Blues festival to kick off in York next week

From staff reportsSeptember 24, 2013 

— The Arts Council of York County’s ninth annual Blues and Jazz Festival kicks off in downtown York on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St.

The opening show will feature blues musician Biscuit Miller from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10.

The festival continues with a restaurant crawl in Old Town Rock Hill from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, where seven restaurants, pubs and other venues will host blues and jazz musicians.

Admission is $10. Sites and their performers are the City Club of Rock Hill, Carrie Marshall; courtroom at the Gettys Center, Bristo Blue with The Oneppo Brothers Band and opening acts LSD and Anni Loggins; Erin’s Restaurant, Thel Petty; Jimmy John’s, Curley White; McHale’s Irish Pub, Willie “Bluesman” Roach; Millstone Pizza + Taphouse, Ironing Board Sam; and Thi’s on Main, Gabriel Bello.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, for a day of family blues and jazz performances and other activities. Admission is free.

The Saturday event will include performances by the York County Ballet and Common Ground, arts and crafts, story time with the York County Library, instrument demonstrations and more.

The festival is produced by Bobby Plair Jr.

Tickets purchased in advance online for Friday night’s event must be exchanged for a bracelet at a Main Street ticket booth on the night of the crawl. The bracelet gives festival-goers access to all seven venues. Tickets may be purchased at the door on Thursday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 4.

For tickets or more information, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787 or visit the website at www.yorkcountyarts.org.

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