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Ann Arbor Blues Festival to run Aug. 17 - 19 at Washtenaw Fairgrounds

Posted at 5:26 AM, Aug 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 13:05:14-04

The 2018 Ann Arbor Blues Festival will celebrate its 49th anniversary this weekend!

The music and fun begins August 17 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds located on 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the show is set to start at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, August 19th, the fest will continue at the Blind Pig on 208 1st St. in Ann Arbor. 

Check out the line-up for the festival: 


Friday, August 17, 2018 (Gates Open at 5:00 pm; Show at 6:00 pm)

Shemekia Copeland

Benny Turner

Carolyn Wonderland

The Bob Margolin Trio


Saturday, August 18, 2018 (Gates Open at 11:00 am; Show at 12:00 pm)

Ana Popovic

Janiva Magness

Scott Sharrard

Sue Foley

Larry McCray

Pete Anderson

Nora Jean Bruso

John Sinclair and the Blues Scholars with special guest Don Was

Jake Kershaw


Sunday afternoon August 19th at the Blind Pig

 Dany Franchi

Kara Grainger

Erin Coburn

Tosha Owens


The event is widely recognized as the first "electric" blues festival in North America. Classic musicians like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Al Green and Etta James are just a few who have graced the stage in the past. 

For more information, visit the festival's website.