The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Comes To Fredericton This Fall

Published: 2008-07-17
Though the summer music festivals tend to wrap up as the weather begins to cool there always tend to be a few stragglers in September including Fredericton's Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival. Taking place from September 9-14 at various venues throughout Fredericton, New Brunswick the festival features international acts as well as local favourites.

The first Harvest Jazz and Blues fest took place in 1991 over four days with about 9500 people in attendance. By 2000 the festival began to shut down streets and in 2001 a family-oriented element known as Kidsfest (now Congo Square) was added to the festivities.

This year for the 18th edition of the festival 35 per cent of the acts are local New Brunswick musicians and 18 of the more than 100 performers are international musicians from around the world. Highlights of this year's festival include Chicago blues pioneer Buddy Guy. The 72 year old guitar toting bluesman was a noted influence to guitar legends like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Another headliner who knows his way around a blues guitar riff is Derek Trucks and his band. Moving away from jazz and blues the festival also includes acts like indie rockers Bloc Party. Canadian acts on the bill include The late Jeff Healey's blues band, Apostle of Hustle and indie rockers Hey Rosetta!

Tickets for the festival go on sale July 19, prices vary depending on the show. Please visit for more information.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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