2nd Annual Burdette Blues Festival

The 2nd Annual Burdette Blues Festival will be held, once again this year, in the Burdette Park Pavillion. Doors will open at 1 pm with opening ceremonies at 1:30 pm.

The event is produced through a partnership with the River Basin Blues Society and the Vanderburgh County Special Olympics.

There will be BBQ, Food Trucks, and the full service beverage provider will be Lamasco Bar and Grill. Lamasco is the home of the River Basin Blues Society.

General admission for this event will be $5.00.


Evansville Podcast - 2nd Annual Burdette Blues Festival

Volunteer Sign Up

The individual overseeing the volunteers for this part of the event will be Bill LaRue. The volunteers will work 90 minute slots and each slot will need two persons. The volunteers will be responsible more taking the admissions ($5) and assisting with putting the wristbands on.

Admission’s Gate Volunteer Sign up

The individual overseeing this will be Robin Bolin. The volunteers will work 90 minute slots (except for the last one) and each slot will need two volunteers. The volunteers will be responsible for monitoring information about the event and the society and selling assorted merchandise (mostly CDs). All the appropriate information will be provided.

Merchandise and Information Booth Volunteer Sign up


At 2pm the music will commence with longtime Society member, Ryan Rigdon & the Primal Roots.

Next up, at 4 pm, will be Paul Blake and the Pallbearers. With their new CD, "Hungover and Heartbroken", this trio will continue a wonderful day of blues music

At 6 pm the Martin/Gough Blues Band will take the stage. This local favorite has just won the International Blues Challenge in Marietta, Ohio and will represent the Blues, Jazz, and Folk Music Society of the Mid-Ohio Valley in the IBC in Memphis in January 2018. This group is originally from Madisonville, Kentucky, and features Michael Gough (vocals, bass), John Martin (guitar), Patrick Preston (keys), and Gerry Smoot (drums).

Then to end this enjoyable day of blues, at 8 pm, Shaun Murphy will bring her talent to the tri-state! Shaun Murphy started her career as a singer with the Bob Seeger Silver Bullet Band and was on stage with Bob Seeger as he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has toured with Eric Clapton and was the lead singer with Little Feat for many years. Shaun is on tour promoting her new CD "It Won’t Stop Raining". She is also a nominee for the 2017 Koko Taylor Award which will presented by the Blues Foundation in Memphis in May. Local guitarist, Tommy Stillwell, is on tour with Shaun for the summer festival season.