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Blues Festival Guide
May 30, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 22

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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!! 
Here's our BFG Sales Director Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw with soulful blues, guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong during BMA week in Memphis, TN.
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 
Howlin' Wolf "Don't Laugh At Me"
CD & DVD Releases
Manx Marriner Mainline :: HELL BOUND FOR HEAVEN
Manx Marriner Mainline Hell Bound for Heaven is the initial recording collaboration of two roots music award-winning giants: Harry Manx and Steve Marriner (of MonkeyJunk) known as Manx Marriner Mainline.

Produced by Harry Manx and Steve Marriner, Hell Bound for Heaven showcases the duo’s incredible talent and versatility throughout the album’s 10 tracks: Manx on vocals, slide guitar, banjo, and his trademark Mohan Veena; Marriner on vocals, electric, slide, baritone and 12-string guitars, harmonica, bass, Hammond organ and drums. Each contributed several songs to the disc’s repertoire, as well as covering some blues and gospel chestnuts, ranging from Charlie Patton (“Rattlesnake Blues”) and Reverend Gary Davis (“Death Don’t Have No Mercy”), to Roebuck “Pops” Staples (“Wish I Had Answered”) and the traditional (“This Little Light of Mine”).

Harry Manx and Steve Marriner share a musical chemistry that only comes from a span of many years, playing hundreds of shows and travelling countless miles on the road together. 
...Find more about this artist and release
"Hell Bound For Heaven"
ListenLabel Website
News Flash... 
Ohio Rhythm on the River Music Festival June 1st
(COLUMBUS, OH) — Columbus Recreation and Parks and Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) have partnered to kick off summer on the Scioto Mile with the first-ever “Rhythm on the River Music Festival.” Starting at 11am Saturday June 1, the Bicentennial Park stage will host a free, day-long roster of local, regional, and national music artists from a wide variety of genres, including funk, soul, blues, jazz, rock, R&B, and gospel. The event also offers a large variety of food truck and beverage options.
The festival will feature six acts including Sean Carney and Ruthie Foster and will culminate with a headlining performance from world-renowned American rock/blues band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Bicentennial Park Stage Schedule:
11am Mojoflo (Funk, Soul) - 1pm Theo’s Loose Hinges (R&B) - 3pm Sean Carney Band (Blues) - 5pm Ruthie Foster (Blues, Soul, Gospel) - 7pm The Ides of March (Funk, Rock, Jazz, Fusion) - 9pm The Fabulous Thunderbirds, (American Blues Rock). ...Find more about this event
Cincy Blues Challenge This Weekend 
(CINCINNATI, OH) - This Sunday June is the return of the Cincy Blues Challenge, the largest showcase of the year for Blues artists from across the Greater Cincinnati area (as well as a few from other parts of Ohio). The music runs from 1pm-8:15pm at Germania Park on West Kemper Road between Route 27 and Route 127. Admission is $15.

Now in its 21st year, the Blues Challenge is the precursor to the long-running summertime Cincy Blues Fest, which will be held this year on July 13 at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn near Smale Park along the riverfront. Winners from the competition (in the band and solo/duo categories) earn slots at the Blues Fest and will also head to Memphis, Tennessee early next year to compete in the name of the Cincinnati Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge. Winners will be announced Sunday at 8:15pm.
...Find lineup and more details about the Cincy Blues Challenge 
Uptown Music Collective’s 11th Blues-A-Thon June 7-8 
(WILLIAMSPORT, PA) – The Uptown Music Collective Blues-A-Thon is a two-day fundraising and performance event that uses the Blues as a platform for young musicians to have the opportunity to interact and learn from each other, their teachers, area musicians and a nationally known Blues musician. While also raising money for the nonprofit school through a “relay for life” type of fundraising format. The event will begin at 6pm on Friday, June 7 on Pine Street as part of Williamsport’s First Friday festivities, then move to the Pine Square Stage until 10pm, finishing off day one with overnight jams inside the Uptown Music Collective. On Saturday, June 8 the festivities will move to the Mid-Town Landing stage (behind the Collective) starting at 11am alongside the StrEAT Food Festival. The event will wrap up at 6pm on the Midtown Landing Stage.

The event is sponsored by the Billtown Blues Association and the Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House and will feature Bluesman and educator Fruteland Jackson, UMC students and staff, as well as local Blues musicians, and friends performing a variety of Blues styles. ...Find complete details here
Memphis ‘69: Hippies, Blues, & the Heat
By Alex Greene/Memphis Flyer
"Memphis Birthday Blues Festival," read the banner at the band shell in Overton Park in a recent concert film. It could well be another event tied to the bicentennial, but the texture of the film footage gives the date away: This is from the city's sesquicentennial — 50 years ago.

Of course, the viewer already knows this, having begun the film with a journey up from the Mississippi Delta, cars whizzing by as WDIA announces that weekend's main event: the fourth annual Memphis Country Blues Festival. And from those first few moments, the film offers total immersion in the world of a half-century ago.

Watching Memphis '69, which screens at Crosstown Arts (1350 Concourse Avenue #280, Memphis, TN) on June 7th (the very date on which the festival was held), is a bit like gazing upon some freshly unearthed treasure, a moment eulogized in decades' worth of music history, captured in amber.
...Find more details about this concert film
Mississippi Blues Trail Maker Honors Blues Historian William R. Ferris
(VICKSBURG, MS) - A Mississippi Blues Trail Marker was unveiled by Mississippi Blues Commission on Tuesday May 28 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to honor historian Dr. William R. Ferris. Ferris documented Mississippians through recordings, books, film and photography, and brought broader recognition to the blues and other folk expressions through his advocacy work in academia and at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“From the time he was twelve, he followed his heart and over his lifetime has produced a priceless body of work that preserves and tells the stores of the people of the South and of the development of the Blues,” said longtime family friend Blake Teller, who spoke at the unveiling.

Ferris was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame for his book Blues from the Delta, called one of the "classics of blues literature.”
Just recently Ferris received a GRAMMY Award for Best Historical Album for the Dust-to-Digital boxed set Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, which features his recordings, photographs and films. ...Find more details, photos and links
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
Father's Day June 16
Summer begins Jun 21
 Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Jun 13-James Carr (1942-2001); Jun 17- Matt Hill (1985); Jun 18-Sara Martin (1884-1955); Jun 19-Jerry McCain (1930-2012), Big Bill Morganfield (1956); Jun 20-Lazy Lester (1933-2019)
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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
Canton Blues Fest
Jun-07-2019 - Jun-08-2019
Canton, Ohio, USA
The Greeley Blues Jam
Jun-07-2019 - Jun-08-2019
Greeley, Colorado, USA
Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival
Jun-07-2019 - Jun-08-2019
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Havre de Grace Jazz & Blues Fest
Jun-07-2019 - Jun-09-2019
Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA
36th Annual Chicago
Blues Festival
Jun-07-2019 - Jun-09-2019
Chicago, Illinois, 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
Monroe Balloon and Blues
Jun-14-2019 - Jun-15-2019
Monroe, Wisconsin, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Holland International
Blues Festival
Jun-14-2019 - Jun-15-2019
Grolloo, Netherlands
Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-14-2019 - Jun-16-2019
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Torrita Blues Festival
Jun-20-2019 - Jun-22-2019
Torrita Di Siena, Italy
Kansas City Kansas Street
Blues Festival
Kansas City. Kansas, USA
Blues From The Top
Jun-29-2019 - Jun-30-2019
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Monterey International
Blues Festival
Monterey, California, USA
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival 
Jul-05-2019 - Jul-06-2019
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Jul-05-2019 - Jul-07-2019
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Tall City Blues Fest
Jul-12-2019 - Jul-14-2019
Midland, Texas, USA 
Hayward Russell City Blues Festival
Jul-13-2019 - Jul-14-2019
Hayward, California, USA
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