The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
August 11 - 13, 2018 Bloomington, Indiana
The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival - known as Bloomington Boogies - features acclaimed piano players, dancers, food and beverages. With free and ticketed performances at multiple venues and free educational components, the 2016 festival was voted one of the top 10 festivals in Indiana!
Our mission is to present piano players in ticketed and free performances and to present free educational programs, so that young people and young pianists are exposed to world-class artists in Bloomington, Indiana.
In 2018 the festival expanded to three days of events:
- On Aug. 11, in partnership with Media Sponsor WFHB, we presented a free preview at 11 a.m. during "Saturday's Child" at the Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St., featuring Cynthia Girtley, Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, Craig Brenner, Joe Donnelly and Lori Brenner. The program had standing room only and was carried live on WFHB!
- On Aug. 12, activities took place outside and inside the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St., with free performances beginning outside at 1 p.m. and throughout the afternoon, and ticketed performances in the Whikehart Auditorium beginning at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- More free performances began at 8 p.m. at Bloomington Boogies After Hours at Malibu Grill, 106 N. Walnut St.
- On Aug. 13, we presented concerts for students, faculty, and staff at Fairview and Templeton Elementary Schools and at Tri-North Middle School, followed by free piano workshops at all three schools.
In 2017, we presented public performances on August 13 and school concerts and workshops on Aug. 14. We also partnered with The Ryder Magazine and Film Series in screening I AM THE BLUES, a film of interest to blues and boogie woogie lovers, with free admission for those with festival ticket stubs.
Bloomington Boogies has presented some of the best blues and boogie woogie pianists in the world, along with outstanding Zydeco accordionists, Gospel pianists and world-class percussionists. Artists have included Bob Seeley, Henry Butler, Marcia Ball, Carl Sonny Leyland, C. J. Chenier, Rob Rio, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Bill Sims, Jr., Mark Braun - aka Mr. B, Josh Paxton, Cynthia Girtley, Ricky Nye, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, Katharina Alber, Cassidy Gephart, David Barry, Mike Lucas, Craig Brenner, Ross Martinie Eiler, and Michelle Brentano. Our rhythm section has included Alfred "Uganda" Roberts/congas, Gordon Bonham/guitar, Joe Donnelly/sax, Ron Kadish/bass, and Dan Hosteler/drums. We have also presented professional swing dancers.
Explore our website to see what is in store this year - and click below for photos and videos from past festivals.