Blues fest upcoming in Bean Blossom

Singer Gordon Bonham is among scheduled entertainers at the Southern Indiana Blues Fest.

The annual Southern Indiana Blues Fest is scheduled Aug. 25-27 at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom.

The venue has been hosting live blues since 1999.

The blues festival weekend kicks off Thursday with an open jam session hosted by the Bloomington Blues Group House Rockers. Bring your blankets, chairs, coolers and head to the Hippy Hill Stage to enjoy an evening of music beginning at 7 p.m. The jam is open to all musicians. Sign up at the Hippy Hill stage beginning at 6 pm. After the music ends, jams continue around the campground until the wee hours of the morning.

Friday and Saturday feature a full lineup of award-winning bands with a variety of different blues styles. Gates open at 10 a.m., music begins at noon on the Hippy Hill Stage and continues until 11 p.m. nightly, alternating between the Main Stage and Hippy Hill Stage. New this year are workshops from favorite artists in the Pavilion.

To get around the campground and enjoy the jams and stages, organizers are encouraging fans to rent a golf cart.

New this year will be a golf cart parade and decoration contest. The parade and contest will be at 8:30 p.m. Saturday just before Shemekia Copeland takes the stage. Prizes will be awarded. The parade will end up at the main stage for a group photo.

Here’s the schedule:

Aug. 25

7- 10 p.m.: Thursday night open jam featuring Bloomington Blues Group House Rockers, Hippy Hill Stage

Aug. 26


Noon-1 p.m.: Dustin Arbuckle, Hippy Hill Stage

1-2:30 p.m.: Donna Herula, Main Stage

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Jon McDonald & Friends, Hippy Hill Stage

3:30-5 p.m.: Gene Deer Band, Main Stage

5-6 p.m.: O2R Blues Band, Hippy Hill Stage

6-7:30 p.m.: Curtis Salgado, Main Stage

7:30-8:30 p.m.: King Bee & The Stingers, Hippy Hill Stage

8:30-10 p.m.: Carolyn Wonderland, Main Stage

10-11 p.m.: Gordon Bonham Blues Band, Hippy Hill Stage

Workshops, Pavilion

Noon-1 p.m.: Danny G

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Gordon Bonham

5-6 p.m.: Donna Herula

7:30-8:30 p.m. | Gene Deer

Aug. 27


Noon-1 p.m.: Homemade Jam, Hippy Hill Stage

1-2:30 p.m.: Tony Holiday, Main Stage

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Charlie Barath & Chris Sutton, Hippy Hill Stage

3:30-5 p.m.: Toronzo Cannon and the Chicago Way, Main Stage

5-6 p.m.: Piney Woods & the Strip Mall Wonder Band, Hippy Hill Stage

6-7:30 p.m.: Popa Chubby, Main Stage

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Highway 9 Blues Band, Hippy Hill Stage

9-10:30 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland, Main Stage

10:30-11:30 p.m.: Jason Wells Band, Hippy Hill Stage