The annual Bull Durham Blues Festival, produced by St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc., has been successfully presented since 1988.
The St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival will return its home at the Durham Athletic Park, in downtown Durham, NC on September 7 & 8, 2012.
While this year’s Blues Festival continues its tradition of harp blowing, guitar strumming, down home blues, it also promises something for the entire family, including a KidsZone with interactive entertainment for youngster, and a Marketplace where blues lovers can indulge in an eclectic mix of regional and international foods for the soul, arts and crafts by NC artists, and a variety of unique specialty items.
After much discussion and deliberation, the long awaited line-up for this year's Festival is finally complete.
Friday night’s line-up will feature 2012 Grammy nominated and Blues Music Award winner MARCIA BALL, Grammy nominated and Blues Music Award winner LUCKY PETERSON, New Orleans' own WILD MAGNOLIAS, Durham’s own RISSE BAND, and local slide blues guitarist JUSTIN JOHNSON.
Saturday’s line up will feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner BOBBY BLUE BLAND, Grammy nominated OTIS CLAY, acclaimed jazz musician STANLEY BAIRD, 2011 Triangle Blues Society Blues Challenge winner (band), E-TRAIN AND THE RUSTED RAILS, and 2011 Triangle Blues Society Blues Challenge winner (solo artist), BULLFROG WILLARD MCGHEE.
The annual Bull Durham Blues Festival has been successfully presented since 1988. It is nationally recognized as one of the premier blues festivals in the country and has been honored with the “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” by The Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN. The festival has become one of North Carolina’s largest celebrations of the blues, recognizing Durham’s rich musical heritage as an important center of Carolina and Piedmont Blues.
The festival has become a very important part of our community and we are pleased to say the community at large has rallied around it with supportive letters, emails, phone calls and news articles. They want to see the festival continue and regain its status as one of the top Blues Festivals in the country. In order to do this we need to ensure its financial stability. A festival of its size can cost upwards of $250k to produce. With a strained economy, this is no easy feat. The Foundation continues to solicit support from various funding sources, both locally and nationally. In our 25th year we are reaching out to the Kickstarter community to ask for help.
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