Blues music has been around in America longer than most other musical genres, and has never once faded from relevance. From the early delta blues of Robert Johnson, to the electric blues stylings of Stevie Ray Vaughn, blues music has captured American hearts and minds for decades. Blues festivals are flourishing around the country, and one of the best happens to be here in beautiful North Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival has won the Inland Northwest Blues Societies’ “Best Blues Festival” Award three years in a row.
This year, the Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival will take place at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, from March 23-25. This exciting event showcases the best in local, regional, and national blues. Artists like Grammy Nominated Marcia Ball, Rafael Tranquilino, and local legends Charlie Butts and Filter Tips will be performing at this year’s festival. CDs from a few of these artists can be found locally at the Long Ear record store for those looking to do a little musical research. Even if you are unfamiliar with these artists, they put on great performances, and it is sure to be well worth the price of admission!
If you’re coming from out of town for this wonderful celebration of good tunes, there’s no better place to stay than the inns of the North Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association. Inns like the McFarland Inn and the Roosevelt inn are just blocks away from the festival, and the streets of Coeur d’Alene are perfect for walking! Beat the traffic and stay with one of our inns!