Beginning Blues Guitar – Love Blues Music? Check Out These Blues Music Festivals This Year!

by Smithsonian Institution

For beginning blues guitar students, one of the best ways to learn is to expose yourself to the very same genre that you are trying to learn. It is therefore recommended that you check out some blues music festivals held throughout the year. Some of the most popular music festivals are listed below.


Chicago Blues Weekend


This festival is typically held between January 14th to 16th in Chicago, Illinois. The festival is intended to gather some of the best blues and jazz artists in Chicago wherein fans of the genre are invited to attend such that they can get a glimpse of the history and evolution of blues music in the city.


For this year, there are three west side venues chosen for the January 14 event wherein fans can listen to sounds of funk, soul, and blues. On January 15, you can join the Chicago Blues History Tour with guides walking participants around famous spots in the city that helped the genre flourish and grow. On the 16th, fans of Buddy Guy can witness him perform live in a show called ‘Voices of Chicago Blues’ and is one of the most anticipated part of the festival.


Juke Joint Festival



This festival is scheduled for April 14 to 17, 2011 wherein this year’s event is aimed to commemorate the life of the late Foster Wiley. He is recognized as the music maker of Clarksdale and has been a part of previous Juke Joint Festivals until he died last year. This event is open for all interested individuals but is recommended for tourists, musicians, and fans of blues music. There are a series of performances scheduled for the event, as well as exhibits and various kind of presentations related to the genre.


Calgary Mid-Winter Blues Festival


This year’s event scheduled for February 21 to 26, 2011 is the fifth edition of this annual event. It is held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada wherein the following artists are expected to attend the event: Debbie Davis Band, Donald Ray Johnson Band, Robbie Laws Band, Mark Hummel & the Blues Survivors with Rusty Zinn, and Earl MacAuley. There is also a bigger event scheduled for this year, which is related to this organization. It is the Calgary International Blues Festival due to take place August 1 to 7, 2011 with more artists expected to be part of the event.

Phuket International Blues Rock Festival


This festival set to happen on February 25-26, 2011 in Phuket, Thailand is one of the biggest in Asia and will feature some of the biggest names in the blues industry. Some of the main artists featured in the event include John Belushi and Mr. Curtis Salgado, who was recognized by the Blues Foundation Awards in Memphis as the highly coveted male artist in 2010.


Mississippi Blues Fest


On March 5, 2011, some of the biggest names in the blues music scene in Mississippi is set to take the stage during the Mississippi Blues Fest in what is the most anticipated events in the state. The event will be held in the Leflore Country Civic Center in Greenwood, Mississippi featuring T.K. Soul, J. Blackfoot Narvel, Terry Wright, Spanky E, Chitchy, and Tre Williams.


If you are a beginning blues guitar artist, then make sure to drop by any of these major blues festivals scheduled for this year. It will be a fun learning process!


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