8th Annual Polk Street Blues Festival
According to many, the American contribution to the world musical scene crests and plateaus with the blues. Although this part of its heritage is often brushed over in favor of gentler stories from its multifaceted past, the blues are easily traced back to songs sung by slaves working under inhumane conditions predominantly in the southern states. These songs also form part of a rich tradition of music sung throughout the numerous regions of Africa, so “the blues” as we know them today are truly a fascinating result of sonic evolution. Today, these songs of loss, love, and despair have won the hearts of people from throughout the globe, and this is evidenced not only by the numerous bands dedicated simply to performing this type of music but also by the numerous festivals held with the blues at their core.
For those living or visiting the Bay Area on the 18th and 19th of August, there is no better time nor place to experience the best of contemporary blues expression than Polk Street. Now, many will recall that the Polk Street Blues Festival recently relocated from its classic location to Martinez, changing its name along the way to the Bay Area Blues Festival. Now, for the first time in five years, the blues are returning to Polk Street!
Heading down to Polk Street, you can walk all the way from California Street to Post Street listening to live music, visiting lovely restaurants with extraordinary food, and browsing through the locally made arts and crafts at booths set up throughout the event area.
The Polk Street Blues Festival is completely free to attend, and the two main stages of live music will keep enough world-class blues music and its variants pumping through the air to make even the most arhythmic among you tap their toes and try to dance. Along the way, you will wander through one of San Francisco’s most beautiful areas, from the historic Ghiradelli Square to Market Street, the Civic Center, and City Hall.
The 8th Annual Polk Street Blues Festival will take place on the weekend of August 18th and 19th, and it will run from 10:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening on both of these days. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor hail will keep the blues players from their passion, so we hope to see you there!