The 23rd edition of the New York State Blues Festival is two months-plus in the future, but time does fly.
Besides, there’s new direction at the top of the event that will bring its 23rd edition to downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square on July 10 and 11, so I invited first-year executive director Eric McElveen and one of the folks who picked him to lead, marketing director Julie Briggs, to talk about the blues for the new installment of the Mark It Up podcast for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org.
You can find the interview by clicking the link below.
We talk about what it takes to run a free-admission festival in a challenging economic climate, the mix of national talent such as Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Syracuse’s veteran The Kingsnakes, and what makes music fans tick.
Here’s the link for the fest’s site, which includes the two-day schedule.
No matter where you live, these points are worth discussion:
Would you go to a free festival no matter who’s playing, or are you a picker-and-chooser? Do you define your musical genres with a specific ear, or abandon boundaries and listen to whatever? What would it take for you to travel to another city for a two-day festival?