Long Beach Blues Festival

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Long Beach Blues Festival
LongBeachBluesFestLogo2007.jpg
Long Beach Blues Festival Logo (2007)
Location(s) Long Beach, California
Years active 1980 - 2009
Date(s) 2 days on Labor Day Weekend
Genre Blues
Website http://www.jazzandblues.org/

The Long Beach Blues Festival, in Long Beach, California, was established in full in 1980,[1] and is one of the largest Blues festivals and is the second oldest on the West Coast (first being the San Francisco Blues Festival). It is held on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. For many years it was held on the athletic field on the California State University, Long Beach campus. The 2009 festival, the 30th annual, was held at Rainbow Lagoon in downtown Long Beach.[2] The Festival went on hiatus in 2010, and has not been held since.

The festival is organized and used as a fund raiser by KKJZ, a publicly supported radio station on the CSULB campus broadcasting blues and jazz in Southern California.

History[edit]

The former Festival Site at CSULB campus (2003)
John Lee Hooker performing at the Long Beach Blues Festival, California, August 31, 1997

The Festival was started in 1980 by jazz radio station KLON (later renamed to KKJZ) in Long Beach, California under the direction of Bernie Pearl,[1] who was the host of a blues program "Nothing But The Blues" on KLON at the time. The first Festival was a one-day event titled the "KLON Blues & Gospel Festival" held at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach, drawing only a small crowd of 700, resulting in loss of $7,000 for the radio station. The Festival grew larger each year, becoming a major fund raising event for KLON. During 1996 through 2000, KLON expanded the event to 3 days utilizing the entire Labor Day weekend. It went back to the 2-day event in 2001 because CSULB wanted Labor Day to clean up the field for their use in the new school semester. The Festival venue for the second Fest and thereafter was the North Athletic Field at Cal State University, Long Beach (CSULB), with the exception of 1992 which was held at Shoreline Aquatic Park in downtown Long Beach, and at Rainbow Lagoon in downtown Long Beach beginning in 2008 and 2009.

In 2010, the Blues Festival went on hiatus because of economic conditions and was replaced with a one-day Blues Bash held at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the CSULB campus.[3]

Past festival lineups[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grobaty, Tim (May 27, 2009). "Tim Grobaty: At 30, trust Blues fest to be a must-hear". Long Beach, California: Press-Telegram Long Beach, California. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "KKJZ 88.1 FM presents The Long Beach Blues Festival". LosAngeles.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  3. ^ Grobaty, Tim (July 8, 2010). "Blues Bash is replacing Long Beach Blues Festival this year". Press-Telegram (Long Beach). Retrieved 2 August 2010. 

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