Springing The Blues
Springing The Blues

SearchAmelia touched on the Springing the Blues Festival about a month ago in preparation of this annual event. The artists are scheduled, side activities are in place and here is more information to prepare you for this fabulous Jacksonville Beach, FREE concert event!

George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival FACT SHEET

The Festival

    -The George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival will be held April 9-11 at the Jacksonville Beach SeaWalk Pavilion. This marks the 20th year for the free festival.
    -In honor of the festival’s 20th anniversary, The Beaches Historical Museum will present a new exhibit called “20 years of Blues at the Beach – a retrospective of Springing the Blues Festival.” Mitch Kaufmann is the curator of the exhibit.
    -Springing the Blues is anti-recession proof! The festival is free. And this year, prices for food and beverages are lower.
    -2010 marks the 13th year David Lee, owner of DLB Design, has designed the festival poster. Only 100 posters will be printed this year. Posters are available for purchase at the festival and at Sweet Magnolias Framing, 8250 Arlington Expressway.
    -Named by The Florida Times-Union as one of the top 10 events for 2010 (The Florida Times-Union, January 1, 2010).

The Tunes

    -The 20th annual festival once again presents an eclectic mix of blues, with seasoned and emerging artists. In fact, this line up features two teen-age artists – Conrad Oberg and Skinny Legs and All. They may be young in age, but extraordinary in talent!
    -One local band will earn a slot in the lineup by winning the George’s Music Featured Artist competition.

Premium Seating
-Although the festival is free, premium seating is available for fans who want an enhanced concert experience. Premium seating provides armchair seats near the stage, food and beverage bar and private portable bathrooms. Prices for premium seating are: $50 for a three-day pass, $10 for Friday only, $30 for Saturday only and $20 for Sunday only.
-Premium seating wristbands can be purchased only at George’s Music Stores and at www.springingtheblues.com. You can pick up your wristbands at Will Call, located at the entrance to the premium seating area, on the west side of the main stage. Will Call opens at 2:30 on Friday, and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“Outerfest” Activities
Festival sporting events include:
-7th Annual Surfing the Blues Spring Surf Fest, 9:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Jacksonville Beach pier. Five divisions. For more information: www.floridasurfing.org.
-Performance Running the Blues 5K Run/2.5K Walk, Saturday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. at the Red Cross Lifesaving Station in Jacksonville Beach. For more information: www.performancemultisports.com or call (905) 285-1552.
-This year, Blues in the Schools, an educational program that brings the history and performances of the blues to local schools will feature Mary Hurt-Wright, granddaughter of bluesman Mississippi John Hurt, along with Tamara Grigsby and Andy Burke of the local musical group, Willie Mae.

2010 George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival Master Schedule

April 9, Friday

Main Stage
5:00 p.m. John Miller Blues
6:00 p.m. Willie Randolph
7:30 p.m. Toots Lorraine and the Traffic
9:00 p.m. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

West Stage
5:00 p.m. Mile Train
6:00 p.m. John Miller Blues
7:30 p.m. Willie Randolph
9:00 p.m. Toots Lorraine and the Traffic

April 10, Saturday

Main Stage
11:45 a.m. Tori Sparks
12:45 p.m. The John Sosebee Band
1:45 p.m. Mile Train
2:45 p.m. Alphonso Sanders & Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry
4:00 p.m. Reba Russell
5:15 p.m. Conrad Oberg
6:15 p.m. John Nemeth
7:30 p.m. Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm
8:45 p.m. Michael Burks

West Stage
1:00 p.m. Tori Sparks
2:00 p.m. The John Sosebee Band
3:00 p.m. Mile Train
4:00 p.m. George’s Music Featured Artist
5:30 p.m. Alphonso Sanders & Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry
7:00 p.m. Conrad Oberg
8:30 p.m. The Reba Russell Band

April 11, Sunday

Main Stage
12:00 p.m. Willie Mae
1:00 p.m. Woody and the Peckers
2:00 p.m. Skinny Legs and All
3:00 p.m. Joanne Shaw Taylor
4:00 p.m. Shane Dwight
5:00 p.m. Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
6:15 p.m. Magic Slim & the Teardrops

West Stage
12:00 p.m. Skinny Legs and All
1:30 p.m. Willie Mae
3:00 p.m. Willie Green’s Blues Project
4:15 p.m. Joanne Shaw Taylor
5:30 p.m. Shane Dwight

Remember, do not bring coolers, tents, umbrellas, pets, or video cameras to the festival; you will be asked to remove them. For answers to more of their frequently asked questions visit their FAQ page.