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Bluesfest Revisited

Night Ranger on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 12 July 2018. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Night Ranger on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 12 July 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – If this was the Olympics, the president of the IOC would conclude his closing remarks with the statement, “This was the best Olympics ever.” In the case of the 2018 edition of Bluesfest Windsor, however, it wouldn’t be simple hyperbole. It would be the honest truth.

On so many fronts, Bluesfest Windsor far surpassed expectations, not least of which was attendance. More people, than any other time in its 24-year history, descended upon Festival Plaza on the Detroit River to take in the headline acts and to discover the hidden gem.

The likes of Extreme and Night Ranger drew fans in for rock night on the festival’s opening day. Friday night, Pat Travers Band and Canada’s Colin James played to a full plaza of blues enthusiasts while on Saturday Jonny Lang and Eddie Money wowed the crowd.

Then Sunday happened.

The city’s adopted son, Sugaray Rayford dominated the stage for the third straight day, as only he could. The incomparable Beth Hart then closed the festival with her bar-tested and approved vocal stylings.

With the close of Bluesfest, a literal sea of people witnessed a special presentation of Back to the 90s, featuring a plethora of Hip Hop stars, including Rob Base, Naughty By Nature, and Vanilla Ice.

With planning already underway for the 25th anniversary of Bluesfest Windsor, organizers have set themselves a high standard to overcome.

Extreme on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 12 July 2018. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Extreme on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 12 July 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Vanilla Ice on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 15 July 2018. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Vanilla Ice on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 15 July 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Beth Hart on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 15 July 2018. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Beth Hart on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 15 July 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Naughty By Nature on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 15 July 2018. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Naughty By Nature on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 15 July 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Sugar Ray Rayford on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 15 July 2018. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Sugar Ray Rayford on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 15 July 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Eddie Money on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 14 July 2018. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Eddie Money on stage at Bluesfest Windsor in Windsor, ON, on 14 July 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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