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** 2019 KBS Blues Challenge Winners **

Blackjack Davey and
The Rhythm Kings



Carnes and Shew

Jacob McDaniel
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Screamin' John & TD Lind's
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Best Self-Produced CD

Upcoming Events
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Complete list of 2019 Kentuckiana Blues Festivals

Celebrating the Sounds
of Kentucky at
Frazier Museum

Celebrating the Sounds of Kentucky
Co-curated by Michael L. Jones
2nd Floor, Frazier History Museum

September 13, 2019 – Fall 2020

Kentucky is often credited for its role in the development of bluegrass; however, it has also produced seminal figures in nearly every significant movement in the history of American music — from ragtime to country, folk to blues, jazz to R&B, and classic rock to hip hop.

Sounds explores the rich — and mostly untold — tale of Kentucky music.

Wednesday, January 21 - A Love Note to Kentucky Music presented by the Spalding Creative Writing BFA Program and hosted by Michael Jones

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Tuesday Nights * Blues Jam * 8:00-12:00
Wednesday Nights * Open Jam * 8:00-12:00
Thursday Nights * Throwdown Open Jam * 8:00-12:30
Sunday Nights * Sunday Jam Session * 5:00-9:00

Fri Feb 14 Greg Foresman Band
Sun Feb 16 Benefit for Greg Unthank with The Hammerheads,
The Wilson Brothers, Soul Circus, Bag of Hammers,
Smash Alley, and Bleu Phonque
Thu Feb 20 Hector Anchondo Band
2020 IBC Solo/Duo Winner & Memphis Cigar Box Award Winner
Fri Mar 13 The Stella Vees with Kurt Crandall

Stevie Ray's Blues Bar

Mojo's BoneYard
Evansville IN

Every Thursday - The BoneYard Trio 7-10pm

Sun Feb 16 Nick Harless Band / Danielle Nicole Band
Sun Feb 23 Alonzo Pennington
Fri Feb 28 Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
Thu Mar 12

Vanessa Collier

Sat Mar 14 Hog Maw
Fri Mar 20 Anthony Gomes
Wed Apr 1 Albert Cummings
Thu May 7 The Koch-Marshall Trio featuring Greg Koch
Fri May 8 Toronzo Cannon
Fri May 15 Matt O'Ree Band

Mojo's BoneYard

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Grand Theatre
Frankfort KY

Tue Feb 25 Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Fri Apr 10 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers with Marcia Ball

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Fri Apr 24 Tommy Emmanuel
Fri May 1 Jonny Lang

Grand Theatre

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Headliner's Music Hall

Sat Mar 14 Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Headliners Music Hall

Ludlow Garage
Cincinnati OH

Fri Mar 20 Delbert McClinton
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Ludlow Garage

Southgate House Revival
Newport KY

Sat Apr 11 Queen City Blues Fest
Facebook Event

Southgate House Revival

The Burl
Lexington KY

Thu Apr 16 The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Facebook Event

The Burl

Lexington KY

Sun May 10 Buddy Guy

Lexington Opera House

2019 KBS Winners

2019 Sylvester Weaver Award

Jason Lockwood
Local Musician



2019 Blues Contest Winners
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Band, Solo/Duo, CD, Youth

Band Winner

Blackjack Davey and
The Rhythm Kings

Solo/Duo Winner

Carnes and Shew

Best Self-produced CD

“Mr. Little Big Man”
by Screamin' John & TD Lind

Youth Showcase

Jacob McDaniel

Winners get Automatic Entry to the Blues Foundation's
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January 28-February 1, 2020 in Memphis TN
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7:00 pm Mar 4, 2020 Check's Cafe
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(Meetings are held on the 1st Wed of every Month unless otherwise stated)

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The Kentuckiana Blues Society was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and perpetuation of the Blues Tradition in all of its forms. We are located in Louisville Kentucky and serve what is called Kentuckiana (the Louisville Kentucky and Southern Indiana area)

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