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26TH ANNUAL CHENANGO BLUES FESTIVAL LINEUP

Chenango County Fairgrounds Norwich, NY

 

Last updated 8/14/2018 at 8:07am | View PDF

Elvin Bishop is a rock-n-roll Hall of Famer, and Samantha Fish just won the Blues Music Award as Female Artist of the Year. It's a one two punch of a legend and the best up and coming artist around at the top of the bill at this year's 26th Chenango Blues Fest, August 17th and 18th 2018. It's going to be a knock out lineup from start to finish as the Festival enters its second twenty five years swinging.

The unofficial kickoff will come at the NBT Bank Free Thursday show in East Side Park on August 16th with a special show featuring Jersey Shore legends Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Over a forty year career performing and recording with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Steve Van Zandt, Southside Johnny has earned a reputation as a consummate showman and band leader.

Friday's free admission show at the County Fairgrounds is sponsored by New York Central Mutual

and will be headlined by Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon, a hard rocking sometime bus driver

who has gained world-wide fame with his charismatic live shows. Opening the evening will be Angel Forrest, winner of Maple Blues Award as Vocalist of the Year four times. She was a finalist at this year's International Blues Challenge and her distinctive voice and fiery personality have drawn

comparisons to Janis Joplin. Sandwiched between is New Orleans keyboard player John Gros whose

gumbo of Louisiana music includes elements of Blues, Americana, funk and Mardi Gras Indian.

Saturday's music kicks off in the Nelson and Flanagan Tent with local favorite Nate Gross at 11:30 A.M. Following in the tent are Hubby Jenkins, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Prestage Brothers. Ben put on a great show as a solo act a few years ago and will return with his brother for an encore. Next up is A. J. Ghent – a very talented slide guitarist whose roots lie in the sacred steel tradition. Samantha Fish will close down the tent, and the festival, with what is sure to be an event highlight. Her award as Female Artist of the Year is well deserved as she has become the next star in the Blues world.

The Sheffield Bio Science Infield Stage has a diverse and exciting group performing on it, led by Hall of Fame member, Elvin Bishop and his Big Fun Trio. From his early days with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band through a solo career that has featured chart topping hits like "Fooled Around and Fell in Love", Bishop has a fifty year career at the forefront of American music. Preceding him will be the Cash Box Kings, whose raucous live shows crackle with boundless energy. They play tough, real deal Chicago Blues with contemporary authority and old school authenticity. Also on the Infield Stage is the Keeshea Pratt Band, a Houston based seven piece band that was the hands down winner at this year's International Blues Challenge. Check out her divine talents and see why she wowed the judges in Memphis. Opening things up will be returning festival favorite, Brandon Santini.

The Preferred Mutual Chenango Blues Fest is an all-volunteer run non-profit that prides itself on

being "by fans, for fans." There are free children's' activities on Saturday, and there is weekend long

on-site camping for an extra fee. Friday's show is free for all, and those 17 and under can attend

Saturday's show free as well if accompanied by an adult. Those 18 and over are $25 in advance and

$35 the day of the show. There are great food and craft vendors on site. For full details on artists,

grounds rules and ticket outlets please visit the website at http://www.chenangobluesfest.org/

You can also find information there on all the NBT Bank Free Thursday's concerts that take place in

July and August. These shows feature artists from a wide range of genres from zydeco to bluegrass

to reggae.

 

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