Do you want to know the best place to hear the soulful sound of blues music in New York City? Look no further than the Big Eyed Blues Festival right here in Brooklyn. For over ten years, this festival has hosted blues musicians from across the country for three full days of live music and events. This year, a number of shows will lead up to the main event on Sunday, October 16th.
In years past, the Big Eyed Blues Festival has had an all-star lineup with performances by the legendary Bobby Rush, the Ebony Hillbillies, Solomon Hicks Quartet, and Beareather & The Brown Liquor Sounds, just to name a few. Dozens of other artists and ensembles have also been featured. Whether you’re a Brooklyn native or are just passing through, the Big Eyed Blues Festival is a must-see event this fall.
Highlights of the Big Eyed Blues Festival
Although the 2016 Big Eyed Blues Festival is still in the early stages of planning, you can get ready to attend the event now! To give you an idea of what to expect this year, here are some highlights from the 2015 festival.
“Roots to Blues”
The 10th annual Big Eyed Blues Festival kicked off on Thursday, October 8th with a free event at the Kumble Theater at Long Island University. “Roots to Blues” was co-hosted by radio DJ Manny Faces and blues vocalist Bill Sims Jr., along with jazz and blues photographer Arnie Goodman. The hosts had an informative discussion about blues music, its history, and its leading artists.
“Women in Blues-Brooklyn” and “Lady Fingerz”
The live music started on Friday, October 9th at the Brooklyn Historical Society, a museum, library, and educational center that often hosts local cultural events. This second night of the Big Eyed Blues Festival featured two programs: Women in Blues-Brooklyn and Lady Fingerz. For just $25, guests could attend both shows. The programs highlighted prominent women in blues, including Beareather Reddy, Madame Pat Tandy, Sweet Georgia Brown, Regina Bonelli, Kim Clarke, B.B. Queen from Nashville, TN, and more.
Big Eyed Blues Main Event
The main event of the Big Eyed Blues Festival was held on Saturday night at the Kumble Theater. This event showcased the biggest and best blues musicians from across the country. For $40, guests could listen to a range of different blues styles performed by a number of award-winning artists. Be sure to check the event website for a full lineup and performance schedule for the 11th Annual Big Eyed Blues Festival.
Experience the Big Eyed Blues Festival with At Home In Brooklyn!
Make your plans to attend this year’s event by booking your stay with At Home In Brooklyn! Overlooking Prospect Park on one of the most beautiful and historic streets in Brooklyn, our luxurious bed and breakfast is just a 10-minute walk from the Brooklyn Museum where the Big Eyed Blues Festival is held. We can’t wait to hear about your experience at the festival!