It's a week of blues. The Town of Wasaga Beach has declared Sept. 14 to 20 Blues Week in Wasaga Beach. More than a weekend of great blues performances, the Fifth Annual Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues will give Wasaga Beach a new rhythm from Sept. 14 to 20 for a full week of blues.
"Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues is quickly becoming a signature event for Wasaga Beach," said Mayor Brian Smith. "In addition to the impressive and talented artists who perform throughout the weekend, the Stonebridge Town Centre is transformed into an atmosphere of community and celebration," he added.
"This year's committee has pulled out all the stops! We have a full week of blues celebrations to welcome the 2015 Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues to our town. Except for the banquet, events are free: HELP US PAINT THIS TOWN BLUES!" said Nancy Jarrell, the festival's chair.
Monday Sept. 14 - Monday's Blues on Film at the Plex Monday's Blues on Film at the Plex features Pocket Full of Soul: The Harmonica Documentary; B.B. King: The Life of Riley, and Flip, Flop and Fly - 40 Years of the Downchild Blues Band. Doors open at 4 p.m. and admission is free - donations will be accepted to help grow the festival. The RecPlex is located at 1724 Mosley St. in Wasaga Beach. Doors at Hall 1A open at 4 p.m. The first film starts at 4:30.Popcorn, pop and water will be sold.
Tuesday and Wednesday Sept. 15 and Sept. 16 - Blues In The Schools There will be blues in the schools, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. On Sept. 15, one school will host an all day program with Wayne Buttery,Tamica Herod, Chuck Jackson and Mark 'Bird' Stafford. On Sept.16, the Grade 7 and 8 students at another school will get immersed in the blues. This event is just for the students at the participating schools.
Thursday Sept. 17 - Blues Crawl Enjoy live music at various pubs in Wasaga Beach during the Blues Crawl. The Beacon Restaurant at 146-45th Street will have The Tucson Choir Boys from 8 p.m. to midnight. Boston Pizza at 311 Main St. in the Stonebridge Town Centre will have Chuck Jackson and Friends from 8 p.m. to midnight. Catch 22 Fresh Market and Grill at 962 Mosley St. will have Al Lerman of Fathead from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wild Wing at 321 Main St. in the Stonebridge Town Centre will have the Rockin Blues Band from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Barcelos Restaurant will have Randy Cunningham. Sweet Tooth Candy Emporium will have Indigo Jazz Band.
Friday Sept. 18 0 - Boogie Woogie Blues Banquet - The Boogie Woogie Blues Banquet on Sept. 18 at the RecPlex will be the party of the year. It features a catered buffet and live music from the Hogtown Allstars with Donnie "Mr. Downchild" Walsh, Cheryl Lescom and special guests. Tickets are $75. The after party will be at the Beacon Restaurant from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. To buy tickets for the banquet, visit our website. This is the festivalâ€™s only ticketed event.
Saturday Sept. 19 and Sunday Sept. 20 - Main Stage - On Sept. 19 the Stonebridge Town Centre really starts to rock starting with Stonebridge Boulevard Street Shuffle from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Vendors' Village. Immediately after the street shuffle, The Tonkas, Cheryl Lescom and The Tucson Choir Boys, David Rotundo, and Canned Heat will hit the main stage. Shows are free. On Sept. 20 Mark 'Bird' Stafford's Junior Jam kicks things off at the main stage at 1 p.m., followed by a Boy from Tupelo, Monkey Junk,and Downchild.
Around Town - The party continues around town throughout the weekend with live music at area bars and restaurants.
The Blues has a new home in Wasaga Beach.