August 12 & 13 – Cincy Blues Fest – Walter Trout, Chuck Leavell, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and More

Walter Trout
Walter Trout

The 24th edition of the Cincy Blues Fest,
produced by the Cincy Blues Society, features four stages of local, regional
and national blues acts performing Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 along the Cincinnati riverfront downtown at Sawyer Point.

Admission to the Cincy Blues Fest is $20 on Friday and $20 Saturday, with two-day passes for $35 sold at the gate on Friday. Children 13-18 are $5 each day, children under 12 are free. Tickets are now available at

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Headlining the weekend main stage is Walter Trout, a Blues Rocker singer, guitarist. Started out backing up John Lee Hooker to Big Mama Thorton and performing with John Mayer’s band until forming his own band in 1989. Chuck Leavell will be headlining the Arches Boogie Piano stage. His piano and keyboard work has been heard on the works of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, The Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveler, Lee Ann Womack and many, many more. Saffire Revisted with special guest Cheryl Renee will be headlining the Women Showcase Stage. It will be a special one night show with the surviving member from Saffire the Uppity Blues Women.

Times and acts on the four Cincy Blues Fest stages include:

Budweiser Main Stage:
Friday, August 12
5:30 p.m. Johnny Fink
6:45 p.m. Teeny Tucker
8:30 p.m. Albert Castiglia
10:15 p.m. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones

Saturday, August 13
5 p.m. Blues in the School Band
6 p.m. Jay Jesse Johnson Band
7:15 p.m. Tinsely Ellis
8:45 p.m. Rod Piazze and the Mightyfliers
10:15 p.m. Walter Trout

Arches Boogie Piano Stage:
Saturday, August 13
4:45 p.m. Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues
5:20 p.m. Ricky Nye
5:55 p.m. Ethan Leinwand
6:30 p.m. Nirek Mokar
7:10 p.m. Edent Brent
7:50 p.m. Gene Taylor
8:30 p.m. Michael Kaeshammer
9:10 p.m. Bob Seeley
9:50 p.m. Henri Herbert
10:30 p.m. Henry Butler
11:05 p.m. Chuck Leavell

Women Showcase Stage
Friday, August 12
5:45 p.m. Six-Strings for Solace/G4V Cincinnati
7:00 p.m. EG Kight
8:30 p.m. Gaye Adegbalola
9:30 p.m. Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine
10:30 p.m. Saffire Revisted with special guest Cheryl Renee

Local Stage:
Friday, August 12
5:45 p.m. Dudley Taft
7:00 p.m. John Redell & The Company He Keeps
8:15 p.m. The Leroy Ellington Band
9:30 p.m. The Soulfixers
11:00 p.m. Tempted Souls Band

Saturday, August 13
4:45 p.m. The Blue Birds
6:00 p.m. Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds
7:15 p.m. The Beaumonts
8:30 p.m. The Doug Hart Band
9:45 p.m. Chuck Brisbin & The Tuna Project
11:00 p.m. Magic Lightnin’ Boys