West coast blues fans, this is your weekend! Brown Paper Ticket is ticketing two incredible blues festivals, both on Saturday, September 10 and both highlighting incredible local talent. They’re also squeaking in at the tail end of the music festival season so this could be your last chance of the year to enjoy killer music outdoors.
We’re enjoying a beautiful September here in the Seattle area so the weather should be perfect for the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival. This festival now in its second year takes place on the shores of Puget Sound at Des Moines Beach Park. Bands include northwest blues legends Little Blue and the Bluenotes, The Fabulous Roofshakers and the soul-influenced rock of Left Hand Smoke who were recently voted “Seattle’s Best Pop/Rock Band of the Year” by Seattle Weekly readers. And what goes better with great music in a beautiful outdoor setting? You guessed it, ice cold beer. Local breweries like Airways Brewing Company, Big Al’s Brewing and Elliot Bay Brewing will be pouring libations for thirsty music lovers all day long. The festival gets going around noon and will continue into the night so get there early and find a nice spot to spread the picnic blanket, this could be the last weekend of sunshine for a while. Tickets are still available so pick them up right over here.
Further south, in Corona, California the inaugural Inland Empire Blues and Roots Festival and Classic Car Show is going down. The goal of festival organizers Chris Thayer and Kelly McGuire was to give the Inland Empire’s incredible blues and roots bands a chance to showcase their talents and connect with fans. Thayer of Big Papa and the TCBs, who are playing the festival, said, “We saw the surrounding areas holding festivals, and wondering why no one was doing it in the Inland Empire, an area that loves the blues and is incredibly supportive of their artists….I guess we figured it was our responsibility to make it happen.” This festival will also feature a classic car show featuring customized hot rods and muscle cars, classic cars and trucks, Corvettes and specialty vehicles. Bands include Rod Piazza & the Mightly Flyers, Jumpin’ Jack Benny Blues Band, the Cold Comfort Blues Band and festival co-organizer Kelly McGuire. You can pick up tickets here but do it quick before they’re gone.
So, there you go west coast. Get out there and get your groove on before summer’s gone.