Blues Trust History

Blues Disc Jockey Greg Sarni founded the Boston Blues Festival in 1996. It was produced by Blues Trust Productions at the Hatch Memorial Band Shell on Boston's Charles River Esplanade. The Event took place each year on the last weekend of September and was New England's only free, two-day blues festival. The free festival was suspended after the 2007 event because of rising State usage fees and a down turn in corporate sponsorship and charitable giving. Thank. to all those who supported the event. The Blues Trust remains active in the Blues community as it carries forth its mission to assist Blues artists.

The following are highlights of the promotional, charitable, entertainment and educational accomplishments of this non-profit 501(c) 3 public charity:

  • Promoting blues music and musicians through the free two-day Boston Blues Festival, exposing the genre to a mass audience
  • Established Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes and honors veteran blues musicians annually"
  • Established Berklee College of Music Scholarship in memory of Teddy Bliss
  • Presented free performance by Lydia Warren at Arlington High School
  • Publicity of music venues and other music industry business

Charitable donations and musician aid include:

  • Contributed to burial expense for wife of drummer Leroy Pina
  • Contributed to Spider John Koerner medical expenses
  • Contributed to burial expense of Brewer Phillips
  • Contributed to Eddie Kirkland Transportation Fund
  • Contributed to Bobby Rush Band Fund
  • Contributed to John Lee Hooker Foundation
  • Contributed to Matt Guitar Murphy Medical Fund
  • Contributed to Luther Guitar Junior Johnson Medical Fund
  • Subsidized artist residency for Brian Templeton and Birds of Prey
  • Donation to New England Blues Society Medical Fund
  • Contributed to Teo Leyasmeyer Family Fund
  • Contributed to Shirley Lewis Medical Expenses
  • Contributed to Nicole Hart Medical Expenses
  • Contributed to Alec Fraser Medical Expenses
  • Contributed to Timo Arthur Medical Expenses
  • Contributed to Robin Rogers Medical Expenses
  • Contributed to Big Jack Ward Medical Expenses
  • Contributed to Tim Gearan's Pledge Music Recording Project
  • Contributed to Bryan Lee Medical Expenses



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