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Ferndale Blues Festival Jan 25 – Feb 2

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The 12th Annual Ferndale Blues and Music Festival is breaking records this year in many regards. There are more venues, more artists, and more days of music than ever before.  The Blues Festival is a giant fundraiser for Ferndale Youth Assistance and Michigan AIDS Coalition, that last year brought in over $19,000 for the charities.  This year there are 75 concerts at 27 venues, spread out over 10 days of fun.

Festival Co-Chair Craig Covey of Ferndale Youth Assistance explained the motivation for the big party.  “We do this for three reasons.  One, to raise money for the two charities.  The second reason we do it is to promote the cities and the Downtown and HowesLocationthe businesses in an otherwise slow time of the year.  But just as important is that we are promoting music and culture and enabling people to get out.  A lot of people get the blues during this time of year or they get cabin fever.  The holidays are over, taxes are going up, the nights are long and the days are short.  And so we think its an ideal time to come together and support.”

Co-Chair Monica Mills of Michigan AIDS Coalition is heading up the volunteer meeting, which takes place at the MAC offices at 429 Livernois on Thursday, Jan. 17th at 6:30pm.  Volunteers are needed to attend the venues and help pass around the plastic blue pigs which are used to collect money for the charities. Interested volunteers can also contact Monica at mmills@michiganaidscoalition.orgdinos02sidelogo

The event is supported by the venues and by the many businesses that come together to be sponsors, including Bud Light, Absolute Vodka, Garden Fresh, Allstate Insurance and media outlets like Between the Lines and The Ferndale 115 News.

In addition to great musicians, The Blues Festival winds down with the Rib Burn Off on Feb.2 in the tent behind Dino’s Lounge.  For a $10 donation, visitors can sample ribs from multiple teams and vote for which is their favorite.

The festival’s official website is:

The complete 2013 Ferndale Blues & Music
Festival Schedule is below


Boogie Fever Cafe
Fri. 1/25 Disco Dance Party, DJ / 8:00pm
Buffalo Wild Wings Fri. 1/25 Luther “Badman” Keith / 10:00pm
Como’s Fri. 1/25 Lady Champagne and the Motor City Blues Crew / 9:30pm
Dino’s Fri. 1/25 Luddites / 9:30pm
Grasshopper Underground Fri. 1/25 COYO from Barcelona / 10:00pm
Howe’s Bayou Fri. 1/25 Maggie McCabe w/ Howard Glazer / After Dinner
John D Bistro Fri. 1/25 Rob Play, NYC DJ
Local Kitchen Fri. 1/25 The Nighthawks Jazz Orchestra / 8:00pm-Midnight
Max Dugan’s / Hazel Park Fri. 1/25 Carl Henry / 9:00pm
One-Eyed Betty’s Fri. 1/25 Jennifer Westwood &
The Waycross Georgia Farmboys / 9:30pm
Rosie O’Grady’s Fri. 1/25 Ashley Francy / 7-8:30pm
Steve Cox & Detroit Hammers / 9-11:00pm
Sneakers Fri. 1/25 Karaoke / 9:00pm
Easy Like Sundae Sat. 1/26 Cody Hughes, Acoustic Rap / 2:00pm
Fuzzgun (FHS Student) Two Man Rock Band / 3:00pm
Como’s Sat. 1/26 Howard Glazer & EL-34s / 9:00pm
Dino’s Sat. 1/26 Saints of Soul / 9:30pm
Grasshopper Underground Sat. 1/26 Dabura from Chicago / 10:00pm
Howe’s Bayou Sat. 1/26 Branching Out / After Dinner
John D Bistro
Sat. 1/26 Jenny LaFemme DJ
Max Dugan’s
Sat. 1/26 Geezer Band / 9:00pm
One-Eyed Betty’s Sat. 1/26 The Carl Henry Band / 9:30pm
Sneakers Sat. 1/26 Karaoke
One-Eyed Betty’s Sun. 1/27 Erich Goebel & The Flying Crowbars / 8:30pm
Dino’s Sun. 1/27 TBD
SOHO Sun. 1/27 Karaoke / 9:00pm
Valentine Distilling Co. Sun. 1/27 Recorded Soft Jazz / Noon-6:00pm
Ferndale Elks (Upstairs Banquet Hall) Mon. 1/28 St. Mary’s Prep Jazz Band
& The Nighthawks Jazz Orchestra / 7:00pm
Emory Mon. 1/28 “Dine Out” – Mention Blues Festival to your server
and the charities will get 25% of your check donated to them!
Dino’s Mon. 1/28 Bocco / 8:00pm
Grasshopper Pub Mon. 1/28 Resolution Breaker House Party DJ Whip / 10:00pm
One-Eyed Betty’s Mon. 1/28 Ryan Dillaha w/ Gary Indiana / 8:30pm
Dino’s Tue. 1/29
Festival Open Mic. Night / 9:00pm
Grasshopper Pub
Tue. 1/29 DISCO!!! / 10:00pm
One-Eyed Betty’s Tue. 1/29 Broken Arrow Blues / 8:30pm
Dino’s Wed. 1/30 Karaoke Fest. / 9:00pm
Grasshopper Pub Wed. 1/30 Bruce Baily, Phill Tha Mixx, Malik Alston / 10:00pm
One-Eyed Betty’s
Wed. 1/30 The Bobby Murray Band / 8:30pm
New Way Bar Wed. 1/30 All Star Blues Jam / 9:00pm
Wed. 1/30 Karaoke / 9:00pm

John D. Bistro Thu. 1/31 Beth Stalker / 9:00pm
Dino’s Thu. 1/31 Ashley Fransh and Josh Meyer / 8:00pm
Grasshopper Pub Thu. 1/31 Deeps Sessions Detroit * DJ Minx Womenonwax / 10:00pm
Local Kitchen Thu. 1/31 Chris Brantley / 10:00pm
One-Eyed Betty’s
Thu. 1/31 Jackson Smith / 9:30pm
Sakana Thu. 1/31 DJ Strangeways Radio / 9:00pm
Sneakers Thu. 1/31 Karaoke
Boogie Fever Cafe
Fri. 2/1 Disco Dance Party – DJ / 8:00pm
Bosco Fri. 2/1 Matthew Kysia / 8-10:30pm
New Wine & Coffee Drinks Light Apps Menu
Charter Township of
Royal Oak Rec. Dept.
Fri. 2/1 Champagne & The Motor City Blues Crew / 6:30-8:30pm
Como’s Fri. 2/1 TBD
Dino’s Fri. 2/1 Vinyl Underground / 9:30pm
Grasshopper Underground Fri. 2/1 DJ Aboudi & DJ Abrol / 10:00pm
Ferndale Public Library
Fri. 2/1 The Walking Beat & Danny Kroha / 7:30-9:30pm
Howe’s Bayou
Fri. 2/1 Luther “Bad Man” Keith / After Dinner
John D. Bistro Fri. 2/1 Rob Play, NYC DJ
Max Dugan’s Fri. 2/1 Todd Fostery / 9:00pm
One-Eyed Betty’s Fri. 2/1 Rollie Tussing / 9:30pm
Rosie O’Grady’s Fri. 2/1 Goes Country
Tony’s Sports Bar Fri. 2/1 Albert Young & The Straight 8s / 9:00pm
Sneakers Fri. 2/1 Karaoke / 9:00pm
BBQ Rib Burn Out SIX Tent Sat. 2/2 Noon – 7:00pm – Sun Messengers / 5:00pm
Como’s Sat. 2/2 Howard Glazer & EL-34s / 9:00pm
Dino’s (Inside)
Sat. 2/2 The Reefermen / 9:30pm
Grasshopper Pub Sat. 2/2 FUNK / 10:00pm
Howe’s Bayou Sat. 2/2 Branching Out / After Dinner
John D. Bistro Sat. 2/2 Jenny LaFemme DJ
Max Dugan’s Sat. 2/2 Sweet Claudette / 9:00pm
One-Eyed Betty’s Sat. 2/2 Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys / 9:30pm
Sneakers Sat. 2/2 Karaoke
Tony’s Sports Bar Sat. 2/2 Albert Young & The Straight 8s / 9:00pm
Tony’s Sports Bar Sat. 2/4 Albert Young & The Straight 8s / 9:00pm

Kulick Community Center Wed. 2/6 Ferndale School Band / TBD

Check out some of our previous Blues Festival coverage to get a taste of what you can expect:


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