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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 19, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 38

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
Winner of One-of-a-Kind Cigar Box Guitar by J.P. Soars
Congratulations to Steven A. Nordeck, MS, RN MSgt, USAF Ret of West Virginia winner of J.P. Soars and company’s custom-built cigar box guitar! On Sunday, September 15, Nordeck was chosen out of hundreds of our contest entries. Word is that he is “stunned!”

J.P. Soars, and his company Soars High Production, built the one-of-a-kind, homemade cigar box guitar to be given away to a lucky winner who entered our contest over the last month. The guitar has a unique signature neck made from mahogany, pine and oak, and features a Gibson-style humbucker pickup that eliminates hum and buzzing. 
You can check out JP Soars’s 20 min instructional video by going to his JP Cigar Box Guitar page. Code for the video is makemusicnow
Thanks to all of you that entered the contest!
Team BFG
Featured Video
Honey Island Swamp Band
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Here's singer/songwriter Terrie Odabi at the 2019 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. She was a 2017 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Soul Blues Female Artist and Best Emerging Artist Album My Blue Soul (ranked one of Living Blues Top 50 Blues Albums for 2016). Odabi "packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories.
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 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
Kelly’s Lot :: CAN’T TAKE MY SOUL
Los Angeles-based Kelly’s Lot celebrates 25 years of delivering West Coast Soul with a Texas Heart, an eclectic mix of blues, roots, rock & Americana with their 14th album, Can’t Take My Soul, containing 12 original compositions that highlights Kelly Zirbes’ smokin’ hot alto. The mix of original songs written by Kelly and her longtime partner in crime, guitarist Perry Robertson, speaks truth to the issues of the day, from our political climate and world struggles to tender matters of the heart, real-life inspiration and tragedy.

Kelly Z opens the album name-checking all her heroes from Muddy to Koko, and Buddy to Etta, on the rockin’ number “All I Ever Want Is The Blues.” She then gets right to the point urging us all to “don’t give up” on the political rebuke “All Hope Ain’t Lost.” The gently swinging blues "Alyssa" was inspired by a young woman born with a terminal illness, who defied the odds and lived to be 23 years old and became a medical pioneer as one of the world’s first to receive gene therapy for Canavan Disease. This song will live on as a loving tribute to her inner strength. ...Find more about this artist and release

"All I Ever Want Is The Blues" 
News Flash... 
Windy City Blues to Feature Big Name Talent Oct 5 
(BRIDGEVIEW, IL) - The Windy City Blues Fest is October 5th in SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park), in Bridgeview, Illinois. Bridgeview is a southwest suburb of Chicago and the Stadium is at 77th and Harlem Ave. This is the second year for the festival but the first year at SeatGeek Stadium. The gates open at Noon and goes till 10:30 pm.

The festival is one day and the line-up is stacked with big name blues talent. The headliner is 2019 Grammy nominee Robert Randolph and the Family Band. The line-up includes 2019 BMA Winner for Female Soul Blues singer of the year, Annika Chambers. 2019 Blues Blast Award winners for Traditional Blues CD of the year Bob Corritore and friends including Tail Dragger, Oscar Wilson and Willie Buck. 2019 Blues Blast Award winner for Contemporary Blues CD of the year Brandon Santini as Tennessee Redemption with Jeff Jensen.  Robert Kimbrough and the Blues Connection is bringing up the delta soul patch blues to give Chicago some of what it needs.
...Find all the info about the Windy City Blues Fest
Deadline to Enter Slim Chickens VIP Sweepstakes Sept 20
(HELENA, AR) - King Biscuit’s roots run deep in the Delta where food is honest, meals are social… and blues music is King.

Slim Chickens and King Biscuit have collaborated to celebrate the Delta’s musical heritage by sending two grand prize VIPs to the historic blues capital of Helena, Arkansas, for the legendary, annual King Biscuit Blues Festival - October 9-12, 2019. Festival passes, hotel accommodations and gift bags are all included to ensure the ultimate “King Biscuit Time” of your lives.

Click the image to fill out the entry form online by September 20th for a chance to win the King Biscuit Blues Festival VIP giveaway. Entering only takes a minute—and could win you and a friend a delta blues getaway to remember.

Enter at website
... Find more links for more details
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival 2019 Lineup Announced for Sept 27-28
(BOGALUSA, LA) - The Sept 27-28 Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival lineup and stage schedules have been announced. Crowd favorites Paul Thorn and Mia Borders return plus the Honey Island Swamp Band, Eric Gales, and many other exciting groups will be performing at this year's festival at Cassidy Park in Bogulusa, Louisiana. Buy your tickets now and save money! 2019 will a great year for the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival. RV Camping sales are now open too, so get ready!

The Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival 5K Run is also a great way to participate in the festival, meeting new people and enjoying the beautiful venue even more. Taking place on the Saturday of the festival - September 29, 2018 - bright and early at 8 am, you can do something fun and healthy and get a jump start on the day's entertainment!

Check out these added attractions too! Rock Climbing, train rides, splash pad, and face painting. ...Find more details and links for Bogalusa 
Smithsonian Magazine's 15th Annual Museum Day Free at Delta Blues Museum Sept 21
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Delta Blues Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine's 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution's Washington D.C.-based museums. Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 450,000 tickets were downloaded for last year's event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

This year, Museum Day will celebrate the Smithsonian Year of Music, an institution-wide initiative celebrating the Smithsonian's vast musical collections and resources through 365 days of music-related programming. Music is not only a reflection of human creativity and innovation, but also a key method of communication and cross-cultural exchange and understanding. The Smithsonian Year of Music crosses disciplines, bringing together music-related resources in art, history, culture, science and education.

"As Delta Blues Museum continues to celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, we are thrilled the Smithsonian is highlighting their impressive musical collection in their Year of Music," says Museum Director Shelley Ritter. 
...Find ticket links and more about Museum Day
Crossroads Guitar Festival Streaming Live Sept 20-21
(DALLAS, TX) – Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival will be streamed live worldwide on Pay-Per-View September 20-21. Widely considered one of the world's all-time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as a great collaborator, Eric Clapton will perform the fifth installment of his Crossroads Guitar Festival, on Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21 from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. The show will feature artists like Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Randolph, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr., Sonny Landreth, Los Lobos, Keb Mo, Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Walsh and many other special guests will join Clapton for what promises to be an extraordinary, one of-a-kind event.

Performances are available at 8 p.m. ET on Friday September 20th and 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 21st for a live worldwide HD Pay-Per-View on

Logistically, consumers worldwide can now order Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival Pay-Per View online at with a credit card or by using PayPal on any internet-connected device: Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android device, or SmartTV web browser. The Pay-Per-View may also be ordered via the app available to consumers on AppleTV, iOS, or Android. ...Find links and details on how to stream and more
Oct 5-6 Celebrate legendary songster Mississippi John Hurt with Taj Mahal and friends!
(CARROLLTON, MS) - 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
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join Waitlists
Prebook Oct 2020 Southern Carribbean
Prebook Launches Sept 25 for Eastern Caribbean 2021

Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join the wait list for your chance to sail… 
~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera sails Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Soldout! Join Waitlist! 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! Join Waitlist! 
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras
~ - LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 Prebook open! Sails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Curacao, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on the Holland America's ms Eurodam! Your fully-refundable deposit of $500 per person/per cabin 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 #36 Eastern Caribbean sails Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021 PREBOOK launches 9/25 at 11am CDT. Sailing on Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos Islands
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
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); Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939–1988), Ray Charles 1930-2004), Fenton Robinson (1935-1997), Tiny Bradshaw (1907–1958); Mighty Joe Young (1927–1999); Sept 24- Tarheel Slim aka Alden Bunn (1924–1977), Chick Willis (1934–2013), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929), Willie Kent (1936); Sept 25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936–1996), Sept 27- Bob Corritore (1956); Sept 28- Koko Taylor (1928–2009), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935–1984), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
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To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
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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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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
Paoli Blues Fest 11th Annual
Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA
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
Mississippi John Hurt Homecoming Festival
Oct-05-2019 - Oct-06-2019
Carrollton, Mississippi, USA
Windy City Blues Fest
Bridgeview, Illinois, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 Blues, Brews, & BBQ in da Parish
Violet, Louisiana, 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
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #33 Mexican Riviera
Oct-26-2019 - Nov-02-2019
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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