LIMA — For those who have the blues about not hearing live harmonica and guitar riffs, the cure is here.
Bluesfest 2021 will be presented Saturday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima. The annual show from the Greater Allen County Blues Society is back after missing last week due to COVID-19 precautions.
The doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, with the show starting at 6 p.m. The lineup includes Connor Raines, Minor Blues, Spitsnake Johnson and The Rattlers and Will Freed.
The headliner this year is Ralph and The Rhythm Hounds, fresh from the International Blues Competition in 2020. The group won the 2019 Dayton Blues Challenge Road to Memphis Competition. It also placed second in the 2019 Cincinnati Blues Challenge and 2018 Dayton Blues Challenge, and it was nominated in 2014 for the Cincinnati Blues Challenge Entertainment Award as the best blues band in Cincinnati.
Ralph and The Rhythm Hounds is a father-and-son contemporary and traditional blues band, featuring Ralph Cave, Noah Cave, John Griffin and David “Tiny” Enderle.
It’s the same lineup that would’ve performed in 2020.
There is limited seating. Tickets are available in advance for $10 at Groamy’s CD’s and Tapes, 1206 W. Robb Ave., Lima, or online at j.mp/3uCkRvQ. If there are any tickets remaining, they’re $12 at the door. There will be a cash bar and food from Fat Kids BBQ available.
If you’re not feeling the blues, there are other entertainment options this weekend:
• Board & Brush, 562 N. Main St., Bluffton, will hold Donut & DIY from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For $68, create your own unique wood sign, with all materials provided. Preregister at boardandbrush.com.
• The Lima Astronomical Society marks International Dark Sky Week at Schoonover Observatory, 670 N. Jefferson St., Lima. Beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, learn about how light pollution affects astronomical observations through a series of speakers, videos and discussions.
• The Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a bowling night from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Astro Lanes Bowling Center, 1113 Apollo Drive, Wapakoneta. The cost is $150 for an eight-person team, which includes three games, bowling ball and shoe rental. Dining’s available from 6 to 8 p.m., with games beginning at 8 p.m.