Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Festival

The first Bloomington Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Festival was Sunday, August 9, 2015, in and outside the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN! The festival featured pianists Marcia Ball, Bob Seeley, Carl Sonny Leyland, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues, Craig and others, with rhythm section and professional dancers. Josh Davis taught East Coast Swing and Blues Dance styles before the festival. Click here to see photos and videos from the first Bloomington Boogies.  Tickets to performances in the Ivy Tech Waldron auditorium sold out.

After the Ivy Tech Waldron concert, music continued at Bloomington Boogies After Hours at Malibu Grill, on the Square in downtown Bloomington, where the pianists performed with no cover charge. On Aug. 10, Marcia Ball, Carl Sonny Leyland,and Bob Seeley played an additional concert at Fairview Elementary for 360 students and 30 adults.

The Uptown Cafe offered Bloomington Boogies specials - dinner entrees on Aug. 7 and 8, and brunch specials on Aug. 8 and 9. 

Major Event Sponsors included   

Ivy Tech Community College       Carmin Parker P.C.      Bloomington Arts Commission       Indiana Arts Commission 

Festival Underwriters included      IU Credit Union      Trojan Horse Restaurant & Tavern   
Oliver Winery & Vineyards   Mother Bear's Pizza   Nick's English Hut  Tim and Cheri DeBruicker   Robert Kissel  Maple Grove Farms, LP

Media Sponsors included WFHBWFIU and Bloom Magazine

Additional supporters included  Malibu Grill   Thomas Gallagher   Function Brewing   Downtown Bloomington Inc.   Indiana Institute on Disability and Community   Owen County State Bank   Griffin Realty   Royale Hair Parlor LLC   World Wide Automotive Service   Newhouse Construction  
Bill C. Brown Associates    Nature's Way   Curry Auto Center    Andrew Davis Clothiers​    Renaissance Rentals    MainSource Bank
Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility   Adrian and Linda Eversoll    The Uptown Cafe    Bob Arnove    Jawn and Karen Bauer Family   Michele Brentano    Val Haughton and Frank Motley   Chris Gaal and Dr. Beth Florini     Rob Stone and Karen Green Stone    
Kevin Robling and Jenny Stephens    Marcy & Michael Wenzler   Phil & Linda Stafford   Story Insights   Rod Young    Stephen Percy  
Monroe County History Center   Fourwinds Resort & Marina    Ken Grooms & Zain Mackey   Springhill Suites by Marriott Bloomington  
Melody Music Shop, LLC     Mark Wiedenmayer

The festival was awarded a 2015 Visit Bloomington Tourism Marketing Grant - read about the grant at The festival was supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission's Arts Project Grant Program - read about the grant at This activity was made possible in part,with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The festival received a Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Zone Arts Grant. 

For information about the 2nd Bloomington Boogies Festival coming in August of 2016, go to the festival website

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