Mohawk Valley Blues Festival brings the blues to Frankfort

Mohawk Valley Blues Society Blues Festival


From high-energy electric rockin’ blues to gritty soulful southern blues, The Mohawk Valley Blues Festival once again will showcase a stellar line-up of national, regional and world-class blues musicians.

The Saturday, June 28, festival at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds, orchestrated by The Mohawk Valley Blues Society, promises a full day of blues for veterans and newbies.


Tom Townsely

“We’re a nonprofit organization and our main mission is to support blues music locally and nationally, and the festival is a great way to do that,” said blues society president Tom Townsley. “We think the festival is the best high profile way to get people into this music.”

Salvaging and carrying on the tradition of blues music is the sole mission of the Mohawk Valley Blues Society and the annual festival represents one way of doing that, Townsley said.

“Blues and jazz are some of the only original art forms to come out of this country,” Townsley said. “It’s music that speaks from the heart and involves improvisation and stellar musicianship.”

Attendees at the all-day festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. will have access to that caliber of talent that will include award-winning nationally known blues greats, such as headliner Debbie Davies Band. Debbie Davies is an award-winning singer, songwriter, ranking among the top blues artists in the country. She has received 10 nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 and 2010 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist.

Also on the bill is Mark May, former guitarist and vocalist for Dickey Betts, as well as Sue Foley, award-winning Canadian blues guitarist who has shared the stage with such legends as BB King, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty. Other performers will include: Jeremy Wallace Trio, Scotty Mac, and the Rockin’ Bonnevilles from Albany. Local female blues performers will be featured during a Women in Blues showcase. An acoustic stage will feature performances from local blues musicians including Tas Cru, Matt Lomeo and Jimmy Wolf, Tom Townsley and John Hutson.

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davies

Pre-sale tickets for $20 are available at, Big Apple in New Hartford or Harley Davidson Utica. Tickets purchased at the gate are $25. Food and beverage vendors will be available. The fairgrounds will be covered in order to accommodate rain or sun.

A major sponsor of the festival is Northern Safety.


DATE: Saturday, June 28.

TIME: Gate opens at 11 a.m. Music begins at noon and ends at 10 p.m.

PLACE: Herkimer County Fairgrounds, Frankfort.
COST: Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.

– Cassaundra Baber
The Fuze Magazine

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