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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 15, 2018
Vol 13/Issue 46

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News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
Featured Videos 
CD & DVD Releases
Intros and Outros
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples & updates) 
Festival-Event Calendar
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Make sure to click the links at the end of the CD/DVD and News Flash section teasers so you can discover them in entirety in our website news section and so you don't miss out on cool details, photos, schedules, artist or festival links, etc. And see festivals listings here and LOTS more on our website!
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Photo Moments with the 16th Annual BFG Magazine 

Then multi award-winning, fab drummer/producer Tony Braunagel was onboard the recent West Coast Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. We not only got a chance to hear him many times but also cach him for a photo op with the BFG magazine. Thanks Tony! 
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! Each year 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 16th annual Guide! Then EMAIL us your photo with the BFG plus caption & photo credit.
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 We're proud to announce that the Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of the 2018 Blues Festival Guide annual magazine ...
2018 Blues Festival Guide Annual is chock full of cool info!
The 2018 issue of the Blues Festival Guide features 108 pages with info on of festivals, artists, blues societies and bluesy radio plus cool blues-related stories. Pick up a copy for free from your local blues society or a festival or ORDER a copy to be shipped straight to your house!
 Our 2018 issue sponsored by the Blues Foundation
...Find snippets about articles 
Featured Videos 
Tommy Dardar & Band 2016
News Flash... 
Lazy Lester’s home destroyed… Benefit Concerts Nov 29 & Dec 3
(GUERNEVILLE, CA) - Only 2 months after Lazy Lester’s spouse Pike lost her sweetheart, their house and all but a very few belongings were completely wiped out last week in the horrendous Paradise Fire! 

Mark Hummel had already planned two big benefits/Memorials for Lazy Lester now these heartfelt events are even more poignant. The first one will be held Nov 29 in Guerneville, CA at Jerry Knight’s River Theatre (16135) Main St.), and will feature Taj Mahal, Rick Estrin, Kid Andersen, Mark Hummel and more starting at 7pm. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door.

Another event is scheduled for Dec 3 at Harlow’s in Sacramento (2708 J Street) with Lee Oscar, Rusty Zinn, Mark Hummel, Rick Estrin and more. Show starts at 7pm and tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door.
There’s also a GoFundMe page started for Pike, Lester’s widow.
...Find more about the Benefits/Memorials for Lazy Lester's estate
Blues Foundation announces 2019 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) award recipients
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, will honor 11 people and organizations at its Keeping the Blues Alive Awards in January during the 35th annual International Blues Challenge.During a brunch at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Memphis on Jan. 25, the awards will honor writers, DJs, photographers, record labels, blues societies, music clubs, festivals and others.The International Blues Challenge will be held in Memphis Jan. 22-26. The Blues Challenge draws more than 800 musicians.
KBA Recipients are as follows:
Atlanta Blues Society: The organization operates a Blues in the Schools program, a weekly blues calendar, monthly support of the Blue Flame Fund to assist blues musicians in need and partnerships with KBA awarded clubs: Darwin’s and Blind Willie’s.Blues Alive Festival: The festival is the oldest blues festival in the Czech Republic and attracts blues fans from all over the world.Capitol Oyster Bar: Located in Montgomery, Alabama, the club has supported live blues, showcasing and promoting top blues artists from around the country. ...Find links and complete list of KBA recipients 
New Blues Festival is Finalist at Fest Forums
(Santa Barbara, CA) - The New Blues Festival is a Finalist for Best of the Fest Award (Best Music Festival) in the Charity category at Fest Forums. The conference and award are taking place Wednesday, November 14 through Friday, November 16 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront (formerly the Fess Parker Resort) in Santa Barbara. Winners will be chosen at a ceremony on Friday, November 16 by an esteemed Board of Advisors that includes names such as Michael Lang, Co-Creator of Woodstock Musical Concert/Promoter, Producer, and Artistic Manager; Maureen Ford, President, National & Festival Sales at Live Nation; and Steve Knopper, Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone Magazine.

The New Blues Festival is partnered with the Long Beach Blues Society (LBBS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving the past and promoting the future of blues music. Festival musicians participate in LBBS programs like Blues in the Schools, Blues for Vets, and Blues for Seniors - ...Find more about the New Blues Fest  & Fest Forums
Wallace awarded Best Blues Festival title by IEBS
Shoshone News Press/Chanse Watson
(WALLACE, ID) — Residents of Wallace [Idaho] would say that they knew their blues festival was the best in the region already, but last Thursday, it was officially confirmed by the Inland Empire Blues Society (IEBS) at their 24th Annual Awards Ceremony in Spokane.Made up of blues enthusiasts across the Pacific Northwest, the nonprofit Blues Society handed out 22 awards on Nov 8 to performers and venues alike for their musical contributions. Many of the award winners performed (or have performed) in Wallace, such as Tiphony Dames, who won Best Female Blues Performer.
As for the honor of best festival — Wallace would end up beating out the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival and the Sunbanks Music festival for the crown.Put on by the Historic Wallace Arts Council and Too Far North Productions, it seems the 7th edition of the Wallace Blues Festival held in July was the funkiest of them all.
...Find links and more about the Wallace Blues Festival
CD & DVD Releases
Houston music legend Tommy Dardar, affectionately dubbed ‘Big Daddy Gumbo’ Dardar had played alongside Lightnin’ Hopkins, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, The Neville Brothers and more during his storied career.

The July 18, 2017 death of Tommy Dardar stunned the blues community and left a void that will never be filled. His 1999 release, Fool For Love, served notice to the world what his family, friends, and fans had known for years, that Tommy was an extremely gifted songwriter, powerful vocalist and one of the finest harp players on the Gulf Coast. With his untimely death, many feared that release would be his last. He had begun work on a follow-up project in 2001, but financial considerations and life have a funny way of showing up and putting the best laid plans on the back burner.

His closest friends and musical cohorts were aware of these unfinished recordings and undertook the effort to see that they were not left on a shelf to gather dust. Enter Grammy Award winner Tony Braunagel, life-long friend and musical collaborator, who took it upon himself to pick up the baton and finish the project in his memory. 
...Find more about this artist and release

Listen"It's Good To Be king" 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
- LRBC #34 Western Caribbean Jan 19-26, 2019 Prebook Open!
LRBC #33 MX Riviera Oct 26-Nov 2, 2019 Prebook Open!
- #32 Eastern Caribbean Feb 2019 Sold Out! Join Wait List!
~ LRBC#34 Western Carribean Jan 19-26, 2020 Prebook Sailing on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Costa Maya, Guatemala & Roatan, Honduras. Prebook now! By placing a fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin, you will be guaranteed a spot in line to book a cabin once the artist announcement has been made (likely in March or April '19).
~ LRBC #33 Mexican Riviera Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2019 Sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. Mark Your Calendar: Prebook now
~ LRBC #32 Feb 2019 Eastern Caribbean will sail on Holland America's ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas Private Island. The cruise is sold out… Join the Wait List via the website or call (816) 753-7979. For artist lineup & info, visit here.
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 & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937); Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873), Hubert Sumlin (1931), Eden Brent (1965), Francis Clay (1923); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967); Nov 19 Chris Cain (1955); Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946); Nov 21 Dr. John (1940); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945); Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (1926); Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939), Bernard Allison (1965); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909), Brownie McGhee (1915), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956), Shuggie Otis (1953).
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Wisconsin Annual Blues Harmonica Festival 2018
West Allis, Wisconsin, USA 
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-16-2018 - Nov-18-2018
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Nov-30-2018 - Dec-02-2018
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Langkawi International Blues Roots Aseana (LIBRA)
Dec-29-2018 - Dec-31-2018
Kedah, Malaysia
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
MLK Jr. Blues Festival
Jan-17-2019 - Jan-20-2019
Chester, South Carolina, USA
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Fest, 9th Annual 
Zephyrhills , Florida, USA
Johnny Winter's
Winterfest in Jamaica
Jan-24-2019 - Jan-31-2019
Trelawny, Jamaica
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2019
Boca Raton , Florida, USA
The February Blues XXII 
Jan-31-2019 - Feb-03-2019
Barrie - Simcoe County - York Region, Ontario, Canada
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