10th Annual East Petersburg Blues Fest Announced
Free local event boasts top regional talent and book signing
By: East Petersburg Blues Festival
Reflecting on the event's history, festival organizer Randy Bucksner (of the Mystic Alpacas band) can't believe this is the tenth event. Originally a grass roots event with bands literally playing on flatbed trucks with their own amps, there have been great improvements over the years. The construction of a beautiful amphitheater and installation of a professional sound system have been added to the East Petersburg Community Park, where the annual event is held. Food trucks will be onsite this year, also. "We've come a long way," says Bucksner. "It is exciting to reach this milestone and look forward to what the next ten years will bring!"
A free, family-friendly event, the festival begins at 2PM and continues until 7PM, featuring five outstanding acts from the Delaware Valley covering a broad cross-section of blues music mixed with rock, soul, Americana, jazz, funk and pop influences: Bluestime, Laura Cheadle, Greg Sover Band, Debra Devi and Sweet Leda. Complete event information is available at http://www.facebook.com/
Performing at 5PM is Fender artist Debra Devi, who is also author of The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu (Billboard Books, 2016). Opening with a foreword by Dr. John, the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Winner for Outstanding Books on Music explores 150 blues terms with fresh, witty insight. Devi will be hosting a book signing after her performance.
This year's event is supported by East Petersburg Borough, the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania and Nola Blue Records, Central Pennsylvania's international blues record label.