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Labor Day Boundary Waters Blues Fest returns

Keith Vandervort
Posted 8/23/18

WINTON - For almost two decades, the Boundary Waters Blues Fest has been entertaining the people of the north woods with some of the best blues music and top musicians from across the country and …

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WINTON - For almost two decades, the Boundary Waters Blues Fest has been entertaining the people of the north woods with some of the best blues music and top musicians from across the country and beyond.

The stage is set against the beautiful backdrop of Fall Lake, in the heart of the Superior National Forest, at the Longbranch Events Center in Winton

“Aside from the beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, what really sets this event apart is its family-friendly, backyard blues party atmosphere,” said organizer and promoter Mike Jankovec.

“New this year is Scott Holt, who is Buddy Guy’s main man. He puts on a great show,” he said. “Our attendees are like old friends that gather each year in celebration of the blues and welcome you to join the party. After the music, we all enjoy walking around and visiting with folks around campfires. Sometimes the musicians will even hang around at the fire for a little fireside acoustic jam.” 

Those that prefer not to stay at the on-site campground can drive or shuttle to nearby Ely, just five miles west of the event site, and enjoy restaurants, shopping, lodging and many other attractions. Resort cabins and additional campgrounds are also available in the surrounding area.

“Any Boundary Waters Blues Festival veteran can tell you, we have the most unique and friendly blues festival anywhere, and the music quality is always over the top,” Jankovec said. “We are not a huge corporate-run event with strict rules and over-policing. We simply look out for each other and help each other have a good time.” 

The 18th BW Blues Fest begins with an indoor kickoff party on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Longbranch. Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 are the two “outdoor main stage days.”

The 2018 Boundary Waters Blues Fest lineup:

-Thursday kickoff party, Aug. 30

7 p.m. - Tru Blu North

10 p.m. - To be announced

Friday Aug. 31

1 - 2:30 p.m. - Mojo Stereo

3 - 4:30 p.m. - Virgil Caine

5 - 6:30 p.m. - Brian Naughton

7 - 8:30 p.m. - Paul Mayasich

9 - 10:30 p.m. Rocco Calipari and the Head Honchos

Saturday, Sept 1

1 - 2:30 p.m. - Tru Blu North

3 - 4:30 p.m. - Dee Miller

5 - 6:30 p.m. - Boom Boom Steve V & the Knockouts

7 - 8:30 p.m. - Craig Clark Band

9 - 10:30 p.m. - Scott Holt, featuring Joey Flip

For more information and tickets, go to www.elyblues.com, call 218-349-5520, or email info@rangeblues.com.

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