Amelia Island is gearing up for a magnificent blues festival and end of summer celebration on main beach on Sept 16 and 17.
As we are moving into top speed gear with the Festival just one month out, here are some very important updates:
The Amelia Island Blues Festival committee encourages everyone to have a wonderful musical experience at our inaugural event. A few tips about what to expect might make the event more memorable and help us to get this new tradition off to a good start. To that extent we encourage you to read the Blues Etiquette and Festival Strategy.
Tickets are on Sale
Tickets are now available at a selection of Ticket OUTLETS around the Island, in Yulee and in St.Marys. Here is the listing of current outlets:
• Amelia Hampton Inn at the Beach
• Amelia Hotel at the Beach
• Amelia Liquors next to Publix
• Amelia Liquors next to Harris Teeter
• Books Plus on Centre Street
• Club 14 on 14th Street
• Club 14 in the Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza, Yulee
• Fast Signs on 14th St. near Sadler
• Jerry Lee’s Music Emporium in St.Marys, GA
• Murray’s Grille on A1A in Yulee
• Prosperity Bank on Sadler across from Starbuck’s
• Red Otter Outfitters on Atlantic Ave
• Red Otter Outfitters at the OMNI Amelia Island Plantation
• Savage Stone – Retail Therapy on 8th Street
• Sonny’s BBQ
• The Palace Saloon on Centre St.
• Sunoco Gas Station and Deli (former Smile) on Sadler
Tickets in advance of the festival are $15 per day and $25 for Two Day Passes and can also be purchased online at the following link. Tickets at the Gate during the Festival will be $25 and $35, and organizers urge you to buy now, in order to avoid long lines during the festival.
The Festival Grounds
Besides 14 magnificent Blues Performances over the two day event, the Festival Grounds will be home to a selection of exciting vendors, children’s playground, eateries and yes…there will be Beer and Wine and several tents and a smaller stage for shade and local entertainment.
The Festival Committee is thankful for the many local sponsors that have come out to support this latest of Island Festivals, slated to become an annual cornerstone of Amelia Island’s attraction.
Blues in town
Prior to the festival there are several more opportunities to enjoy good blues music starting with a Blues Jam this coming Thursday at Café Karibo at 6:30pm. SearchAmelia.com, which has been running a Blues-a-Ton on its website, collecting several hundred entries for a prize drawing for Two VIP Passes,is going to use this occasion to draw the prize winners during the Blues Jam. Even though presence is not required to win, it would be nice to come out and support the cause. Who knows, we may throw in a T-shirt or two and some other goodies?
Sounds on Centre in September will feature the Beech Street Blues Band, which started out as a trio playing the local music scene last November, but has now expanded to a five piece Blues band of superb quality. With TV and Radio (and some impressarios) committed to attend the Festival, they may just turn out to become the big new talent surprise of the year.
Pick up a copy of the August issue of the Amelia Islander, and yes even though the cover is mostly green, there is a lot of Blues inside with an 8 page insert exposing the entire Festival Program, line-up, times and much more. The Newsleader is gracefully supporting the Festival with weekly coverage and our posters are hanging all over town in large numbers. If any business or organization needs or wants posters to hang on their information or bulletin boards, just drop a quick comment on the Blues Festival Website and it will be taken care of immediately.
Blues Whiz Kid Conrad Oberg is preparing for his Blues in School combo opening act with some of the music students at the Fernandina Beach High School, as well as a Tribute to Pinetop Perkins, who was contracted as a headliner with Willy “Big Eyes” Smith, before sadly passing away at age 97 earlier this year.
All the contracted performers are pushing the Blues Festival via their Facebook pages and overall excitement is growing for this inaugural Celebration of Roots Music at the beach.
The more I listen to Albert Castiglia, the more I hear one of my Gods, Van Morrison. Castiglia is maturing into a massive Blues force with four great albums under his belt. Click on the mp3 while reading the rest of this story to listen to his “Hurricane Blues”.
The David Gerald Band from Detroit has been ready to crack open the Southeast and the rest of the Nation with David’s magnificent BB King style voice and guitar work. In his neck of the woods, Motown-Motor City, he’s the leading blues man, and personally I can’t wait to catch him on stage. I have watched all of his youTube videos and as they say: The Boy Can Play!
For more details on the Line Up Acts go to ameliaislandbluesfest.com and click on the Line Up and then GET YOUR TICKETS.