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Blues on the Red kicks off on Saturday

For three Saturdays this summer, Grand Forks’ Town Square will once again have the blues.

Tomorrow begins the seventh year of the annual Blues on the Red series in downtown Grand Forks. The free concerts feature blues musicians from around the region and the United States.

Opening bands start at 6 p.m. with the headliners following at 8. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and sit wherever they’d like. There will also be a beer garden for those who are over 21 years old. If there is inclement weather, the show will move inside the Empire Theater.

Over the years, Blues on the Red has grown from a small gathering of hardcore blues music fans to something, said Cheri Reitmeier of the Blues on the Red committee.

It started with about 300 people attending to now attracting more than 1,200 — causing the event organizers to run out of wristbands for the event.

“What started as an itty bitty idea has grown into something huge, and to see people appreciate it is amazing,” Reitmeier said.

Mooseknuckle Bros. were an opener last year but were so well received that they were invited back to headline the opening night.

Mooseknuckle Bros. will be joined by the Cole Allen Band on June 28, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys will headline, with the Scottie Miller Band opening, on July 26, and the final Saturday, Aug. 23, will see The Swamp Kings open for the Lamont Cranston Band.

“It’s a way to play live music and give something to do for all ages,” Reitmeier said. “Whether you like music or not, you can always appreciate the talent of the performers.”

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What: The seventh annual Blues on the Run series — an annual concert series featuring blues musicians — begins Saturday.

When: Openers start at 6 p.m. and the headliners take the stage at 8 p.m. The bands playing at the series are: 

  • June 28: Headliner: Mooseknuckle Bros, Opener: The Cole Allen Band
  • July 26: Headliner: Revered Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Opener: The Scottie Miller Band
  • August 23: Headliner: Lamont Cranston Band, Opener: The Swamp Kings

Where: Town Square, downtown Grand Forks

Wade Rupard

Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 

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