Past Festival Performers

2017

Buddy Guy, The Rides (featuring Stephen Stills, Barry Goldberg, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd), Tab Benoit, Ana Popovic, Albert Cummings, Brandon Santini, Dennis Gruenling, Matt Schofield, Samantha Fish, Toronzo Cannon, Coco Montoya, Backtrack Blues Band, JW-Jones, The Lee Boys, Dawn Tyler Watson

2016

Aaron Neville, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, Curtis Salgado, JJ Grey & Mofro, Reba Russell Band, Biscuit Miller & The Mix, Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots, Cash Box Kings, Danielle Nicole, Jarekus Singleton, The Sean Chambers Band, Darrell Nulisch, Sugar Ray & The Blue Tones

2015

Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs, Southern Hospitality, Rob Piazza, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, The Lee Boys, John Nemeth, Denise LaSalle, Brandon Santini, Tab Benoit, Carolyn Wonderland, Bernard Allison Group, Bryan Lee, Albert Castiglia, Betty Fox

2014

Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas & The Professionals, Shemekia Copeland, The Blind Boys of Alabama, James Hunter, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Matt Schofield, Tad Robinson, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Selwyn Birchwood, Nikki Hill, and George Porter Jr.

2013

Jonny Lang, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Great Southern, Tab Benoit, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Curtis Salgago, Royal Southern Brotherhood (featuring Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito), Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Janiva Magness, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Lucky Peterson, Marquise Knox, Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys, and Dave Fields.

2012

Jimmie Vaughan, Tower of Power, Los Lonely Boys, Roomful of Blues, Delbert McClinton, Charles Bradley, Delta Groove Harp Blast featuring Mitch Kashmar, Al Blake, and Big Pete, James Cotton Band with Darrell Nulisch, Trampled Under Foot, Jimmy Thackery, The Mannish Boys, Johnny Rawls, The Alexis P. Suter Band, Toni Lynn Washington, Albert Castiglia, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges.

2011

Jonny Lang, The Robert Cray Band, Irma Thomas, Tab Benoit & the Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, James Hunter, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Curtis Salgado, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, John Cleary, Eric Lindell, Tommy Castro, The Lee Boys, Janiva Magness, Mike Zito, & Michael Burks.

2010

Kenny Wayne Shepperd, Jimmie Vaughan, JJ Grey & Mofro, Bettye Lavette, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Shemekia Copeland, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Ryan Shaw, Joe Louis Walker, Sonny Landreth, Tad Robinson, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm, Reba Russell, Joanne Shaw Taylor, John Nemeth.

2009

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Delbert McClinton, Irma Thomas and the Professionals, Coco Montoya, The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue (featuring The Tommy Castro Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Magic Dick, and Deanna Bogart), Bernard Allison, Curtis Salgado, Ruthie Foster, Darrell Nulisch, Lurrie Bell, Eric Lindell, Tinsley Ellis, Robin Rogers, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, and Seth Walker

2008

Los Lonely Boys, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, James Hunter, Walter Trout, Rod Piazza, Lucky Peterson, Tab Benoit, Janiva Magness, Nick Moss, Tutu Jones, Chris Cain, Billy Gibson, Tutu Jones, Tad Robinson, and Trombone Shorty.

2007

George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Mason, Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine, Percy Sledge, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Guitar Shorty, Michael Burks, Eric Lindell, Nora Jean Bruso, Debbie Davies, Watermelon Slim, EG Kight, and Walker Smith Group

2006

Jonny Lang, Robben Ford, Mavis Staples, Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Tommy Castro, Indigenous, Omar & the Howlers, John Lee Hooker Jr., Siegel Schwall Band, Curtis Salgado, Ana Popovic, Duwayne Burnside, BluesTrain, Wendy & the Soul Shakers

2005

Robert Cray, Little Feat, Jimmie Vaughan, Savoy Brown, Coco Montoya, Tinsley Ellis, Janiva Magness, Billy Branch, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings, Tab Benoit, Jimmie Griswold, Tommy McCoy, Lavay Smith, Damon Fowler, Eric Sardinas

2004

Buddy Guy with Double Trouble, Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets, Bernard Allison, Marcia Ball, Otis Clay, Charlie Musselwhite, Carl Weathersby, Betty Lavette, Chris Duarte, Renee Austin, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sean Chambers

2003

Delbert McClinton, Dickey Betts and the Great Southern, Kim Wilson, Jimmie Vaughan, Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, Chris Beard, Denise Lasalle, Shawn Brown, Anthony Gomes, Deborah Coleman, John Hammond and the Wicked Grin Band, Keb' Mo', Sarasota Slim, Michael Burks, Kim Wilson's Blues Revue, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Tribune to Little Walter featuring Kim Wilson and Rod Piazza.

2002

Ike Turner, Little Feat, Lucky Peterson, Bernard Allison, Sean Chambers, Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro Band, North Mississippi Allstars, Damon Fowler, Michael Burks, Sean Costello, Kenny Neal, Shemekia Copeland, Backtrack Blues Band, Darrell Nulisch

2001

Los Lobos, Jonny Lang, The Jeff Healey Band, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, T.C. Carr & the Catch, Chubby Carrier, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Rock-n-Chair Band, Indigenous, Joe Louis Walker, Marcia Ball, Water Trout, Backtrack Blues Band, Larry Garner, Lonnie Brooks

2000

Walter Trout, The Robert Cray Band, Shemekia Copeland, Mark Hummel, Bernard Allison, Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band, Sean Chambers, T.C. Carr & the Catch, Roy Rogers the Delta Rhythm Kings, Coco Montoya, Backtrack Blues Band, Carl Weathersby, the Paul deLay Band, Susan Tedschi

1999

Koko Taylor, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Backtrack Blues Band, T.C. Carr & the Catch, Mighty Sam McClain, Robben Ford, Duke Robillard, Lucky Peterson, Roomful of Blues, Tommy Castro, Josh Smith, Sarasota Slim

1998

Roach Thompson, Tab Benoit, John Mayall, T.C. Carr and the Catch, Rhythm Review Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Tinsley Ellis, Son Seals, Delbert McClinton, Backtrack Blues Band, Deborah Coleman, Coco Montoya, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, James Cotton.

1997

Rock Bottom & the Cutaways, T.C. Carr and the Catch, Lucky Peterson, Chris Duarte, Elvin Bishop, Koko Taylor, Rhythm Review, Backtrack Blues Band, Trudy Lynn, Jimmy Thackery, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Buddy Guy

About The Event

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Each year since 1995, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival has been staged at scenic Vinoy Waterfront Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The park is located directly on the shores of Tampa Bay, with acres of plush grass and palm trees. Vinoy Park is the perfect tropical setting for one of the world’s greatest blues music festivals.

The Blues Festival is an ideal setting to enjoy Florida’s sunshine and warm spring weather. For guests seeking an enhanced festival experience, we offer a special VIP Package with “front” stage seating, a large VIP tent with free food, beer & soda, and beautiful views of Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Blues Festival has established itself as one of the world’s preeminent blues music events, having presented over 250 of the world’s greatest blues performers. Past artists include such legends as Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Delbert McClinton, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, Jerry Lee Lewis, Koko Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan, Irma Thomas, Susan Tedeschi, and others. The festival has truly become a destination event, with friends traveling from throughout the United States and Europe to enjoy Florida’s beautiful weather and this magnificent celebration of music.

A state of the art PA system and lighting will be provided to insure the very best sound and entertainment.

Throughout the festival grounds, you will enjoy tasty food, including seafood, barbeque, Cuban cuisine, and other culinary treats. Festival vendors also include arts & crafts. Premium beer and wine are also available.

In addition to great music and warm weather, you will also enjoy visiting downtown St. Petersburg, with its many restaurants, clubs, and art museums, including the world famous Dali Museum. From St. Petersburg you may also wish to travel 20 minutes to the beaches of St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, and Pass-a-Grille. The area’s Ft. DeSoto Beach offers a large, public park and was recently named one of the world’s finest beaches.

The Tampa Bay Blues Festival prides itself on providing the very best in blues entertainment, in an ideal tropical setting. Proceeds from the event benefit our charity partner, Pinellas Association for Retarded Children. Please make your plans to attend the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, and join us for three great days of Blues by the Bay!