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Blues Festival Guide
May 16, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 20

May 30
ends July 11
June 16
Sept 30
Show us your BFG
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
The 2019 Blues Festival Guide Magazine is now Digital!
Hi folks... We're so excited about our 2019 edition of the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. The magazine has been shipping and you can find at select festivals and via your Blues Society. We now have it in digital form on our website.
Click the cover image here to check it out!
If you'd like to order one to have delivered to your mailbox and hold in your hands please click this link. 
Team BFG,
Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather, Tom, Goran
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Kenny and Josi Neal at the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame Induction ceremony May 8th in Memphis, TN during Blues Music Awards (BMA) week.
Congratulations to Kenny Neal who won the 2019 BMA for Contemporary Blues Artist of The Year.
 Photo by Belinda Holloway-Harker
*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 ...
Featured Videos 
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
"No Mercy in this Land" 2019 BMA Song of the Year
CD & DVD Releases
Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson :: BLUES IN MY BLOOD 
There is a long tradition of vocal duos in country and folk music, with groups like Sugarland and Shovels and Rope continuing to see success and popularity with the formula. Tiffany Pollack, an acclaimed New Orleans jazz singer, and Eric Johanson (performing courtesy of Whiskey Bayou Records), former lead guitarist for Cyril Neville, have teamed up to bring that winning tactic to the blues and roots world on their new album Blues In My Blood. Eleven tracks of original and select standards showcase the depth of each one’s talent with a new collaboration that is fresh and natural. The Louisiana natives, who each have been building a strong career, met when Pollack was reunited with her biological family at 25, and discovered they are cousins and third-generation members of a musical family with a rich history. After years of the cousins’ mothers pushing for them to work together, the duo project has come to fruition for a very personal family project in celebration of the blues. 
...Find more about these artists and release
"Blues In My Blood"
ListenLabel Website
News Flash... 
Who Would Have Thought???
(HUGHESVILLE, PA )  …what began as a discussion among friends in a local Williamsport, Pennsylvania bar in May of 1990, would 30 years later be the reason for a three-day celebration of the art form. The Billtown Blues Festival has never lost its stride year after year and has become an annual landmark event in Central Pennsylvania.  Thirty consecutive years of producing great blues festivals is reason to celebrate, and so it will, be June 14,15 and 16 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville. Pennsylvania. 
With a starting kitty of just $300, the event has experience measured and gradual growth, now luring blues fans from all over the United States and beyond with its impressive lineup year after year and its 100% focus on the blues art form.  

One can visit the website and marvel at the talent that has presented great blues music on this rural Pennsylvania stage. Luther Allison, Levon Helm, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Sista Monica, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Slick Ballinger, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, represent just a tiny sampling of the talent that have thrilled Billtown Festival attendees over the years.  ...Find links and more about the Billtown Blues Festival
Hill Country Harmonica May 16-19, 2019
(WATERFORD, MS) - Foxfire Ranch (1465 Old Oxford Road Waterford, MS) is teaming up with Hill Country Harmonica Founder, Youtube Harmonica Instruction King, Adam Gussow, and the backbone for the previous HCH events in 2010-2012 and 2018, Jeff Silverman, to bring you the 5th installment of the Hill Country Harmonica. This year's HCH showcases a world-class lineup of teachers and performers representing the best in traditional and contemporary blues harmonica.

Admission covers a four-day intensive for blues harmonica students (all levels) and their friends and family, featuring lectures, workshops, interviews, jam sessions and concerts with some of the finest harp masters in the world and living legends of the Mississippi blues.

This year Foxfire Ranch is also celebrating 100 years of Black land ownership in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The Hollowell family is pleased to welcome back the Hill Country Harmonica community (old and new) for a weekend of fellowship, epic classes, jam sessions and evening performances.
 ...Find links and more about Hill Country Harmonica 
Big Congratulations to the 2019 Blues Music Award Winners 
(MEMPHIS, TN) – “The Memphis Cook Convention Center was packed with blues musicians, fans, and music-world luminaries on May 9th anxious to see who would be announced as winners at the 40th Annual Blues Music Awards. For the second consecutive year, Little Steven Van Zandt emceed the festivities, with such notable musicians as Maria Muldaur, Latimore, Colin Linden, Scott Barnhart, Colin James, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Victor Wainwright serving as presenters. Besides awarding honors in 25 categories, the BMAs, as is its tradition, featured performances from many nominees, with the gala ending in a jubilant all-star jam.

The night’s joyful celebration, however, also held a note of sadness. This year’s top award winner was Michael Ledbetter, who passed away in January. Ledbetter was honored with the Instrumentalist-Vocals award and named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year while his group, The Welch-Ledbetter Connection, were victors as the Band of the Year. Additionally, his co-bandleader, Monster Mike Welch, topped the Instrumentalist-Guitar category. At the ceremony, Welch noted of his late musical partner: ‘I am the guitarist I am in 2019 because I had to keep up with Mike Ledbetter.’” … – Blues Foundation 
...Find entire list of winner and links to pics and more details 
Delta Blues Museum Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel and their Families
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Delta Blues Museum announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation's active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day. Military can find the list of participating museums at here.

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more   than 2,000 museums nationwide. First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019.

Museum director Shelley Ritter says the program holds special meaning, stating, "Delta Blues Museum has been a participating Blue Star Museum since the program's inception in 2010.  We view this as an especially important initiative for our Museum as many blues musicians also served in the military. ...Find more details and links
Book your own Cabin now aboard the European Blues Cruise 2019!
(MARSEILLES, FR)- Don't miss the 5th Edition of The European Blues Cruise! The one and only authentic Blues Festival on the Mediterranean Sea!

This year, it's a 5 days pleasure cruising with world Class Blues Artists from Mississippi and Chicago: Sugar Blue, Jackie Scott, Major Handy, Uvee Hayes, Kevin Burt, and their musicians.

The luxury 5* Boat, MSC Orchestra offers great amenities and wonderful Stopovers in France, Spain & Italy (Marseilles, Ibiza, Barcelona, Genoa, Marseilles). Leaving from the Port of Marseilles (France) on September 30 To October 4, 2019

The official website is very easy to use! Book your cabin on 4-steps!
- Choose the language English or French
- Have a look on the fabulous 5* boat amenities and get more details about its wonderful stopovers.- Choose your cabin among 5 cabin categories, on full board or on all-inclusive basis. Prices are from 685 USD per person.
- Pay your deposit by credit card or bank transfer.
...Find links and more details about the European Blues Cruise
Blues On The Chippewa Aug 2-4, Durand, WI Free Admission!
(DURAND, WI) - Join us for three days of Blues music in beautiful downtown Durand, Wisconsin in Memorial Park. The 12th annual fest will feature Walter Wolfman Washington, CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion, Anthony Gomes, The Jimmy’s, Lamont Cranston, Jontavious Willis, South Farwell, Gary Cain Band, Funk N Roll, Brian Naughton Band and more. There will be a Craft Fair, food and beverage vendors, plus downtown tavern shows nightly. Shuttle service is available to and from campgrounds.

Each year, the first weekend in August, numerous musicians and music-lovers from all over the country gather in Durand, WI. 2019's Blues on the Chippewa will be held August 2-4 so put the date on your calendar and plan on joining us for a great weekend of music!

Blues on the Chippewa benefits the Brent Titus Music For Children Program and the PC Food Pantry.   ...Find more about Blues On The Chippewa
“Crazy Blues” Launched New Era for Blues Artists & Buyers
The first commercial recording of vocal blues by an African-American singer was Mamie Smith's performance of Perry Bradford's "Crazy Blues" in 1920 on OKeh Records. Smith was backed by clarinetist Johnny Dunn, trombone player Dope Andrews, clarinetist Ernest Elliott, Leroy Parker on violin and pianist Perry Bradford who were collectively known as The Jazz Hounds.
Written in 1918 and originally titled “Harlem Blues,” this was a song Mamie Smith learned from Bradford for a New York stage show called “The Maid of Harlem.”

Re-titled “Crazy Blues,” it was the record that launched a new era for blues in the music business and is said to have sold 75,000 in the first few months of its release. Record companies realized a huge untapped market of talent and potential buyers in the working-class black community.

The song brought wealth and fame to both Smith and Bradford during the 1920s and paved the way for Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and many more to follow.

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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
Memorial Day (US) May 27th
 Birthdays upcoming of note:
May 17-Taj Mahal (1942); May 18-Little Son Joe Lawlars (1900-1961), Big Joe Turner (1911-1985); May 19-Jimmy Thackery (1953); May 20-Joe Cocker (1944-2014); May 21-Fats Waller (1904-1943), Dave Specter (1963),  Billy Wright (1932-1991), Ronald Isley (1941); May 24- Bob Dylan (1941); May 25-Miles Davis (1926); May 26-Mamie Smith (1883–1946), Levon Helm (1940-2012); May 27-Junior Parker (1932-1971); May 28 T-Bone Walker (1910-1975), Gladys Knight (1944), Kaati (our BFG Owner/Publisher), Papa John Creech (1917-1989); John Fogarty (1945)
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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
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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
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
 21st International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival 
May-22-2019 - May-27-2019
Warrenpoint, County Down, UK
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival 
May-23-2019 - May-25-2019
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest & Festival
May-23-2019 - May-26-2019
Oxford, Mississippi, USA
Silver City Blues Festival 
May-24-2019 - May-26-2019
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Nurs'n Blues Music Festival
Buffalo, New York, USA
 Red's Old-Timers
Blues Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Exit 56 Blues Fest
May-25-2019 - May-26-2019, Brownsville, Tennessee, USA
May-25-2019 - May-26-2019
Ruisbroek - Puurs, Belgium
6 String Showdown
Burbank, California, USA
26th Avila Beach Blues Festival 
Avila Beach, California, USA
Smokin' in Steele
May-31-2019 - Jun-01-2019
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
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