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Bloomington Boogies: Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival

Presented by: Bloomington Boogies

Where: Waldron Whikehart Auditorium

General Admission (Advance): $USD 20.00

Senior (62+) / Student (Advance): $USD 18.00

12 & under (Advance): $USD 15.00


Sunday, August 11th 2:00 pm Buy Tickets
Sunday, August 11th 5:30 pm Buy Tickets


link to purchase an all day pass

Are you ready for the 5th annual Bloomington Boogies Festival?  On August 11, 2019, enjoy acclaimed musicians, dancers, food, and beverages at the Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival! With ticketed and free performances and free educational components, be prepared to be moved by the artistry of the musicians, and get ready to shake your booty!  Purchase tickets early – prices increase at the door, and they usually sell out in advance!

There are two ticketed performances, at 2pm and 5:30pm. Want to see both? Click HERE to purchase an All-Day Pass (available in advance only). Doors will open 30 minutes before each performance, and each lasts about 2 hours 15 min.

Artists to perform in the Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium include

  • Bob Seeley – “best boogie woogie player on the planet,” according to Dick Hyman
  • Judy Carmichael – Grammy-nominated leading interpreter of stride piano and swing
  • Jean-Pierre Bertrand – outstanding French boogie woogie and blues pianist
  • Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes – New Orleans multi-instrumentalist playing Zydeco accordion
  • Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi – stride and jazz piano duo
  • Scott Patterson – pianist/composer and Artistic Director of Baltimore-based Afro House
  • Henri Herbert – U.K. piano-playing phenomenon
  • Keith McCutchen – Pianist and composer with roots in Gospel and the blues
  • Ben Toury – French pianist known for energetic showmanship, strength, and speed
  • Alfred “Uganda” Roberts – Professor Longhair’s percussionist from New Orleans
  • Craig Brenner – festival organizer and leader of Craig & The Crawdads
  • Rhythm Section: Gordon Bonham/guitar, Joe Donnelly/sax, Ron Kadish/bass, Dan Hostetler/drums, and Lori Brenner/rubboard and additional percussion
  • Professional swing dancers
  • Finale” with all performers.
  • Note: performers subject to change. Click HERE for most up-to-date schedule.

In addition to the ticketed concerts, free festival activities include:

  • Free performances on WFHB’s “Saturday’s Child,” Aug. 10, 11 a.m., at the Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St., Bloomington
  • Free Master Class on Stride Piano presented by Judy Carmichael, Sat., Aug. 10, 3 p.m., at the Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St., for 20 participants (intermediate and advanced pianists; pre-registration required) and 60 observers
  • Free Performances on the Arts Plaza, 122 S. Walnut St., Sun., Aug. 11, 1 p.m. and throughout the afternoon, featuring Josh Christina, Michael Drexler, Anju Marie Chandy, Kid Kazooey, and Noah Selo, with refreshments available from Cardinal Spirits and Upland Brewing Company
  • Free Informal performances at Bloomington Boogies After Hours at Malibu Grill, 106 N. Walnut St., Sun, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.
  • Free Concerts on Monday, Aug. 12, at Fairview, Templeton and Tri-North Schools, for students
  • Free Piano Workshops at Fairview, Templeton and Tri-North (pre-registration required), Aug. 12

Major Festival Sponsors:  VisitBloomington, Carmin Parker P.C., Maple Grove Farms, LP, Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, and The Stardance Band – Mark Wiedenmayer.

Festival Underwriters: David Carter, Classic Touch Limousine Service, Tim & Cheri DeBruicker, Michael Drexler, Griffin Realty, Dan & Wendy Hogg, Becky Hrisomalos, Robert Kissel’s Foundation, IU Credit Union Investment Services, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington, Jane Martin, Ray Wealth Management, The Ryder, Trojan Horse Restaurant & Tavern, The Uptown Café, and Anonymous.

Additional Supporters: Bob Arnove, Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington, Dr. Steven I. Ball, Alain Barker, Blues Festival Guide 2019, Michele Brentano, Bloom Magazine, Bill C. Brown Associates, Cardinal Spirits, Curry Auto Center – a component fund of the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County, Downtown Bloomington, Inc., John B. Ellis DDS, Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina, Tom Gallagher, Ken Grooms & Zain Mackey, Henk & Bieneke Haitjema, Val Haughton & Frank Motley, David Hummons, Julie Lawson, Malibu Grill, Ed Marshall, Barbara McKinney, David & Louise Michaelis, Albert Misan, Monroe County History Center, MPI Solar, Tanya Mitchell-Yeager, Nick’s English Hut, Oliver Winery, One World Enterprises,  Les Pirtle, Phil & Linda Stafford, Larry Stahl, Rob Stone & Karen Green Stone, Story Insights, Strats Stratigos, Stumpner’s Building Services, Jim & Carol Touloukian, Vance Music Center, Vanguard Advisors LLC, Martha Wainscott, Marcy & Michael Wenzler, WFHB, WFIU, White Rabbit Print & Design, Gary Wittlich, World Wide Automotive Service, Danna Wylie, Rod Young, and Charlotte Zietlow.

Bloomington Boogies received a Visit Bloomington Tourism Grant and a Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Zone Arts Grant.

For more information, visit the festival website – https://bloomingtonboogies.com/ – or contact Craig Brenner, Tel. 812-334-0415, email craigbrennerboogies@gmail.com.

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122 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47404

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center houses a unique blend of artists, performers, and educators. At the Ivy Tech Waldron, visitors can see a play, catch a concert, and enjoy multiple art galleries. The Whikehart Auditorium can accommodate up to 200 people and is ideally suited for large events such as theater productions, concerts, and dance performances. The auditorium is fully accessible through the venue’s Fourth Street entrance, with an elevator to provide access to the upper floors of the building. Parking is available on the street around downtown.

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