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Blues Festival Guide
June 20, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 25

May 30
ends July 11
June 27
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 Charts (click chart for samples & current 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!! 
Having fun with the Tsunami Band at Mama Bear's Pizza in  Punta Banda, Baja, California, MX after their Monday Night Jam where they and others raised money and collected food for the needy via Blues Against Hunger drive.
Photo by Manny Leos
*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 
"Let's Pull A Party" Lightnin' Hopkins 
Correction: Last week's Video (6/13/19) was the great Lazy Lester doing "Sugar Coated Love." Apologies for the oversight of not updating the headline!
Lazy Lester's 86th birthday would have been June 20
CD & DVD Releases
Atomic Road Kings :: CLEAN UP THE BLOOD
Clean Up The Blood mixes the soul, dynamics, and grit of traditional American roots and blues music with a nod at modern society and stories of modern living. The album was recorded live at Atkinson’s own Bigtone Studios using vintage gear and all-analog equipment from the 1940s and 1950s, creating an original sound born of 1950s gospel, blues, rock-n-roll and more.

The Atomic Road Kings is the project of two musical powerhouses; veteran Orange County harmonica man Eric “Jailhouse” Von Herzen, long-time side man for Walter Trout, Social Distortion, Kid Ramos, Junior Watson, and the 44s, among others; and the brilliant young multi-instrumentalist Big Jon Atkinson, also the back-up guitarist for Kim Wilson’s solo project.
Atkinson’s raw vocals and moody guitar and Von Herzen’s rich harmonica tones create the perfect vehicle for Atkinson’s word-wise lyrics. There is no roots band today that more masterfully builds on the tradition of classic American music, deeply authentic enough to thrill any purist, while musically sophisticated enough to please the most contemporary audiences.
...Find more about this artist and release
"I've Got Time"
News Flash... 
Trinidaddio Blues Fest 2019… Another World Class Lineup! Tickets On Sale Now!
(TRINIDAD, CO) - Headlining Trinidaddio Blues Fest 2019 Aug 24 ~ The Sugaray Rayford Band: The MAN and the band! 2018 and 2019 BB King Blues Entertainer of the Year Nominee Sugaray Rayford graces Trinidaddio’s stage with his world class pedigree. Six Blues Music Award nominations in just the past two years to go with Blues Music Award wins and nominations going back to 2013, makes Trinidaddio truly fortunate to have Sugaray headline this year's Trinidaddio Blues Fest.

Sugaray has starred in Tony Award nominated stage plays, fronted the highly acclaimed west coast blues band The Mannish Boys and has seen his solo career skyrocket as one of the premier soul/blues vocalists and performers in the world today.

Of course, with a front man like Sugaray Rayford, great bands are always part of the equation! The Sugaray Rayford Band is no exception. With a core group that includes The Amy Winehouse Horns and standout performers from across the blues world, The Sugaray Rayford Band is poised to deliver one of the best sets in Trinidaddio history!
...Find lineup, links and more about Trinidaddio
Southern Fried Blues & Wine Fundraiser June 23
(VALLEJO, CA) - On Sunday June 23, noon-7pm, the West Coast Blues Society and Vino Godfather Wine Tasting Room & Mansion (Mare Island, 500 Walnut Ave, Vallejo, CA) presents the Annual Southern Fried Blues and Wine Fundraiser for their Blues in the Schools and Hayward Russell City Blues Festival.

Every June the West Coast Blues Society presents a fundraiser with award winning bands and special guests from Northern California. All styles of blues and a Southern fried chicken dinner will be offered plus drawings and prizes throughout the event.

Featured artists include Ira Walker, Fillmore Slim, Willie G and Alvon Johnson. Other featured artists are The Oakland Blues Divas, Caravan of Allstars, Jock Sock and Shock Blues, Joe Walton, Oakland Sam, Guitar Mac & His Blues Express, Philadelphia Chuck Wallace, Karl Bracy, Jesse Brown, Cowboy
Vino Godfather Wine Tasting Room & Mansion is making a big name for their array of wines. The atmosphere is friendly and accommodating with plenty of parking.

Your tax-deductible admission is $30 at the gate. You can bring your lawn chairs. No pets except service animals. This is a 21 years and over event.
...Find more about the West Coast Blues Society and the Fundraiser
June means it’s time for the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic... like a family reunion
Nature Humphries/The Local Voice
(No MS) - The month of June conjures a swirl of senses in the Mississippi mind: scorching days and steaming nights, cold drops of condensation trickling down icy cans of beer or sweet, swollen watermelons, and the smell of smoke wafting from the grill. Put these things together, add a heavy helping of music and a mess of friends and fellowship, shake it all up, and you’ve got the beloved summer festival. Specifically, around these parts, June means it’s time for the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, one of the best blues festivals in the state if not the country.

The Picnic, which started in 2006, is also a nonprofit organization whose goal “is to enhance appreciation and educate the general public about the native art form of North Mississippi Hill Country Blues music through performance, preservation, and interpretation.”

Taking place June 28-29 about 15 miles north of Oxford at the corner of Highways 7 and 310, the Picnic will host a feast of blues musicians including a fat handful of Burnsides and Kimbroughs, local favorites Kudzu Kings, and The North Mississippi Allstars.
...Find lineup, links and more about the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic  
Delta Museum Exhibit Expansion Can Continue with Help
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - “As we continue to celebrate our 40th anniversary, I want to thank you for helping the Delta Blues Museum preserve, protect and perpetuate blues history and culture for these four decades,” says DBM Director Shelly Ritter. “It’s amazing how much we have grown from our humble beginnings in the Myrtle Hall Branch of the Carnegie Public Library, to an area in the main library branch and then, during our 20th anniversary, to the former Yazoo Mississippi Delta Freight Depot where we are currently located.
Speaking of expansion, our new exhibit installation is well underway: These permanent exhibits will highlight all aspects of blues history using Clarksdale as a compass. Beginning with the music’s origins in Africa through the “field hollers” and songs sung on Delta plantations, to the first recording of Muddy Waters and the Migration of people and the music, all leading to the future of the Blues with current Clarksdale artists like James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Anthony “Big A” Sherrod, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, our exhibits will bring all of these stories to life through instruments and music, large-scale graphics, and engaging multimedia.
...Find more details about the expansion and how you could also help out
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
Summer begins Jun 21
 Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jun 20-Lazy Lester (1933-2019); Jun 21-Skip James (1902-1969); Jun 23-Helen Humes (1913-1981); Jun 24- Jeff Beck (1944), Tad Robinson (1956); Jun 25-Clifton Chenier (1925-1987), Eddie Floyd (1935); June 26-Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958); Jun 28-David "Honeyboy" Edwards (1915-2011) Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon (1892–1964); July 1 Willie Dixon (1915), James Cotton (1935-2017), Syl Johnson (1939); July 3 "Mississippi" John Hurt (1893-1966); July 4 Champion Jack Dupree (1910-1992); July 5 Smiley Lewis (1913-1966); July 7 Pinetop Perkins (1913-2011)
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Festival-Event Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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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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Torrita Blues Festival
Jun-20-2019 - Jun-22-2019
Torrita Di Siena, Italy
Fountain Blues &
Brews Festival
San Jose, California, USA
14e Nuit du Blues
de Carpentras
Carpentras, France
North Mississippi
Hill Country Picnic
Jun-28-2019 - Jun-29-2019, Waterford, Mississippi, USA
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
East Moline, Illinois, USA
Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Jul-05-2019 - Jul-07-2019
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-11-2019 - Jul-14-2019
Nescopeck , Pennsylvania, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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
Cincy Blues Fest 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Hayward Russell City
Blues Festival
Jul-13-2019 - Jul-14-2019
Hayward, California, USA
Porretta Soul Festival
Jul-18-2019 - Jul-21-2019
Porretta Terme, Italy
Winthrop Rhythm
& Blues Festival
Jul-19-2019 - Jul-21-2019
Winthrop, Washington, USA
Wildcat Blues Fest
Shutesbury, Massachusetts, USA
Canal Winchester Blues
and Ribfest
Jul-26-2019 - Jul-27-2019
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-26-2019 - Jul-27-2019
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-26-2019 - Jul-27-2019
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA
Calgary International
Blues Festival
Jul-29-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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