2014 Big Muddy Blues Festival | 30 Bands – 20 Hours of Music

Monday August 25, 2014

BigMuddyBluesfestThis Labor Day weekend the largest blues festival in St. Louis – the Big Muddy Blues Festival – has got your number with 30 bands, 20 hours of music and three stages over two funky days and nights on historic Laclede’s Landing. Expected to be the most vibrant Muddy yet, the festival will feature an expanded musical lineup with plenty of Blues styles that will have you tapping your toes on the newly rebuilt Landing cobblestone streets.

When and Where:
The festival is Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31, from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. on the Historic Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis.  There are three outdoor stages set up for performances during the festival. To attend the Budweiser Main Stage you might purchase tickets, but the concerts at the other two stages are free. Many restaurants on Laclede’s Landing also offer food and drink specials during the festival, so it’s easy to find a cold beer or a bite to eat. The well-known musicians perform on the Budweiser Main Stage.  This year’s headliners on the Budweiser Main stage are Blues-Rock guitarist singer and 2012 Blues Music Award Winner – Samantha Fish, and Blues Guitarist Guitar Shorty well known for his explosive guitar style. General admission tickets are $10 a day. There are also VIP tickets for $50 a day or a two-day VIP pass for $90. Tickets can be purchased online here. Here is the Main Stage schedule of performers:

Saturday, August 30

  • 4:30 p.m. – Steve Scorfina’s Soul Steel
  • 6:30 p.m. – Goodbye June
  • 8:30 p.m. – Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials
  • 10:30 p.m. – Samantha Fish

Sunday, August 31

  • 3:00 p.m. – The Brothers
  • 5:30 p.m. – Kim Massie
  • 8:00 p.m. – Kenny Neal
  • 10:00 p.m. – Guitar Shorty

Free Music Options: There’s also plenty of free music during the Big Muddy Blues Festival. The two additional stages feature popular local artists.  The Morgan stage is located at Morgan Street and North Second.  The Lucas stage is located at Lucas Avenue and North Second. The free music runs each day from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and includes performances from local favorites like the Soulard Blues Band, Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers and more. There is also a free preview concert featuring local acts on Friday, August 29 at 6 p.m. Here is the schedule of performers for the two free stages:

Saturday, August 30
Morgan Stage

  • 3:00 p.m. Hudson and the HooDoo Cats
  • 5:00 p.m. Melissa Neels
  • 7:00 p.m. Soulard Blues Band
  • 9:00 p.m. Trip Daddy’s

Lucas Stage

  • 3:00 p.m. Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers
  • 5:00 p.m. Eugene Johnson & Co.
  • 7:30 p.m. Billy Barnett Blues Band
  • 9:30 p.m. Tinsley Ellis-Atlanta GA – (Electric Blues with Southern Roots)Alligator Records 83′-09 / Heartfixer Records 2013-Present

Sunday, August 31
Lucas Stage

  • 3:00 p.m. Blue Bayou (Tribute to Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville)
  • 5:00 p.m. Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing
  • 7:00 p.m. Big Mike Aguirre & the Blu City All Stars
  • 9:00 p.m. Homemade Jamz- Tupelo,Mississippi (Blues) Ages 21, 19, and 15 “These young kids have got energy, talent and do the blues proud with their own flavor. I believe they’ve got a GREAT future ahead.” – B.B. King

Morgan Stage

  • 3:00 p.m. Wrath of Khan
  • 5:00 p.m. Tony Campanella
  • 7:30 p.m. Steve Pecaro
  • 9:30 p.m. Marsha Evans and the Coalition

Transportation: The best methods of transportation will be taxi, car or MetroLink.  Downtown St. Louis offers visitors several public transportation options through the Metropolitan St. Louis Transit Agency. With six downtown stops on the MetroLink light-rail system and regular service from over 15 MetroBus lines, public transit is an easy option for getting around St. Louis. Metrolink and MetroBus fares vary between $2.00 and $7.50, depending on which fare type is right for you. Laclede’s Landing is accessible via the Arch-Laclede’s Landing MetroLink station stop.

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