Fishers Blues Fest set for Aug. 30-31


The seventh annual Fishers Blues Fest will feature something old and something new.

There will be five performers Aug. 30 and four performers Aug. 31 at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. Three of the performers are returning from last year’s Blues Fest.

“Governor Davis is always a fan favorite and Blues Ambassadors has been with us for a few years, and we’re looking at the mix of new and fan favorites,” said Kara Hall, marketing and public relations manager for the City of Fishers.

Jay Jesse Johnson is the other returning performer.

Children’s activities and lawn games also will be offered.

“You can bring the whole family. It’s not just for adults,” said Marissa Deckert, assistant director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Fishers. “It’s a great two-day festival and it’s all free, which is pretty amazing. We want to create a different experience. You can hear music a lot of places, but with the festival atmosphere we are going after with all of our food vendors who have joined on, it’s a way to come and hang out with the family.”

Deckert said the department talks about all the events as a whole.

“We talk about what works, what doesn’t and then we discuss who are those crowd favorites,” Deckert said. “Who do we bring back and where does that leave room for some other artists to join the lineup?”

Tad Robinson, who will perform Aug. 31, is the 2019 Blues Fest honoree.

Alcohol vendors include Four Day Ray Brewing and MashCraft Fishers. Food vendors include Ritter’s, Kona Ice of Indy, 5280 Bistro, Dem Kentucky Boyz BBQ, A Taste of Home Catering, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Sheepdog Coffee, Droopy’s BBQ Tacos and Mountain Flower Concessionaires Kettle Corn.

Outside food and drinks are not permitted.

The area will be gated off with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Performances will be from 7 to 11 p.m.

Concert lineup

Aug. 30

7 to 7:20 p.m.: John Ford; 7:25 to 8:10 p.m.: Paul Linden & His Agents of Redemption; 8:15 to 8:55 p.m.: Queen Delphine and The Crown Jewels; 9 to 9:40 p.m.: Governor Davis; 9:45 to 11 p.m.: John Primer.

Aug. 31

7 to 7:45 p.m.: The Blues Ambassadors; 7:50 to 8:30 p.m.: Jay Jesse Johnson; 9 to 9:40 p.m.: Tad Robinson: 9:45 to 11 p.m.: B.B. King Blues Band featuring Michael Lee