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Paul Rodgers will have anything but bad company surrounding him when he takes the stage on July 6 to close out the 14th edition of the Thunder Bay Blues Festival.
This year’s lineup has a little something for everyone, says Bob Halvorsen, who’s been scouring the music scene all winter long looking for the perfect mix of musicians to set the Lake Superior shoreline a-rockin’ this summer.
Rodgers, best-known as the front-man of ‘70s rockers Bad Company, will be joined by the likes of Johnny Reid and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who returns to the headlining stage after a seven-year absence.
Other well-known names include the Sheepdogs, former Glass Tiger singer Alan Frew and Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, who brings his solo act to Thunder Bay.
Lesser-known names sure to create electricity at Marina Park include Doyle Bramhall II, who shreds for Eric Clapton and spent time in the Arc Angels, and Lukas Nelson, son of country legend Willie Nelson and no slouch himself on the guitar.
It’s Nelson that has Halvorsen salivating to see.
“I always seem to have one who sticks in my brain, and this year it’s Lukas Nelson on Sunday,” Halvorsen said, admitting he didn’t like the first song he heard when first contacted by Nelson’s agent.
But not one to give up quickly, he clicked on another song and was sold in a heartbeat.
“I spent Sunday night going through YouTube watching his videos. There are two or three videos of him on the Letterman show and I was just absolutely star struck. The guy is an absolutely phenomenal guitar player,” Halvorsen said.
At the time he didn’t realize who Nelson’s famous father was, but the voice gave it away.
“Once you hear that voice, combined with that playing, it really is incredible,” Halvorsen said. “I really think people are going to be very, very impressed with Lukas Nelson.”
Organizer Trevor Hurtig said they’ve tried to diversify the Blues Festival lineup in recent years, bringing in the likes of Serena Ryder, 38 Special and Great Big Sea to appeal to broader audiences. But they’ve never strayed from the annual festival’s blues roots.
It’s a chance to expose both sides to different genres, Hurtig said.
“I don’t hear too many people coming down and saying, ‘Well, I only came for this artist and I didn’t enjoy anything else,” he said. “Most everybody tells us they had a great time and that they really enjoyed all of the music, even though they may have only come for one of the artists.”
Reid, Friday’s headliner, has played the Community Auditorium a couple of times and is almost always sold-out.
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Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson perform a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.
For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube