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Thursday, May 20, 2010


Produced by Downtown Kingston! B.I.A.
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Kingston, ON
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The Limestone City Blues Festival will once again bring Downtown
Kingston alive with the sounds of
the blues August 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2010.
This year, the festival is delighted to announce that the legendary
Hubert Sumlin will headline the
Springer Market Square stage Saturday night the 28th! Hubert Sumlin is a
living legend who grew up
playing guitar with harmonica great James Cotton. In 1949, at the age of
eighteen, he became Howlin'
Wolf's lead guitarist, a position he held down for the next twenty-five
years, except for a brief six-month
stint in Muddy Waters' band. He has played with Pinetop Perkins, Willie
Dixon, The Rolling Stones,
Chuck Berry and countless others. His biggest fans include Jimmy Page,
Carlos Santana, and John
Mayer as well as Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, both of whom play on
his album About Them Shoes.
Sumlin was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. At the age of seven, his
family moved to Arkansas.
Around this time, Sumlin began fiddling around with some string his
brother had nailed into a wall. The
young boy became so proficient playing this twine (and annoyed his
brother so) that his mother took a
week's paycheck and bought her son a guitar of his own to play. History,
as they like to say, was made. Opening for Mr Sumlin will be the 2010
International Blues Challenge
winner for Best Solo/Duet Artist, incredible guitarist Matt Andersen.
Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band will headline the Princess Street (at
Barrie) stage, Friday
August 27th. Bryan Lee is the fabled blind singer/guitarist who held
court for years as house
band at the Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
Everyone from rock stars and
politicians to locals and tourists knew that his was the blues gig to
catch anytime you were in the Big
Easy. Since Katrina, Bryan and his hot band have been on the road
nonstop, taking their hard and happy
blues gospel to the world.
Once again, Limestone City Blues Festival promises to be a 'not to be
missed' presentation of blues
greatness! The heat will be turned up this year as we present more than
a dozen participating venues
with more than 50 shows (= over 100 hours of programming) - three
afternoons of concerts in
Confederation Park, live blues nightly in many downtown clubs,
restaurants and cafes as well as brunch
Blues. Get your $10 admission bracelet from participating venues for all
four days of the festival - to the
clubs, park, and the concerts on Princess Street and in Springer Market
Square - and, with your bracelet,
your free blues bucks to redeem at many downtown merchants! Bracelets
will be on sale by late June.
(Check our website for bracelet sales locations).
Be sure to check out the website for constant updates of the weekend
line up and festival highlights!
For more information please contact:
Michèle Langlois or Jan MacDonald at Downtown Kingston! BIA
(613) 542-8677 or visit our website

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