The Marquette Area Blues Fest

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Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots

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 Our 2016 Saturday Night Headliner !!


May 16, 2016



The magnetic Victor Wainwright, the biggest rising star in American blues and roots music, took home two of the biggest prizes of the evening at the Thirty-Seventh Blues Music Awards presented in Memphis by The Blues Foundation last night.

Further establishing himself as the key artist to know in contemporary honky-tonk and boogie-woogie blues, Wainwright was awarded the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Award on Thursday night. In addition, his group Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots were named Best Band on the strength of their 2015 album Boom Town (Blind Pig Records, now owned by The Orchard).

Boom Town debuted at number 5 on Billboard’s Blues Sales chart upon release in June 2015 and has earned high critical praise. Living Blues magazine said: “Listening to Boom Town is like walking into a party that will never end. This eight-piece band specializes in supercharged blues and boogie-woogie piano, smart and sophisticated arrangements and an all-consuming passion for delivering songs with confidence and joy.” The haunting new video for “The Devil’s Bite” is currently creeping out viewers on YouTube.

It was not the first victorious night at the Blues Music Awards for Wainwright, who previously won the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award in both 2013 and 2014—a particular honor for Victor, having been personally mentored by family friend Perkins himself. The Savannah, Georgia native now based out of Memphis already has amassed a discography five albums deep, with Blind Pig the proud home of the two latest, Boom Town and the album Easy Livin’ by his other band Southern Hospitality.

Blind Pig co-founder Jerry Del Giudice was proud to congratulate the artist. “Working with Victor Wainwright and watching him evolve into an electrifying performer, solid songwriter and consummate musician has been very rewarding,” he said. “Victor has a deep respect for this uniquely American art form, a genuine love for his audiences and the intelligence and heart of a true artist.”

The entire Blind Pig Records family and its new leadership team at The Orchard are proud to congratulate Victor Wainwright for his multiple award-winning night. Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots are on tour this summer. Check for dates.

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2016 Blues Fest Logo!!

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2016 Lofo

For the past several years, students enrolled in the Digital Media and Design Program at the Michael Berry Career Center in Dearborn Michigan have submitted original logos to the Marquette Area Blues Fest as a Service Learning Project.  Students apply the artistic, design and computer skills they have learned in class to create original pieces of art that meet the contests technical requirements.  Even more challenging for these students is the requirement that their logo’s contain elements connected to Blues music, Marquette and the Upper Peninsula–quite a challenge for these inner-city students who live eight hours away!  This is always one of the most anticipated and enjoyable assignments for the students each year.

Aya and Mariam (1)

This year’s winning logo was created by Ms. Mariam Makki, on the right, an 18 year old senior graduating from the Dearborn Center for Math, Science and Technology.  An outstanding student, Ms. Makki used the Design Concepts courses at MBCC to add a more creative/artistic background to her STEM education.   This fall, Mariam will enroll at Michigan State University where she will be enrolling in the James Madison Honor’s College with dual majors in Public Policy and International Relations and minoring in Business Marketing.   Mariam was also an active member of Business Professionals of America (BPA) at MBCC where she and her partner qualified to compete in the national competition in the News Broadcast Production Team competition.

Blues Fest Needs Volunteer Coordinator

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We are searching for one enthusiastic go-getter to be our Volunteer Coordinator for this year’s festival. The position involves signing up, notifying, and organizing the volunteers via the website leading up to the festival, as well as coordinating volunteers throughout fest weekend itself. This would be a great chance to get involved and find out what goes on behind the scenes at the Blues Fest…and of course, you get to listen to world class blues music all weekend long while you work!! Interested persons can contact me (Mark Hamari, ph (906) 235-9690), or come to the next board meeting at 6:30pm on April 20, 2016 at the Border Grill Boardroom and we will fill you in on all the details.