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Delta Blues Festival Offers Scholarships for Musicians 

The Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert is a local fundraising event designed as a fundraiser for high school musician scholarships.  The annual blues concert brings jazz legends to El Campanil Theatre in Antioch, CA. The show includes a VIP experience, a pre-show party, and an exciting concert.  The proceeds fund a series of scholarships and grants that support young musicians seeking to extend their musical education. 

History of the Delta Blues Festival 

Reaching back to 1999, founder David Williamson, worked with three local blues band to create a family-friendly, no-cost, alcohol-free event with live music.  The success of the first festival led to a follow-up event with support from the City of Antioch and the Rivertown Association and more prominent artists asking to perform.  In 2017, the Delta Blues Festival celebrated its last event outdoors. With thousands of people in attendance, an exceedingly long list of performers, the founders knew it was time for a change.  

Bringing the Delta Blues Festival Inside 

After 19 years of building the festival outdoors, the founders wanted to shift the focus of the event to one that brought back the intimate beginnings of jazz and blues music. The event shifted from a festival to a concert held in the historic Rivertown District in Antioch, CA.  The founders wanted to create an experience more reflective of old jazz clubs. Perhaps more importantly, they wanted to use the music as a way to build scholarships for local high school musicians pursuing music in higher education. 

Delta Blues Festival - Scholarship

Delta Blues Festival - Scholarship

Indoor Benefit Concert

2020 will celebrate the 10th annual DFB Benefit Concert at El Campanil.  The concert includes a 3-hour jazz performance show and a VIP Pre-Party that starts an hour before the performance.   The VIP Pre-Party provides food, drinks, and a live blues concert before the show. Other benefits include a collectible lanyard, gifts, and a private escort to the big show that begins at 7 pm. 

The concert itself is chock-full of local and national jazz performers bringing down the house with a dynamic variety of jazz stylings. This year, you can expect to hear the powerful singing of Tia Carroll, hear the world-class guitar player Eric Gales, and experience greatness of jazz performer Alvon Johnson.  

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Photo Credit to Bob Hankins

Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert

Photo Credit it Bob Hankins

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

The Delta Blues Festival (DBF) is committed to giving back to the local community by giving back through grants and scholarships.  The grants are designed to give back to organizations that provide and promote music education. The DBF also offers individual scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary music education.  The scholarship celebrates Delta Blues Festival founder, Dave Williamson. The scholarship is provided in his memory to students attending an East Contra Costa High School, who seek an education in music.  Over $27,000 has been awarded to students to date – and the DBF looks forward to sharing this gift of music education to more students.

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How You Can Get Involved with Delta Blues Benefit Concert

There are so many ways you can become involved with the Delta Blues Benefit Concert.  

  1. Attend the concertTickets are available on the website.
  2. Become a Sponsor.  Learn how you or your business could become a sponsor of the event. 
  3. Donate:  Donate time or money to the DBF.  With such an extravagant event, more help is always welcome!
  4. Let people know about the grant and scholarship programs!  With arts underfunded in the area, this is one way you can support students in the performing arts.
  5. Apply for a grant!
  6. Apply for a scholarship.  

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