Master slide guitarist and NY Blues Hall of Fame member Kerry Kearney headlines 'Blues by the River' Sept. 9 at the Riverhead Town Square.

Gates open at 10:30 for Blues by the River, six-hour blues festival headlined by Kerry Kearny and the Kings of Psychedelta at Riverhead Town Square this afternoon.

Tickets are still available at the gate, according to Jim Warner, presdient of Riverhead Townscape, organizer of today’s event. Day-of-event admission is $50 per person. They are also available online here.

Opener Kane Daily and the Roadhouse Dawgs will kick things off at 12 noon. Next up at 1 p.m. will be Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, followed by Jack Licitra and the South Bay Soul at 2 o’clock and Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers at 3 p.m. Headliner and New York Blues Hall of Fame member Kerry Kearney and his Kings of Psychedelta wind up the program at 4 p.m.

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The festival entrance is located on Main Street, directly across from the Suffolk Theater at 118 East Main Street in Riverhead. See information and festival rules.

Festival-goers are encouraged to park in the lot at the LIRR station at 136-204 Railroad Avenue, or at the Suffolk County Center, 210 Center Drive. Both are a short walk away from the riverfront venue in downtown Riverhead.

In the parking lot adjacent to the town square, a “Blues Village” will offer vendors of food and snacks, local craft brews and ciders, blues fest merchandise and crafts by local artisans.

Proceeds from the event benefit Riverhead Townscape, an all-volunteer, tax-exempt nonprofit founded in 1975 ahead of the American Bicentennial to advance beautification and community pride. The organizations provides planters and hanging baskets downtown, sponsors a summer concert series, and hosts the Riverhead Country Fair each October on the riverfront.

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