Ferndale's getting the blues for the next nine days -- and that's a good thing.
The Bud Lite Ferndale Blues & Music Festival, which raises funds for Ferndale Youth Assistance and the Michigan AIDS Coalition, kicks off its 13th year on Friday, Jan. 24, with 60 concerts in 18 of the city's venues planned through Feb. 1. It's quietly (well, maybe not so quietly if you're actually in one of the clubs) become one of the hottest events on the metro area's music calendar; last year's festival raised more than $23,000 for the charities, while organizers predict 12,000 people will come out for this year's offerings.
Among this year's performers are major local acts such as the Howling Diablos, Howard Glazer, the Bobby Murray Band, Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men, the Broken Arrow Blues Band, the Reefermen, Brett Lucas, Robin Horlock, Eliza Neals and Steve Cox & the Detroit Hammers. The Ferndale School Jazz Band will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Treat Dreams, while SOHO, Sneakers and Dino's will host special karaoke nights.
The festival also includes the seventh annual Blues Barbeque & Ribs Burn-Out, which runs from noon-6 p.m. Feb. 1 inside a heated tent in the Ferndale City Library Parking Lot. Eight local rib makers will compete for the People's Choice Award, while the Muggs and the Saints of Soul will perform.
A full schedule, including updates, and other information about the festival can be found at www.ferndalebluesfestival.org.
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