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The lineup for the much anticipated Springing the Blues Festival at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach is set for April 1-3, 2022. The two stage festival has been touted as one of the best blues events in the country, so the time to get your tickets and make your plans is now. Here’s some intel on the musicians to help you make it the best Springing the Blues Fest ever.

Victor Wainwright and The Train

With six Blues Music Awards and a grammy nomination in 2019, Victor Wainwright and The Train is on a roll. Their 2020 album, Memphis Loud, is an upbeat romp that is sure to get you on your feet. Wainwright’s big booming voice is backed up by The Train’s excellent blend of guitars and horns for a full honky-tonk sound. They play Saturday, April 2 from 7-8:15 PM on the Seawalk Pavilion Stage.

John Primer

It’s safe to say that John Primer is a blues legend. He was bandleader, lead guitarist, and collaborator with many of the blues greats like Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. He has amassed 85 albums, two grammy nominations, and a Lifetime Achievement Award through his storied career. He’s playing twice on Friday night, starting at 7:20 PM on the Seawalk Pavilion Stage, and again on the Mo’ Blues Westfest Stage at 9 PM. He’s sure to draw a big crowd, so get there early.

Vanessa Collier

While John Primer is the venerable legend of this year’s festival, Vanessa Collier is the young up-and-comer. Her talents span from song-writing, to smooth chesty vocals, but it is her saxophone playing that has put her on the map, and she has a pair of Horn Player of the Year awards to show for it. Her sound mixes funk and rock with traditional blues backing and she brings a lot of energy to her stage performances. Catch her on Saturday at 5:35 PM or 7:15 PM.

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