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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 1, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 31

thru Sept 26
May 30
Aug 15
Sept 30
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Charts (click chart for samples & current updates)  
Festival-Event Calendar
Featured Videos 
News Flash... 
Blues Foundation News
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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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!! 
Here's club owner/promoter of the happening little Old Town Blues Club (OTBC) in Temecula, California at the Doheny Blues Festival.
Though very intimate, OTBC has become a hotspot on Southern California. They are almost finished expanding and we can't wait to check it out the new digs!
 Photo by Michele Lundeen
*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 
Karen Lovely w-Lisa Mann, Ben Rice 
CD & DVD Releases
Harpdog Brown :: FOR LOVE & MONEY 
British Columbia’s husky-voiced, award-winning bluesman Harpdog Brown's album, For Love & Money, was produced by JUNO Award winner Steve Dawson. The triple Maple Blues Award winner takes Chicago blues down to New Orleans for a unique and vibrant sound, tinted with shades of Louis Jordan, Sonny Boy Williamson, Louis Armstrong, and the greats of Chess and Sun Records.

Recorded at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, For Love & Money is a striking showcase of Brown’s talent and versatility as a singer and harmonica player throughout the 13 tracks. A mix of originals and well-crafted covers, Brown takes the listener on an aural road trip through his interpretations of the historical sounds of classic American blues and jazz, with a vintage sound, new classics, modern material and a killer new band.

When asked about Harpdog’s new material, producer Steve Dawson remarked, “This is totally unique material. Where he’s drawing from is this era of ‘40s and ‘50s jump blues mixed with some Chicago meets NOLA and the harp stuff is reminiscent of ‘50s Sonny Boy-era blues…
...Find more about this artist and release
"No Eyes For Me"ListenWebsite
News Flash... 
Rentiesville Dusk to Dawn Blues Festival is Aug 30
(RENTIESVILLE, OK) – The Rentiesville Dusk to Dawn Blues Festival will be held August 30, 31, Sept 1 of Labor Day Weekend from 5 pm til 5 am. Admission is $18 and under 12 free. Chosen by Nat'l Geographic as one of the world's “Ten Awesome Festivals to check out this Summer!” It’s a place where night owls dig the blues on three stages into the wee hours. Only one in the US they picked! Down home blues, Oklahoma-style with 200 musicians; 30 bands on 3 stages; a showcase of regional OK blues and 4 international headliners. Mark your calendar for Labor Day Weekend and come to the longest running big blues fest in Oklahoma. 2019 will be number 29 and counting!

Years of People having fun: The festival takes place in Rentiesville, the childhood home of famed blues singer/guitarist D.C. Minner, who founded the OBHOF in 2004 with his wife, Selby Minner. This year’s blues festival again brings in 200 performers from across Oklahoma and the US. D.C. Minner, in 7 Halls of Fame, is also an inductee of the Rhythm & Routes Oklahoma Music Trail. 
...Find more about the Rentiesville Dusk To Dawn Blues Festival 
Join us at our 16th Annual Paxico Blues Festival Sept 21
(PAXICO, KS) - The Paxico Blues Fest is held September 21 and admission is free. This one day of fun and amazing Blues music also features the best variety of cultural foods. The event is set in the gorgeous flint hills of Paxico, Kansas right off I-70 on Main Street among beautifully curated antique stores. This annual blues festival supports keeping the arts and small businesses in rural communities. In addition to the festival, Paxico offers shopping, camping, art galleries, a winery, and so much more. 2019 artists include Karen Lovely & Ben Rice, Mark Bab and The Texas Boys, Mark and The Sharks, The Dust Devil Choir, and Nichols & Millspaugh.
Stay at the Beautiful Mill Creek Campground right on Mill Creek.Enjoy live music, local eats, antiques, dancing, and jubilation! 
For more information please contact via email.Visit our web page at and our Facebook page at Paxico Blues Fest.
...Find more about the Paxico Blues Festival
Trinidaddio Blues Fest 2019…Another World Class Lineup! Tickets On Sale Now! 
(TRINIDAD, CO) - Headlining Trinidaddio Blues Fest 2019 ~ Soul Blues Artist of the Year! ~ Sugaray Rayford! 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 more about Trinidaddio
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). Log-on 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
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
Building Bridges to Help Eradicate Discrimination
(MEMPHIS, TN) - Earlier in July the Blues Hall of Fame museum hosted students from Operation Understanding D.C. The program's mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect and understanding while working to eradicate all types of discrimination. Entertainment attorney and folk-blues aficionado Bruce Newman and Blues Hall of Fame Museum docent Reed Malkin spoke to the students about our current exhibit in the LRBC Gallery The Blues According to Arhoolie. The exhibit explores Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz' history of recording blues and roots musicians throughout the U.S. during the second half of the 20th century.
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Dog Days of Summer July 3-Aug 11
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events here
are paid "Featured" ads

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
 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
Rauma Blues Festival
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-10-2019
Rauma, Finland
Sunflower River Blues
& Gospel Festival
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 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
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-17-2019
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-18-2019
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-17-2019
Madison, Indiana, USA
White Mountain
Boogie & Blues Festival
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-18-2019
Thornton, New Hampshire, USA
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Aug-23-2019 - Aug-24-2019
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
Playing with Fire
Free Summer Concert
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival #29
Aug-30-2019 - Sep-01-2019
Rentiesville , Oklahoma, USA
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