Blues Music Lovers and Performers Celebrate 30 Years of Talent

Taylor Holt
Updated: August 10, 2018 09:55 PM

This year marks a milestone for one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the upper Midwest. The Bayfront Blues Festival kicked off it's 30th year in Duluth, where national and local performers deliver impressive performances. 

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Brother Sun Sister Moon is one of 32 bands that will rock the stage this year.

"(We perform) a rock blues with a delta feel, a lot of slide work, a lot of deep south groves. We also play a few rock tunes, a little rock edge," said Dave Lambert, one of the band members. "We love coming up here. It doesn't matter, middle of winter or middle of summer, it's always fun in Duluth."

"It's exhilarating. Duluth is exhilarating and especially Bayfront," said Donna Dahl, Drummer for the band.

They say it's like a homecoming to play for their friends and fans in the area.

"With the opening act, we get to set the pace for the weekend," said Lambert.

"People are kind and supportive and we are seeing that more our young people coming out and enjoying the blues," said Dahl.

Young or old there's something for everyone at the fest, including fans like Kathy Feeny who travel miles to see the different bands each year.

"We're kind of excited to see what's going to be different this year now that it's an anniversary," said Feeny, who's from Plymouth, MN. "We know a lot of people that we expect to see here and so we get to share it all together and have fun and dance."

"I love blues music so I'm really excited. This is going to be fun," said Patrick Flattery, from Rochester. it was his first time at the fest.

Cyndee Parsons, Director of Media Relations has worked the event for the past 27 years so she's seen the growth.

"It's just turned in to an event that people mark on their calender and come back every year," said Parsons.

Besides the music, the beautiful scenery is one of the things that keep performers and fans coming back.

"There have been people that have stopped their acts on the main stage when a big ship or boat goes by and they just are like, 'oh wow," said Parsons.

"It doesn't get any better than this," said Lambert.

Performances go until 9:30 Friday and Saturday, and 8:15 Sunday night.


Taylor Holt

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