Welcome to the Annual Santa Cruz Blues Festival
The annual Santa Cruz Blues Festival is a great music event that helps discover new talents and showcases the best of the blues, from Chicago-blues icons to aspiring musicians. Visit the festival to enjoy a variety of music styles, from New Orleans' songwriter blues and guitar-slinging blues men to the soulful music performed by today's top blues vocalists and gospel blues that would speak right to your soul.
The Santa Cruz Blues Festival is held on Memorial Day weekend in picturesque Aptos Village Park, featuring a natural amphitheater lined by historic redwood trees. This festival has become a destination event for music lovers from around the world due to the unique mix of world-class music performed on the state-of-the-art stage and unsurpassed natural beauty of Central California coastline, making blues artists and their fans come here over and over again. Among the musicians that performed on the festival stage are Luther Allison, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, Charles Brown, Koko Taylor, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan, to name just a few.
Not once has the SCBF stage hosted blues guitar master and multiple Grammy winner Buddy Guy along with a number of current blues guitar slingers, who never failed to impress even the savviest music fans. Young gifted guitarist and singer Jonny Lang, Shemekia Copeland, the daughter of great Johnny Clyde Copeland, and guitarist/singer Bernard Allison, the son of the late Luther Allison, also have become the festival favorites with their energetic mix of blues funk and soul.
Visit the festival to hear the Los Angeles-based Coco Montoya wring tears from his guitar strings, enjoy hip-grinding funky blues played by Tommy Castro and get inspired by the revered gospel blues of the Holmes Brothers. To learn more about great musicians who shaped the history of jazz consider visiting the National Blues Museum showcasing Mississippi musicians and reading about the most authentic old-time blues artists.
Johnny "Clyde" Copeland
Bobby "Blue" Bland
John Lee Hooker
Clarence Gatemouth Brown