Avid Bayfront Blues Festival Attendees Look Forward to Annual Event

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 10, 2019 08:22 PM

For some people, the Bayfront Blues Festival is more than just a music event, it's a special tradition.


"I started coming here because of my dad. He brought me when I was little and I've been coming ever since," Kayela Steiner from St. Cloud, said.

"I enjoy the people, the music. It's a good time and it's a relaxing weekend," Robert Riser, a longtime attendee from St. Cloud, said.

For Kayela and her dad Robert, the Bayfront Blues Festival is a family bonding time for them where they get to see their favorite blues performers and catch up with old friends.

"Its been a great experience. We've made a lot of friends that we see year after year," Riser said.

Longtime Bayfront Blues Fest fan Nancy Walsh hasn't missed the blues festival since it started 31 years ago.

"I was here for the very first one, we were just moving to the area and it was a washout of a weekend. There was only a couple hundred people. We came back the next year and came every year even when my kids were infants and very young," Walsh said.

Walsh added that she's happy to see how big the event has gotten over the years and how much it has changed.

"The crowd has aged but it is fun to see now some younger faces here.  I feel like there were a lot of families initially and now those kids are young adults and are coming on their own enjoying the music," Walsh said.

The Bayfront Blues Fest is a special place for performers too, like Mick Sterling who's looking forward to being back after many years to perform with the Stud Brothers on Sunday.

"We played here for almost 15 years in a row and we haven't been here in 13 years so it's going to be a big deal," Sterling said. "Bayfront is one of the best blues festivals in the country. There's a lot of great relationships that stem just from being here with everybody every year."

For these performers and longtime attendees, the festival is an event that has given them a lot of special memories and longtime friendships. It's an event they look forward to every year.

"It's a mellow atmosphere and there's plenty of space next to the stage or to relax in the shade," Walsh said. "It's a great way to enjoy music right next to the lake, looking at the bridge and ships behind the stage."


Alejandra Palacios

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