It’s Time for the 2021 New York State Blues Festival!


The New York State Blues Festival is one of the largest FREE blues events in the Northeast. This annual 3 day musical celebration, showcases a collection of regional and national artists from multiple genres, all with roots steeped in tradition and vision, and arranges them for a continuous river of music.

The mission of the NYS Blues Festival is to preserve, protect and promote blues music and culture. The Syracuse, NY festival entertains while educating on the role of the blues in the development of popular music in the US and around the world.

 

Thursday June 24, 2021 – ProAct Main Stage at Chevy Court

Gabe Stillman Band

Gabe Stillman Band

Thursday / 5:00pm

The Gabe Stillman Band is a three-piece machine that runs at full tilt for every performance. While their sound is unmistakably rooted in the blues, the band draws from the deep well of all American roots music. (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-gabe-stillman-band/

Robert Randolph & The Family Band​

Robert Randolph & The Family Band​

Thursday / 7:00pm

Robert Randolph took a step outside when it was time to record his new album, Brighter Days, choosing to work with producer Dave Cobb. Cobb is best known for his work with new country stars like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-robert-randolph/

 

Friday June 25, 2021 – ProAct Main Stage at Chevy Court

Hot Dogs & Gin

Hot Dogs & Gin

Friday / 4:00pm

Established in 2015, Hot Dogs & Gin is a dynamic classic rock & blues cover band from Endicott, NY. 12 year-old lead guitarist Eamonn Hubert is a seasoned performer and accomplished multi-instrumentalist whose chops netted him a Broadway tour role at 10.

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-hot-dogs-and-gin/

 

Jane Zell and the Zelltones

Jane Zell and the Zelltones

Friday / 5:00pm

Upstate New York based band and local favorite, Jane Zell and the Zelltones roll blues, swing, swamp and funk into a potent groove. Zell’s willful vocals and expressive guitar alongside Curtis Waterman’s blazing blues harp are driven by a solid rhythm section to create… (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-profile-jane-zell/

 

Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers

Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers

Friday / 6:00pm

Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers have completed two European Tours, leaving fans screaming, chanting, stomping for more and demanding as many as five encores! Known for his “Rockin’ Slide Guitar Blues,” Ray Fuller has headlined blues festivals and major blues venues… (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-ray-fuller-and-the-bluesrockers/

 

Vanessa Collier

Vanessa Collier

Friday / 7:30pm

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa Collier and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-vanessa-collier/

 

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Friday / 9:00pm

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-the-fabulous-thunderbirds/

 

Saturday June 26, 2021 – ProAct Main Stage at Chevy Court

 

Ryan Holweger

 

Saturday / 1:30, 2:45pm

Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Holweger relocated to Syracuse in the fall 2019 after nearly twenty years in Minneapolis. After more than a decade of fronting alt-country bands in the Twin Cities, Ryan released his first solo record, Gunmetal Sky, in 2018… (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-ryan-holweger/

Diana Jacobs Blues Band

 

Saturday / 2:00pm

With her 2019 solo album, What She Needs, Diana Jacobs serves up a vibey blend of blues and jazz-inspired originals. She worked with some of the finest musicians in the CNY area on this project. They wrote together, arranged together, and recorded together. (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-diana-jacobs/

Miller and The Other Sinners

Saturday / 3:05pm

Miller and The Other Sinners is a nationally touring Southern Soul band from Buffalo, NY, bringing a blend of gut bucket delta grit, memphis soul, gospel spirit and funky rhythm and blues. Think Tedeschi Trucks Band meets Chris Stapleton with a side of funky jam band.  (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-miller-and-the-other-sinners/

Mark Nanni

Mark Nanni

Saturday / 4:10, 5:40pm

Mark Nanni has been playing music for a living based out of Central New York for 25 years as a professional keyboardist for many bands on piano, organ and accordion; live and in the studio. He is a multi-SAMMY’s, (Syracuse Area Music Awards) winner, including a handful with the band Los Blancos, of which he was a member for 20 years. (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-mark-nanni/

 

The Ripcords

Saturday / 4:30pm

The Ripcords can be heard most weekends in CNY rippin’ through Roots, Rock-a-Billy, Country, Blues, Swing, and music influenced by both New Orleans, Bakersfield and more. The Ripcords have performed across the northeast to crowds in New York City and Boston as well as their home in Central New York. (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-the-ripcords/

 

Ghost Town Blues Band

Saturday / 6:00pm

Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival scene today.” (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-ghost-town-blues-band/

 

Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland

Saturday / 7:30pm

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time. (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-carolyn-wonderland/

 

Colin Aberdeen & Max Eyle

 

Saturday / 7:10, 8:40pm

Max and Colin often break beyond the blues format and performing material not often attempted by duo performers, particularly on the harmonica. For the last two years, they were selected to open the show for the New York State Blues Festival fundraiser… (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-colin-aberdeen-and-max-eyle/

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe

Saturday / 9:00pm

Larkin Poe is comprised of Nashville-based sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, who named the band after their great-great-great-grandfather, a distant cousin of writer Edgar Allan Poe. Steeped in the traditions of Southern roots music, the Atlanta-born sister duo self-produced and released their fourth album Venom & Faith… (Read more)

https://www.nysbluesfest.com/artist-profile-larkin-poe/