32nd Annual Carolina Blues Festival 2018

Arts and Entertainment

May 18, 2018

From: Carolina Blues Festival

The Carolina Blues Festival will have international, national, regional, and local blues acts on the docket for a weekend of blues, rain or shine!  We are partnering this year with Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival and Second Harvest Food Bank to shed light on literacy and Hunger in our Communities. The literary festival is May 18 to 20 in downtown venues, including the Greensboro Cultural Center, Central Library and Greensboro History Museum that surround LeBauer Park. Second Harvest will set up food donation sites in our PBPS Blues and Foods Marketplace, which will be on Davie Street and is Free and Open to the Public.

Festival Concert:
Saturday, Doors 2pm/ Music 3pm-9pm (PAID ADMISSION)
Sunday: Noon to 5pm (FREE)

Crafts & Foods Market: Noon-10pm Saturday, Noon-5pm Sunday (FREE TO THE PUBLIC BOTH DAYS!)

Tickets for the Carolina Blues Festival are on-sale now, Advance tickets are just $20,

Saturday’s Blues Festival Line Up

Nikki Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release ‘Heavy Hearts Hard Fists’ and debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’, released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.

Gary Hoey has just been on tour with Eric Gales and Lance Lopez in Europe. In addition to touring as a headline act, Hoey has toured and traded licks with Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple, and Lita Ford. Hoey supported Jeff Beck on the US leg of his Spring 2010 tour. Hoey played on and co-wrote a few songs on Lita Ford’s albumd album in 2012, as well as toured with her in support of that album.

Lakota John is an old soul with a love for the blues. “Pembroke’s Lakota John Locklear is a prodigious blues guitarist of Lumbee and Lakota lineage–Indy Week”.  From Robeson County, North Carolina and born in 1997,  John Lakota Locklear is no stranger to music. This Native American bottleneck slide player (Lumbee/Oglala Lakota) grew up listening to his dad’s music library.  At 7 years old, he picked up one of his Dad’s old harmonicas and at age 9, his first guitar.  This lefty learned to play guitar in standard tuning and was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar.  At age 10, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and he has been sliding over the frets ever since.  Lakota John started performing in 2009 and has repeated performances at the NC Museum of History; The PineCone Music Series; Shakori Hills Music Festival; the North Carolina Indian Heritage Celebration; River People Culture and Music Festival and Southern Pines Blues Crawl.

North Carolina based Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band are a regional favorite, playing over 250 dates a year through out NC, SC, TN, & VA. Their brand of high energy brings a charismatic mix of Blues, Funk, & Beach music, guarantees a foot tapping, crowd pleasing good time.

Please join us at the PBPS Blues & Foods Marketplace at the Carolina Blues Festival on May 19th and 20th, 2018, as we take over Davie Street for a Food Truck and Arts & Crafts Vendor Round Up.

The PBPS Crafts & Food Market is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Food and craft have always been a part of Blues culture in America and around the world. The PBPS wants to celebrate the culinary legacy of the Blues and support our regional food entrepreneurs.  Crafts people of all sorts will also be on hand to sell their jewelry, cigar-box guitars, clothing, weavings, and all sorts of great things!

Inside the adjacent LeBauer Park festival area, we’ll hold the Carolina Blues Festival Concert (paid event) on Saturday with live blues by some of the hottest acts on the docket.  On Sunday, we’ll continue the music with some more hot acts from Noon to 5pm for FREE! Attendees of the Festival will be able step out of the Festival grounds to shop the craft market, get some delicious food from one of the many food trucks and return to enjoy the amazing Blues line up we will have!

To help us achieve a laid-back, hassle-free atmosphere at the Carolina Blues Festival, here are a few basics:
- The Carolina Blues Festival will be held at our newest facility, LeBauer Park, in Downtown Greensboro
- Please do bring lawn chairs, folding chairs, blankets or beach towels
- Flash photography is allowed.

Date: May 19, 2018

Cost: Early Bird General Admission $21

LeBauer Park,
208 N Davie Street,
Greensboro, NC 27395.

Click here for more information