List of blues festivals

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List of blues festivals
General Information
Related genres Blues, jazz, R&B, blues rock, blues subgenres, country blues, Delta and Piedmont, Chicago, West Coast blues, electric blues
Location Worldwide
Related events Category:Music festivals, concert tour, music festival, folk festivals, rock festival, bluegrass music festivals, jazz festivals, Christian music festival, old-time music festivals, jam band festivals

The following is an incomplete list of blues festivals, which encapsulates music festivals focused on blues. This list may have some overlap with list of historic jazz festivals and list of historic rock festivals, both later genres dependent on elements of the blues. The blues is a genre[1] and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre is a fusion of traditional African music and European folk music, spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.[2] Blues has since evolved from unaccompanied vocal music and oral traditions of slaves into a wide variety of styles and subgenres, such as country blues, Delta and Piedmont, Chicago, West Coast blues. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners. In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid form called blues rock evolved, which was featured prominently in the Summer of Love, for example, and became ubiquitous at rock festivals.


North America

Festival name Country State City Debut
Schaefer Music Festival United States New York New York City 1967
Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival United States Michigan Ann Arbor 1969
Brevard Blues and BBQ Festival United States North Carolina Brevard 2014
San Francisco Blues Festival United States California San Francisco 1973
Long Beach Blues Festival United States California Long Beach 1980
Topanga Canyon Blues Festival United States California Topanga Canyon 1982
Chicago Blues Festival United States Illinois Chicago 1984
French Quarter Festival United States Louisiana New Orleans 1984
King Biscuit Blues Festival United States Arkansas Helena 1986
Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival United States New Jersey Red Bank 1987
Waterfront Blues Festival United States Oregon Portland 1988
Springing the Blues United States Florida Jacksonville Beach 1990
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Canada New Brunswick Fredericton 1991
Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival United States Oklahoma Rentiesville 1991
Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival Canada British Columbia Salmon Arm 1991
Cincy Blues Fest United States Ohio Cincinnati 1992
Orange County Blues Festival United States California Dana Point 1993
Ottawa Bluesfest Canada Ontario Ottawa 1994
Old Town BluesFest United States Michigan Lansing 1994
Pittsburgh Blues Festival United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh 1994
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival United States Colorado Telluride 1994
Bluesfest International Windsor Canada Ontario Windsor 1995
Essence Music Festival United States Louisiana New Orleans 1995
Blues Masters at the Crossroads United States Kansas Salina 1998
Briggs Farm Blues Festival United States Pennsylvania Hazleton 1998
Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival Canada Alberta Edmonton 1999
Crossroads Guitar Festival United States New York Madison Square Garden 1999
Boundary Waters Blues Festival United States Minnesota Ely 2001
Bradenton Blues Festival United States Florida Bradenton 2012
Highland Jazz & Blues Festival United States Louisiana Shreveport 2003
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival United States Missouri Columbia 2007
Blast Furnace Blues Festival United States Pennsylvania Bethlehem 2010
The Peach Music Festival United States Pennsylvania Scranton 2012
Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival United States California Hayward N/K
Omaha Blues, Jazz, & Gospel Festival United States Nebraska Omaha N/K
Lancaster Roots & Blues Music Festival United States Pennsylvania Lancaster 2014
Summer Breeze Festival United States California Long beach 2015


Festival name 1st

Country Province City
Bluesfest Byron Bay 1990  Australia New South Wales Byron Bay
Blues Train 1993  Australia Victoria Queenscliff
Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival 2002  Australia Queensland Gympie
West Coast Blues & Roots Festival 2004  Australia Western Australia Fremantle
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival 2011  Australia Victoria Bendigo
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival 2002 Australia Queensland Gold Coast


Festival name 1st

Country Province City
Himalayan Blues Festival 2007    Nepal Nepal Mandala Kathmandu


Festival name 1st
Country Province City
National Jazz and Blues Festival 1961 United Kingdom England Richmond
Focsani Blues Festival 2016 Romania Vrancea Focsani
Blues Peer (Belgium Rythmn 'n' Blues) 1986 Belgium Limburg Peer
American Folk Blues Festival 1962 Europe many many
Bath Festival of Blues 1969 1969 United Kingdom England Bath
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music 1970 United Kingdom England Bath
Rawa Blues Festival 1981 Poland Silesian Metropolis Katowice
Liri Blues Festival 1988 Italy Lazio Isola del Liri
Notodden Blues Festival 1988 Norway Telemark Notodden
Harvest Time Blues 1990 Republic of Ireland County Monaghan Monaghan
August Blues Festival 1993 Estonia Lääne County Haapsalu
Upton Blues Festival 2001 United Kingdom England Upton-on-Severn
City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2002 United Kingdom Northern Ireland Derry
Dark Season Blues 2003 Norway Svalbard Longyearbyen
Callander Jazz and Blues Festival 2006 United Kingdom Scotland Callander
Stafford Blues Festival 2015 United Kingdom England Stafford
Blues Nights 1993 Lithuania Telšiai County Varniai
Baltic Blues / Bluesfest 1989 Germany Schleswig-Holstein Eutin
Brunner Blues Festival / Bluesfest 2007 Austria Vienna Brunn am Gebirge [3]

See also

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  1. Kunzler's dictionary of Jazz provides two separate entries: blues, an originally African-American genre (p.128), and the blues form, a widespread musical form (p.131).
  2. "The Evolution of Differing Blues Styles". How To Play Blues Guitar. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
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