Sunday September 7th, 2014 West Orange, NJ

The Largest Free Blues Festival in New Jersey

Three years in the making, veteran musician/producer Mike Griot of PWI Entertainment (long time South Orange Village resident), envisioned an on-going project to expose the excitement and diversity of blues to a growing number of fans. He took a pause from his international touring schedule to create a world-class Blues festival – the South Orange International Blues Festival (SMIBF). When asked why a blues festival, the internationally-acclaimed bassist responded, “the blues genre is an underappreciated, yet seminal, American tradition. I’ve found that people who aren’t familiar with the style was will instantly like the blues at first listen, and recognize that much of their favorite musichas its roots in the blues.” Thus, the concept of the SMIBF was born -- poised to bring a robust blues experience to the culturally-rich melting pot of northern New Jersey.

We now are proud to introduce the new festival brand -- the Essex County/South Mountain International Blues Festival! In its' 5th year, we have delivered a world-class festival experience to over 10,000 blues and music fans throughout the region. As the festival continues to grow, we hope you will join us in our journey through THE BLUES -- America's Classical Music!

"I’ve found that people who aren’t familiar with the style will instantly like the blues at first listen, and recognize that much of their favorite music has its roots in the blues" - Mike Griot


As a SMIBF vendor exhibitor, you will have access to hundreds of customers who are anxious to learn about new products, and various other goods and services. SMIBF does not charge a duty (percentage) only a flat fee, and positions vendors in areas with the most foot traffic and visibility. All you have to do to take advantage of this highly profitable opportunity is harness your entrepreneurial spirit and be willing to work hard. A good idea can go a long way at SMIBF. Vendors must provide their own tent, tables, chairs, water, and generators. Electricity is available, but heavy-duty extension cords and power strips are required.

All vendors must download and complete the vendor agreement (create link to updated vendor agreement PDF, see below), and mail a check payable to PWI d/b/a SMIBF, 4 South Orange Ave. #224, South Orange, NJ 07079.

If you have a question about becoming a vendor at the SMIBF, please feel free to contact us or click below to get the package.



There are a number of great opportunities to align your business or company with this year’s show. It’s never too late to take part in the SMIBF experience. Your company can have a vendor presence, hang a banner, place product, create a contest, or place an ad in our festival guide. There will be a number of on-line and on-site opportunities available. Contact us to get your company involved!! If you would like to view the Sponsorship package click

SMIBF sponsorship will provide you with a unique opportunity to demonstrate your support for the arts while:

  • Increasing the reach of your company’s messaging
  • Introducing new products and sampling core products
  • Building brand visibility
  • Demonstrating your support and appreciation of the Essex County, northern New Jersey and the mid-Atlantic region.

Please contact MIKE GRIOT at for more info.