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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 29, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 35

thru Sept 26
May 30
Sept 30
Featured Video
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Charts (click chart for samples & current updates)  
Festival-Event Calendar
Still time! Enter your email for your chance to win a cool, hand-made cigar box guitar from bluesman, J.P. Soars*
J.P. Soars says, “You can win this one-of-a-kind, homemade cigar box guitar built by me and my company: Soars High Productions.
This cigar box Guit is built to be played and built to last. The unique signature neck is made from mahogany, pine and oak. Gibson-style humbucker pickup eliminates hum and buzzing.” Check out JP Soars’s 20 min instructional video by going to Code for the video is makemusicnow. 

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Featured Video
Van Morrison "Cleaning Windows"
(nope, that's not him of course... even though he used to be a window washer...
but enjoy the video and see the helpful lyrics in one of the comments there)
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Johnny Agundez here, winner of the L.A. County Regional 6 String Showdown which was held at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank, CA on Sunday May 26th. The semi-Finals and Finals will be held Nov 8-9-10 at Signifyin Blues 2019 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Rick Snyder
*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
Duke Robillard :: EAR WORMS
Ear Worms is the newest album from two-time Grammy nominee and multi-Blues Music Award winning guitarist Duke Robillard, which will be available in both CD and vinyl formats. The project was conceived as an album of songs that I heard and was attracted to growing up,” says Duke Robillard about the new disc’s genesis. “They are not of one particular genre or style, but rather songs I heard in my pre-teens to my later teens, with the exception of a few songs which I threw into the mix to round out the overall album vibe; sounds that stuck in my head, in many cases before I knew what the blues was. I guess you could call them ‘ear worms.’ It can be a song you can’t get out of your head because you love it so much, or it can also be a mundane piece of drivel that haunts you like a bad dream. Hopefully, if these songs become ear worms for you, they will be good ones!”

Produced by Robillard and recorded at Lakewest Recording and Duke’s Mood Room, Ear Worms features Duke (guitars, vocal) and his long-time band: Bruce Bears (piano, Hammond organ); Brad Hallen (acoustic and electric bass); and Mark Teixeira (drums). Both Bears and Teixeira also sing lead vocal on one track each. Joining them on the sessions, besides some stellar additional musicians are several special guest vocalists: Chris Cote, Sunny Crownover, Mark Cutler, Julie Grant, Dave Howard and Klem Klimek.
...Find more about this artist and release
"I Am A Lonesome Hobo"
Artist Website
Label Website
News Flash... 
A Weekend To Relax and Celebrate with Blues
Labor Day weekends are full of picnics, family, friends, music, relaxation and fun! We honor the American labor movement and the multitude of contributions that all workers have made and still do.
Below are just some of the Labor Day bluesy events going on around the country. Relax, enjoy and experience the labor of love that is music!

Fri Aug 30: Black Prairie Blues Festival/West Point, MS
Fri Aug 30-Sat Aug 31: Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival/Peoria, IL
Fri Aug 30-Mon Sept 1: 29th Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival/Rentiesville, OK; 11th Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival/Bedford, TX; Marquette Area Blues Fest/Marquette, MI; Paramount Music Festival/Port Washington, WI; Blues & Views Festival/Westport, CT
Sat Aug 31: Hot Springs Blues Festival/Hot Springs, AR; OOB Ballpark Blues Festival/Old Orchard Beach, ME; Legendary Blues Festival/Helena, AR; Pre-Labor Day Blues Show, Montgomery, AL; Big Muddy Blues Fest/St. Louis, MO
Sat Aug 31 – Sun Sept 1: Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival
Sat Aug 31- Mon Sept 2: Blue Wing Blues Festival/Upper Lake, CA
Sun Sept 1: Bowlful of Blues/Newton, IA
Mon Sept 2: 34th Annual WRFG Labor Day Blues Barbecue/Atlanta, GA
...Find links to festivals here
Labor Day Blues And Grooves
While searching for 2019 Labor Day blues events and unique images to go with, I stumbled across this cool page that features a collection of “Labor Day Blues And Grooves.”“Americans have been observing Labor Day since 1894, through cycles of economic good times and bad times. Whatever the economic climate, though, almost everyone looks forward to the holiday — and the three-day weekend that comes with it.To aid in the festivities, here are five songs by great blues and R&B artists on the subject of work: how hard it can be, and how delightful it can be to shirk it every once in a while. (Like on Labor Day, for example.)”
Listen to some “Labor Day Blues And Grooves” courtesy of NPR.
Smokin’ Hot Blues & Views Festival for Labor Day Weekend
(WESTPORT, CT) - Join us for the 12th year of Blues & Views, a smokin' hot festival in downtown Westport, Connecticut Aug 31-Sept 1. The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Artswill feature a full line-up of incredible performers. This swingin’ street party complete with tantalizing tastes and soulful sounds along the banks of Westport’s Saugatuck River.

A Fairfield County tradition since 2008, the festival will feature an awesome variety of established bands and soon-to-be-famous acts on the way up. Music fans can purchase the Levitt Live ticket to experience hours of top-quality, national blues, rock, and funk bands at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. 

Lineup Saturday - 11am to 10pm: Jake Kulak and the Lowdown, Kat Wright, Southern Avenue, Flow Tribe, (Ivan) Neville (Chris) Jacobs, Anders Osborne
Lineup Sunday 11am - 9pm: School of Rock, The National Reserve, The Commonheart, High & Mighty Brass Band, The Main Squeeze, Lawrence
Families will enjoy the Jesup Jam for loads of kid-friendly fun, food, and activities on the grounds of The Westport Library. There will be artisan vendors, free bouncy amusements and kids' activities, food court, pie eating contest, rib eating contest, sponsor giveaways and more. Rain or shine. 
...Find more about Blues & Views
Blue Wing Blues Festival in the Cool of the Sycamores 
(UPPER LAKE, CA) - Six well-known blues bands over three evenings of the Labor Day weekend highlight the 13th annual Blue Wing Blues Festival in Upper Lake, CA. Headliners include the Laurie Morvan Band from Long Beach, Sean Carney’s Blues Caravan from Ohio and Bay Area favorite Ms. Taylor P. Collins and her Band.

“This intimate festival under the sycamores in the cool of the evening with major-name touring blues bands is the highlight of our musical year,” says Blue Wing Restaurant owner Bernie Butcher. A short video including clips from past festivals is on YouTube at “Blue Wing Blues Festival.”

The event starts at 6 PM each evening beginning on Saturday August 31 and extending through Labor Day Monday September 2. Patrons are seated around comfortable tables in the garden and served a delicious buffet supper while enjoying the music.

Tickets are $50 plus tax, include a BBQ dinner and are limited to 100 each evening. They may be purchased directly at the Tallman Hotel, located at 9550 Main St. in Upper Lake, or by calling the Hotel reception desk at 707-275-2244 ext. 0. ...Find more about the Blue Wing Blues Festival
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!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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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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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Black Prairie Blues Festival
West Point, Mississippi, USA
11th Annual 
Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival 
Aug-30-2019 - Sep-01-2019
Bedford, Texas, USA 
Peoria Blues & Heritage
Music Festival
Aug-30-2019 - Aug-31-2019
Peoria, Illinois, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival #29
Aug-30-2019 - Sep-01-2019
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Marquette Area Blues Fest
Aug-30-2019 - Sep-01-2019
Marquette , Michigan, USA
Paramount Music Festival
Aug-30-2019 - Sep-01-2019
Port Washington, Wisconsin, USA
Hot Springs Blues Festival
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
OOB Ballpark Blues Festival
Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA
Legendary Blues Festival
Helena, Arkansas, Arkansas, USA
Vancouver Island Blues Bash
Aug-31-2019 - Sep-02-2019
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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
New Albany Blues Brews
& BBQ Festival
Sep-27-2019 - Sep-28-2019
New Albany, USA
Copenhagen Blues Festival
Sep-27-2019 - Oct-05-2019
Copenhagen , Denmark
European Blues Cruise 2019
Sep-30-2019 - Oct-04-2019
Marseilles, France
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