Windsor Bluesfest Expected To Draw Up To 20,000

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Expecting to draw up to 5,000 visitors per day, Bluesfest Windsor is the premiere event of the summer. Beginning Thursday, July 13, the four-day concert series will feature 12 local acts as well as international headliners like bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Saskatchewan rockers The Sheepdogs, classic rock legends Foghat, The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, and rockabilly star Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats.

Windsor rock royalty, The Tea Party will headline Thursday night. The band recently wrapped up a massive 31-date tour of Canada, which also featured select shows in the US and a couple in Australia. The tour celebrated the band’s 20th anniversary of the hit album Transmission, with a performance of the album in its entirety, followed by a selection of hits. To commemorate the anniversary, a red vinyl release for Transmission was released this year.

A second stage will feature South River Slim on Thursday, Greatest Hits Live on Friday, United Snakes on Saturday, with Stu Heydon, Aardvark Blues review and In The Pocket all on Sunday.

There’s a bit of something form everyone.

Bluesfest Windsor 2017 takes place July 13 to 16 on the Riverfront Festival Plaza. Tickets are available at www.bluesfestwindsor.com.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

Thursday, July 13:
THE DEAD RIVER KINGS – 4:55 pm – 5:55 pm
AUTUMN KINGS – 6:10 pm – 7:10 pm
THE STANDSTILLS – 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
THE TEA PARTY – 9:05 pm – 11:00 pm

Friday, July 14:
THE WILD RIDES – 3:55 pm – 4:55 pm
BLUTONIUM – 5:10 pm – 6:05 pm
BOBBY MURRAY BAND – 6:20 pm – 7:20 pm
CAROLYN WONDERLAND – 7:40 pm – 8:50 pm
THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS – 9:10 pm – 10:40 pm
KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – 11:10 pm – 01:00 am

Saturday, July 15:
JEFF HOAGLAND BLUES BAND – 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
PAUL DESLAURIERS – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MONKEY JUNK – 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
TORONZO CANNON – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
DANA FUCHS – 7:50 pm – 9:00 pm
FOGHAT – 9:30 pm – 10:45 pm
THE SHEEPDOGS – 11:15 pm – 01:00 am

Sunday, July 16:
NEMESIS – 3:20 pm – 4:15 pm
GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND – 4:30 pm – 5:25 pm
THE 24th STREET WAILERS – 5:40 pm – 6:35 pm
DUKE ROBILLARD – 6:50 pm – 7:45 pm
SLIM JIM PHANTOM – 8:00 pm – 9:10 pm
JOE LOUIS WALKER – 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm