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Photos and video: Celebrating the blues at Bayfront

The 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival features three days of outdoor music.

Crowd raises their arms with rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V
Members of the crowd raise their arms while rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V of Atlanta, Georgia records them from the stage with his cell phone Saturday afternoon during his performance at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — The blues are back at Bayfront Festival Park with the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival, or "Blues Fest" as many unofficially call it. The yearly gathering includes three days of outdoor music on two stages, featuring roughly 30 acts and attracting nearly 20,000 fans.

According to the Bayfront Blues Festival's website , nearly 500 artists have played at the Bayfront Blues Festival since its inception. Some of the notable acts have included Little Richard, Blues Traveler, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Wilson Picket and Solomon Burke.

This year's Bayfront Blues Festival kicked off on Friday and wraps up on Sunday.

Gabe Stillman performs in front of a crowd
Blues artist Gabe Stillman of Williamsport, Pennsylvania looks out to the crowd while performing with the Gabe Stillman Band Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Gabe Stillman plays guitar on stage
Blues artist Gabe Stillman of Williamsport, Pennsylvania plays guitar while performing on stage with the Gabe Stillman Band Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
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Gabe Stillman performs
Blues artist Gabe Stillman of Williamsport, Pennsylvania raises his arms over his head while singing during the Gabe Stillman Band's performance Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
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Inflatable saxophone and music notes on a pole
A display featuring an inflatable saxophone along with musical notes attached to a pole blow in the wind at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth during the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V grins
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V of Atlanta, Georgia grins while performing on stage during his set Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
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Music act performs on stage in front of a crowd
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V of Atlanta, Georgia, left, performs with his bandmates while on stage during Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V of Atlanta, Georgia sings while playing guitar on stage during his set Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V of Atlanta, Georgia sings into a microphone while playing guitar on stage during his set Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Melvis, Mark and Fish
The band Melvis, Mark and Fish, which has local ties, performed on stage inside the big top tent Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. From left, harmonica ace Mark Howley, drummer Curt "Fish" Anderson and singer and guitarist Mel Sando.
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Crowd sits under a tent and listens to music
A crowd listens to the band Melvis, Mark and Fish perform inside the big top tent Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Mel Sando singing
Mel Sando of Two Harbors sings on stage while performing with the band Melvis, Mark and Fish inside the big top tent Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Man poses while making a peace sign
Erwin Laitala, also known as "Boogie Cat Erwin," of Ely, strikes a pose at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth during the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival. Laitala has attended every Bayfront Blues Festival and dances during as many songs as he can.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Man wearing a shirt that says Boogie Cat speaks with two spectators at Bayfront Blues Fest.
Erwin Laitala, also known as "Boogie Cat Erwin," of Ely, center, speaks with two other spectators at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth during the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival. Laitala has attended every Bayfront Blues Festival. His outfit includes a T-shirt that says "Boogie Cat" as well as a tail.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
A couple attending the Bayfront Blues Festival
Dana and Kevin Klander of Eveleth pose Saturday afternoon at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth while attending the second day of the three-day 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival. The Klanders have attended many Bayfront Blues Festivals.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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Dan Williamson joined the Duluth News Tribune in June 2021 where he's involved in digital content such as video, photos and podcasts. Previously, he worked in television broadcasting as a Sports Director/Anchor at WDIO-TV in Duluth, Sports Director/Anchor in Bismarck, N.D., News and Sports Anchor at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, and Reporter/Photographer/Editor with the syndicated show "Life to the Max" in Eden Prairie. He was also the Development Director for the Duluth Salvation Army. Williamson grew up in Alexandria, graduated from St. Cloud State University and has lived in Duluth since 2012.
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