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Blues Festival Guide
May 9, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 19

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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
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Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Here's this year's cover photographer Marilyn Stringer in Memphis, TN for the Blues Music Awards! Marilyn is a tireless artist with a keen eye! We thank her for this year's stunning cover photo of Robert Finley!
The magazine has started shipping and you can find at select festivals and via your Blues Society. If you'd like to order one to have delivered to your mailbox please click this link and ...enjoy!!
Photo by Belinda Holloway
*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.
**Want more info or your own hard copy? Go to this page!
We're proud that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
Meet some BFG Staff in Memphis 
(MEMPHIS, TN) - Some of the BFG staff are in Memphis for BMA Week. Stop and say "hello" if you see one of us! We sure look forward to seeing you!
Sales Dir. Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw, Belinda Holloway & Tom Andrews.
Featured Videos 
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers "My Old Neighborhood"
CD & DVD Releases
Benny Turner and Cash McCall :: GOING BACK HOME
After careers spanning six decades, BMA nominee Benny Turner and Grammy-winning co-producer Cash McCall return to their roots in this inspired collection of Chicago treasures.

Producer Benny Turner says, “A death in the gospel world inspired me to contact my old friend Cash. I had no idea about his health problems and wanted to do whatever I could to help. Getting him involved in a music project seems to have been the best medicine in the world for him, because he is really excited about it. I asked Billy Branch if he was available to be a special guest on the record, and he didn’t hesitate for a minute to say, ‘Count me in!’”

Blues legends Benny Turner and Cash McCall’s friendship began in Chicago over sixty years ago. The pair reunited to revisit their roots and the songs they once played nightly in South and West Side nightspots for their album Going Back Home
...Find more about these artists and release
"Poison Ivy"
ListenLabel Website
News Flash... 
Doheny Performance Schedule Announced!
DANA POINT, CA) - The Doheny Blues Festival is just around the corner – May 18-19 at Sea Terrace Park at Pacific Coast Highway and Niquel Road! Check out the set times, find out what stages your favorite artists are performing on, and start planning your festival weekend! Saturday, music runs from 11am-9:00pm and on Sunday, music runs from 11am-8:30pm! (click image to enlarge)

Driving or Using a Rideshare App? Take advantage of all the free street parking around Sea Terrace Park, use a Rideshare option that will drop you off right at the festival, or ride a bike!

The pedestrian entrance is on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road, but remember - there is NO parking allowed in the Salt Creek Beach parking lot.

Shuttles will be operating all weekend long! Our shuttles will run to many locations throughout the City of Dana Point, including the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Doubletree Suites / Campground, Dana Hills High School and Strands Beach. Plus, trolleys from Laguna Beach will drop off at the Main Entrance!

Tickets are going fast! 
...Find links and more about the Doheny Blues Festival 
Chubby Carrier – Zydeco with a Taste of Blues at Gator By the Bay

(SAN DIEGO, CA) - “Ain’t no party like a Chubby party, ‘cause a Chubby party don’t stop!”
For 30 years, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band have been turning audiences into “zydeco junkies”, by plying them with the band’s own brand of high energy, funky swamp zydeco, and instigating dancing and listening euphoria.  And they will do so again at this year’s Gator By the Bay Festival, happening May 9-12. But Chubby and the band are no strangers to the blues, either and the multi-talented musicians have been featured performers all along the blues circuit, including the Chicago Blues Fest, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and the Baja Blues Festival.
 “I love playing for people,” Chubby says, “and I found early on that I had to expand my repertoire in order to follow this passion of touring and playing full time. Along with zydeco, blues was my “other love,” and for many years I mostly played blues or R&B when I traveled to areas where zydeco wasn’t as well known. 
...Find links and more about Gator By The Bay
Women in Blues Showcase May 19th in Florida
(Gainesville, FL) – The North Central Florida Blues Society announced that its 6th annual Women in Blues Showcase will be held on May 19th at Cypress & Grove (1001 NW 4th St in Gainesville). The Women in Blues Showcase’s purpose is celebrating the Blues and the important role female performers have played, do play, and will play in keeping the genre vibrant.

The performers this year include regional and national touring acts in addition to some of North Central Florida’s top female talent.
This year’s performers are:
Melanie Murray (Gainesville, FL) - Nora Gauck (Keystone Heights, FL) - Amanda Ferwerda (Gainesville, FL) - Barbara Paul (Gainesville, FL) - Michelle Banfield (Gainesville, FL) - Tullie Brae (Nashville, TN) - Doris “Lady D” Fields (Beckley, WV) - Bridget Kelly (Gainesville, FL) - Niecie (Detroit, MI/Nashville, TN) - Patti Parks (Buffalo, NY) - Brigitte Rios Purdy (Los Angeles, CA) - Deb Ryder (Topanga, CA) - Queen Iretta Sanders (Jackson, MS) - Sheba the Mississippi Queen (Ocala, FL) - Pam Taylor (Lancaster, SC) - Ruth Wyand (Kill Devil Hills, NC)
House Band:
Christine Alexander (Pensacola, FL), drums - Leigh-Anne Stanton (Ottawa, ON), bass - Pam Taylor (Lancaster, SC), guitar.
The event will run from 2pm-7pm. 
...Find more about this NCFBS Showcase
Jack Dappa Blues Heritage Preservation Foundation releases its first album of our Field Recording series 
Black Folk Music: God Is Good, Vol. 1 by Shelton Kotton Powe Jr is a Field Recording series produced and distributed by The Jack Dappa Blues Heritage Preservation Foundation, with the mission of preserving our traditional music, while raising awareness that all African American traditional music is of the people and by the people. From the Blues, to Sorrow Songs, to Negro Spirituals, Field Hollers, Corn Ditties and Songsters, it should be considered Folk songs that were literally born out of circumstance and not just composed. The fact that the cultural music of the African American is the reflection of the people and their traditions, The Black Folk Music Field Recording series highlights today practitioners of the traditional music.
You can buy and listen to Black Folk Music: God Is Good Vol One by Shelton Kotton Powe. Find the Black Folk Music: God is Good Vol 1 here: Spotify - Apple Music - iTunes Store.  ...Find links and more about the CD, the Foundation, Radio, Podcasts, & more 
Sail Sept 30-Oct 4 on the European Blues
(MARSEILLE, FR) - The distinctness of European Blues Cruise is the meeting between tourism and blues. They 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 features: grand opening night, Blues concerts on board all week, and private sessions.

Artists include Grammy winner Sugar Blue who was nicknamed Jimi Hendrix of the harmonica: he’s played and recorded with Prince, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon, and Stan Getz, just to name a few. Sugar Blue and his band guarantee to produce a high-octane show that you will remember for a long time. 

2018 International Blues Challenge Winner, the award-winning vocalist, harmonica and guitar player, Kevin Burt, mixes gravity and contagious humor with a voice and presence that is powerful. ...Find more about this cruise 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join Waitlists!

Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join the wait list for your chance to sail… 

~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera sails Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2019 Soldout! Wailist open! 
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta & Manzanillo 

~ LRBC #34 Western Caribbean sails Jan. 19-26, 2020 Soldout! Wailist open! 
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Mother's Day May 12th
Memorial Day (US) May 27th
 Birthdays upcoming of note:
May 9-Bob Margolin (1949), A.C. Reed (1926–2004); May 10-Ted Bogan (1909-1990), Larry Williams (1935-1980; May 11-Kansas Joe McCoy (1905–1950); May 12-Barbara Dane (1927), Guy Davis (1952); May 13 Stevie Wonder (1950); May 14-Grady Gaines (1934); May 15-Johnny Williams (1906-2006), L.C. "Good Rockin" Robinson (1915-1976), Larry Johnson (1938-2016); May 17-Taj Mahal (1942); May 18-Little Son Joe Lawlars (1900-1961), Big Joe Turner (1911-1985); May 19-Jimmy Thackery (1953)
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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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 Blues Music Awards
Memphis, Tennessee, 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
Blues on Broadbeach 
May-16-2019 - May-19-2019
Gold Coast , Australia
Hill Country Harmonica 2019
May-16-2019 - May-19-2019, Waterford, Mississippi, USA
 Kimbrough Cotton Patch
Soul Blues Festival
May-17-2019 - May-19-2019
Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 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
6 String Showdown
Burbank, California, USA
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