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
Major Event Sponsors included
Ivy Tech Community College Carmin Parker P.C. Bloomington Arts Commission Indiana Arts Commission
Festival Underwriters included VisitBloomington.com 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 WFHB, WFIU 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 VisitBloomington.com. The festival was supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission's Arts Project Grant Program - read about the grant at bloomington.in.gov/arts. 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: http://bloomingtonboogies.com