For Immediate Release   Jan. 19, 2017

contact:  Craig Covey 248-721-6434 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Alyssa Atkinson 248-259-0058

Arcadia Marketplace

Presents the

16th Annual Ferndale Blues & Music Festival

Runs Friday Jan. 27th to Mon. Feb.6th 2017

Winter Music Festival Began in 2002

(Ferndale) The 16th Annual Ferndale Blues & Music Festival begins on Friday January 27 and once again brings music and crowds to locations across the Ferndale area.  It has grown to more than 55 concerts and music events in at least 16 venues over nine days in January and February. Concerts are held in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, stores, schools across Ferndale and this year, in Hazel Park as well.  This year’s festival includes several new venues including Otus Supply, Zeke’s Rock n Roll Barbeque, Ferndale High School, J’s Penalty Box, Jewish Ferndale, and Cellarman’s in Hazel Park.

The annual festival is held in the middle of winter each year to raise money for local charities - this year all proceeds benefit Ferndale Youth Assistance. It brings music and camaraderie for people from across the region who may be suffering “cabin fever” or winter blues.  It has become a destination, bringing thousands to Ferndale in an otherwise slow time of the year.  Top sponsors this year include Arcadia Marketplace, Garden Fresh, Giffels Webster, Clean Planet, Coventry Creations, and the Candlewick Shoppe.  Our beverage sponsor is Valentine’s Distillery. Bar and club sponsors include Rosie O’Grady’s, Pops for Italian, One-Eyed Betty’s, Danny’s Irish Pub, Como’s and Soho.

“People love music and they need it in the cold dark days of winter,” says festival Co-Chair and Co-founder Craig Covey.  “It can get you out of the house to enjoy great food and drink, hang with your friends, and chill,” said Covey, who was Ferndale’s mayor from 2008 through 2010.

Most of the concerts are free and are held in a wide variety of settings that include family friendly locations as well as nightclubs, restaurants, bars and pubs.

Venues this year include Howe’s Bayou, Sneakers, New Way Bar, Ferndale Elk’s Club, Soho, Treat Dreams Ice Cream Parlor, Orchid Nightclub, Dino’s, Cellarmen’s of Hazel Park, Ferndale High School, Como’s, Zeke’s Rock n Roll Barbeque, Otus Supply, J’s Penalty Box  Jewish Ferndale, and M-Brew.  Music offerings include jazz, rock n roll, big band, salsa, and the blues in all its forms.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Volunteers make the event successful as folks assigned to events help raise money through donations at the door and by passing the blind blue piggy banks that are symbols of the festival.  Blue lights often light up venues downtown.  To volunteer contact Alyssa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“This event is now our largest fundraiser for the year,” said new Festival Co-Chair  Alyssa Atkinson,  who is also the new Board Chairperson for Ferndale Youth Assistance. “It helps us fund counseling, camp, and education programs for our local youth and their families, and I am honored to be a part of this iconic festival”, she added.

Additional sponsors of the festival include Pipeline Management, Sneakers, Oakland County 115, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, Ferndale Councilman Dan Martin, Honorable Craig Covey, The Bar Downstairs, Ferndale DDA, and the Detroit Blues Society.

Organizers predict more than $18,000 in proceeds for Ferndale Youth Assistance  will be raised this year and since the festival began in 2002, more than a quarter million dollars has been raised for youth programs, community groups, and HIV/AIDS education.

An up-to-date schedule of events and concerts is available at


Sponsored By


Also Supported By



Giffels Webseter



Rosie O'Grady's


Jim Nash
Oakland County Water
Resources Commissioner

Craig Covey

Dan Martin
Ferndale City Councilman


Oakland County 115

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