LIMA — Local blues performers of all ages will share their talent at this year’s Bluesfest.
After a successful inaugural event last year at the Knights of Columbus, the Greater Allen County Blues Society decided to have Bluesfest return, but this time at the larger Ohio Theatre.
“We started out like eight years ago doing just jams once a month. After eight years, it fizzled out, but people still want to hear blues music, and we still want to give the kids an opportunity to play out,” said Connie Dodge, secretary and treasurer of the Blues Society.
The night will kick off with the Minor Blues Youth Band, a gang of local 10- to 18-year-olds under the leadership of Jimi Goare.
Continuing the local display of talent, Columbus-based blues musician Will Freed will follow. The Jimi Vincent Band, out of Mansfield, will headline the show.
Because of the local ties of each performer, Dodge said they are expecting a large crowd.
“We’re expecting almost 400 people between tickets sold and buzz on Facebook,” Dodge said. “Woof Boom Radio’s Billy Elvis and WDIF, a blues station from Marion, will both be there, and they are bringing their people as well.”
In addition, blues lovers will be able to enjoy food provided by Lima’s Boots BBQ.
“I think this will go over very well. We hope to make it a yearly thing,” Dodge said. “We want to keep it going because it’s fun, and we enjoy doing it.”
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.