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.
Nippertown acoustic soul singer Sean Rowe made the big jump across the Atlantic at the end of September for a UK tour with London indie rockers Noah and the Whale. He’s in the middle of the tour now.
Here’s one of Rowe’s Recent Road Reports from backstage in Norwich:
You can also read more detailed updates on Sean’s blog.
Sean Rowe’s next gig scheduled for this side of the Atlantic is on Friday, October 23 – a benefit concert for radio station Exit 97.7 at the “Exit Dome” with Super 400, Eric Margan & the Red Lions and members of Railbird.
Under rain-free skies, the 17th annual Chenango Blues Fest in Norwich, NY, kicked off Friday, August 21 with headliner Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s. Saturday’s all-day events bounced between the Main Stage and the Acoustic Stage tent located at the other end of the Chenango County Fairgrounds.
The New Orleans blues-rock sounds of the Honey Island Swamp Band kicked things off on Saturday, followed by Australian wild-man, singer, harp-man and didgeridoo rumbler Harper and his group.
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