Ferndale Blues Festival Comes Jan. 28- Feb. 5

Ferndale Blues Festival Comes Jan. 28- Feb. 5

(Crystal A. Proxmire, 1/18/2011)

Just ten more days until the tenth annual Ferndale Blues Festival kicks off to help raise money for Ferndale Youth Assistance and Michigan AIDS Coalition.  The festival runs from Jan. 28 – Feb. 5 and takes place at nearly 20 Downtown Ferndale hot spots, with a variety of performances.  Cover charges help raise money, as do the blind blue pigs that can be found at each location.  Finally a giant Rib Burn Off will take place behind Dino’s to close out the festival.

“The Blues Festival is held for nine days in the end of January and beginning of February,” said Covey.  “It’s the middle of winter and we want people to come and get outside, get some fresh air.  Get some camaraderie.  It’ certainly helps the businesses by bringing lots and lots of folks from all over the region.  Certainly it provides culture and promoting the economy through the supporting of the clubs and restaurants and bands.  And finally the best part of it is the fact that we raise lots of money for charities.”

Last year the Blues Festival raised over $22,000 after expenses.  Money went to Michigan AIDS Coalition and FYA.  MAC is one of Michigan’s largest non-profit, community-based organizations dedicated to health promotion, harm and risk reduction, HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention education, grant making and public policy. MAC has conducted thousands of workshops and trainings, reaching over a half million people – 30,000 in the last year alone.

Dino's LoungeThe mission of Ferndale Youth Assistance is to strengthen youth and families and prevent and reduce delinquency, neglect and abuse through volunteer involvement. Each year they send kids to various camps through scholarships so they can experience new things.  (http://ferndaleyouthassistance.org/default.asp?page=Camp)

Ferndale Youth Assistance offers free, voluntary and confidential counseling all year long to Ferndale School District families (including the cities of Ferndale, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and The Charter Township of Royal Oak) We take referrals from parents, teachers, police or anyone concerned about a child’s welfare.  Monica Mills and Ferndale Mayor Craig Covey, co-chairs of the Ferndale Blues Festival, presented a $7,000 check to Ferndale Youth Assistance[FYA] at the April 26, 2010 City Council meeting. The money was used to send 100 kids to camp last summer.

The complete 2011 Ferndale Blues Fest Schedule is below.  For more information go to: www.ferndalebluesfestival.org.

Venue Date Band/Time
AJ’s Music Cafe Fri. 1/28 Sweet Claudett / 8pm / $10 cover @ door
248.399.3946 for reservations
Buffalo Wild Wings Fri. 1/28 Champagne & the Motor City Blues Crew Band / 10:00pm
Club Bart Fri. 1/28 Even Exchange / 10:00pm
Como’s Fri. 1/28 TBA / 9:00pm
Dino’s Fri. 1/28 Bocco / 9:30pm
Howe’s Bayou Fri. 1/28 Luther “Bad Man” Keith / 9:00pm
Sneakers Fri. 1/28 Carl Henry / 9:00pm
Emory Sat. 1/29 Blues Brunch / 9:00am – 2:00pm
Buffalo Wild Wings Sat. 1/29 Luther “Bad Man” Keith / 10:00pm
Club Bart Sat. 1/29 Even Exchange / 10:00pm
Como’s Sat. 1/29 TBA / 9:00pm
Dino’s Sat. 1/29 Big Will & 360 Degrees / 9:30pm
Howe’s Bayou Sat. 1/29 Howard Glazer / 9:00pm
Rosie O’Grady’s Sat. 1/29 Linda Piccoli Blues Group / 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Sakana Sat. 1/29 DJs Diallo & Shawny D Spinning Blues / 9:00pm
Club Bart Sun. 1/30 Brett Lucus / 9:00pm
Emory Sun. 1/30 Blues Brunch / 9:00am – 2:00pm
Rosie O’Grady’s Sun. 1/30 Sunday Afternoon w/ The Duffy King Koalition / 2:00pm -5:00pm
Club Bart Mon. 1/31 Cad Earley & Friends / 9:00pm
Level One Bank Tue. 2/1 Ferndale Middle and High School Jazz Band / 6:00pm
Club Bart Tue. 2/1 Honky Tonk Heroes / 10:00pm
Dino’s Tue. 2/1 Blues Open Mic Night / 9:00pm
Club Bart Wed. 2/2 Duende, Battling Siki, Ditch Diggers / 9:30pm
Dino’s Wed. 2/2 SRB Band / 9:00pm
New Way Bar Wed. 2/2 Live Blues Jam / 10:00pm
Rosie O’Grady’s Wed. 2/2 Barbara Payton Blues Band / 7:00-10:00pm
Buffalo Wild Wings Thu. 2/3 Howard Glazer & the EL 34s / 10:00pm
Cantina Diablos Thu. 2/3 Sean Blackman & Wayne Gerard / 6:30 – 9:30pm
Club Bart Thu. 2/3 Blues Boys & Spina & Bielaniec / 10:00pm
Dino’s Thu. 2/3 Black Cat Blues Band / 9:00pm
Rosie O’Grady’s Thu. 2/3 MuleDrive / 9:00-1:00am
Sakana Thu. 2/3 DJ Marci Bolen & Special Gusts Spinning Blues / 9:00pm
Buffalo Wild Wings Fri. 2/4 Luther “Bad Man” Keith / 10:00pm
Club Bart Fri. 2/4 Even Exchange / 10:00pm
Como’s Fri. 2/4 TBA / 9:00pm
Dino’s Fri. 2/4 The Luddites / 9:30pm
Howe’s Bayou Fri. 2/4 John Latini / 9:00pm
Sneakers Fri. 2/4 Carl Henry / 9:00pm
SOHO Fri. 2/4 TBA / 8:30pm
Tony’s Sports Bar Fri. 2/4 Albert Young & Straight 8’s / 9:30pm
Emory Sat. 2/5 Blues Brunch / 9:00am – 2:00pm
Como’s Sat. 2/5 TBA / 9:00pm
Rockin’ Blues BBQ Rib Burn Out Tent Sat. 2/5 Tent Hours / Noon – 9:00pm
Rib Tasting / Noon – 4:00pm
The Hunter Brooks Band / 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Club Bart Sat. 2/5 Even Exchange / 10:00pm
Dino’s Sat. 2/5 The Reefermen / 9:30pm
Ferndale Elks (Open to Public) Sat. 2/5 Pete “Big Dog” Fetter’s Band / 9:00pm
Howe’s Bayou Sat. 2/5 The Morrow Boys / 9:00pm
Tony’s Sports Bar Sat. 2/5 Albert Young & Straight 8’s / 9:30pm
Woodward Avenue Brewers Sat. 2/5 Bobby Murray / 10:00pm
Emory Sun. 2/7 Blues Brunch / 9:00am – 2:00pm
Club Bart Sun. 2/7 Remote Luxury / 9:00pm

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