This year’s New York State Blues Festival will be headlined by Butch Trucks & Freight Train.
Trucks, known best as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, will close out the free, two-night festival in Syracuse’s Clinton Square.
Also performing at the festival, to be held July 8 and 9, will be Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, blues guitarist Sonny Landreth, and a host of other national, regional and local bands.
In addition to performing Saturday, blues artist Tas Cru, of Chaumont, near Watertown, will also hold a musical workshop Saturday afternoon.
This year’s festival will again include the Signature Student Series. Signature Music is a nonprofit group that teaches music to teens in Central New York who can’t afford private lessons. Students from the program will perform in between main stage acts at NYS Blues Festival.
An estimated 15,000 people from throughout the U.S. and Canada attended last year’s festival, which included the Robert Randolph Band, the Devon Allman Band and a reunion of legendary Syracuse blues band, the Kingsnakes.
The New York State Blues Festival was founded in 1991, and since then it has grown into the largest free blues fests in the Northeast. Over the years, it has hosted huge names like Buddy Guy, Little Feat, Dickie Betts, Bo Diddley and more. The festival is community focused and seeks to promote and cultivate the great American art form of the blues.
The full 2016 New York State Blues Festival lineup:
Friday July 8
4pm – MIKE DELANEY & THE DELINQUENTS – main stage
4:45pm – JANE ZELL – side stage
5:10pm – FUNKY BLU ROOTS – main stage
5:55pm – JANE ZELL – side stage
6:20pm – THE WESTCOTT JUGSUCKERS – main stage
7:10pm – JEFF JONES – side stage
7:30pm – BRANDON SANTINI – main stage
8:40pm – JEFF JONES – side stage
9:10pm – SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS – main stage
Saturday July 9
12pm – Workshop w/ TAS CRU – side stage
1pm – SKIP MURPHY & HIS MERRY PRANKSTERS – main stage
1:40pm – SIGNATURE STUDENT SERIES – side stage
2pm – TAS CRU – main stage
2:55pm – SIGNATURE STUDENT SERIES – side stage
3:15pm – MIDNIGHT MIKE PETROFF BLUES HARP BAND – main stage
4:10pm – TOM DWYER – side stage
4:30pm – TORONZO CANNON – main stage
5:40pm – TOM DWYER – side stage
6:00pm – SOUL OF SYRACUSE w/ THE FABULOUS RIPCORDS w/special guests PETE MCMAHON, MAUREEN HENESEY, MARK HOFFMAN – main stage
7:10pm – BIG D – side stage
7:30pm – SONNY LANDRETH – main stage
8:40pm – BIG D – side stage
9:10pm – BUTCH TRUCKS & THE FREIGHT TRAIN BAND – main stage