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Vanessa Collier to open the 2018 Chesapeake Bay Blues Fest

Chesapeake Bay Events has announced that Vanessa Collier will open the 20th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival on May 19th 2018. “We were extremely fortunate to get Vanessa. She will set the bar for the rest of the day’s acts”, stated Don Hooker, Festival Promoter.
Master musician and multi-talented blues performer, Vanessa Collier, was recently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA). The Philadelphia based vocalist/saxophonist/songwriter is currently on an 11 country European tour with Ruf’s Blues Caravan, alternating between tour legs in Europe and touring back in the U.S. with a talented 5-piece band, throughout 2017. With searing saxophone solos, soulful vocals, and witty lyrics, Vanessa’s songwriting takes you through an engaging blend of blues, funk, rock, and soul in an exceptionally entertaining, high-energy performance.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Vanessa’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (2012-2013), while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as a Best of 2014 Blues Breaker. With the success of her debut album and her charismatic live performances, Vanessa has been in demand touring throughout the world and is excited to celebrate the March 2017 release of her highly anticipated sophomore album Meeting My Shadow.
Vanessa also maintains a private saxophone studio teaching around 30 students per week. She volunteers her time in schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland; serves as an adjudicating judge at solo & ensemble festivals; and offers jazz, blues, and saxophone clinics throughout the United States.
2018 Lineup
  • Brian Setzer and the Rockabilly Riot
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Keb’ Mo’ Band
  • Doyle Bramhall II
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Mike Zito
  • Mr. Sipp
  • Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
  • Heather Gillis Band
  • Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
  • Brandon “Taz” Niederauer
  • Deanna Bogart Band
  • Vanessa Collier
  • Naptown Brass Band
Tickets are on sale now.  Early bird prices are available until February 28th.
– Saturday Ticket – $60
– Sunday Ticket –   $60
– Two Day Ticket – $110
– VIP Packages – SOLD OUT
 Please visit for more information.
The Chesapeake Bay Events (CBE) held its first festival in 1998. It has quickly gained national notoriety as one of the premier Blues Festivals in the world. Outside of providing top caliber entertainment, the festival also gives ALL net proceeds to charity. Visit for more information.
The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will be held on May 19th and 20th, 2018 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, MD.
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