2018 Riverfront Blues Festival Lineup Announced


Wilmington’s summer of music and cultural festivals continues with an announcement today about the Riverfront Blues Festival to be held in early August. Mayor Mike Purzycki and Acting City Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz today joined with the Diamond State Blues Society to announce schedule of performances for the ever-popular Blues Festival.

This year’s Riverfront Blues Festival will once again take place in Tubman-Garrett Park on Wilmington’s Christina Riverfront. It will start on Friday, August 3 and run through Sunday, August 5, with performances beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Noon on Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Mayor and Tina Betz today thanked the Diamond State Blues Society for its long-time relationship with the City in managing and presenting the festival which is now in its 21st year.

The schedule of performances for the blues festival is listed below and is also available at: www.riverfrontbluesfestde.com. Tickets are available now for purchase at www.riverfrontbluesfestde.com/tickets. Additional artists will be announced soon.

Friday, August 3
5 p.m. – Vanessa Collier
6:45 p.m. – Tutu Jones
8:30 p.m. – Samantha Fish

Saturday, August 4
Noon – Future of the Blues, featuring Jeffrey Attakorah; Anna Mclaughlin; Jon Hay & Zach Lees
1:30 p.m. – Backtrack Blues Band
3:15 p.m. – Robert Kimbrough, Sr.
5 p.m. – Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers
6:45 p.m. – Johnny Sansone
8:30 p.m. – Bernard Allison

Sunday, August 5
12:30 p.m. – Zac Harmon
2:30 p.m. – Jon Cleary
4:30 p.m. – Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers

Friday, August 3
Nothin But Trouble
Other acts are being booked

Saturday, August 4
Venom Blues
Judy Sings the Blues
Other acts are being booked

Sunday, August 5
2 p.m. – Gary Allegretto
4 p.m. – Gary Allegretto

Diamond State Blues Society
The Diamond State Blues Society was formed in 1997 and is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Blues music in Delaware. In addition to curating the lineup for the annual Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington each summer, the not-for-profit Society supports local blues artists and brings national acts to the Diamond State with the objective of fostering an appreciation of this uniquely American genre rooted in African musical traditions.

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