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    What the Critics Have to Say

The longest ongoing blues bonanza in the nation.
  San Francisco Examiner – 2007

... imaginative bookings and awesome views.
  USA Today – 2007

Where the blues still live.
  -U.S. News and World Report

... the West Coast's greatest blues bash...
  -San Francisco Chronicle - 2007

There are very few options available to express your anxieties, and the blues (Fest) is one.
  -Men's Book - 2007

... an event that respects the music's past while keeping one ear open to the latest...
  -San Jose Mercury News - 2007

... singing the blues... overlooking the San Francisco Bay...
  -New York Times - 2007

... as beautiful a concert site as there is on this earth.
  -Marin Independent Journal

... a blues mecca...
  -Rolling Stone

One of the most popular outdoor concerts...
  -New York Times

... one of the country's premier music festivals...

... one of the best sites in America to see music...
  -Blues Access Magazine

... nirvana by the Golden Gate ...
  -Bieler Tagblatt - Switzerland

This internationally recognized festival has a knack for mixing headliners with regional acts and acoustic roots players true to the delta sound.
  -Downbeat Magazine

... the San Francisco Blues Festival ... is a celebration of both the enduring popularity of indigenous American music and the spirit of the independent music industry.
  -Cashbox Magazine

Nearly 20,000 fans ... baked in the midday sunshine ...
  -San Diego Evening Tribune

... San Francisco Blues Festival breaks all the rules.
  -Sacramento Bee

... one of the music events of the year.
  -Oakland Tribune

Forget Woodstock...the...San Francisco Blues Festival...has become a gathering of the tribes for dedicated worshippers of the true faith...
  -San Francisco Examiner Magazine

...if you haven't been to the San Francisco Blues Festival, then get yourself to the Bay Area. It's a blues town.
  -Southland Blues Magazine

... one of the best blues events in the world.
  -Blues Review Magazine

The San Francisco Blues Festival has been a showcase of the best in blues music for over a quarter of a century.
  -Where Magazine

...the music stretched out like a road map across the United States.
  -Valley Times

This town sure knows how to put on a blues festival...the San Francisco Blues Festival...was just about as close to paradise as mortal blues fans want to get.
  -San Jose Mercury News

The San Francisco Blues Festival is such an organized festival...and what a location to enjoy the blues, with San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop.
  -Blues Notes, Portland, Oregon

Whatever your preference when it comes to blues -- Mississippi Delta, Chicago Electric, Memphis R&B, Gospel Roots -- you'll get your fill at the San Francisco Blues Festival.
  -S.F. Bay Guardian

This is one of the premier festivals. It's very well-run. It's a gorgeous location. People talk about it everywhere I go, all over the world.
  -John Hammond, quoted in the Contra Costa Times.

With palm trees, green grass, a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and a stage full of musical talent, you had to go some to have the blues ... it was a party of the first order.
  -S.F. Examiner

...a dream weekend...
  -Alameda Times Star

There are blues festivals and there are blues festivals. This is one of the grandest (and grandaddiest) of them all...
  -Stockton Record

An outstanding festival at a beautiful location in one of America's great cities.
  -Blues Access Magazine

September never slips away before becoming gritty and hot, sultry and steamy, with two days of serious blues.
  -San Francisco Magazine

Each year in September, blues lovers descend on San Francisco for a joyful, spirited party in honor of a kind of music that is derived from a sorrowful place. The blues, that wonderful, heartfelt, uniquely American genre of music, has a home in this city and is welcomed with open arms during the annual San Francisco Blues Festival.
  -New Orleans Where Magazine

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