Preserving the Past - Promoting the Future!
LONG BEACH BLUES SOCIETY
The Long Beach Blues Society preserves and promotes all styles of blues music, a unique and important American art form, by educating the greater Long Beach Community about the history of the blues while uplifting audiences spirits and supporting artists, writers, broadcasters, and educators.
To be the premier model for blues preservation, promotion, and education
The LBBS team first came together working for GIG International to produce the New Blues Festival in 2014, meeting the demand for a local, live blues festival. This annual event continues to grow each year, with over 7000 blues fans in attendance to hear 17 bands over two days in 2017. Long Beach has a strong history supporting the blues through the local CSULB radio station KLON (now KKJZ), who produced the annual Long Beach Blues Festival from 1980-2010 and today provides Southern California with regular on-air blues programming and worldwide internet radio.
Recognizing the need for education and connection with underserved communities, the Long Beach Blues Society (LBBS) was incorporated in 2015 in the State of California and given tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit corporation in 2016. Initial board members were recruited from the New Blues Festival staff, with recent additions from the local musician and blues advocate communities.
LONG BEACH BLUES SOCIETY: OUR MISSION, VISION, & HISTORY