Hey, blues brothers and sisters, it's nearly time to party.

Entering its second decade of laying down back-beat vibes, the Waukesha Blues Fest converts Naga-Waukee Park into a weekend jam for music aficionados.

The fest, known as “An American Music and Art Festival,” will be Aug.11-12 at the park off Highway 83 in Delafield.

Headliners will be blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, a musician steeped in the tradition of Chicago blues, and Ava Popovic, a blazing blues-rock guitarist from Serbia, who now calls the U.S. home. 

For the past 11 years, the event has been hosted by the cats at the Waukesha Rotary Club and organized by Bob Mittnacht, among others.

Past artists include Booker T and the MGs, Mavis Staples, John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Rick Derringer and Canned Heat.

"I'm real happy with this year's lineup," Mittnacht said. "I think we have good quality acts. Charlie Musselwhite goes way back. He's a classic harmonica player who has played with Howling Wolf and Muddy Waters."

A southern native with a deep affinity for the blues, Musslewhite cut his musical teeth alongside blues musicians on the south side of Chicago in the early 1960s. He plays Friday night.

Popovic recently performed as a featured part of the All-Star Experience Hendrix 2017 lineup and had been with the tour 2014 through 2017.

Gates open at 12:30 p.m. both days, with the music entertainment running from 1 to 10 p.m.

Friday’s lineup includes Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials from Chicago.  Saturday’s lineup brings The Kinsey Report from Gary, Indiana, and the Paul Nelson Band featuring Paul Nelson who was the guitarist to legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter for more than 10 years.

BluesFest features food from Delafield Brewhaus, Café Esperanza and Koepsell’s Popcorn, along with an art show that features regional and locally known artists.

Advance tickets prices through Aug. 10 are $22 for one-day tickets and $35 for two-day tickets. Prices at the gate will be $25 for a one-day ticket and $40 for a two-day ticket.

Parking and sales tax are included in the ticket prices.  Children age 8 and younger are free with a paying adult. 

Tickets are available online at www.waukeshabluesfest.com. Tickets are also be available in person through Aug. 10th at Almont Gallery in downtown Waukesha, all Waukesha State Bank locations and all White House of Music locations, and at the gate during the festival.

Waukesha BluesFest is again offering an “Elite Experience” seating option, which will provide true music fans a front and center reserved seat.

Elite Experience tickets also include admission to the grounds, parking, sales tax, two complimentary beverages and a souvenir festival art poster, which can be obtained at the merchandise tent. A limited number of Elite Experience tickets will be available for the price of $55 each day.

Blues Fest proceeds go back into the community through the Waukesha Rotary Club Charitable Fund, Inc. a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

For more information, visit www.waukeshabluesfest.com  or call 800-366-1961.


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