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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 14, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 46

ends Dec 26, 2019
Dec 12, 2019
Have a cool photo?
Featured Video of the Week
News Flash... 
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for samples & 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
Have a cool photo?
What crazy or clever t-shirt photo do you have?
Hey there! Do you have a hi-resolution picture of you or someone else wearing a crazy, clever, hysterical, eye-brow-raising, or truly poignant t-shirt at a Blues event? Well, bring it on ‘cause we’d love to see them.
Every once in a while I see someone wearing a t-shirt with some off-the-wall graphic and/or a saying that makes me ponder, smile, covet or just laugh outloud and I wish I’d taken a picture. I did see and take a few shots on the blues cruise recently, which now has piqued my interest for a collection of sorts. Send a JPEG of your fun and/or poignant pics with a caption of where it was taken to  Remember a real pic, not ones from the internet (like I just did)! Thanks in advance for sharing your crazy with us!
(R-rated okay but No super x-rated please)
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Here's pianoman, singer, songwriter Mitch Woods and harpman, singer songwriter Rick Estrin having some fun with me posing on the Oct 2019 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise on the Mexican Riviera.
They held court for appreciative masses on and off shore, while exuding such positive and entertaining energy. I mean, look at the faces... and look at those shirts!
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*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 and EMAIL your photo
plus caption & photo credit to us!
**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
Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King "Tell Me Why"
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 able 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
Sparky Parker :: IN THE DARK 
Houston, Texas-based guitarist Sparky Parker announces the self-release of his new CD, In the Dark, featuring 10 blistering, blues-rock tracks that ignite a fire and ably demonstrate why he is becoming one of the most talked-about performers in his Houston hometown.

Watch the video trailer for In The Dark by clicking the "Listen" button.
Produced by Sparky Parker and recorded, mixed and mastered by Rock Romano at The Redshack Recording Studio in Houston, In the Dark showcases the Sparky Parker Band: Sparky Parker - guitars, vocals; Phillip Lock - bass, backing vocals; and Kevin Berry – drums, with additional keyboards/organ by William Gorman. The CD consists of seven original tunes, plus scintillating covers of songs by The Rolling Stones (“Dead Flowers”), Slim Harpo (“Shake Your Hips’) and Bobby “Blue” Bland, (“I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (The Way You Treated Me).”

The album’s original songs are packed with exciting flourishes and surprises. The wah-wah guitar rhythm on the title track, “In the Dark,” paired with hi-hat 16th notes, is a flashback to checkerboard dance floors and spinning disco balls. “This Old Thing” pumps a hard-driving back-beat on the verse that contrasts nicely to the smooth vocal harmonies on the chorus. In the Dark offers a variety of styles... Find more about this artist and release
Click button for Album Video Trailer
News Flash... 
Blues Harmonica Blowouts This Friday Nov 15 in Connecticut and Wisconsin
(Hartford, CT – Berlin, WI) - It will be blowing hard in Berlin, Wisconsin and Hartford, Connecticut this Friday, Nov 15, when two separate harmonica events will be raising their respective roofs.

“The Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase” at Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar (350 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT) will feature four touring harmonica masters, all backed by Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish from 8:30pm-10:30pm. Each of the four blues harp stars will play a set and then the big jam finale’ with all four on stage together. Players include Tone-Cool recording artist Johnny Hoy who is something of a musical ambassador for Martha’s Vineyard. Hoy’s Band has been going strong for decades. Blues harp burner and vocalist Dave Robbins, bandleader for popular New England regional blues act “The Amplifires,” has also become a member of The Mud Morganfield Band. Tall Richard, a Northeast blues legend, superb harp man, vocalist and bandleader, has led his band for 20 years, performed in Bo Diddley’s band, and shared the stage with blues heavies. Mark Grandfield is known as a harmonica killer, killer soulful vocalist and wild man on stage. Tickets are $18 at Eventbrite. Find more at Black-Eyed Sally’s website.

In Berlin, Wisconsin, David "Harmonica" Miller presents the Wisconsin Annual Blues Harmonica Festival from 6pm -10pm at the VFW Post 5716 (17980 West Beloit Road in New Berlin, WI). Harmonica players that will be laying it down include Benny Rickun, "Big" Al Dorn, Steve Cohen, "Barefoot" Jimmy Schwarz, "Sly" (Sylvester Carr), "Bluezilla" (Jeff Scott), and David "Harmonica" Miller....
...Find more about these harmonica events and artists
The Blues Foundation 2020 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipients
(MEMPHIS, TN) – Since the Blues Foundation was founded in 1980, it has held the mission of preserving and promoting blues around the world, and this year’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award honorees demonstrate just how successful the organization has been over the past four decades. The nine individuals and organizations receiving KBAs in 2020 don’t just hail from the blues’ traditional territory of the American South but from such far-reaching blues outposts as Denmark, Poland, and Colombia.
The KBA Awards, chosen annually by a select panel of blues professionals, salutes those who have played crucial roles in advancing the art and commerce of blues. This year’s esteemed honorees will be recognized for their achievements at the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards brunch, taking place on Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:30 am., in the Holiday Inn Memphis-Downtown Ballroom.
The 2020 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are Peter Astrup, Dr. Rob Bowman, The Cali Blues & Folk Festival, Hal & Mal’s USA Blues Club, Jimiway Blues Festival, Dr. Janice Johnston, Jus’ Blues Music Foundation, Kentuckiana Blues Society, and Kathleen Lawton.

Peter Astrup is well known to thousands of musicians in Europe and the United States, and has dedicated his life to establishing and expanding, the blues music scene in his native Denmark and throughout Europe. ...Find more about the recipients, the KBA Luncheon and IBC week
Fuzzy Rankins Crowned Best Blues Guitarist in Southern California
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – The Six String Showdown (6SS) is a blues guitar competition developed for musicians by musicians. The goals of the competition are threefold, the final result being the crowning of The Best Blues Guitarist in Southern California. While the competition takes center stage, promoting the blues in all of its forms is also a primary goal. The judges base their decision on showmanship, technical skills, and audience response. 

For the final rounds of the competition, 6SS teamed up with the Signifyin’ Blues Festival, a four-day music and dance festival benefitting singer Barbara Morrison’s California Jazz & Blues Museum. Kern County Regional winner Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins was already slotted to perform at the festival along with Ms. Morrison, Keb’ Mo,’ Erica Brown and more. The semi-finals were held Friday, Nov 8, right before Fuzzy’s performance, with regional winners Johnny Michael Agundez (Los Angeles County), Teddy Lee Hooker (Orange County), Kirk Browne (San Diego County), and Fuzzy, backed by bassist C.J. Wilson and drummer Styxx Marshall. Semi-finalist judges were Gregg Wright, Diana Rein, and Jessica Kaczmarek. 

The ultimate finalists were Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins and Teddy Lee Hooker, who battled it out on Sunday, Nov 10, backed by bassist C.J. Wilson and drummer Eric Tice and judged by Dennis Jones, Sam Meek, and Steve Artea. Fuzzy was crowned winner and emcee Kenny Williams presented him with guitars from Tagima and Schechter. ...Find more about Fuzzy, 6SS and Signifyin' Blues
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 #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!
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:
Nov 14 Carey Bell (1936-2007), Anson Funderburgh (1954), Buckwheat Zydeco (1947-2016); Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937-1968); Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873-1958), Hubert Sumlin (1931-2011), Eden Brent (1965), Francis Clay (1923-2008); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967); Nov 19 Chris Cain (1955); Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946-1971); Nov 21 Dr. John (1940-2019); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945); Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (1926-2005); Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941-2012); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914-1994), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939), Bernard Allison (1965); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909-1967), Brownie McGhee (1915-1996), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956-2015), Shuggie Otis (1953)
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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Festival-Event Calendar
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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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Gainesville 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
Blues and Greens
Dec-06-2019 - Dec-07-2019
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Thredbo Blues Festival
Jan-17-2020 - Jan-19-2020
Thredbo, Australia 
10th Annual
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest
Zephyrhills, Florida, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-14-2020 - Feb-16-2020
El Coco, Costa Rica
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-28-2020, London
United Kingdom
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-16-2020 - Apr-19-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Lincoln Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
May-15-2020 - May-17-2020
Holly Springs, New York, USA
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