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Binghamton’s Blues on the Bridge to Draw 100 Musicians

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Speaking on the August 24th edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Blues on the Bridge musical coordinator, Donnie Wilkins says the annual free¬†blues/ rock festival on Binghamton’s Memorial Bridge no longer has any trouble signing on bands to play throughout the day.

Wilkins remembers that the festival, that began in 2002, at first was on the Washington Street Bridge until safety concerns arose as the bridge began bouncing as the bands were rocking.

The first Blues on the Bridge had to be delayed since it had been scheduled for September 11, 2001.  After the terror attacks, Wilkins said they knew no one was going to be in the mood to hear music that evening, so the festival was put off.

On the program, Wilkins runs down the complete list of acts that are signed on to play starting at noon September 8th with the music continuing without break until around 10 p.m.

Blues on the Bridge is on Facebook and more information can be found online at

Southern Tier Close Up can be heard Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

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