5 Reasons You Won't Sing the Blues at NYS Rhythm & Blues Festival
Monday, June 7, 2021 11:00 AM by Mary Kate Harrigan
The New York State Blues Festival is almost here and this year, the largest free blues event in the northeast will be held at Chevy Court at the New York State Fairgrounds Thursday, June 24 through Saturday, June 26. Watch as a large collection of regional and national artists perform one of America’s most unique styles of music right in Syracuse. The new festival venue allows for a greater capacity and unvaccinated festival-goers are still being asked to wear masks, per CDC and New York state guidelines, and features a variety of artists each day. In case you need any more convincing, here’s our top reasons why you don’t want to miss it!
Yes, you read that right. This festival is absolutely free, making it the perfect option for a group outing or something you can even bring the whole family to. Take advantage of the opportunity to see a ton of artists you couldn’t see for free anywhere else and save your money for snacks and drinks from the many vendors present. Parking will be available in the Fairgrounds' Brown Lot for $10 per vehicle, $5 per motorcycle.
2. VIP Access is available
Big blues fan or just really like catered meals and cold beverages? Then this is the perfect option for you. Buy a VIP package or just VIP passes for an individual day. Sample tasty foods from one of their fantastic vendors while relaxing in the VIP area. Grab a drink from the VIP bar and enjoy special seating where you can catch all the action from the best spots the festival has to offer!
3. You can stay right where the action is
Want to attend the festival but don’t know where to stay? Fortunately, you can book a room at the Holiday Inn Express Syracuse-Fairgrounds, located just minutes from the fairgrounds and offering an exclusive festival rate. Also a quick drive from the festival grounds and offering additional festival rates are Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA and Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square. No matter where you decide to stay after you put up your dancing shoes, the hotels will be filled with fellow blues fans and even the artists themselves! For a complete listing of area hotels, click here.
4. The Festival is back and safer than ever
With New York's COVID-related restrictions easing just in time for the summer concert season, the New York State Blues Fest wants everyone to be safe and have fun. This year, the festival will cater to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, where unvaccinated attendees are being asked to wear a mask. There will also be a wide range of food and beverage vendors on site, shaded areas and space for lawn chairs.
5. Last but certainly not least—the music!
Rhythm and blues artists from all over will come together for three days at Chevy Court to show you what the genre is all about. Headliner Robert Randolph & the Family Band is an act not to miss as this Grammy-nominated band showcases the smooth sounds of pedal steel guitarist Randolph, named one of the100 greatest guitarists of all-time by Rolling Stone. Additional headlining acts include popular sister act Larkin Poe and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Attendees can also groove to some of the area's most renowned musicians with performances by The Ripcords, Mark Nanni, Colin Aberdeen & Max Eyle as well as many others. This is one of the largest free blues festivals in the Northeast, come join the action, get down and enjoy some world-class music in the heart of New York state!