Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, and Dumpstaphunk will headline the 3-day-long New York State Blues Festival. The free event runs from Thursday, June 27 through Saturday, June 29 at Clinton Square in Syracuse. Supporting acts include Chicago blues veteran Lurrie Bell, Montreal based vocalist Dawn Tyler Watson, and Rochester’s legendary Joe Beard. As always, the festival also features the best of the region’s seasoned and up-and-coming blues-based groups.
The New York State Blues Festival is one of the largest free music festivals in the country. Its mission is to ” to promote, perpetuate, and cultivate this great American art form.” Funding comes from Market New York through I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards, as well as corporate and private donations. For more information, visit their website.
Thursday June 27
5pm Bad Mama’s Blues Band
6pm Brownskin Band
Friday June 28
4pm Steve Grills & The Roadmasters
5pm Joe Beard
6:20 Dawn Tyler Watson
7:45pm Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials
9:30pm Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
7:25 & 9pm Miss E.
Saturday June 29
1pm Blues Ignition
2pm Nate Gross
3:45 Ron Spencer Band
5:30pm The Carolyn Kelly Blues Band
7:15pm Lurrie Bell
9pm Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
3:15 & 5pm Jess Novak
6:45 & 8:25 Max Eyle & John Driscoll