24 RA Silver City Blues Fest

Grady Champion

Memorial Day weekend brings with it the wide-open possibility of road tripping, and the annual Silver City Blues Festival presents the perfect excuse to explore Southwestern New Mexico. From Friday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26, the city’s Gough Park (at the corner of North Pope and 13th streets) hosts performers like legendary Houston musician Guitar Shorty, the 79-year-old showman who introduced Jimi Hendrix to the wah-wah pedal. He plays at 5 p.m. on Saturday, followed by headliner Grady Champion, an electric blues harmonica player, singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Canton, Mississippi. Other performers include Albuquerque’s The Rudy Boy Experiment, Chris Dracup Trio, and Felix y Los Gatos. The festival is free of charge. For more information, go to silvercitybluesfestival.org