Special programming also shares events, artist and interviews with the DJ's, etc.
The radio runs best with Chrome. 

To feature your music or for interviews, call 832-439-2211 or email.
...Find links
 Artists, promoters, etc.... promote your tour, blues event
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
LRBC #33 MX Riviera, Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 - Soldout! Waitlist open!
LRBC #34 Western Caribbean, Jan 19-26, 2020 Bands Announced 

~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera Oct 26-Nov. 2, 2019 is Soldout! Wailist is now open! 
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! JOIN WAITLIST!
~ LRBC#34 Western Caribbean Jan 19-26, 2020. BANDS ANNOUNCED HERE! Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. Stay tuned for official public on-sale date or wait list announcement.
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
April is International Guitar Month
 Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 25 Albert King (1923–1992); April 26 Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886-1939), Johnny" Shines (1915-1992), J. B. Hutto (1926-1983), Mike Finnegan (1945); April 27-Ann Peebles (1947), Michael Ledbetter (1985-2019); April 29-Big Jay McNeely (1927-2018), Otis Rush (1935), Frankie Lee (1941), April 30-Rev. Gary Davis (1896-1972), Mabel Scott (1915-2000), Frankie Lee Sims (1917-1970), Jimmie Lee Robinson (1931-2002) 
(Mike Ledbetter Photo: Mary Ann Haskell)
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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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6 String Showdown
Apr-07-2019 - Jun-30-2019
Newport Beach, California, USA
 Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival 
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
New Blues Festival
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Crossroads Blues Society 25th Anniversary Party
Mount Carroll, Illinois, USA
White Lake Blues Festival
Whitehall, Michigan, USA
Redwood Coast Music Festival
May-09-2019 - May-12-2019
Eureka, California, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-09-2019 - May-12-2019
San Diego, California, USA
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-10-2019 - May-11-2019
OOST-SOUBURG, Netherlands
Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Northeast Blues Guitar Summit
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Lincoln Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
May-11-2019, Lincoln, UK
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 Blues on Broadbeach 
May-16-2019 - May-19-2019
Gold Coast , Australia
Kimbrough Cotton Patch
Soul Blues Festival
May-17-2019 - May-19-2019
Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
Stomp The Blues Out of Homelessness
Springfield, Missouri, USA
Doheny Blues Festival
May-18-2019 - May-19-2019
Dana Point, California, USA
Bluesfestival Baden
May-18-2019 - May-25-2019
Baden, Switzerland
NCFBS Women in Blues Showcase
 Gainesville, Florida USA
International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, 21st Annual 
May-22-2019 - May-27-2019
Warrenpoint, County Down, UK
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival 
May-23-2019 - May-25-2019
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Silver City Blues Festival 
May-24-2019 - May-26-2019
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Red's Old-Timers
Blues Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA 
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