LIMA — That unmistakable sound of blues music will be back in downtown Lima as Bluesfest is set to return at 7 p.m. Saturday to Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
President of the Greater Allen County Blues Society and organizer of the event Jim Edwards said that the fifth official edition of the show will have a great lineup featuring artists like Jay Jesse Johnson, Will Freed, the Brad Alan Jones Band and local high school band Minor Blues.
“It’s amazing that people sometimes don’t think they like the blues until they realize that every music genre is based on the blues,” he said. “You’d be surprised where everything comes from and the blues is the basis for everything from r&b to country to gospel. It all comes back to that blues genre and even the great ones have copied the blues players.”
Billy Elvis, a member of the GACBS and the emcee of the show, said that it feels good to put on the show to benefit the society and shine a spotlight on artists from the area like Freed, the Brad Alan Jones Band and Minor Blues.
“The mission is to keep live local music alive, specifically blues music, so that’s what excites me the most about it,” he said. “When we bring in a headliner like Jay Jesse Johnson, we like to feel like they’ve got passion and can relate to the area and understand what the Lima region is going through as far as entertainment.”
There will be a little bit of something for everyone even if it is all under the umbrella of the blues.
Elvis, who also hosts a blues hour on 104.9 The Eagle FM, describes Jay Jesse Johnson as a Texas-style performer with a rock and roll-influenced sound, while Freed is described as more of a folk and country-style artist. For anyone who has been to a GACBS open blues jam, the Brad Alan Jones Band, which performs as the house band at the Elks lodge every third Thursday, will be totally familiar. Minor Blues, which was started by local instructor and artist Jimi Goare as a youth band, will see area students take the stage as the audience arrives to the show.
Tickets for Bluesfest are on sale now online and at Groamy’s Cd’s and Tapes. They are also available at the door.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Bluesfest 2023
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima.
Tickets are $15 and are available at https://bit.ly/3Kh6Xu3.
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