Bobby Blue Bland Headlines 20th Annual Bluebird Blues Festival

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.— Blues legend Bobby "Blue" Bland headlines the 20th Annual Bluebird Blues Festival, Saturday, September 22, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Prince George’s Community College. Bobby "Blue" Bland, member of the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has had 23 top ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts including “Farther Up the Road,” “I'll Take Care of You,” “I Pity the Fool” and “Turn On Your Love Light.” Live entertainment, children’s activities, music workshops, food and crafts will engage people of all ages. 

“For 20 years, Prince George’s Community College has hosted one of the county’s richest community traditions that everyone looks forward to each fall,” said Malverse Nicholson, Jr., chair of the Bluebird Blues Festival planning committee and dean of college life services at Prince George’s Community College. “This year’s lineup is special, and we are confident Bobby "Blue" Bland will make the celebration an unforgettable experience,” he added.  

 Other main stage performers include renowned blues musician Clarence Carter, famous for "Love Me with a Feeling"; Baltimore’s Sonnytils' Orioles well-known for“Tell Me So;” Guitar Blues Legend Bobby Parker celebrated for his single “Watch Your Step”; and YahZarah, R&B vocalist and former background singer for Erykah Badu,  noted for “Love Come Save the Day.”  

Blues pianist Daryl Davis,Phil Wiggins, Little Bit A Blues featuring Warner Williams & Jay Summerour, and The Jewels will perform on theNap Turner Stage located in Queen Anne Fine Arts. 

About the Bluebird Blues Festival 

The Bluebird Blues Festival is presented by Prince George’s Community College, the Office of the Prince George’s County Executive, NBC4 and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  Other sponsors include Comcast, Maryland State Arts Council, Prince George’s Arts Council, Allstate, Southern Management Corporation, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Thompson Hospitality, Holiday Inn Express, Prince George’s Community College Foundation, Inc., Prince George’s Community College Alumni Association, WPFW and Prince George’s Community College Bookstore.   

For more information about the Bluebird Blues Festival, call 301-546-0853 or visit the college website at    

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.   

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