Black-eyed & Bluesfest, slated for summer, canceled

Performers gear up at the 2019 Black-eyed & Bluesfest.

HARTFORD — James Varano, event producer and owner of Black-eyed Sally’s, and the Connecticut Blues Society announced recently the cancellation of the Black-eyed & Bluesfest and Daniel Salazar, Jr.’s Guitar Under the Stars for 2020 out of concern for public health.

Varano states, “Black-Eyed Sally’s has been proud to bring thousands of people to Bushnell Park for these two beloved concert events. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the trajectory of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’d rather be safe. I look forward to reopening our restaurant and finding new ways for music-lovers to enjoy live performances and great food.”

Plans are already underway to set dates and schedule artists for next year’s Black-eyed & Bluesfest and Guitar Under the Stars in 2021.

“The Black-eyed & Bluesfest is another great summer event that is taking the necessary precautions in cancelling their 2020 events,” said Cathy Malloy, CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, which organizes the Summer in the City program that helps make the Bluesfest possible. “Like so many others, we are already looking forward to 2021 when all of the exciting parades, festivals and concerts can return and once again fill the parks with art, music and cultural celebrations.”

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