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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 12, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 37

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
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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
B.B. King "The Thrill Is Gone"
(Live at 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival w-many guests)
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!! 
Here's So Cal based Johnny Main (lt) of the The 44s, Media Director Rick Snyder and John Marx (rt) at the 6 String Showdown LA County Regional event held at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank on Sunday May 26th. Both Main and Marx were part of the judging panel that day. The Ripcat Recording artists are highly accomplished guitarists, singers and songwriters.
Photo Courtesy 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 proud of our 2019 edition of the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine that features the amazing Robert Finley on the cover. You may be bale to still 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
CD & DVD Releases
Altered Five Blues Band :: TEN THOUSAND WATTS
 Altered Five Blues Band makes music with a swaggering stomp of bruising, barrelhouse grit. According to Downbeat magazine, frontman Jeff Taylor “sings powerfully” and “Jeff Schroedl’s live-wire guitar reaches the high bar of mixed invention and fluidity.” Blues Bytes magazine declares the group features “the funkiest rhythm section outside of Memphis.”

A 2018 Blues Music Award nominee, the Milwaukee-based quintet released its new album, Ten Thousand Watts, September 6 on Blind Pig Records. Recorded over four days in Nashville, TN and produced by three-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, the 12 tracks stir up a thunderstorm of original, roots-rockin’ music. The set kicks off with the burning boogie of “Right On, Right On” and is followed by “Too Mad to Make Up,” a roadhouse rocker about a relationship in peril. The title track then finds Taylor strutting his stuff, testifying his powerful passion. The audacious theme continues with “Mischief Man,” before the band cuts loose on “Great Minds Drink Alike,” a sure-fire hit with the bar crowd. “Don’t Rock My Blues” eases the tempo and captures a traditional vibe. The collection of succinct, tight-but-loose songs reflect the continuing evolution of the band’s deft songwriting, blended with the intuitive musical interplay of the longtime bandmates.
...Find more about this artist and release

"Great Minds Drink Alike" 
News Flash... 
Celebrate legendary songster Mississippi John Hurt with Taj Mahal and friends!
(CARROLLTON, MA) - Tickets are now available for the 2019 Mississippi John Hurt Homecoming Festival! Come celebrate one of America’s most esteemed songsters with us on October 5-6 at the Mississippi John Hurt Museum, 1973 CR 109, Carrollton, MS, 38917. There will be food, fun, open mic, and museum tours, with live music Saturday by the legendary Taj Mahal and special guest Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods, Dom Flemons, The Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo, Jim Kweskin, Guy Davis with Christopher James, the Howard Curry Duo, and music Sunday by Como Mamas, Gigi Iam, and Pastor Jay Terrell with Country Jim, open mic, and more!

Festivities start at noon Saturday, with gates opening at 11:30 AM. Sunday’s event will begin at 11:00 AM, with gates opening at 10:30 AM. Saturday will be Blues Day, and Sunday will be dedicated to Gospel.

Please visit us at Mississippi John Hurt Homecoming on the web to find out more information, including a link to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Also, don’t forget to like the Mississippi John Hurt Foundation page on Facebook for the most current information, including suggestions for hotels and restaurants in the Greenwood, Mississippi or Grenada, Mississippi area! ...Find ticket links and more info about this event
Tunica’s Gateway to the Blues Museum Invites You to Jam with Us
(TUNICA, MS) - Join us in Tunica, Mississippi for a free concert on our Gateway to the Blues front porch stage featuring Big A & The All-Stars on October 9, 2019 from 6-8 pm. Whether you’re in need for something to do outside our casinos or you’re headed to the Helena Blues Festival, make sure to stop by and begin your blues journey at the Gateway to the Blues located on Highway 61.

The Gateway to the Blues Museum, a fully restored train depot circa 1895, is a must-stop for music lovers and fans of art, history and folklore. You can’t miss it with its authentic rustic charm and striking neon sign.
For more information on the free concert, visit visit TunicaTravel on the web.
Make sure to Tour the Museum Where the Blues Comes to Life
Your blues journey begins! Inside this larger-than-it-looks museum, you will learn where the blues genre came from, why it’s called the blues, and how the blending of cultures – African, European, Native American – would ultimately birth the blues. Through interactive exhibits, videos and recordings you can see and hear blues performers. Learn what makes the Delta unique. Hear how Robert Johnson traded his soul to the devil to be able to play the blues like a master. Learn to play the lap steel guitar and the diddley bow. See more than 20 famous guitars on display. There’s even a recording studio where you can record your own blues song, then take it with you via email. That’s just a short list of what awaits you. ...Find more about this museum
Experience Real Deep Blues in the Heart of the Delta
(CLARKSDALE. MS) - Plot your path to Clarksdale, Mississippi to spend an unforgettable weekend in the home of Real, Deep Blues. Arguably the world's best alternative and outsider blues festival. Spend an unforgettable weekend at our intimate festival with musicians and artists from all over! Stay tuned for artist announcements, ticket info, and more.

The Deep Blues Festival is a 4-day event with nighttime music at the legendary Shack Up Inn and New Roxy along with free daytime busking stages throughout historic Clarksdale, Mississippi. Featuring heavy, alternative blues musicians, this is not your mama’s blues festival.

Headline artists include Nikki Hill Band, Lightnin’ Malcom, Little Freddie King, AJ Ghent, Bill Abel, Lil’ Poochie’ Watson and more. Plus! Daytime busking stations and other venues like Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Ground Zero Blues Club, Delta Blues Alley Café, Red’s Lounge, Grandma’s Sports Bar, Travelers Hotel, Hooker Grocery & Eatery, Levon, Hopeless Case Bar (Hambone Gallery), Auberge Hostel, Messenger’s, and Bluesberry Cafe.
...Find more details and links for the Deep 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:
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 14-Amy Winehouse (1983-2011); Sept 16-B.B. King (1925-2015), Little Willie Littlefield (1931-2013), Billy Boy Arnold (1935); Sept 19-Brook Benton (1931-1988), Bill Medley (1940), David Bromberg (1945), Scott Bradlee (Post Modern Jukebox 1981); Sept 21-Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), Jesse Ed Davis (1944-1988)
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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
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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
Lake Cumberland Blues
BBQ and Arts festival
Somerset, Kentucky, 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
 Copenhagen Blues Festival
Sep-27-2019 - Oct-05-2019
Copenhagen , Denmark
European Blues Cruise 2019
Sep-30-2019 - Oct-04-2019
Marseilles, France
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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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