New Blues Festival II to Feature Over 30 Big Blues Acts in El Dorado Park • Long Beach Post

jpegThe two-day New Blues Festival II will take place on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 at El Dorado Regional Park. Alongside some of the the most talented blues musicians and singers, amenities will include a Vendor Village, Food Court, Beer Garden, and an all-new VIP Lounge.

According to the release, due to the success of last year’s inaugural NBF, where over 2,000 blues fans and music enthusiasts of all ages filled POA Park in Long Beach, the festival has expanded to include over 30 big blues acts.

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“Los Angeles and Orange Counties have responded very well to the (New Blues Festival) concept,” said William Grisolia, producer of the New Blues Festival, in a statement. “We definitely hit on a pent-up demand for a long-running inter-generational tradition, and we are excited to once again share all this great music with the public.”

Grisolia’s own band, New Blues Revolution, will be one of Sunday’s Main Stage Headliners.

Saturday’s lineup will be headlined by harmonica master James Harman (pictured), who has been playing music since the 1960s, and whose James Harman Band has included musical luminaries such as Dave Alvin, Gene Taylor, Kid Ramos and the late Hollywood Fats, among countless others.

newbluesAlso ramping up the first day of music, will be the vocal stylings of jazz/blues singer Barbara Morrison, who continues to maintain a full touring schedule well into her fourth decade of performing.

On Sunday, top headliners include the 11-piece Caravan of All-Stars, a powerhouse R&B/Soul/Blues revue assembled to showcase some of the unsung heroes of West Coast Blues, representing the Bay Area Blues Society.

Also on Sunday, the Laurie Morvan Band, fronted by Red-Hot rockin’ blues guitar ace, Laurie Morvan, who has entertained Southland audiences and toured nationally for nearly two decades, will take the stage with bluesy fervor.

The festival will be located at El Dorado Regional Park at 7550 East Spring Street. Gates open at 9:00AM and music starts at 10:00AM each day. For the full line-up, more information and to purchase tickets at $25, click here. Tickets are also available at six Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ locations, including Long Beach, Long Beach Towne Center, and the Cerritos Mall.

For the most updated information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her on Twitter and Instagram @theasiamorris and via email at [email protected]

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