In 1969, the blues threw a party in Ann Arbor.
James Partridge, founder of the Ann Arbor Blues Society, calls that party “the first blues festival ever.”
Enough people came that it happened again, and again, and became the Ann Arbor Blues Festival, later re-christened the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival. Its last hurrah came in 2006.
But this year, musicians will breathe new life into that festival, as they work to reignite the energy that pulsed through the crowds so many years ago.