Thousands of people will flock to Trinidad this summer to celebrate 20 years of world-class blues entertainment in the city when the Trinidaddio Blues Fest returns.
Seven performers will take the stage Aug. 24 during the festival, while another five acts will play during a pre-fest party on Aug. 23. Both days feature nationally and internationally recognized acts as well as local performers. Sugaray Rayford, nominated as the 2018 and 2019 B.B. King Blues Entertainer of the Year, will headline the festival.
- Sugaray Rayford
“This year, as every year, we have an incredible array of talent,” says Jerry Campbell, executive director of the festival. “Five well decorated national/international acts plus local and regional artists will provide superb entertainment all day Saturday.”
Annually held the weekend before Labor Day, the Trinidaddio Blues Fest started in 1999 with an estimated attendance of 900 people. Today it’s the largest single event in Trinidad, attracting thousands of people to the city for a weekend of fun and blues, Campbell said.
“Trinidaddio quickly became the signature and only large-scale event in Trinidad due in part to our constant pursuit of involving as much of the community as possible,” Campbell said. “It is the only event that brings in enough out of town visitors to fill all the hotels in Trinidad and Raton. All the campgrounds and RV parks are full as well. All are usually reserved months in advance by folks who plan their vacation around Trinidaddio.”
- Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
Trinidaddio has also grown from a one-day event to a weekend of fun. Festivities will start on Friday, Aug. 23, when concertgoers can enjoy a free evening out in the Central Business District during the Trinidaddio Pre-Fest Party at Main and Commercial streets.
“The streets are blocked off and it’s a big party giving everyone a preview of the next day. You will be hard pressed to find a better bang for your buck anywhere,” Campbell said.
The Movers and Shakers, a Denver band that won the Colorado Blues Challenge this year, will open the Pre-Fest party at 6 p.m. Aug. 23. Other acts include Teledonna from Denver; Los Albuquerque Blues Connection from New Mexico; Trinidad native Zakk DeBono and the Broken Circle Band; and Keeshea Pratt Band from Houston, Texas.
- Jimmy Thackery
On Aug. 24, Trinidaddio will open at Central Park at noon with a performance by Jaquie Gipson of Trinidad. Los Albuquerque Blues Connection and Keeshea Pratt Band will wow the crowd. Other performers include The Rockwell Ave Blues Band from Chicago, Ill.; Jimmy Thackery from Planet,
Earth; and Rick Estrin and the Nightcats from San Francisco, Calif.
The Sugaray Rayford Band from Los Angeles, Calif., will close out the evening with a performance at 7:45 p.m. Caron Nimoy “Sugaray” Rayford is a blues singer and songwriter. Originally from Tyler, Texas, Rayford has been nominated for numerous accolades over the past decade. In May, Rayford
won Soul Blues Male Artist at the 2019 Blues Music Awards.
Tickets to the Trinidaddio Blues Fest are $40 for general admission or $75 for VIP. Cost is $30 for students, seniors or those in the military; it’s free to children 12 and under.
The Trinidaddio Blues Fest is a nonprofit organization, and all of the proceeds from ticket sales are reinvested in the festival itself. Additional funds are used to provide donations to other Trinidad nonprofit groups, such as the Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association and the Trinidad Fireman’s Toy Drive.
Tickets are available online now at trinidaddiobluesfest.com. General admission tickets will also be available at the gate with 25% discount for students, seniors and military with valid
- Keeshea Pratt Band
Trinidaddio Blues Fest: August 24 at Central Park
12-12:45 p.m.: Jaquie Gipson
12:55-1:55 p.m.: Los Albuquerque Blues Connection
2:10-3:15 p.m.: Keeshea Pratt Band
3:30-4:35 p.m.: The Rockwell Ave Blues Band
4:50-6 p.m.: Jimmy Thackery
6:15-7:30 p.m.: Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
7:45-9 p.m.: Sugaray Rayford Band
Trinidaddio Pre-Fest Party: August 23 at Main and Commercial streets
6-6:40 p.m.: The Movers and Shakers
6:50-7:30 p.m.: Teledonna
7:40-8:20 p.m.: Los Albuquerque Blues Connection
8:30-9:10 p.m.: Zakk DeBono and the Broken Circle
9:20-10 p.m.: Keeshea Pratt Band