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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 9, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 2

Show us your BFG
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Billboard Blues Album This week
Festival-Event Calendar
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
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Here's singer/entertainer Jacinta Branch-Griffin otherwise known as Ms Hy-C. This powerhouse front woman and her band deliver a high-energy, soulful, blues experience. Ms Hy-C and Fresh Start were the 1st Place Band winners of the 2019 IBC.
Photo: 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 and EMAIL your photo
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We're proud that the Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2019 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine.
Featured Video of the Week
Jimmy Johnson w-The Chris Cain Band
"Cold Cold Feeling" (pt 1)
CD & DVD Releases
Moonshine Society :: SWEET THING
The band Moonshine Society from Washington, D.C. delivers a 10-course meal of house rocking blues on their second album, Sweet Thing. Harmonica hound dog Jason Ricci is featured on the opening bump and grind blues track, “Sweet Thing, returning the favor given to him by band leader and lead vocalist Black Betty, who sang on Ricci’s Approved By Snakes. Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Poppen cuts a jagged surf-blues riff on the dancefloor number “Shake.” The 1953 blues standard from Ruth Brown, “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” is transformed into a Bourbon street, second-line parade, featuring barrelhouse piano, a full horn section that features guest, Ron Holloway (Dizzy Gillespie, Susan Tedeschi, Gil Scott-Heron, Warren Haynes Band, Gov’t Mule), and blazing chops from drummer Rodney Dunton.

Black Betty demonstrates her prowess as both an accomplished vocalist and excellent songwriter on the powerful and luxuriously arranged ballad “Come On Home” that soars with sophisticated classic R&B style. Ricci returns on the rockin’ tribute to the late, great Johnny Winter “Southern Road,” joining Poppen on sizzling dual harmony leads and trading fiery solos. Betty then takes us to church and teaches us all a lesson in the bare necessities with the gospel fueled “Biscuits, Bacon And The Blues.” ...Find more about this artist and release
"Come On Home"
News Flash... 
BFG is an IBC Sponsor and Offers Big Rewards
(MEMPHIS, TN) - Here we are in 2020 and your faithful Blues Festival Guide is once again a media sponsor of the International Blues Challenge to be held in Memphis, TN on January 28- February 1. We help promote this prestigious event to blues fans around the world. The IBC’s are super fun, informative and significant. If you are a blues fan, put it on your bucket list! Hundreds of bands will compete along Beale Street… it’s a not-to-be-missed sight and a sound to behold. Not only are you in the heart of the Delta, but you’ll discover so many truly talented artists that have converged from literally around the globe. The streets bustle with excitement and anticipation, plus there’s workshops, special showcase and jams galore as well.

The Blues Festival Guide will meet-and-greet all the competing band members during band orientation. This year it will be held at the Tin Roof on Wednesday January 29. We’ll hand out Blues Festival Guide magazines (Bobby Rush calls them “Your road map to everything Blues”) and some colorful Mardi Gras beads. Don’t forget to drop your business card with us to enter our own mini-contest.

Additionally, we offer prize packages for the official IBC winners that includes advertising campaigns from our popular Blues Festival Guide media products:  ...Find about the amazing rewards we're offering
2020 BMA Nominees Announced… Cast Your Votes Now
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Foundation has announced the 2020 Blues Music Awards (BMA) Nominees. The 41st Blues Music Awards will be held on May 7, 2020 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tennessee. This event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.

The ballot will be open for voting by Blues Foundation members from now until 6pm Eastern/5pm Central/3pm Pacific on Friday, February 28, 2020. To become a Blues Foundation member, visit Upon membership confirmation, new and renewing members will be sent instructions on how to access the 2020 Blues Music Awards Ballot.

The 2020 Blues Music Awards Nominees:

ACOUSTIC BLUES ALBUM (Sponsored by Newman, DeCoster)
Catfish Crawl Catfish Keith - Confessin’ My Dues Terry Robb - Good as Your Last Dollar Fruteland Jackson - Solo Ride Bruce Katz - This Guitar and Tonight Bob Margolin

ACOUSTIC BLUES ARTIST (Sponsored by Folk Alliance International)
Eric Bibb - Guy Davis - Rhiannon Giddens - Fruteland Jackson - Doug MacLeod...
...Find entire Nominee list and links to vote or signup to be able to vote 

The Hey Nonny Winter Blues Summit Jan 31-Feb 2 
Brassneck/Illinois Entertainer
(Arlington Heights, IL) - Winter has traditionally been a slow season for music festivals in Chicagoland while folks recover from their holiday hangovers. Other than the TNK Festival in Chicago, a sturdy and dependable showcase of emerging talent, there’s not been the equivalent in the suburbs.

The folks at Hey Nonny and Straight Arrow Productions are changing the indoor music festival landscape with the first annual Winter Blues Summit, which runs from January 31 through February 2 on four stages at both Hey Nonny and Metropolis in Arlington Heights [Illinois]. “Just about every Chicago blues great will be appearing at the Winter Blues Summit,” Hey Nonny co-owner Chip Brooks told IE. Straight Arrow Productions president Dave Katzman added: “Hey Nonny has become the go-to destination for true Chicago blues in the northwest suburbs, so this seemed like a natural fit.”
Headlining the event will be the on-stage reunion of Chicago blues legends Jimmy and Syl Johnson. The Johnson brothers were born and grew up in Holly Springs, Mississippi, but moved to Chicago in the 1950s, where they quickly became part of the exploding Chicago electric blues scene with pioneers Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Little Walter. ...Read entire story and find full lineup and links 
CIBS 26th Winter Blues Fest Feb 14-15 
(DES MOINES, IA) - The Central Iowa Blues Society (CIBS) is once again hosting the 26th Winter Blues Fest at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Ave, on Valentine’s Weekend, February 14-15, 2020. Tickets are $20 for Friday night only, $30 for Saturday only, and $45 for a weekend pass. Special room rates are available at the Marriott and Hyatt Hotels in Downtown Des Moines.
If you've never been, this is the year to go. The festival takes over the entire downtown Marriott with 5 stages of blues music from national touring artists across all sub-categories of the genre including Swing Blues, Rockin’ Blues, Rockabilly, traditional, Rhythm and Blues, Soul and Alternative. There is a little something for every taste in music. There simply isn't a music festival experience in Des Moines comparable to the Winter Blues Festival. It's unique, it's fun and a great way to spend a cold winter weekend in Des Moines, especially if you're looking to do something a little different on Valentine's Day weekend. 
Friday’s lineup includes: Davy Knowles (Rockin’ Blues) - Isle of Man (UK)
Paul Nelson Band (Rockin’ Blues) - NYC, NY
Tennessee Redemption featuring Brandon Santini and Jeff Jensen...  ...Find full weekend lineup and links
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine!
LRBC #34 Western Caribbean: Jan 19-26, 2020
Join Waitlist here!
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 BOOK NOW!
Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979 at that time!
Taj Mahal & Phantom Blues Band, Keb’ Mo’, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Kenny Neal Band w/ Tyree Neal, G. Love & Special Sauce, Danielle Nicole, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls, Rev. Peytons’ Big Damn Band, Vanessa Collier, Marquise Knox, Shakura S’Aida, RUF Records Blues Caravan, Jonathon Long, Doug MacLeod, Mitch Woods Club 88, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Kelley Hunt, Daryl Davis, Eden Brent & many more!
LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021
PREBOOK NOW with your $500 per cabin deposit.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO   (816) 753-7979 |
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
- Jan 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr Day
- Jan 25 Chinese New Years
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 9-Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); Jan 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935-2018), Sam Chatmon (1897-1983), Jerry Wexler (1914-2008 founder of Atlantic Records); Jan 11-Slim Harpo (1924-1970); Katie Webster (1936-1999), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945); Jan 12- Ruth Brown (1928-2006), Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904-1972), Long John Baldry (1941-2005); Jan 14-Allen Toussaint (1938-2015), Clarence Carter (1936); Jan 15-Earl Hooker (1929-1970), Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968), Queen Ida (1929); Jan 16-Barbara Lynn (1942), Lester Davenport (1932-2009), Robert Wilkins (1896-1987); Jan 17- Paul Rishell (1950), Mick Taylor (1949); Jan 19-Henry Gray (1925), Janis Joplin (1943-1970), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936)
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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
are paid "Featured" ads

MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Chester, South Carolina 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
Clarksdale Film
& Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
Lehigh River Blues Jam
Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
2020 International
Blues Challenge
Memphis, Tennessee USA
The Hey Nonny Winter
Blues Summit
Jan-31-2020-Feb 2-2020
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Mornington Peninsula
Blues Festival
Mornington, Australia
CIBS Winter Blues Fest
Des Moines, Iowa USA
Costa Rica Blues Festival
Feb-14-2020 - Feb-16-2020
El Coco, Costa Rica
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Experience II
Mason, Ohio, USA
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
  Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-13-2020 - Mar-15-2020
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-20-2020 - Mar-22-2020
Looe, United Kingdom
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
30th Springing the Blues
Apr-03-2020 - Apr-05-2020
Jacksonville Beach, 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
Blues Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Blues Music Awards
Memphis, Tennessee 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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