This weekend, Bluesfest International brings several top blues acts to southern Ontario. The age 19-over festival runs July 15-17 in Windsor and London.
|MARK "PAZMAN" PASMAN|
Featured acts in Windsor include Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King at 10:15 p.m. and Scott Holt at 11:45 p.m. on Friday; Ten Years After (11:40 p.m.) on Saturday; and Alto Reed’s Motor City Allstars (9:40 p.m.) on Sunday. Other JB Blues favorites include Pazman’s Supersession (7:15 p.m. Friday) and the Rusty Wright Band (5:10 p.m. Sunday). Pazman is a regular at the Bluesfest. This year he’ll be joined in the Supersession by harp player Jimmy “Pickles” Nicholls and members of Pazman’s soul, rock and R&B party band Jeanne & the Dreams.
The Bluesfest isn’t limited to strictly blues music. In addition to rockers Ten Years After and Alto Reed’s Motor City Allstars, the Windsor festival includes performances by Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery (8:40 p.m. Friday) and Steven Page (10 p.m. Saturday).
Robbins is an Oscar-winning actor, writer and director. His band plays rootsy folk music, following in the footsteps of his late father, Gilbert Lee Robbins (The Highwaymen). Page is a Canadian musician best known for his work with his former band, the Barenaked Ladies.
In London, featured performers include Ten Years After (9:40 p.m. Friday), Alto Reed’s Motor City Allstars (9:40 p.m. Saturday) and Steven Page (9:40 p.m. Sunday).
Ticket prices in Windsor are $24 Friday, $29 Saturday, $14 Sunday, and $40 for a three-day weekend pass. Tickets prices in London are $30 daily, $55 for the three-day pass.
For information, call (866) WE-GOT-TX (934-6889) or click www.thebluesfest.com.
To contact JB Blues, please email Joe.Ballor@dailytribune.com.