Blast Furnace Blues Festival

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Blast Furnace Blues Festival
GenreBluegrass, Blues, Blues Rock, Electric Blues, Gospel, R&B, Roots Music, Soul, Zydeco
DatesDates vary by year
Location(s)Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Years active2011–2012, 2014-present
Founded byArtsQuest
WebsiteOfficial website

The Blast Furnace Blues Festival is a blues music festival, started by ArtsQuest in 2011 in conjunction with Michael Cloeren Productions. The festival is held at the Yuengling Musikfest Cafe and the Fowler Blast Furnace Room. Both venues are located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Blast Furnace Blues Festival was founded to showcase the best in contemporary and traditional blues, acoustic and electric blues, soul, zydeco and gospel music. Performers featured include national recording artists as well as local and regional performers.[1] There was no festival held in 2013. It was removed due to the introduction of several smaller music and arts festivals, but made its return in 2014 with a completely revamped setup.[2]

2016 line-up / March 11–13[edit]

Musikfest Cafe Stage at the ArtsQuest Center[edit]

Fowler Blast Furnace Room Stage[edit]

2015 line-up / March 27–29[edit]

Musikfest Cafe Stage[edit]

Fowler Blast Furnace Room Stage[edit]

TD Community Stage on the Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons[edit]

  • Johnny Never & Zep Harpo
  • Nick Andrew Staver


2014 line-up / February 7–9[edit]


2012 line-up / September 14–16[edit]

2011 line-up / September 16–18[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lineup announced for first ArtsQuest Blast Furnace Blues Festival". ArtsQuest. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Three of SteelStacks' six music-genre festivals won't return for 2013". Lehigh Valley Music. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro, Heritage Blues Orchestra & More Headline 2015 Blast Furnace Blues Festival Presented by Highmark Blue Shield". 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  4. ^ "Blast Furnace Blues 2014 Lineup". ArtsQuest. Archived from the original on January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Second Blast Furnace Blues fest at SteelStacks changes scale, keeps same sound". The Morning Call. Retrieved January 29, 2014.

Coordinates: 40°36′53″N 75°22′03″W / 40.61483°N 75.36762°W / 40.61483; -75.36762