---- — Norwich — Organizers are working hard to ensure everyone has a great time at the 21st Manpower Chenango Blues Festival.
The event, held at the fairgrounds in Norwich by a group of volunteers, is family and fan friendly, according to a media release.
Organizers say people won’t help but notice the difference in vibe from the big ticket mega-fests and can expect short lines, cheap prices and friendly faces. Friday’s show is free for everyone courtesy of Frontier Communications.
The free Friday lineup features Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, blues rocker Tinsley Ellis and Pinecone Fletcher on homemade guitar.
The gates will open at 11 a.m. Saturday. Sheffield Bio Science Infield Stage will kick off at noon. There is a full day of entertainment planned.
Show stealers this year, according to the releases, are likely to include Valerie June, the California Honeydrops and Ben Prestage. The show will be anchored by the new Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland, and the all-star group, Royal Southern Brotherhood. The former is a 2012 Grammy nominee and the later features an Allman and a Neville.
Returning this year will be festival favorites, Honey Island Swamp Band. The festival will also feature newcomer, Chris O’Leary, and blues rocker, Larry McCray.
There will be free children’s activities, food and craft vendors. On-site camping is available.
Tickets are $20 for those 18 and older in advance and $30 at the gate. Those 17 and younger are free. Information on artists, camping and tickets can be found at www.chenangobluesfest.org.