The New York State Blues Festival is excited to announce its headlining acts for their 2023 event happening June 15 - 17 at Chevy Court at the NYS Fairgrounds. The New York State Blues Festival is one of the largest FREE blues events in the Northeast. This annual 3 day musical celebration, showcases a collection of regional and national artists from multiple genres, all with roots steeped in tradition and vision, and arranges them for a continuous river of music.

Headlining night one of the 3 day fest will be blues rock guitar duo Blood Brothers featuring Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia on Thursday June 15. On Friday night June 16, Memphis based group, Southern Avenue, will bring their deeply soulful funky grooves to the evening’s top spot. The long running festival, founded in 1992, saves the happening’s biggest name for last though, as blues legend Buddy Guy, brings his Damn Right Farewell tour in for the event’s close. Guitar powerhouse, Samantha Fish, who’ll be touring with Buddy, plays the support spot just prior to the blues journeyman. For more information about festival performers please visit

A variety of food vendors will be onsite and wine & beer will be sold. Retail & craft vendors will also be set up market style for fest-goers’ shopping pleasure. A list will be provided at a later date.

The festival is free to attend, with all ages welcomed. Parking in the Fairground’s Brown Lot is available for $10 per car and $5 per motorcycle. ADA parking is in the Emerald Lot. Proceeds from the parking fees help to offset expenses and to keep the New York State Blues Festival admission-free. Lawn chairs are welcomed.

For those looking to enhance their experience, ProAct Blues Club VIP passes are currently available. Early Bird pricing is in effect until 11am Friday, April 7. In addition the festival is offering onsite camping at the Fairgrounds Empire RV Park with two and three night packages available. Also, participating area hotels are offering discounted rates for festival attendees. For more information on VIP packages, RV sites, and hotel reservations, please visit our website at

The mission of the NYS Blues Festival is to preserve, protect and promote blues music and culture. The Syracuse, NY festival entertains while educating on the role of the blues in the development of popular music in the US and around the world.

Sponsored by:
Bud Light & TJ Sheehan
Cannon Pools and Spas
Sedgewick Business Interiors
United Healthcare
Joshua Johnson Design
Gianelli Sausage
JJ Lane Construction
Dunham Hall Family
IMS Inc.
D’Arcangelo & Co. LLP
Newman & Lickstein
C&S Companies
Empower Federal Credit Union
Performance Harley Davidson
Americu Credit Union
Holiday Inn Liverpool Airport - Host Hotel
Scolaro, Fetter, Grizanti, & McGough P.C. Attorneys at Law
NYS Music
News Channel 9
Beat Street Music

Grants & Government Funding:
CNY Arts
Visit Syracuse
The Central New York Community Foundation

Gifford Foundation

Onondaga County