Doheny Blues Fesitval 2012. by Jay Blakesberg
Tab Benoit performs at the Doheny Blues Festival on Saturday, May 19, 2012. by Jay Blakesberg

This weekend marks the start of Dana Point’s busiest season, summer. Here are a few happenings around town to check out.


A Mile for Maddie

PHOTO: MaddieJames_Notice: The third annual A Mile for Maddie will be held on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
PHOTO: MaddieJames_Notice: The third annual A Mile for Maddie will be held on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

When: Saturday, May 18

Where: Start: Strand Beach parking lot (Selva Road, just south of Pacific Coast Highway), End: Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.

Registration for “A Mile for Maddie” is closed, but day-of registration is available and welcomed for this 1.2-mile walk over Dana Point’s headlands.

This year the Maddie James Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 to continue funding educational programming at the Ocean Institute and the new Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. Participants will be the first to explore the floating center and get up close to marine life in the Biodiversity Lab and hoist sails aboard the Historic Maritime Pier.

Check-in opens at 7 a.m. in the Strand Beach parking lot (end of Selva Road, just south of Pacific Coast Highway) and closes at 9 a.m.

The official start time of the 1.2-mile walk to the Ocean Institute begins at 8 a.m. with waves of walkers being released every five to 10 minutes. In celebration of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center opening, the Ocean Institute will host an open house from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for all participants. And a special ceremony welcoming guests to the new center begins at 10 a.m.

For more information on the walk, visit And to hear more of Maddie’s story, visit the Maddie James Foundation at For additional information on the Ocean Institute and upcoming educational programs, go to


Yacht Clubs Opening Day

When: Saturday, May 18

Where: Dana Point Harbor with events at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Dr., and Dana West Yacht Club, 24601 Dana Dr.

Kicking off the summer season, Dana Point’s two yacht clubs welcome the public to their opening day ceremonies and joint boat parade, beginning at 10 a.m.

This year marks the Dana Point Yacht Club’s 61st season, and Dana West Yacht Club’s 35th.

For more on the clubs visit, or


Doheny Blues Festival

Lead Singer of Trick Bag, Tommy Moberg at last year's festival. Photo by Kylie Corbett
Lead Singer of Trick Bag, Tommy Moberg at last year’s festival. Photo by Kylie Corbett

When: Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Doors open at 10 a.m. for Gold ticketholders, at 10:15 a.m. for VIP and at 11 a.m. for general admission ticketholders

Where: Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr.

Tickets: General admission tickets are still available by visiting, Single-day for $60 and Two-day for $110, add $10 for day-of purchases.

The Doheny Blues Festival continues its Southern California summer kick-off tradition, May 18 and 19, at Doheny State Park in Dana Point—just a stone’s throw from where the waves meet the sand.

This year’s event—produced by Omega Events—marks the festival’s 16th year of blues on the beach. As palm trees sway in the ocean breeze, the world-class lineup of artists and festival atmosphere transform the park into a blues enthusiast’s paradise by the Pacific.

A centrally located grassy field invites fans to stake out a spot in classic “beach blanket” style or wander the venue for a more diverse experience as 20 artists perform atop three stages.

The largest of the three, the Doheny Stage, provides the classic main stage concert experience. A huge screen showcases a front-row view to those who choose a more mellow experience, enjoying music farther from the action.

The Sailor Jerry Stage—a slightly smaller, second main stage—is situated at the opposite end of the field.

The smallest of the three, the Backporch Stage, offers unplugged blues and craft brews.  The Backporch is the festival’s up-close acoustic venue where fans can enjoy a more intimate concert setting along with microbrew tastings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An international food court, vendor village and wine lounge combined with great tunes—from gritty blues-rock to harmonica driven classics and more—round out the Doheny Blues Music Festival’s enduring reputation as a feast for all the senses.—Andrea Swayne


Festival Lineup:


Lynwood Slim and Friends—Noon to 1 p.m., Doheny Stage

Red Lotus Revue—Noon to 1 p.m., The Backporch

Joanne Shaw Taylor—1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band—2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., Doheny Stage

Harry Manx—2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., The Backporch

J.D. McPherson—3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage

Tedeschi Trucks Band—4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Doheny Stage

Mark Hummel’s Blues Harp Blowout—4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., The Backporch

James Hunter Six—6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage

Blues & Brews Jam (artist TBA)—7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Backporch

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite—7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Doheny Stage



Gino Matteo—11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Doheny Stage

Guitar Shorty—11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Backporch

Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums—12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage

Toast of the Coast—1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Doheny Stage

Nick Moss Band—1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., The Backporch

Shemekia Copeland—3 p.m. to 4:10 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage

Joe Bonamassa—4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Doheny Stage

Janiva Magness with Kid Ramos—4:15 p.m. to 5:45, The Backporch

Robert Randolph and the Family Band—6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage

George Thorogood and The Destroyers—7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Doheny Stage


Leave these items at home, as they will NOT be permitted:

  • Illegal substances and alcohol
  • Outside food or drink
  • Oversized bags
  • Knives or weapons of any kind
  • Videoor professional cameras
  • High-back chairs (chairs must be 32″ or lower)
  • Glass containers
  • CamelBaks and drink packs
  • Flags, stickers or Flyers
  • Tents and lawn furniture
  • Picnic baskets and coolers
  • Pets (except service dogs with proper paperwork)
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc.

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