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San Diego Blues Festival Brings The Blues Back To The Bay

Above: San Diego-duo Chris James and Patrick Rynn.
Nena Anderson
Above: San Diego-duo Chris James and Patrick Rynn.

It seems fitting that following last weekend’s 6th Annual Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival, which featured top jazz artists from around the country, now comes the San Diego Blues Festival featuring ten standout acts on two stages. The day long festival takes place this Saturday, September 17 at Embarcadero Marina Park North and is sure to attract blues lovers and local music aficionados alike.

The festival is presented by and will benefit the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Originally launched in 1998, the annual festival was held for six years until financial issues closed it down. This year’s revival could give the festival new staying power. The featured line-up ranges from local bottleneck-guitarist Robin Henkel to Buddy Guy-approved Café R&B to Grammy Award winner and former Muddy Waters harmonica player James “Superharp” Cotton. Why not check out this exciting festival of Blues on the bay, while giving back to the community? Hopefully this year’s revival of the blues festival will make it an annual mainstay in San Diego.



10:00 am- Up close and personal with Robin Henkel Outside the front gate

11:00 am- Mercedes Moore Band

11:40 am- The Red Lotus Revue

12:20 pm- Tracy Nelson

1:20 pm- Lightnin’ Malcolm and Cameron Kimbrough


2:30 pm- Café R&B

3:30 pm- Chris James and Patrick Rynn

4:30 pm- Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials

5:30 pm- James Cotton

6:30 pm- Tommy Castro Band

Saturday, September 17, 11am-8pm. Embarcadero Marina Park North (foot of Marina parkway, downtown). Gates open at 10:30 am. Tickets are $10 plus two cans of food. Kids under 12 admitted for free with a paying adult. V.I.P. tickets for $75. For more information visit

James Cotton Superharp