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Blues Festival Guide
June 27, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 26

ends July 11
May 30
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 shipped and you can find at select festivals and via your Blues Society. Plus we have 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!! 
Avid blues fans Hollie Alcocer and Barb Kabes showed off their BFG while n Chicago for the 36th Annual Chicago Blues Festival.
Both girls also sail on the LRBC and one of Hollie's photos was selected for the Crows' Nest Jamarama article in this year's annual Blue Festival Guide magazine (pages 90-93).
Photo courtesy Barb Kabes
*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 
"Buzz Me" Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five 
CD & DVD Releases
Big Joe and the Dynaflows :: ROCKHOUSE PARTY
Big Joe and the Dynaflows’ Rockhouse Party features acclaimed blues singer/drummer Big Joe Maher. Released on both CD and vinyl formats, the colorful album cover graphics were designed by Big Joe’s good friend, Marty Baumann, who works for Disney-Pixar Films.

The album was produced by Big Joe and Kevin McKendree, who also contributed piano and organ on the sessions, which were recorded at McKendree’s Rockhouse Studio in Franklin, Tennessee (hence the album’s title). The rest of the players on Rockhouse Party included three-time Blues Music Award bassist “Mookie” Brill (who also sings lead vocals for the first time on record including the featured track here), plus the talented guitar tandem of Robert Frahm and Yates McKendree, Kevin’s then 16-year old son (who’s now a ripe old 17). Another teenage phenom, Erin Coburn, adds her tasty guitar licks on one song and backing vocals on three more. The tracks showcase both a number of original songs as well as several cool covers.

Rockhouse Party represents my love of pure blues and R&B,” states Big Joe Maher. ...Find more about this artist and release
"So Mean To Me"
ListenArtist Website
Label Website
News Flash... 
22nd Anniversary Prairie Dog Blues Fest Tickets and Camping Available Now
(PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI) – The 22nd Annual Prairie Dog Blues Fest will be held July 26-27 on historic St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park, right on the Mississippi River nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills that are untouched by the Ice Age! The Prairie Dog is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! 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 lineup, links and more about the Prairie Dog Blues Fest
Hayward Russell City Blues Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Tradition July 13-14!
(HAYWARD, CA) - The Hayward Russell City Blues Festival is a celebration honoring the vibrant Blues tradition of the area. July 13-14 will mark the 20th annual and will be held once again at Hayward City Hall Plaza (77 B Street, Hayward, California).

Russell City always had a rich musical culture. The blues tradition grew from African Americans whose Southern roots influenced the music. Saturday nights clubs were filled with the sounds of the Blues and Sunday mornings the churches were filled with the sounds of Gospel.

Russell City is a landmark on the map of America’s contributions to world culture giving Hayward a unique musical leg reflecting the African-American experience.
In 1999 the West Coast Blues Society began the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival as a joint venture with the City of Hayward, a celebration honoring the vibrant Blues tradition of the area. 2019 will be the 20th Year of the annual festival, making it one of the oldest continuous Blues festivals in the West.
This 20th Anniversary Celebration line-up is absolutely amazing. 
...Find complete lineup and more about the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival
32nd Waterfront Blues Festival to feature over 100 Performances July 4-7
(PORTLAND, OR) - The Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest celebration of blues, soul, funk, and rhythm & blues west of the Mississippi. Join us for a long weekend filled with amazing performances across four stages, food, vendors, river boat cruises, and more!

Highlights include Grammy-winning bluesman Robert Cray, up-and-coming Hawaiian blues guitarist Ron Artis II & the Truth, the explosive MarchFourth marching band, and San Francisco Bay Area soul/funk pioneers Lydia Pense & Cold Blood are among more than 100 acts at the award winning 32nd Annual Waterfront Blues Festival July 4-7, 2019 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park (SW Naito Pkwy Portland, Oregon). Gates open at 11 am and music begins at noon. The festival is all ages.

This year’s festival will feature more than 100 performances on four stages, after-hours concerts, workshops and blues cruises on the Willamette River. Lineup highlights include: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue • The Robert Cray Band • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe • Vintage Trouble • MarchFourth • St. Paul & The Broken Bones • The California Honeydrops • Larkin Poe • Cyril Neville • Shemekia Copeland • Chubby Carrier & Bayou Swamp Band • Curtis Salgado • Sugaray Rayford • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram • Southern Avenue.
...Find tickets and more about the Waterfront Blues Festival 
Wading into Muddy Waters: A Trip into 40s Delta with the “Coahoma” Podcast
By Michael Newsom/The Local Voice
“… University of Mississippi Blues Scholar Takes a Trip into the Mississippi Delta of the 1940s with ‘Coahoma’ Podcast”

Field hollers, traditional African American church music and songs by a tractor driver who later became one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century are among the gems in the Coahoma Study of the Mississippi Delta in 1941-42.
The study by folklorist Alan Lomax and a team from Fisk University in Nashville is the focus of “Coahoma,” a new podcast series by Scott Barretta, a University of Mississippi adjunct instructor of sociology.

Barretta takes a deeper look into the nearly 600 field recordings that introduced blues legend McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, to the world, but also painted a vibrant picture of African American life in Clarksdale and Coahoma County in the 1940s.

“Today, the Coahoma Study is best known for the recordings of Muddy Waters,” Barretta said.” But its scope went beyond music to address issues such as religious practices, the transformative influence of pop culture, foodways, transportation, race relations, urbanization and economic conditions.

“In other words, it aimed to gain a full picture of the Delta’s African American community.” ...Find complete story
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
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); July 8-Louis Jordan (1908-1975), Johnnie Johnson (1924-2005), Larry Garner (1952), July 9-Jack White (1975); July 10-Mavis Staples (1939), Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records guru (1947); July 15-Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910–1966); July 16-Denise LaSalle (1939-2018); July 17-Peppermint Harris (1925–1999)
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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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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
Monterey International
Blues Festival
Monterey, California, USA 
Blues From The Top
Jun-29-2019 - Jun-30-2019
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Blast Furnace Blues
Jun-29-2019 - Jun-30-2019
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 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
Grassroots Blues Festival
Jul-12-2019 - Jul-13-2019
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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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