A Blues Tradition Continues in 2022 at Gator By The Bay San Diego
By Wendy Lemlin For those who love their live blues music in a fun, welcoming festival environment, the annual four-day Gator By The Bay zydeco and blues festival is THE much anticipated must-do spring event. While the Covid pandemic postponed the usual May celebration again this year, Gator By The Bay is returning hotter than ever to San Diego, May 5-8, 2022.
Gator By The Bay was born 20 years ago, when a group of friends who shared a passion for the spicy Louisiana culture of music, dancing, food, and joie de vivre organized a two-day event to showcase these elements to the San Diego community. The festival has grown exponentially, and now draws over 15,000 attendees annually from around the globe, who gather to enjoy over 100 performances on seven stages throughout the four-day festival. Musical genres and performers represent Cajun and Zydeco from Louisiana, plus Blues, as well as Americana, Roots, Latin, Rockabilly, and Swing.
Blues headliners who’ve graced the festival include Tab Benoit, Elvin Bishop, Johnny Vernazza, Lazy Lester, James Harman, Janiva Magness, Deanna Bogart, Sonny Landreth, Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, Kid Andersen, Rick Estrin, Curtis Salgado, John Németh, Sugaray Rayford, Kenny Neal, Kid Ramos, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland, Earl Thomas, Mr. Sipp, Anson Funderburgh, B.B. & the Blues Shacks and many more. 2022 will include equally revered Blues legends.
Local Southern California blues bands have included Bill Magee, Nathan James, Michele Lundeen, Whitney Shay, Casey Hensley, Chickenbone Slim, Chris Fast, The 44s, Fuzzy Rankins, Chet Cannon, Lady Dottie & the Diamonds, Mercedes Moore, Robin Henkel, Sue Palmer, Tomcat Courtney, Len Rainey, “young guns” Chase Walker, Anthony Cullens, and Benji Davis and more.
The music will be back at Spanish Landing Park at Gator By The Bay 2022. Make sure you will be too! Mark your calendars for May 5-8, 2022!