Three days of blues music planned for downtown festival

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(Credit: kvba.org)

KALAMAZOO—The 20th annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival, held Thursday through Saturday, July 11-13, will feature three days of music at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown Kalamazoo.

Admission is $5 Thursday, $10 Friday and $12 Saturday. Children 12 and under are admitted free as long as they are accompanied by an adult member of their household. A three-day festival pass for $20 also is available online and at several area retailers listed on the festival website, kvba.org.

Musical performances

Thursday, July 11

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

  • 5 to 5:50 p.m., Big Boss Blues Band
  • 5:55 to 6:45 p.m., Blues Time
  • 6:50 to 7:40 p.m., JR Clark
  • 7:45 to 9 p.m., Selwyn Birchwood
  • 9:05 to 10:35 p.m., JP Soars & the Red Hots

Friday, July 12

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. 
Admission is $10.

  • 5 to 5:55 p.m., Big Trouble
  • 6 to 6:55 p.m., Marci Linn
  • 7 to 8:25 p.m., Blues Caravan
  • 8:30 to 9:55 p.m., Victor Wainwright & WildRoots
  • 10 to 11:30 p.m., Janiva Magness

Saturday, July 13

Gates open at 11 a.m. Admission is $12.

  • 11:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., Picarso Star
  • 12:25 to 1:15 p.m., Marble Garden
  • 1:20 to 2:10 p.m., Barrelhouse Catts
  • 2:15 to 3:05 p.m., Kevin Nichols & Blue Tuesday
  • 3:10 to 4 p.m., Bryan Michael Fischer Band
  • 4:05 to 4:55 p.m., Out of Favor Boys
  • 5 to 5:50 p.m., Big Willy (CABS winner)

  • 5:55 to 6:45 p.m., Bosco Gee (KVBA winner)

  • 6:50 to 8:20 p.m., Kenny Neal
  • 8:25 to 9:55 p.m., Deanna Bogart
  • 10 to 11:30 p.m., Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
  • 11:35 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Crossroads

The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association and several local businesses sponsor the annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival.

For more information or to volunteer, visit kvba.org.