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River City Blues Festival This Weekend
Posted on: 03/14/2013
By  Mike Cullums
Blues lovers from throughout Ohio and West Virginia are gearing up for the 22nd Annual River City Blues Festival.
With acts coming in from Chicago, Mississippi, Tennessee and beyond, the two day festival is expected to draw hundreds into downtown Marietta.
The annual festival is organized by the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of the Mid-Ohio Valley and will be held Friday night and Saturday at the historic Lafayette Hotel. Featuring a variety of classic and contemporary blues, the festival brings to Marietta a style of American roots music that’s usually hard to come by in Southeast Ohio.
“When we put these shows together we want to highlight music that isn’t on the radio,” says John Bolen, president of the Mid-Ohio Valley Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society. “This line-up is a sample of blues styles, there is something for everyone. And the talent - it’s phenomenal.”
“Everybody knows Daddy G, he’s a legend, he’s been around since the 50s’,” Bolen says. “And Eddie Shaw and The Wolf Gang - they were Howlin’ Wolf’s original back-up band. It’s going to be a fun show.”
Weekend passes to all events are $70, or you can buy tickets per performance block; Friday Evening, $25, Saturday Matinee, $25, and Saturday Evening, $30. Discount pricing is available for members of the BJFM Society.
For additional information about the River City Blues Festival or the BJFM Society please contact John Bolen at (740) 376-0222 or the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (740) 373-5178.
Check out the complete lineup, including a free performance on Saturday afternoon, at the music society's website: bjfm.org
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