20th Annual Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival
The West Coast Blues Society and City of Hayward will present the 20th Annual Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival at City Hall Plaza on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14.
The festival features different line-ups of artists on Saturday and Sunday with the gates opening both days at 11 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets can be purchased online, including single-day admission for $30, two-day admission for $50, and single-day VIP admission, which includes a Lucille’s BBQ meal and West Coast Blues Society membership, for $50. Discounted advance single-day tickets for seniors and students are $25. All advance online ticket sales carry an additional ticketing fee.
Advance tickets also can be purchased in person at two downtown Hayward locations—The Bistro, 1001 B Street, and The Cobbler, 22443 Foothill Boulevard. The day-of entry fee at the gate is $35 per day.
The festival is named after Russell City, a once unincorporated section of west Hayward whose residents were largely African American and who were pushed out of the community by industrialization of the area during the 1960s. In its post-World War II heyday, however, Russell City was home to clubs that hosted a steady stream of musicians playing Delta Blues, a unique style that evolved into West Coast Blues. For more on the festival and to purchase tickets online, visit the West Coast Blues Society website.