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2017 KJ James Memorial Scholarship

The New York State Blues Festival is pleased to announce the KJ James Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded again this year to young, local musicians. Kelly “KJ” James was best known for his musical career, having played with the band Triple Shot before touring nationally with Dr. Blue and…

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2016 Festival Poster Revealed

2016 Festival Poster Revealed This year’s cover illustration and t-shirt design originated as a poster created for the Syracuse Poster Project, a nonprofit civic art group committed to enlivening downtown Syracuse and strengthening the city’s sense of place. Founded in 2001, the Project brings together poets and Syracuse University artists…

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Enter to WIN tickets to Mike Zito and the Wheel

Enter to WIN tickets to Mike Zito and the Wheel on March 31st at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que! Blues Music award winner Mike Zito is one of those rare artists who can sing like nobody’s business, pen songs that instantly grip you, play a mean Gulf Coast style guitar, and has the…

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Support the NYS Blues Festival

The mission of The NY State Blues Festival is to preserve, protect and promote blues music and culture and showcase a collection of regional and national artists from multiple genres, all with roots steeped in tradition and vision. The festival was founded in 1991 and is supported by government grants,…

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Sponsor the 24th Annual NYS Blues Festival

The festival’s Board of Directors invites you to become a sponsor for this summer’s 24th annual blues festival. The New York State Blues Festival is proud to be the largest, admission-free blues festival in the Northeast. The festival is held each year in Clinton Square in the very center of Downtown…

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