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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 21, 2019
Vol 14/Issue 47

ends Dec 26, 2019
Dec 12, 2019
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Featured Video of the Week
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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?
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Billboard Blues Album This week
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Hey there! We'd love it if you would email or private message us a hi-resolution picture that was taken at a Blues event of you or someone else wearing a crazy, clever, hysterical, eye-brow-raising, or truly poignant t-shirt! Every once in a while we see someone wearing one with some off-the-wall graphic and/or a saying that makes us ponder, smile, covet or just laugh outloud, and  wish we’d taken a picture. We did see and take a few shots on the blues cruise recently, which now has piqued our interest for a collection of sorts.
Email a JPEG of your fun and/or poignant pics with a caption of where it was taken to our E-Guide Editor.
Remember a real pic (not ones from the internet like we just did for examples! Thanks in advance for sharing your crazy with us! Bring it on ‘cause we’d love to see.
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Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
We caught up with harpman Steve Bell (son of the late Carey Bell) and guitarist John Primer in a leather store in Cabo San Lucas during one of our port stops while sailing on the Oct 2019 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (LRBC) on the Mexican Riviera. Primer and Bell were performing on the LRBC.
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
Wee Willie Walker with the Anthony Paule Band
R.I.P Dec 21, 1944 - Nov 19. 2019
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. 
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Kaati, Cheryl, Irene, Michele, Heather, Tom, & Goran
CD & DVD Releases
 Johnny Burgin :: LIVE
This highly anticipated CD debuted at #3 on the Living Blues blues radio chart. It offers twelve brand-new originals and two covers performed by Johnny’s regular road band and augmented by the cream of the crop of West Coast blues talent. Artists on the CD are Johnny Burgin: guitar, vocals, Kid Andersen: guitar, piano, Steve Dougherty: drums, Aki Kumar: harp, Chris Matheos: bass, with special guests Rae Gordon: vocals, Charlie Musselwhite: harp, and Nancy Wright: sax.

The band had just one night to nail it – which made this recording a crazy, but thrilling, high wire act! Johnny drew from the great Bay Area blues talent pool that lured him to the West Coast back in 2016. Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite’s driving boogie-woogie harp on California Blues is an absolute highlight. You could feel a jolt of electricity run through the crowd when Portland, Oregon-based Rae Gordon took the stage. The end result is a raw, fresh, and original all-star set of blues, shot through with live energy.
It's been 20 years since Burgin’s last CD. “My thing has always been live music,” says Johnny. “Going to shows, booking shows, playing shows. Playing with the best musicians I could. More than anything, I loved the feeling of getting in the van and going. Even better, once I got there, I love the feeling of knockin’ em dead.

…Chicago Blues sax legend Eddie Shaw once said, ‘It takes 20 years to make a bluesman.’ Here I am, ready to play my blues for you.”
...Find more about this artist and release
"She Gave Me The Slip"
News Flash... 
They All Stood Up: The Life and Legacy of James Cotton
Please support the film They All Stood Up: The Life And Legacy Of James Cotton

They All Stood Up: The Life and Legacy of James Cotton, a film currently in production, is an emotionally evocative feature documentary that portrays the untold story of James “Superharp” Cotton, a legend whose musical influence shaped the Chicago Blues style having been mentored by the originators of the Delta blues tradition. Cotton’s life tracks a swath of America’s history – from the post-depression cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to tough Chicago-land’s era of artistic reinvention to today’s live music scene in Austin, Texas. Along the way he plays with Muddy Waters, tours with Janis Joplin and Paul Butterfield and opened for/sat-in with the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Steve Miller, B.B. King and many more.

Rarely seen archival footage and stills are woven throughout a visual landscape of original footage in which some of today’s finest harp and blues musicians lead us on a powerful journey, bringing a fresh and deep understanding of the harp in the expanding blues tradition. In new interviews and original concert recordings, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan, Steve Miller, Huey Lewis, Billy Branch, Paul Oscher, Annie Raines, Curtis Salgado, Kenny Neal, Rick Estrin, Bob Margolin, James Montgomery and many others bring Cotton’s story to life...
...Find more about this film and it's progress and how you can support
Warm Up at the Jamaica Winterfest, Jan 23-30, 2020 in Montego Bay
(MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA) – What better way to beat the “Winter Blues” than with some amazing music on a tropical isle!

Join Peter and Michelle Swanek for some wintertime warmth at their annual, all-inclusive week at the beautiful SeaGarden Beach Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a fun-filled week featuring fantastic, all-star musicians, jams, clinics and simply a darn good time!

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!”

Get ready for…
*  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 SeaGarden 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
This package also includes ground transfer to and from hotel, all meals and drinks along with the top-notch accommodations, and fantastic music. ...Find more about the 2nd Annual Jamaica Winterfest
Congrats to All the 2020 Blues GRAMMY Nominees
(LOS ANGELES, CA) - The 62nd GRAMMY Awards will be held at the Los Angeles' STAPLES Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Congratulations to all these very deserving Blues Nominees!
Best Traditional Blues Album
- KINGFISH Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
- TALL, DARK & HANDSOME Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men
- SPECTACULAR CLASS Jontavious Willis
Best Contemporary Blues Album
- THIS LAND Gary Clark Jr.
- VENOM & FAITH Larkin Poe
- BRIGHTER DAYS Robert Randolph & The Family Band
- SOMEBODY SAVE ME Sugaray Rayford
- KEEP ON Southern Avenue

Of Note: Best Americana Album
- OKLAHOMA  Keb’ Mo   ...Find more
25th Anniversary of the Tampa Bay Blues Festival April 3-5, 2020
(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) – Join us at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival as they celebrate their 25th anniversary when it returns to Vinoy Waterfront Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 3-5, 2020. This internationally renowned, three-day music festival has been staged for the past 25 years on the sunny shores of Tampa Bay and features spectacular waterfront views, a tropical atmosphere, and the finest in blues music. The event draws visitors from throughout the United States and Europe and is regarded as one of the best blues festivals in the world.  In 2011, the Festival received the prestigious Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award for best U.S. Blues Festival. 

The Palladium Theater will host the Official “Kick Off Party” on Thursday, April 2, with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Tickets available at here. The After Show on Saturday, April 4, at the Ringside Café has no cover and will feature The Proven Ones, with Kid Ramos, and Canada's Dawn Tyler Watson.

The 2020 artist line-up is as follows:
Friday, April 3, 2020
8:30 pm J.J. Grey & Mofro - 6:30 pm Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - 4:30 pm Danielle Nicole - 2:30 pm Christone “Kingfish” Ingram - 12:30 pm Jason Ricci
Saturday, April 4, 2020
8:30 pm Aaron Neville - 6:30 pm Jimmie Vaughan - 4:30 pm The Proven Ones featuring Kid Ramos - 2:30 pm Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers - 12:30 pm Dawn Tyler Watson
Sunday, April 5, 2020
8:30 pm Larkin Poe - 6:30 pm Rod Piazza Band with Rusty Zinn - 4:30 pm  Ronnie Baker Brooks - 2:30 pm Bruce Katz - 1:00 pm Backtrack Blues Band ...Find more about the 25th Tampa Bay Blues Fest
Groundbreaking for the expansion of the B.B. King Museum
(INDIANOLA, MS) —The board of directors and staff of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the museum this week. This expansion includes a 4,500 sq. ft. addition to the museum that will connect the existing exhibit space with the AT&T Learning Center and will house what is the museum’s largest artifact, the bus on which Mr. King traveled and was his home on the road. The area will also house two of King’s personal automobiles – a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and a custom painted Chevy El Camino. Other artifacts and material acquired since his death are being preserved, cataloged and interpreted, and among these is King’s most cherished guitar, a Les Paul given to him by Paul himself. The museum also has the last two Gibson Lucille guitars that King signed. These were both used in his funeral procession, carried on a riderless black horse. The still photographs and video from his memorial services will also be powerful additions to the existing films.

Even before the passing of Mr. King in 2015, stakeholders in the museum realized that at some point the rest of King’s life story would need to be told and began collecting material and interviews for the new film to add to the exhibits. ....Find more about the museum expansion
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!
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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:
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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Festival-Event Calendar
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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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
Samantha Fish Cigar Box
Guitar Festival
Jan-15-2020 - Jan-18-2020
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Thredbo Blues Festival
Jan-17-2020 - Jan-19-2020
Thredbo, Australia 
10th Annual
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest
Zephyrhills, Florida, USA
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
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
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
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-16-2020 - May-17-2020
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Sierre Blues Festival
Jun-11-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Sierre, Switzerland
Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-14-2020
Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Greeley Blues Jam
Jun-12-2020 - Jun-13-2020
Greeley, Colorado, USA
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