Piedmont Blues Preservation Society

NC Blues Week & Carolina Blues Festival


March 13, 2024


Atiba Berkley,
NC Blues Week Returns with Big Plans & Big Changes

Blues & Foods Market will be the center of attention on May 11-19, 2024


Greensboro, NC – The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society (PBPS) is thrilled to announce the return of NC Blues Week, the statewide celebration of the rich blues heritage and culture of North Carolina. The week-long celebration (May 11-19) features a dynamic range of events, including a film screening, beat battles, dance parties, workshops, and free live music in Center City Park on Saturday, May 18th.

President Atiba Berkley ”The heart of NC Blues Week beats loudest in its live music experiences, from boutique cultural experiences to the grand stage of the Annual Carolina Blues Festival. It’s such a privilege to be entrusted with a beloved community and cultural legacy.”

Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s board of directors recently decided the next Carolina Blues Festival will be a 40th Anniversary blowout scheduled for 2026. This move comes as the organization responds to unprecedented growth, notable partnerships, and expanded offices as it seeks to grow its programs and staff. In 2025, PBPS will reveal hidden treasures held in the organization’s archives, reunite friends and supporters, and honor ancestors and founders.

PBPS plans to bring plenty of friends along for the ride during NC Blues Week 2024. Program partnerships include NC Folk Festival featuring urban dancer and folklorist Junious Brickhouse, Hip-Hop crossover with the Triangle’s Underground Collective, and rare access and collaboration with Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter’s The Lead Belly Estate & House of Lead Belly, LLC.

Join your neighbors from across the state and beyond! Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate North Carolina’s rich displays of Blues culture at various locations. For more information on NC Blues Week and the Blues & Foods Market Center, including event tickets or volunteer, internship, and vendor opportunities, please visit www.piedmontblues.org. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Atiba Berkley at info@piedmontBlues.org



 About the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society:

Mission: To create and present educational programs, cultural presentations, and experiences authentically representing Blues culture while fostering sustainability for that culture.

The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society (PBPS) is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the culture and music known commonly as the blues; this form of music having evolved historically from the culture and experiences of African-Americans including work songs and spirituals. Our organization represents Blues culture through educational programs, workshops, and with a focus on historical accuracy and cultural authenticity. We collaborate with other nonprofits and with regional and global businesses to highlight the Piedmont as a place to not only live but a place to experience rich culture. Our programs and services support cultural awareness, public health issues, educational initiatives, and community concerns. We support and promote local businesses, tourism, the Arts, and education in the true spirit of the Blues community. More information can be found at piedmontblues.org 

Click to Learn About Volunteer Opportunities

Now Accepting Market and Food Vendor Applications. 

Click links below for guidelines and more information.  

Special Thanks to our 2023 Festival Sponsors:


Thank You to our 2023 Individual Sponsors:

Scott Hummel & Family

Jim Feree 

Chuck & Sheila’s Jam @ Ritchys




Your contribution will allow us to continue the Carolina Blues Festival along with many programs that we offer year-round – Blues In The Schools & Share the Music programs to our sponsorship of local Blues events. It’s all made possible by you.

Our annual membership dues are tax-deductible, so there is no reason not to join.

Be sure to bookmark and return to this page as we confirm all event details. For updates on this year’s Carolina Blues Festival, be sure to subscribe to our email list by clicking HERE.

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We can’t wait to see you in May!

Atiba Berkley

PBPS President

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NC Blues Week & Carolina Blues Festival Announcements