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Ferndale festival gets the blues even more this year

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The Bud Light Ferndale Blues & Music Festival gets bigger, and broader, in its 11th year.

The nine-day event, which kicks off Friday, Jan. 27, has added new venues and styles to this year’s lineup of more than 60 concerts — as well as new cities. This year the festival takes up residence at the Charter Township of Royal Oak’s Recreation Center for a Motor City Blues Band show on Saturday, Jan. 28, and at Max Dugan’s in Hazel Park, which will host festival shows on each of the Saturdays.

Six new Ferndale sites — Bosco, Orchid, The Grasshopper, Boogie Fever, Loving Touch and Valentine Distilling — also join the festival lineup.

The Rockin’ Blues BBQ Rib Burn Out Tent runs noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 4, with a rib contest and performances by Blues Infusion and the Hunter Brooks Band in Ferndale’s City Library Parking Lot off Nine Mile Road east of Woodward Avenue. The Emory will host blues brunches from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, while Sneakers will host karaoke on several nights of the festival run.

Other festival performers include the Reefermen, Kingshead, Looking Up At Down, Big Will & 360 Degrees, Killer Flamingos, the Luddites and Albert Young & the Straight 8s. Josh James and Andrew Lloyd will perform a jazz set on Friday, Jan. 27, at Howe’s Bayou.

The festival will again raise money for two local charities — Ferndale Youth Assistance and Michigan AIDS Coalition — via special blue piggy banks at the festival venues as well as other locations throughout Ferndale. A Blues Shuttle will run on the festival’s Saturday nights.

A full schedule and other information can be found at www.ferndalebluesfestival.org.

Web Site: www.ferndalebluesfestival.org

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