2021 Blues Cruise: Music bustin’ out all over the place in Uptown Greenwood

COVID-19 derailed last year’s Festival of Discovery and Blues Cruise in Uptown Greenwood, deflating what was to be a 20 in 2020 celebration, but the dual event is back.

And this year’s Blues Cruise is bigger, better and about a month away.

Three days.

Twenty-four blues artists.

Two outdoor stages and 14 indoor venues.

Fifty-one shows.

Uptown Greenwood will be hopping July 8-10. Live blues will be happening all over Uptown and the smell of Kansas City Barbeque Society goodness will linger in the air.

This year will still be a 20th anniversary celebration of one of the hottest blues and barbecue events in the Southeast, complete with a nod to a legendary Hodges blues bar from days gone by, Jackson Station.

Blues Cruise music director Gary Erwin, aka bluesman Shrimp City Slim, has been busy coordinating a lineup fit for ringing in its 20th anniversary.

Blues artists on tap for the three-day Blues Cruise are:

Blues Deluxe of South Carolina — Veteran quartet from the Midlands, plays electric blues in the classic style, including originals from their CD “Bad Women, Good Whiskey.”