Mr. Harpie says, "Come to the festival and bring two friends!"

Mr. Harpie says, "Come to the festival and bring two friends!"

We are very excited to announce that we will be featuring “Blues Hall of Fame” member Lazy Lester

at Spring Harp Fest 2018! Lester will be supported onstage by good friends and tour mates,

San Diego’s own Bayou Brothers. 

Lazy Lester is best known for his hits recorded with  the Excello record label, including “Sugar Coated Love” and “I’m a Lover, not a Fighter” Lester also contributed to songs recorded by Excello label-mates including Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, and Katie Webster. His songs have been covered by (among others) The Kinks, The Flamin' Groovies, Freddy Fender, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Edmunds, Raful Neal, Anson Funderburgh, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In the comeback stage of his career (since the late 1980s) he has recorded new albums backed by Mike Buck, Sue Foley, Gene Taylor, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, and Jimmie Vaughan.

Spring Harp Fest 19
Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Suggested donation $10


 Harry Griffen Park is located at  9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, California 91942.    Here is a map.

Spring Harp Fest 19  Sat. March 31, 2018
Line up and times SUBJECT TO CHANGE


9-11 music in Gazebo

10- Vendors open

12:00 Fred Heath with Tom Safreed

12:30 "Looney" Lenny Mallack

1pm 145th Street  featuring Steve Bulger

1:45 Unknown Players Competition

2:15 Billy Watson International Silver String Submarine Band

3:15pm Mara Wells (jazz from Los Angeles)

4:15pm Lazy Lester- Blues Hall of Fame Artist

            Performing with local favorites, the BAYOU BROTHERS!!!!!

5:30pm Harmonica John Frazer

6:15pm Last Chance jam

6:30 thank you/ clean up



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The Spring Harp Fest was founded in 1999 to promote, this American artform,  the blues harmonica.   Every year, we hold a festival during Easter weekend, and some of Southern California's finest harmonica players perform at our Spring Harp Fest. Here is a list, in alphabetical order, of the artists who have performed at the Spring Harp Fest over the years:  

Aristotle Georgio, Rod Piazza, Eric von Herzen,  145th Street Band, Alan Adamson, Alex Woodson, Art Faxas, Baja Blues Boys, Barry G, Big Al Blake, Billy Watson, Bob Corritore, Chet Cannon and the Committee, Chris James and Patrick Rynn, Chris Michalek (RIP), Dan Gage, Dane Terry, Dave Camphuis, Donnie Moretone, Gary Allegretto, Gary Lehmann (Gnarly Heman), Gary Sipperly, Harmonica John Frazer, James Harman, Jason Ricci, John "Whiteboy" Walden, Johnny Dyer, Johnny Mastro, Johnny Rover, Jon Gindick, Juke Logan(RIP), Karl Cabbage, Kenny Schoppmeier (RIP), Lance Diecknamm, Little William Cauble, Looney Lenny Malick, Mark "the harp" Bukich, Nathan James, Rachelle Danto, Raphael Harp, Red Lotus Revue, Rob Paparozzi w/ Bernard Purdie, Sonny Derin, Steamin' Stan Ruffo, Troy Sandow, Zach Cole, and more.   

The Spring Harp Fest is a family-friendly, outdoor event located at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, California.  The address is 9550 Milden St.  La Mesa, CA 91942.  It is behind Grossmont High School.   Here is the map.   The next Spring Harp Fest line-up can be found on the 2015 Spring Harp Fest page.  Suggested donation is just $10.  Please donate what you can afford as every dollar helps.

This free festival is 100% funded by contributions from the local community and other donations from people like you.    All of the the people that bring this event to the La Mesa community are volunteers.  No one is paid, yet we have a great many expenses and we need your help.  We accept donations.  If you would like to offer your support, send a message here.  We suggest a $10 donation at the event and you can also help by donating cash to our raffle which is held during the festival.   All of our prizes are donations from our generous sponsors.  Let them know you appreciate their support of the Spring Harp Fest.

Every year, we make a generous contribution of the proceeds from our fest to youth music programs, specifically ear-marked for harmonica inclusion.   Please see our Sponsors page for live videos of youth participating in a Summer Blues Camp.  
In 2014, we donated $3,000 to BLUSD and presented the check to Ms. Janine Harty, President of BLUSD.  Here she is accepting our check at the Julian Blues Bash: