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The 2018 festival took place Friday – Saturday, September 21-22 at the corner of Grand River and Turner Street. It started initially in 1994 featuring such renowned bands as Kid Rock, Marcy Playground, Duncan Sheik and Nineteen Wheels, plus local showstoppers like Powerface, Knee Deep Shag, The Lash, and The Weep.

In 2002 the festival dates moved from October to September, and the name changed to Old Town BluesFest. In its early years, the festival brought out 2,000-3000 people. That has grown to over 5,000 people from across Michigan and nearby states, coming to what is now named Michigan BluesFest.

bill malone

root doctor band

Root Doctor, born in the fertile Lansing Michigan music community, had its humble beginnings in the open mic scene of the late 1980s. The deeply rooted, soulful connection shared by founding members Freddie Cunningham (lead vocals) and James Williams (bass guitar & vocals) anchors the band’s sound. Root Doctor has kept one thing constantly over the years: a powerful soul-blues sound with precious few peers.

jam session

Mike Epsys son

Jam Session at the UrbanBeat Event Center

stan budzynski

ron bretz

larry mcCray

stan budzynski and 3 degree band

Stan Budzynski & 3rd Degree is one of the most recognizable names in Lansing’s blues music scene. The Band features premier slide guitarist Stan Budzynski, bassist Ron Bretz, drummer Rick Alicea, and keyboardist Roger Little. In 2005 and in 2009 Stan Budzynski & 3rd Degree won the Capital Area Blues Society’s annual Blues Brawl. The recent addition of vocalist Catherine Groll brings a fresh element of energy, new harmonies, and a variety of electrifying material.

Stan Budzynski & 3rd Degree 2018 Band includes:

Stan Budzynski (Guitar, Vocals) Ron Bretz (Bass, Vocals) Rick Alicea (Drums Vocals) Roger Little (Keyboard, Vocals) Catherine Groll (Vocals) with special guest Larry McCray on vocals and guitar.

Daedalian Lowry, WLNZ and BluesFest Emcee, Capital Area Blues Society Tee Shirt, and WKAR Technician.

Dancer , Eliza Neals, and sax musician for Root Doctor.
The End of Another Blues Festival