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Big Sugar, I Mother Earth Headline Bluesfest

Bluesfest Windsor 2015 Christian Vegh Band
The Christian Vegh Band opened the Sunday schedule in 2015 and will do so again this year at an expanded Bluesfest Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Column header Ian ShalapataBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Bluesfest Windsor 2016 organizers have announced the line-up for this summer’s riverfront extravaganza. Topping the bill will be long-time local favourites Big Sugar, who will be featured on the Thursday as an expansion to the traditional timeframe.

Joining Big Sugar that night will be the Tea Party’s Jeff Martin, Detroit mainstay the Howling Diablos, and a reunited I Mother Earth with Edwin back at vocals.

In addition to expanding the festival to four days, the gates will now open at 3:00pm. A great excuse for leaving the office early.

The Bluesfest Windsor team gathered to make the line-up announcement on 13 April 2016.Photo courtest of Eric Bonnici/Eyes On Windsor.
The Bluesfest Windsor team gathered to make the line-up announcement on 13 April 2016.
Photo courtesy of Eric Bonnici/Eyes On Windsor.

Those two changes are just the tip of the iceberg. In response to feedback from last year, organizers have made a number of alterations to Bluesfest in order to make it the premier destination for music lovers.

“We responded to the positive and the negative and made some changes,” said Bluesfest Windsor president Rob Petroni. “This year’s event will be more accessible. The entire site, from stage to stage, is all access. And one ticket price gets you into the entire event.”

There will be a second stage toward the back of the festival footprint where acts will perform while set changes are happening on the main stage. According to Petroni, there will be non-stop music this year.

“We got a ton of requests for more blues and we got a ton of requests for less blues,” Petroni said. “The only way to make everybody happy was to add another night and do less blues, and changed it up on the Thursday and went to a blues/rock kind of day, followed by three days of blues.”

Fans will get their fill of blues over the Friday to Sunday dates. The Canada South Blues Society has worked hand-in-hand to bring the best of the blues to Windsor, including a number of local artists with more to be announced.

Tickets are now on sale at $25 per night from Thursday to Saturday and $10 on Sunday, or a four-day early bird price of $60, and a weekend, three-day cost of $50.

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