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NYS Blues Fest

Robert Randolph & the Family Band will be the headliner at this year's New York State Blues Festival, July 10th and 11th, in Syracuse's Clinton Square, the festival's board of directors announced today.

Other bands scheduled to play the annual Blues Festival include the Devon Allman Band, the reunion of local Blues pioneers The Kingsnakes and the Blues artist John Primer.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a funk and soul band led by Robert Randolph, a pedal steel guitarist and they will be the headlining band on Saturday night.

Devon Allman, the son of Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers, is a recent member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood. The Kingsnakes set the Blues scene on fire in Syracuse during the '80s behind the harp and vocals of Pete McMahon and the guitar of Terry Mulhauser. Their band backed John Lee Hooker during a national tour in the 1980s.

Also on the bill are several great local and regional Blues bands, including Carolyn Kelly Blues Band & the Soul of Syracuse, featuring Mark Hoffman, Bernie Clark & Todd Fitzsimmons. Phil Petroff & Natural Fact and CASTLE CREEK are two local bands that will be performing.

This year's NYS Blues Festival opens at 4 p.m. Friday, July 10, and continues from noon until late on Saturday, July 11. The festival is free and located in the heart of Syracuse, NY, in Clinton Square.

Here is the complete lineup with times of performance for this year's festival:

Friday July 10

4pm - CASTLE CREEK

4:40pm - Judge Gazza

5pm - PHIL PETROFF & THE NATURAL FACT

5:55pm - Judge Gazza

6:15pm - THE HIGHJIVERS

7:10pm - Miss E

7:30pm - DANIELLE NICOLE BAND

8:40pm - Miss E

9:00pm - THE KINGSNAKES

Saturday July 11

12pm - Homemade Instrument workshop w/The Swamp Drivers

1pm - SIGNATURE STUDENT BAND

1:40pm - Chris Merkley

2pm - THE SWAMP DRIVERS

2:55pm - Chris Merkley

3:15pm - LOS BLANCOS

4:10pm - Tim Herron

4:30pm - JOHN PRIMER

5:40pm - Tim Herron

6:00pm - CAROLYN KELLY Blues BAND & SOUL OF Syracuse feat. MARK HOFFMAN, BERNIE CLARKE, and TODD FITZSIMMONS

7:10pm - Dam Dog

Robert Randolph

7:30pm - Devon Allman BAND

9:00pm - Dam Dog

9:30pm - ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND

WHO: New York State Blues Festival

WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday, July 10 and noon Saturday, July 11

WHAT: The finest of live Blues music performed for free over two days

HOW: Put on through grants and donations from fans of the blues

WHY: Because it's too good to keep to ourselves

 

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