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Back to the River

Billy Peek
Thanks to Mother Nature the July 19 “Blues On the River”… is back on the river! Flooding of the Kaskaskia River in Evansville Illinois had totally covered the venue site, forcing the BluesFest Committee to seek higher ground.

But as of Tuesday, July 8 “the waters are receding and we are ready to roll on the river!” says BluesFest chair Debi Klausing. She adds ”we cannot believe how much support and extra effort the people in Evansville put in to make sure the BluesFest goes off this year. Every time an obstacle has popped up, someone has offered a solution, including an offer to build a new stage on the ball diamond.”

The only thing tentative at this point is the Wakeboarding show previously scheduled for 11:30am, but the rest of the day is on track with the Homegrown Blues Review kicking things off at 2:00pm. The rest of the line up features the Los Carnales Blues band at 3:50pm, The Melissa Neels Band at 5:40pm, Lew Jetton and 51 South at 7:30pm and headliner Billy Peek takes the stage at 9:30.

As always there will be free parking (located behind the FS buildings0 and admission has stayed an affordable $10 a person. There will be plenty of food vendors, BluesFest Merchandise and beverage sales all day. No coolers or pets are allowed.

So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, shade tents and sun screen and join in the Sparta BluesFest’s Blues on the River along the Kaskaskia riverfront in Evansville, Illinois on Saturday July 19. For more information visit: www.spartablues.com

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