The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
August of 2020 Bloomington, Indiana
The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival - known as Bloomington Boogies - features acclaimed piano players, dancers, and refreshments. With free and ticketed performances at multiple venues and free educational components, the festival has been voted one of the top 10 festivals in Indiana!
Our mission is to present world-class pianists and other musical artists in ticketed and free performances in Bloomington, Indiana, and to introduce young people to the artists and to various musical styles through free educational programs.
Check back for the 2020 schedule and list of artists!
In 2019 we had free public events on Saturday, Aug. 10, multiple free and ticketed public events on Sunday, Aug. 11, and four school concerts followed by free piano workshops on Monday, Aug. 12. See the 2019 schedule for details.
Bloomington Boogies has presented some of the best blues, boogie woogie, and stride pianists in the world, outstanding Zydeco accordionists, Gospel pianists, world-class percussionists, and professional dancers. Artists have included Bob Seeley, Henry Butler, Marcia Ball, Carl Sonny Leyland, C. J. Chenier, Rob Rio, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Judy Carmichael, Daryl Davis, Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Eden Brent, Bill Sims, Jr., Mark Braun - aka Mr. B, Josh Paxton, Cynthia Girtley, Scott Patterson, Ricky Nye, Bruce "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, Noah Selo, and Michelle Brentano. Our rhythm section has included Alfred "Uganda" Roberts/congas, Gordon Bonham/guitar, Joe Donnelly/sax, Ron Kadish/bass, Dan Hosteler/drums, and Lori Brenner/percussion.
Explore our website and click below for photos and videos from past festivals.