The Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival celebrates its 17th year in Hayward,

making this one of the oldest continuous Blues festivals in the West. 

July 9-10, 2016 | Hayward City Hall Plaza | 777 “B” Street, Hayward, CA


About the Festival

The purpose of the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival is to perpetuate blues, jazz and gospel as an art form indigenous to America particularly this little town of African-American’s who migrated here from the deep south was one of the proving grounds for many blues musicians.

Russell City is an unincorporated area of Hayward, California. This community of modest houses and small farms along the bay is now gone. In it’s heyday, Russell City was a down home community, known for it’s clubs with dirt floors, bootleg electricity and a steady stream of musicians playing a style of Delta Blues. During the early part of their careers, artists such as Big Joe Turner and Big Mama Thorton played Texas,

During the early part of their careers, artists such as Big Joe Turner and Big Mama Thorton played Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana style blues in Russell City. West Coast Blues music eventually influenced the traditional sound when horns replaced the harmonica and West Coast Blues was born. Russell City is a landmark on the map of American’s contributions to world culture giving Hayward a unique musical leg reflecting the African-American experience. We are pleased to bring those sounds back through the Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival. The Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival celebrates the rich history, musical and cultural art form found in Russell City and Hayward during the

We are pleased to bring those sounds back through the Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival. The Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival celebrates the rich history, musical and cultural art form found in Russell City and Hayward during the post-war years from the 1940’s thru the 1960’s.


Festival Guidelines

We want your experience at the festival to be enjoyable.  To ensure adherence to all local, state and federal guidelines and an enjoyable time for all festival goers, please make note of the following guidelines and contact us should you have any questions.

Hayward-Russell City Do’s and Don’ts

low lawn chairs

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no outside food or drink