This is the ninth year Steve Simon has organized the event. He is a longtime island resident with a huge talent and love for music. It's Simon who also, for years, hosted Sunday afternoon jam sessions at the Beach Bar.
This year's edition of the Blues Festival, sponsored by Johnnie Walker, is bigger than ever with not just one, but TWO, big concerts at the Coral Bay ball field, Friday and Saturday nights. (Ticket information is here.)
Friday night's lineup includes Grady Champion, Candye Kane, and Albert Cummings. Saturday's presents Moreland & Arbuckle, Reba Russell, Curtis Salgado (pictured) and The Big Band.
"All of the acts are off the charts. These are the best voices in the blues," he added. Simon especially looks forward to Salgado's set. "Wait until you see the horn section and the lady backup singers, too. They are just killer!," Simon said. "I always book my heroes (for these concerts," Simon told the St. John Sun Times.
But before the big shows on the weekend, four of the island's restaurants – in Coral Bay and Cruz Bay – will be hosting many blues musicians. Here's the lineup for those no cost events:
Wednesday, Opening Party
Starring: Mitch Woods & The Rocket 88's
Starring: Live Blues music all evening
Island Blues, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Starring: James Cobb
Shipwreck Landing, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Starring: Dave Gerard & Groove Thang
Starring: Mojones Red Hot Rockn' Blues
The Beach Bar, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Dave Gerard & Groove Thang
Starring: Jimmi "Prime Time" Smith
Island Blues, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Starring: Mitch Woods
Starring: Surprise Celebrity Blues Artists