Strong Line-Up Announced For Bluesfest Windsor


Luna 625 president Rob Retroni announced a new and improved Bluesfest Windsor for 2015. Fest-goers in July can expect a number of changes to the venue including a revamped VIP area and an expanded Sunday program.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The line-up for the 21st annual Bluesfest Windsor was announced today and, as in years past, there is a melange of familiar names, up-and-comers, and well-known artists with their new bands. Appearing again at the Riverfront Festival Plaza in July will be the Gregg Rolie Band and Scott Holt.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Gregg Rolie is the founding member of both Santana and Journey. Rolie, always a fan favourite in Windsor, appeared at Woodstock with Santana and authored hits such as Black Magic Woman and Evil Ways. He later went on to form Journey in 1973.

Tennessee native Scott Holt is no stranger to Windsor. The guitarist extraordinaire played with Buddy Guy for a decade, from the age of 19, and can be seen crisscrossing North America  with regular stops in the Windsor and Chatham area.

Windsor’s Blues phenomenon Christian Vegh will be kicking off the July 12 segment of the 3-day festival. Vegh is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who will be appearing with his band before embarking on a scholarship with the Berklee School of Music.

Four-fifths of the California-based funk band War will be in Windsor on July 10 in their current incarnation, Lowrider Band. Once fronted by Eric Burdon, the group has adopted the name of their biggest hit, Low Rider, and will include in their set recognizable songs as Spill the Wine, Why Can’t We Be Friends?, and The Cisco Kid.

Dave Edwards has been on the Detroit music scene for almost 4 decades. He and his band, The Look, are making a noted appearance on opening night at Bluesfest, on July 10. Hot on the heels of the release of his 6th album, Edwards and The Look will rock the stage with a mixture of old and new, and new versions of older tunes.

A total of 14 performers will grace the stage for the 21st Bluesfest Windsor from July 10 through 12 at the Riverfront Festival Plaza. Check back here often for your chance to win tickets.


Bluesfest founder Ted Boomer announced the 2015 line-up packed with legendary greats and local blues artists, promising to be the best festival ever.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.


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Ian Shalapata
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