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Bring on the Blues

Silver City's 18th annual Blues Festival is May 24-26.


Greg Renfro won't be on the bill for this year's Silver City Blues Festival, May 24-26, but there will be plenty of good listening nonetheless. The 18th annual free event, sponsored by the Mimbres Region Arts Council, will once again fill Gough Park with music, fans, food and fun.

Among this year's headliners:

  • Tommy Castro and the Painkillers — "He can do no wrong… soulful, heartfelt vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar. An inspired blend of blues, R&B, soul and roadhouse rock," says Blues Revue. Says the legendary Carlos Santana, "Tommy Castro has the voice and the sound to touch everybody's heart."

  • Corey Harris and the Rasta Blues Experience — Harris has performed, recorded and toured with many of the top names in music. In 2007, Harris received the MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which recognized him as an artist who "forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism."

  • Maria Muldaur & the Red Hot Bluesiana Band — Maria Muldaur is best known world wide for her 1974 Grammy-nominated mega-hit "Midnight at the Oasis." Since then, her career has been a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American roots music. In her latest release she comes full circle, returning to her "Bluesiana" roots.

The complete schedule (all events free at Gough Park except as noted):


Friday, May 24, 2013

9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Kick-Off Dance, The Memphis P-Tails, Buffalo Dance Hall, $12


Saturday, May 25

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Austin Jimmy Murphy

1:45-2:45 p.m.: Bob Andrews

3:15-4:45 p.m.: Felix y Los Gatos

5:15-6:45 p.m.: Mississippi Heat

7:15-9 p.m.: Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Performers Jam with musicians from the festival, Buffalo Dance Hall, $12


Sunday, May 26

12-1 p.m.: The Oversouls

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Chris Dracup & Hillary Smith

3:00-4:30 p.m.: Maria Muldaur & the Red Hot Bluesiana Band

5:00-6:30 p.m.: Corey Harris and The Rasta Blues Experience


For tickets to paid events and more information, see www.mimbresarts.org.



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