The second annual ‘HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival’ brings the energy of live performance to the ArtPrize night scene. The Blue Bridge—organized by Quinn Matthews, Station Manager WYCE 88.1FM—will once again play host to all things music at ArtPrize Nine. Held September 29 and 30,  the festival promises two epic days and nights of FREE musical entertainment featuring musicians and bands from across the country—competing for the ‘ArtPrize Song of the Year’ award.



The Blue Bridge Music Festival will kick off on Friday, September 29 at 4 p.m. with a live broadcast on WYCE’s station, followed by three performances:

  • 5 p.m.—Yolonda Lavender
  • 7 p.m.—The Bootstrap Boys
  • 9 p.m.—Michigander


The festivities will continue on Saturday, September 30—kicking off once again with a live broadcast on WYCE at Noon, followed by five performances:

  • 2 p.m.—Brad Fritcher Moods
  • 4 p.m.—Asamu Johnson & The Associates of the Blues
  • 5:30 p.m.—Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish
  • 7 p.m.—Watching For Foxes
  • 8:45 p.m.—The Great Ones


You won't need tickets to enjoy the HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival! Both days and nights are completely free—come when you're able and stay as long as you like.


All participating musicians at the two-day festival are eligible for the ArtPrize Nine public vote competition in the time-based category. The ArtPrize public will also award an additional prize. By casting their votes through the ArtPrize mobile app, visitors will award a single artist the distinction of ‘ArtPrize Song of the Year’ and a $1,000 cash prize, presented by HopCat.