Blues fans in Connecticut and Rhode Island will have reason to celebrate when Mystic kicks off their first Blues Festival, one that organizers hope to make an annual event.
The festival runs the last weekend of June, 28-30, and consists of three ticketed venues plus a slew of smaller participating venues hosting free music.
Friday kicks off at the Mystic Shipyard, with a headlining performance from Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Fame inductee James Cotton. Jim Weider plays later Friday night at Old Mistick Village.
Knickerbocker Cafe in nearby Westerly, Rhode Island, plays host to major acts like Greg Sherrod, Rick Russell, and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones.
A slew of other artists perform through the weekend, including Jeff Pitchell, Kal David, Christine Ohlman, James Montgomery, Al Kooper, and Jeff Pevar.