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July 26, 2013

Blues fest sales already cheering organizers

The sound of world-class blues will once again take center stage at Stage Fort Park waterfront at the second annual Gloucester Blues Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Organizers say the festival is already a hit – at least when it comes to ticket sales.

Some of the nation’s finest performers will take to the stage, located on the waterfront near Cressy’s Beach, with the gates opening at 9 a.m. and the music set to run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Organizers have also hired a lifeguard for the benefit of concert-goers who want to take a dip during the event. Food and beverages, including beer and wine, will be on sale, with craft vendors adding to the atmosphere at the site.

“It’s a great day for people to be on the water,” said Robert Hastings, one of the organizers. “We have a full line up of international blues stars.”

The inaugural event last year attracted about 1,000 concert-goers, and organizers this year hope to attract at least 1,500 fans to the event. Sales to date are running close to three times higher than at this time last year, said Hastings.

Gloucester’s Ed Collard attended last year and plans to attend again this year.

“You couldn’t ask for a better venue. You get the beautiful sound of the entertainment at the park overlooking the harbor. It was just fantastic,” said Collard, president of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. “It was very well organized, and even a small amount of rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. It was a blast. And the people who show up are there to have a good time.”

The demographics span generations with a varied slate of performers.

The 2013 performance schedule will feature Gracie Curran at 11 a.m.; Mr. Nick at 11:45 a.m.; Lydia Warren at 12:45 p.m.; Johnny Rawls at 1:45 p.m.; Anthony Gomes at 3 p.m.; Ana Popovic at 4:20 p.m; and the West Coast-based Tommy Castro and The Painkillers at 5:45 p.m.

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