Saturday June 18, 2022 – Main Stage at Chevy Court

JJ Grey & Mofro

Saturday / 9:30pm

From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live—and you truly, absolutely must—the man is fearless. (Read more)

Vanessa Collier

Saturday / 7:45pm

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa Collier and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. (Read more)

Nate Gross

Saturday / 7:20, 9:00pm (Side Stage)

For the last 25 years, Nate has traveled coast to coast playing his brand of Americana Blues Rock. From performing at Street festivals in San Francisco to playing the most underground Jazz club in NYC, Nate honed his skills before returning back to his hometown of Oxford NY. (Read more)

Jocelyn & Chris

Saturday / 6:00pm

Think rock is dead? Meet Jocelyn & Chris. Two analog souls hell-bent on inciting a new rock revival. Jocelyn & Chris and their band have charted four consecutive commercial radio singles in the Billboard AAA Top 40, taken two records to #1 on the Relix Jambands Top 30 Album Chart, and appeared nationally on NBC’s Today Show. (Read more)

Clarence Spady & The Electric City Band

Saturday / 4:00pm

Clarence Spady is thoroughly motivated when it comes to his career. “Here we are in the saddle,” says the veteran blues guitarist. “I’ve got both hands on the reins right now. So I don’t plan on letting go.” Excellent news for contemporary blues fans who are well aware of Spady’s acclaimed 1996 album… (Read more)

Unity Street Band

Saturday / 3:30 (Side Stage), 5:15pm (2nd Line Parade)

UNiTY Street Band is a multi-level community activist street band with the mission to bring UNiTY back into the commUNiTY through the joy of music. We see music as a powerful tool that can bring the most diverse people together. (Read more)

Westcott Jug Suckers

Saturday / 2:30pm

Helmed by Syracuse music veteran Colin Aberdeen, the band fuses a unique blend of blues, jug band, zydeco and old school rock ‘n roll to create an undeniably fun unlike anything you’re likely to find elsewhere. (Read more)

Jimmy Wolf

Saturday / 1:50pm (Side Stage)

Jimmy Wolf is an award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist who has brought a new and exciting energy to the world of Blues and Rock for the past 3+ decades. Jimmy takes the Delta-Chicago Blues, 50s Rock and R&B and mixes these genres with chainsaw guitar and over-driven vocals to create… (Read more)

Blues Ignition

Saturday / 1:00pm

Youth development and music education are important components of the New York State Blues Festival. Blues Ignition is made up of local students brought together by their passion for learning this great American art form.

Friday June 17, 2022 – Main Stage at Chevy Court

The Kingsnakes

Friday / 9:30pm

Syracuse, NY blues legends The Kingsnakes are nationally known and respected. The Kingsnakes rank right up there with the best of the blues revival bands of the 1980’s like The Nighthawks & Fabulous Thunderbirds. They were John Lee Hooker’s backing band for four years from 1987 to 1990 on tours of the Eastern half of North America. (Read more)

Ron Spencer Band featuring Joe Whiting: Tribute to Mark Gibson

Friday / 7:45pm

A veritable gumbo of American blues-roots music, the Ron Spencer Band are no mere ‘retro’ imitators jumping on the current trend – they cut their musical teeth when this music was the current trend! With over 180 years combined experience, RSB is one of the tightest bands on the blues scene today. (Read more)

Mike Burns & Mark Yonnick

Friday / 7:20, 9:00pm (Side Stage)

Playing acoustic blues together for nearly half a decade, Mike Burns and Mark Yonnick blend a unique style of Delta, Texas, Piedmont and Swamp blues. With over 40 gigs a year, along with appearances at The Great Salt City Blues… (Read more)

The Carolyn Kelly Blues Band

Friday / 6:15pm

Formerly known as the “Roosevelt Dean Band”, Carolyn Kelly keeps the spirit of Rosie alive. With an all-star line-up of Syracuse’s finest players this group demonstrates why CNY is world renowned amongst blues musicians and fans alike. (Read more)

Phil Petroff & Natural Fact

Friday / 5:00pm

Phil Petroff and Natural Fact is a local blues/rock band that’s been playing around Central New York for over two decades. (Read more)

Slidin Home

Friday / 4:00pm

“Slidin Home” is a five piece band highlighting the slide guitar wizardry of George Deveny. George has been on “The Scene” for four decades. He is a member of the NYS Blues Hall of Fame. Deveny is well known in upstate NY, also the Capital Region. His band “Homegrown” was a fan favorite in the 70’s. (Read more)

Thursday June 16, 2022 – Main Stage at Chevy Court

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Thursday / 9:30pm

Grammy-winner Terrance Simien takes his audiences on a multicultural tour of the world inspired the many countries he’s visited on tour which have informed his musical language. He creates a hypnotic blend of New Orleans funk-reggae-flavored-world-blues-American zydeco roots music that beckons you to your feet and into the groove. (Read more)


Thursday / 7:45pm

GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll of the late 50s and early 60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. (Read more)

Tim Herron

Thursday / 7:20, 9:00pm (Side Stage)

Tim has been a mainstay on the upstate NY music scene for years with six albums as the leader of the Tim Herron Corporation and three solo albums. He blends blues, folk, jazz and rock into an eclectic mix of American roots music. Tim has currently formed a new group, Tim Herron and the Great Blue and is performing… (Read more)

Los Blancos

Thursday / 6:15pm

Los Blancos rips through Blues, Soul, Rockin’ Zydeco, Latin, Outlaw Country, Heavy-One Funk, Folk, and a bottomless bag of tricks that’s always sure to get the party started. Over more than a decade they’ve rocked thousands of shows, and tens of thousands of miles, reveling in a genuine passion for what they do. (Read more)

Brownskin Band

Thursday / 5:00pm

Brownskin Band based out of Syracuse, NY, was formed in 2007. The band’s name comes from founder, Nathaniel Brown, combining his last name with his instrument of choice, the drums more affectionately known as the “skins”. He has combined a cohesive group of talented musicians. The Band has won two SAMMY Awards for best R&B CD in Central New York. (Read more)