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 the Kingsnakes. He later established a solo acoustic career as Dr. Blue.

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Make Plans for the 2017 NYS Blues Festival 25th Anniversary Celebration!

The New York State Blues Festival proudly announces a return to downtown Syracuse for its 25th Anniversary celebration on July 7th and 8th, 2017. Since its inaugural launch in 1992, this annual summertime festival has grown into the region’s premier musical destination. With the introduction of a bold new commemorative mark, the event’s organizers are…

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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 to create an annual series of poetry posters for…

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Butch Trucks Band To Headline 2016 New York State Blues Festival

Butch Trucks & Freight Train will be the headlining act for this year’s New York State Blues Festival in Syracuse, NY. Trucks, a founding member and original drummer of the Allman Brothers Band, will be the closing act of the free, two-night festival in Syracuse, the festival’s leadership announced last night. The festival will be…

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Enter to WIN tickets to Mike Zito and the Wheel

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 stage presence to draw in his audience to boot. Zito will be upstairs at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on March 31 for…

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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, corporate sponsorships, private donations and…

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Sponsor the 24th Annual NYS Blues Festival

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

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