Monday, February 5, 2018

Interested In Being A Sponsor?

Are you interested in being a sponsor, or having your business or organization listed as a sponsor of the Hot August Blues Festival?  It's easy and affordable as a business or even an individual to help insure the festival's survival, while also letting everyone know you are helping with this community event which has become one of Western Kentucky's signature tourist attractions!

Our sponsors get their logos on the official Hot August Blues Festival T-Shirts and also on the beautiful and highly collectible Hot August Blues Festival Posters. You could get your name on the banner across the bottom of the stage and on the speakers on either side of the stage. Your logo or name will be featured on the official Hot August Blues Website, along with and link to your business website, and you'll receive mentions in our social media posts. You'll also see your logo or name scrolling on the Jumbo LED Screen which will be located at the top of the amphitheater between acts.  The rest of the time, the screen will be showing live video of the performances.

Before we go any further, let's thank the sponsors we already have!
Peppers Automotive Group
Aurora Electric & Storage
Universal Windows Direct of Paducah
Abernathy's Harley Davidson
Bunch Auction and Realty

There are several levels of sponsorships. It's easy to get your business' name on the collectible posters and t-shirts.  In fact, even an individual can get his or her name on the T-shirt!   For more information on how you can become a sponsor, email us at

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Hot August Blues Festival! Here We Come!

The 2018 Hot August Blues Festival at Kenlake State Park will be here before you know it!  Make your plans now!  Tickets will go on sale soon on the website at  

We are finalizing contracts with the artists for this year's festival are are very excited, with nationally touring artists, in addition to a new crop of of the best regional talent!

We've listened to your requests and will be making some adjustments and changes, while keeping the things about the festival you said you wanted to keep.

  • We've upgraded the talent budget to bring in more nationally known artists. 
  • The festival will remain on Friday and Saturday at the amphitheater.
  • We have plans in place for a beer garden, although coolers will still be allowed.
  • We are working on better lighting for the steps.
  • We have plans for a big screen behind the sound board at the top of the amphitheater for those who would rather not be going up and down the steps.
  • We have decided to NO LONGER allow beach balls at the festival, as we feel they could be a hazard as well as a distraction for fans watching and listening to the show. 
We'll let you know more as we go along.  In the meantime, THANKS to our sponsors, Peppers Automotive, Aurora Electric and Storage, Bunch Auction and Realty and Abernathy's Harley Davidson.  There are still plenty of sponsorship opportunities available at all levels!  If you would like to join us in supporting the festival and The Blues, contact us at 270 519 1788.

You can also hear some great Blues music and keep up with the latest developments with the festival by listening to our new weekly Blues Radio show, The Sunday Night Blues Revue, each Sunday night from 6-8PM on 102-5 DXR, Paducah, KY, or also available worldwide in Podcast on iTunes, Tunein, Soundcloud, PlayFM and more!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stage Schedule for this year's Hot August Blues Festival

Interested in when your particular favorites are scheduled
to take the Peppers Automotive Group Main Stage at the Hot August Blues Festival?  Here's the schedule, with all times approximate, of course!  Don't forget to get your tickets for Friday and Saturday HERE, while Thursday is FREE at the Lodge.

Thursday, August 24 at the Kenlake State Park Lodge
6PM Scalehound
8PM Adam & The H Bombs

 Friday, August 25 at the Kenlake State Park Amphitheater
3PM Gates Open
6PM Rip Lee Pryor
7PM 2 Years Wasted
8:30PM Ivas John
10PM Lew Jetton & 61 South

Saturday, August 26 at the Kenlake State Park Amphitheater
10AM Gates Open
Noon Street Corner Blue
1PM Reggie May
2PM Al Hill
3:30PM Little Boys Blue
5PM Laurie Jane & The 45s
6:30PM The Beat Daddys
8PM Big Mike Griffin
10PM Alonzo Pennington Band

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kenlake Hot August Blues Q&A Information

Do you have some questions about this year's festival? We bet others have the same question! If you don't see the answer here,  E-mail your question by filling out the form HERE on the CONTACT PAGE, and we'll answer your question, PLUS post the question and answer here so others can see!

How much are tickets and where can I get them?
Tickets are ON SALE NOW online and at several outlets. Get tickets now to save $$$.   Combo Tickets for BOTH Friday and Saturday are only $40.  At the gate, tickets for only Friday will be $20 and $25 for only Saturday.  Children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult will be admitted at no charge.  There will be no advance sales for individual day tickets, only for the combo tickets. Combo tickets are available NOW at The Kenlake State Park Lodge, and Kaylee's Farmhouse Restaurant in Aurora, James' Barber Shop in Benton, KY, Music One in Murray, KY, Cellar Door Wine & Spirits in Draffenville and Unga Bunga Music in Paducah, KY.   CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! 

If you purchase your ticket online, you'll be sent to a link, and emailed a link to your individual ticket.  You can print it out or just call it up on your smart phone at the front gate!

Each ticket purchased online has an individual code, for only that ticket.  It will be scanned at the front gate, and you'll be given a wristband.  Make sure no one makes a photocopy of your ticket, because once that ticket is scanned, any copies of that ticket are rejected, just like with ticketmaster, etc.

Once you have your ticket, you exchange that for a wristband at the front gate.  THE WRISTBANDS MUST BE WORN ON THE WRIST!  If someone has a wristband anywhere else, security will take the wristband off, and reattach it to the wrist.  This way, it will be easier to make sure everyone has their ticket.

 What's new at this year's festival?
We are planning several new things at this year's festival.  We have plans for a "cooling station," an area of large fans and misters to keep you cool!  Although it's beginning to look like the temperatures will be unseasonably cool and comfortable, with high temperatures only in the low 80s!

We know you want to take plenty of pictures with your cellphones and post them online, so we have plans for a "charging station," where you can recharge your cellphones, near the merchandise tent!

We will have silent auctions for some items, including a guitar signed by all the acts from Hot August Blues, and a a custom built Harper's guitar, built especially for the festival, valued at more than $2,000!

We encourage you to sign up for our email list to keep up with the latest on the festival, and one lucky subscriber will win a FREE CONCERT AT YOUR HOUSE by Lew Jetton & 61 South!

What happens if it rains?
In case of rain, we will have a full back up stage, complete with sound system, set up inside the Indoor Tennis Center.  If it rains,  you won't miss a thing!  Just bring your chair and cooler inside and the show picks up where it left off! No worries! The tennis center is large enough to accomodate everyone and it is air conditioned!

Can I still bring in a cooler, like in years past?
Yes! Nothing has changed although we will be asking lot's of YOU questions at the festival about possible changes and what YOU would like for future festivals.  In the meantime, even though you can bring in a cooler there are NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED and they will be confiscated!

The last several years, my friends and I have purchased a table with an umbrella at the top of the amphitheater.  Will we be able to do that again this year and if so, how much?
There are 10 tables with umbrellas at the top of the amphitheater.  Five are for our corporate sponsors, and the other 5 can be purchased by those who want preferred seating. They'll each have 6 chairs and come with 6 wristbands for both Friday and Saturday. THERE IS ONLY ONE LEFT! They are available on a first come, first served basis for $420.  CLICK HERE TO BUY THE VIP PARTY PASS TICKET! 

My band would like to play at the Kenlake Hot August Blues.  How do we apply?
The bands for this year have already been chosen, but in the late fall, our committee will begin looking at bands for next year!  Please feel free to submit at the time by clicking HERE and including a link to your band's EPK.

I would like to be a vendor at the Kenlake Hot August Blues.  How do I apply?
The vendors for this year have already been chosen, but we will be closely examining how our vendors do, and how they go over with the crowd, asking questions such as, "Do we have enough vendors?, Do we need different varieties of food?"  Just like the bands, feel free to contact us in the late fall and inquire about being a vendor for next year, by clicking HERE!

Will there be a shuttle service from the lodge, campground and Aurora to the Amphitheater? 
YES! The Shriners will provide shuttle service, with ALL TIPS going to the Shriners Children's Hospital!  There will be designated shuttle stops to get on and off.  The shuttle will begin running at 3PM Friday, and 10AM Saturday and continue running until everyone is returned to the campground, cabins, lodge or other motels in Aurora at designated shuttle stops.   If you're coming to the festival, be sure to have a designated driver or take advantage of the shuttle service as it is there for the safety and convenience of everybody!

Can I bring my dog into the festival with me?
No!  We're sorry but it would be a safety concern for your pet, and our other guests!  

I will be on the lake in a boat.  Can I come ashore if I don't have a ticket? I only want to get food and a t-shirt so it will only take a few minutes!  It's that ok?
No, boaters without tickets/wristbands are not allowed on festival grounds, HOWEVER, we have arranged for Lolli's On The Lake, a food boat, to be on the water, cooking their delicious sandwiches and other items for you, and they'll be selling our merchandise as well! So no worries!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 Kenlake Hot August Blues Lineup!

The excitement over the 28th Annual Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival continues to grow as the lineup of artists is announced. Without a doubt, it's the best lineup the festival has had in many years, with nationwide blues acts appearing for the first time, and some festival favorites returning after several years!

Advance tickets on sale AT A DISCOUNT PRICE now online at Advance tickets cover both Friday and Saturday and are only $25 between now and July 1st, compared to $40 at the gate at the festival. AFTER JULY 1ST THE PRICE WILL GO UP!

The Thursday night lineup will be on the lawn of Kenlake State Park Lodge. The best part of the Thursday evening show is that it is FREE!!

 It starts out at 6 PM with Scale Hound. This group has local roots but has played some big time shows including Bonnaroo several times and playing in shows along with groups like the Driveby Truckers. They will be followed by local favorites Adam and the H-Bombs!

Friday the festival moves over to the amphitheater the gates will open at 3 PM because we want everybody to have a chance to get there early and select their seat. The music starts at 6 PM with Rip Lee Pryor, the son of the legendary Snooky Pryor. The apple did not fall far from the tree! Rip Lee has played all over the world but especially in South America.

Next up is 2 Years Wasted. If you love the Allman Brothers you will love 2 Years Wasted as they combine the sounds of electric blues and jazz into a truly unique sound.

Ivas John hails from Missouri, but is a familiar artist across the nation, especially since his music has spent so much time on the Roots Music Report Charts over the last few years. He appears regularly in St. Louis and Chicago where his unique playing style and voice has become well-known.

Finishing out the night is Lew Jetton and 61 South, returning to the festival after a five-year absence. The band is coming off a fantastic 2016, where their latest release spent more than six months on the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Charts, and received worldwide airplay. Lew hints there's a good chance we'll see them joined onstage with some “friends” for a rockin' blues jam to end the night.

On Saturday, the gates open at 10 AM, with the music beginning at noon. There's plenty of time to come in and get settled and have a delicious lunch from one of the local vendors! Kicking off the music is Street Corner Blue, out of Chicago, A veteran Windy City outfit complete with horns.

Next up is Reggie May, a New York native known for his songwriting and distinctive singing.

Vizztone Records recording artists Little Boys Blue follows with a distinctive sound they perfected while recording their latest CD, Tennississippi at the world renowned Fame Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals. Tennissippi spent much of last year on the charts, including the Roots Music Report, and the Living Blues Radio Charts.

Al Hill became known to many this past February when he was named the winner of the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category, but others have known about the longtime Detroit player's talents for many years as bandleader for the legendary Bettye LaVette!

Kentuckiana's Laurie Jane and the 45s burst upon the national blues scene earlier this year, after wowing audiences on Beale Street in Memphis with their hot, swinging style and 12-string slide guitar.

The Beat Daddys developed their loyal, nationwide following the hard way, with years of touring along with a roster spot on the prestigious Malacco Record label. They continue writing and recording some of the best electric blues to this day!

Big Mike Griffin is "Mr Hot August Blues." He appeared at the very first festival in 1990 and continued every year all the way up until 2008. This year he is marking his return, which is music to the ears of his many loyal fans in this region. During his hiatus from Kenlake, the 6'10" Bluesman was been inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame. You'll see Big Mike on several of the murals at Kenlake State Park including in the amphitheater. This year you will also see him on stage again!

Like his father, Eddie Pennington, Alonzo Pennington has been named world champion at the world thumb picking championships, but he's also established his blues credentials beginning with a critically acclaimed CD recorded in the capital of southern swamp soul, Mussel Shoals! Since then, he's continued to amaze audiences on the festival circuit. Pennington is a guitar slinger of the highest caliber. One of the few, other guitar players make it a point to go see!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Meet The Artists: Street Corner Blue

Street Corner Blue appears Saturday, August 26th at the Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival.

Chicago based STREET CORNER BLUE has been performing traditional Chicago Blues and R&B for decades. Exploring the roots from Bourbon Street to Beale Street, Motown to Muscle Shoals, this ensemble delights in exploring each divergent thread and weaving it into the unique sound that is Street Corner Blue. Each individual a gifted veteran performer, the collective sound positively brims with excitement and grooves in a way that only years of shared experience can produce.

The Street Corner Blue repertoire is culled from the rich variety that is the R&B heritage. Some of the material is familiar. Some is more obscure. Everything is presented with craft and care with each performance demonstrating the band’s easy command of the R&B language, a respect for the material that leaves room for twists and surprise, and most of all, a sense of adventure and just plain fun.

Street Corner Blue has been a reliable hit at Festivals, Clubs, and Events for years, with wide audience appeal, danceable sets, and a full out horn band presentation, which keeps bringing the fans back year after year.

Meet The Artists: Little Boys Blue

Vizztone recording artists, Little Boys Blue appear Saturday, August 26th at the Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival.

 Hailing from Jackson, Tennessee, this six piece unit, Little Boys Blue, may be a new name to blues fans, but its bandleader and some band members have quite impressive pedigrees. Singer/harp player Jimmy D. Taylor started the band with guitarist Steve Patterson twenty years ago. Comprised of veteran players who had logged many sessions with Nashville country and Sun Records rockabilly artists, the band mixed up those styles with Delta blues and rock n’ roll. They often backed Carl Perkins and were a regional festival favorite.

In 1997, they won third place at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition. In 2002, Taylor backed big name Nashville artists like John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Hank Williams Jr. and Blake Shelton. Five years later, Taylor returned to Jackson and concentrated on the blues, forming the current band that includes among others, his son, Alex Taylor on guitar. For their latest album, Tennissippi, the band draws on some guests too, including the two piece Alabama Horns. This is their fourth album, their largest label, and has the distinction of being mostly recorded at FAME in Muscle Shoals, AL. (Elmore Magazine)