Blues Fest Hits Clinton Square in Syracuse
The City of Syracuse will be getting their fill of rhythm and blues by some of the region and nation’s best Blues performers this weekend (Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11) in Clinton Square. The New York State Rhythm and Blues Festival, Inc. is bringing CNY this FREE event to help “preserve, protect and promote blues music and culture. The Syracuse, NY festival entertains while educating on the role of the blues in the development of popular music in the US and around the world.”
Here are 5 reasons this event should become your weekend plans.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Robert Randolph & the Family Band at SPAC several years ago, while they opened for the Black Crowes. Never in my life have I ever thought that someone would make Chris Robinson nervous to follow. That was, until I saw Robert Randolph work his magic. It was one of the most electrifying performances I’ve ever seen, (and that’s saying a lot). He was named one of the “Top 100 Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine, and has collaborated with musical giants such as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. Don’t let me get off the hook without mentioning his band. They will literally melt your face off. If you aren’t dancing during this set from start to finish, it will be a miracle. A must see.
Devon Allman Band
When you carry the last name Allman, there has to be a certain amount of pressure on your performances. When your connection that name is because your father is the one and only Gregg Allman, and your uncle Duane was one of the best guitarists to ever walk this Earth, you can start growing your feet to super-sized because you’ve got some serious shoes to fill. Fortunately for Devon Allman, he is his own brand of musician. While many fans will come to see him and listen to hear influences of his famous bloodline, he hopes that you will enjoy his fusion of blues, rock, and soul music and “see him as his own entity”.
Getting his start in the 1960’s, John Primer began a most exceptional Blues career by playing alongside major Chicago Blues pioneers such as Lonnie Brooks, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy. He was then hired by no other than Muddy Waters to play, and eventually become his band leader. Primer then went on to play for Magic Slim and the Teardrops for 14 years, all the while earning a Grammy nomination. Yup, he’s that amazing. And he will be in your back yard jamming out the tunes on Saturday at 4:30 pm.
Local Blues artists
We all know that Syracuse is a hub for great music, and the city made sure that its being well represented. The Carolyn Kelly Blues Band with Soul of Syracuse, Castle Creek, Phil Petroff and Natural Fact, The Kingsnakes, and Tim Herron all are part of the musical soul of Syracuse and CNY. For a full schedule, along with artist bios, click here.
This Event is Free
That’s right. Zero dollars. You get to see an INCREDIBLE lineup of musicians for absolutely NO COST. Thanks to a grant through the office of Senator John DeFrancisco, along with “funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, and by a Tier Three Project Support Grant through the County of Onondaga and is administered by CNY Arts”, this event is open and free to the public.
Be sure to bring your family out and steep yourself deep in the Blues! Clinton Square is located at Erie Blvd and Clinton St. in downtown Syracuse. For more information about the festival, including policies and regulations, visit www.nysbluesfest.com.
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Friday, July 10
4 p.m. – Castle Creek 5 p.m. – Phil Petroff & Natural Fact 6:15 p.m. – The Highjivers 7:30 p.m. – Danielle Nicole Band 9 p.m. – The Kingsnakes
Saturday, July 11
1 p.m. – Signature Student Band 2 p.m. – The Swamp Drivers 3:15 p.m. – Los Blancos 4:30 p.m. – John Primer 6 p.m. – Carolyn Kelly Blues Band with Soul of Syracuse featuring Bernie Clarke and Todd Fitzsimmons 7:30 p.m. – Devon Allman Band 9:30 p.m. – Robert Randolph & The Family Band
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