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Go see him: Cyril Neville performs at 8:55 p.m. Friday on the Premium Beer Stage at Bayfront Blues Festival in Bayfront Festival Park.
For Cyril Neville, musi... Posted on 8/5/09 at 6:51 PM
Cate Fierro of Minneapolis stole the show on Sunday afternoon in the acoustic tent of the Bayfront Blues Festival. She started out her 3 p.m. set with a sound check in a deceptively reserved speaking voice. She warned the sound man and the gathering audience that her performance might get too raucous.
Paul Metsa and Willie Walker closed out the acoustic tent at Sunday’s Bayfront Blues Festival with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” that probably was better than the version Dylan himself had played in the same park only a few weeks before. Walker’s laid-back demeanor belied his expressive vocal strength, and Metsa’s tasteful exploration and expansion of the song’s chord structure had the crowd calling for an encore.
Even though Robert Cray’s performance on Friday evening to close out the opening day of the 25th Bayfront Blues Festival was one by an established headlining act in every sense of the word, part of the reason people flock to the event every year is for the surprises.
Instead of waiting around while Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater set up his equipment and did a sound check before his 5:30 p.m. set Friday, close to 1,000 Bayfront Blues Festival patrons made a pilgrimage from the main stage to the acoustic tent to hear Jett Pink play.
By Thursday evening, there were about 25 campers and RVs of all shapes and sizes parked in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center parking lot. They started arriving Saturday, but many didn’t start rolling in until Thursday, a day before the 25th bluesfest kicks off.
Bayfront Festival Park is hosting 32 local, regional and national artists Friday through Sunday, and there’s another reason for blues fans to rejoice: On Monday, festival owner Chris Mackey and Duluth Mayor Don Ness announced that a contract has been signed that will keep the bluesfest at Bayfront until at least 2016.
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