In our first year, we showcased the best blues bands that the Inland Empire and surrounding communities have to offer. Headling the festival's first year was the Inland Empire's own ROD PIAZZA AND THE MIGHTY FLYERS. 2011's festival also featured local favorites Big Papa and the TCB and Kelly McGuire. Other acts included Jumpin' Jack Benny Blues Band and Cold Comfort Blues Band.
The night was hosted by KCAL's Steve Brazill and was sponsored by the wonderful folks at Lucas Oil. Volunteers from the Over the Hill Gang Berdoo hosted the classic car show. Five winners were awarded special Top Five trophies. Winners were chosen by members of the bands. Special thanks to all of the bands, festival goers and volunteers who helped to make our first year an overwhelming success.
2012 FESTIVAL CANCELED. LOOK FOR RETURN IN 2013.
INLAND EMPIRE BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that it appears as though the Inland Empire Blues and Roots Festival is NOT going to happen this year.
After continuous problems with securing the venue and sponsors and locking down key details, it has become overwhelming to make it happen in this short amount of time. Rather than put on a lackluster event, we have decided to focus our attention on making the festival the best that it can be in 2013. If you are interested in being involved in next year's festival, please contact us via email.
I appreciate all of the help and support of all the amazing folks who were part of it last year. If anything changes and the fest does happen after all, I will definitely let you all know. Otherwise, we are turning our sights to coming back bigger and better in 2013, at a new venue and new team of great artists and volunteers.