The fifth annual Congressional Blues Festival has announced the line-up for the 2008 event, and it might just be the first thing that Congress has gotten right in years! The one-day festival will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Robert Cray Band and Elvin Bishop will be headlining the festival, which will feature three stages with music. Other performers this year include:
- Beverly "Guitar" Watkins
- Macavine Hayes
- Big Ron Hunter
- Captain Luke
- Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Tickets to this year's festival are all free and general admission, and will be distributed to the public exclusively via a lottery, check with the festival's website for full details.
Music Maker Relief Foundation
The Congressional Blues Festival is produced with the assistance of the Music Maker Relief Foundation as a way to keep the tradition of blues and root music alive and to honor Music Maker's efforts to support blues music and the musicians that create it.
Based in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Music Maker is a non-profit organization that provides direct monetary grants to blues artists to help with rent, food, medicine and other "must have" expenses. Music Maker also assists artists professionally, booking gigs, purchasing instruments, and getting them into the recording studio. Find out more about the organization through their website.