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Antioch’s 19th Annual Delta Blues Festival

September 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Antioch Delta Blues Festival Waldie Plaza

*UPDATED 09/21/2017 – Here is a highlight video of the 19th Annual Delta Blues Festival


The 19th Annual Delta Blues Festival is Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 12 noon to 7:30 p.m at the Waldie Plaza located in Antioch’s Rivertown. This event is family focused, alcohol free, with lots of shade available to enjoy the music, food, and crafts. This is a free music concert!

Antioch Delta Blues Festival Waldie Plaza

Antioch Delta Blues Festival










We are excited to announce this year’s Musician line-up:

  • Roharpo the Bluesman
    • ” I love all music as long as it makes sense, I chose the Blues because it was something that I felt somewhat close to, being that I was raised in the south, there was always a need for something within me, I guess the Blues was away for me to express myself, I can feel the music in my soul as I tell the story of different life styles & situations, it’s wonderful to be able to express yourself to those people that listen, I think that the Blues can some how help straighten out misunderstandings of bad comings & goings, you have to experience these situations to understand the relationship…Well that’s all I have to say folks & thank you!” – Roharpo the Bluesman
  • Ron Hacker 
    • “The first time I got the blues, I mean really got the blues, was in 1956. A friend and I got caught breaking into parking meters. I was eleven – he was twelve. Off we went to the juvenile center. The counselors in the center were young Afro-Americans in their twenties and they loved their music, like young dudes do. In ‘56 their music was Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed. I fell in love with the music and it’s been a part of my life since then. As I’ve gotten older I’ve tried to concentrate more on playing the Blues than living them.”
      — Ron Hacker
  • Brad Absher and Swamp Royale
    • Brad Absher’s Gulf Coast sound recipe includes equal amounts of blues, soul, and gospel, stirred up just right into a magical gumbo that goes down easy and has a spicy kick to it, recalling the best of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, too.
  • Lionel Young Band
    • Lionel Young is a high energy performer with a bent for the blues. His LIONEL YOUNG BAND, winners of numerous awards for best in and around the Colorado region, have won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition. Added to his victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo catagory, that makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.
  • Terri Odabi
    • “Terrie Odabi is easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the Fifties. Terrie has a powerful set of pipes, writes terrific tunes, leads a kicking band and has onstage movements that perfectly match the rhythms of her material. Surely stardom awaits her.”
  • Chris Duarte
    • Chris is a savant, a sorcerer of tone, a master at channeling the spirits and sounds of great musicians of our past, while remaining completely recognizable in his own sound.  He has shared his stage with many of the greatest musicians of our time as well as the multitude of “young lions” and local musicians he meets on the road.  From his many years as a side man in Austin, he easily changes roles from front to side, graciously allowing all to share the conversation of the jam.

You are encouraged to arrive early to snag up some good seats.  Enjoy the San Joaquin River breeze, live music and watch the community come together.  Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets!

Here is a highlight video of the 2017, 19th Delta Blues Festival

Below are videos of performer’s from the 2016 Delta Blues Festival!

For more information on the this event, visit http://www.deltabluesfestival.net/

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September 16, 2017
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Waldie Plaza
W 2nd
Antioch, CA 94509 United States
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