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Wings Event Center and the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association are proud to partner in presenting the 2017 Kalamazoo Blues Festival; scheduled on it’s new weekend and in its new venue. The Lineup this year is the most exciting we have ever brought to Kalamazoo! We will feature award winning acts such as Sugaray Rayford Band (BB King Entertainer of the Year, Best Contemporary Blues Male Artist), The Fabulous Thunderbirds /w Kim Wilson (Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica), Toronzo Cannon (Best Album of the Year (The Chicago Way) Best Contemporary Blues Album (The Chicago Way) Best Contemporary Blues Male Artist Song of the Year (Walk if Off) ), Alexis P. Suter Band (Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist) & Bobby Rush (Best Album of the Year (Porcupine Meat) Best Contemporary Blues Album (Porcupine Meat) Best Historic Album, (Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush) Best Soul Blues Album (Porcupine Meat), Best Traditional Blues Album (Porcupine Meat) WINNER, Blues Music Awards, Grammy Nominations). As well as your favorite local and regional acts.
In addition to a stellar lineup, we will also have a Musical Heritage Museum, featuring area luthiers, music shops, Killer Blues Headstone Project, JANIS JOPLIN PORCHE and more.
For those of you wanting to soak up the summertime sunshine, we will have an outdoor activities area. In addition to cranking the indoor music out, we will have a corn hole tourney, giant jenga, other outdoor lawn games and a selection of beverages. When it gets too hot, step inside for air conditioned comfort.
On Sunday, we will have our music education area, and children’s activity area hosted by the Junior Jaycees.
Tickets are general admission and we encourage you to bring your lawn chairs for comfort. As always, no outside food or beverages will be permitted. Chef Rob is working on creating menu’s that will harken to blues Southern roots. Children 12 and under will be free. We will also have Blues Fest Merchandise to commemorate your festival going experience. We couldn’t be more excited, and can’t wait for you to join us!
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