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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 22, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 34

thru Sept 26
May 30
Sept 30
Featured Video
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
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Blues Foundation News
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
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Featured Video
Boogie Woogie with Meade Lux Lewis (from a 1940s soundie)
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Here's Anthony Geraci at the Pinetop Perkins Benefit Crawfish Boil at Ground Zero in Clarksdale, MS. Geraci is a pianist, Hammond organist and composer and an original member of both Sugar Ray & the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters. He's currently touring with The Proven Ones (Brian Templeton, Kid Ramos, Willie J. Campbell, Jimi Bott). He received six 2019 Blues Music Award Nominations: Song of the Year (“Angelina, Angelina”); Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album (Why Did You Have To Go); Traditional Blues Male Artist; Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award, and, with his group, the Boston Blues All-Stars, Band of the Year.

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 ...
Got your 2019 Blues Festival Guide Magazine?
Hi folks... We're excited about our 2019 edition of the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine. You can find it at select festivals and/or via your Blues Society. Plus we have it 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. 
Team BFG,
Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather, Tom, & Goran
News: Robert Finley, who graces our 2019 cover, has made it to the Semi-Finals on America's Got Talent!
CD & DVD Releases
Willie Buck :: WILLIE BUCK WAY
Willie Buck Way is the name of an honorary street named after Willie Buck in his hometown, Chicago and it’s also the name of his new album on Delmark Records. Buck delivers twelve new original songs along with five fresh covers of Muddy Waters. Leroy Carr and more. He’s accompanied by Billy Flynn (guitar), Thaddeus Krolicki (electric and acoustic guitar); Scott Dirks, Big Spider Back and Mervyn “Harmonica” Hinds (harmonica); Johnny “Fingers” Iguana (piano); Bob Stroger (bass); and Jimmi Mayes (drums). Willie Buck Way also features notes and original artwork by Plastic Crimewave (Steve Krakow) from the Secret History of Chicago Music series.

Buck has been leading his own bands in Chicago for 50 years. Ask anyone who has spent any time in the trenches of the Chicago blues scene about Willie Buck, and you’ll hear the same things; he’s one of the last of the old-school blues singers, one of the few guys who has a real handle on the classic Chicago blues from the 50s, a hard worker who, over the years, carved out a niche for himself in the south and west side blues joints.
...Find more about this artist and release
"There's A Woman"
Label Website
News Flash... 
Come join us in 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 links for the Paxico Blues Festival
Edmonton Blues Fest 21 This weekend
(EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA) - The 21st annual Edmonton Blues Festival continues to bring you the best in blues Aug 23-25 at Heritage Amphitheatre, in Hawrelak Park, Edmonton. Grammy winners, Juno winners, Maple Blues Award Winners, Blues Music Award winners, IBC winners, newcomers and bona fide legends will make their way to Edmonton each summer to create “Blues Heaven.” Fans and musicians all say… “this festival is what we wish all blues festivals were…an intimate, well run, world class celebration of the music and its’ fans…”

Friday August 23: Rott’n Dan and Lightnin Willy, Steve Marriner, Rick Vito, The Proven Ones (Brian Templeton, Kid Ramos, Anthony Geraci, Jimi Bott, Willie J. Campbell), Mark Hummel’s Chicago Blues Party featuring Deitra Farr, Billy Flynn, Oscar Wilson and Joe Beard.
Saturday August 24: Rooster Davis Group - Uncle Wigglys’ Hot Shoes Blues Band - Lindsay Beaver - Big Pete with 13- featuring Alex Schultz and Zach Zunis - Lil Jimmy Reed and his Band - Curtis Salgado Band
Sunday August 25: Samantha King and the YEG Trio - Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager Duo - Mississippi Heat with Special Guest Laurie Bell - Vanessa Collier Band - Sonny Landreth - Charlie Musselwhite
...Find more about the Edmonton Blues Festival 
Celebrate the 238th Birthday of the City of Los Angeles this Saturday, August 24th
(LOS ANGELES, CA) - On Saturday, August 24, 2019, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument will celebrate the 238th anniversary of the founding of the City of Los Angeles with birthday cake, historical presentations, live musical entertainment and, for early risers, a nine-mile walk from Mission San Gabriel to El Pueblo Historical Monument.
Special Presentations at El Pueblo Historical Monument - Gateway to Nature Center (130 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA) include a panel discussion on the history of Los Angeles Jazz and Blues music with legendary jazz artist Barbara Morrison and nationally and internationally recognized educator, blues theorist, and blues promoter, Jerzy "George" Kossek at 11:30am in the Gateway to Nature Center L.A. Then learn how the sounds of nature influences and connects to Jazz and Blues music at 1pm in the Gateway to Nature center. Presented by internationally known blues artist and educator Michael "Hawkeye" Herman.
This event and El Pueblo museums will open to the public at 9am and are free for all to enjoy. You can also follow the historic route that Los Pobladores used when they first set out in September 1781. To walk the route, meet at Mission San Gabriel (428 S. Mission Drive) by 6am. There is no official bike ride for this year’s event. ...Find more details about this celebration
Immortal Reflection Of Bessie Smith, In Feeling And Form
Emily Lordi/NPR
In 1974, the artist Romare Bearden made a collage with a woman at its center. One arm bent above her head, yellow flowers in her hair to match her skirt and heels, she casually yet clearly commands an orchestra of men. The image, titled Empress of the Blues, paid homage to Bessie Smith, and it captured Smith's ability to rule the glamorous stages of Jazz Age Harlem no less than the juke joints and tent shows of the rural South. But on another level, Bearden's creation of this collage in the 1970s also reflected Smith's commanding afterlife, the sway she still held over black artists several decades after her death.
While Smith was among the most famous and highly paid black entertainers of her day, that status alone does not explain her impact on Bearden, who included her in several collages, or over the many other African American artists who cited Smith's influence on their work. Richard Wright and James Baldwin both credited Smith with attuning to the logic of the blues and to the music of black speech. ...Find entire article
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
Nominations are coming in for KBA and HOF
(MEMPHIS, TN) - Keeping the Blues Alive Award applications are in the hands of those individuals and organizations who are eligible to nominate for the 2020 awards and I expect our KBA review committee to have a long list of potential awardees to consider.
Our Blues Hall of Fame Induction Committee will soon begin their deliberations to decide which performers, industry members, music, and literature will take their rightful places in the Blues Hall of Fame next May.
Affiliated organizations, past KBA recipients and members of The Blues Foundation’s Board of Directors are eligible to submit nominations. If you know a deserving person, seek out one of those who is authorized to nominate and help them make the submission. 
...Find more details
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug 22-John Lee Hooker (1920-2001), Debbie Davies (1952); Aug 24-Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905-1974), Wynonie Harris (1915-1969); Aug 26-Jimmy Rushing (1901-1972); Aug 29-Charlie Parker (1920-1955), Dinah Washington (1924-1963); Aug 30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934-1976); Aug 31-Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945); Sept 2-Billy Preston (1946-2006); Sept 3-Memphis Slim (1915-1988), Freddie King (1934-1976); Sept 4-Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905-1964); Sept 5-Sunnyland Slim (1907-1995); Sept 6-Jimmy Reed (1925-1976); Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934-2005), Latimore (1939)
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Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Aug-23-2019 - Aug-24-2019
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-23-2019 - Aug-25-2019
Edmonton , Alberta, Canada
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
Paramount Music Festival
Aug-30-2019 - Sep-01-2019
Port Washington, Wisconsin, USA
Bowlful of Blues
Newton, Iowa, USA
34th Annual WRFG
Labor Day
Blues Barbecue
Atlanta, Georgia, USA 
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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
12th Niagara Falls Blues Festival
Sep-13-2019 - Sep-14-2019
Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Whitewater Music Festival
St. Charles, Minnesota, USA
Musical Extravaganza
Berkeley, California, USA
Paxico Blues Festival
Paxico, Kansas, USA
Bogalusa Blues &
Heritage Festival
Sep-27-2019 - Sep-28-2019
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
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