Saturday, February 26, 2011

Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho April 2011

The Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival returns to the Coeur d’Alene Resort on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd. The boat cruise and dock party kick off the weekend on the 1st, while the Resort Ballroom hosts two stages and four bands.

The Fat Tones and Laffin’ Bones will play the cruise: the festival will hook up two boats together and have a blues band on each one. The party aboard ship is 7:00 to 10:00 PM on the 1st, and the boats will cruise Lake Coeur d’Alene from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, with partying dockside before and after.
The Festival Room will host Big Mumbo, winners of the 2010 Best Blues Band of the Inland Empire Blues Society. Originally from Spokane, Seattle’s Too Slim and the Taildraggers will bring new music from their forthcoming CD. The Tommy Castro Band – fresh from multiple Blues Music Awards in Memphis last year – is one of the many highlights of this year’s festival as is another band who is no stranger to Beale Street, The Ty Curtis Band (a finalist in the 2009 International Blues Challenge).

The festival also features the 8-piece Nu Jack City in the Shore Lounge, Jeff Akers in the Whispers Lounge, and a Gospel brunch on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Max Daniels will host the Gospel Motown Brunch on Sunday in the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Jeff Akers’ set is the pre-function meet up at the Whispers Lounge, and this slide guitarist won the Best Slide Guitarist Award from the Inland Empire Blues Society.

Tickets for this very affordable blues festival are are $20, the best deal includes the the Blues Cruise for an additional $12. The Blues Cruise separately is $20. Tickets available thru TicketsWest or 1-800-325-SEAT or the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Room packages with Coeur d’Alene Resort are available, so please tell them the Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival sent you!

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