Lansing’s Old Town BluesFest Announces Lineup
LANSING - The Old Town BluesFest will be bringing an exciting lineup of live blues acts from around Michigan and the U.S. to Lansing’s Old Town neighborhood at the corner of Turner Street and Grand River Avenue Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21.
“Old Town’s turnaround over the last several decades has been unprecedented, and the blues has been an integral part of that,” said Terry Terry, Co-Founder and President of the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA). “BluesFest’s live acts are participating in living history, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to Old Town this fall.”
Since the 1980s, development in Old Town has been driven by festivals, galleries, and creativity - in fact, over the last three decades Old Town has attracted the highest concentration of creative service businesses in the state. That theme will continue at the 2012 BluesFest, as each performer is asked to play an original composition, one that has never been played at any other festival.
This year’s headlining acts include local group Jimmy G & the Capitols, who will be joined for their final Friday set by Grammy-nominated singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia. Saturday’s headliner will be Chicago’s talented and charismatic Big LLou and the BluesVille Revue.
BluesFest will also be offering kids’ activities in the KidzBeat area, near the MICA Stage from 1 to 7 Saturday. KidzBeat will include a pasta art project, free face painting, hands-on music-making experiences and a “Build Your Own Broad” activity presented by the Broad Art Museum.
Old Town BluesFest continues to grow thanks to the dedicated contributions of its sponsors and the festival committee, all of whom are volunteers. BluesFest is still accepting volunteers and sponsors. Visit the Facebook page here.
Old Town BluesFest is a free community music festival produced annually by the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for community development through quality arts programming. Grants, donations, sponsorships and other revenues support art and artists. See www.oldtownbluesfest.com or call 517-371-4600 for more information.