Mr. Harpie says, "Come to the festival and bring two friends!"

Mr. Harpie says, "Come to the festival and bring two friends!"

Spring Harp Fest 17
Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Suggested donation $10


 Harry Griffen Park is located at  9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, California 91942.    Here is a map.
Spring Harp Fest 17  Sat. March 26, 2016
Line up and times SUBJECT TO CHANGE

10:00 Vendors open
    possible open jam if all is ready
11:45 Welcome and acknowledgements
12:00 Richie Strell
12:30 Robert Cowan
  1:00 Karl Cabbage
  1:30 Unknown Players Jam (we collect $20 each player)
  2:00 Harmonica John Frazer
  2:30 Billy Watson
  3:15 James Harman
  4:00 LEE OSKAR
  5:00 Farmers w/Gary Sipperly
  6:00All Star Jam/Headcutters Ball
  6:30 Thank you/Acknowledgements

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The Spring Harp Fest was founded in 1999 to promote, this American artform,  the blues harmonica.   Every year, we hold a festival during Easter weekend, and some of Southern California's finest harmonica players perform at our Spring Harp Fest. Here is a list, in alphabetical order, of the artists who have performed at the Spring Harp Fest over the years:  

Aristotle Georgio, Rod Piazza, Eric von Herzen,  145th Street Band, Alan Adamson, Alex Woodson, Art Faxas, Baja Blues Boys, Barry G, Big Al Blake, Billy Watson, Bob Corritore, Chet Cannon and the Committee, Chris James and Patrick Rynn, Chris Michalek (RIP), Dan Gage, Dane Terry, Dave Camphuis, Donnie Moretone, Gary Allegretto, Gary Lehmann (Gnarly Heman), Gary Sipperly, Harmonica John Frazer, James Harman, Jason Ricci, John "Whiteboy" Walden, Johnny Dyer, Johnny Mastro, Johnny Rover, Jon Gindick, Juke Logan(RIP), Karl Cabbage, Kenny Schoppmeier (RIP), Lance Diecknamm, Little William Cauble, Looney Lenny Malick, Mark "the harp" Bukich, Nathan James, Rachelle Danto, Raphael Harp, Red Lotus Revue, Rob Paparozzi w/ Bernard Purdie, Sonny Derin, Steamin' Stan Ruffo, Troy Sandow, Zach Cole, and more.   

The Spring Harp Fest is a family-friendly, outdoor event located at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, California.  The address is 9550 Milden St.  La Mesa, CA 91942.  It is behind Grossmont High School.   Here is the map.   The next Spring Harp Fest line-up can be found on the 2015 Spring Harp Fest page.  Suggested donation is just $10.  Please donate what you can afford as every dollar helps.

This free festival is 100% funded by contributions from the local community and other donations from people like you.    All of the the people that bring this event to the La Mesa community are volunteers.  No one is paid, yet we have a great many expenses and we need your help.  We accept donations.  If you would like to offer your support, send a message here.  We suggest a $10 donation at the event and you can also help by donating cash to our raffle which is held during the festival.   All of our prizes are donations from our generous sponsors.  Let them know you appreciate their support of the Spring Harp Fest.

Every year, we make a generous contribution of the proceeds from our fest to youth music programs, specifically ear-marked for harmonica inclusion.   Please see our Sponsors page for live videos of youth participating in a Summer Blues Camp.  
In 2014, we donated $3,000 to BLUSD and presented the check to Ms. Janine Harty, President of BLUSD.  Here she is accepting our check at the Julian Blues Bash: