Exciting array of talent awaits, at 15th annual Kitchener Blues Fest

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Kitchener Blues Fest, Thurs. Aug. 6 to Sun. Aug. 9, 2015,
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

by Joe Curtis

An exciting array of talent is awaiting blues fans attending the 15th Annual Kitchener Blues Fest, this Thursday, August 6 to Sunday August 9, 2015, in Kitchener, Ontario. The best news is that you can see most of the bands for free.

There are only two ticketed events: Burton Cummings on the Thursday opening night, and his musical cohort from the Guess Who, guitarist Randy Bachman on Friday night.

Some of my personal favorites performing this year, include Edgar Winter, blues harp icons Charlie Musselwhite and James Cotton, the Nick Moss Band, blues guitar great Tinsley Ellis, and the Popa Chubby Band. Also not to be missed, are Miss Angel and the Homewreckers, guitarist David Gogo, the Downchild Blues Band, and singer Ginger St. James.

Friday night’s bands include Miss Angel & the Homewreckers, who were the late great Mel Brown’s band – a contemporary of Buddy Guy and B.B. King. Others include the Nick Moss Band, and blues guitarists David Gogo and Tinsley Ellis.

Saturday night’s roster includes the great Mavis Staples, Watermelon Slim, Popa Chubby, Charlie Musselwhite, Edgar Winter, Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy, Ginger St. James, the Downchild Blues Band, Monkey Junk, and the 24th St. Wailers.

Sunday’s bluesy festivities continue with keyboard player David Vest, and a tribute to Stax Records featuring Lance Anderson, George Olliver, Jay Jackson and John Finley.

The finale on Sunday afternoon is legendary blues harp player James ‘Superharp’ Cotton. Cotton has been an integral part of the blues community worldwide ever since he played in Muddy Waters band outdoors at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. in 1960.

Cotton has been a fixture at countless blues and rock festivals from the 1960s and 1970s – and right up until today. It’s fitting that he be the closing act during this outstanding 15th Annual Kitchener Blues Fest, in Kitchener, Ontario.

Aside from Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman and the bands who open for them, all the other superb acts I’ve mentioned, and more, are free admission. More info about the Kitchener Blues Fest, can be had at their website: www.kitchenerbluesfestival.com

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