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Bands booked for 2nd annual Blythe River Blues Festival
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The first annual Blythe River Blues Festival was held May 26, 2012 at Quechan Marina. The festival featured Paul Winer, Blythe's own South Main Street Blues Band, Bernie Pearl Blues Band, 7th Sons with Bill McFadden, Deacon Jones, and Fran Banish. Over 400 came out to enjoy this event on the river. Stay tuned for next year's festival.

Marty Bachman

BLYTHE - Eric Gales will headline the 2nd Annual Blythe River Blues Festival, which is scheduled for May 25, Memorial Day weekend, at Quechan Park. Tickets are $15 and go on sale Monday at the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, 145 N. Spring St., or online at

Joining Gales on the bill will be The Record Company, Junior Watson, and Cadillac Zack. Returning to the Blythe River Blues Festival will be last year's headliner Fran Banish as well as local band South Main Street Blues Band. Boogie-woogie blues pianist Paul Winer of Quartzsite will open the show.

Also performing to blues music between sets will be The Dance Yard's dance hip hop crew, DH2Crew.

The gates open at 9 a.m. and the music begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 1 a.m.

"As great as the show was last year, this time it promises to be 100 times better," said event co-coordinator Mike Evans. "We have an unbelievable lineup of bands from all over the country delivering a variety of blues all day and night."

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Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: cindy sundes

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Its a great time, great music!

Good Luck to the 2nd Annual Blues Festival! I went last year and had a total blast :) ! The music, food and vibes were great last year. Keep up the good work whoever is putting in all the hard work to make it happen. KEEP JAMMIN.

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: dr scott

Hell yes. Was there for the first,, and there wuz problems with the sound system which was TOTAL comedy with fran banish at the wheel. All was GOOD. Hope to see more awesome riffs on the river

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: da bluesman

The wife and I were at the first Annual BRBF, had a great time,we met up with Deacon Jones after the show picked up his new book which he signed for us, looks like the line up for this year will be another great event. Looking forward to going, see you all there.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Blues Fan

It looks like the event coordinators have secured top notch talent. I have seen music festivals grow through out this Country and financial help the towns that host them. Blythe has a unique opportunity for a Blues festival with the strategic location of the river and its jurisdictional surroundings. Blythe still might have a chance to prosper. Good Luck Blythe Blues Festival Committee!

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Laughlin Guy

This is going to be fun! I hope the turn out is good.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Albert Albanez

Right On. I'm a Tommy Farage fan.

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