Magic City Blues Fest
Blues Fest was an annual event organized by the Magic City Blues Society, held from the group's inception in 1993 until 2007. Funding for the festival fell through in 2008. The society instead held smaller concerts, called Junkyard Jukes, throughout the summer.
The 2007 festival was held September 2 at Sloss Furnaces. Performers included The Bluesmasters; Dan “Harpdog” Marson and Friends--Ray Reach (keyboards) and Abe Becker (bass); Blue Light Specials, Shar-baby, Microwave Dave & The Nukes, 2BLU, Mikey Jr. & Stone Cold Blues Band, Debbie Davies, and Bob Margolin with Nappy Brown. Barbeque was provided by Jim 'N Nick's.
The 2006 festival was held on September 3, subtitled "Blues, Bikes and Barbecue" in Linn Park. Performers included The Blues Camp Kids, Leonard Watkins and Friends, Roadhouse Blues Band with Sweet n'Low, Mr Gip, the Charlie Soul All-Star Revue featuring Elnora Spencer, Elliott and the Untouchables, the Nighthawks (Washington D. C.) and Mo Blues (Santa Fe, Argentina). The event also featured barbecue from Jim 'N Nick's and a motorcycle ride from Lightning Strikes Lanes in Trussville to the festival site. The 2006 festival benefitted the Alabama Foundation for Oncology.
- Nance, Rahkia (August 16, 2008) "Avondale blues show draw 200 people." Birmingham News