The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
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The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival featured acclaimed musicians, dancers, and refreshments. With free and ticketed performances and free educational activities, the festival was voted a top 10 festival in Indiana! The festival began in 2015 and took place annually, was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19, and ended in 2022.
Our mission was to present world-class performers in Bloomington, Indiana, and to introduce young people to the artists and to various musical styles through free educational activities.
Bloomington Boogies presented blues, boogie woogie, Gospel, and stride pianists, outstanding Zydeco accordionists, world-class percussionists, and professional dancers. Artists included Bob Seeley, Henry Butler, Marcia Ball, Carl Sonny Leyland, C. J. Chenier, Rob Rio, Judy Carmichael, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Daryl Davis, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Eden Brent, Bill Sims, Jr., Mark Braun (Mr. B), Josh Paxton, Cynthia Girtley, Scott Patterson, Ricky Nye, "Sunpie" Barnes, Ben Toury, Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, Henri Herbert, Keith McCutchen, Katharina Alber, Michael Drexler, Cassidy Gephart, Josh Christina, David Barry, Mike Lucas, Craig Brenner, Ross Martinie Eiler, Jeremy Stevenson, Michelle Brentano, and Noah Selo. Our rhythm section included Uganda Roberts/congas, Gordon Bonham/guitar, Joe Donnelly/sax, Ron Kadish/bass, Dan Hostetler/drums, and Lori Brenner/percussion.
Click below for photos and videos from
- the first Bloomington Boogies, Aug. 9 - 10, 2015
- the second Bloomington Boogies, Aug. 14 - 15, 2016
- the third Bloomington Boogies, Aug. 13 - 14, 2017
- the fourth and fifth festivals in August of 2018 and 2019
Bloomington Boogies was accessible to people with disabilities.