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Blast Furnace Blues Festival
Genre Bluegrass, Blues, Blues Rock, Electric Blues, Gospel, R&B, Roots Music, Soul, Zydeco
Dates Dates vary by year
Location(s) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Years active 2011–2012, 2014-present
Founded by ArtsQuest

The Blast Furnace Blues Festival is a blues music festival, started by ArtsQuest in 2011 in conjunction with Michael Cloeren Productions. The festival is held at the Yuengling Musikfest Cafe and the Fowler Blast Furnace Room. Both venues are located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Blast Furnace Blues Festival was founded to showcase the best in contemporary and traditional blues, acoustic and electric blues, soul, zydeco and gospel music. Performers featured include national recording artists as well as local and regional performers. There was no festival held in 2013. It was removed due to the introduction of several smaller music and arts festivals, but made its return in 2014 with a completely revamped setup.

2016 line-up / March 11–13

Musikfest Cafe Stage at the ArtsQuest Center

  • Friar's Point
  • Sarah Ayers Band
  • Craig Thatcher Band
  • Ursula Ricks
  • Darrell Nulisch
  • James Armstrong
  • Coco Montoya
  • Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band
  • The BC Combo
  • The Revelers
  • Janiva Magness
  • Johnny Winter All-Stars Band
  • Charlie Musselwhite

Fowler Blast Furnace Room Stage

  • Maria Woodford Band
  • Toby Walker
  • Matt Andersen
  • James Supra

2015 line-up / March 27–29

Musikfest Cafe Stage

  • Friar’s Point
  • Mike Dugan and The Blues Mission
  • James Supra Blues Band
  • Edward David Anderson
  • Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
  • Gaye Adegbalola
  • Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
  • John Németh & the Bo-Keys
  • BC Combo
  • Carolyn Wonderland
  • Benny Turner and the Freddie King Reunion Band
  • Chris O’Leary Band
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Heritage Blues Orchestra
  • Blues Dancing with Mike and Dan Legenthal

Fowler Blast Furnace Room Stage

  • Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
  • Eric Noden & Joe Filisko
  • Edward David Anderson
  • Carolyn Wonderland
  • Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
  • Mike Mettalia & Midnight Shift
  • Maria Woodford Band
  • Roddy Barnes
  • Freddie King Reunion Band
  • Craig Thatcher Band

TD Community Stage on the Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons

  • Johnny Never & Zep Harpo
  • Nick Andrew Staver

2014 line-up / February 7–9

  • Curtis Salgado
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • The Duke Robillard Band
  • Deanna Bogart
  • JW-Jones
  • Candye Kane
  • Maria Muldaur & Midnight Scramble
  • BeauSoleil
  • Jesse Dee
  • Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters
  • Damon Fowler
  • Southern Hospitality
  • Maria Woodford Band
  • Felix y Los Gatos
  • Naomi Shelton
  • James Supra
  • BC Combo
  • Sarah Ayers
  • Dugan Thomas Band
  • Craig Thatcher Band

2012 line-up / September 14–16

  • Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
  • Marcia Ball
  • Magic Slim & The Teardrops
  • Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas
  • Lurrie Bell
  • C. J. Chenier & His Red Hot L.A. Band
  • Lazy Lester
  • Catherine Russell
  • Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
  • Smokin' Joe Kubek & B'Nois King
  • Sugar Ray & The Bluetones
  • The Campbell Brothers
  • Samantha Fish
  • Alexis P. Suter
  • James Supra
  • BC Combo
  • Sarah Ayers
  • Craig Thatcher Band
  • Mike Dugan
  • The Lesson Center Jazz Band

2011 line-up / September 16–18

  • Buckwheat Zydeco
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Bernard Allison
  • Ruthie Foster
  • Eddie Shaw & The Wolfgang
  • Dana Fuchs
  • JJ Grey & MOFRO
  • Hubert Sumlin
  • Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
  • Bob Stroger
  • Bob Margolin
  • Teeny Tucker
  • BC Combo
  • Craig Thatcher Band
  • Donavan Roberts
  • Friar's Point
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