New Blues Festival VIII is coming

Image courtesy of Facebook/Bill Grisolia & The New Blues Festival All-Stars

New Blues Festival VIII is coming!

Get  ready for what people are calling the one and only “year-ending Blues Festival in Southern California.”  Presented in partnership with the Long Beach Blues Society, this event will take place on Saturday, November 13, at the popular Shoreline Aquatic Park, at 200 Aquarium Way, in Long Beach, California. 

Activities and Events 

There will be several different activities and events at this family-friendly festival.  There will not only be two large, live music stages but food for sale and a vendor village as well.

Artists and Entertainers

Tito Jackson/Image courtesy of Doug Deutsch Publicity Services/Photo by Steve Hart

This year the festival features a line-up of several entertainers.  They include R&B artist and Gulf Coast Records recording artist Tito Jackson, award-winning blues singer Sugar Ray Rayford, Los Angeles-based blues guitarist Laurie Morvan, and the recently-formed group Bill Grisolia & the New Blues All-Stars.

Sugar Ray Rayford/Image courtesy of the artist

Additional acts include New Orleans blues guitarist Lester Lands, multi-genre singer and musician Corday, blues-rock threesome The Disciplez, native and She Wears Black featuring local blues songstress Shy But Fly, Tex-Mex blues band Redd House, surfboard shaper and musician Dano Forte, Lester Lands’ Gospel Brunch, and blues harpist TJ Norton & The Suitcase.  The master of ceremonies for this year’s festival is blues deejay, Ann The Raven, host of the Sunday night KCSN 88.5/Cal State Northridge radio show “Ann The Raven’s Blues” from 7:00 pm to  9:00 pm.

A History-Making Show

Bill Grisolia and the New Blues Festival All Stars/Image courtesy of Doug Deutsch Publicity Services

In a recent electronic missive festival promoter and curator, Bill Grisolia spoke of the upcoming event.  He said: “This is the eighth New Blues Festival, the sixth in Long Beach, and the first time the New Blues Festival will be held in the prime Entertainment Destination of Shoreline Aquatic Park, which is a peninsula of land surrounded on three sides by water.”

He added: “One side of the Peninsula is located in the Pacific Channel, which leads to the Los Angeles River tributary. The other side Is Rainbow Harbor, which includes both working fishing and charter boats as well as all types of pleasure crafts. Across from the tip of the Peninsula is the tip of Shoreline Village,  with its iconic Lighthouse Restaurant.”

Image courtesy of Doug Deutsch Publicity Services

Grisolia noted: “Shops and restaurants highlight the Shoreline Village experience including the original Yard House Restaurant. Next to the park is the Aquarium of the Pacific, with its recent $53 million Pacific Visions addition.  The Aquarium is known throughout Southern California for its Rescue and Rehabilitation efforts and for its work with school children from across the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.”

He concluded: “The Festival will seek to add a kick-off event on Friday, November 12 to be arranged perhaps with a host hotel.”  Grisolia not only fronts the New Blues Festivals All-Stars, but he is also the lead singer and keyboardist for the Long Beach-based band, New Blues Revolution.

Tickets and Further Information

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The live show kicks off when the gates open at 9:00 am.  Tickets are priced as follows: 

  • General Admission Tickets: $50.00
  • Gold Tickets (includes assigned stage-front seating, waitress service, preferred parking, access to exclusive bottle service, access to food vendors, merchandise vendors bar, and beer trailer): $100.00
  • VIP Tickets (includes artist meet and greets, stage-front viewing area, catered food, special access to the backstage area, exclusive VIP Lounge with  VIP Happy Hour, non-alcoholic beverages, preferred parking, discounts at the New Blue Festival merchandise booth, access to food vendors, merchandise vendors bar, and beer trailer): $150.00  

For tickets and/or additional information call (707) 57-Blues or visit the New Blues Festival website.