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Ferndale rolls out the blues for 10th annual festival

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For the 10th straight year, Ferndale will have the blues — which will make a couple of charities very happy.

The 10th annual Ferndale Blues Festival runs Friday, Jan. 28, through Sunday, Feb. 6, with 56 concerts and events at 19 venues that will raise money for two organizations — the Michigan AIDS Coalition and Ferndale Youth Assistance.

The festival’s 2010 edition drew more than 10,000 people to the city, with $22,000 split between the two beneficiaries, said Oakland County Commissioner and festival co-founder Craig Covey.

Among this year’s performers are Bobby Murray, The Reefermen, Pete “Big Dog” Fetter, Howard Glazer (with and without his band, the EL 34s), Duende, the Barbara Payton Blues Band, Sean Blackman & Wayne Gerard and MuleDrive.

The Ferndale High School and Middle School jazz band will perform at a youth concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Level One Bank, 22635 Woodward Ave.

Most of the shows are free, with the festival’s trademark blue piggy banks passed around for contributions, while Sweet Claudette’s performance on Friday at AJ’s Music Cafe, 240 W. Nine Mile Road, will carry a $10 cover.

The festival’s annual Rib Burn-Off will take place from noon-5 p.m. Feb. 5, in the Dino’s Lounge tent, with local celebrities and chefs cooking up their recipes for prizes, after which the Hunter Brooks Band performs.

And the Emory, 22700 Woodward Ave., will host a special Blues Brunch menu on each Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

A free shuttle bus will run between venues on both Saturday nights.

Call 248-545-1435 or visit www.ferndalebluesfestival.org.

Web Site: www.ferndalebluesfestival.com

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