If you’re a fan of the blues, then you may have heard of the big-little blues festival that unfolds every year at the Chenango County Fairgrounds in Norwich. Unlike those huge, chockfull-of-artists blues fests where several stages are going on simultaneously, the Chenango Blues Festival doesn’t force you to strategically map out your day with the precision of an Army General planning a military offensive in hope to see at least some of your favorite bands.
At Chenango, the main electrified infield stage and the nearby acoustic tent stage don’t compete with one another in the same time frame. They alternate presenting performers and give people time to stroll from one stage to another.
Another well thought out attribute of Chenango is the placement of the merchandise tables, situated between the two stages and featuring an autograph-signing meet & greet with nearly all of the artists – from newcomers to full blown blues legends – after each performance.
Under rain-free, sun-drenched skies the 19th annual Chenango Blues Festival kicked off with a tremendous line -up that included legendary blues headliners James Cotton, John Hammond and the North Mississippi All Stars Duo.