Kalamazoo Blues Festival

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I got the blues... and that’s a good thing! The 16th Annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival kicks off today at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. As in past years, the setup will feature two side-by-side stages of top-name entertainment, plus educational workshops, children’s activities, and great food.

Thursday – Duffield/CaronMike Espy & Yakety YakTarbox RamblersFruteland JacksonCoco Robicheaux & Dave Easley 

Friday – BluesTime BandLeft Paul Trio6 Hands DownStacy MitchhartReba RussellJimmy ThackeryOut of Favor Boys 

Saturday – Garage Band 101, Fatt LappNomad WillyThirsty PerchBlue Heaven, Left Turn Blues Band, Chris Canas BandCrossroads The ResurrectionDelta MoonLarry McCraySista MonicaSmokin’ Joe KubekBlue Moon 

Admission is $5 Thursday, $10 Friday, and $12 Saturday (do the math… that’s only about-a-buck-a-band. Beat that!)

Of course, ALL the acts on this year’s bill should be fantastic, but real standouts for me will be Tarbox Ramblers (a great performance at last year’s Wheatland Festival), Jimmy Thackery (a true guitar hero!), Larry McCray, and Smokin’ Joe Kubek.

To top things off, this year’s festival will be bookended by some longstanding local friends. Duffield/Caron will open the fest on Thursday, featuring longtime KPL friends Tom Duffield and Lorraine Caron. Loraine, a regular on WMUK, appeared at KPL earlier this spring with Mark Sahlgren and is our celebrity pronouncer at the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee. Capping off the festival on Saturday night will be our good friends, the Blue Moon Blues Band, featuring their new front man, Bryan Michael Fischer. They’ll rock your sox off at the festival, but can also catch Blue Moon in a more intimate setting at KPL in October as part of our ongoing live music series. Willie Dixon once told me... “you’re in between the blues, now, boy…” Indeed!

The guitar in the photo? It’s a “Kalamazoo,” a budget brand (1933-42) once made locally by Gibson. Be sure to check the KPL catalog for new musichidden treasuresblueslocal artists, and lots more music

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Posted by Keith Howard at 07/09/2009 10:18:55 AM | 


Don't miss the Tarbox Ramblers! They put on an amazing live show.
Posted by: Kevin ( Email ) at 7/9/2009 10:25 AM


Kudos to the Kalamazoo Public Library and your new internet guru, Keith Howard, for keeping local events so well covered. Your support of local music and events is a treasure to our community. Peace and much respect, bill
Posted by: William LaValley ( Email | Visit ) at 7/9/2009 3:48 PM


Thanks, Bill! ...but it's totally a team effort here. "...no results ever come exclusively from the work of one individual or organization; they represent the efforts of many." (Stephen M.R. Covey) Keep rockin'!
Posted by: Keith ( Email ) at 7/10/2009 8:24 AM


I believe the Kalamazoo Blues Festival is one of the very best blues festivals. The first night of the festival is always a wonderful night.
Posted by: Top Acoustic Guitars ( Email ) at 12/14/2010 10:27 PM


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