BluesFest 2017 Schedule
Lansing, Michigan

As bios become available, clicking a performer’s name will take you directly to their page for more info.

Friday, Sept 15, 2017

5:00-6:00 Frog & the Beeftones
South Stage

6:00-7:00 Jim Shaneberger Band
North Stage

7:00-8:30 Greg Nagy with special guests Ray Goodman & Rachel Nagy
South Stage

8:30-9:30 The War &Treaty
North Stage

9:30-11:00 Karen Lovely
South Stage

11:00 – 1:00 Stan Budzynski & the 3rd Degree
UrbanBeat (1213 Turner Street)

Saturday, Sept 16, 2017

2:00-2:45 Erich Goebel & The Flying Crowbars
South Stage

3:00-3:45 Slim Nichols & Mike Crupi
South Stage / Blues Brawl Winners-Duo

4:00-5:00 Gina Garner & Calling Dr Howard
North Stage / Blues Brawl Winners-BAND

5:00-6:00 Maggie McCabe Band
South Stage

6:00-7:00 Twyla Birdsong
North Stage

7:00-8:30 Groove Council
South Stage

8:30-9:30 Chris Canas Band
North Stage

9:30-11:00 Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
South Stage

11:00 – 1:00 Kathleen & the Bridge Street Band
UrbanBeat (1213 Turner Street)


Art Project in Mother & Earth, 1212 Turner St.
1:00-5:00 Broad Art Museum

Music-making at Urban Beat, 1213 Turner St.

1:00-5:00 Bob Wilson – Electric guitar mentor

1:00-5:00 Josh Wilson- Electric bass mentor

1:00-5:00 Community Music School – Petting Zoo – Woodwinds/Brass

For more info on KidzBeat activities, click here.


– Urban Beat, 1213 Turner St.

2:00-2:45 pm Harmonica for Kids – Andy Wilson
Back by popular demand! Not the plastic toy experience — quality harmonicas provided free to the first 100 participants. Workshop led by master harmonica-pro Andy Wilson. Sponsored by Elderly Instruments in Old Town.

3:00-3:45 pm Slide Guitar Clinic – Stan Budzynski
Slide Guitar techniques in regular and open tuning. Welcome to bring your own to try!

4:00-4:45 pm Blues Progressions – Chris Canas Band
Blues forms and progressions as applied to guitar, bass, horns and keyboard. Bring you can to play along with the pros!

Performers and schedule are subject to change.

The 2017 BluesFest is not accepting additional band submissions. Performers are invited to email a submission beginning in October to be considered for next years event. Click here for more information.

To view lists of performers from the years 2002 through 2016, click here. Recent years offer band bios by clicking on their name.