Kalamazoo Blues Fest features three days of music

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Photo of crowd at a past Kalamazoo Blues Festival.

The 21st annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival begins July 10. (Photo credit: Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association)

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The 21st annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival, held Thursday through Saturday, July 10-12, 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 10

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

  • 5 to 5:50 p.m., Sneaky Pete Band
  • 5:55 to 6:45 p.m., Big Trouble
  • 6:50 to 7:40 p.m., Big Boss Blues Band
  • 7:45 to 9 p.m., The Jimmys
  • 9:05 to 10:35 p.m., Brandon Santini
  • 10:30 p.m., All-star Blues Jam at the 411 Club, $5 cover

Friday, July 11

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

  • 5 to 5:55 p.m., Stan Budzynski and the 3rd Degree
  • 6 to 6:55 p.m., Steve Hilger Band
  • 7 to 8:25 p.m., Dana Fuchs
  • 8:30 to 9:55 p.m., Lionel Young Band
  • 10 to 11:30 p.m., Marcia Ball
  • 11:35 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Crossroads Resurrection

Saturday, July 12

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $12.

  • 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Too Left Feet
  • 12:15 to 1:05 p.m., The Blues Shed
  • 1:10 to 2 p.m., The Angelo Santelli Band
  • 2:05 to 2:55 p.m., SWB
  • 3 to 3:50 p.m., Fifi and the Dogs
  • 3:55 to 4:45 p.m., Gee Daddy's Big Blues Review
  • 4:50 to 5:40 p.m., Out of Favor Boys
  • 5:45 to 6:55 p.m., Tweed Funk
  • 7 to 8:20 p.m., Albert Castiglia
  • 8:25 to 9:55 p.m., Tinsley Ellis
  • 10 to 11:30 p.m., Coco Montoya
  • 11:35 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Seventh Son

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

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

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