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Blues Festival Guide
July 4, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 27

ends July 11
May 30
June 27
Sept 30
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Foundation News
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Charts (click chart for samples & current updates)  
Festival-Event Calendar
Featured Videos 
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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!! 
"Planning our next Blues festival get away," reports Russ Augspurg who lives with his wife Elayne on the Santa Fe river in north Florida. "We have been members of the North Central Florida Blues Society for a long time," he says. "We use your magazine to plan trips. Last year we went to 5 Blues Festivals thru the Midwest and we were gone for 3 months."
Hey, that's awesome news Russ and Elayne, and a fun pic, too,  Thanks!
Photo by Elayne Augspurg
*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 
"4th of July" Dave Alvin, David Hidalgo, Flaco Jimenez
CD & DVD Releases
Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson :: AMOUR
Amour (Stony Plain Records), is a CD teaming the roots music guitar talents of Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson. The CD was produced by Colin Linden, recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, and features a backing band dubbed “The Tennessee Valentines:” Dominic Davis – bass; Bryan Owings – drums; Fats Kaplin – violin and accordion; and Kevin McKendree – keyboards.

Amour is the first collaboration between Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, ABC-TV show Nashville) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes) and consists of classic love songs from the Americana world.  Linden and Dickinson recruited a host of Nashville talent as guest vocalists on the new disc, including the legendary Billy Swan, who sings lead on “Lover Please” (a song he wrote, which was recorded and became a classic hit for Clyde McPhatter); as well as songbirds Rachael Davis and Ruby Amanfu; plus two of Linden’s Nashville TV series buddies - Sam Palladio (“Crazy Arms”) and Jonathan Jackson (“I Forgot to Remember to Forget”). ...Find more about this artist and release
"Honest I Do"
News Flash... 
Celebrating 20 Years of Tradition July 13-14 at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival 
By Rick Snyder
(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
Blues Heavies Among 2019 Judges International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
(NASHVILLE, TN) - Many high-profile recording artists have been slated to join the panel of judges for the 2019 International Songwriting Competition like Coldplay, Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Tom Waits. Among the dozens of artists who are judges, the Blues artists include Irma Thomas, Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph & The Family Band), John Mayall, Joe Louis Walker, and Walter Trout. Additionally, record label heavyweights from Alligator Records, Capitol, Warner Records, Epic, Elektra, and more are also part of the judging panel that will be tasked with listening to and selecting the winners in the competition. In 2018, ISC received almost 19,000 entries from more than 140 countries worldwide. 

ISC, established in 2002, is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters of all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. It is open to both professional and amateur songwriters and artists in 23 genre categories. The competition gives away more than $150,000 in cash and merchandise split among 71 winners, with the Grand Prize comprised of $25,000 in cash plus additional prizes. ...Find more about ISC
GRAMMY® Award Submissions Now Open! Act now!
The first round of the Member *Online Entry Process (OEP) for the 62nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards is open. Recording Academy members can now submit recordings released from October 1, 2018, through June 2019, for GRAMMY® consideration.

This first round submission period closes Monday, July 8, 2019 at 6pm (PST.)

The final round for submissions begins on July 17, 2019 and closes Friday, August 2, 2019 at 6pm (PST)

If you are not currently a member of The Recording Academy another active member can make the submission(s) for you.
Michael Freeman, Chair of The Blues Task Force, will be happy to assist anyone who is not a member and has recordings to submit. He can be reached at the following email address or cell: 224-622-6521
...Find more about the GRAMMY® submissions
22 Years of Briggs
(NESCOPECK, PA) - They’re calling July 11-14, 2019 "The Best Weekend of the Year!" This year the Briggs Farm Blues Festival will be celebrating their 22nd birthday.Since 1998, The Briggs Family has hosted one of the nation's most revered Blues Festivals on their 250-year-old farm. Through the years they have grown in size, but have maintained a small festival feel. The farm hosts a 4 day/3 night meeting of some very passionate Blues fans on 60 acres of our 430 acre farm.
Acts scheduled to play at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival include: Vanessa Collier, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Annika Chambers, James Armstrong, Southern Avenue, Donna The Buffalo, Bobby Kyle & the Administers, Miz, Robert Kimbrough Sr., the Clarence Spady Band, Lonnie Shields, Cedric Burnside, Slam Allen, Scott Pemberton, Nate Myers, Mikey Junior, King Solomon Hicks, Heather Gillis, and the Alex P. Suter Ministers of Sound.

For their dedication to the Blues, in 2017 they were awarded the "Keeping the Blues Alive" Award in Memphis, TN.
...Find more about Briggs Farm Blues Fest
Blues Foundation News
2020 Blues Music Awards Submissions have Started
(MEMPHIS, TN) - All musicians are invited to submit their Blues recordings for consideration.Blues music released between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019 is eligible for consideration for a 2020 Blues Music Award Nomination. You may formally submit your album for consideration now. The submission process opened July 1, 2019 via the Blues Foundation’s online service.

Your complete album music must be uploaded as a WAV file with album artwork uploaded as a JPEG or PDF file. If you need assistance with uploading your music, album artwork, and/or liner notes, please contact Joe Whitmer at

Submission fees and deadlines:
July 1 – July 31, 2019 - $135 per submission
August 1 – August 31, 2019 - $155 per submission
September 1 – September 30, 2019 - $180 per submission
October 1 – October 15, 2019 - $225 per submission

The submission process officially closes on October 15, 2019. You must upload your music and artwork and complete payment for your submission transaction no later than OCTOBER 15TH to be considered for a Blues Music Award nomination. ...Find more details 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
- 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
Happy 4th of July!
Dog Days of Summer July 3-Aug 11
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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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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
are paid "Featured" ads

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
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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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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