SNOHOMISH — It’s an invasion all right.
And it’s the best one-day regional music event that’s not a festival. If you love blues, this day is for you.
The annual Washington Blues Society’s Snohomish Blues Invasion begins Sunday afternoon in many of the city’s pubs on historic First Street. The society has presented the popular blues to-d0 since 2009.
Proceeds from the event go to the society’s fund to send entrants to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The CD Woodbury Trio and the Benton-Townsend Duo will represent the Washington Blues Society at the 2018 blues challenge. These musicians are set to perform at the Blues Invasion.
This year’s all-star Blues Invasion lineup also includes the Stacy Jones Band, Eric Rice, Sheri Roberts Greimes and JoMamma, CC Adams Band, Willie and the Whips, Michelle D’Amour and the Love Dealers, Nick Marden Blues Trio, Jill Newman, The Soulful 88s, Reji Lefleur, Madison Avenue Blues Revue, Donna Dupras, Nick Vigarino, Andrew Norsworthy, Norris and Nicely, and more.
Extra treats this year include appearances by 2016 champions of the International Blues Challenge — Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, who are performing the night before with Curtis Salgado in Arlington.
Also be sure to catch Rick Jacobson drumming with The Groove Tramps, and an acoustic set from Kevin and Andrew Sutton, Keith Bakke and two-time Hohner Harmonica World Champion and Lee Oskar Harmonicas artist Jim McLaughlin.
The Washington Blues Society also will run a “Best of the Blues Invasion” contest during which fans can vote for their favorite act. The winner will be decided by popular vote and receive a performance slot at the 2018 Taste of Music Festival in Historic Downtown Snohomish.
The event also includes a silent auction of music memorabilia. A $10 donation to the cause provides access to each venue with a wristband. The musicians donate their time, American Music Seattle helps with sound and the Historic Downtown Snohomish group adds support. The Washington Blues Society is a nonproﬁt organization whose purpose is to promote, preserve and advance the culture and tradition of blues music as an art form.
Set times by location
Oxford Saloon, 912 First St., all ages
2 p.m. — Madison Avenue Blues Revue
3 p.m. — Hot Rod Red with Larry Star, Patrick McDanel and Carl Martin
4p.m. — JD & the Dogz featuring Julie Duke
5 p.m. — Samsara Blues Band
6 p.m. — Michele D’Amour & the Love Dealers
7 p.m. — Nick Mardon Blues Trio
8 p.m. — Stacy Jones Band
9 p.m. — CD Woodbury Trio
Stewart’s on First, 709 First St.
2 p.m. — Sheri Roberts Greimes & JoMomma
3 p.m. — Eric Rice
4 p.m. — Donna Dupras
5 p.m. — Reji Lefleur
6 p.m. — Jill Newman
7 p.m. — Willie & the Whips
8 p.m. — Brett “Bad Blood” Benton Duo
Snazzy Badger Pub, 907 First St.
3 p.m. — Stanislove
4 p.m. — CW Pyun
5 p.m. — CC Adams Band
6 p.m. — Scratch Daddy
7 p.m. — Soulful 88s
8 p.m. — Groove Tramps
9 p.m. — Jam with Jesse and Joel
Piccadilly Circus Pub, 1104 First St.
2 p.m. — Altai
3 p.m. — Norris and Nicely
4 p.m. — El Colonel and Mary de la Fuente
5 p.m. — Hard Money Saints (unplugged)
6 p.m. — Joel Astley and Jesse Weston
7 p.m. — Amigos Nobles
8 p.m. — Nick Vigarino
First and Union Kitchen, all ages, acoustic
3 p.m. — Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
4 p.m. — Teeny Deets
5 p.m. — Greg Muratt with Jim McLaughlin and Jimmy Cullar
6 p.m. — Andrew Norsworthy
7 p.m. — Miranda Litchpanich
8 p.m. — Sutton Brothers with Jim McLaughlin and Keith Bakke