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Sixth Annual Kent Blues Fest is Bigger and Better Than Ever

Posted Jul. 14, 2014
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The Sixth Annual Kent Blues Fest takes place July 18-19
in downtown Kent.

The Sixth Annual Kent Blues Fest takes place July 18-19 in downtown Kent, presented by the nonprofit Crooked River Arts Council. On Friday, enjoy free live blues at 23 Kent venues. Artists include the Juke Hounds, Blue Lunch, Wallace Coleman Band, the Wanda Hunt Band, Colin John, the Numbers Band, Ian Penter, Memphis Cradle and many more.

“With all of the new development in downtown Kent, we were able to expand the blues fest significantly this year,” says Mike Beder, one of the event organizers, co-owner of Tree City Coffee & Pastry, and owner of the Water Street Tavern and the Venice Café. “The community has really embraced this festival and it’s now become one of Kent’s signature events.”

On Saturday, July 19, at 8 p.m., Grammy Award-winning bluesman John Hammond headlines the Kent Stage. Hammond is an inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame and a master performer in concert. The New York Times call him “a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson.”

Opening the Saturday concert will be Rory Block. The Blues Foundation says “she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide."

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