Eight local bands are on the roster for the day-long event, which is held in support of the Sudbury Food Bank.
Tom Cull, incoming vice-president of the Sudbury Rotary Club, said the event has helped raise about $200,000 and 50 tonnes of food for the food bank. The festival also helps raise awareness for the cause, too, he said.
Admission to the festival is a food or cash donation, and grants blues lovers access to all the shows. The lineup includes Sudbury-based performers, like Dani Starr and the Planets, Salty and the Shakers, Sulfur City, Hipshake, Tightrope, The Groove, Tommy Fyfe and the Whiskey River Blues Band and The Bluez Brotherz Showband and Revue.
“We're really excited about the lineup,” Maureen Luoma, executive director of Downtown Sudbury, said. This year, the festival has opted to “get back to our roots as an event” and focus on local talent.
While bringing in big bands is attractive for audiences, Luoma said it does take away from what the festival can donate to the food bank. With so many able performers in the city, it just makes sense to highlight their work.
“A lot of people don't realize the amount of talent we have in our community,” Luoma said.
On top of musical performers, the festival will include a children's area where nationally-acclaimed performer Jake Differ will put on a show, as well as The Amazing Rene Magician. Other kids activities include free wagon rides, face painting and Amtgard demonstrations.
The Blues Food and Craft village will also be open during the day-long festival, which begins at 11 a.m. and wraps up after the Bluez Brotherz performance at 8 p.m. on June 16.
For more information about the festival, visit downtownsudbury.org.
Posted by Arron Pickard