Guide to The 2009 Limestone City Blues Festival

Limestone City Blues Fest
Next week is the 13th annual Limestone City Blues Festival. The music will be spread throughout downtown, both indoors and out, while the opening night will feature a show at the K-Rock Centre.

As a Kingston musician who likes to think she can play the blues, I will give you this tip: be sure to check out as much of the local stuff as you can. I daresay the Kingston Blues Society is one of the best kept secrets in this city. I’ve been jamming once a month with Mojo Shooter for about two years now and I honestly believe this is where to find some of the best music in Kingston. Each night there will be a jam at the RCHA Club (193 Ontario St., through the blue door and up the elevator) featuring Mojo Shooter and some of Kingston’s best musicians. This is great place to hear some great tunes and get your dance on or to get up and play a few yourself. Be sure to get there early though, these jams fill up quickly. Things get rolling at 9pm.

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As for the rest of the festival, the following is a detailed schedule of events to keep you busy. You’ll notice lots of repetition in the scheduling, which should allow you to see almost everyone.

MAIN STAGES

Thursday, August 27th

7pm – Jack deKeyzer and Jerome Godboo at Confederation Basin.

7:30pm – Opening night concert at the K Rock Center: Blues and guitar legend Robert Cray with special guest Mavis Staples. Tickets are an additional $35 and are available now through the K Rock Center box office.

Friday, August 28th

7pm – Princess Street Stage (at Barrie): Delta Highway with Elyssa Mahoney and The Lucas Haneman Band

Saturday, August 29th

7pm – Market Square: Shemekia Copeland and guests Fathead and Garrett Mason.

In addition to the main stages, there will be performances all day at Confederation Basin and evening shows in various downtown hot spots.

IN THE PARK

Thursday, August 27th
2pm –  Hard Pushin’ Papa
3pm – Rural Roots
4pm – Mojo Shooter
5pm – tba
6pm – Marg Bass Band

Friday August 28th
2pm –  Wicked Grin
3pm – Hard Pushin’ Papa
4pm –  Agent Blue
5pm – Big Mo and the Blues Mission
6pm The Killing Floor
7pm –  Blues Highway

Saturday, August 29th
12pm –  Chris Chown
1pm  – Wickham Brothers
2pm – Koko Vann
3pm – David Owen
4pm – Elyssa Mahoney and Lucas Haneman
5pm – Little Bobby and The Jumpstarts
6pm – Blues Highway

Sunday, August 20th
12pm – Mojo Shooter
1pm – Powertrain
2pm – The Wickham Brothers
3pm – Wicked Grin

EVERYWHERE ELSE

Thursday, August 27th
Brandees: Georgette Fry Band
Tir Nan Og: Garrett Mason
RCHA: Open Jam with Mojo Shooter

Friday, August 28th
Ale House: Chris Chown
Aroma: Hard Pushin’ Papa
Brandees: Fathead
Generations Barber Shop: The Howlin’ Drunk and the Teamsters
Megalo’s: Koko Vann
The Merchant: JW Jones Blues Band
Queen’s Inn: Agent Blue
RCHA: Jam with Mojo Shooter and special guest Danielle Lennon (hey, I know her!)
Sizzle: David Owen
Tir Nan Og: Garrett Mason
Toucan: Little Bobby and The Jumpstarts
WJ’s at Confederation Place Hotel: Big Mo and The Blues Misson

Saturday, August 29th
Ale House: Chris Chown
Aroma: Hard Pushin’ Papa
Brandees: Fathead
Generations Barber Shop: The Howlin’ Drunk and the Teamsters
Megalo’s: Koko Vann
The Merchant: JW Jones Blues Band
Queen’s Inn: Agent Blue
RCHA: Jam with Mojo Shooter and special guests Elyssa Mahoney and Lucas Haneman
Sizzle: David Owen
Tir Nan Og: Garrett Mason
Toucan: Little Bobby and The Jumpstarts
WJ’s at Confederation Basin Hotel: Big Mo and The Blues Mission
Le Chien Noir: Le Chien Noir Allstars (11:30am-2pm)

Sunday, August 30th
Le Chien Noir: Le Chien Noir Allstars (11:30am-2pm)
Tir Nan Og: Garrett Mason

Thanks to cgauthier2112 for image accompanying this guide.

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