Friday, February 25, 2011


The 2nd Annual Mini-Blues Festival, presented by PNC Bank in association with Joe Hirsh Productions and the Centenary State Company, features two full days of the blues on the campus of  Centenary College and around the Hackettstown area.

Legendary Hubert Sumlin, Gina Sicilia,
Sean Chambers Highlight
Centenary Stage Company Mini-Blues Festival

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, March 11-12; "matinee shows" at Marley's Gotham Grill in the late afternoon from 4-6 PM and "post-show parties" both nights from 10:30 PM to midnight. The Centenary Stage Co. shows begin at 6:30 each night and run to 10 PM. 
David and Carol Lackland Center, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown
EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY: Specially priced advanced general admission tickets for each night are just $20 each, which includes a discount to the post show party. Two-day tickets are only $35, which includes free admission to both of the post show parties. Advanced discounted tickets must be purchased by Jan. 15. Thereafter, tickets are $22.50 for one day, and $40 for a 2-day ticket. For ticket information and further details about the festival, go to or phone 908.979.0900. For additional information or to learn more about Joe Hirsh Productions, visit 

Hubert Sumlin-Annie Leibovitz Photo Credit-PromoPhotoLegendary blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, lead guitarist for Howlin' Wolf for years and later recognized by Eric Clapton and others as a major influence in their careers, will headline the Saturday night, March 11, portion of the 2011 Centenary Stage Company Mini-Blues Festival. (Photo by Annie Liebovitz)

Headlining Friday night will be Irish bluesman Sean Chambers. Opening up on Friday night will be the Rick Luts Band followed by Robert Ross with Big Nancy.  Ross has been called “a blues icon… one of the great blues spirits,” by WBAI-FM, NYC radio.

WSNB, based out of North Carolina, will open up the Saturday show with its hard-driving road-house swamp-style blues music. Also taking the stage on Saturday will be Philadelphia-based Gina Sicilia, who music experts say is on the verge of breaking out nationally.

Other major supporters for this year’s festival are GBW Insurance, Good Impressions Printing and Mailing, the Lehigh Valley Blues Network, WRNJ and WNTI.