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Blues Society announces 4th annual Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival

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Mon, May 8th 2017 12:05 pm

Featured acts include local blues artists

The Blues Society of Western New York has announced its 4th annual Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival will be held at Silo City on Saturday, July 8.

Grammy Award-nominated blues guitar and keyboard stalwart Lucky Peterson headlines this year's festival. The Buffalo native boasts a career spanning nearly 50 years, and he has played with legendary blues acts including Willie Dixon, Etta James, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Mavis Staples.

This year's festival also includes Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots, whose band features local prodigy Pat Harrington on guitar. In 2016, the group was awarded Band of the Year at the Blues Music Awards, and Wainwright himself was named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

Also performing at this year's festival is the soulful Southern Avenue from Tennessee, solo artist Sofie Reed, blues combo Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys, and British slide guitarist Jack Broadbent.

Proceeds from the event support the Blues Society of Western New York's "Blues in the Schools" programming for K-12 students, and other community outreach programs such as "Nursn' Blues," a blues music therapeutic program for those suffering from addiction (offered in conjunction with Horizon Village).

The Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival takes place at 199 Silo City Row, opposite the intersection at Ohio and Ganson streets.

Food and merchandise vendors will be present throughout the grounds. Attendees can bring chair or rent a chair on site. On-site parking is available until full with shuttles running from Fuhrmann Boulevard.

Tickets are $12.50 in advance, or $20 the day of the show, and can be purchased online at www.BuffaloNiagaraBluesFestival.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit www.wnyblues.org.

About the Blues Society of Western New York

Entering its 25th year, the Blues Society of WNY is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the blues in Western New York through educational endeavors and promotional events.

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