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Blues Festival Guide
June 6, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 23

May 30
ends July 11
June 27
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!! 
While in Memphis for BMA week we caught up with Liz Lottmann of Divas on Fire, an all female blues band. Liz volunteers each year for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Benefit Crawfish Boil At the Ground Zero Club in Clarksdale, Ms. The foundation supports a weeklong blues camp for young blues musicians.
Photo by Tom Andrews
*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 
Tedeschi Trucks Band: Tiny Desk Concert 
CD & DVD Releases
Cary Morin :: WHEN I RISE
Award-winning blues/roots singer-songwriter Cary Morin album, When I Rise is his sixth release. The even-dozen tracks include 10 originals, plus Morin’s take on the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter song, “Dire Wolf,” and a beautiful version of Duane Allman’s classic, “Little Martha.” When I Rise was awarded Best Blues Album by 2019 Indigenous Music Awards on May 17, 2019 in Winnipeg, Canada. The awards are part of the annual Manito Ahbee Festival, which celebrates Indigenous arts, culture and music.

Described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other artist. With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as acoustic Native Americana with qualities of blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, and dance.

For these Colorado recording sessions, Cary Morin (guitars, pedal steel guitar, vocals) surrounded himself with a sympathetic cast of all-star musicians that uniquely complemented what he created:
...Find more about this artist and release
"When I Rise"
News Flash... 
17th Annual Grassroots Blues Festival set for July 12-13
(DUCK HILL, MS) - The Grassroots Blues Festival in Duck Hill, Mississippi is a celebration of our rich cultural heritage of blues music and the artists who demonstrated mastery of their artistic discipline. Our goal is to educate and preserve this traditional art form of music for future generations to come. The Grassroots Blues Festival is a project of Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc., that began in 2003 in an effort to implement its program of work in the community and to provide a platform for traditional and obscure blues artists to cultivate and celebrate a musical art form that is unique to our Mississippi heritage. The Grassroots Blues Festival is an annual event that takes place on the 2nd Saturday of July and now includes the Friday evening preceding it.

For more information contact Al White by phone (662) 809-7002, email, or look us up on Facebook. ...Find more about the Grassroots Blues Festival
Canton Blues Festival June 7-8 features 18 acts
(CANTON, OH) - Now in its 18th year, the annual, outdoor Canton Blues Festival presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Market Square (301 Market Ave. N) in downtown Canton on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8. The festival will feature headliners Tinsley Ellis (Friday) and Kenny Neal (Sat) taking the stage nightly at 8:30pm. The jam-packed lineup includes 18 unique blues acts on two stages, with live music running daily from noon to 10:30pm. Openers Low Society and Andy T. featuring Alabama Mike & Anson Funderburgh will take the stage at 6:30pm on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The festival is free but VIP Passes are available and include complimentary food and beverages in the evening (after 5pm) and incredible views of the stage all day. Two-day VIP passes are available for $80 (until June 6, 5pm EST); one-day passes are $50 until soldout. Purchase VIP passes online or call 330-458-2070, or get them at the gate if still available.
...Find full lineup and more about the Canton Blues Festival
Youth Rules at Allentown’s 12th Blues, Brews & Barbecue June 8
(ALLENTOWN, PA) - On Saturday, June 8, 2019 over 20,000 Blues enthusiasts gather in downtown Allentown each year for the 12th annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival. From 12 Noon to 10 pm enjoy great brews and BBQ, a variety of craft vendors and of course, rockin' blues music all day long. Spanning six stages of free music, the festival will stretch from 9th & Hamilton Streets down to 5th Street.

Headlining the main stage will be Brandon “Taz” Neiderauer, the 16-year-old wunderkind guitarist who starred on Broadway in “School of Rock,” and who since has shared the stage with some of rock’s biggest acts. Co-headlining will be Vanessa Collier, a 27-year-old singer and sax player who in the past three years has been nominated for five Blues Music Awards, and who this year won for Best Instrumental-Horn. Also on the bill is 24-year-old King Solomon Hicks, a singer and guitarist from Harlem in New York. In all, the fest will present a record 23 performances on six stages over 10 hours. 
...Find full lineup and more about the Allentown Blues, Brews & Barbecue
Real Blues at the 47th Bentonia Blues Festival June 10-15
(BENTONIA, MS) - The 47th Bentonia Blues Festival will be happening in Bentonia, Mississippi from Monday-Friday June 10-14 starting 7pm at the Blue Front Cafe, Mississippi's oldest surviving juke joint. The main event on Saturday June 15 will be an entire day of blues in the open air from 1pm-10pm on the Holmes Family Farm (313 Wilson-Holmes Road). This authentic, oldest running blues festival features real blues by artists like Terry "Harmonica" Bean, RL Boyce, Little Freddie King, and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes. This year’s festival honors Henry “Son” Stucky, the Father of Bentonia Blues, the blues legend who taught Skip James, Jack Owens, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and a dozen other blues musicians in Bentonia.

Saturday, June 15 at Holmes Farm (1PM – 10PM)
Little Freddie King, Eric Deaton Trio, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Brother Tito Deler, David Evans, Lil Joe Ayers, Pat Thomas
Friday, June 14 at the Blue Front Café (7PM)
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Mike Munson, Brother Dege, RL Boyce ...Find complete lineup and more details
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
- LRBC #35 Oct. 2020… dates, ship and itinerary announced June 25. Prebook launches July 25!
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
Father's Day June 16
Summer begins Jun 21
 Birthdays upcoming of note:
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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Festival-Event Calendar
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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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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
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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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
Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
Topeka, Kansas, USA
Waterfront Blues Festival
Jul-04-2019 - Jul-07-2019
Portland, Oregon, 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
Grassroots Blues Festival
Jul-12-2019 - Jul-13-2019
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Jul-12-2019 - Jul-14-2019
Midland, Texas, USA 
Playing with Fire
Free Summer Concert
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Hayward Russell City Blues Festival
Jul-13-2019 - Jul-14-2019
Hayward, California, USA
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