Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association
Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association (KVBA) was originally founded in 1994 with the sole purpose of organizing the first annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival. The resulting success gave birth to the ideals in which the organization embraces and utilizes today. As described in our mission, our goal is to keep the blues alive in Southwest Michigan!
KVBA members hail not just from south western Michigan but Indiana, Ohio, as well as other parts of the country. Our members come from all walks of life, with interests that are as unique and individual as they are. The common factor is their love and enjoyment of Blues Music, and we strive to provide an avenue to bring together those who are as passionate as we are about Blues.
We’re best known as the producers of the very popular Kalamazoo Blues Festival which is held annually in July. We also:
•co-produce and underwrite blues performances in local area nightclubs and other venues.
•award an annual musical scholarship.
•send area musicians to local schools and libraries for workshops and presentations.
•send the winner of our Annual Blues Talent Competition to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Talent Competition