The Ann Arbor Blues Festival has announced its lineup for the 49th anniversary of the show.
Taking place from Friday, Aug. 17 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 18 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. For the first year, the blues festival will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.
The lineup this year includes: Shemekia Copeland, Ana Popovic, Benny Turner, The Bob Margolin Trio, Janiva Magness, Carolyn Wonderland, John Sinclair and the Blues Scholars with special guest Don Was, Sue Foley, Scott Sharrard, Larry McCray, Pete Anderson, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Nora Jean Bruso, and Jake Kershaw.
“We’re incredibly excited about our lineup,” said James Partridge, Executive Producer of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival. “Since 1969, when Ann Arbor held the world’s first electric Blues Festival, we’ve built a reputation for bringing the best musicians to Ann Arbor, and this year is no different.
One of the goals of the festival is to honor its old roots while bridging musical generations.
This year, the festival will introduce 17-year-old Jake Kershaw from Albion, Mich. Kershaw is a guitar prodigy who has already performed with blues legends like Tab Benoit, Larry McCray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Another nod to the Festival’s rich legacy is the inclusion of John Sinclair and the Blues Scholars, and their guest, Don Was.