Silver City Blues Festival Shines Again

One of the advantages of living in Silver City, New Mexico is the annual Blues Festival (now known as the Blues and Bike Festival). What’s really special is that it’s FREE! This was the 21st in the long history of blues festivals here, sponsored by the Mimbres Arts Council. It happens every Memorial Day Weekend from Friday evening through Sunday late afternoon (7 pm this year). A large crowd of (peaceful) bikers show up on their Harleys, Hondas and other bikes. Plenty of visitors join the locals for the music.

This year, the Taj Mahal Trio headlined Saturday night, from 7:30 to 9 pm with their slow blues. We really liked Zac Harmon, who preceded Taj Mahal. On Sunday we caught award-winning soul blues singer Missy Andersen and her band. We missed some other great bands or heard parts of their performances: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Harlis Sweetwater Band, Edie Steed and the Roadrunners, Heather “Lil Mama” Hardy and more.

Here’s a short clip of Missy Andersen:

If you can’t live here, at least you should come visit! There’s lots of art galleries, some decent restaurants and other special events like the annual tour of the Gila (bicycle race), craft festivals, chocolate fantasia and more.

9 thoughts on “Silver City Blues Festival Shines Again”

  1. Oh thanks for this wonderful share John. How fun that must have been.
    And you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to come there. . .I’m dying to see New Mexico, and I’d have you for a great tour guide.
    Maybe next year, or by some miracle this fall? 🙂

      1. I sure hope to take you up on that. How far are you from Albuquerque? I’d really like to visit some of Georgia O’keefe’s work.

        1. The sites from which she painted landscapes are near Abiquiu, which is northwest of Santa Fe. Her art is in a museum in Santa Fe. We’re 200 miles south southwest of Albuquerque nearly another hour from Santa Fe. Silver City is at the apex of a triangle between Lordsburg and Deming, which are both on Interstate 10, we’re 45 miles or so from either of them to the north.

          1. You’re welcome. BTW: I am scheduling posts on this and my writing blog for while I am away. May not get to moderating or responding.

          2. I WILL be stepping away from the computer in a couple hours, then it’s off to Tucson for tomorrow’s flight. BTW: we do have a guest room. Don’t forget to check out the new and improved TTFN

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