We are thrilled that you enjoyed our 2018 Kalamazoo Blues Festival – it was the 25th Anniversary of our very first Festival.  We expect to announce details of the 2019 fest soon. 

We always need volunteers to serve in a wide variety of roles! Thanks to our volunteers over the years.

Looking back on 2018:

Venue:  Arcadia Festival Site in Downtown Kalamazoo

Dates:   Thursday July 12 – Saturday July 14,  2018


Thursday July 12

5:00 – 5:50 pm:       

Big Trouble

6:10 – 7:00 pm:         

Blue Veins


7:30 – 840 pm:          

Corey Dennison – Chicago sideman finds his own groove!

  • Played with Carl Weathersby in Chicago for 12 years.
  • BMA – Nominated for best Contemporary Blues Album,  Night After Night

Corey Dennison Band

9:10 – 10:30 pm:

Ghost Town Blues Band – Horns, harmonicas, guitars and a nasty sound.

  • IBC:  2nd place 2014
  • Blues Blast Music Awards: nominee for Best Blues Band – 2015
  • Independent Blues Award winner: Best Contemporary Blues Song 2016

Ghost Town Blues Band

Friday July 13

5:00 – 5:50 pm:         

Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Blues Band


6:10: 7:00 pm:          



7:30 – 8:45 pm:        

Angel Forrest – Canadian blues superstar

  • Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year 2013
  • Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year 2014 / Songwriter of the Year
  • Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year 2015
  • Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year 2016 / Songwriter of the Year / Recording of the Year
  • Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year 2017

Angel Forrest

9:15 – 10:30 pm:      

Victor Wainwright  – Top blues keyboardist in the country!

  • BMA:  won Best Piano Player award (Pine Top Perkins) 2013
  • BMA:  won Best Piano Player award (Pine Top Perkins) 2014
  • BMA:  won 2016 Blues Entertainer of the Year.
  • BMA:  won Best Piano Player award (Pine Top Perkins) 2017
  • BMA:  nominated for best piano player (Pine Tip Perkins Award)  2018

Victor Wainwright

10:55 – 11:45 pm:     Seventh Son

Seventh Son


Saturday July 14th

12:10 – 12:50 pm:    

Hilger & DeVos

Hilger and Devos


1:10: – 2:00 pm:       

Steve Pesch Band

Steve Pesch Band


2:20 – 3:10 pm:        

Big Boss Blues

Big Boss Blues Band


3:30 – 4:20 pm:        

Blue Soul Express

Blue Soul Express


4:40 – 5:30 pm:        

Crossroads the Resurrection


Crossroads Resurrection

6:00 – 7:15 pm:        

Grand Marquis_- old-time blues and jazz making a return appearance.

  • Steeped in the musical tradition of Kansas City, they play American roots, blues and prohibition-era jazz.
  • IBC:  Finalist  2011

Grand Marquis

7:44 – 9:00 pm:        

Jason Ricci & Bad Kind

  • Blues Critic Award for Harmonica Player of the Year – 2008
  • BMA:  won Best Harmonica Player 2010
  • Grammy:  won Best Blues Album 2014
  • BMA:  Nominated for Best Harmonica 2018

Jason Ricci

9:30 – 10:55 pm:      

Nick Moss Band – Chicago blues at its best, nominated in two categories this year.

  • BMA:  Four previous nominations for Best Album of the year – 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006
  • BMA:  Nominated for Band of the Year for 2018
  • BMA:  Dennis Gruenling nominated for best Harmonica 2018

Nick Moss

11:20 pm – 12:10 :      

Kev Nichols & Blue Tuesday

    Kev Nichols & Blue Tuesday


    Thursday July 12:  5:00 pm – 10:30pm
    Friday July 13:  5:00 pm – 12:30 am
    Saturday July 14:  12:00 pm – 12:30 am

    Application to be a vendor at the festival is here:

    KVBA vendor application 2018        

    Instructions on how to submit are in the application.

    If you are a food vendor, please read this overview letter about requirements:

    Dear Vendor:

    You have previously expressed an interest in the annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival.  We are  pleased to announce the return to the Arcadia Festival Site. We are contacting the people on our mailing list.   The dates for this year’s festival will be  July 12th – 14th.  Vendors will be able to sell all three days.  We have a limited amount of booth space.  

    The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association requires all food vendors to carry a minimum of $1,000,000 dollars (one million) liability insurance.  Vendors will be charged a $100.00 booth fee plus 18% of gross sales.  The booth fee includes water and electric hookups.

    It is our intent to offer a diverse selection to our patrons.  We will try to use our local vendors as much as possible if they offer a similar menu to yours.  We do not promise that no other vendor will offer your specialty – but that is our goal.  If you are interested in being a food vendor at our festival, please fill out the enclosed application.  The application does not guarantee the vendor a booth at the festivalDo not send a booth fee ($100) until you have been notified that you have been selected.  The deadline for vendor applications is May 7th, 2018.  You will be notified by May 15th – or sooner –  if you have been selected.

    Please note the attached requirements of all vendors by the City of Kalamazoo.  This will be strictly enforced.  Certain ones have been checked as being problematic in the past.

    The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association would like to thank you for your interest in our festival.  If you have questions concerning this letter contact Dennis at:  (269) 694-4530  or dmass55@aol.com  (email is best)



    Dennis Massingill

    Vendor Chairperson