HotLicks BluesFest 2017

Written by: Rachel L. Hirsh


It’s that time of year--the day when Granville enjoys sweet, soulful melodies while eating savory local food. HotLicks BluesFest is back for its 18th year running and 2017 is even bigger than before! As a major sponsor of the Fest, the Granville Community Foundation is excited to share this day of music with you on Saturday, September 2nd from 1:00pm to 10:00pm.

HotLicks attracts thousands of attendees from around the country to downtown Granville to listen to legendary bands like The Kinsey Report, and to get a glimpse of Granville camaraderie and spirit. For those who like their blues with a side of something scrumptious, there will be an array of food trucks including our own Mai Chau, Steamroller Bagels and Day Y Noche

While vibrant blues and food are a huge draw, many people aren’t aware that the BluesFest donates a sizable portion of their proceeds to the community. This year, HotLicks will donate funds towards a scholarship for a Granville High School student to study music and to Kiwanis for their efforts with the Wildwood Playground Renovation Project. BluesFest also supports Blues for a Cure, an in-house music program that brings live concerts and recordings to patients at The James Cancer Clinic. This is yet another example of how the Granville community can come together and make a difference!

Tom Carroll, one of the founders of this event and a Jazz Studies Professor at Denison University, is proud to continue this successful tradition with Granvillians and visitors. With over six bands, Carroll states that “part of our mission is to celebrate these artists and their contribution to the history of this great American music form.” As far as the name goes, “HotLicks” is derived from the term “Licks” where guitar melodies have intense and emotional meaning. So mark your calendars and expect some soul-movin’ music this Saturday!

General Information:

Saturday, September 2 at 1pm-10pm                                                                                          Located in Downtown Granville

1pm Guitar Company

3:00PM Tom Carroll and Organic Chemistry w. Special guests: Bobby Floyd, Joe Crump, Louis Tsamous and Ian Carroll

4:30PM Sean Carney Band w. Sadie Johnson

6:00PM Duke Robillard Band

7:30PM Kinsey Report

9:00PM Lurrie Bell Band

Tickets for food and beverages are available at the festival at the Ticket and T-Shirt Tent

About Rachel Hirsh

Originally from Granville, Rachel has five years of progressive and global experience in content creation, copywriting and social media marketing. Beyond writing, she has an insatiable passion for travel, adventure, and philanthropic endeavors. Recently back from living abroad, Rachel has begun freelance writing. For inquiries, please email her at: