The cavernous up tempo bar and nightclub Elements in Kitchener was the scene for the launch party of the Kitchener Blues Festival this past weekend.
The Kitchener Blues Festival is one of the few tightly run annual music festivals in Ontario announcing its line-up way ahead of its scheduled event in August.
This 4 day festival in Kitchener spread over 3 stages boasts of having hosted some amazing acts in recent times such as Eric Burdon, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Foghat , Edgar Winter, Rik Emmett and many more! It is the go to event for blues and rock lovers in the neighbouring Greater Toronto Area.
Matt Weidinger opened the kickoff party setting the mood for the party-goers.
Following the opening band, Lucky Peterson from Buffalo and Kitchener homeboy Shawn Kellerman and his band sent the crowd into a dancing tizzy as both young and old folks got up to groove to the blues.
Shawn opened up with his band and Lucky joined in a couple of songs later and they all came together to play nonstop blues rock ramming one song into the next without missing a beat! It was incredible to see them play for a full hour with no break between songs!
Then came the break and the announcement of the line-up which included an amazing array of artists and shows headlined by Canadian legend Tom Cochrane. Lots of great artists including Kim Mitchell, Bill Durst, Tim Gibbons, Gospel Breakfast and tons more will grace the festival from August 8-11. There will even be a 50th anniversary Woodstock celebration!
After the announcement, Shawn and Lucky came back on to round off a superb evening!