The world's first electric blues festival was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan in August 1969. That's when a small group of University of Michigan students gathered what may have been the greatest lineup of blues musicians who ever lived for a 3-day celebration of Chicago-style blues.
Recognizing that the approaching 50th anniversary of the mother of all blues festivals could not go unheralded, a small group of blues enthusiasts began the process of recreating and re-energizing the spirit of those early blues festivals. Along the way, they've invited a new generation of up-and-coming blues musicians to share the stage with the world's legends, some of whom were present at the iconic festivals of the 1960s and 1970s.
By design, the 2017 festival was small - a single day. But by every measure, it was a huge success. Building on that momentum, the 2018 festival expanded to a 2-day event and 2019's 50th anniversary will be a celebration remembered well into the next century.