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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 5, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 36

May 30
thru Sept 26
Sept 30
Featured Video
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Charts (click chart for samples & current updates)  
Festival-Event Calendar
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Featured Video
Layla Zoe "The Deeper They Bury Me"
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Here's blues-soul singer, guitarist, songwriter and Catfood Records recording artist James Armstrong with our Sales Director Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw during the 2019 Blues Music Awards week in Memphis, TN.
Armstrong is a survivor in the truest sense having overcome and healed from a violent knife attack many years back from a home invasion that left him with permanent nerve damage. He's eternally thankful for the support of friends, fans and the blues community. Six albums later and continuing tours around the globe, he confirms, "the blues been good to me."
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 ...
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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.
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Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather, Tom, & Goran
CD & DVD Releases
Confessin’ My Dues is the 15th solo recording by Terry Robb who is hailed as one of the finest fingerstyle blues guitarists on the international scene. Drawing from the well of country blues to Coltrane, ragtime to Hendrix, Americana to American Primitivism, Confessin’ My Dues represents a lifetime of musical experiences and influences for Robb. Whether backed by his all-star band or flying solo, he moves deftly between instrumental tunes and lyrical numbers in 13 original compositions ranging from blistering instrumental blues and stunning ragtime fingerpicking to soulful singing backed by a powerhouse rhythm section.
“Every release that Terry Robb puts out is a cause to celebrate,” says Greg Johnson, president, Cascade Blues Association. “There are not many guitarists in the blues or any genre that you can come by that are as detailed and clever with their creativity. Confessin’ My Dues is yet another example of Terry Robb doing what he does best – leaving us with a sense of awe and joy with every note he plays. It’s a winning formula that continues to lead the pack.”
...Find more about this artist and release
"It Might Get Sweaty"
Artist Website
News Flash... 
Big Blues Bender This Weekend
(LAS VEGAS, NV) - This week one of the biggest blues music festivals in the world, the Big Blues Bender, will be roaring at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The festival runs September 5-8, 2019 and features a multitude of some of the top blues talent in the world.

There’s no question that the Las Vegas Review-Journal proclaimed the Big Blues Bender this week’s best bet in Las Vegas!

Beginning Thursday single day sales will only be available on site at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Box Office from 11 AM to 8 PM daily.
...Find schedule and much more about the Big Blues Bender
Delta Cultural Center’s 5th Front Porch Blues Bash Oct 10-12
(HELENA, AR) - During the internationally celebrated King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Delta Cultural Center’s Front Porch Stage is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its Front Porch Blues Bash at the Miller Annex, 223 Cherry Street in Helena, Arkansas. The 2019 lineup includes live music from Grammy award winning Mr. Sipp aka the "Mississippi Blues Child" and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith. On the first day of the anniversary bash, Brotha Ric Patton will host the Front Porch Jam's Open Mic! 

Each day, from 12pm-6pm, an unforgettable group of performers will be serving up a big helping of authentic, down-home blues in historic downtown Helena, where the river meets the ridge! So, save the dates – October 10 through October 12. The Delta Cultural 
...Find more about the Front Porch Blues Bash
Delta Blues Museum Awarded Grant
(Clarksdale, MS) - Delta Blues Museum has been awarded a $23,100 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) for general operating support for the 2020 fiscal year. This grant is a portion of the nearly $1.4 million in funding to artists and arts programs across the state for FY2020, which began July 1, 2019. MAC grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Malcolm White, executive director of MAC, offered his congratulations to all the recipients, adding, "One of the most important ways MAC supports the arts in Mississippi is through awarding grants to artists and organizations. In fact, half of MAC's annual funding is distributed to communities and individuals across the state each year to directly invest in the state's arts and culture."

"The Delta Blues Museum's work is greatly enhanced by support from the Mississippi Arts Commission," offers Museum Director Shelley Ritter, adding, “Art education connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world. Here at the Delta Blues Museum we help make these connections through our exhibits, our arts & education program and other forms of outreach. 
...Find more about the Delta Blues Museum and it's programs
Layla Zoe and Teresa James Take Blues Honors
The Unsigned Only Music Competition is pleased to announce its 2019 winners. Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label and gives artists exposure, recognition, and validation for their artistry. In this year’s Blues Category, the 1st Place Winner is Layla Zoe from Canada for her song “The Deeper They Bury Me.” The 2nd Place winner is Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps for her song, “Forgetting You.”
A total of $150,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to 38 winners in various categories, including an overall Grand Prize winner and a First and Second Place winner in each category. An additional group of Honorable Mentions were also selected. Over the years Unsigned Only has become an important source for discovering new talent. Since its inception in 2012, five Grand Prize winners have been signed to record labels.

To hear all the winning songs and view the complete list of winners, see their website. Unsigned Only is now accepting entries for the 2020 competition. 
...Find more about Unsigned Only
6 String Showdown Season 2 drawing to a close
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – The folks at Six String Showdown are thrilled to announce that their Semi-Finals and Finals will be held Nov 8 and Nov 10 during the iconic Signifyin' Blues 2019 at the Renaissance LAX (9620 Airport Blvd, Los Angeles, CA). Semi-Finalists John Michael Agundez, Teddy Lee Hooker, Lenny Rankins, Kirk Browne will compete Friday, November 8 at 9:30pm with the Finals (TBD) to be held Sunday, November 10, at 7pm. The event will benefit Barbara Morrison's CA Jazz & Blues Museum and will feature headliners Keb' Mo' and Barbara Morrison Nov 9-10. 

On April 7th, the Orange County Regionals at Campus Jax in Newport Beach was filled with excitement as Teddy Lee Hooker walked away with the bragging rights and the Tagima guitar. Then, on May 26th, the talented musicians who were the entrants in the Los Angeles County Regionals at Joe's Great American were so incredibly hot that the Judges were sweating as they came to a decision to award the crown and the Tagima guitar to Johnny Agundez. At the San Diego County Regionals hosted by The Tin Roof on June 16th, heads were spinning as one killer guitar player after another was eliminated until Kirk Browne was awarded the Tagima guitar and the title. On June 30th, in the coolness of the Temblor Brewing Company on a hot Bakersfield day, the Kern County Regionals came to a blistering conclusion as Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins emerged victoriously and walked away with our final Tagima guitar prize.
...Find more about the 6 String Showdown and the Signifiyin Blues
Blues Society News
Connecticut Blues Society to hold Regional IBC Solo/Duo Challenge
The Connecticut Blues Society (CTBS) announces that Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze as the winner of our Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge. They will be representing CTBS at the 36th International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis Jan. 28 – Feb. 01, 2020.
CTBS will now be hosting its 13th Annual Connecticut Solo/Duo Blues Challenge at The Pine Loft Café on the Berlin Turnpike. Prelims are Sept. 29 and Oct. 13 and the finals will be held Oct. 20. Each solo/duo act will perform a 25-minute set of acoustic or electric music with the two highest scoring acts from each preliminary round will compete in the finals (6 acts total). The winner of the finals will go on to Memphis as well.
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:
Sept 5-Sunnyland Slim (1907-1995); Sept 6-Jimmy Reed (1925-1976); Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934-2005), Latimore (1939); Sept 8-Harmonica Fats (1927-2000), Guitar Shorty (1939), Willie Kent (1936-2006); Sept 9-Otis Redding (1941-1967); Sept 10-Roy Brown (1925-1981); Sept 11-Barbeque Bob (1902) (1902-1931), John “Juke” Logan (1946-2013); Sept 12-Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900–1954), Gus Cannon (1883–1979); Sept 13-Charles Brown (1922-1999); Sept 15-Silas Hogan (1911–1994), Snooky Pryor (1921-2006); Sept 16-B.B. King (1925-2015), Little Willie Littlefield (1931-2013), Billy Boy Arnold (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
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
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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
Stonebridge Wasaga
Beach Blues
Sep-13-2019 - Sep-15-2019
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
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
Farmington Fall Fest Blues,
Brews, and BBQ
Sep-20-2019 - Sep-21-2019
Farmington, Missouri, 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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 Copenhagen Blues Festival
Sep-27-2019 - Oct-05-2019
Copenhagen , Denmark
European Blues Cruise 2019
Sep-30-2019 - Oct-04-2019
Marseilles, France
23rd Annual Carolina
Downhome Blues Festival
Oct-03-2019 - Oct-05-2019
Camden, South Carolina, USA
Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-04-2019 - Oct-05-2019
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-09-2019 - Oct-12-2019
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, USA
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Oct-11-2019 - Oct-12-2019
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest II
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Deep Blues Festival
Oct-17-2019 - Oct-20-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bigfoot Blues Festival 
Oct-18-2019 - Oct-19-2019
Tracy City, Tennessee, USA
Crescent City Blues
& BBQ Festival
Oct-18-2019 - Oct-20-2019
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
Okanagan Blues Camp 
Oct-21-2019 - Oct-23-2019, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
 Lone Star Blues
and Heritage Festival
Oct-25-2019 - Oct-27-2019
Grapeland, Texas, USA
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