The New York State Blues Festival has announced the artist lineup for 2024. The festival is sure to rock Syracuse with three full days of performances headlined by blues legends. This year’s festival will take place from June 13-15 at the New York State Fairgrounds’ Chevy Court.

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The New York State Blues Festival has been one of the largest free blues festivals in New York since its inception over 30 years ago. The festival is an all-ages event showcasing artists from around the country, focused on, but not limited to the blues. Blues Fest is designed to promote blues music, and educate the public on the blues’ influence on different genres of music, all while creating a welcoming gathering space for music fans. In the words of the festival director Eric McElveen, “we’re really trying to create a big tent for people to gather under and see what they have in common.”

The event begins Friday, June 14 at 4:00PM when the Chevy Court Main Stage gates open. This year’s lineup features artists from all over the blues spectrum, incorporating rock and soul. Heading night one of the festival are Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials. The group has toured the world for almost 30 years, propelled by Lil’ Ed Williams’s signature slide guitar and soulful vocals. Night two will feature Los Angeles blues-rockers The Record Company and guitarist Matthias Lattin.

The last night features big names Little Feat, and Harlem’s very own Shemekia Copeland. Grammy-nominated Copeland will grace the festival with her passionate soaring vocals, and lyricism tackling hatred and racism in what is sure to be a powerful performance.

In addition to live performances, the festival will host a wide range of food and beverage vendors. The festival is a free all-ages event with shaded areas to bring lawn chairs and dancing room. ProAct Blues Club VIP passes are currently on sale with early bird pricing starting from $125. These passes provide guests with catered dinner, beer, wine, drinks and snacks, as well as preferred seating.

For more information on artists, directions and ticketing, visit the New York State Blues Festival website.

Shemekia Copeland will perform Saturday, June 15


Thursday, June 13

4:00 PM – Gates Open

4:30PM – Mira Grimm

5:30 PM – Hanna PK & the Dynamic 88’s

6:45 PM – Mira Grimm (Side Stage)

7:15 PM – Bywater Call

9:00 PM – Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

Friday, June 14

3:00 PM – Gates Open

4:00 PM – The Shylocks

5:00 PM – Colin Aberdeen

5:30 PM – Matt Tarbell’s Built For Comfort

6:45 PM – Colin Aberdeen (Side Stage)

7:15 PM – Matthias Lattin

9:00 PM – The Record Company

Saturday, June 13

11:00 AM – Gates Open

12:00 PM – Blues Ignition

1:00 PM – Rattlesnake Trio

1:40 PM – Tim Herron

2:10 PM – Cinnamon Jones

3:00 PM – Tim Herron (Side Stage)

3:30 PM – Tom Townsley Band

4:30 PM – Danielle Miraglia

5:00 PM – Matt Schofield

6:15 PM – Danielle Miraglia (Side Stage)

6:45 PM – Shemekia Copeland

8:30 PM – Little Feat

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