The South Mountain International Blues Festival (formerly the South Orange International Blues Festival) has attracted tens of thousands of music lovers for a decade to Essex County. The 2019 South Mountain International Blues Festival will be postponed for 2019 — and will be presented in a yet-to-be-disclosed location in September of 2020.
Now, Mike Griot, the Festival’s Founder, released this statement regarding the festival’s future.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the festival site location at ESSEX COUNTY S. MOUNTAIN RESERVATION has been re-purposed — and is now significantly paved over and serving as overflow parking for the Zoo and Waterfront. Sadly, the perfect natural amphitheater which was once a huge draw for the event has now been eliminated. Due to the lack of a suitable location, THE 2019 SMIBF HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
We are proud of the work we have done these last ten years; many of you have met old and new friends annually in this truly unique cultural environment, and your love and support have made the difference. Similarly, hundreds of professional musicians and performers have come together and “made a joyful noise” to the delight of all.
On behalf of the North Jersey Blues Alliance and The Festival, we thank the County of Essex for the opportunity to provide a truly world-class event to the public. Albeit disappointing, we realize that “progress” can be a stern taskmaster, and we accept that change is inevitable.
Most of all, we thank all of the music lovers and supporters over the years who made this incredible journey possible…and we look forward to the Festival’s “Next Act” in a future location near you.