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article imageEdmonton Blues Festival showcases a variety of talent Special

By Paula Kirman     Aug 18, 2014 in Music
Edmonton - Edmonton's summer is becoming filled with music festivals, from folk to rock to this past weekend, which featured the 16th annual Edmonton Blues Festival.
Around 3,000 blues fans packed the amphitheatre at Hawrelak Park Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday (August 15-17) to listen to a variety of artists performing styles ranging from Delta to Chicago to Louisiana with some elements of soul, R&B, and Gospel thrown in for good measure. Here are some of the highlights.
Edmonton Blues Festival.
Edmonton Blues Festival.
The Edmonton Blues Festival kicked off Friday evening with local band Front Porch Roots Revue. The band has quite a reputation across Western Canada and got people dancing in front of the stage early on.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Front Porch Roots Revue.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Front Porch Roots Revue.
Mississippi Heat featured Israeli born band leader Pierre Lacoque on harmonica and the vocals of Inetta Visor from Chicago. Talk about an international blues experience!
Edmonton Blues Festival. Mississippi Heat.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Mississippi Heat.
Two guitar talents on one stage happened when Sean Carney with Jonn Del Toro Richardson did their set. Both musicians have received the Albert King Guitarist of the Year award at the International Blues Challenge and each also received accolades in the Best Band category there.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Sean Carney and Jonn Del Toro Richardson.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Sean Carney and Jonn Del Toro Richardson.
Chicago's The Cash Box Kings mixed Delta and Chicago Blues. This was the band's first visit to Edmonton.
Edmonton Blues Festival. The Cash Box Kings.
Edmonton Blues Festival. The Cash Box Kings.
David Maxwell's piano stylings started Sunday afternoon on a mellow note.
Edmonton Blues Festival. David Maxwell.
Edmonton Blues Festival. David Maxwell.
Things did not stay mellow for long when Fathead took to the stage. This very accomplished Canadian band has won a Juno and received 72 Maple Blues Award nominations and 11 Maple Blues Awards.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Fathead.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Fathead.
Carolyn Wonderland , from Austin, Texas, had more of a rocking edge and some incredible guitar work.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Carolyn Wonderland.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Carolyn Wonderland.
Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Eddie Shaw was scheduled to play a set with his band The Wolfgang. Unfortunately, a sudden health crisis forced him to cancel the gig (one of only two shows in his long career that he has had to cancel). However, his band still took to the stage with local musicians Graham Guest and Dave Babcock.
Edmonton Blues Festival.
Edmonton Blues Festival.
The Edmonton Blues Festival is made possible with the help of around 250 volunteers and several corporate sponsors. It is organized by Blues International Ltd., consisting of Edmonton Blues promoters Carrol Dean and Cam Hayden.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Organizer Cam Hayden.
Edmonton Blues Festival. Organizer Cam Hayden.
Edmonton Blues Festival.
Edmonton Blues Festival.
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