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Did you know that the Flagstaff Blues and Brews is the largest blues festival in Arizona?
Did you know that the Flagstaff Blues and Brews is the largest blues festival in Arizona? It takes a lot of work to achieve that title and after 8 years of this festival being around, it’s not only the largest, but also it’s the best. This year the festival starts at 2:00 pm on Friday June 10th and runs until 9 pm. Then it starts up again at 11:00 am on Saturday June 11th and is over at 8 pm. It’s one of the best music festivals of the year and you will not want to miss it.
Many up-and-coming blues artists have graced their festival stage over the years which has turned into a great launching point for the careers of many of them. Some of those blues artists include Karen Lovely, MonkeyJunk, Harlis Sweetwater and Jeremy Bar-Illan. There are sure to be more of those hidden gems in this year’s lineup. Speaking of the lineup…
This year’s Saturday night headliner is award winning Anders Osborne, hailing from New Orleans. He’s toured with his own band, as a solo artist, and as a guest with bands including Toots and The Maytals, Derek Trucks, and Warren Haynes. Anders is playing the Telluride Blues Festival and many others this year as well and it’s exciting to have him at this one.
The rest of the lineup includes killer blues musicians like Sir Harrison, Lisa Mann, Mr. Sipp and Cedric Burnside who closes out Friday night. Cedric was nominated for a Grammy in 2015 for Best Blues Album and also received the Blues Music Awards honor as Drummer of the Year for four consecutive years.
Saturday’s lineup includes Cadillac Assembly Line, Miller and the Other Sinners, Griff Hamlin and the Single Barrel Blues Band, The Wesley Pruitt Band, Dana Fuchs and for the finale, Anders Osborne.
For the full Friday and Saturday schedules, be sure to visit flagstaffblues.com. And buy your tickets! One and two-day General Admission passes, along with VIP tickets are on sale now. It sold out in 2019 and especially because live music, including this festival, has been on hiatus for the last two years, no thanks to the pandemic, it’s expected to sell out this year. Music fans of all ages are so excited to get back out there and enjoy music festivals again. Put this one on your list!
If you’re planning a visit to Northern Arizona, checking out this festival will also put you at one of the top 10 most beautiful blues festivals in the U.S. too. What a great way to experience the beauty of Flagstaff, and a stellar view of the San Francisco Peaks, all while surrounded by the tall ponderosa pines this region is known for. Make it a whole weekend and enjoy the sunshine, the warm breezes, and the music as the best backdrop. Oh, and bonus, the festival donates a portion of their proceeds to the local public school district to help support music and arts programs across their district. They’ll be auctioning off a guitar signed by all the musicians too so don’t miss that.
And of course, it is a blues AND brews festival so there will be great beers being served up all weekend long including local and regional microbrews and national beer brands. But there’s something for everyone, so if you don’t like beer, there will be great options for wine and hard cider. Every year there’s a great selection of local and regional food and craft vendors, children’s activities and fun activities and games like giant connect four, jenga and cornhole.
There’s something for everyone at this festival. So put the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival on your calendar today. Visit flagstaffblues.com for more information, details and to buy your tickets before it sells out. See you there!
Jennifer grew up in Flagstaff and has been involved with Peak Events since its inception. While attending NAU, Jennifer and her sorority sisters were hired for events and from day one, she knew this was something she wanted to do. Jennifer is actively involved with the Flagstaff Community, as a member the Tourism Commission and the Flagstaff Unified School District Foundation.