The Great Blue Heron Music Festival

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The Great Blue Heron Music Festival
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Poster (2007)
Location(s) Sherman, New York
Years active 1992–present
Date(s) 1st or 2nd weekend of July
Genre Blues, folk
Website link

The Great Blue Heron Music Festival is an annual music festival held the first or second weekend of July in Sherman, New York, a small town in the Amish country side of Western New York, United States. The Great Blue Heron Music Festival, or simply Blue Heron, as it is known, draws several thousand visitors throughout the course of three days. The Blue Heron presents over 30 musicians and bands between the three stages at the venue. Genres traditionally represented include bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, African, reggae, Americana, old-time music, Irish music, jam band. However, in recent years, the festival has featured many contemporary, national acts such as Rusted Root and The Avett Brothers.

The first Blue Heron was held in 1992[1] Originally, the festival was conceived to be a small single-day gathering, featuring music from Donna The Buffalo. After the initial team meeting, the festival was expanded into a three-day event and continues in that format.

The festival grounds, covering over 300 acres,[2] contains three stages. A single main stage showcases the majority of the daytime and headlining music, while a 'dance tent' functions as a side stage during the festival. In 2010, an additional stage was built adjacent to the cafe in the woods.

Artists that have performed[edit]

According to the Roster of Past Performers, the following artists have performed:[3]

  • 10,000 Maniacs
  • 2 Cow Garage
  • Alison Pipitone
  • Allegany River Indian Dancers
  • Armor & Sturtevant
  • Atica
  • Balfa Toujours
  • Barton Barton Liuzzo & Ward
  • Barton Liuzzo & Ward
  • Barton-Johnson Band
  • Big Blow & The Bushwackers
  • Big Leg Emma
  • Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
  • Blue Sky Mission Club
  • Bobby Henrie & The Goners
  • Bollo Mah Kissy
  • Bombadil
  • Boojum Twist
  • Boy With A Fish
  • Bruce Peterson Blues Project
  • Bubba George Stringband
  • Buffalo Zydeco
  • Chanka Chank
  • Circus Of Dreams
  • Colorblind James
  • Connell Bros Band
  • Cornerstone
  • Cowpoke Willis
  • Cri Du Bayou
  • Crow Greenspun
  • Dan Berggren
  • David Devine
  • Djava
  • Doctor Zoot
  • Donna the Buffalo
  • Edna's Driveway
  • Eight Naked Buddhas
  • Entrain
  • Finn & The Sharks
  • Five Cubic Feet
  • Fred Eaglesmith / Flying Squirrels
  • Gandalp Murphy & The Slambovian
  • Gary Belloma & The Blue Bombers
  • Gokh-Bi System
  • Good Dog Bad Dog
  • Halley Devestern
  • Hank Roberts
  • Hillbilly Fun Park
  • Hillbilly Idol
  • Holly Figueroa
  • Hypnotic Clambake
  • Inner Orchestra
  • Inner Visions
  • Jamie Notarthomas
  • Jeff & Susie Goehring
  • Jenn Wertz & Lovechild
  • Jennie Stearns Band
  • Jim Donovan
  • Jimmyjohnnyjoe
  • Joe Thrift & Man Alive
  • John & Mary
  • John & Mary & The Valkyries
  • John Brown's Body
  • John Specker
  • Johnny Dowd Trio
  • J-San & The Analogue Sons
  • Kate Jacobs
  • Kathy Ziegler
  • Keith Lovett
  • Keith Secola & Wild Band Of Indians
  • Kelley And The Cowboys
  • Kilbrannan
  • Kinfolks
  • Lejeune Jones
  • Leroy Thomas / Zydeco Roadrunners
  • Lightnin' Wells
  • Liz Berlin Band
  • Los Straitjackets
  • Mamma Tongue
  • Martin & Jessica Simpson
  • Mecca Bodega
  • Mercy Creek
  • Mojo Hand Blues Band
  • Moot Davis & The Cool Deal
  • New Nile Orchestra
  • New Paradigm
  • Oculus
  • One World Tribe
  • Organic Groove Farmers
  • Paso Fino
  • Peacefield
  • People of Earth
  • Pine Ridge
  • Plastic Nebraska
  • Ploughman's Lunch
  • Preston Frank
  • Psoas
  • Rasta Rafiki
  • Redheaded Stepchild
  • Ritual Space Travel Agency
  • River City Slim / Zydeco Hogs
  • Roy Carrier & The Night Rockers
  • Rusted Root
  • Sankai
  • Say Zuzu
  • Scott Carpenter & The Real Mccoys
  • Shoot The Moon
  • Sim Redmond Band
  • Slobberbone
  • Slo-Mo
  • Smackdab
  • Southern Culture on the Skids
  • Steel Pan Alley
  • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
  • Stewed Mulligan
  • Sunny Weather
  • Tara Nevins & Friends
  • The Avett Brothers
  • The Big Wu
  • The Bill Ward Band
  • The Blazers
  • The Blue Grasshoppers
  • The Blues Jumpers
  • The Bruce Peterson Blues Project
  • The Buddhahood
  • The Burns Sisters
  • The Buvas
  • The Campbell Brothers
  • The Carpetbaggers
  • The Chicken Chokers (Reunion)
  • The Creole Cowboys
  • The Crumbles
  • The Darlin' Clementines
  • The Dashboard Saviors
  • The Delaney Brothers
  • The Derbines
  • The Drummer & The Dancer National Tour
  • The Earthworms
  • The Freewill Savages
  • The Funnest Game
  • The Goodfellas
  • The Groovemongers
  • The Heartbeats
  • The Hickory Project
  • The Hindu Cowboys
  • The Hix
  • The Homewreckers
  • The Horse Flies
  • The Knuckleheads
  • The Lonesome Sisters
  • The Low Road
  • The Macgillicuddies
  • The Mighty Wallop!
  • The Mollys
  • The Naked Apes
  • The New Alien String Band
  • The New Dylans
  • The Overtakers
  • The Red Hots
  • The Red Stick Ramblers
  • The Sim Redmond Band
  • The Steam Donkeys
  • The Talk To Me's
  • The Tarbox Ramblers
  • The Town Pants
  • The Woodshed Trio
  • The Woodticks
  • Tiger Maple Stringband
  • Tim O'Brien
  • Tin Roof
  • Ti-Ti-Chickapea
  • Tom Stahl
  • Tonemah
  • Tony Vacca
  • Trevor Macdonald & Silver Bird
  • Turku
  • Turtle Island Dream
  • Viva Quetzal
  • Vox Lumina
  • Wicked Natural Stringband
  • Willis Prudhomme W/ Redline Zydeco
  • Xalat
  • Y'all
  • Yankee Zydeco Company
  • Yves Jean Band
  • Zekuhl
  • Zeta Cauliflower
  • Zydeco Experiment

References[edit]

Cited
  1. ^ "ABOUT THE FESTIVAL". Archived from the original on 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Great Blue Heron 2013 Details". Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Roster of Past Performers". Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 

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