Time to jam at annual Blues Fest

The hills of southern Indiana will reverberate with a uniquely American jam band sound next weekend during the Bean Blossom Blues Fest.

The festival, now in its 17th year, will be Aug. 27 to 29 at Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom.

The festival begins at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 27 with a party and jam session. Music will continue Aug. 28 with a music seminar at 2 p.m. followed by the Harmonica Masters & Pros Showcase, blues trivia and giveaways, followed by concerts at night.

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Friday evening performers will include blues aces Omar Coleman, the Below Zero Blues Band, the Danielle Nicole Band and Grammy-award winning harmonica player Jason Ricci.

On Aug. 29, visitors can learn how to play the harmonica or guitar like a pro at one of the festival’s seminars beginning at noon before the blues bash begins at 2 p.m.

More musical talent includes performances by Cabin 12 Allstar Jammers, Tas Cru, Brandon Santini, Mr. Sipp, Blues Hall of Fame inductee Deak Harp, and Saturday night headliner and Tony Award-nominated singer Mary Bridget Davies.

Festivities also will include the Indiana State Harmonica Competition, beer sampling, prize giveaways and plenty of jamming to satisfy even the biggest blues lover.

For more information on the Bean Blossom Blues Fest, including a schedule of events, performer bios and tickets, visit beanblossomblues.com or call 812-325-8836.