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Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival - 4th Annual

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Nelson Park Festival Gardens

Grover Nelson Park

Abilene, TX 79602

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The 4th annual Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival benefiting United Way of Abilene will take stage April 27 & 28, 2018 at the Nelson Park Festival Gardens in Abilene, Texas! Join us on Friday night for fabulous blues music under the West Texas sky. On Saturday morning, attend our soul awakening Gospel Brunch in downtown Abilene's 201 on Mesquite, then join us again Saturday night for another round of blues.

Our festival features some of the best names in blues music, including Tommy Castro, Marcia Ball, Jimmy D. Lane, Damon Fowler, Ruthie Foster, and more!

We offer several ticket packages to fit your needs including single night tickets, weekend passes, and our exclusive VIP experience! All events are ticketed. Tickets may be purchased online or at the gate.

For more information, visit the Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival on the web, contact United Way of Abilene by phone at 325-677-1841 or email at bethany@unitedwayabilene.org.

Friday (April 27) Night Line Up - Nelson Park Festival Gardens (Gates at 4:30)

  • Kirk House Band
  • Marcia Ball

  • Damon Fowler

  • Jimmy D. Lane

Saturday (April 28) Gospel Brunch - 201 Mesquite in Downtown Abilene (11:00 a.m.)

  • First Baptist Church + New Light Baptist Church + Kirk House

Saturday (April 28) Night Line Up - Nelson Park Festival Gardens (Gates at 4:00)

  • Dave Hobbs Band
  • Ruthie Foster

  • Tommy Castro

  • Jimmy D. Lane


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There is no age limit to enter the event, but photo ID is required for alcohol purchase. Children 12 & under are admitted free on Friday and Saturday night with a ticketed adult.

What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is readily available near Festival Gardens at the Abilene Zoo/Nelson Park. There is no charge for parking. Parking in undesignated or grassy areas is prohibited.

Where is the Festival Gardens?

The Nelson Park Festival Gardens are conveniently located near Loop 322, Highway 36, and Interstate 20. They grounds are located inside the same park as the Abilene Zoo and are directly across from the Taylor County Expo Center.

Where is 201 Mesquite?

The 201 Mesquite event venue is in beautiful downtown Abilene. Downtown Abilene and the 201 Mesquite is rich with history.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

No pets, weapons, smoking, or outside coolers are allowed. General admission ticket holders are encouraged to bring outdoor chairs or blankets to sit on.

Will food be available at the Festival?

Yes - concession is available inside the gates.

Is there a host hotel?

Our host hotel is the dual branded Courtyard/Towneplace Abilene Northeast located at 2141 Scottish Road. Call 325-673-0400 for availability, or visit the Towneplace Website or Courtyard Website .

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

  • By phone: 325-677-1841

  • By email: bethany@unitedwayabilene.org

What is the refund policy?

The Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be granted.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You must either bring your printed ticket to the event or be prepared to show your ticket on your mobile device. Multi-day ticket holders will be given a wristband in exchange for their ticket.

Can I purchase a ticket for both nights?

Yes, tickets may be purchased as a 2 night package or individually. A ticket package for 2 festival nights and the gospel brunch are also available.

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Nelson Park Festival Gardens

Grover Nelson Park

Abilene, TX 79602

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Refund Policy

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