Written by Ozaukee Press
Thursday, 03 September 2015 21:41
Blues lovers will soon be feasting on well-seasoned music in Grafton.
A menu of tasty performances — ranging from soulful ballads to hard-driving R&B — awaits visitors to the 10th annual Paramount Blues Festival on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12, at Lime Kiln Park on Green Bay Road.
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, an award-winning band, will headline Saturday’s lineup at 8 p.m.
Estrin is an acclaimed harmonica player who won a 2013 Blues Music Award as best instrumentalist. He began playing harmonica at the age of 15 and fronted Little Charlie & the Nightcats for 30 years. The group was nominated four times for the Blues Music Award’s Band of the Year.
The festival, presented by the Grafton Blues Association, will have five other acts Saturday and three acts Friday on the main stage.
Headlining Friday’s entertainment at 8:15 p.m. will be Gary Hoey. Opening the festival will be Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo at 5 p.m., followed by Dave Knowles at 6:15 p.m.
Saturday’s music begins with Matt Hendricks at noon, followed by the Altered Five Blues Band at 1 p.m., Joe Moss at 2:15 p.m., Sharrie Williams at 4 p.m., Zac Harmon at 6 p.m. and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats.
In addition to stage performances, the festival will include free instructional programs Saturday. A lecture on Paramount Records history by Gayle Dean Wardlow at 11:15 a.m. will be followed by a harmonica workshop by Joe Filisko at 12:30 p.m. and a guitar workshop by Eric Noden at 1:30 p.m.
This year’s event again features open-air lawn seating. Festival-goers should bring their own chairs and blankets.
Advance tickets are $15 for each day. Daily admission is $20.
A limited number of VIP passes are available. The $125 pass includes two-day admission, VIP seating in a garden viewing area near the stage, backstage access, semi-private restrooms, one meal each day and unlimited beverages.
Single-day VIP passes are $65 for Friday and $80 for Saturday.
The gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Free shuttle bus service is available to the festival grounds from selected sites in Grafton and Port Washington.
For more information, visit www.graftonblues.org.