The seventh annual Bronze, Blues and Brews Festival kicks off Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Joseph City Park. Gates open at noon with music starting at 1 p.m.

Headlining the festival this year will be Joe Louis Walker and the Boss Talkers. This Bay area native has performed since he was a teen. Growing up in San Francisco, Walker met and jammed with Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Steve Miller, and the Grateful Dead. He cut his blues chops opening for giants such as Freddie King, Mississippi Fred McDowell, John Lee Hooker, and Muddy Waters.

Co-headlining the festival will be Curtis Salgado, long recognized as one of the Northwest's outstanding talents. Salgado's career spans 23 years playing a major role in the evolution of the modern blues scene. He was the inspiration for John Belushi's creation of the Blues Brothers.

Also appearing will be the "Godfather" of Northwest Blues, harmonica players, Bill Rhoades and his aptly named band, The Party Kings. Rhoades has been nominated by the Cascade Blues Association for its coveted "Muddy Award" at least one time every year over its12 year existence. He has garnered 10 "Muddys", including four for "Best Blues Harp" over those dozen years.

David Jacobs-Strain from Eugene will hit the stage earlier in the afternoon. This 17-year-old acoustic guitarist and country blues singer has gained a reputation throughout the Pacific Northwest for his intensely soulful singing and slide guitar work.

Kicking off the day will be the Lewiston/Clarkston area band, The Polecats. This four-piece band was recently nominated for the Muddy Award, for "Best Regional Band" by the Cascades Blues Association.

Tickets prices are $18 in advance and $25 on the day of the event and are avaliable, through the Joseph Chamber of Commerce, and the Embers Brew House in Joseph. Ticket outlets in Enterprise include: The Bookloft, Enterprise Stereo and Terminal Gravity Brewing.

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