Festival History

Carolina Blues Festival Through the Years

1st Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 16, 1987 (Friends Motor Inn, Greensboro)

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Etta Baker
Guitar Gabriel
Big Boy Henry
John Dee Holeman
Algie Mae Hinton
Thomas Burt
Fris Holloway
The Badgett Sisters
2nd Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 14, 1988 (Friends Motor Inn, Greensboro)
 carolina_blues_festival__1988 Eddy Clearwater
Henry Gray & The Cats
JC Burris
Gary BB Coleman
Moses Rascoe
Paula Larke
The Shades
Nappy Brown & The Southern Sisters
3rd Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 20, 1989 (Depot)
 carolina_blues_festival__1989 Rufus Thomas (cancelled day before; replaced by Nappy Brown)
Jimmy Rogers with Pinetop Perkins and Bob Margolin
A Muddy Waters Tribute with Mark Wenner, Pete Ragus
Lucky Peterson
Saffire “The Uppity Blues Women”
Walter “Lightning Bug” Rhodes
Lightning Wells
Blue Note Special
4th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 19, 1990 (Depot)
 carolina_blues_festival__1990 The Kinsey Report w/Big Daddy Kinsey
The Holmes Brothers
Snooky Pryor
Bob Margolin
Kerry-Michaels Band
Turner & Foddrell
George Higgs & Scott AinsleyKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Bill Kennedy
5th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 18, 1991 (Depot)
 carolina_blues_festival__1991 Earl King
Bobby Radliffe
Lazy Lester
Klondike Phillips Band
Rev. Billy C. Wirtz
R.L. Burnside
Etta BakerKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  David Sheppard
6th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 16, 1992 (final year at the Depot)
 carolina_blues_festival__1992 Marcia Ball
Li’l Ed & The Blues Imperials
Magic Slim & The Teardrops
John Jackson
Lightin’ Charlie & The Upsetters
Guitar GabrielKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Tony Welborne, WNAA
7th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 15, 1993 ( the year it became the Carolina “Lite” Blues Festival, show moves to Castle McCulloch, Jametown)
 carolina_blues_festival__1993 Denise Lasalle
Saffire “The Uppity Blues Women
Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets featuring Sam Myers
Bob Margolin with Pinetop Perkins and Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff
Big Boy Henry W/Ministers of Sinister
Bull City Blues BandKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Bob Margolin
8th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 14, 1994 (Castle McCulloch)
 carolina_blues_festival__1994 Etta James (cancelled day before show, replaced by the Holmes Brothers)
C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
William Clarke
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Skeeter Brandon & HWY 61
Tad WaltersKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Bubba Klinefelter
9th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 20, 1995 (Castle McCulloch)
 carolina_blues_festival__1995 Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Terrence Simien & The Mallet Playboys
Johnny “Clyde” Copeland (cancelled due to illness, replaced by Sonny Rhodes)
The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings
Kenny Neal
Tad WaltersKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Logie Meachum
10th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 18, 1996 (Castle McCulloch)

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Delbert McClinton
Little Milton
Debbie Davies
Bob Margolin with Pinetop Perkins and Carey Bell
The Misdemeanors
Etta BakerKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Bill Mitchell (First President of the PBPS)
11th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 17, 1997 (last one at Castle McCulloch)
 carolina_blues_festival__1997 Fabulous Thunderbirds
Marcia Ball
Chubby Carrier
Luther “Guitar Jr” Johnson
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Johnnie Whitlock & The Amazing Blues CaucusKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Jim Carson (long-time PBPS Treasurer/VP)
12th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 16, 1998 (moved to Emerald Pointe Water Park, Greensboro)

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John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Buckwheat Zydeco
Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine
Duke Robillard
Corey Harris
Blues HangoverKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Bill Griffin
13th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 15, 1999 (Emerald Pointe Water Park, Greensboro)
 carolina_blues_festival__1999 The Radiators
Roomful Of Blues
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Joe Louis Walker & the Bosstalkers
Shemekia Copeland
Abe ReidKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Ms. Helen Mills
14th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 20, 2000 (first one at Tanglewood Park, Clemmons)
 carolina_blues_festival__2000 Delbert McClinton
Magic Slim & The Teardrops
The Nighthawks w/Tracy Nelson
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Cha’s
Captain Luke & Cool John Ferguson
The Blue Smoke Blues Band
(Delbert & Magic did not perform due to power outage caused by thunderstorm)KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Tim Duffy (Founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation)
15th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 19, 2001 Tanglewood Park, Clemmons
 carolina_blues_festival__2001 Big Bill Morganfield, Pinetop Perkins and Carey Bell performing w/Bob Margolin
Bernard Allison
Saffire “The Uppity Blues Women”
Gino Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
Roy Roberts & The Quest Blues Band
Allison King BandKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Roy Roberts
16th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, May 18, 2002 (final year at Tanglewood Park, Clemmons)

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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Walter Trout
Rory Block
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
Long John Hunter
Blues Kravin’KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Pat Freitag (longtime PBPS Trustee/caterer to the blues stars!)
17th Annual Carolina Lite Blue Festival, June 7, 2003 (moved back to Greensboro, at Duke Power Lot in downtown GSO; final year as Carolina “Lite” Blues Festival)
 carolina_blues_festival__2003 Lucky Peterson
Walter Wolfman Washington
Debbie Davies
Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers
Big Rick & The Bombers

KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Shiela Klinefelter

18th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 8, 2004 (moved to Center City Park, downtown Greensboro; first year association with EMF Jazz & Blues Series)
 carolina_blues_festival__2004 Ronnie Baker Brooks
Big Jack Johnson
W. C. Clark
Cyril Lance
Waymon “Buttermilk” Meeks

KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Gaile Welker

19th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 7, 2005 (Center City Park, first year of sponsorship from YES! Weekly)
 carolina_blues_festival__2005 The Holmes Brothers
Michael Burks
Kenny Neal
John Dee Holeman
Matt Hill Blues BandKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Chuck Cotton
20th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 6, 2006 (moved to Festival Park, downtown Greensboro)
 carolina_blues_festival__2006 Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Maria Muldaur
Bob Margolin with Nappy Brown
Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys
Peter May & Terraplane
Mighty Lester Blues Band

KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Mike “Wezo” Wesolowski

21st Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 5, 2007 (Festival Park)
 carolina_blues_festival__2007 Hubert Sumlin with Michael Burks
Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers
Michael Hill’s Blues Mob
Big Rick & The Bombers
Bump & LogieKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Jeff Farran (longtime Festival Chairman/President PBPS)
YES! Weekly Presents 22nd Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 3, 2008 (Festival Park, first year of YES! Weekly as PRESENTING SPONSOR)
 carolina_blues_festival__2008 Li’l Ed & The Blues Imperials
Terrence Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Nora Jean Brusso
Sean Costello (Sean tragically passed away, was replaced by Chick Willis)
Blues World Order
Big Road Blues

KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Smith Stokes

YES! Weekly Presents 23rd Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 9, 2009 (Festival Park)
 carolina_blues_festival__2009 Cyril Neville & Tribe Quest w/Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Diunna Greenleaf w/Blue Mercy with special guest Bob Margolin
The Nighthawks
Adrian Duke Band
Landon Spradlin Blues Band
Bump & Logie

KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Ralph Speas (PBPS Archivist/Trustee)

24th Annual Carolina Blues Festival in Association w/YES! Weekly, May 8, 2010 (Festival Park)

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Debbie Davies
Robin Rogers
Tinsley Ellis
Matt Walsh Blues Band
Charlley Ward Blues Band
Sleepy Eyed Jay & Chicago Slim

KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Rock 92

25th Annual Carolina Blues Festival presented by YES! Weekly, May 7, 2011 (Festival Park)
 KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Ronnie Baker Brooks
Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin / Gina Sicilia
Candye Kane Band
Richard Johnston
Lawyers Guns & Money
Owen Poteat
Andy Squint
The Misdemeanors
The Ladies Auxiliary

KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD:  Joann and Dwight Banks

YES! Weekly Presents 26th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 19, 2012 (Festival Park)
 cbf26-2012poster Smokin’ Joe Kubek featuring Bnois King
Eric Gales Band
EG Kight
Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojos
House of Dues
T.A. JamesKEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD: Ray Burnett (posthumous award)
YES! Weekly Presents 27th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 18, 2013 (Festival Park)
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Kenny Neal with appearances by Roy Roberts and Eric Gales
Mac Arnold & PLate Full O’ Blues
Armand & Bluesology with Will McFarlane
Toot & The Longshots!
Sunnyland Steve

KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD: Fishers Grille

28th Annual Carolina Blues Festival in association with YES! Weekly, May 17, 2014 (Festival Park)
 BluesPoster4-14CropMarks Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Carl Weathersby
Tom Principato
Beverly “Guitar” Watkins w/ The King Bees
Lawyers Guns & Money
Abe Reid
Logie Meachum

KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD: YES! Weekly

29th Annual Carolina Blues Festival in association with YES! Weekly, May 16, 2015 (Moved to Barber Park, Greensboro, due to construction at Festival Park)
 Carolina Blues Festival-Sarah Schneider Shemekia Copeland
Devon Allman
Larry McCray
Roy Roberts w/Special Guest, Dwight Williams
The Bush League
Peter May
KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD: Terry VunCannon
30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival in association with YES! Weekly, May 21, 2016 Barber Park Amphitheater
Elvin Bishop
Bob Margolin Band
Samantha Fish
Marquise Knox
Dangerous Gentlemens
Blind-Dog Gatewood
Seth Williams
KEEPIN’ THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD: John Amberg