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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 12, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 11

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!!
Here's a couple of blues lovers having a ball partying during an annual Kim Wilson Allstars concert at Winston's Beach Club in Ocean Beach, CA Dec 2019.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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Featured Video of the Week
Little Charlie & The Nightcats "I'll Take You Back"
R.I.P. Charlie Baty 1953 - Mar 6, 2020
CD & DVD Releases
The Sensational Barnes Brothers ::
The Sensational Barnes Brothers’ Nobody’s Fault But My Own has been hailed by NPR, Pop Matters, Billboard, MOJO, and No Depression.

For Chris and Courtney Barnes – aka The Sensational Barnes Brothers – old school gospel comes as naturally as falling rain. They’ve sung together all their lives, but with their new eponymous debut album, the first release of the Bible and Tire Recording Co. label, things are clicking for the duo like never before.
Produced by Bruce Watson of Bible and Tire Recording Co./Big Legal Mess Records at Delta-Sonic Studios in Memphis, all of the songs on the record were chosen from the oft-forgotten 1970s catalog of the Designer Records label. This deep well of material will be featured more in future releases by Bible and Tire, created to spotlight the rich, living traditions of raw Southern gospel. For now, the Designer catalog is made new by the unique chemistry of this brother team. Along the way, they’re joined by a cast of tastefully gritty players like Will Sexton, Jimbo Mathus, and George Sluppick, not to mention Chris and Courtney’s brother Calvin, all of whom bring the tough soul-stomping sound of Memphis into the current era. ...More about these artists and release
"Trying To Go Home" (official video)
News Flash... 
Make your plans for the 31st Annual Billtown Blues Festival!
(HUGHESVILLE, PA) - Pennsylvania's "BIG" Little Blues Festival is back for the 31st year at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville, Pennsylvania! The Billtown Blues Association is proud to present its 31st Blues Fest on June 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2020. Three days of great blues music and on-site camping for RV’s and tents! Great food and craft vendors on-site as well!

This year’s lineup is as follows…
Friday, June 12th – Gates open at 5pm
6pm - CL Blues and The Company (Uptown Music Collective)
7pm - Nate Myers and the Aces
8:15pm - Kat Riggins Supported by the Gabe Stillman Band
9:30pm - Noah Wotherspoon
Saturday, June 13th - Gates open at 11am
12pm - BBA Audition Band Winner
1pm - BBA Solo/Duo Winner
2pm - Mikey Junior
3:30pm – Lower Case Blues
5pm – Rev. Billy C Wirtz
6:30pm - The Cash Box Kings
8pm - Trudy Lynn
9:30pm - The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Sunday, June 14th – Gates open at 10am
11am - Billtown Blues Gospel Revue
12:15pm - TBA1:30pm - Jason Ricci
3pm - J.P. Soars
4:30pm - Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88's(featuring Pete Ragusa, Jan Zuckowsi, Dave Chappel, Bruce Swaim)
...Find more about Billtown Blues Festival
Fantastic Negrito at the Longboard in Pacifica Mar 21
(PACIFICA, CA) - 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. 

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. Doors open at 8pm and the ages 21+ show starts at 9pm. Longboard Margarita Bar is a premier 300-person capacity live music venue with a solid sound system and full-service bar located on the coast. 

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. 
...Find more about Fantastic Negrito and this upcoming show
Clarksdale’s Juke Joints will be Jumping April 16-19
(CLARKSDALE, MS) – The 17th annual Juke Joint Festival in historic Clarksdale, Mississippi is one of the most authentic blues festivals in the world. Hotel rooms book up fast, so don't wait. Main event is Saturday, April 18, 2020 with dozens of related events that run Thurs-Sun, April 16-19. The main event itself is all day/night Saturday — with 13 daytime music stages, 20+ nighttime venues, 100 blues acts, 100 street vendors (food, arts & crafts, etc.), petting zoo, rock wall, history bus tours, educational events and more. This epic 17th annual festival is dedicated to all of the late, great Delta blues players, juke joint owners and supporters who have passed away during the past year.

The Juke Joint Festival is "half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta." It celebrates our past and living history by presenting over 100 blues acts — including many Mississippi and Southern greats in their 60s, 70s, 80s or even 90s! This is the real-deal Mississippi blues festival that you've read about in the New York Times and seen on PBS NewsHour. It is like no other event in the world. Think we're exaggerating? What other fest has blues veterans, juke joints, monkeys riding dogs, racing pigs and... a marker dedicated to "The Crossroads"?
...Find out more about the Juke Joint Festival
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 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); Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915) (1915–1973), Marcia Ball (1949), Sam Lay (1935), Eddie Shaw (1937), Jimmie Vaughan (1951); Mar 21 William Clarke (1951-1996), Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902-1988), Otis Spann (1930-1970); Gaye Adegbalola (1944); Mar 22-Weldon "Juke Boy" Bonner (1932-1978)
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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
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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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