CINCINNATI - Sawyer Point is going to be the coolest place in town during the first weekend of August as the Cincy Blues Fest returns to the banks of the Ohio River.
The 22nd edition of the music festival will feature dozens of regional and national blues acts performing on multiple riverfront stages in downtown Cincinnati. The event is Friday and Saturday night.
Headlining the weekend is Guy Forsyth, a Texas blues and blues rock singer, guitarist, harmonists and songwriter, who has released nine albums to date. He regularly tours both in the United States and Europe, and has opened for Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Dr. John, B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan and Lucinda Williams.
Other acts include Sonny Moorman, Dana Fuchs, Jarekus Singleton, Johnny Fink & The Intrusion, The Juice, Barry Cuda, and more than two-dozen other acts.
The Blues in the School Band, which is made up of instrumentalists 12 years old or younger, kicks off the activities Friday at 5 p.m.
You can see the full roster of acts and lineup on the the website for the Cincy Blues Society , the nonprofit organization behind the event.
The organization, which was created in 1990, aims to promote and advance the culture and tradition of blues music as an original American art form.
WCPO sat down with performers and blues gurus Leroy Ellington and Chuck Brisbin to discuss what attendees can expect from the weekend-long event. You can watch the full interview in the media player above.
Both Ellington and Brisbin are two of the several performers scheduled to play Sunday during the Cincy Blues After Fest at Belterra Park The free event starts at 3 p.m.
Admission to Friday and Saturday's shows is $15 per night. Two-day passes are available at the gate for $20. Children under 12 can get in free, but tickets for those 13 to 18 are $5.
Tickets are available online .