Springing the Blues

Springing the Blues is an annual blues festival held in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. It is one of the largest and oldest blues festivals on the East Coast of the United States.[1] It was first held in 1990 and has been held yearly on the first weekend of April.[2]

Springing the Blues Festival
Location(s)Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Years active1990 - present
WebsiteSpringing the Blues


The first Springing the Blues festival was held in 1991. The 20th anniversary edition in 2010 featured new features including an exhibit at Beaches Historical Museum and a story contest.[3] The event is free.

Past festival lineupsEdit

Past performers have included Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, Sharrie Williams, Larry McCray, Phillip Walker, Tinsley Ellis, Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women, Maurice John Vaughn, Earl King, Mitch Woods And His Rocket 88's, Susan Tedeschi, North Mississippi Allstars, Tab Benoit, Little Jimmy King, Henry Gray and the Cats, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Ruby Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, Roger "Hurricane" Wilson (2006),[4] Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Eric Steckel, Kim Reteguiz and the Black Cat Bones, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Trampled Under Foot, Alexis P. Suter Band, Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots, R. L. Burnside, Smokey Wilson, Coco Montoya, Smokin' Joe Kubek, JJ Grey & MOFRO, and Bnois King.


  • Named by Down Beat magazine as one of the top 50 Music Festivals in the World.
  • Named by SouthEast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 destination events in the country.
  • Voted in 1997 as "Best Festival in Northeast Florida" by the Folio Weekly magazine annual poll.
  • Sam Veal is the festival's founder. Springing the Blues was the first festival he produced.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Blues Foundation's List of Festivals". Blues.org. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  2. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 218. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.
  3. ^ "Springing the Blues Festival". Firstcoastnews.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  4. ^ "Roger "Hurricane" Wilson | Steve's Live Music". Steveslivemusic.com. 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2016-02-03.

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