LIMA — Pickle’s Blues Extravaganza is still on, in a small way.
When the Allen County Commissioners closed Allen County Memorial Hall last year, it forced Jerry “Pickle” Felter to cancel Pickle’s Blues Extravaganza. It had been a staple in the Lima music scene since 1992.
Old City Prime owner John Heaphy reached out.
“(Heaphy) contacted me right before Christmas,” Felter said. “He said that we needed to have blues somewhere because it always brought people into the city. He said he hated to disappoint them. He got a hold of me to see if I could get some talent lined up to play in the Upper Lounge. I said, of course.”
Entertainment is the same both tonight and Saturday. No Right Turn will open, and Lindsey Alexander will headline in the Upper Lounge at the downtown restaurant.
No Right Turn features local members, and Chicago’s Alexander is a former policeman who has retired and now plays blues full time.
Felter said tickets have sold out for the Saturday show, but tickets are still available for tonight’s show.