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Blues Festival Calendar 2012

Where to hear the best blues music this year

By

Tab Benoit

Tab Benoit

Photo by Jerry Moran, courtesy Telarc Records

This year we're happy to provide our biggest list yet of blues festivals and assorted shindigs that you may want to pencil in on your calendar. Every event on this list offers its own charms, and many provide an opportunity for local and regional artists to perform alongside the big names in the blues world. You'll find that some of the most popular bluesmen and women are on the road this summer, from legends like Dr. John to multiple Blues Music Award winners like Tommy Castro and Tab Benoit.

February 2012

Knology Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
February 18 & 19 @ Clearwater FL
www.clearwaterseablues.com

May 2012

Moulin Blues Festival
May 4 & 5 @ Ospel, Limburg NETHERLANDS
www.moulinblues.nl

26th Annual Carolina Blues Festival
May 19 @ Greensboro NC
www.piedmontblues.org

19th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
May 19 @ Thomson GA
www.blindwillie.com

15th Annual Doheny Blues Festival
May 19 & 20 @ Dana Point CA
www.omegaevents.com/dohenyblues

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May 19 & 20 @ Annapolis MD
www.bayblues.org

20th Annual Santa Cruz Blues Festival
May 26 & 27 @ Aptos CA
www.santacruzbluesfestival.com

Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
May 26 & 27 @ Simi Valley CA
www.cajun-blues.com

June 2012

Eureka Springs Blues Festival
May 31-June 3 @ Eureka Springs AR
www.eurekaspringsblues.com

17th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest
May 31-June 3 @ Hagerstown MD
www.blues-fest.org

Waterfront Blues Festival
June 1-3 @ Toronto, Ontario CANADA
www.waterfrontblues.ca

Michael Arnone's 23rd Annual Crawfish Fest
June 2-3 @ Augusta NJ
www.crawfishfest.com

Chicago Blues Festival
June 8-10 @ Chicago IL
www.chicagobluesfestival.us

10th Anniversary Canton Blues Festival
June 8 & 9 @ Canton OH
www.cantonbluesfest.com

23rd Annual Billtown Blues Festival
June 10 @ Hughesville PA
www.billtownblues.org

21st Annual W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival
June 13-16 @ Henderson KY
www.handyblues.org

Bentonia Blues Festival
June 14 & 15 @ Bentonia MS
www.yazoo.org

Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival
June 15-17 @ Hot Springs VA
www.vabluesfest.org

Hambone Music Festival
June 15 & 16 @ Rochester MN
www.hambonebluesjam.com

Maine Blues Festival
June 15-17 @ Naples ME
www.mainebluesfestival.com

Riverfront Blues Festival
June 22 & 23 @ Fort Smith AR
www.riverfrontbluesfest.org

T-Bone Walker Blues Fest
June 22 & 23 @ Linden TX
www.tbonewalkerfest.com

27th Annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival
June 22-24 @ Monterey CA
www.montereyblues.com

2nd Annual South Bend Blues & Ribs Festival
June 23 @ South Bend IN
www.morriscenter.org

9th Annual Bear Creek Blues Fest
June 30 @ Slater MO
www.bearcreekblues.com

Boston's Red, White & Blues Festival 2012
June 29-July 4 @ Delray Beach FL
www.bostonsbluesfest.com

July 2012

25th Annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
July 4-8 @ Portland OR
www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

15th Annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival
July 6 & 7 @ Nescopeck PA
www.briggsfarm.com

Thunder Bay Blues Festival
July 6-8 @ Thunder Bay, Ontario CANADA
www.tbayblues.ca

Big Rib BBQ & Blues Festival
July 12-15 @ Rochester NY
www.rochesterevents.com

Great South Bay Music Festival
July 13-15 @ Patchogue NY
www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com

Bluesfest International - Windsor
July 13-15 @ Windsor, Ontario CANADA
www.thebluesfest.com

Bluesfest International - London
July 13-15 @ London, Ontario CANADA
www.thebluesfest.com

Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival
July 14 @ Roanoke VA
www.blueridgeblues.org

North Atlantic Blues Festival
July 14 &15 @ Rockland ME
www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com

Green River Festival
July 14 & 15 @ Greenfield MA
www.greenriverfestival.com

Ain't Nothin But The Blues Festival
July 20 & 21 @ Bloomington IL
www.aintnothinbuttheblues.com

Pittsburgh Blues Festival
July 20-22 @ Pittsburgh PA
www.pghblues.com

Blues and Bones Festival
July 21 @ Angels Camp CA
www.bluesandbones.com

Pennsylvania Blues Festival
July 27-29 @ Danielesville PA
www.skibluemt.com

August 2012

Notodden Blues Festival
August 2-5 @ Notodden NORWAY
www.bluesfest.no

Riverfront Blues Festival
August 3-5 @ Wilmington DE
www.RiverfrontBluesFest.com

17th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
August 3-5 @ Mammoth Lakes CA
www.mammothbluesbrewsfest.com

Blue Star Blues Festival
August 4 @ Littleton CO
www.bluestarconnection.org

Big Sky Blues Music Festival
August 4 & 5 @ Noxon MT
www.bigskyblues.com

12th Annual Kitchener Blues Festival
August 9-12 @ Kitchener, Ontario CANADA
www.kitchenerbluesfestival.com

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Fest
August 10-12 @ Clarksdale MS
www.sunflowerfest.org

8th Annual Dutch Mason Blues Festival
August 10-12 @ Truro, Nova Scotia CANADA
www.dutchmason.com/festival

20th Annual Chenango Blues Festival
August 17 & 18 @ Norwich NY
www.chenangobluesfest.org

White Mountain Boogie N' Blues Festival
August 17-19 @ Lincoln NH
www.nhblues.com

Harvest Moon Blues Festival
August 17-19 @ Lebanon OR
www.harvestmoon2012.com

Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival
August 24-26 @ Edmonton, Alberta CANADA
www.bluesinternationalltd.com

3rd Annual Byron Crossroads Blues Festival
August 25 @ Byron IL
www.byroncrossroadsbluesfestival.blogspot.com

16th Annual Hot Springs Blues Festival
August 30-Sept 1 @ Hot Springs AR
www.spacityblues.org

17th Annual Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival
August 31 @ West Point MS
www.wpnet.org/Howlin_Festival.htm

22nd Annual Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival
August 31-Sept 2 @ Rentiesville OK
www.dcminnerblues.com

September 2012

24th Annual DC Blues Festival
September 1 @ Washington DC
www.dcblues.org

17th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival
September 1 & 2 @ St. Louis MO
www.bigmuddybluesfestival.com

Marquette Area Blues Fest
September 1 &2 @ Marquette MI
www.marquetteareabluessociety.org

Bedford Blues & BBQ
September 1 & 2 @ Bedford TX
www.bedfordbluesfest.com

Blues In Hell Festival
September 6-9 @ Hell NORWAY
www.bluesinhell.no

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