Music preview: Major change at Kalamazoo Blues Fest for 2017

After 23 years, Kalamazoo Blues Festival had to adapt or come to an end. 
Happily, opting for the former, folks at Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association have partnered with Wings Stadium to make the 2017 Kalamazoo Blues Festival a reality. 
Without a change in venue, there would have been no Kalamazoo Blues Festival this year, said KVBA spokesperson Lynn Headapohl. 

“While this is a huge change, you’re going to find it hard to beat this year’s experience. People have worked really hard to make it happen.” 

Headapohl said this year’s lineup is “the most exciting we have ever brought to Kalamazoo.“
Headliners include The Fabulous Thunderbirds, featuring Kim Wilson; Robbin Ford and the Supersonic Blues Machine; Joe Louis Walker; Toronzo Cannon; Bobby Rush and Caroline Wonderland.

Wings has undergone major renovations, including improvements to the acoustics
”We are also working on an outdoor element for this festival, which will include beer, games and music piped from indoors,” Headapohl said. “We also plan to incorporate our music education and a children’s activity area on one of the days. We also changed the festival from a Thursday, Friday and Saturday event to a Friday through Sunday to more easily accommodate out-of-town guests.“

Check out the sponsors of the new Fest, as well as - the place for Everything Blues™ to get your Blues gear to wear at the Festival this year.

Tickets are available at the Wings Event Center box office, with a $2 handling fee.

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