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:
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 Rhinn, Chris Michalek (RIP), Dan Gage, Dane Terry, Dave Camphuis, Donnie Moretone, Gary Allegretto, Gary Lehmann (Gnarly Heman), Gary Sipperly, Harmonica John, James Harman, Jason Ricci, John "Whiteboy" Walden, Johnny Dyer, Johnny Mastro, Johnny Rover, Jon Gindick, Juke Logan, 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 2013 Spring Harp Fest page. Suggested donation is just $5. 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 $5 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.
The Spring Harp Fest is afiliated with Blues Lovers United of San Diego, a non-profit organization (www.BLUSD.org). Every year, we make a generous contribution of the proceeds from our fest to BLUSD's Blues in the Schools Program, specifically ear-marked for harmonica inclusion. Please see our Sponsors page for live videos of youth participating in BLUSD's Summer Blues Camp. And remember, that your donation to the Spring Harp Fest also supports BLUSD.
In 2012, we donated $1,500.00 (as well as 300 harmonicas) to BLUSD and presented the check to Ms. Janine Harty, President of BLUSD. Here she is accepting our check at the Julian Blues Bash: