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B.B. King and Brian Setzer Headline Doheny Blues Festival

01:09 PM Thursday 3/26/09 | |

The lineup for the 12th annual Doheny Blues Festival landed on our doorstep today. Happening May 16 & 17 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif., the event promises blues for all occasions with performances from Keb’ Mo', John Hammond, The Derek Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

  • B.B. King

    Club Nokia, Los Angeles, Calif.
    December 27, 2008

    (AP Photo)

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There aren’t many better ways to spend a May weekend than grooving on a California beach soaking up the rays, surf and blues, and the Doheny Blues Festival has another spectacular lineup, with Brian Setzer & The Nashvillains headlining the Saturday, May 16 party, while blues master B.B. King closes out Sunday, May 17.

In addition to Setzer, Saturday’s lineup also includes Keb’ Mo’, Elvin Bishop with special guest John Nemeth, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, John Hammond, Sven Zetterberg, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm, Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, White Boy James & The Blues Express, The 44’s and Greg Young.

  • Keb' Mo'

    3 Rivers Music Festival.
    April 6, 2003

    (Chris McKay / concertshots.com)

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Along with King, Sunday’s billing also lists The Derek Trucks Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue (Tommy Castro Band, Kenny Neal, Magic Dick and Janiva Magness), Ruthie Foster, Coco Montoya, Porterhouse Bob & Down To The Bone and The Memphis Kings, with two more artists to be announced.

The festival also has a third stage – the Backporch – which will feature intimate, acoustic sets by many of the bands and artists appearing on the two main stages, including John Hammond, Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm and Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys.

If you’re worried about all that blues making you thirsty, don’t despair. The festival will also host a microbrew tasting at the Backporch stage. Other attractions include an international food court and the Blackstone Wine Lounge.

Promoted by Omega Events, general admission tickets cost $48 per day, but $78 will get you a two-day pass. Kids' passes, along with VIP and backstage passes, are also available.

  • Buckwheat Zydeco

    Turner Hall, Milwaukee, Wis.
    February 12, 2009

    (Joe Hargreaves/ConcertLivewire.com)

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“We have always looked to the future when programming Doheny Blues, and this year is no exception with The Derek Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals,” Omega Events president Rich Sherman said. “From top to bottom, this year’s Doheny lineup is our strongest yet!”

For ticket information, please visit OmegaEvents.com.


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