Blues After Hours Events Kick Off Durham’s Celebration of the Bull Durham Blues Festival

As September rolls around all who live in the Triangle area look forward to the annual Bull Durham Blues Festival schedule for September 10 and 11. This year with the change in location to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), the Bull Durham Blues Festival has added additional outreach programs to entice the traditional festival audience and embrace new ones.

Starting August 12 through September 3rd, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation will sponsor four (4) Blues After Hours events “ALL ABOUT TOWN”. Each event is from 6pm – 8pm and free to the public. Blues lovers are invited out to enjoy great blues music, and indulge in food and beverages at each local restaurant or site location. Local and regional blues professionals will treat the audience to the best blues music to dance too or simply move your feet to.

The schedule is as follows:

August 12

Tad Walters Band

Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse

5410-Y Highway 55

August 20

th’ Bullfrog McGhee

Hayti Heritage Center

804 Old Fayetteville Street

August 26

Big Rick & The Bombers

Nasher Museum of Art

2001 Campus Dr.

September 3

Will MacFarlane

The Blue Note Grill

4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.

The Bull Durham Blues Festival will be held on September 10 & 11, 2010. Friday headlining the festival at the Hayti Heritage Center, doors open at 6PM show starts at 7PM, is Ruthie Foster Quartet, Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, and MSG The Acoustic Blues Trio. Special feature for Friday night will be the introduction of the Bull City Youth Blues Band. Saturday night the festival moves to the DPAC where headliner Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, The Wild Magnolias, Melva Houston, and Shades of Blue. Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 6PM.

A free outdoor concert will get everyone in the mood for some good ole blues on Saturday afternoon from 4pm – 6pm on the Capitol Broadcasting Company Plaza at DPAC where two local bands, Fat Bastards Blues Band and Hell Camino will take the stage to get you ready for the main course. This event is free to the public and vendors will be on site. Bring your lawn chairs and or blankets for the afternoon event.

Tickets for the Bull Durham Blues Festival are on sale now at or, or call (919) 683-1709. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55.

The St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. (SJHF) founded in 1975, is an African American cultural and educational institution deeply rooted in the historic Hayti community of Durham, North Carolina. SJHF is dedicated to advancing cultural understanding through diverse programs that examine the experiences of Americans of African descent – locally, nationally and globally. The Foundation is committed to preserving, restoring and developing the Hayti Heritage Center, the former St. Joseph’s AME Church, a National Historic Landmark, as a cultural and economic anchor to the greater Durham community. Funds raised from the event support the programs and operations of the Foundation and Hayti Heritage Center.