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The New York State Blues Festival celebrates the American musical genre about living life and telling stories!


Everyone has a story to tell, whether on stage at the annual New York State Blues Festival, or one of the thousands in the crowd below. That is the essence of the musical genre being celebrated at one of the most anticipated local Syracuse events of the year. Founded in 1991, the NYS Blues Festival is more than just one of the best free festivals in the country. The NYS Blues Festival 2018 is a community-focused festival, whose mission is to promote and cultivate the great American genre of music known as the Blues! Yet this year, many in the downtown Syracuse area will descend upon Clinton Square for an even larger celebration than ever before!

‘What’s happening in Syracuse?’ Come June 28-30, there will be no better answer than the NYS Blues Festival which has added an extra day of good vibes and fun times to this year’s lineup! A good blues musician has the ability to strike a chord deep within the listener’s soul. Thus, the New York State Blues Festival conveys these same emotions while showcasing a collection of regional and nationally-known artists. The headliners like Anders Osborne, Larkin Poe, and Paulie Cerra may not burn up the charts like Taylor Swift, but we promise that their music will stay with you long past the last strum of the guitar.

With this year’s event extending to three days in Downtown Syracuse, plan ahead and book a room with us at the nearby Marriott Syracuse Downtown hotel. Being located less than a mile away from Clinton Square, the thoughtfully designed Marriott Syracuse hotel offers all the comforts of home for both those traveling from afar to the locals just wishing for the perfect base to fully enjoy a blues-filled staycation!