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 acclaimed 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.
The next festival will be Aug. 11 - 13, 2018!
The 2017 public activities took place August 13, with school concerts and piano workshops on Aug. 14. The festival also partnered with Media Sponsor The Ryder Magazine and Film Series in screening I AM THE BLUES, a film of interest to blues, boogie woogie piano and general music lovers, with free admission for festival ticket holders.
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 and amateur swing dancers.
The main public venues are located in downtown Bloomington, Indiana, and include the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center and Malibu Grill on the Square, the site of "Bloomington Boogies After Hours". Along with public performances we present free concerts and piano workshops in schools.
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