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Photo Array of the St. Louis, Michigan Blues Festival 2007 - 2016, 2018

This photo array is dedicated to the men and women of the Greater St Louis Community who made this blues festival throughout the years possible. 


The St. Louis Blues Festival began in 2007 after the opening of the GEM Theater in Downtown St. Louis, Michigan.  A concept was engineered for promoting the city of St Louis  and its friendly small town atmosphere.  Thus the first St. Louis Blues Festival was born.

greg nagy

big willy

The opening festival was a one-day event in conjunction with the City of St. Louis annual 4th of July celebration.  The next year it expanded to its current two day event in the 200 block of North Mill Street.  Blues enthusiasts now travel from around the state to Downtown St. Louis for what year-to-year becomes more recognized for its cutting edge Blues performances. Greg Nagy: top photo; Big Willy bottom photo, city building: right photo.

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Laith Al Saadi ↑

torresRonnie Torres and the Road Kings ↑

The event has grown to bring a thousand or more people to the St. Louis festival site, with hundreds of others enjoying the music from sidewalks along Mill Street.   Local merchants have come forward to support the event with sponsorships at various levels.  These promoters are what makes the event sustainable and led to the festival’s reputation of being one of the most exciting and enjoyable events in Gratiot County.

blue  molly 2012 poster

Molly Bouwsma of Blue Molly ↑Kelly Richey ↓

kelly richey

The St Louis Blues Festival emerged as one of the premier blues festivals in "the middle of the mitten" and has been enjoyed by thousands from all over Michigan and neighboring states.


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Jennifer and Minard Shattuck, organizers.

Hot blues was often not the only hot temps in the area

st louis blues fest poser 2013

larry McCray
Crowd Favorite Larry Mc Cray↑

kevin nicholsKevin Nichols ↑

Most of all, what those attending the St Louis Blues Festival received, was a great time on a summer weekend, and gratitude by helping to make the St. Louis Blues Festival one of the most anticipated events in Mid-Michigan.

angello santelli

2014 blues poster

Angelo Santelli of Kathleen and Bridge Street Band

toronzo cannonToronzo Cannon↑



In addition to blues music the St. Louis Blues Festival often had fireworks to enthrall the audience.

Drummer behind stage curtain

Bobby Messono is an American guitarist and musician

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Ivy Ford, is a leading "youngblood" of blues and brings a refresh and classic face to the genre. ↑

Hector's guitar playing is a thing of legend in the Omaha area↑

It’s been called the “true original American music form,” but the Blues has become a widespread and variant music form over the years.  Its humble beginnings in the rural south’s agricultural fields spread north to the industrialized cities and west to the prairies.  Today it incorporates the sounds of Country, Rock, Jazz and Funk.

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Jennifer and Natalie Shattuck top left. James Flynn & Dave Lindall bottom left: both serious blues lovers

Denny MC for the St Louis Blues Festival since it's beginning. bottom right. Blues loving robin top right

denny and Minard young blues lover

Minard and Denny promote guitar raffle ↑

Young blues enthusiasts ↑ Blues Tuesday↓

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Official Notice, the 2019 St Louis Blues Festival will NOT take place.
After long consideration of other events being held and affecting attendance in 2018, it has been decided to cancel this festival for a year to evaluate and look at other options of date, location and most importantly value of this event.

The festival organizers send out a huge thank you to all of our sponsors that have made this a reality, year after year. We have tried to bring in quality musical talent and I believe we have been successful in that regard.
The festival has been fully supported by the City of St Louis, we thank you for your partnership during the last 12 years.
This event requires a lot of of hard work, (nothing we are afraid of), and wouldn't have been possible without our friends and volunteers stepping up big to pitch in, that is a debt that can not be repaid.
We would also like to thank the media sources that have helped to advertise and get the word out to the public.
The festival organizers at the Gem Theater thanks everyone for your support and will continue in our best efforts of "Keeping The Blues Alive"