The Nanaimo Blues Society will present Summertime Blues 2011 in Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, from August 26 to 28, 2011. The gates will open at 3 pm on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Rain or Shine. After canceling the festival in 2010 due to funding cutbacks, this previously free event will be a paid activity in 2011. The price for a three-day event pass is $75 until June 30, 2011, then $95, plus HST. Single evening general admission will be $40. Tickets are available from Headliners School of Performing Arts, 165 Fraser St., tel. 250-753-2323.
Not only is Summertime Blues back but the Society has a fantastic line-up arranged. Starting Friday afternoon blues greats like Duke Robillard, The Downchild Blues Band, Jim Byrnes, and David Gogo will hit the festival stage to make 2011 the one to remember. Along with the exciting lineup, the Society has changed the venue. This year Maffeo Sutton Park will be used to better suit the growing festival in its sixth year. This year also, for the first time the festival will be ticketed to help offset the cost of these great performers. And last, but not least, there will be a beer garden for those who are 19 plus. An Early Bird Ticket Kickoff Event will be held at 5 pm on Friday, May 6, 2011, at Headliners with special guest performers.