Summer Music Festivals **Updated

Now is the time to start making concrete plans to see music festivals this summer. Some of them sell out in advance, so get your tickets early. And you’ll need to make camping or hotel reservations, if they are any significant distance.

We are hoping to get to several of them this year. These are the ones that I know about on the northwest coast this year, so far. I put a star next to the ones we want to go to, but you never know, we might squeeze a few more in. Hope to see you out there.

May 10th
*Metro Fountain Blues Festival, San Jose State Campus
Cost $5!!!
Koko Taylor, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Smokin’ Joe Kubek + more
May 24-25th

*Santa Cruz Blues Festival, Aptos Village Green
Bonnie Raitt, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, JJ Grey & Mofro
Al Green, Subdudes, Boneshakers, Ryan Shaw, Trombone Shorty

June 7th
*Coloma Blues Festival, Lotus Park
Los Lobos, Tommy Castro, Roy Rogers, Albert Cummings, Curtis Salgado

June 7th & 8th
Black Diamond, Pittsburg CA
Alvon, EC Scott, Chris Cain, Texas Johnny Brown, Charlie Musselwhite

June 14th
Modesto Blues Festival
Ron Hacker, MOFO Party Band, Rene Solis FREE

*Sacramento Heritage Festival, Horseman's Club
Kenny Neal, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, The Fabulous Thunderbirds $20

June 14-15th
Russian River Blues Festival, Johnson’s Beach, Guerneville CA
Los Lonely Boys, Jonny Lang, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Shemekia Copeland, Coco Montoya + others

June 27-29th
Monterey Blues Festival, Monterey Fairgrounds
Bettye LaVette, Joe Bonamassa, Keb Mo, James Cotton, BB King, Susan Tedeschi + lots more

June 27-29th
Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville CA
Greg Brown, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Todd Snider + lots more

June 28-29th
Northern California Blues Festival, Fair Oaks CA
Delta Wires, Mighty Mike Schermer, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Mick Martin +

June 28th
El Dorado BBQ Brews & Blues Festival, Downtown Reno NV
Montoya, Tommy Castro, JC Smith +

June 29th
Irvine Lake Bluesfest
Walter Trout, Rod Piazza, Eric Sardinas, + more

July 3-6th
Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland OR
Cost—One can of food for the hungry
Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Eric Lindell, Rory Block +

July 3-6th
High Sierra Music Festival, Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy CA
Bela Fleck, Mother Hips, Railroad Earth, Bob Weir + more

July 12
BBQ & Blues, Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn CA
Koko Taylor

July 12
*Solar Cook-Off, Taylorsville CA
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats + more

July 12-13
Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival, Hayward CA
Texas Johnny Brown, John Primer, Johnny Rawls, Zac Harmon, more

July 17-19
Worldfest, Grass Valley CA
Ozomatli, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, David Bromberg + tons more

July 19
Cobb Mountain Jazz & Blues Festival
Volker Strifler, Delta Wires, Austin & Owens

July 26
Sonoma Blues Festival

August 1-2nd
*Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Jonny Lang, Coco Montoya, Chris Cain, Curtis Salgado

August 9th
Fire on the Mountain, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora CA
Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Castro, Café R&B + more

August 17-18th
Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest, Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno NV
Jonny Lang, Mavis Staples, Mel Waiters, EC Scott, Bobby Rush

September 13th
Delta Blues Festival, Antioch CA
Kirk Fletcher, Finis Tasby, Chris Cain, Terry Evans +

September 26-27th
San Francisco Blues Festival, Fort Mason
Johnny Winter, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Buckwheat Zydeco +

October 5-7
*Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA *Free!
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Louden Wainwright III, Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker + more

1 comment:

Kristen Power said...

Cathy - Great event listing! I'm a Reno local and would love to give you the details on an additional area music festival you might enjoy. Please contact me at kristen@rkpr.com. Thanks!