Lansing Old Town BluesFest

Photo courtesy of Old Town BluesFest

The 18th annual Old Town BluesFest takes place in the streets of Old Lansing on Friday, September 21-Saturday, September 22. The two-day event features national, regional, and local acts to an audience of roughly 15,000. This year’s line-up includes Peaches Staten, the Eric Culbertson Band, Champagne and the Motor City Blues Crew Band, Sarah Ehrhardt, and local Lansing group Big Willy.

Vendors will line the streets, selling ethnic foods, beverages, original art and handmade clothing, while the Old Town galleries and boutiques will remain open during festival hours.

On Friday from 4pm-6pm, the beverage tent ‘Turnaround Lounge’ will offer free admission for a happy hour with with the blues sounds of The Automatic Blues Band, while Lansing Metro Marinas will be offering half-hour riverboat tours along the Grand River on Friday from 5pm-9pm.

Don’t hesitate to bring the whole family; The “Kidz Beat” music tent (Friday, 4pm-7pm & Saturday, 1pm-7pm) will offer face painting, chalk art, craft stations, and an “instrument petting zoo” where kids can try out their abilities on various musical instruments.

Old Town BluesFest runs Friday, September 21 from 4pm-12:30am, and Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 1pm-12:30am in Old Town Lansing, at the intersection of Turner St. and E. Grand River Ave. Admission is free. For more details, visit the Old Town BluesFest website, or on Facebook.




About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.