Festival organizer Thumper Entertainment announced the first set of performers in a Tuesday news release. The festival will also have a new sponsor, U.S. Cellular.
The festival, which is in its seventh year, will be held Sept. 20 to 22 at Stephens Lake Park. The organizers decided to move its location from downtown to the park to provide more green space for attendees and to allow for more barbecue vendors, according to the festival's website.
Mavis Staples, Vintage Trouble, Mudcat, Trombone Shorty, Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Parcek, Dale Watson, Samantha Fish, The Hatrick, Chump Change and The BelAirs were the other acts announced Tuesday. Thumper Entertainment will announce more performers in the coming weeks, according to the release.
Boone County National Bank will support the festival through the nonprofit Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Foundation. The foundation hopes to fund the expansion of the Blues in the Schools program, which teaches students about blues music, according to the release.
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