From 1929 to 1932 Grafton was the site of a Paramount recording studio that recorded blues musicians sent up from Chicago, including Son House, Charley Patton and Henry Townsend. Townsend, the last known living bluesman to have recorded at the studio, returned to Grafton in 2006 after 76 years for the first festival celebrating Grafton’s blues history.
Now, the event is in its eighth year. Bring your own blanket or chair to this open-air event and get your blues on under the sun and stars in Grafton’s Lime Kiln Park.
Where: Lime Kiln Park, Grafton.
Hours: Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday (music starts at 5), festival opens at 11 a.m. (music at noon) Saturday.
Admission: Tickets are $15 for the weekend, $5 for just Friday. There is also a limited supply of $90 VIP tickets, which include one ticket for both days, tented VIP seating, a catered meal each day, backstage access, one meal ticket each day and unlimited beverages.
: Charles Walker Band headlines a Friday lineup that also includes Donnie Pick & the Road Band, Blind Dog Hopkins and Jonny Tbird & the Mps. The music starts Saturday with The Co-Dependents, followed by The Blues Disciples, Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners, Leroy Airmaster, Rev. Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Jim Liban Band, Janiva Magness and headliner John Nemeth, slated to hit the stage at 8 p.m.