The 17th annual Cincy Blues Fest takes place this weekend (8/7 – 8/8) at Sawyer Point along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. This year’s festival will feature more than 50 local, national and international Blues acts on three different stages.

Friday’s performances will start at 5pm and last until midnight and cost $10 at the gate (free for Blues Society members with membership card). The headliner on Friday is award winning vocalist Janiva Magness.

On Saturday the music will start at 2:30pm and once again last until midnight giving you plenty of time to work your way up to the newly opened Righteous Room in the Backstage District downtown. Back to the festival…Saturday’s nearly nine hours of music on three different stages will cost you $15 at the gate (once again, free for Blues Society members).

Event organizers say that there will be lots of food and refreshments including Cincinnati’s own Little Kings and Christian Moerlein beer products. For a full list of performers and volunteer opportunities visit the event website:

Be sure to keep the Blues fun rolling on Sunday at Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market for its Blue, Brews and BBQ. The 2009 Blue BBQ will feature some great BBQ cooked up by the Essen Strasse Grillers. Event goers will also be able to grab a beer at the OTR Biergarten, and listen to three different Blues and Gospel bands. This event is free and runs from 10am to 4pm on Essen Strasse.