The Illinois Blues Festival has been a staple end-of-summer event at Peoria’s beautiful Riverfront Festival Park for 27 years. Now in it’s 28th year, the event is becoming the PEORIA BLUES & HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL. Much like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates all things music & it’s home city, so shall we every Labor Day Weekend. Festival-goers will bask in the glow of the sun on the beautiful downtown Peoria Riverfront while they enjoy a world-class line-up of artists from blues, roots, funk, soul and everything in between. Help us bring downtown to life as the event stretches off the waterfront into bars, venue and businesses through after hours events, late night club shows and much more! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more announcements!
THANKS TO ALL THE AMAZING MUSICIANS, OUR SPONSORS AND ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING OUR FESTIVAL DOWNSTATE ILLINOIS’ FAVORITE Blues & Heritage Music Festival! WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ON THE PEORIA RIVERFRONT ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN 2016.
2 DAYS OF SUN-SATIONAL BLUES & ROOTS!Featuring
Three stages of entertainment
Plus Musician Workshops , Blues
Alley featuring artists & merchandise vendors, Blues Foods
from BBQ & Cajun to hamburgers, hotdogs, Brats & Beers!
Considered one of the top blues festivals in the Midwest, the Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival comprises two days of internationally known Blues artists and workshops and is produced by Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment, www.jaytv.com, with proceeds going to the Illinois Blues Coalition.
ROAD TO MEMPHIS
The Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival is the official host for the "ROAD TO MEMPHIS" which is the official competition leading to the Blues Foundation's world famous INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE. Sponsored by the River City Blues Society, this is an opportunity for unsigned Illinois bands to compete for entry into the IBC with expenses paid by the River City Blues Society with help from a funding grant from the Illinois Blues Coalition. You'll be able to see all these bands and more compete at the 2016 Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival. The Illinois Blues Coalition supports Blues Societies, Blues Music Entertainers and Blues Music Education by offering grants and scholarships to help fund projects which preserve and promote the history and future of blues music. The objective of the Illinois Blues Coalition is to promote the art form of blues-related music by performance, by interpretation, by preservation and by enhancement of appreciation through knowledge and education.
A popular addition to our festival is "Blues Lessons" featuring musician workshops and history of the blues educational seminars. Peoria has a long blues tradition and has always been a major influence in blues music. It began in the days when the blues masters would travel from Chicago, floating down the Illinois River to St. Louis, and then on to New Orleans. Peoria was, and still is, the place to stop! Even the blues men and women knew the famous cliche, Will It Play In Peoria??
The beautiful Peoria Riverfront, Peoria Illinois! Be there!
An event produced by Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment in conjunction with the Illinois Blues Coalition
One of the new and exciting new features this year is in our Food Alley. Since our 24th annual Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival has been held every year right next to the Illinois river we felt what a better to celebrate but with the Great American Fish Fry; Blues Style! We will be adding our Fish Fry, with some of the great traditional fish fry dishes; Fish Tacos, Walleye and of course the staple of a great Fish Fry, Fish N' Chips. Come on down and enjoy our new Fish Fry, we'll supply the Tarter sauce!