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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 24, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 43

ends Oct 17
ends Dec 26, 2019
ends Oct 31
See you on the Blues Cruise
Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for samples & current updates)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard Blues Album This week
Festival-Event Calendar
See you on the Blues Cruise
LRBC Crow's Nest Jam Host Michele Lundeen 
Hi all... It's your Blues Festival e-Guide Editor also known as singer, the "Queen of Steam!" I'm one of the Pro-am Jamarama Hosts this coming week so if your sailing on the LRBC #33 stop in and see me at The Crow's Nest Sunday Oct 27th (8-11pm) and Friday Nov 1st (7:30-11pm). If you're a player bring your instrument and signup to jam. You never know who will showup from the many artists onboard! I have at least one very special guest appearing coming from Canada. You'll have to show up to see this award-winning artist in person!
The cruise itself is truly amazing... nothing like it! Aside from nearly non-stop bluesin' at sea, this particular cruise is sailing to Cabo San Lucas (which includes a blues party at Cabo Wabo), Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. There's also theme nights like "Hometown Blues" where you can show off your local faves or blues society ware,  "Heroes & Villains," " Bluesin' Gear," "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of The Dead," and "Halloween." I love to dress up and so do a lot of the cruisers and it's fun and eye-opening to see what some come up with! Sure, there's food galore but meals (or snack time) also affords a chance, casual encounter with one of your favorite artists onboard! 
Okay, well I have a ton to do before the pre-party Friday and sail-way on Saturday. Say "Hi" if you see me onboard and/or come jam! We are all one big blues framily!
Yours in the blues,
Michele Lundeen
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Here's BFG's  sale Rep and man-about-town Tom Andrews with BFG Team Member Belinda Holloway-Harker having fun at the Oct 2019 King Biscuit Blues Festival on the banks of Mississippi in Helena, Arkansas.
Photos courtesy 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 official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine.
Featured Video of the Week
"Castin' My Spell" - Imelda May & Darrel Higham
LRBC PARTY DATE CORRECTION from last week's e-Issue:
On Friday OCT 25th, Cafe R&B will be performing at the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Pre-Party at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel 
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
Savoy Brown :: CITY NIGHT 
Over 50 years of rocking the blues – Savoy Brown, with leader Kim Simmonds at the helm, return with City Night – their 40th album – released on Quarto Valley Records.

On the back of a number one Billboard blues hit in 2017, expectations are high for this new band offering. The album features Kim Simmonds on vocals and searing lead guitar, and he is complemented with the most consistent line-up in the band’s history, going strong for more than 10 years now with Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums.

City Night is comprised of 12 high energy blues rock songs to surely please the worldwide fan base. "Walking on Hot Stones," “Payback Time," and "Don't Hang Me Out to Dry" will catch the attention of radio DJs looking for the fresh new sound Savoy Brown brings to roots music.

Savoy Brown was formed by guitarist Kim Simmonds in 1965 in London, England. Simmonds has been the group’s guiding hand from the first singles released in 1966 through the band’s newest effort, their 40th album, released in 2019.

Energetic blues has been the calling card of the band from the beginning. “Blues rock” became the catch-all phrase in the late 1960s to describe the band’s music...  ...Find more about this artist and release
"Walking On Hot Stones"
News Flash... 
Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band Now Booking for 2020
Virtuoso guitarist/vocalist Pascal Bokar from West Africa Senegal/Mali, leads an amazing ensemble of musicians dedicated to the integration of African and African American musical traditions through the blues, melding the sounds of the banjo and the balafon, (ancestor of the xylophone), in an explosive contemporary visual and sonic expression.

Pascal Bokar is the recipient of the Jim Hall Jazz Master Award for Guitarist of the Berklee College of Music and the recipient of the Outstanding Soloist Award from Dizzy Gillespie and James Moody. His previous album, Guitar Balafonics, won Downbeat Best of 2015.

“Pascal Bokar is an incredible blues/jazz guitarist who hails originally from the Mali/Senegal region of West Africa. A dazzling, fiery combination of traditional, Delta, and West African roots music, award-winning guitarist Pascal Bokar offers a captivating and unique foray into contemporary blues with American Trails. Until next time…” Sheryl and Don Crow/Bluesblog

“The Band is Fireworks… a musical style like we have not heard before.“ - Fred Delforge/

“Pascal Bokar possesses an uncanny ability to use pizzicato and quasi-pizzicato in lead runs rarely encountered on guitar except in Al DiMeola and scant others.” - Mark Tucker/

Click on the image to hear the track “Let it Groove” from his latest release, American Trails. 
...Find more about Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band 
Carolyn Gaines, Grady Gaines, Ric Jaz Reviving The Thrill Is Gone
Photo: Carolyn Gaines and her Uncle Grady Gaines Sr. in Houston, TX
Carolyn Gaines' New CD, The Thrill Is Gone, has the up-and-coming blues singer reviving the classics but in her own her “Blue Jazzy Way.”

She welcomes guests such as guitarist Ric Jaz and saxophonists Grady Gaines Sr. and Grady Gaines Jr. 

Carolyn Gaines knows the blues! She was born in the blues world. Her father is Roy Gaines, one the great guitarist-singers like B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Buddy Guy. Carolyn is also the niece of saxophonist Grady Gaines Sr. Carolyn founded the Blues Schools programs for kids. She has developed into a powerful blues singer. Her previous recording, Beware Of My Dog, revealed her to be a highly expressive and rough-sounding vocalist in the tradition of Ma Rainey, Big Mama Thornton and Koko Taylor: while sounding very much like herself, infusing the blues into each note that she sings.

The Thrill Is Gone, released on Polka Dot Records, features Carolyn Gaines in sparse settings that perfectly fit her country blues approach. Guitarist Gino Baronelli is a strong asset throughout, including two duets with Carolyn on hit songs of Buddy Guy's ("I Got Dreams To Remember" and "Guess What").
...Find more about the CD plus video links and audio
Make Plans for Peter’s Players Jamaica Winterfest Coming Jan 23-30, 2020
* Five nights of entertainment featuring, Matt Anderson, Anna Popovic, Peter Rivera, Paul Nelson’s All-Star Band and Steve Mariner.
* Clinics and jams with the artists
* All-inclusive stay at the Sea Garden Beach Resort in Montego Bay, just minutes from the airport
* All the shows are on site at the resort
* Hassle free booking with support every step of the way
Peter and Michelle Swanek invite you to join them in Montego Bay for some winter warmth and fantastic music at the Sea Garden Beach Resort. The Swanek’s own and operate Peter’s Players, a 100-seat concert venue and Guest House in Muskoka north of Toronto that continually lives up to their stated mission, “Great Shows Always!”

Last year was their first Caribbean venture and they are now committed to doing this every year. This is a relaxed, intimate and very social vacation concept that puts great people and great music together.
For all the information you will need to make an easy decision to come along, check out Peters Players Jamaica Winterfest online.
...Find more details about Jamaica Winterfest
Inaugural Lone Star Blues & Heritage Festival Oct 25-27 
(GRAPELAND, TX) - Join us in Grapeland, Texas for a 3-day celebration of Texas Blues, at beautiful Salmon Lake Park Oct 25-27. From veteran artists to rising young stars, we're throwing a blues party ... East Texas style! Lineup includes Sue Foley, Benny Turner, Trudy Lynn, Keeshea Pratt Band, Peterson Brothers, Annika Chambers among others on two stages. Gates open 4pm on Friday and 10am Sat and Sun. Friday’s performances run 5pm-9:15pm, Saturday’s run 11:30am-11:30pm, and Sunday’s run 11am-3:35pm.

The piney woods of East Texas is rich with blues history of enduring legacy. Considered the Western-most region of the Deep South, it is the birthplace of artists including Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mance Lipscomb, T-Bone Walker and Lightnin' Hopkins. Leadbelly, although born just over the state line in Louisiana, moved to East Texas at the age of 5.

A younger generation of legendary Texas bluesmen including Albert Collins and Freddie King also hail from East Texas. Today, Benny Turner carries that legacy, a living link to the blues he and big brother Freddie first heard from their mother and uncles on the back porch of their Gilmer, TX home.

Join us as we celebrate the history, legacy and the future of Texas blues at the inaugural Lone Star Blues & Heritage Festival.
...Find more about the Lone Star Blues & Heritage Festival 
San Diego LRBC Pre-Party Friday Oct 25 
The Oct 2019 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Pre-Party features Café R&B, The 44s with Kid Ramos, and San Diego’s Chickenbone Slim. The party benefits the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which feeds 370,000 people in need every month in the San Diego region. Reunite with blues fans and artists from around the world from 7-11pm at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside (1355 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA  92101), the Blues Cruise's host hotel! $20 Tickets are available by visiting the Food Bank website.
CAFÉ R&B, featuring vocalist "Roach" and her guitar-slinging husband Byl Carruthers have been wowing audiences throughout America, Canada, and Europe, since they were first discovered in Los Angeles by the likes of Ike Turner and Buddy Guy in the late 90's... After seeing the band at L.A.'s famed Troubadour nightclub, Ike Turner exclaimed: "I ain't seen nuthin' like that since Me and You-Know-Who!"

Buddy Guy heard about the commotion, and invited the band to his Southside Chicago club where, opening for blues legend Otis Rush, the band received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. They were soon recognized as a force to be reckoned with, leaving a trail of incendiary performances. 
...Find more about the artists and links to get tickets
Act Now! ISC 2019 Extended Deadline is Nov 6
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.
Now is your chance to be heard. Don’t delay, ISC’s extended deadline is approaching fast on Nov 6th. Enter your songs today at the Songwriting Competition websiteIn addition to giving away over $150,000 in cash and prizes, ISC has some of the most prestigious judges of any competition in the world. 2019 judges include John Mayall, Tom Waits, Irma Thomas, Joe Louis Walker, Robert Randolph, Bruce Iglauer from Alligator Records and many more.
... Findout more and how to submit
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join Waitlists
Prebook Oct 2020 Southern Carribbean
Prebook Jan 2021 Eastern Caribbean
Let's Go Bluesin'® On The High Seas! Join the wait list for your chance to sail… 
*Click image for info & lineup*
~ 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).
~ LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean sails Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021 PREBOOK OPEN. Sailing on Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos Islands
 Log-on to reservations or call (816) 753-7979 to secure your space!
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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:
Oct 24 Sonny Terry (1911-1986), Willie Mabon (1925-1985), Bill Wyman (1936, Jimmy Dawkins (1936-2013); Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931-2005); Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909-2006), Clifford Antone (1949-2006 Antone Records and Nightclub); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946), Hadda Brooks (1916-2002); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902-1958), Ethel Waters (1896-1977) 
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Peter Frampton Blues Band
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival-Event Calendar
To view our entire calendar of more than 500 festivals, click here!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender  EMAIL
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
are paid "Featured" ads

Lone Star Blues
and Heritage Festival
Oct-25-2019 - Oct-27-2019
Grapeland, Texas, USA
Henry Turner, Jr. Day
Music Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #33 Mexican Riviera
Oct-26-2019 - Nov-02-2019
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Blues Heaven
Nov-01-2019 - Nov-02-2019
Frederikshavn, Denmark
14th Annual Tommy Johnson
Blues Festival
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival
Slidell, Louisiana, USA
Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
Nov-08-2019 - Nov-10-2019
Bude, United Kingdom
Signifyin' Blues
Nov-08-2019 - Nov-10-2019
Los Angeles, California, USA
Forgotten Music Festival
Nov-08-2019 - Nov-09-2019
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Wisconsin Annual Blues
Harmonica Festival 2019
New Berlin, Wisconsin USA
Northeast Blues
Harmonica Showcase
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Mississippi Delta
Blues Festival
Nov-21-2019 - Nov-23-2019
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-22-2019 - Nov-24-2019
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-06-2019 - Dec-08-2019
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Thredbo Blues Festival
Jan-17-2020 - Jan-19-2020
Thredbo, Australia 
Legendary Rhythm
& Blues Cruise #34
Jan-19-2020 - Jan-26-2020
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
Jamaica Winterfest
Jan-23-2020 - Jan-30-2020
Montego Bay, Jamaica
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