Blues festival begins Wednesday

Bluesfestival2006The show will go on, despite the absence of the planned headliner at the 4th Annual Coors Light St. John Blues Festival

James Cotton, one of the greatest blues harmonica players in the world, has had to cancel his appearance at the Saturday night concert at the ball field in Cruz Bay.  Complications from throat cancer and pneumonia, explained Steve Simon, founder and producer of the event.

Simon said Carey Bell (Listen to a sample), another blues harp legend, has been added to the roster.  Also scheduled to perform are Mark Wenner and the Nighthawks (listen to a sample: ), and St. John’s Chris Carsel and the St John Blues Boys.

The Festival begins with a free party in Coral Bay at Island Blues Wednesday night.  Here’s the rest of the schedule: http://www.stjohnbluesfestival.com/bf/schedule2006.htm.

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