Announcing the 29th Annual Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival

Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment presents
Announcing amazing line-up for 29th annual event
September 1 & 2, 2017 • Peoria, Illinois
Dr. John • John Butler Trio • John Mayall
Keller Williams • Walter Trout • Tinsley Ellis ‘Blues Is Dead’
Matthew Curry • Steady Flow • Harper & Midwest Kind and many more!

Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment in association with the Illinois Blues Coalition are proud to present the PEORIA BLUES & HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL – Live at Riverfront Festival Park in Peoria, IL on September 1st & 2nd, 2017.

A Labor Day Weekend tradition, now in it’s 29th year, the PEORIA BLUES & HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL returns with another 2 days of music on 3 stages, great workshops, the ‘Road to Memphis International Blues Challenge, delicious food & unique vendors, and of course, an amazing lineup of world class artists.

With the beautiful Illinois River valley as the backdrop, the PEORIA BLUES & HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL celebrates the Blues as well as all genres of music that stem from the Blues: roots, funk, soul and everything in between.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more announcements!

Early bird 2-day tickets are just $50 and are available Friday, June 3. Buy tickets early and save off the gate price! There will only be a limited number of early bird tickets available at this price, and the price may go up without notice. Tickets will be available online at, by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX, The Co-Op Shop (East Peoria and Peoria locations), and Co-Op Records (Pekin).

“The Road To Memphis” International Blues Challenge
Our blues festival is home to the competition leading up to the Blues Foundation’s, “International Blues Challenge.” The River City Blues Society is sponsoring “The Road To Memphis.” This is your opportunity to see the best of the independent blues bands competing for their place in history. Featuring some the hottest blues slingers from around the Midwest. Not to be missed.

Interesting Workshops!
Want to learn how to play the Blues? Our blues music historian presents another great schedule of interesting music workshops. Located in the Heritage Tent, these interactive workshops are held throughout the weekend and are fun for both the novice and the expert.

Great Food & Blues Alley!
A Blues and Heritage Festival favorite! The festival is known for its great BBQ and other delicious food. Stroll the beautiful RiverFront Festival Park, located on the scenic Illinois River and enjoy the many merchandise vendors in our “Blues Alley” It’s always a great time at the Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival.

Promoter Jay Goldberg has been telling the a festival story for 29 years and…… it is! “Peoria has a long tradition and has always been a major influence in blues music. It began with the days when the blues masters would travel from Chicago, down the Illinois River to St. Louis, and then on to New Orleans. Peoria was, and still is, the place to stop. Even the blues men & women knew the cliche’, “Will it play in Peoria?” I hope you enjoy this year’s Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival. Don’t forget your lawn chair. It’s all just for you! “The Blues Plays In Peoria!”

More information on the festival is available at the official festival website:

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