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By Jane Lee / Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 11:21 am
"Blues on the Bay" Arrives in Ellison Bay August 27
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ELLISON BAY, WI (August 23, 2016) – Door County's only blues festival, Blues on the Bay, is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, with performances by well-known national and regional blues musicians from 3-9 p.m. The third annual music festival will once again be held at the Ellison Bay Community Park (11953 State Hwy 42), located on the Ellison Bay, Wisconsin shoreline, a short walk from the village center. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a free-will donation to the event's non-profit beneficiary, Door County Secret Santa.

This year's Blues on the Bay features a stellar line-up of noteworthy blues musicians, including Billy Flynn, Jimmy Burns, Oscar Wilson, Mighty Mouth, and Dirty Deuce. Headliner Billy Flynn is a Chicago-based blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Soul and electric blues guitarist Jimmy Burns was born in the Mississippi Delta and also resides in Chicago. Singer-songwriter Oscar Wilson originally hails from Chicago and now lives in Madison, WI; Wilson is also a member of the well-known blues band Cash Box Kings. Festival opening band Mighty Mouth is the blues-focused offshoot of the beloved northeast Wisconsin band Big Mouth, based in Door County. Finally, Dirty Deuce's music has been described as a "musical gumbo, with a pinch of hip hop, a dash of R&B, and a whole lot of rock 'n soul."

Festival organizer Jane Lee said the August 27 music event "will ably cover the Delta Blues of the 1920s and 30s, the post-war Chicago blues of the 1940s and 50s, rhythm & blues, rock 'n soul, and electric guitar blues in all of its many guises in the decades since." 

"Blues on the Bay was created to bring the blues to far northern Door County," notes Lee, "but it's also a major fundraising benefit for Door County Secret Santa, a non-profit that anonymously helps struggling local families with their winter home heating bills. The needy are often a little under the radar in this community, which looks so well-off on the surface, but there are young families, physically sick individuals and senior citizens who have a hard time making ends meet. Door County Secret Santa focuses on making the lives of these groups a little less burdensome." Give the gift of peace of mind.

Food and drink will be on sale throughout the event. The much-lauded craft beers and ales from Door County Brewing Company will be available along with hot dogs and soft drinks at the Ellison Bay Service Club booth. Ellison Bay restaurant Mink River Basin is will be serving Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Chips, plus a selection of wine and Island Orchard Cider.

Free parking and shuttle service to the park is at the Liberty Grove Historical Society, located at the top of the hill just south of Ellison Bay. Bring your own lawn chairs and your welcome bring your own picnic item.

For more information, find Blues on the Bay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellisonbayblues/.

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