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San Francisco Blues Festival

Cool guitars and spicy cooking keep music fans well-tempered during this outdoor extravaganza.

This is the longest continuously running blues festival in the United States, drawing all-star musicians out to honor America's roots. Spectators usually number in the thousands, and headliners run the gamut from blues-based pop to pure delta soul.

The Experience
Following up the success of last year's free intro concert, a waterfront showdown--Battle of the Blues Harmonicas II--will launch three days of music from Justin Herman Plaza in downtown SF. After that, the meadow at Fort Mason hosts two days of world-class blues highlighted by appearances from Taj Mahal and hot newcomer Jackie Greene. Finally, Sunday's star-studded lineup will pay tribute to the late Mike Bloomfield of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Admission: $25-45 (single day); $40-75 (two-day)

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