covid-19 response statement

Dear Blues Festival Patron and Friend,

Today would have been the day we would be emailing you with exciting news of the 2020 San Diego Blues Festival lineup and announcing the launch of ticket sales; however, like you and most of the world, our attention in recent weeks has been centered around coping with the current worldwide pandemic and how it is affecting our families, friends, neighbors and the broader community.

In response, we are delaying the announcement with hopes of launching sometime in June. However, the exact date is in flux as each day presents new information as we actively monitor federal, state and local government guidelines.



Our beneficiary, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, has been called upon to ramp up their mission to meet the growing demand for emergency food assistance in the community as a result of the many San Diegans who have lost their jobs due to the state-wide shutdown.

The Food Bank is continuing daily operations and adding larger-scale “drive-thru” food distributions to meet the exponential increase in need.  


For information on how the Food Bank is responding to the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to visit


If you or someone you know has been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown and is in need of food assistance, please visit



We take great pride in this event. Founded in 2011, the festival has become an annual tradition in San Diego, and we have featured some of the greatest blues talent on the planet.  Previous performers have included Billy F. Gibbons, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Los Lobos and scores of others.


Through our first nine years, the festival has raised more than $1 million to fight hunger in San Diego County as well as collecting 15 tons of nonperishable food items during our annual festival food drives, which have brought hope to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet by providing a basic human need - nutrition. The Food Bank’s services are needed now more than ever before.

At this moment in time, we remain hopeful that the 10th annual San Diego Blues Festival will still take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 on the downtown San Diego waterfront with no current plans for cancelling.


But right now we have more important tasks at hand as all our attention will go toward fulfilling our community’s needs during this time of crisis and ensuring the health and safety of our Blues Festival Patrons, fans, staff, team of volunteers and friends.


Thank you for your support and we’ll be back in touch soon.