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Michigan BluesFest 2015

September 1st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Michigan BluesFest 2015Michigan BluesFest 2015 (previously known as the Old Town BluesFest) is a free, two-day music festival drawing national, regional, and local blues talent – not to mention around 7,000 blues fans – to Lansing, MI on September 18th and 19th, 2015. Where will you be?

The 2015 Michigan BluesFest will take place in the streets of Lansing’s Old Town district, with festival vendors offering a great variety of delicious food and drink, clothing and crafts, jewelry and more. Capital City’s Old Town is known for both its grand architecture and the many galleries and unique boutiques that populate its retail spaces, most of which will be open and offering their singular wares during festival hours.

Primarily, however, Michigan BluesFest is about the music. Live music, and musical history in the making for each performing artist is asked to play something new: an original composition, improvisation, or something they’ve simply never played before an audience. This single detail is what makes Michigan BluesFest so original and compelling a celebration: it’s not just live music, it’s living music!

Michigan BluesFest Lineup

Friday, Sept 18, 2015
Main Stages (1200 block of Turner St.)
North Stage –
5pm – 5:30pm: Acme Jam
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Acme Jam with special guest Kathy Engin
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Tomas Ezparza
10pm – 12pm: The Rotations

South Stage –
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Donald Kinsey with the DeWaynes
8:30pm – 10pm: Thornetta Davis

River Stage –
5pm – 5:45: Joel Mabus – Acoustic guitar workshop
6:15 – 7pm: Stan Budzynski & Ben Hall – CABS Blues Brawl Duo winner
7:15 – 8pm: The 89th Key

Saturday, Sept 19, 2015
Main Stages (1200 block of Turner St.)
North Stage –
5pm – 6pm: Twyla Birdsong – CABS Blues Brawl winner
7:15 – 8:30pm: The Boa Constrictors
10pm – 12pm: Kathleen Murray Band

South Stage –
2pm – 2:45: Red Herring
3pm – 4pm: Joel Mabus
4pm – 5pm: Good Cookies
6pm – 7:15: Chris Canas
8:30pm – 10pm: Toronzo Cannon

River Stage –
1pm – 1:30pm: DANCE Lansing – Community Dance Project
2pm – 3pm: Andy Wilson – Harmonica for Kids
3:15pm – 5:15pm: TBA – Interactive for kids of all ages
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Toronzo Cannon – Blues songwriting workshop
7pm – 8pm: Ben Hall & Stan Budzynski – CABS Blues Brawl Duo winner

KidzBeat (in City Lot 56) –
1pm – 5pm Bob Wilson – Electric guitar mentor
1pm – 5pm Randy “Bird” Burghdoff – Electric bass mentor
1pm – 5pm Community Music School – Petting zoo – Woodwinds/brass

Michigan BluesFest

September 18 &qmp; 19, 2015
Old Town Lansing – Turner Street and Grand River Avenue
Be sure to visit www.oldtownbluesfest.com for updated schedules, a list of vendors, and more.

Michigan BluesFest Lodging
There’s nothing wrong with whooping it up in the city but, when it comes to relaxing and recuperating, nothing beats a stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub! The English Inn Restaurant & Pub in Eaton Rapids is but a half hour’s drive from Lansing, Michigan – yet the lush beauty and stately warmth of our inn’s grounds and accommodations put it worlds apart. At The English Inn Restaurant & Pub, you will be treated to a level of comfort, service, and surroundings now largely unknown in today’s fast-paced world. Treat yourself to a stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub.

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