Blues Fest Musicians Share Why They Love The Music

Posted at: 08/11/2013 9:36 PM | Updated at: 08/11/2013 10:41 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

Sunday marked the final day of Blues Fest in Duluth, and Eyewitness News decided to go behind the music and find out why the artists love the blues.

Grammy-nominated musician Marcia Ball was one of the performers Sunday, and she said she loves how the music makes people feel.

"Sometimes it lets you cry; and sometimes it makes you laugh," Ball said.

Ball lives in Texas, but grew up in Louisiana.

"I got into music I guess when I was child because my grandmother played piano," Ball said. "I don't remember ever not being in love with it."

Ball took the big stage Sunday down at Bayfront, but across the way there was a smaller tent that offered a more intimate setting for artists and fans alike.

"A lot of big blues festivals don't have a space for acoustic music," musician Lonesome Dan Kase said. "They just have the electric blues. So, it's nice they actually have space for this."

Kase lives in Minneapolis and has been singing the blues for about 20 years.

"I just kind of like just the raw guts of it," Kase said.

Hundreds of people packed the smaller space to listen to Kase's show.

"The acoustic tent is great," fan Kevin Smith said. "We feel closer to the artist and we love it. You can actually be close to the artist. It's my favorite."

Blues Fest wrapped up with its last concert ending at 7:30 p.m.

Blues Fest will be back for at least three more years after the city recently extended their contract.

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