Monday, August 1, 2016

The Blues In The Blue

From the fields of the deep south, dusty back roads and front porches to going electric when it moved to the big city factory shifts and late night barrooms the blues have changed and adapted with the times just as the world has.


This weekend, Sanilac county celebrates this uniquely American musical art form with the 3rd annual Port Sanilac Blues Festival. At 3pm this Friday, the music starts at the Port Sanilac Farmers Market with  Detroit blues great Carl Henry.


Having been called everything from The Human Jukebox to a long and tall with a voice beckoning from the deep bottom land, Carl's deep roots sounds has gotten him nominated for several Detroit Music Awards including outstanding acoustic performer in 2014.

At 4pm that afternoon, the things heat up with the festival itself opening at Harbor Park with a beer tent stocked with a lot of great Michigan craft beers. Vendors tents selling a wide variety of food, souvenirs, art work and crafts open at 5pm.

At 6pm, the music on the main stage starts with youngsters (we're talking kids between the ages of 12 to 15) Red Herring. After they get the crowd warmed up, Roadside Rick & the Breakdowns turn up the boogie heat at 7:30 pm.



As one of the Blue Water Area's favorite blues bands, Rick and his gang know how to make any place, be it a nite club or an outdoor concert, feeling like a house party.

Speaking of a house party vibe and a Friday night, there aren't many others who can get the place rockin' like Detroit's Howling Diablos.

Since their formation in the 90’s the Howling Diablos have shared a stage with the likes George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, The J. Geils Band, Alice Cooper, Albert Collins, Hank Williams Jr, NRBQ, Incubus, The James Gang and many more. With eight albums under their belt as well as collaborations with Kid Rock, RL Burnside and Nathaniel Mayer as feathers in their cap, The Howling Diablos rockin' & funky blues sound has made them a Detroit institution. They hit the stage at 9:30 and close out the first night of the festival. 

Even before the music starts on Saturday,. there's still plenty happening in Port Sanilac in the morning. The Lighthouse Fun Run starts at 9 and the Civil War Weekend is happening at the Sanilac County Historical Museum and Village. Music starts with the funky blues and soul of the Chris Canas Band at noon.


Sweet Willie Tea has to sit down when he plays the blues. That's because he's laying down delta-style sounds on a wide range of old timey instruments with his hands and playing drums with his feet! He plays at 2pm. The rockin' blues with attitude from The Alligators, the soulful moods of Bobby Murray with Lenny and Tosha and a super session hosted by the Pazman keep the blues coming as the afternoon glides into evening



At 9:30, headliners Kenny Parker Band featuring Jimmy McCarty take the stage. Any fan of classic Detroit Rock-n-Roll will recognize Jimmy's name. As the six string slinger in Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The Rockets and Cactus he's made his name indelible when taking about dudes who set the bar for guitar heroes in the Motor City.

Grab a lawn chair, bring a blanket and let the blues wash over you along the shores of Lake Huron this weekend.  Find out more about what is happening in the Blue Water Area at our events page.

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