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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 5, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 10

April 9
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
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 17th Annual BFG Magazine!!
Dorothy Mae Whitsett aka Lady Dottie, bandleader for the multiple award-winning band Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, is an Alabama-bred fireball based in the San Diego area. I captured this shot of her after her soulful, bluesy set for OB Mardi Gras at Winston's Beach Club in Ocean Beach, CA Feb 23, 2020.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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plus caption & photo credit to us!
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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
Sister Rosetta Tharpe "Didn't It Rain" & "Trouble In Mind"
CD & DVD Releases
Jack Mack & The Heart Attack ::
Known and loved around the globe for being the “Hardest Working Band In Soul Business,” little did the band members of Jack Mack & The Heart Attack realize how well-earned that moniker had become.Known and loved around the globe for being the “Hardest Working Band In Soul Business,” little did the band members of Jack Mack & The Heart Attack realize how well-earned that moniker had become.

It’s July 1996 and the band is engaged to perform at the XXVI Olympiad, the international multi-sport event being held in Atlanta, Georgia. As the band closed their set and performed their original tune, “I Walked Alone” in the early morning of 27 July, a pipe bomb exploded in very close proximity to the stage directly killing 1 person and injuring 111. The white noise aftermath of the bomb blast provides a stark backdrop to what could be the first time an act of domestic terrorism closed a live recording.
Producer and director, Clint Eastwood, along with producer Leonardo DiCaprio, released a major film with Warner Bros. Pictures in December 2019, titled Richard Jewell with an all-star cast including Paul Walter Hauser as Jewell, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, and others. This biographical drama is based on the story of Jewell, the security guard who was subsequently wrongly accused of being the bomber. The award winning film features two of the band’s performances, the Staples Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” and the band’s original song “I Walked Alone.” ...More about these artists and release
"Breakin' Down The Walls"
News Flash... 
Robert Kimbrough Sr. wants 2C Yoface in tha PLACE May 15 -17 
Come on thru Robert’s waitin’ on you!
4th Annual Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
May 15-17, 2020 The HUT, Holly Springs, MS 38635

The Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues celebrates the life and legacy of Junior and David Kimbrough JR. III hosted by Robert Kimbrough Sr. Junior’s baby boy. The Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival is held in Holly Springs, Mississippi over the third weekend of May. Holly Springs, Junior Kimbrough’s hometown, is located 40 miles South East of Memphis, Tenneesee. in the North Hills of Mississippi. The festival is three days of blistering hot, electric Cotton Patch Soul Blues in an unfiltered, authentic atmosphere, a Mississippi Juke Joint. Robert invites anybody to come to Mississippi to learn about his father’s music Cotton Patch Soul Blues the way he did, up close and personal. Robert creates an intimate setting where festival attendees are welcomed like family and are treated to incredible music and delicious food. Where stories are shared and how life long memories are made. It’s off tha chain! Robert wants 2C yoface in thA Place.

4PM - 6PM
Kick OFF
“We Salute The Original Cotton Patch Soul Blues Boys Junior & David Kimbrough Jr. III ”Photo & Film Exhibit w/Bill Steber, Yancey Allison, Amy Verdon, Rosemary Moritz and more...
Leontyne Price Library Gallery
Rust College, 150 Rust Ave, Holly Springs MS 38635
Exhibit runs until June 16, 2020 ...Find schedule, tickets, details & links
Hector Anchondo … 20 years of love and discipline
(click image for "Roll The Dice" track from album of same name)
Representing the Blues Society of Omaha, Hector Anchondo competed against over 200 acts at the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) and won first place for his Solo/Duo performance. He also garnered the Memphis Cigar Box Guitar Award for Best Acoustic Solo/Duo Guitarist.
“I’m so honored by these awards,” Anchondo said. “I love what I do, music in my passion and not very many people get this recognition. It’s truly an honor and I’m just so happy right now, overwhelmed with pride and thanks to all my fans and the people that support my music.”

Growing up on a Missouri farm, Anchondo soaked up Roots music, Latino music, bluegrass and old blues. He picked up the guitar as teen, and as soon as he finished high school, he headed for Omaha, to make a life playing guitar. When the recession of 2008 happened, work dried up in the music scene, and the stress took its toll. Anchondo found himself without a band, working as a dishwasher in a Cuban restaurant. 

When you put your mind to doing the thing you were born to do, the universe helps. Anchondo got an unexpected call from an old friend in St. Louis. ...Find more about Hector Anchondo, his music and tour

Third Rebirth of Grammy Award Winner Fantastic Negrito
(PACIFICA, CA) - Longboard Margarita Bar presents Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito on Saturday, March 21st at Longboard Margarita Bar (180 Eureka Drive) Pacifica, California, just 15 minutes south of San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now at Event Brite. Doors open at 8pm and show starts at 9pm. Ages 21. Tickets are on sale now: $25 Advance, $30 Door, $250 VIP Package (Package includes 4 Tickets + 1 Table + 1 Bottle Service). Get tickets at Event Brite or call (650) 738-5905 to learn more!

Fantastic Negrito is the incarnation of a musician who is reborn after going through a lot of awful shit. In fact, the name Fantastic Negrito represents his third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to “make it”, who “got it”, who lost it all, and somehow managed to find his way back. When you listen to Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction. For anyone who ever felt like it was over yet hoped it wasn’t, this is your music. 
...Find more about Fantastic Negrito and this upcoming show
BTN — Blues Television Network 
Nationally syndicated blues TV program reaches 9 cities in California (and one in Boise) with more to follow.

Blues Television Network (BTN) is currently available in 8 cities, mostly in California, with 24-hour blues programming, plus the show offers constant online streaming. BTN provides an outlet for the advancement of American Blues and Roots Music, to preserve the past while honoring the future of one of America’s few truly original art forms.

Aitterce Production was founded by the critically acclaimed Blues performer E.C. Scott with the goal of expanding the visibility of Blues. Utilizing her vast knowledge of Blues and business, E.C. and her dedicated team have made significant progress by creating programming targeted towards the unification, enhancement, and expansion of the Blues Community.
The programs created by Aitterce Production have already received accolades from the community-minded television viewing audiences that are enthusiastic about Blues Music. Through these programs, they look to unite dedicated followers of all Blues and other Traditional African American genres in an effort to strengthen the industry. Aitterce Production also functions as a complimentary outlet where the artists and labels can showcase their talent. They have earned the distinction of becoming the world’s only company dedicated to the unification, preservation and expansion of the Blues community through television programming.
...Find out more about the Blues Television Network
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our Artists and Headliners Stay and Play, They Don’t Hit and Run!!
LRBC #35 Southern Caribbean: Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s ms Eurodam. Over 95% Sold! Book your cabin now before they’re gone!! Visit Reservations or call (816) 753-7979. Over 100 scheduled shows on 6 stages. Artist Lineup: 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, Shemekia Copeland, Danielle Nicole, 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, Chuk Barber’s Soul Lounge, Mr. Sipp (Special Guest) & many more!
LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan 31-Feb 7, 2021 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks and Caicos on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam! Join the LRBC email list at to receive the announcement!
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 |
- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine! -
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
- March is Women's History Month
- Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Mar 5 J.B. Lenoir (1929-1967), Peg Leg Howell (1888-1966), Tommy Tucker (1933-1982); Mar 6 Walter "Furry" Lewis (1893-1981), Walter Trout (1951); Mar 9 Georgia White (1903), Lloyd Price (1933); Mar 10-Dave Alexander aka Omar Shariff (1938-2012), Ronnie Earl (1953); Mar 12-Leonard Chess (1917-1969), Bill Payne (1949 Little Feat co-founder); Mar 13-Otis "Lightnin' Slim" Hicks (1913-1974); Mar 14 Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980); Mar 15-Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905-1950), Lightnin' Hopkins (1912-1982); Sly Stone (1944), Ry Cooder (1947); Mar 16-James "Yank" Rachell (1910-1997); Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917-1965); Mar 18-Wilson Pickett (1941-2006), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927-2001); Mar 19-Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975)
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Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-13-2020 - Mar-15-2020
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Blue Mountains Music Festival
Mar-13-2020 - Mar-15-2020
Katoomba, Australia
Festival Internacional
de Blues de Alicante
Mar-15-2020 - Mar-30-2020
Alicante, Spain
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-20-2020 - Mar-22-2020
Looe, United Kingdom
Phoenix Blues, Brews and BBQ
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
London, United Kingdom
  Southern Arizona Blues and Brews Festival
Tucson, Arizona, USA
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
Byron Bay BluesFest
Apr-09-2020 - Apr-13-2020
Byron Bay, Australia
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-16-2020 - Apr-19-2020
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
SRV Tribute Show!
Apr-18-2020, Minneapolis
Minnesota, 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
Gator By The Bay
San Diego, California USA
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-08-2020 - May-09-2020
Kwadendamme, Netherlands
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
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