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September in Michigan’s Capital City Turner Street becomes stage to one of Michigan’s biggest and longest running outdoor blues music festivals – the Michigan BluesFest, featuring such artists such as Reverend Raven, Larry McCray, David ‘Honey Boy’ Edwards, Eric Culberson, Jimmie Stagger, Stan Budzynski & 3rd Degree, Lady Champagne, Root Doctor, Chris Canas, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Jamiah Rogers, Sun Seals, Jackie Scott & the Housewreckers, Kenny Neal, Liz Mandville, Alberta Adams, Toronzo Cannon, James Harman, Frog & the Beeftones, Thornetta Davis, W.C. Clark, Junior Watson, Carl Weathersby, Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents, Big Willy, Kathleen & the Bridge Street Band, Grove Council, Cee Cee Collins and many, many more. Multiple outdoor and indoor stages, the festival is also recorded and streamed. Michigan BluesFest is produced with the support of the Capitol Area Blues Society (CABS) and off ers multiple stages on the street and in various indoor locations, including local nightclubs and other Old Town venues. Attendance at times has surpassed that of Michigan JazzFest. Michigan BluesFest, like JazzFest has food and craft vendors, a beverage tent, KidzBeat and music workshops. At Michigan BluesFest one can groove and dance to heartfelt blues….and maybe even fall in love!
BluesFest 2020 Held Online in response to COVID-19
Festival’s producer Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art announced that the annual Michigan JazzFest will be a week-long interactive on-line experience held from the 13th to the 20th of September. It will be conducted in tandem with Michigan BluesFest.
“Our festival’s team felt that it is in the best interests of fans, volunteers and musicians to host virtual concerts this year”, said Marcus Sigh, MICA’s new Operations Manager.
Although there will be no public street performances, programming will be expanded with live streaming from sound stages in Old Town, Lansing plus live performances from across the US, Europe and South America.
JazzFest 2020 will also feature newly recorded live performances, video highlights from last 20+ years, music workshops, KidzBeat activities, ability to virtually meet with musicians and much more.
Schedule, musicians, how to participate, registration, and sponsor opportunities will be announced soon at micharts.org.