The Bluesfest Windsor Experience

Charlie Huhn, Rodney O'Quinn, and Bryan Bassett performed with Foghat at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Charlie Huhn, Rodney O’Quinn, and Bryan Bassett performed with Foghat at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – The late great Jimi Hendrix once asked, “Are you experienced?” Festival goers to Saturday’s installment of Bluesfest Windsor can answer with a resounding, “Yes!”

LiUNA’s Bluesfest Windsor is North America’s 9th largest blues festival. Unbeknownst to organizers att eh beginning of the day, Saturday may have turned out to be the single most successful day in the history of the event.

Jeff Hoagland Blues Band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Jeff Hoagland Blues Band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The festivities began with Detroit’s Jeff Hoagland Blues Band, in keeping with the push to promote local artists. Hoagland, along with Donnie Burton, Tracy Garneau, and Brian “Windsor Slim” Smith delivered up a full set of why they won the 2016-17 South Canada Blues Society Blues Challenge Champions and were semi-finalists at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Another winning blues act in the form of the Paul DesLauriers Band were next on the main stage. The 4-time champ at the 20th Maple Blues Awards put on a winning show which thrilled the audience.

The Paul DesLauriers Blues Band, with Sam Harrisson and DesLauriers performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Paul DesLauriers Blues Band, with Sam Harrisson and DesLauriers performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Branching off from DesLauriers’ traditional blues style was harder-edged MonkeyJunk, from Ottawa. The Juno award winning trio performed in their genre-bending style, demonstrating how versatile the blues can be.

Tony Diteodoro, Steve Marriner, and MonkeyJunk performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Tony Diteodoro, Steve Marriner, and MonkeyJunk performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A veteran of the intensely competitive Chicago blues club scene, Toronzo Cannon was described by the Chicago Sun-Times as, “One of Chicago’s new greats.” Cannon quickly won the crowd over with his warm conversation and cool original blues compositions.

Chicago's Toronzo Cannon performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.<br>Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chicago’s Toronzo Cannon performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

No stranger to the Windsor scene, Dana Fuchs returned to the Bluesfest Windsor stage much to the delight of the receptive throng. A fan favourite for her homespun intimacies as much as her heartfelt music, Fuchs introduced Windsor to her recently arrived baby boy. The gritty show was an example of the two-way energy which happens only between a beloved artist and die-hard fans.

Dana Fuchs and her band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Dana Fuchs and her band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Finally, Foghat took the light and immediately showed why the UK band has lasted so long on the world stage. Foghat ripped through new material and the timeless classics, including Savoy Brown, while the crowd soaked in the performance. They left the stage prematurely, only to return with a flawless live rendering of Slow Ride, which left the congregation worshiping at the alter of Foghat.

Between sets on the main stage, the United Snakes reeled off their versions of classic rock in the Blues Town tent, providing a virtual non-stop musical experience for the party goers.

Mark Chichkan and the United Snakes performed in the Blues Town tent at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mark Chichkan and the United Snakes performed in the Blues Town tent at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chicago's Toronzo Cannon performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chicago’s Toronzo Cannon performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Luca Chiellini and Chicago's Toronzo Cannon performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Luca Chiellini and Chicago’s Toronzo Cannon performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Sam Harrisson, Greg Morency, and the Paul DesLauriers Blues Band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Matt Sobb, Tony Diteodoro, and MonkeyJunk performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Matt Sobb, Tony Diteodoro, and MonkeyJunk performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Brian "Windsor Slim" Smith and the Jeff Hoagland Blues Band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Brian “Windsor Slim” Smith and the Jeff Hoagland Blues Band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Dana Fuchs and her band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Tony Mason and Dana Fuchs performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Dana Fuchs and her band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Dana Fuchs and her band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Jon Diamond and the Dana Fuchs Band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Jon Diamond and the Dana Fuchs Band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Craig Dreyer and Dana Fuchs performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Craig Dreyer and Dana Fuchs performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Dana Fuchs and her band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Dana Fuchs and her band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Dana Fuchs and her band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Dana Fuchs and her band performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Rodney O'Quinn and Charlie Huhn performed with Foghat at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Rodney O’Quinn and Charlie Huhn performed with Foghat at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Charlie Huhn performed with Foghat at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Charlie Huhn performed with Foghat at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Bryan Bassett and Foghat performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Bryan Bassett and Foghat performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Charlie Huhn and founding member of Foghat Roger Earl performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Charlie Huhn and founding member of Foghat Roger Earl performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Bryan Bassett and Foghat performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Bryan Bassett and Foghat performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Rodney O'Quinn, Charlie Huhn, and Foghat performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Rodney O’Quinn, Charlie Huhn, and Foghat performed at Bluesfest Windsor on 15 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

 

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Ian Shalapata
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Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.
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