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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 8, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 32

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
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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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!
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Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather, Tom, & Goran
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Texas Blues/Soul singer Trudy Lynn was styling at the 2019 Blues Music Awards (BMA) in Memphis, TN. The Houston Music Blues Hall of Fame inductee is a previous BMA nominess for the Koko Taylor Award/Best Traditional Female Vocalist, Best Soul Blues Album  and Best Soul Blues Artist.
Photo by Tom Andrews
*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 ...
Note: Last week's photo was of Andy Doty, club owner/promoter of Old Town Blues Club (OTBC) in Temecula, California.
Featured Videos 
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers w-Mike Zito
"Can't Keep A Good Man Down"
CD & DVD Releases
Shaun Murphy :: REASON TO TRY
She began her career in 1969 playing at the Ann Arbor Blues festival, went on to theater, being discovered by an employee of Motown Records. She later signed with Rare Earth records, using the name “Stoney” and began touring with Meatloaf as Stoney and Meatloaf. Shaun moved with Motown to LA, but later relocated back to Detroit to work with Bob Seger in 1973, (and continues to work with Bob Seger on his final tour.) Shaun performed in Hair and Sgt. Peppers rock musicals. on Broadway. She has done several tours with Eric Clapton, Bruce Hornsby, Moody Blues, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and many more. She became a member of the band Little Feat based in Los Angeles in 1994, touring and recording with the band until 2009. 

Shaun has gone on to become an independent solo artist, recording her 9th solo CD, Reason To Try under Vision Wall Records. Recorded at Rock House Studios in Franklin, TN produced and mixed by Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton, Brian Setzer, etc). Using her long-time bandmates, Tom DelRossi, John Marcus, (Tim McGraw) Kenne Cramer, (Dr. Hook) Tommy Stillwell (Beat Daddy’s) and Eric Robert, (Coco Montoya & Walter Trout), ... 
 ...Find more about this artist and release
"Turn Me On"ListenWebsite
News Flash... 
The Band of Helping Hands to Host Victor Wainwright and The Train Aug 10
(COVINGTON, KY) - Renowned blues band, Victor Wainwright and The Train, will perform a show this Saturday, August 10 at The Band of Helping Hands - the Covington, Kentucky non-profit that offers support and personal growth to disadvantaged children and young adults through art, education, and athletic programs - as a part of the band's Summer 2019 Tour. Tickets for the 7:30pm show are between $20 and $30, with all proceeds benefiting The Band of Helping Hands' mission.

Wainwright and his band were recently nominees at the 2019 Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Album and at the 2019 Independent Blues Awards for Best Contemporary Blues CD, Best Blues Stage Performance, Road Warrior, Contemporary Blues Song, and Contemporary Blues Band categories.

The Band of Helping Hands' unique concert venue is located at 3831 Decoursey Ave., to learn more about the organization and to buy tickets for this Saturday's show, visit 
...Find more about The Band of Helping Hand events
Baja Blues Fest Aug 9-11 to Benefit Baja Children’s Charities
(ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA, MX) - The Baja Blues Fest happens this weekend, Fri Aug 9-11 in Rosarito, Baja, Mexico on the grounds of the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Friday night is a fun meet & greet jam featuring festival performers, Saturday is the main event, and Sunday is another full-on jam featuring many of the main performers and other pros. Appearing this year is Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, the Backwater Blues Band with special guests Mighty Mike Schermer and Deanna Bogart, the Gino Matteo & Jade Bennett Band, and Mercedes Moore & Taryn Donath Band.

The Baja Blues Fest Organization is a Non-Profit 501(C)3 Corporation benefiting children’s charities. Their mission is to raise funds and assist in fundraisers for the well being and education of Baja Children while promoting Baja California Norte as a safe and fun place to visit while bringing the residents from the northern and to the southern boundaries of their Rosarito Municipalities together, sharing their efforts, ideas and events. ...Find more about the Fest and charities
Good Weather Forecast for Gloucester Blues Fest Aug 10
(GLOUCESTER, MA) - The eighth annual Gloucester Blues Festival returns to Cressy’s Beach at Stage Fort Park [Gloucester, Massachusetts] this Saturday, Aug. 10, with a lineup of award-winning artists, national touring acts and – for the first time in its history – forecasted good weather.

“We’ll have a bunch of different styles of blues, which is exciting and educational for the people who come,” said Paul Benjamin, owner and organizer of the festival. “This also gives people a chance to see artists they never get to see in Gloucester or in the area.”

Chris Beard, son of blues legend Joe Beard, will open at 11 a.m. The winner of Best Emerging Artist Album at this year’s Blues Music Awards, Amanda Fish, follows at 12:15pm with Newton native Tyler Morris joining her on stage.
Marquis Knox will pay homage to blues greats at 1:30pm. Darrell Nulisch, who’s played with David Maxwell, Ronnie Earl's The Broadcasters and sung with James Cotton's band on tour, will play at 2:45pm.

Damon Fowler will grace the stage with his guitar and voice at 4:15pm. Johnny Rawls will bring out his "Red Cadillac" and share his sound,  
...Find more about the Gloucester Blues Fest
How Bessie Smith Influenced A Century Of Popular Music
Singer Bessie Smith's recording career lasted only 10 years, but during that time she created a body of work that helped shape the sound of the 20th century. Her first single, "Downhearted Blues" – written by two women, pianist Lovie Austin and blues singer Alberta Hunter – was a major hit in 1923, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and helping her label, Columbia Records, out of a financial slump. With her subsequent recordings, Smith was one of the artists who propelled the fledgling "race records" market of music targeted to black audiences that had launched a few years earlier in 1920 with Mamie Smith's hit "Crazy Blues." Through the rest of the 1920s, Bessie Smith became one of the earliest stars of recorded music and a leading figure of what came to be called classic blues (a genre dominated by African American women). She was the highest-paid African American artist working in music and the first African American superstar. Bessie Smith's sound and her attitude, rooted in a distant era, are with us in the 21st century.
...Find entire conversation on NPR about Bessie Smith's influence 
Chicago’s sweet South Side – where real Chicago can still be found
Excerpt by Jacquie Kubin/Communities Digital
Chicago – Home to the Urban Blues Revolution
During the Great Migration of the early 20th century, Chicago was a destination for thousands of African-Americans escaping the Jim Crow laws of the South. As they moved into the Maxwell Street area, one of Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods, they brought Mississippi Delta Blues with them. Once in the “city,” the music evolved into what is known as Urban Blues. And the music of Maxwell Street inspired the British Blues Band invasion.Chicago Blues is unique as it brought in amplified sounds of electric guitar, harmonica, power drummers and electric bass players. The earliest bands played at Chicago’s famous Maxwell Street Market, one of Chicago’s oldest residential area, it is known as the birthplace of Chicago Blues. This former Chicago resident considers it the only place to find an authentic Maxwell Street Polish dog.Unlike the Mississippi Blues, Urban Blues is not about life on the farm, but life in the City. Chicago’s blues is known for inspiring groups like The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, and Rory Gallagher. 
...Read more here
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
Visitors to the Hall of Fame Museum are loving the Bricks for the Blues Walkway! 
(MEMPHIS, TN) There are still 4"x8" and 8"x8" bricks available! When you buy a Brick for The Blues, inscribed with your name and personalized message, it is your very own marquee – permanently installed as part of the sidewalk that fronts The Blues Foundation and the Blues Hall of Fame. Let your support for The Blues Foundation and Blues Hall of Fame take center stage!

Click this link below to secure your piece of Blues history by buying a Brick for the Blues or this link to download the form and mail. 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Dog Days of Summer July 3-Aug 11
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Aug 11-Sam Collins (1887), Aug 12-Percy Mayfield (1920), Roy Gaines (1934); Aug 13-Jimmy McCracklin (1921); Aug 14-Larry Graham (1946), Son Seals (1942); Aug 15-Buster Brown (1911), Oscar Peterson (1925), Jackie Brenston (1930), Bobby Byrd (1934); Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915); Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939), Albert Washington (1935); Aug 18- Curtis Jones (1906); Aug 19-Earl Gaines (1935)
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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
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TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-08-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-09-2019 - Aug-11-2019
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
 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
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
Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-16-2019 - Aug-17-2019
Norwich, New York, 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
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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 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
Festival Blues, Schmus Apfelmus 
Laubach, Germany
Black Prairie Blues Festival
West Point, Mississippi, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival #29
Aug-30-2019 - Sep-01-2019
Rentiesville , Oklahoma, USA
Bowlful of Blues
Newton, Iowa, USA
Big Blues Bender
Sep-05-2019 - Sep-08-2019
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & BBQ Festival
Sep-06-2019 - Sep-08-2019, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Windy City Blues Fest
Sep-06-2019 - Sep-08-2019
Lyons, Illinois, USA
San Diego Blues Festival
San Diego, California, USA
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