Exciting Start to Bayfront Blues Festival

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 09, 2019 10:48 PM

The 31st annual Bayfront Blues Festival started Friday. The weather was nice and sunny to kick-off the weekend long event.

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Over 30 blues artists will be hitting the stage over the weekend. The ten performers lined up for Friday’s show included, Mel Sando & Kim Ellerman, Mississippi Blues Boy Gerome Durham, Bambi Alexandra, The Ally Venable Band, PK Mayo, Rocky Athas, Ken Valdez, Sugaray Rayford, Sena Ehrhardt and Cole Allen, and Bobby Rush. 

Event attendees were well-equipped for the event by bringing their chairs, tents, and blankets to take in the great view and enjoy the great music. People were even watching the show from their boats while they were out on the lake.

The annual event is expected to bring in nearly 20,000 people to the Northland this weekend. That number might get bigger with the Festival of Sail starting on Sunday.

The Blues fest is described as one of the largest annual outdoor music events in the upper Midwest. Event attendees look forward to jamming out to the popular music genre.

Performers said the Bayfront Blues Festival is a one of a kind experience.

"I think first of all, the view. The way the band stand is set with the people sitting on the hill looking down and still looking up at you, it's the greatest view in the world. This is the greatest festival,” said Bobby Rush, a Grammy-Award winning blues musician.

Rush was a headliner for Friday’s show. He said he was happy to be back “home” in Duluth. He has performed several times at the festival over the years. At 85-years-old, he has 394 records and was performing some of his new music at the festival from his new album, “Sitting on Top of the Blues.”

The Blues fest has had nearly 500 acts in its 30 years. For people interested in going, it starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m. After that, folks can dance the night away with the Late Nite Dance Party going on from 9:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

For more information on the festival and performances, click here.


Alejandra Palacios

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