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Blues Festival Guide
May 23, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 21

ends July 11
May 30
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 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!! 
We caught up with Michael Freeman, Vice Chair of the Blues Foundation during Blues Music Awards (BMA) week Memphis, TN, here with Kevin B.F. Burt, the 2018 IBC Solo/Duo Winner.
Photo by Cheryl O'Grady 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.
**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 
 Luther Johnson (Live in 1973 - France)
CD & DVD Releases
Albert Castiglia :: MASTERPIECE
As most artists will attest, the most unexpected circumstance can spark artistic inspiration. That’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Albert Castiglia  With his latest album, the aptly named Masterpiece, he celebrates an unforeseen triumph – a connection with a daughter he never knew he had. The result is a work that’s both personal and provocative all at the same time.
Co-produced by long-time friend and colleague Mike Zito, and coming out on Zito’s own label, Gulf Coast Records, the album also finds Castiglia reflecting on the disappointment and disconnect that’s gripped the nation in the past several years. “This album is an observation of life through the eyes of a father, grandfather, husband and citizen of the world. My newly found family brought out a perspective I never thought I'd have.”The Miami-raised musician served an apprenticeship while backing legendary blues musician Junior Wells. He later went on to work with singer Sandra Hall. 
...Find more about this artist and release
"Red Ride Blues"
ListenOrder here
News Flash... 
22st Annual Prairie Dog Blues Fest July 26-27, 2019
(Prairie Du Chien, WI) – The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! It is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park, right on the Mississippi River and nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age! Once you get that cold drink in your hand, great tunes in your ear and good, friendly people all around, you'll realize you're at one of the most beautiful venues anywhere and will soon be calling yourself a Prairie Dogger!

Blues and Roots music from Chicago Blues to West Coast Jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill Country Blues, New Orleans horns and Texas Boogie, Zydeco, Gospel, Blues Rock – We’ve got it all! This year's Friday lineup from 5pm-12am features: Tas Cru & The Tortured Souls, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Toronzo Cannon, Nikki Hill, and also Ghost Town Blues Band under the tent. Saturday’s lineup from features: Tommy Bentz Band, Kris Lager Band, Craig Erickson & The Roadhouse Rockers, Sarah Grace & The Soul, Eliminator (ZZ Top Tribute Band), Eliza Neals, and Anthony Gomes. ...Find more about the Prairie Dog Blues Fest
2nd Annual Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival May 25
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Red Paden presents his 2nd annual Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival featuring Mississippi/Southern blues acts "60 years old and up." The festival will be happening this Saturday May 25 from11am-8pm on the Martin Luther King Park Stage (Sunflower & MLK Dr.) in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Lineup: Cadillac John Nolden w/Bill Abel, Miss Gladys w/Terry "Big T" Williams, Johnny Drummer, Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry, John Horton, Watermelon Slim and Bobby Rush (plus who knows who else might show up!).

Entry is free but please feel free to donate $ at the GoFundMe for Reds Oldtimers Blues Festival. ...Click image for the Facebook page 
Blues, Brews & BBQ in the Rockies May 24-26
(BEAVER CREEK, CO) - Memorial Day in the Rocky Mountains means it's the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival at Beaver Creek! This much-loved weekend of BBQ, brews and live music heralds the start of summer. The Beaver Creek Resort (210 Beaver Creek Plaza, Beaver Creek, Colorado) will be jumping with a beer garden, BBQ competition and live music Friday, May 24 from 2pm-6pm; Saturday, May 25 from noon-6pm; and Sunday, May 26 from noon-6pm. Admission is free and is all-ages. Headliners include Shemekia Copeland, Quinn Sullivan, Larkin Poe, Davy Knowles, and Los Lobos.

Friday, May 24
2-5PM – BBQ Competition; 3-4PM – Ron Artis; 4:30PM – BBQ Competition Winner Announced; 5-6PM - Shemekia Copeland
Saturday, May 25
12-2PM – Burnsville Blues Band; 12-4PM – Vote for People’s Choice; 2:30-4PM – Quinn Sullivan; 4:30-6PM –Larkin Poe
Sunday, May 26
12-2PM – Taylor Scott Band; 12-4PM – Vote for People’s Choice and City Select Competition; 2:30-4PM – Davy Knowles; 4:30PM – People’s Choice and City Select Competition Winner Announced; 4:30-6PM – Los Lobos
...Find more details about the Blues, Brews & BBQ in Colorado 
Nurs'n Blues Music Fest featuring Kenny Neal May 25
(DEPEW, NY) - Join us for the Nurs'n Blues Music Fest featuring Kenny Neal! The Cove will feature 2 stages with music from 3pm-10pm. Tickets are $20-$25 and proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Nurs'n Blues music therapy program.

Featuring Grammy nominated and Buffalo Music Award-winning bluesman Kenny Neal, this event is presented by Patti Parks in collaboration with Music Is Art and the Western New York Blues Society, Saturday, May 25, at The Cove, (4701 Transit Road, Depew, New York).

Also performing: Robert "Freightrain" Parker - Jeremy Keyes Band - Patti Parks Band - Grace Stumberg & Grace Lougen - Hanna PK - Six Pack Jack Mcardle - Sheila Connors.

Free Limo Shuttle Bus Service to and from the Nurs 'n Blues Music Fest on Saturday, May 25th graciously provided by our NEW Sponsor, Giorgio's Limousine Service Limousine, every hour on the hour, starting at 2pm and running until 10pm. Two locations: Southtowns: Southgate Plaza Union Road West Seneca, New York (outside corner closest to Market in the Square); and NorthTowns: Transit Road Thruway Park & Ride. ...Find more details here
BBQ and Blues with Randy McAllister at Lincoln City Cultural Center May 26
(LINCOLN CITY, OR) - The Lincoln City Cultural Center (540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City, Oregon) will hold their fundraiser on Sunday, May 26. This night of blues and a homestyle barbecue dinner will benefit the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Your admission includes a beef brisket dinner with all the trimmings and a concert of East Texas blues and soul with Randy McAllister and his band, plus one ticket to the prize raffle. There will be room to dance and a no-host bar with Northwest beers by the bottle and wines by the glass. Dinner is served at 5:30pm with music and dancing start at 7pm. Show-only ticket holders will be admitted at 6:30pm. Open to all ages.

Roustabout, maverick, spiritual, gritty, amazing, genius, wild, bad-ass, soulful… These are some of the words used to describe Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and bluesman Randy McAllister and his four-piece band. It’s East Texas roadhouse soul by one of America’s true blues/roots originals. One of the most versatile bluesmen in Texas, Randy plays driving drums and world-class harmonica, writes incredible songs, and sings like no one else.
...Find more details about this event
Blues Cruise on Mediterranean Sea Sept 30-Oct 4
(MARSEILLES, FR)- Don't miss the 5th Edition of The European Blues Cruise! The one and only authentic Blues Festival on the Mediterranean Sea! Book now!

This year, it's a 5 day pleasure cruising with world Class Blues Artists from Mississippi and Chicago: Sugar Blue, Jackie Scott, Major Handy, Uvee Hayes, Kevin F. 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
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
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
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 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 (BFG Owner/Publisher), Papa John Creech (1917-1989); John Fogarty (1945); Jun 3- Jimmy Rogers (1924-1997), Memphis Minnie (1897-1973), Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999), Heather Penrod-Rudd (BFG Sales Rep & Distribution Mgr) - Jun 4 Tinsley Ellis (1957); Jun 8- James Harman (1946), Derek Trucks (1979); Jun 9- Jackie Wilson (1934–1984); Jun 10- Howlin' Wolf aka Chester Arthur Burnett (1910-1976); Jun 12- Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977)
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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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 Bluesfestival Baden
May-18-2019 - May-25-2019
Baden, Switzerland
 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
 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
Red's Old-Timers
Blues Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Nurs'n Blues Music Festival
Buffalo, New York, 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, US
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
26th Avila Beach Blues Festival 
Avila Beach, California, USA
Germantown Schnitzelburg
Blues Festival
May-31-2019 - Jun-01-2019
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Smokin' in Steele
May-31-2019 - Jun-01-2019
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA
Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival
Jun-07-2019 - Jun-08-2019
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Chicago Blues Festival, 36th Annual
Jun-07-2019 - Jun-09-2019
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-07-2019 - Jun-08-2019
Canton, Ohio, USA
Bentonia Blues Festival
Jun-10-2019 - Jun-15-2019
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
Blues on the Fox
Jun-14-2019 - Jun-15-2019
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-14-2019 - Jun-15-2019
Alpine, Arizona, USA
Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-14-2019 - Jun-16-2019
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
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