First Mystic Blues Festival Kicks Off In June

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James Cotton will be the Grand Marshall of the Mystic Blues Festival, and headline the first night at the Mystic Shipyard. (Handout)

James Cotton will be the Grand Marshall of the Mystic Blues Festival, and headline the first night at the Mystic Shipyard. (Handout)

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.

Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood are one of the many acts at the first Mystic Blues Festival. (Handout)

Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood are one of the many acts at the first Mystic Blues Festival. (Handout)

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.

For a full list of acts and venues, and for ticketing information, go to www.mysticbluesfestival.com or facebook.com/MysticBluesFestival

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