The Fargo Winter Blues Festival will surely wash away those winter blues this weekend in its 15th consecutive year featuring some of blues’ top artists around the country.
Since its inaugural Fargo Blues Fest back in 1996, this festival has “established itself as one of the premiere blues festivals in the upper Midwest while continuing to grow,” the festival’s website said.
After much success of the festival that “hosted nearly 40 Grammy Award Nominated bands, 3 Rock N Roll hall of famers, and numerous Blues Hall Of Famers,” the Fargo Blues Festival assembled its first winter blues fest in 2001.
For those who may not cross paths with the blues genre very often, featured bands and artists can be compared to The Roots band on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show,” Dan Dredell, the festival’s executive director, said.
“Porch and two-string guitar to classic rock” can somewhat assume the spectrum of this bluesy collection of artists this weekend at the winter festival, Dredell said.
California legend Corey Stevens is back again 15 years later after performing at the first annual Winter Blues Fest. Since his debut album “Blue Drops of Rain,” Stevens has produced eight essential albums over the last 10 years.
“Making a name for himself from live performances and being proclaimed the heir to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stevens shows himself to be a more mature, evolved guitarist, writer and performer,” Jana Pendragon, AllMusic contributor, said. With three chart-topping albums, this bluesman is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Feature performer Sena Ehrhardt is a “sensation right now,” Dredell said.
Sena Ehrhardt’s “voice cannot get any more powerful, range-defying, and throwback cool,” Living Blues Magazine said. “Truly one of the most dynamic young voices this genre has seen in a long time.”
Sena Ehrhardt was named 2014 Female Blues Artist of the year, along with a nomination for the 2013 Blues song category with her song “Dreaming or Dyin’.”
In addition to Stevens and Ehrhardt, the Fargo Winter Blues Festival will also host top Chicago band Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames and Big George Jackson. This all-ages show aims to be a full night filled with music to help warm up the winter and to prepare audiences for the two-day Fargo Blues Festival coming up Aug. 14-15 at Newman Outdoor Field.
“It’s going to be a fun night and a great showcase of artists,” Dredell said.
WHEN: 4-10 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Baymont Inn & Suites Ballroom, 3333 13th Ave. S.
PRICE: $25 in advance
MORE INFO: fargobluesfest.com, 218-287-7775