From September 1st to 4th blues fans can get their fix at the sixth annual Bluesfest at North Bay’s Capitol Centre. The lineup has been unleashed, and ticket sales begin today at capitolcentre.org.
The four-day event is “Northeastern Ontario’s only blues festival,” organizers enthuse, and they have been working hard to book the bluesiest of the blues players. “We are the north’s only blues festival this year,” emphasized Dan Misturada, the Capitol Centre’s director of programming, “and we are proud to present a lineup that is all blues, only blues, true blues!”
The team is serious about bringing the blues to the Bay, and the lineup reflects the efforts. After scouring the world for fresh blues, the Capitol Centre has booked Finnish blues sensation Erja Lyytinen, who tears up her guitar as easily as you can ring a bell.
Lyytinen headlines the big Saturday show, and topping off Sunday night is British Columbia’s David Gogo, who has a seemingly endless stream of tasty licks flowing from his gold-top Gibson. Simply put, if you like the blues, you’ll like Gogo.
Lest we forget the Legendary Downchild Blues Band, who always receive a warm welcome when they roll into town. They take the stage on Thursday, Sept. 1st at 8 p.m. The WKP Kennedy Gallery is also hosting a Clash of the Canvas Blues Fest Edition that night as well, which features a live painting competition with local artists.
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The ever-popular Blues Cruise returns on the Friday. All aboard the Chief Commanda will have the Jesse Thomas Band for entertainment.
Saturday kicks off the outdoor concerts in the Capital Centre parking lot, and the gates open at 3:30. The lineup is varied and deep and should provide salve for every blues person’s itch. Paul Cafcae, Al Lerman, the Justin Saldino Band, Angel Forrest, and Dawn Tyler Watson, all take the stage before the headliner closes the night.
Gates open earlier on Sunday, and once 1:30 rings, prepare for Yer Blues, David Laronde, the Whiskey River Blues Band, the Jesse Thomas Band, the Ben Racine Band, and after all of this, David Gogo headlines.
B.B. King once asked, “how blue can you get?” and it seems like the Capital Centre has answered—bluer than you can possibly imagine.
Tickets are on sale today and are available on the Capital Centre’s website.
David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca