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SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars:The 25th Anniversary 2018 Kalamazoo Blues Festival will be held July 12 - July 14 ! 

2018 Kalamazoo Blues Festival: We are especially excited about the the 2018 Kalamazoo Blues Festival – it will be the 25th Anniversary of our very first Festival. We expect this one will be special!!

Venue: Arcadia Festival Site in Downtown Kalamazoo
Dates: Thursday July 12 – Saturday July 14, 2018


Thursday July 12
5:00 – 5:50 pm:
Big Trouble

6:10 – 7:00 pm:
Blue Veins

7:30 – 840 pm:
Corey Dennison –
Played with Carl Weathersby in Chicago for 12 years.

9:10 – 10:30 pm:
Ghost Town Blues Band – Horns, harmonicas, guitars and a nasty sound.
IBC: 2nd place 2014

Friday July 13
5:00 – 5:50 pm:
Blue Diamond Blues Band

6:10: 7:00 pm:

7:30 – 8:45 pm:
Angel Forrest – Canadian blues superstar

9:15 – 10:30 pm:
Victor Wainwright – Top blues keyboardist in the country!
BMA: won Best Piano Player award (Pine Top Perkins) 2013, 14, 17

10:55 – 11:45 pm
Seventh Son

Saturday July 14th
12:10 – 12:50 pm:
Hilger & DeVos

1:10: – 2:00 pm:
Steve Pesch Band

2:20 – 3:10 pm:
Big Boss Blues

3:30 – 4:20 pm:
Blue Soul Express

4:40 – 5:30 pm:
Crossroads the Resurrection

6:00 – 7:15 pm:
Grand Marquis_- old-time blues and jazz making a return appearance.
IBC: Finalist 2011

7:44 – 9:00 pm:
Jason Ricci & Bad Kind
Grammy: won Best Blues Album 2014
BMA: Nominated for Best Harmonica 2018

9:30 – 10:55 pm:
Nick Moss Band – Chicago blues at its best.



National News and Beyond

Blues Brothers Guitarist Matt 'Guitar' Murphy Dies at 88.

Matt "Guitar" Murphy, guitarist for the Blues Brothers and sideman for blues legends like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, has died at 88.

A veteran of the legendary Chicago blues scene of the Forties and Fifties, Murphy worked alongside artists ranging from Ike Turner and Etta James to blues musicians like James Cotton, Willie Dixon and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Murphy is best remembered as the indispensable guitarist in the 1980 comedy classic The Blues Brothers. In the film, soul food chef Murphy and his waitress wife Aretha Franklin have a disagreement about him reuniting with the Blues Brothers, resulting in Franklin's iconic "Think"

Murphy, who Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi recruited after witnessing the guitarist at work in a New York club in 1978, played on the Blues Brothers' 1978 album Briefcase Full of Blues, the 1980 film's soundtrack and 1982's Made in America. In 1998, Murphy reprised his role in Blues Brothers 2000 and its soundtrack.

As one half of Sam & Dave, it was Moore's 1967 hit with the duo, "Soul Man," that really put Matt "Guitar" Murphy's name on the pop culture radar thanks to a Top 20 hit cover rendition by the Blues Brothers in late 1978.

After years of session work, Murphy joined the Blues Brothers band, which was based on a Belushi-Aykroyd sketch on "Saturday Night Live." There, Murphy played alongside noted session musicians Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, Steve Jordan on drums, Steve Cropper on guitar and Paul Shaffer on keyboards.

Between his stints with the Blues Brothers, Murphy served as bandleader of his own project, releasing albums like 1990's Way Down South and 2000's Lucky Charm.