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Photos and Video: Celebrating the Blues at Bayfront – Duluth News Tribune

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DULUTH – The blues are back at Bayfront Festival Park with the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival, or “Blues Fest” as many informally call it. The annual gathering features three days of outdoor music on two stages, featuring around 30 acts and attracting nearly 20,000 fans.

Based on the Bayfront Blues Festival

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, nearly 500 artists have performed at the Bayfront Blues Festival since its inception. Some of the notable acts have included Little Richard, Blues Traveler, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Wilson Picket and Solomon Burke.

This year, the Bayfront Blues Festival kicked off on Friday and ends on Sunday.

Blues artist Gabe Stillman of Williamsport, Pa. watches the crowd while performing with the Gabe Stillman Band Saturday afternoon at the 33rd Annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

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Gabe Stillman plays guitar on stage
Blues artist Gabe Stillman of Williamsport, Pa. plays guitar onstage with the Gabe Stillman Band Saturday afternoon at the 33rd Annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

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Gabe Stillman plays
Blues artist Gabe Stillman of Williamsport, Pennsylvania raises his arms above his head while singing during the band Gabe Stillman’s performance Saturday afternoon at the 33rd Annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

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Inflatable saxophone and musical notes on a pole
An exhibit featuring an inflatable saxophone along with musical notes attached to a pole blown in the wind at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth during the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival.

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Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V smiles
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V of Atlanta, Georgia smiles while performing onstage during his Saturday afternoon set at the 33rd Annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

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A musical number performs on stage in front of a crowd
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V of Atlanta, Georgia, left, performs with his bandmates onstage Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

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Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V of Atlanta, Georgia sings while playing guitar on stage during his set Saturday afternoon at the 33rd Annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

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Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V
Rhythm and blues artist Eddie 9V of Atlanta, Georgia sings into a microphone while playing guitar onstage during his Saturday afternoon set at the 33rd Annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth .

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Melvis, Mark and Fish
The band Melvis, Mark and Fish, who have local ties, performed on stage inside the big tent Saturday afternoon during the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. From left to right are ace harmonica Mark Howley, drummer Curt “Fish” Anderson and vocalist and guitarist Mel Sando.

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The crowd is sitting under a tent and listening to music
A crowd listens to the band Melvis, Mark and Fish perform inside the big tent Saturday afternoon at the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

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Mel Sando sings
Two Harbors’ Mel Sando sings onstage while performing with the band Melvis, Mark and Fish inside the big tent Saturday afternoon at the 33rd Annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

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The man is posing while making a peace sign
Erwin Laitala, also known as ‘Boogie Cat Erwin’, of Ely, strikes a pose at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth during the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival. Laitala has attended every Bayfront Blues festival and dances to as many songs as he can.

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Man wearing a shirt that says Boogie Cat speaks with two spectators at the Bayfront Blues Fest.
Erwin Laitala, also known as ‘Boogie Cat Erwin,’ of Ely, center, talks to two other spectators at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth during the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival. Laitala has participated in every Bayfront Blues Festival. Her outfit includes a T-shirt that says “Boogie Cat” as well as a tail.

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A couple attending the Bayfront Blues Festival
Dana and Kevin Klander of Eveleth pose Saturday afternoon at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on day two of the 33rd annual Bayfront Blues Festival. The Klanders have participated in numerous Bayfront Blues festivals.

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