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NYS Blues Festival returns this weekend at Clinton Square

The 16th annual New York State Blues Festival will kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Clinton Square in Syracuse and will continue on at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. The festival will end with five-time Grammy winner, blues legend Buddy Guy.

"The 16th Annual New York State Blues Festival will really showcase the blues genre to Central New York and allow visitors to experiene a great show," states Bernie Clarke, festival director, New York State Blues Festival.

The NYS Blues Festival has entered its 16th year of presenting a musical form whose roots of origin grow out of American music traditions, which is enjoyed worldwide by diverse cultures.

The festival is free. Following is this year's line-up:

Friday, July 20

Sackets Harbor Stage

5 to 5:15 p.m. Bagpipe Dudes

5:15 to 6 p.m. Arrythmics

7 to 8:30 p.m. Alexis P Suter Band

9:30 to 11 p.m. Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Cha's

Dinosaur BBQ Stage

6 to 7 p.m. Simple Life

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dark Hollow

Saturday, July 21

Hanover Square

3 to 4:30 p.m. Mark Tolstrup/Acoustic workshop & additional set

5 to 6 p.m. Bruce Katz Keyboard workshop

6:30 to 8 p.m. Carolyn Kelly & Roosevelt Dean Band

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ashley Cox

Dinosaur BBQ Stage

1 to 1:30 p.m. Mark Tolstrup

3 to 4 p.m. Bid D & Tasty Caf (c)

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Kingpins

8 to 9:30 p.m. Syracuse All-Stars I

Budweiser Stage

1:30 to 3 p.m. Sean Carney

4 to 5:30 p.m. BGW (Sue Foley, Deb Coleman, Roxanne Potvin)

6:30 to 8 p.m. Alexis P Suter Band

9:30 to 11 p.m. Tommy Castro

Sunday, July 22

Hanover Square

3 to 4 p.m. Electric Guitar workshop

5 to 6 p.m. Tom Townsley Harmonica workshop

6:30 to 8 p.m. Bad Weather Blues Band

Dinosaur BBQ Stage

1 to 1:30 p.m. Five to Life

3 to 4:30 p.m. Syracuse All-Stars II

6 to 7 p.m. Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Joe Whiting & Mark Doyle

Budweiser Stage

1:30 to 3 p.m. Walter Trout

4:30 to 6 p.m. The Mighty Lester

7 to 8:30 p.m. James Hunter

9:30 to 11 p.m. Buddy Guy

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