ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Durham Blues Festival will take place over four nights/three days from Thursday, September 14 through Sunday September 17, 2023
The daytime part of the event is FREE to the public, and will take place outdoors on the Victoria St Parkette, adjacent to the Regent Theatre in Oshawa, Ontario. Multiple bands will be performing along with food vendors and a licensed concession (cash only). Entertainers and guests will be comfortably hosted under a large tent, so the event is guaranteed to proceed rain or shine.
The festival will also feature headlining concerts taking place each evening in the Regent Theatre. Start times and ticket prices will be on a per event basis. See below for more details.
NO SMOKING/NO VAPING. No Pets.
Concession/Vendors are CASH only. (ATM onsite)
Washrooms are located in the Regent Theatre lobby.
FREE OUTDOOR EVENT
Victoria St Parkette
Over a three-day period, from Friday Sep. 15 to Sunday Sep. 17, join us as we showcase local bands and performers under a big tent, immediately adjacent to the Regent Theatre. Attendees will be assured of a great event rain or shine! The outdoor Blues Festival will be free to the public, but voluntary donations will be happily accepted.
Join us in the ‘Big Tent’ for live performances, absolutely free to the public! The dates, times and list of performers and approximate start times are listed below. There will be a stage at the north end of the tent on Victoria St. with lighting and professional sound production, and a seating area so you can relax and stay all day. There will also be food & merchandise vendors, plus a full-service concession at the south end (cash only).
Simcoe Jazz & Blues Restaurant
Another Spin Records
NOTE: The Durham Blues Festival is a NO SMOKING/NO VAPING venue. No pets will be permitted. Washrooms will be available in the Regent Theatre lobby.
Sunday, September 17, 2023 – 1pm to 7pm
Start times are approximate due to the unpredictability of festival scheduling. Please arrive early to see your favorite bands. Click on the link below for more information.
1:00 pm – Broke Fuse
2:30 pm – Emerson Ireland Band
4:00 pm – James Anthony
5:30 pm – OTIS WONDER AND THE HUSTLE
EVENING HEADLINER CONCERTS
In addition to the free afternoon performances outside, we are also hosting ‘headliner’ artists in the theatre every evening starting on Thursday, Sep. 14, through to Sunday, Sep. 17. We have put together a varied list of headliners in order to appeal to all tastes. See the descriptions below for more information.
Sunday, September 17 8:00PM
Sweet Soul Music, a tribute to the Soul music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
With an all-star group of musicians and vocalists, you will enjoy the timeless classics from Sam Cooke, Arthur Conley, Otis Redding, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Solomon Burke and more music from the powerhouses of soul.
This show will have you moving your lips and hips as the band faithfully performs one timeless hit after another. Songs like ‘Respect’, ‘Midnight Hour’, ‘Knock on Wood’, ‘Natural Woman’, ‘Aint’ No Stopping Us’, ‘I’m Coming Out’ and ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. We challenge you to sit still in your seats.