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Got Yer Summertime Blues


Here’s some much-anticipated news for local fans of the blues, and a good time in general. The Chenango Blues Festival has announced their lineup for their 26th annual extravaganza, slated for Friday the 17th and Saturday, the 18th of August at the fairgrounds in Norwich.

On Friday (which, by the way, is a free show) it’s New Orleans keyboardist, John “Papa” Gros, and an act to be announced, opening for acclaimed Chicago bluesman, Toronzo Cannon.
Saturday features acts in two venues on the fairgrounds; the Nelson & Flanagan/Grouse Ridge Kennel Tent Stage and the Kerry Infield Stage.

Among the talents performing in the tent are the Nate Gross Band, Brooklyn’s own Hubby Jenkins, the Prestage Brothers, A J Ghent (sacred steel) , and the incomparable Samantha Fish!
And on the big stage… Harpman Brandon Santini, the Keeshea Pratt Band (a must see for us), the electrifying, steamrollin’, knock your socks off bluesabilly of the Cashbox Kings.

Wrapping up with the personification of a rockin’ blues, with a resume that extends from the 60’s Chicago blues scene (The Butterfield Blues Band, etc.) to Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy and the (in)famous Filmore Blues Jams, to some of the most enjoyable, party blues being recorded today – it’s Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio!
What a festival this promises to be.

Check out the web site at, grab your tickets, and no doubt, we’ll see you there.—For information about the Blue Light Central, including this week’s program, visit


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