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LIMA — The blues fest is all grown up.This year marks the 21st year the blues extravaganza has been held in Lima. And fronted by Jerry “Pickle” Felter, this year promises to be good enough to keep the party going.“All of these acts could stand alone, they're that good,” Pickle said. “People ask me which is the better night to come. I tell them it depends on what you like. As always, we have a good blend of musicians, we have black and white, male and female.”Performing tonight will be the Chicago-based sounds of Rob Blaine and His Big Otis Blues Band. They will be followed by another Chicago phenomenon, Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire.Kicking off Saturday will be Daddy Mack Blues Band out of Memphis. They will be followed by another Memphis sensation, Zac Harmon.All of these bands have the Pickle seal of approval.“Whether I'm in Chicago or at a blues festival, whenever I see a new band I ask myself if they're worthy of Lima. You know, sometimes a band leaves you flat, and we don't want them here,” he said.Over the years, the festival has brought 88 bands to town for 37 nights of blues music. “About half the people come to hear the blues. We have a really strong blues crowd here. The other half come for a good party, and nobody goes away disappointed,” Pickle said. Proof of the popularity can be seen in ticket sales for this year. “We had all the tables sold out for Saturday night in five hours and five minutes,” Pickle said. Tickets still remain for Friday night tables, as well as individual balcony spots both nights. “We'll always have room for people who want to come,” Pickle said. “We have top quality entertainment coming to Lima. And the best part is, you don't have to go to a bigger city to see these acts. You can go home and sleep in your own bed.”



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