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Joliet Blues Festival 2019

Come out and enjoy a fun evening Saturday, August 10th at the Joliet Blues Festival. It will be taking place at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, where you will enjoy music from many outstanding performers. This years headliner will be Guy King, who will take us away with his musical talents and many hits. Guy King’s music is described as fresh and unique. In 2017 he released “Truth” which recovered outstanding reviews as well as a Blues Music Award nomination.  

Next on the list you have Morry Sochat and The Special 20’s, who mix classic Chicago Blues with big band and Swing as well as a heavy dose of 1950’s early Rock N’ Roll. He started playing the harmonica in 2000 and introduced The Special 20s in 2005. 

You will hear several pieces from Joel Paterson, who describes himself as an “All-around guitar freak”. Joel has been a part of the Chicago blues and jazz scene for 20 years. Known for his smooth guitar sounds, technical precision and creative phrasings. That is how he met and teamed up with Oscar Wilson, legendary Chicago blues singer, and released “One Room Blues” in 2017. 

Then we have, Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello, who will open up the show at 4:00pm. Donna is a Chicago-born singer and acoustic blues slide guitarist. She has a passion for playing traditional country and Delta Blues in addition to contemporary and original blues. Her and her husband, Tony Nardiello perform at local libraries, art shows, and music festivals showcasing their incredible talents. 

Tickets are currently $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. All of the proceeds will go to the Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park. The first year sold over a thousand tickets, so be sure to grab your ticket for this year. Food and beverages including beer, wine, and limited mixed drinks will be available to purchase the day of. For more information, visit www.jolietbluesfestival.com.