ready to give Long Beach the blues
is going to be the biggest one yet," said Gary
Chiachi, producer of the 21st annual Long Beach Blues
Festival, about this year's festival.
festival put on by KLON is scheduled to take place
on the North Athletic Field this weekend and will
feature live blues and soul bands, radio celebrities
we're doing in this particular festival is expanding
but still keep it blues rooted," Chiachi said.
got a couple of additional things this year like a
couple of blues rocker like the Allman Brothers Band
and George Thorogood."
Bobby Womack and Charles Wright will also help diversify
the line-up, in addition to blues legends Bo Diddley
and Etta James, who are among the more anticipated
excited about the Allman Brothers since they're a
major band touring music today," Chiachi said.
a shutdown of the festival, which occurred on the
second day of last year's festival, "the field
has been reconfigured," Chiachi said.
moved stuff back, got less vendors, basically moved
things around to adjust the logistics of the layout."
to 14,000 were there on Saturday last year and 5,000
extra on Sunday, which caused last year's shutdown,
any of the three days could be equally as big according
soul Sunday is the biggest one and usually the most
popular, but the Monday aspect with the Allman Brothers
will be a big thing.
of the days could be a sellout," he said. "We're
expecting 15 to 18,000 people a day" this year.
participants will be able to visit "around 25
different food, clothes and merchandise booths."
There will be "a wide variety of foods and beverages,
including beer and wine available at the festival."
scheduled to open at 9 a.m. and music will begin at
11 a.m., and end at 6 p.m. each day.
box office is closed but tickets are available through
Allman Brothers are scheduled to perform on
Diddley is scheduled to perform on Saturday.
North Athletic Field of Cal State Long Beach
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
$25.00 (limit 4 at discount price)
Gate: $31.00 ($1.00 off with donation of a can of
Price for all three days: $70.00
Festival Service Charge: $3.00
per day: $6.00
open at 9 a.m.
begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. each day
scheduled to perform:
Sept. 2: Bo Diddley with Billy Boy Arnold, George
Thorogood and the Destroyers, Son Seals with Sugar
Blue, Lonestar Shootout featuring Lonnie Brooks,
Long John Hunter, Phillip Walker, Bernard Allison.
Sept. 3: Etta James and the Roots Band, Bobby Womack,
Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band,
Jimmy Dawkins, Carl Weathersby with Melvin Taylor,
The Staples Singers
Sept. 4: The Allman Brothers, Robert Cray, Harpmaster
Jam II: Rod Piazza, James Cotton, Johnny Dyer, Billy
Branch featuring the Mighty Flyers.
alcohol, video cameras, tape recorders, umbrellas,
lawn chairs, barbecue grills, glass or metal containers
(including soda cans), or pets are allowed on the
Festival grounds. Low-back beach chairs may be used
at the Festival. Re-entry is not allowed
refunds or exchanges on tickets.
information, one may call (562) 985-5566.