Your 2009 Greater Ozarks Blues Festival schedule


BluesIt’s the height of summer, but September isn’t that far away.

Thanks, DeRosh. Now you’re gonna get me thinking about classes starting up again, and the traffic coming back, and fewer trips to the lake… jerk.

No need to kill the messenger. With September comes the return of one of Springfield’s longest continuously running musical institutions, The Greater Ozarks Blues Festival. The lastest edition is scheduled for September 11 and 12 in the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World parking lot at the corner of Sunshine Street and Campbell Avenue–which, unless it’s mislabeled, is an upgrade from the Cherokee Street parking lot used last year. Inside the lot it promises to be a busy couple of days, and likely full of people, with numerous touring acts returning for repeat GOBF performances as well as some locals holding down Springfield’s end of the fort. The complete schedule and more follows after the break.

Here’s how the festival breaks down:

Friday, September 11


5:30 p.m.: Gates open

6:30 p.m.: Nathan Keck & Underground Blues Division

7:45 p.m.: Kelley Hunt

9:30 p.m.: Tab Benoit


5:30 p.m.: Josh Garrett & The Bottomline

7:10 p.m.: Shae & Ethan

9:15 p.m.: Josh Garrett & The Bottomline


Saturday, September 12


1 p.m.: The Cate Brothers

3 p.m.: Reba Russell Band

5 p.m.: Kenny Neal Band

6:30 p.m.: Blues Society of the Ozarks Awards

7:15 p.m.: Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam

9:30 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks


12 p.m.: Josh Garrett & The Bottomline

2:30 p.m.: Stewart Mann & The Statesboro Revue

4:30 p.m.: Steve Smith & The Sneakers

6:45 p.m.: Stewart Mann & The Statesboro Revue

8:45 p.m.: Josh Garrett & The Bottomline

Advance tickets are currently on sale at Stick It In Your Ear, Kaleidoscope, Springfield Brewing Company, Springfield Little Theatre and Springfield Symphony. They’ll also be available at the GOBF gate each day of the festival, though you’ll have to pay just a little bit more to get them. Here’s the cost breakdown:

Friday only: $20.00
Saturday only: $30.00
Both days in advance: $35.00
Both days at the gates: $40.00


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