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Kitchener Blues Festival, ’09


Shawn Kellerman

The weather was just perfect for the Kitchener Blues Festival yesterday.

The Shawn Kellerman Band opened the main stage as crowds gathered around the downtown area. I came a bit late for the set, but fortunately there was a spot near the side of the stage where I could get a good view. Gradually, I made my way to the fence.


The crowd

You could feel the bass and the drums through the pavement…awesome. I even saw Michelle Malone (who was great), throw away a broken guitar string into the crowd.


Michelle Malone

Away from the stage was the food and such. Whether it was BBQ, fresh cut french fries, a Carribean stand, or beer (can’t forget that one), there was something for everyone.


Some good ol’ BBQ

Or take a walk down King Street and see all the different vendors. Maybe you’ll end up buying something – I know I have. This time it was fresh cut french fries.


French Fries!!!

The festival began Thursday and goes through Sunday, with five stages and about 40 bands. Today’s lineup includes Ronnie Hawkins, Canned Heat, Elvin Bishop, The Hawks, and many others. For those in touch with their spiritual side, Sunday begins with A Gospel Breakfast with Calvin Cooke.


Michelle Malone and band

If you happen to be in the area, the Kitchener Blues Festival is worth checking out.

(Main stage at 200 King St. W. at Kitchener City Hall.  There are two other stages;- one at the Kitchener Market and the other at King and Frederick Streets. Check website for schedule.)

~ Becka

Photos by Becka

Written by thebecka

August 8, 2009 at 12:45 am