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The Lansing City Market is excited to announce the return of our summer concerts on the riverfront. The Grand Concert Series is comprised of Jazz on the Grand on select Wednesdays this summer, with Blues on the Grand following on Thursday. The City Market and LEPFA have been working with local organizations, including the MSU College of Music and MICA, to give back to the community and provide more entertainment options for Greater Lansing residents. The event’s free admission is due to generous sponsorship by various corporations in the area.

Bring a camping chair, but leave the food at home, because you can grab a drink and a burger at the Waterfront Bar & Grill, barbecue from Red's Smokehouse, or coffee and a sweet treat from River Town Cafe. All merchants will be open throughout the event.

The schedule of performers is as follows: lAugust 24th - Orrick Ewing, Lansing Community College Jazz Band Lansing School District band group July 28th - Thornetta Davis, DeWitt Jr High jazz band August 25th - David Gerald Sept. 15th - Frog & the Beeftones

National News and Beyond


SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 33rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE – January 31 – February 4, 2017

2016 Living Blues Awards Recipients:

The Blues Foundation extends hearty congratulations to the 2016 Living Blues Awards Recipients:

Critics’ Poll

 Blues Artist of the Year (Male)  -  Buddy Guy
 Blues Artist of the Year (Female) - Shemekia Copeland
 Most Outstanding Blues Singer - Otis Clay
 Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) - Lurrie Bell
 Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) - Sugar Blue
 Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) - Allen Toussaint
 Most Outstanding Musician (Bass) - Bob Stroger
 Most Outstanding Musician (Drums) - Cedric Burnside
 Most Outstanding Musician (Horns) - Trombone Shorty
 Most Outstanding Musician (Other) - Freddie Roulette – Lap steel
 Best Live Performer - Bobby Rush
 Comeback Artist of the Year - Wee Willie Walker
 Artist Deserving More Attention - Matthew Robinson

Best Blues Albums of 2015

 Album of the Year - Shemekia Copeland
 Outskirts of Love – Alligator Records
 New Recordings / Contemporary Blues - Cedric Burnside Project Descendants of Hill Country – Cedric Burnside Project
 New Recordings / Southern Soul - Wee Willie Walker
 If Nothing Ever Changes – Little Village Foundation
 New Recordings / Best Debut - The Peterson Brothers
 The Peterson Brothers – Blue Point Records
 New Recordings / Traditional & Acoustic - Leo “Bud” Welch
 I Don’t Prefer No Blues – Big Legal Mess
 Historical – Pre-war - Lead Belly
 The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Smithsonian Folkways
 Historical – Postwar - Bobby Rush
 Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush – Omnivore Recordings
 Blues Book of the Year - Jas Obrecht
 Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar – University of Minnesota Press
 DVD of the Year - Muddy Waters and Friends
 Soundstage: Blues Summit in Chicago, 1974 – Sony/Legacy
 Producer of the Year New Recording - Bruce Iglauer and Toronzo Cannon
 Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way – Alligator Records
 Producer of the Year Historical Recording - Jeff Place and Robert Santelli
 Lead Belly – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Smithsonian Folkways

Readers’ Poll:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male) - Keb’ Mo’
Blues Artist of the Year (Female) - Shemekia Copeland
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) - Buddy Guy
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) - Charlie Musselwhite
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) - Allen Toussaint
Best Live Performer - Buddy Guy
Most Outstanding Blues Singer - Buddy Guy
Best Blues Album of 2015 (New Release) - Buddy Guy
Born to Play Guitar – RCA/Silvertone
Best Blues Album of 2015 (Historical Recording) - Lead Belly
The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Smithsonian Folkways
Best Blues DVD of 2015 - Muddy Waters and Friends
Soundstage: Blues Summit in Chicago, 1974 – Sony/Legacy
Best Blues Book of 2015 - Peter Guralnick
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll – Little, Brown and Company