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It's Festival time!

The CVBS Blues Festival returns to Rockfish Valley with an outstanding lineup, featuring headliners Gabe Stillman and The Nighthawks.

Date and time
Saturday, June 10 · 1 - 10pm EDT

Rockfish Valley Community Center 190 Rockfish School Lane Afton, VA 22920

The 5th Annual CVBS Blues Festival returns to Rockfish Valley Community Center on Saturday, June 10th, with an outstanding lineup of music, food, refreshments, and vendors. Ticket's are only $20.00 this year, and we expect a record crowd. There will be food trucks, beer and wine for sale, and exceptional merchandise from a variety of vendors, and from CVBS.

A look ahead: SATURDAY JUNE 10

Gates open at 1:00PM
Music from 2:30-10:00PM


The Performers

Gabe Stillman Band (8:30-10:00PM) - "One of the most promising young blues talents on the scene today. Gabe is a fine songwriter, excellent guitarist and strong singer, plus he puts on an exciting, energized show...Don’t miss him!"- Alligator Records

The Nighthawks (6:45PM-8:00PM) - "For over 50 years, The Nighthawks have been traveling the country, playing low down dirty blues and roots-rock....their music continues to be a free-wheeling mix of blues, R&B, honky-tonk country, and rockabilly."

Sol Roots (5:15-6:30PM) - "Sol is a fierce guitarist and soulful singer."- JamBase

“Sol's vocalizing reminds me of Mose Allison...Van Morrison, and Mississippi Hill Country blues performers.” - Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine

Mike Goudreau (3:45-5:00PM) - "Quality Canadian blues...solid and unpretentious ...swings with snappy sincerity and crisp energy." - @Blues Revue Magazine

Ken Farmer and the Authenticators (2:30-3:30PM) - CVBS' own member's band. If you feel good and want to feel better, or if you need to chase away your blues, Ken Farmer & The Authenticators is the only prescription. Only real, Authenticator music for the heart & soul.

Do you have what it takes to sit on the CVBS Board?

Our current VP, Jon Spear, has "officially" retired from the CVBS board this summer.  We are very grateful to Jon for his hard work and contributions, and we're now looking for a well-organized blues-lover to step in to continue his work.  The main responsibility of the VP is to attend board meetings, to contribute advice and expertise as a member of the CVBS Board, and tp step in if the president makes a hasty departure to Haiti :-).  If you're interested, please send an email to

More News from CVBS ...


  • No Dues in 2021 —  No dues for the time being.  But please, let's each make it a goal in 2021 to get one person to join CVBS! 

  • BluesFest 2022 — The board announced last night it's intent to begin planning our Blues Festival for Summer of 2022. Ex-Prez Andy Burdesky will continue to be the main planner for this event, and all CVBS members are encouraged to take part and make suggestions to help make next years big event happen!

  • We've agreed to concentrate on jams for the remainder of 2021, and to have our annual Christmas party in December. Stay tuned for more details..or watch our Facebook page..

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