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2012-07-06 at 10:06

A Blue Festival

By Jeff Labine,
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With Tedeschi Trucks Band in the lineup; this year’s Blues Festival has reached a completely new level.

The 11-piece band led by husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will perform on the second day of Blues Fest on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. after making a stop in Winnipeg. Organizer Bob Halvorsen said having the Florida-based band gives the event a recognition never seen before.

“Tedeschi Trucks are on that rise to infamy right now,” Halvorsen said.

“They just won a Grammy this year for best blues album and it was the first one they put out and they played for the president. So having a group of that stature coming to Thunder Bay when they could play anywhere in the world is absolutely phenomenal. It’s really a testament to how recognizable this festival has become.”

Halvorsen was able to secure the band in November of last year. He said the group knew about the festival wanted to be a part of it.

He said it’s astounding to think that a band of that size can pick up and move.

Friday’s lineup includes:
• Trevor Potts and Ten Miles of Bad Road at 4 p.m.
• Randy Scott at 5:15 p.m.
• Sass Jordan at 6:30 p.m.
• Joe Louis Walker at 7:45 p.m.
• Jonny Lang at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s lineup includes:
• The Chain at 11:30 a.m.
• Big Walter Smith at 12:45 p.m.
• Matt “Mojo” Tedder at 2 p.m.
• Honey Island Swamp Band at 3:15 p.m.
• Monkey Junk at 4:30 p.m.
• Popa Chubby at 5:45 p.m.
• Royal Southern Brotherhood at 7 p.m.
• Scrapomatic at 8:45 p.m.

Sunday’s lineup includes:
• Rodney Brown and the Derailers at 12 p.m.
• JP Soars at 1:15 p.m.
• Shannon Curfman at 2:30 p.m.
• Sugar Blue at 3:45 p.m.
• Kelley Hunt 5 p.m.
• Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown 6:15 p.m.
• Sonny Landreth 7:45 p.m.
• .38 Special 9:30 p.m.

Halvorsen said people may not recognize some of the names on the list but the talent the musicians possess will be sure to blow people away.

On average, the attendance at the festival has remained consistent since the festival started. Even with the Tedeschi Trucks, Halvorsen said he wasn’t sure if more people would be coming to this year’s festival and as long as the audience remains the same, he’ll consider it a successful event.

With the recent warm weather, Halvorsen said he would rather have a hot day than a rainy day.

“Obviously too hot is not good either but there will be plenty of water and refreshments down there,” he added.

The Blues Fest begins on Friday at 4 p.m. at Marina Park and runs until Sunday. Tickets are available at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Box Office or by phone at (807) 684-4444 or toll free at 1-800-463-8817.

Individual tickets are $45 and a weekend pass is $85. Only 5,000 weekend passes will be sold.

For more information visit the Blue Festival website.


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idontknowitall says:
Can't wait!
7/6/2012 10:29:45 AM
macdaddy77 says:
A really great event that many look forward to over the summer.
Let's hope the people will continue to support this event for many years to come and the entertainers that keep coming here feel welcome.
Have a good time everyone and enjoy the shows.
Let us hope the weather cooperates too.
7/6/2012 12:02:03 PM
tree says:
Its a shame of what passe for entertainment in this city!
7/6/2012 1:40:02 PM
Me n My Opinion says:
Let me guess. Nickelback?
7/6/2012 4:22:48 PM
RealityCzech says:
You don't think the Blues Festival is entertainment? The thousands of people who attend each year obviously disagree!
7/6/2012 4:25:38 PM
tbay87 says:
The great thing about blues is a lot of people who aren't huge blues fans can still enjoy it (you can't really say the same about pop, metal, rap, etc.). I'm not a big blues fan, but the Blues Festival has always been fun to attend: talented musicians, beautiful location, and overall just a great atmosphere. The Festival has also done a good job at usually attracting a headliner or two who is well known outside of blues circles (eg. .38 Special this year, in years past guys like Edgar Winter and Colin James). Here's hoping for another successful show.
7/6/2012 2:14:22 PM
tbay99 says:
$40 for a day pass to see these "bands"...worst line up in years.
7/6/2012 4:28:39 PM
woodzee says:
The biggest problem with the Blues festival is that it has thousands of people sitting around like geriatrics in wheelchairs. It would not impress any performer if people are reading novels while waiting for the headliner. If they want more people to come give them an opportunity to stand up and get our ya-ya's out.
7/6/2012 5:20:22 PM
storm says:
when the entire area becomes a loud drunken bar scene. our neighborhood hears it loud. talk about blue.Only in thunder bay Cant wait till its over
7/6/2012 7:49:04 PM
tree says:
The Hicks in this city wouldn't know quality entertainment if they were offered free tickets to it. Go to a REAL concert or sports event in a larger more civilized city!!
7/7/2012 2:29:39 PM
tree says:
A good portion of people in this city only know of things that come to Thunder Bay and that there is no life past Duluth...
7/7/2012 7:32:46 PM
tree says:
RealityCzech, have you seen the types of "people" at the festival??
7/7/2012 7:49:15 PM
tree says:
These are the same people that think Walmart sells designer clothes
7/7/2012 7:53:12 PM
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