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Blues Festival Guide
July 25, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 30

thru Sept 26
May 30
Aug 15
Sept 30
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Charts (click chart for samples & current updates)  
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Get 2019 Blues Festival Guide Magazine!
Hi folks... We're excited about our 2019 edition of the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. You can find at select festivals and/or via your Blues Society. Plus we have in digital form on our website.
Click cover image here to check it out!
To order one to have delivered to your mailbox and hold in your hands please click this link.  ...ENJOY!
Team BFG,
Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather, Tom, & Goran
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Grammy-Winner, Terrance Simien delivered his entrancing, innovative blend of “New Orleans-funk-reggae-flavored-world-blues-American-zydeco roots music to eager audience members at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV on July 20. He had the entire crowd up on his feet within a few minutes and kept them up! Here he his with some friends and fans after the show! The free Summer Series is sponsored by Levitt AMP Carson City funded via The Levitt Foundation.
Photo by Corky Carr
*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 
Mavis Staples with Ben Harper "Change"
CD & DVD Releases
Bonita & The Blues Shacks :: SWEET THING 
Sweet Thing is the second release of Europe’s world class blues export, B.B. & The Blues Shacks fronted by female singer Bonita Niessen from South Africa. Great duets go straight to your heart and the rhythm & blues tunes take you out on the dancefloor. Six originals and ten classic, rare covers making this album outstanding. Bonita is right on in the tradition of Ann Peebles, Etta James, Lula Reed and other unforgettable stars of the past. Blues and Soul from the 50's and 60's are still alive and this release is another proof.

The CD is jam-packed, 16 tracks that feature a mixture of catchy R&B tunes from a stellar who’s-who of 50s and 60s iconic sass providers. Bonita’s variable and glamorous voice fits perfectly to the B.B.'s, who like to move in the nuances of blues styles up to soul anyway, as well as to the 16 brand new songs on Sweet Thing, ten well-chosen and eloquently interpreted genre classics plus six perfectly fitting original compositions.

And of course, B.B.'s singer Michael Arlt is also on the harp and as duet partner on the microphone. Every song sits here and the album is thoroughly gripping, danceable and enormously varied.Traditional rhythm & blues and soul to let off steam and melt away. ...Find more about this artist and release
"Hottest Wings in Town"ListenWebsite
News Flash... 
On August 3, 2019 Blues History will be made
“The 6 String Showdown 21 and Under will not be an event to miss. It really is a chance to see the future of young blues guitarists. This promises to be a show you’ll never forget”
Ed Simon – LA Beat
(LONG BEACH, CA) Not dissimilar to the date in 1951 when Mick and Keith first performed at Wentworth Primary School or July 6, 1957, the historic occasion when John met Paul, the next generation of the blues comes to the PCH Club in Long Beach, California (Golden Sails Best Western, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway) on Saturday, August 3! Don’t miss the next generation of blues torchbearers when 6-String Showdown and Stellar Shows present 21-And-Under, starring the best young blues guitarists in Southern California.

If you can picture Stevie Ray Vaughan at 16 or Buddy Guy when he was 21, this is a celebration of the best 21-and-under blues musicians behind the Orange Curtain!

This ain’t no guitar school recital. This is 9 of the baaaaaddest guitar slingers on the So Cal Blues scene. Each of these youngsters has been battle tested in 6 String Showdown regional competitions, performed on venerated stages up and down the Coast and come through with flying colors in order to be invited to be here tonight.  ...Find much more about the event and young artists
Ohio, North Dakota & Wisconsin to deliver the Blues goods this weekend
Among the nearly dozen blues festivals happening this weekend are the Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest in Canal Winchester, Ohio, the Fargo Blues Festival in Fargo, North Dakota, and the Prairie Dog Blues Festival in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, all held July 26-27.

The Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest is a two-day summer street celebration in historic downtown Canal Winchester featuring live blues music, world-class ribs, a wide variety of quality non-rib food options, children's activities, fan-cooled dining areas, and a beer & wine garden for our blues/rib-loving guests 21 and over. The 2019 artists include Tommy Castro, Dana Fuchs, and Chris Cain.
The Fargo Blues Festival features a 2-day, 12-band blues explosion that features world-class bands, great food, and plenty of ice-cold brews. The festival will be held on the grass of Newman Outdoor Field, a 1st class baseball stadium. Camping is within walking distance. Performers on Friday include the Eric Gales Band, Popa Chubby, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, and on Saturday they include Sonny Landreth, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, and Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials among others.
The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is held every year on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississippi River. Headliners for their 22nd Anniversary include Anthony Gomes, Nikki Hill, Toronzo Cannon, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Tas Cru, and Eliza Neals. There are also some hard choices to be made at The Prairie Dog! You can either get up out of your chair, stretch and walk a few yards to the beer tent or you can have one of our lovely Prairie Dog Beer ladies bring your drink to you! Decisions, decisions! ...Find links and further details about these festivals plus more 
Fond Farewell Opens Door for New Summer Series
(HAYWARD, CA) - On the second weekend of July 2019, the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival celebrated its 20th Anniversary - and as it turns out, its last festival. Due to a variety of factors, the West Coast Blues Society has decided to change the show's format from the two-day Hayward Russell City Blues Festival to a Summer Series of several single-day, July blues shows. The venue is to remain in Hayward, and the shows will continue to celebrate the rich cultural and musical tradition of Russell City and the East Bay during the post war years from the 1940's thru the 1960's. We can show our support for the West Coast Blues Society and the Russell City blues shows by contacting the Mayor’s Office in Hayward, California, to let them know how much these shows have meant to so many of us. More information about Russell City can be found at their website.
In addition to all the great music, a special highlight this year on Saturday was the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ronnie and Paula Stewart. The Stewarts, along with a host of volunteers, have worked tirelessly to make the festival a success over its 20-year run. The award was made on behalf of The Golden Gate Blues Society and was presented by Richard MacLaury, President of the group. ...Find more about the festival history and upcoming plans
Blues Society News
Washington Blues Society Partners with other Affiliates for Regional IBC Finals
(EVERETT, WA) – The Washington Blues Society in partnership with the South Sound Blues Assoc and the Inland Empire Blues Society present: The 2019 International Blues Challenge Finals. The Washington Blues Society, the statewide affiliate of the Blues Foundation in Memphis, has been working with the Inland Empire Blues Society (IEBS) and South Sound Blues Assoc. holding semi-finals across the state to make it easier for Blues acts to participate. During these regional IBC’s, dozens of acts competed for the chance to represent WA State in Memphis.

12 finalists will now compete on Sunday, August 25th at 1 pm in Everett, Washington on the waterfront stage at Port Gardner Landing (1700 W. Marine View Dr.). Competing in the Solo/duo division are The RooTsters, Blue Moon Marquee, Flying Blind, John “Greyhound” Maxwell, Brian Butler, and Robby and Randy. Competing in the Band division are The Slide Pocket, CD Woodbury, The T-Town Aces, Randy Oxford Blues, Rafael Tranquilino Band, and The Bobby Patterson Band.

The event is free with donations are taken at the event with all proceeds going help with expenses for the winner’s trip to Memphis...
Find more details on this event
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join Waitlist
Plus Prebook now open for Oct 2020 Southern Carribbean

Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join the wait list for your chance to sail… 
- LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2020 Prebook open! Sails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on the Holland America's ms Eurodam! Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin (not per person) guarantees a spot in line to book your cabin once band lineup  announced (likely late Nov). Logon to reservations or call (816) 753-7979 to secure your space!

~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera sails Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2019 Soldout! Waitlist open! 
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Eurodam from San Diego, CA 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, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
Blues Foundation Honors Those We Lost
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Foundation honored those musicians we lost this past year by screening their In Memoriam video from the Pritzker Pavilion Stage in front of tens of thousands of people at Chicago Blues Festival, one of the largest free blues festivals in the world. Barbara Newman, the Blues Foundation and all of us give special thanks to Mako Funasaka for producing this video and to all the generous photographers for donating their photos for this purpose.
*Click the image below to watch this moving tribute.
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Dog Days of Summer July 3-Aug 11
Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 26-Popsy Dixon (1942-2015), Mick Jagger (1943); July 28-Roy Rogers (1950), Mike Bloomfield (1943-1981), Junior Kimbrough (1930-1998); July 30-Buddy Guy (1936), Big Jack Johnson (1940-2011), Otis Taylor (1948); July 31 Roy Milton (1907-1983), Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) (1923-2006); Aug 1 Robert Cray (1953); Aug 2-Mark Naftalin (1944); Aug 3- Mercy Dee Walton (1915–1962); Aug 4-Louis Armstrong (1901-1971); Aug 6- Willie Lee Brown (1900–1952); Aug 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937–2013); Aug 8-Joe Tex (1933-1982), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920–1997) ; Aug 10-Ronnie Spector (1945), Grego Anderson (1968), Leo Fender (1908-1991), Mighty Mike Schermer (1966)
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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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 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
Jus' Blues Awards
and Conference Week
Jul-30-2019 - Aug-03-2019
Tunica, Mississippi, USA
24th Mammoth Festival
of Beers & Bluesapalooza 
Aug-01-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Magic City Blues
Aug-01-2019 - Aug-03-2019
Billings, Montana, USA
Blues on the Chippewa
Aug-02-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Durand, Wisconsin, USA
Mount Baker R&B Festival
Aug-02-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Bellingham, Washington, USA
Big Sky Blues Festival
Aug-02-2019 - Aug-04-2019
Noxon, Montana, USA
Blue Ribbon Blues Fest
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 Stafford Springs
Blues Festival
Stafford Springs, Connecticut, USA
TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-08-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Waukesha BluesFest
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-10-2019
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
Sunflower River Blues
& Gospel Festival
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Baja Blues Fest
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
31st Bayfront Blues Festival
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

Cat Head 17th Anniversary!
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-11-2019 - Aug-12-2019
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-17-2019
Norwich, New York, USA
Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-18-2019
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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