2013 BluesFest – September 20 & 21!

The Old Town BluesFest is a two-day FREE music festival that brings national, regional, and local acts to an audience of roughly 10,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states.

This year’s festival will take place Friday, September 20 (4 pm-12:30 am), and Saturday, September 21, 2013 (1 pm-12:30 am), in the streets of Old Town, surrounded by the best of the Capital City’s art galleries as well as unique retail stores and grand architecture. Festival vendors offer delicious ethnic and American food, beverages, jewelry, clothing and crafts, and nearby galleries and boutiques open their doors during festival hours.

BluesFest’s music truly is living music, history in the making. Each artist at the festival is asked to play an original composition, something that hasn’t been played to the public before.

Old Town BluesFest continues to grow thanks to the contributions of its sponsors and volunteers. Support Old Town, Lansing, and live blues!

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History

Dedication to Lansing

Old Town BluesFest started in 1994 under the name OctoberFest. Lansing’s alternative radio station, 92.1 WWDX, signed on as media sponsor, and MessageMakers became its founding business sponsor.

The festival featured such renowned artists as Kid Rock, Marcy Playground, Duncan Sheik, Nineteen Wheels and local showstoppers such as Powerface, Knee Deep Shag, The Lash, and The Weepers.

For 2002, the festival committee decided to transform the fall music festival into Old Town BluesFest and was pleased to announce 94.9 WMMQ as the new radio sponsor.

In its early years, the festival brought out 2,000-3,000 people; now that has increased to over 10,000.

BluesFest’s updated format has featured nationally recognized blues artists such as Junior Watson, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, W.C. Clark, Carl Weathersby, Sharrie Williams, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Bnois King, Reverend Raven, Toni Lynn Washington, Byther Smith, Grana’ Louise, bugs Beddow band, Alberta Adams, A.C. Reid, Son Seals, plus popular performers from around the state such as Lady Sunshine and the X Band, Calvin Cooke and Sacred Steel Ensemble, Mojo Phoenix, Those Delta Rhythm Kings, Root Doctor, Doug Deming and the All Stars, JR Clark, and The Automatic Blues Band. (More detailed lists of past artists are available.)

Old Town BluesFest is THE place to listen and dance to the sounds of a powerful blues beat.

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Volunteering

A volunteer on the jobWe need your help!

Old Town BluesFest is in need of volunteers in order to continue as a fantastic, free community event. Volunteering for BluesFest is a great way to go behind the scenes, meet new people, and have fun.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the 2012 festival season, please fill out this form.

Or if you have already signed up to volunteer in 2012, you can login to the volunteer network.

Please contact us if you are unable to access the options above. We can be reached at 517-371-4600.

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