For blues fest No. 19, jam moves

Steve Tool/Chieftain Chuck Garrett, director of the Bronze Blues and Brews Festival, is already psyched for this year's festival, now in its 19th year.

Music is coming to Joseph’s City Park, and not just any music. This music features a dominant 7th tonality and is easily distinguishable from any other genre after hearing only a few bars. It’s the blues. The 19th annual Bronze Blues and Brews Festival featuring top-notch blues music as well as cast bronzes and the finest in microbrews is slated for Aug. 7-8.

Chuck Garrett, president/director of the festival, is particularly pleased with this year’s lineup and one major change. “This year, the Friday Night Jam is at City Park. The park is easiest because we don’t have to move any equipment,” Garrett said. He described the jam as a mini-festival with fewer beers and minus the headliner and fourth act. Local musicians can ask to play but are not guaranteed a spot.

This year’s acts include headliners Royal Southern Brotherhood, followed by the Sultans of Slide, Roseland Hunters, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, the duo Ben Rice and Lucy Hammond, and Franco Paletta and the Stingers.

On the brew side of the equation, Garrett estimates 20-24 breweries will participate with at least 40 different beers offered. “A lot of them will be new beers not even offered in the store yet,” Garrett said.

Parks Bronze in Enterprise is the bronze sponsor and will bring several works down for the public to enjoy. One bronze will be raffled.

Garrett said that last year’s event had an estimated attendance of 1,400, but he’s estimating an attendance of 1,500-1,600 for the 2015 festival. He added that nearly all the musicians will have CDs for sale at the event and will stay afterward to sign autographs.

People can buy their festival tickets at the Friday jam for the $30 regular price, and those who cannot make it to the Saturday festival can attend the jam only for $10. Free dry camping is available off East Daggett Street at the old high school ball field in Joseph.

Advance tickets are $30 and available locally at The Bookloft in Enterprise, and in Joseph at WC Marketplace, Sports Corral and Joseph Hardware. Advance tickets are also available online: with a $3 surcharge. Tickets at the gate cost $35.

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