SILVER CITY, NM – The 21st Annual Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, held May 27th – May 29th, 2016, at Gough Park in Silver City, NM, announces their Memorial Day weekend line-up and special events. The Mimbres Region Arts Council’s (MRAC) FREE Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival moves into its third decade with Taj Mahal, Blues Hall of Famer, Lifetime Achievement and 2-time Grammy award winner headlining Saturday night, May 28.
The festival starts Friday, May 27, at 6 pm, in Gough Park with music by Las Cruces Blues guitarist CW Ayon. At twilight, the Busted Knuckles Harley-Davidson Stunt Tour will perform stunts that include wheelies, acrobatics, jumps, and more. Blues Fest food vendors and W & N’s beer garden will be open for business and will be available during the festival. The Kick-Off Dance will be at Q’s Southern Bistro with blues rockers Harlis Sweetwater Band from 8:30 -11 pm, tickets are $15.00.
Saturday starts with the Kneeling Nun Bike run at 10 am, with music in Gough Park from 12:15 -9 pm, featuring Taj Mahal, Blues Hall of Famer headlining with his trio. Throughout the day, Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour will perform 3 different stunt shows full of thrilling tricks. The after-hours Blues Jam Session at Little Toad downtown with festival performers, Miller & the Other Sinners, will take place from 9 pm – 1am, tickets are $15. Proceeds from evening music events help keep the festival free.
Sunday, May 29, there will be music in the park from 12-7 pm with New Orleans’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band headlining. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will offer a free limited seating workshop on the history of New Orleans’ music hosted by Seedboat Center for the Arts & Gallery at 3:00 pm. Workshop tickets are limited to 50 on a first come first serve basis and are available through MRAC. Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour will continue to entertain with 2 different stunt shows. Also on Sunday, “The People’s Choice Bike Show” will take place with 3 categories: Antique/Vintage, New Custom and Hand Built will be on display down the center of Pope Street in the Bikes market. A $500.00 cash prize in each category along with a handmade trophy created by a local artist will be awarded. To enter the Bike Show call: 575-538-2505.
Money saving packages are now available. The Blues Package includes 2 tickets to the Friday Night Kick-Off Dance, 2 tickets to the Saturday night Jam Session featuring festival artists, 2 passes to Faywood Hot Springs, a $20 gift certificate to Vicki’s Eatery and a surprise gift. This package is a $110 value selling for $75. The Bikes package includes all of the Blues Package PLUS 1 pass to the Kneeling Nun Bike run, and 1 entry into the People’s Choice Bike Show. This package is a $166 value selling for $100. To purchase a Blues or Bikes package call: 575-538-2505.
Raffles this year include a Dan Swanson handmade guitar, Jean Beffort of A Space Gallery’s one of-a-kind mixed media mosaic collage entitled “All Aboard”, featuring the Grant County legend Madame Millie, 2 guitars from The Bedroom & Guitar Shoppe, a guitar from Brandon Perrault Music, a custom carved Blues & Bikes Festival knife from Lloyd Studios along with many raffle packages. All proceeds benefit MRAC programming, including the newly launched Music Matters program, and supporting music education in area schools.
The Blues & Bikes Festival could not happen without our sponsors. Our marquee sponsors are: Lawley Toyota of Silver City, Wells Fargo, J & J Signs, The Town of Silver City and the Silver City
Sun News. Our hospitality sponsors are the Holiday Inn Express of Silver City, Comfort Inn of Silver City, Copper Manor, Murray Hotel, Adobe Springs Café, Vicki’s Eatery, Javalina and Yankie
Creek Coffee Houses. Media sponsor is Silver City Radio.