The Central Valley Blues Society
California Blues Festivals 2002

Updated November 18, 2002

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2002 Archive
November 15 - 17 2nd Annual Paso Robles Inn
Blues Festival
Info  (800) 676-1713
Paso Robles
Terry Hiatt, Mick Martin and his Blues Rockers and Red Beans & Rice
October 13 Bluesapalooza Festival
The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Janiva Magness Band, Mitch Kashmar & the Pontiax, Ball and Sultan, R.J. Mischo, San Pedro Slim, Nathan James, Just Dave and the New Family, Nick Curran & the Nightlights, Pork Chop Tom and Nighttrain, Karen Tyler, Lynwood Slim, David Leon & Lil' Jugs, Film at 11, Fog, Ray Brooks, The Federales, Blues for Kids
October 12 - 13 Central Valley Blues Festival
Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, Kid Ramos with Lynwood Slim, Kenny "Blue" Ray with Jackie Payne, Joanna Connor, Michael Burks,
Loose Gravel Blues Band, Mofo Party Band

September 28-29
11:00 am-6:00 pm

San Francisco Blues Festival
San Francisco
September 28
Robert Cray Band, Howard Tate, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Jody Williams, Otis Taylor, Toni Lynn Washington, Revered Rabia & Virgil Thrasher, MoFo Party Band
September 29
Steve Miller's Chicago Blues Reunion with Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Barry Goldberg, Harvey Mandel, Nick Gravenites, Marcy Levy, Otis Rush, James Cotton Blues Band, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Big Time Sarah, Steve Freund Blues Band, Stars of Glory
September 28 Sutter Creek
Blues & Brew Fest 2002
Minnie Provis Park, Sutter Creek
Mark Hummel, Blues Exciters, Red Archibald & the Internationals
September 28 Bowlful of Blues
Lake Casitas, Ojai
Devon Geyer Blues Band, Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, Leslie Lembo, Fresh Anointing, Jackie Lomax, Lil' Brian & the Zydeco Travelers, Terry Hanck Band (with Rand Chortkoff & Zack Zunis opening the set), Kenny Neal, Big Jay McNeely

September 14 - 15
11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Vallejo Blues & Heritage Festival
September 14:
Sonny Rhodes, Beverly Watson, Carl Good Rockin Robinson & Lil Frances, Red Archibald & the Internationals, Billy Dunn & Blues Review, Caravan of All Stars with James Brown Jr., Henry & Willie G, Black Diamond Blues Band, Oakland Silvertones
September 15:
Alvon, Frankie Lee, Ella Pennewell, Little Willie John Jr., Michael John & the Bottom Line, Caravan of All Stars with Wylie Trass, Teddy "Blues Master" Watson, Stars of Glory, Headliner to be announced
September 14 11th Annual Blues by the River
Canned Heat, Lloyd Jones, Annie Sampson, The Blues Exciters, Rolling Blackouts Blues Revue, Boys Night Out, Soul Syndicate
September 14
12:30 pm-7:00 pm
Delta Blues Festival
Reverend Ravia with Virgil Thrasher, The Delta Dogs, Craig Horton, Shane Dwight Band, Johnny Nitro and an All-Star Bay Area Blues Revue.
September 7 Musick Mountain Blues Festival
Shaver Lake
Corby Yates, Wendy DeWitt & Blue Saloon, Deja Blues, Mofo Party Band
September 1
12 pm-10:00 pm
Brownsville Blues Festival
Info  (530) 675-0195
Ponderosa Park Amphitheater
Ron Thompson & the Resistors, Backyard Blues Band, Will Williams Blues Revue, Levi Lloyd & the 501 Band, Mofo Party Band
September 1
12:30 pm - 12:30 am
3rd Annual Inland Empire
Blues Festival
Greg Serrato, Nelson Adelard Band, Reno Jones Band, Bill Lordan Experiment, Don Haney Band, Earl Seratte & the Blues Kings, Hard Tymz, Gem Tones, Bud Jones Band
August 31 - September 1

Long Beach Blues Festival
Long Beach

August 31:
Robert Cray, The Ohio Players, Ben E. King, Otis Rush, Arthur Adams, Jeff Healey
September 1:
Etta James, Dr. John, Ike Turner, Tyrone Davis, Roy Gaines, Arthur Adams, Mable John
August 24
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Blues on the Bay
Newport Beach
Lee McBee & the Passiions, Little Charlie & the NIghtcats, Sean Costello, Catfish Keith, More to be announced
August 10
10:00 am

Fire on the Mountain
Blues Festival
Mother Lode Fairgrounds
Walter Trout & the Free Radicals, Savoy Brown with Kim Simmons, Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout, Sean Costello, Dave Hole, Paul Rishell & Annie Rainesrl Sonny Leyland, MoFo Party Band, More to be announced
August 3
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sonoma County Blues Festival
Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa
Pinetop Perkins & Steve Freund, Terry Evans, Craig Horton Blues Band, Brenda Boykin & Home Cookin', Jackie Payne, Markus James & Mamadou Sibibe
August 2 - 3 7th Annual Mammoth Festival
of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Mammoth Lakes
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Joe Louis Walker & the Bosstalkers, Kid Ramos featuring Lynwood Slim, Steve Pierson & Blues Head, Stefan George
Canceled 10th Annual Big Time
Blues Festival
Gremmig Park, Long Beach
Check back next year
July 20
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Blues Bash 2002
Menghini Winery
Greg Serrato, Mama's Boys, Earl Thomas, Lafayette & the Lease Breakers, Iron Mike Curtis
July 6 - 7
11:00 am-7:00 pm
Hayward-Russell City
Blues Festival
July 6:
Tommy Castro Band; Little Jimmie King; John Primer; David Thompson; Caravan of Allstars featuring Vince Esquire, Wylie Trass, Teddy Watston & Willie G; Zakiya Hooker & Blues 4U
July 7:
Eddie Kirkland, Chocolate Thunder, Phil Guy, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Chris Cain
July 7
1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Marin County
Blues & Roots Festival
San Rafael
Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, Rancho All Stars featuring Angeli Strehli & Mike Duke with special guest Lloyd Price, Waybacks, Flatlanders, Mumbo Gumbo
July 13 Modesto Blues Festival
Tuolomne River Lodge
Tommy Castro Band, Elvin Bishop, Corby Yates, Chris Cain, Greg Serrato, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets with Sam Myers
July 13 - 14
11:00 am-5:30 pm

Blues by the Bay

Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, W.C. Handy Allstars featuring Debbie Davies, Duke Robillard, Billy Boy Arnold, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, Karen Dumont & the Bluelight Special, More to be announced
July 20
12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Wine & Blues at the Bridge
Woodson Bridge County Park
The Hucklebucks, Chico Lenny & his Blues Amigos, Slam Buckra, Barry Hurl's Blues Progression, The Acoustic Blues Trio
July 20 - 21
11:00 am-7:00 pm

9th Annual Siskiyou Blues
& Heritage Festival

July 20:
Stars of Glory, Ron Lovelace, Soul Syndicate, Billie Dunn, Little Willie John, Jr., Ella Pennewell, Andrew Jeffries, Sonny Rhodes
July 21:
Stars of Glory, Saloonatics, James Brown, Jr., Guitar Mac, Teddy "Blues Master" Watson, Wylie Trass, Mighty Sam McClain
June 29 - 30
11:00 am-6:00 pm
Russian River Blues Festival
June 29:
Robert Cray Band, Tommy Castro Band, Coco Montoya, Deborah Coleman, Kenny Neal
June 30:
Bobby "Blue" Bland, W.C. Handy Award All Stars with Joe Louis Walker, Billy Bob Arnold, Maria Muldaur, Duke Robillard, Booker T. Jones, Elvin Bishop Band, Mighty Sam McClain, Myra & the Red Hot Blues Express with SweetHarp Santana
June 21 - 23
Friday 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
June 21:
Roy Gaines, O'Jays, Maria Muldaur, Vintage, Lara Price, Jessie James, Delta Wires, Al James, Gene Washington & Second Cuzins, Bobby Webb
June 22:
Shane Dwight, Kenny Neal, Taj Mahal, Roomful of Blues, Coco Montoya, Trudy Lynn, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Alligator & Bayou Boogie, Natural Four, Craig Horton, Uvon, Big Bill Morganfield, Terry Hanck, Ronnie Beck & Hum Daddy, Kaye Bohler, Beverly Watson, Brenda White & the White Boys, Reno Jones, Guitar Mac, Red Hot Blues Band, Nina Story, Da Mudcats, Jimmie McElroy, The Blues Exciters, J.C. Smith Band, Shane Dwight
June 23:
Starlighters, Sista Monica, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, John Mayall, Endurance, Code Blues, Blue Tones, Spencer Jarrett & the Blues Shakers, Kathleen Cairns & Tattoo Blue, Ms. Taylor P. Collins, Red Beans & Rice, Sista Monica, The Gospel QC's, John Gaar Band, Marvin Holmes, Off the Hook, Nat Bolden, Teeny Tucker, Al Von
June 22
12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Open Sky Music Festival
Big Bear Lake
Deborah Coleman, James Armstrong, Missiles of October, Juke Logan & Doug MacLeod
June 22
11:00 pm-6:00 pm
Blues from Around the County
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Greg Barker & Highway 66 Horns, Pamela Rose, Little Sister & the Bad Intentions, Michael John & the Bottom Line, Zakiya Hooker & Blues 4U, Caravan of All Stars with Wylie Trass, Teddy "Blues Master" Johnson, Willie G, Stars of Glory
June 8
11:00 am-9:00 pm

San Diego Blues Festival
San Diego

Nik Simon Band, Sue Palmer & her Motel Swing Orchestra, Lafayette & the LeaseBreakers, Daryl Johnson, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Steve Copland & Raging Sun, Lucky Peterson, Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm, Tommy Castro Band, North Mississippi All-Stars
June 8
1:00 pm-10:00 pm
Long Beach Chili Cook-Off
Long Beach
Eric Sardinas; 2,000 Lbs. of Blues; Booker T. & the MGs; W.C. Handy Award All Stars with Billy Bob Arnold, Maria Muldaur and Duke Robillard & His Band
June 8
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blues in the Park
Fair Oaks Park
Fair Oaks
Corby Yates, Terry Hanck & the Soul Rockers, Will Derryberry Band, Red Archibald & the Internationals, Aaron King & the Imperials
June 2 Irvine Lake Blues Festival
Coco Montoya, Eric Sardinas, Guitar Shorty, Delgado Brothers, more...
June 1 - 2

Heritage Festival

June 1:
Coco Montoya, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Fillmore Slim, Rev. Rabia & Virgil Thrasher, more...
June 2:
Chris Cain, Roy Carrier & the Night Rockers, more...
June 1

Topanga Canyon Blues Festival
Info  (562) 799-2456
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Topanga Canyon
Brother Yuseff, Melvin Eddy Blues Band, Johnny Tucker Band, Michael John & the Bottom Line, Jimmie "Preacher" Ellis
May 27

8th Annual Free
California Blues Festival
Bandshell, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco
Bobby Webb, Clarence Guitar Sims (Fillmore Slim), Juice Garcia, Emmitt Powell and the Gospel Elites, Bird Leggs, more...
May 26
2:00 pm
Avila Beach Blues Festival
Avila Beach
Bo Diddley, Taj Mahal Trio and Shemekia Copeland
May 25 - 26
11:00 am-7:00 pm

Santa Cruz Blues Festival

May 25:
Dr. John, Shemekia Copeland, Sonny Landreth, Indigenous, The Boneshakers
May 26:
Delbert McClinton, Otis Rush, Tommy Castro Band, Sue Foley, Eric Sardinas
May 25 - 26
12:30 pm-7:00 pm
5th Annual Black Diamond
Blues Festival
Pittsburg, CA
Denise La Salle, Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey Smothers, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Little Milton, Beverly Watson, Henry Clement & the Gumbo Band, Andy Santana & the West Coast Playboys, Killin Floor-So Blue
May 25 - 26
10:00 am-5:00 pm

Red, White and a Little
Blues Festival
May 25:
John "Broadway" Tucker, Sambada,  John Sherrychagua Playboys
May 26:
Red Beans & Rice, Chicano All Stars, Kay Bohler, Terry Hiatt Blues Band
May 18 - 19
10:30 am-9:30 pm
Doheny Blues Festival
Dana Point
May 18:
Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Candy Kane, Charlie Musselwhite, Terrance Simien, The Bluebirds, Brother Yuseef
May 19:
B. B. King, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, The Blue Flames, Junior Brown, Marcia Ball, Roy Rogers, Charlie Musselwhite
May 18
1:00 pm
Three Rivers Blues Festival
Rodeo Arena, Three Rivers
Johnny Nitro & the Doorslammers, Delgado Brothers, Mofo Party Band
May 18
10:00 am
Stockton Blues Festival
Main Street Groove, Daniel Castro, Cathy Lemons & Johnny Ace Blues Band, Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Tommy Castro Band
May 18
1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Rhythm & Brews Festival
Hip Service, The Fundamentals, Superbooty, Rolling Boil Blues Band
May 18
12:00 pm
2nd Annual Native American
Blues Festival
Sobobe Casino, San Jacinto
Keith Secola & "One Dog Barking" with John Densmore, Tracy Nelson & the "Native Blues Band," Micki Free, Greg Serrato, Jim Boyd Band, Redman Blues Band, Arigon Starr
May 18
6:00 pm-11:00 pm
1st Annual Blues Festival
Fat Daddy Blues Band, Hot Taco
Canceled Fender Catalina Island
Blues Festival
Will be back in 2003
May 11
1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Metro Fountain Blues Festival
San Jose State University
Tommy Castro Band, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, E. C. Scott & Smoke, Corby Yates, Mighty Mo Rogers, Cathy Lemons & Johnny Ace Blues Band
April 26 - 28
12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Stockton Asparagus Festival
(Wells Fargo Blues Stage)
April 26:
Hambone, Greg Barker
April 27:
Studebaker Blues Band, Daniel Castro
April 28:
Bay Area Caravan of All Stars, Tabu
February 23 - 24

Blues & Tattoos Festival
Santa Rosa
February 23:
Rockin' Robin & Backbone
February 24: