The Marquette Area Blues Fest

Three days of world class blues music, workshops, a dance floor, vendors, and a wide array of food and beverage choices! Find out more!


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2019 Marquette Area Blues Fest Tickets On Sale Now!

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Catch Rick Estrin & the Nightcats and many more at the 16th Annual Marquette Area Blues Fest!


The sixteenth annual Marquette Area Blues Fest promises to be the best yet – starting with a FREE concert on Friday as our way of saying “Thank You” to all our supporters. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with our usual stellar lineup of blues, from local and regional bands to national and world-renowned acts!

2019 Marquette Area Blues Fest Lineup

Friday, August 30, 2019

6:00pm Eliza Neals
8:00pm The Jimmys

Saturday, August 31, 2019

1:00pm Eddie & the Bluesers
2:30pm The Delta Jets
4:00pm Bridget Kelly Band
6:00pm Shawn Pittman
8:00pm JP Soars’ Gypsy Blue Revue

Sunday, September 1, 2019

1:00pm Uncle Pete’s All-Star BBQ Blues Band
2:30pm Crosscut Kings
4:00pm Joyann Parker
6:00pm The Chris O’Leary Band
8:00pm Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

The Chris O’Leary Band will also be the host band at the Post-Festival Party at the Elks Lodge on Sunday night.





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Enjoy A Special Evening Learning About The History Of The Blues At The Peter White Public Library In Marquette!

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The Peter White Public Library and the Marquette Area Blues Society invite music lovers to a special weeknight concert: The History of Blues in America with Joey Leone on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm in the Library’s Community Room on the lower level.

This one-hour program led by music historian and acclaimed guitarist Joey Leone, along with two other musicians, covers the history, influence and impact of American blues music through songs, stories and historical facts. As a uniquely American genre of music, Joey highlight the influence of blues on virtually all contemporary music over the past seven decades as well as a recurring theme of how this style of music brought people together in good times and bad.

Joey also ties in his upbringing in Brooklyn NY, and how important the Public Library System was for his discovery, passion, and education about music and music history.

Joey has toured as a sideman guitar player for many high profile artists including Etta James, The Coasters, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, and many more.

There is no admission fee to attend thanks to sponsorship by the Marquette Area Blues Society and the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library. For more information, visit or call 226-4318.

New MABS Board Members Installed For 2019

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The Marquette Area Blues Society recently held its annual elections, and the following persons were named to the 2019 MABS Board:

Mark Hamari (President)

Mark Johnson (Vice President)

JoAnne Maki (Treasurer)

Nancy Wennerberg (Secretary)

Trustees: Charlie Bastian, Dave Crum, Cindy Engle, Dave Goetsch, Lorrie Hayes, Tom Hyslop, Brian Jensen, Jeff Kallery, Larry Letts, Walt Lindala, Ed St. Aubin, and Andrew Tyler.

Walt Lindala was also appointed the 2019 Blues Fest director.

The regular monthly board meeting time was set as every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm EST with locations to be determined.