Blues festival returns to Winthrop

Too Slim and the Taildraggers will return to the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festivail at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, July 22.

WINTHROP — The 31st annual Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival returns to the Methow Valley this weekend, July 20-22.

Events will take place at the Blues Ranch, one mile west of town of Highway 20.

The festival is a three-day event filled with national and regional entertainment for all ages.

There is on site camping available, food vendors, art vendors, portable showers and a beer garden.

The Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival is the largest and longest running festival in the state, according to organizers.

The festival is organized by the Winthrop Music Association (WMA), a non-profit organization.

On Friday, July 20, the festival opens with a special concert in the beer garden.

The Winthrop Music Association donates proceeds from the Friday night concert to the Cove food bank and other non profits, according to organizers. The beer garden festivities continue Saturday and Sunday nights with top performances. Lady “A” and Stan Street will be returning as the festival’s emcees.

Friday night’s line up begins at 6:45 p.m. with Brett Benton and Gordon Townsend. Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager and Friends will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The Welch Ledbetter Connection takes the stage at at 9:30p.m., and at 11:30p.m., Dirty Revival wraps up the evening.

Saturday brings Brett Benton and Gordon Townsend at 11 a.m. Curtis Salgado & Alan Hagar and Friends will entertain at 12:30 p.m. followed by Dirty Revival at 2p.m.,

The Welch Ledbetter Connection will take the stage at 4p.m, followed by Lydia Pense and Cold Blood at 6p.m.

The California Honeydrops will take the stage at 8p.m., and Samantha Fish at 10p.m.

From 11:30p.m. to closing, the beer garden will feature Methow Juke Joint All Stars featuring the Mike’s emceed by Randy Oxford and Stan Street.

Sunday brings plenty of entertainment, too.

Steele White Gospel Hour featuring LaRhonda Steele, Lady “A”, Peter Dammann and Dave Fleschner will perform at 11 a.m. followed by “Ridin’ with the King” BB King Tribute featuring Mark Dufresne, Kim Field, John Hodgkin and Tim Sherman at 12:30 p.m.

Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble will take the stage at 2 p.m. followed by Too Slim and the Taildraggers at 3:45p.m.

Pimps of Joytime will perform at 5:30 p.m.

The Los Lonely Boys will entertain at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Methow Juke Joint Allstars featuring Curley Taylor & BB King Allstars hosted by Lady “A” , Randy Oxford and Stan Street from 9 p.m. to closing

For more information, see winthropbluesfestival.com.

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