It’s time to kick off your shoes and do some dancing, Colorado. The Greeley Blues Jam runs Friday, June 8 through Saturday, June 9, 2012, and is an all-ages festival celebrating blues music and the folks who love it. The event is brought to you by the City of Greeley and the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, and every year the lineup entices blues lovers from across the state to converge on Island Grove.
Island Grove Regional Park is the perfect location for this event, with trees dating back to 1869 and gorgeous lawns, this multi-use events complex is located on 145 acres in northeast Greeley on the banks of the Poudre River. My friend Karen calls the 45,000 square feet of fresh sod that is laid down for Greeley Blues Jam, “the best dance floor in the world.”
The party gets started in downtown Greeley on Friday, June 8 with music beginning at 3 p.m. Friday Fest is the official kick off and features the Johnny O Band at 9th Street Plaza. This is a FREE event running from 5 to 8 pm. More FREE music from 8 to midnight is scheduled at various venues around Greeley, including The Clarion Hotel Greeley, Kress Cinema Lounge , Dutch’s, Sky Night Club, Rio Grande Mexican , The Jager , The Penalty Box, Patrick’s Irish Pub, Roasty’s, and Batter Up Cakes.
The ticketed portion of the event gets underway on Saturday, June 9. The Greeley Blues Jam always presents top-blues acts and this year is no exception with two stages and 11 hours of non-stop music by national and regional artists.
This is a family-friendly event that includes a Blues 101 Stage on June 9, where kids of all ages can learn about blues music and meet some of the most talented young blues performers in the country. The Blues 101 Stage lineup includes Rex Peoples, Al Chessis and harmonica lessons, the All Star Youth Jam hosted by Bad Brad & the Fat Cats, and Dan Treanor with a history lesson on slide guitars and harmonica lessons.
Whether you are a lifelong lover of the blues, or just getting to know this musical style, the Greeley Blues Jam is the place to be and now here is your chance to win FOUR tickets to this event.
When I ran this contest in 2011, I asked you to share your best live music memory and there were some wonderful responses. This year, I am asking that you tell me your favorite concert of all time. This past winter I saw Paul Simon at the Broomfield Events Center, and I think that might be one of my favorites – probably tied with Sting at The Gorge in Washington State in the late nineties.
Leave your comment below and the winner of FOUR tickets to the Greeley Blues Jam will be chosen using Random.org on Monday, May 28 at 3 p.m.
To learn more about the Greeley Blues Jam visit them online at GreeleyBluesJam.com. General admission tickets are $25 prior to June 9, and $30 at the door on June 9.