The Blues & Grooves Festival is celebrating its third year of promoting Down Syndrome awareness in the Azalea City. Last year, the festival moved to the Malaga Inn and brought together a mob of music lovers, musicians and local business owners.

Ryan Balthrop is among the artists scheduled to benefit Down Syndrome at the 3rd annual Blues & Grooves Festival Sept. 13 at the Malaga Inn.

Ryan Balthrop is among the artists scheduled to benefit Down Syndrome at the 3rd annual Blues & Grooves Festival Sept. 13 at the Malaga Inn.

The 3rd Annual Blues & Grooves Festival has been set for Saturday, Sept. 13 and promises to be bigger and better than ever with a lineup that keeps growing. Currently, the festival will feature performances from Eric Erdman, Lisa Mills, Ryan Balthrop, Johnny No, Harrison McInnis Trio, DieDra the Blues Diva and After Schock & the Deep End. Stay tuned to Lagniappe for line-up additions and ticket info.

Erdman records new album

Speaking of Eric Erdman, the singer-songwriter has completed recording his upcoming album at the Nutthouse in Muscle Shoals. However, he will not be coming home just yet. Erdman traveled from Muscle Shoals to Martha’s Vineyard to play at the Consenses Festival.

Sally Taylor (daughter of Carly Simon and James Taylor) has held this festival for the past three years. It brings together 130 artists of varying mediums from around the globe. Together, both music and visual artists share interpretations of each other’s art. Erdman got involved with the festival after meeting Sally Taylor at the now defunct Southside Music Hall. Taylor sent Erdman a black and white photo of a weathered boat that later served as the inspiration for his song “What’s Left of What Used to Be,” which is found on his album “Color the Silence.” While at Consenses Fest, Erdman will give several performances and participate in workshops.

I like it dirty

NOLA’s Dirty Bourbon River Show has not visited the Azalea City in quite some time. Since their last local performance, this group of brass-laden “rock-infused gypsy” musicians have performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and toured extensively across the country. They will also be returning to Voodoo Fest on Halloween and making an appearance at Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival. This ragtag group of young, eclectic musicians are busy working on their ninth studio album in four years.

Meet ‘em and greet ‘em at BayFest

BayFest is giving the public a chance to meet one of the many impressive acts at the 20th anniversary installment of Alabama’s Largest Music Festival. Anyone interested is encouraged to purchase an advanced weekend pass on selected days to be automatically entered in the contest. Would-be meet and greeters should add the festival on Facebook and Twitter as well as sign-up for text alerts to get more info. Artists will be announced at 8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and the promotion will last until the next artist is announced.