Live Blues

Festival celebrates the blues, more


The 28th Annual Silver City Blues Festival, May 27, Memorial Day weekend, at Gough Park in Silver City, continues to be free for all to enjoy. It is supported by local businesses and individual blues lovers, and especially by donations from attendees. 

The festival features five performing acts: 

  • Famous Raymos, 11 a.m., a group that has been active since 1903 when the founder got swindled on a fake silver mine and decided to try his hand at honest labor. When that didn’t work Ramos took to drink and playing music on the side of the road.
  • Dirty Red & the Soul Shakers, 1 p.m., from Oklahoma, with a lone weeping guitar, blues harmonica and soul filled vocals.
  • Blues Dawg, 3 p.m., High-energy electric blues. Founded in Los Angeles in 1998, now hanging out in southwest NM playing rockin’ blues and classic rock.
  • Tyron Benoit Band, 5 p.m., from New Orleans, is a band as diverse as Cajun culture with a dash of Zydeco, a pinch of rock, and a sprinkle of Americano.
  • Ghost Town Blues Band, 7 p.m., from Tennessee, a band that captivates its audience with cigar box guitars, electric push brooms, and a hip-hop trombone player. 

The 2023 Blues Festival will have something for everyone, according to a press release – out of state and local performers, unique vendors from Silver City’s very own Makers Market, beer gardens provided by Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery and Q’s Bistro, and food/beverage vendors.

“The goal of the festival is to bring amazing entertainment to Silver City while supporting the local economy,” the release said. “While the Blues Festival is fun and exciting, there are many businesses that neighbor Gough Park that will still be open for business.”

Once the Blues Festival closes for the evening, more entertainment and music continues in downtown Silver City.  

For more information on the 2023 Silver City Blues Festival, visit, call 575-538-2505 or email 

Per the town of Silver City, there are no animals (except service animals) allowed inside Gough Park. Please keep your pets at home.