MyCBJFStory: Angela Perley


To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (June 15-17), we’re sharing some of our favorite stories through a #MyCBJFStory series.

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If you like a high-energy performance, you’ll love Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons. We had the opportunity to hear about her background, inspirations and a few of her favorite things in preparation for her performance at CBJF.  You can listen to Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons perform on the Mount Carmel Creekside Community Stage from 9:30-11 pm on Saturday, June 16.

How did you get your start as a musician?
I took piano and violin lessons growing up, and in high school I taught myself how to play basic chords on guitar. The guitar sparked my interest in songwriting and performing. My first shows were mainly at school talent shows and local coffee shops.

When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I guess it hit me at the end of college. I realized most of my time and happiness revolved around music, and although it terrified me to think of that as a career option, music just took over and I embraced it.

Who inspires you?
Artists like Lucinda Williams, John Prine, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave who are still making incredible music and still evolving. There’s a lot of hype out there and a lot of superficial music made for consumerism, so what inspires me are the artists that have always been true to themselves and their craft and have made their own path.

Do you have a favorite song that you perform?
No favorites, although I am very much enjoying playing the new songs we have been working on for our next record out live. They are in their baby-forms right now, so they are scary and exciting to play live which keeps us on our toes.

Describe one of your best experiences/memories relating to your fans?
That’s a tough one! In general, hugs, smiles and tears always get me. Whenever someone tells us how much our music means to them or how it has gotten them through a tough time in their life that is very meaningful to me. Also the dedication and support of people not just coming to one show of ours, but coming to 50+ shows a year and traveling to see the band is pretty sweet.

We’re looking forward to your performance at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival!  What can fans expect from your performance?We are too! We are going to have a high energy set with some new songs we’ve been working on sprinkled in there, so they can expect a little bit of everything.  

How many times have you performed at CBJF in the past?
I’m horrible with exact numbers but we have played several times now and it has become somewhat of a hometown tradition for us to play, so we are always pumped when it comes around. Feels like the true kick-off of the summer festival season to us!

What do you like most about the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival?
I love how community focused it is and how diverse the local and regional band lineup is at Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest. I also love the setting, it’s a big fest but feels intimate. It’s lovely to hear music playing and at the same time see people enjoying the park and the creek.

Got a #CBJF story? Email it to  and you just might snag some complimentary event wristbands. Take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and buy your tickets online here!


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