2011 Cincy Blues Fest Dates and Lineup Announced

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CINCINNATI, OH – July 1, 2011: The Cincy Blues Fest is in its 19th year of bringing a unique blend of music to Cincinnati, showcasing more than 30 acts on four stages:

Budweiser Main Stage: Featuring headliners and living legends of the blues world.
Arches Stage (Friday): This year’s theme is Rockabilly.
Boogie-Woogie Piano Hall of Fame Stage (Saturday): A gathering of blues and boogie piano greats from around the world.
St. Vincent DePaul Local Stage: Showcasing the best of Cincinnati’s award-wining blues scene.

On August 5 and 6, Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point Park will be rocking with local and national blues performers. This year, the Budweiser Main Stage features Eden Brent, Big James Montgomery and the Chicago Playboys, Rick Holmstrom, Moreland & Arbuckle, Ben Prestage, and Tad Robinson, as well as Cincy Blues Challenge winners Miss Lissa & Company and Brian Keith Wallen.

On Saturday the Main Stage will also host a performance by Cincy Blues Society’s Blues in the Schools (BITS) Band. “Every year the BITS band gets better and better – the students in the program are amazingly talented and draw crowds that rival some of the national acts,” says festival Director Joy Dziech. “Because proceeds from this festival directly support BITS, we’re thrilled to showcase the talent and hard work of these young musicians, who are keeping the blues alive to inspire future performers and fans.”

On Friday, don’t miss five Rockabilly acts on the Arches Stage. Tri-state favorites Straw Boss, The Wastewheelers, the StarDevils, and Crazy Joe & the Mad River Outlaws will bring their swingin’ sounds to the stage, along with Ann Arbor, Michigan guitar slinger George Bedard.

A full list of performers and scheduled times is available on Cincy Blues Fest’s website: http://cincybluesfest.org

Festival admission is $15 per person Friday and $15 per person Saturday (2-day passes will be sold for $25 at the gate on Friday), children 13-18 are only $5 each day, and children 12 and under (with parent/guardian) are free.

Closing in on two decades of success, Cincy Blues Fest continues to draw fans and families to Cincinnati’s riverfront for music, food, fun, and the best names in the blues.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit http://cincybluesfest.org

About Cincy Blues Society

Cincy Blues Society is a member-supported, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and advance the culture and tradition of Blues music as an original American art form. Cincy Blues Society has been in existence since 1990, and strives to fulfill its mission by encouraging and facilitating both performance and educational events and projects. For more information, visit http://cincyblues.org

About the Blues in the Schools Program

The Cincy Blues Society created a “Blues in the Schools” (BITS) program soon after the Society was founded in 1990, as keeping the blues alive for another generation is an integral part of the group’s mission. The BITS educational program has two areas of focus: presentations by professional musicians and performances by young people who are learning to play the blues. The program brings accomplished area blues musicians into local schools to educate students about the history and significance of the blues, and keeps another generation listening to, learning about, and performing this uniquely American music. Proceeds from the Cincy Blues Fest support the Blues in the School program. More info is available at http://cincyblues.org