Performer's Workshop/Demo with C.W. Ayon

Meet C.W. Ayon and his bassist Felipe Toltecatl for a small class/demo during the 23rd Annual Blues Festival.

  • C.W. will be demonstrating open tuned hill country drone guitar style and cross harp basics.
  • Felipe Toltecatl will show upright slap bass technique.

Participants are welcome to watch/listen or bring their acoustic guitar and/or harmonica.

We cannot provide set up for electric instruments for this workshop.

No instrumental experience needed.

>>> Registered Participants will meet at MRAC booth at the gazebo next to main stage at 2:45pm <<<


Limit of 15 participants only.

Be sure to catch C.W. Ayon performing on Sunday at 12 noon on the main stage.

The Blues Needs You! Support The Festival and Blues In the Schools


The Mimbres Region Arts Council wants to make sure everyone can continue to enjoy the Blues in Silver City.

The Blues Festival has become a family tradition, a weekend under the beautiful skies of New Mexico in Silver City's own Gough Park. We need YOUR financial support to meet the rising expenses of producing one of the last "free" festivals in the southwest.

We also introduced New Mexico blues artist, Cooper CW Ayon to a class of 6th Graders...what happened next affirms why music is vital in our schools.

Support MRAC's Blues In The Schools program so that future generations can feel the blues and what it means for the soul.

You can "Save the Blues" with a contribution during Give Grandly! Matching contributions will increase the impact of your gift during Give Grandly! Don’t wait!

Watch this 1 minute video to see the power of Blues in the Schools:

Contribute at

Silver City Paint Out!
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PAINT OUT SILVER! - Call to Plein Air Artists

2nd Annual Plein Air Competition in Silver City, NM.

Memorial Day Blues Festival Weekend

May 25-27, 2018

The Silver City Art Association (SCAA) and Mimbres Regional Arts Council (MRAC) invites Plein Air artists to “Paint Out Silver!” in conjunction with the Silver City Blues Festival. Two thematic categories will be judged. 1) Works depicting anywhere in and near the Silver City area. 2) Works created depicting the Blues Festival in Gough Park, 1201 N. Pope St, Silver City.

Announcing 2018 Lineup !
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Here is the 2018 lineup for the Silver City Blues Festival! We think it's a good mix of local, regional and national level talent. Profiles and clips from each band will follow in the weeks leading up to the festival on May 25-27. More to come about other activities and events at this year's festival. Enjoy!

2018 Vendor Applications Available
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Artisan, food, and beverage vendor applications are now available here or contact

$100 deposit and application are due by MARCH 15th. 
Join us for the 23rd Annual Silver City Blues Festival!

Kevin Lenkner