First Artist Announcement!

We are thrilled to reveal the first wave of artists appearing at Dana Point’s Doheny Blues Festival, slated for May 19 & 20, 2018! This year’s lineup is shaping up to be an incredible year, led by blues-rock icon George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Texas guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan and many others! Stay tuned for additional artist announcements in the coming days – it will be a very special year at Sea Terrace Park!
The entire lineup will be released in the next few weeks – so grab your tickets now!
George Thorogood and his legendary rock band, The Destroyers, have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, released 16 studio albums – including six gold and two platinum discs – and performed over 8,000 live shows. Their catalog of hits include “Who Do You Love” and the ultimate anthem, “Bad To The Bone.” In 2017, Thorogood released his first solo album, “Party Of One” on Rounder Records, a tribute to the artists that shaped his musical consciousness; Willie Dixon, Elmore James and John Lee Hooker.
Blues legend Jimmie Vaughan is one of the most respected guitarists in popular music. The four-time Grammy winner and co-founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds has been called a living legend. After all, Vaughan and his horn-heavy Tilt-A-Whirl Band provide a vital link between contemporary music and its proud blues and soul heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of cool.
John Németh has become a much-appreciated mainstay of the Soul Blues family, having been nominated for 19 separate Blues Music Awards, including five for the prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award. His 2017 album with the Love Light Orchestra may be his finest work to date, celebrating the Memphis big band blues style found on the 1950’s & 60’s singles of Bobby “Blue” Bland, B.B. King and Herman ”Junior” Parker.
The California Honeydrops don’t just play music – they throw parties. Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans second-line, they bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their live shows.
Longtime Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest blues harmonica players. The legendary singer has gone back to the basics, and even old-school Chicago blues, for his latest album, Blues and Boogie, Vol. 1., one of the top blues records of 2017.
Southern roots rockers and sisters with their own brand of Roots Rock & Roll, Larkin Poe’s electric and slide guitar riffs earned them the title of “little sisters of the Allman Brothers” and their new release “Peach” has garnered them accolades from critics and fans alike.
Making his Doheny debut, guitarist Chris Cain offers up a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues, powerfully deep vocals and unforgettable jazz-inspired riffs. His 2017 self-titled album, Chris Cain, featured an incredible All Star Band – and we’re bringing’ them all to Doheny Blues; Larry Taylor on bass, Tony Braunagel on drums, Jim Pugh on keyboards and Nancy Wright on sax.

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Announcing the 2018 Doheny Blues Festival!

The 2018 Doheny Blues Festival, entering its 21st year, will occur on May 19 & 20, 2018.  After 20 successful years of bringing the world’s finest Blues musicians to Orange County, we are also excited to announce our new venue, Dana Point’s Sea Terrace Park. The award-winning festival will be reimagined at its new seaside home, with more intimate stage areas, elevated food and beverage offerings, and involvement from many local businesses in the Dana Point community.

The line-up of performers is taking shape now, and Early Bird Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, December 20 through

In November, the Doheny Blues Festival was notified by the State of California Parks Department that it would have to find a new venue, despite a 20-year track record of producing its world-class festival, which draws fans from around the world. In 2017 alone, fans traveled to the Dana Point festival from 43 states and 12 countries.

Doheny Blues organizers met with community leaders from the City of Dana Point, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, local non-profit organizations as well as Visit Dana Point, the marketing collective representing the city’s major hotels. All groups agreed that the Doheny Blues Festival is a signature event for the city of Dana Point and a successful collaboration was formed to save the festival by moving it to the coastal location of Sea Terrace Park, adjacent to Salt Creek Beach Park.

“We appreciate the support that the Dana Point community has shown towards the Doheny Blues Festival, and are truly excited about creating an amazing festival experience at Sea Terrace Park,” says Rich Sherman, founder and CEO. “Dana Point is known as the town for music, with an array of musical genres being represented, and we take pride in the fact that the Doheny Blues Festival ushered in this era of local festivals,” Sherman continues.

“The list of Blues legends and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees that have performed for the fans in Dana Point is incredible, including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, John Lee Hooker and so many more. Blues music is an American art form that should be cherished and promoted, and we look forward to working with the City of Dana Point’s Arts & Culture Commission to continue these efforts.”

Jim Samuels, Chairman of Visit Dana Point, said “The Doheny Blues Festival is one of our city’s premiere events, and has been for two decades, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to Dana Point on May 19 & 20, 2018. In addition to out-of-towners, many local residents attend the blues festival, which kicks off our summer season of tourism, so we are excited to continue the wonderful tradition of Dana Point’s Doheny Blues Festival.“

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If you want to hear what a sticky hot evening in the heat of a Florida summer sounds like – listen to JJ Grey & Mofro.  Take the song, “Fireflies” – when JJ poses the question “where did all the fireflies go?” you can almost feel the thick southern air and on “Lochloosa,” JJ waxes poetic about the Florida swampland he calls home.   

JJ Grey’s music reflects his deep love of the slow-paced patch of dirt where he grew up and still lives on a chicken farm.  He brings that southern blues out of the swamps and mixes it with some funky soul to give his music a blues/rock edge that stands out from the crowd.       

JJ Grey’s legendary live performances are a must-see and his tour almost never reaches the California coast, so don’t miss this opportunity to experience JJ Grey & Mofro at the 20th Annual Doheny Blues Festival on Sunday, May 21st.

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE – “MEmphis Rock and Soul”

Melissa Etheridge ruminates on the songs she grew up on and how they influenced her music in this behind-the-scenes video about the making of her “MEmphis Rock and Soul” album – a tribute to the legendary Memphis label, STAX Records.

Doheny Blues Festival is proud to present this Grammy Award-winning legend playing her STAX-inspired album during our 20th Anniversary celebration on May 21st at Doheny Beach in Dana Point.  Don’t miss your chance to see Melissa’s tribute to STAX Records in person, get your tickets at:

Check out this behind-the-scenes video: 

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Mavis Staples

From Mississippi to Chicago

From Gospel to the Blues

From Curtis Mayfield to Wilco

Mavis Staples – is a legendary blues and soul singer who has done everything from Freedom March with Martin Luther King Jr., hang out with (and almost marry) Bob Dylan, perform with The Band and record with Prince.

Born to a blues guitarist from Mississippi, Roebuck “Pops” Staples, Mavis first sang with her musical family in church in Chicago.  According to Mavis, Pops taught his children to sing like “old folk” which gave the young Mavis her old-soul sound that belied her age.  Initially recording gospel and folk music, once they landed at Memphis-based Stax Records in 1968 and were backed by members of Booker T. and the MGs, the Staples Singers came into their own as soul legends with hits like “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again.”

The Doheny Blues Festival is proud to present this Grammy Award-winning blues legend during our 20th Anniversary celebration on May 21st at Doheny Beach in Dana Point.  Don’t miss your chance to see Mavis in person, get your tickets at:

Here she is with her beloved “Pops” in their historic performance with The Band in The Last Waltz:

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