The annual Chenango Blues Festival will return for its 29th year on August 19 and August 20. The festival features Blues Hall of Fame inductee and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, who returns after last year’s cancellation.
The Chenango Blues Festival is a family-friendly event open to all at the County Fairgrounds in Norwich. The Friday performances will kick off with the Rock N’ Roll band the Hi-Jivers from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm. Canadian singer Angel Forrest takes the stage next, with an impressive career spanning over three decades. To close out the first day of the festival, blues rocker Popa Chubby will perform. The parking gate opens at 4 pm and the festival gate at 5 pm with music starting at 5:30 pm.
On Saturday, at the Infield Stage, festival gates open at 11:00 am with Massachusetts-based Misty Blues playing at 11:30 am. Duo Annika Chambers band will be performing next bringing blues fused with influences of gospel music. Altered Five will follow from 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm and then fest favorite Nick Moss returns from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm. To close out Saturday’s Infield Stage performances, Jimmie Vaughan will perform an exciting set of songs from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
The Chenango Blues Festival’s Tier Pet Tent Stage also includes even more performances on Saturday. The first act, Corey Harris and Cajun fiddler Cedric Watson, will open the stage from 1:45 pm to 2: 45 pm. Americana and blues band EG Kight Trio will play next followed by Los Angeles-based Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps. The tent stage, and the entire festival, will be closed out in style by the returning Grammy-nominated band Southern Avenue, who average 150 shows in a typical year.
Attendees of the festival can enjoy food from different vendors, and on-site camping in addition to the great live music. The Chenango Blues Association also presents a series of free shows in East Park every Thursday in July and August and will feature the Mike Zito Big Band on August 18. This show is the unofficial kickoff to Blues Fest weekend. Attendees of the Blues Fest can spend the day exploring the area before heading to the fairgrounds for the concert and the official start on August 19.
For further information on tickets, camping, vendors, and artists you can visit the Chenango Blues Festival website at here.