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Are you feeling ready for Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival 2018?

We are here to help!

Summer holidays are wrapping up and the kids are heading back to school. That is good news for a few reasons but especially because it means we are that much closer to kicking off the 28th edition of the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival. The downtown streets will come alive with the sights & sounds as this phenomenal week in our city gets underway September 11-16!

It’s important to be sure you feel ready for the festivities and I’m here to share some information to help make things easier for you.

First off, you need to know that there are still tickets available for most shows however they are moving fast so do not delay! You can purchase online or at Harvest Central located at 81 Regent Street.

If you are still undecided about which shows to take in let me suggest a few for you:

Wednesday night in the Blues Tent offers up a double bill featuring the swaggering rock ‘n’ roll infused with psychedelic blues vibes of The Magpie Salute along with the raw & rootsy rock of The Record Company. Opening the show you will be wowed by the piercing guitar work and soulful vocals of Anders Osborne. This show is nice and early starting at 6:30PM and is an excellent way to get your mid-week mojo working!

Thursday Night in the Barracks tent you can experience the sonically dynamic sounds of Fredericton’s rock band Grand Theft Bus along with the Ontario trio Elliott BROOD delivering their brand of fuzzed roots music served up with tons of energy. Also from Fredericton, Motherhood will open the show with their self-described art rock sounds.

Friday supper hour show at the Blues Tent will see the legendary Civil Rights activist and soul hitmaker Mavis Staples take the stage. To name just a few of her accomplishments: Mavis sang The Weight with the Band on The Last Waltz soundtrack. She recorded with Prince. She is a member of both the Rock & Roll and Blues Halls of Fame. She won a Grammy for her latest album If All I Was Was Black produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. and so much more! Quite simply she is amazing! And this is an opportunity NOT to be missed.    

Saturday night at 7PM the Mojo Tent will feature The Main Squeeze offering their blend of soul and hip-hop, funk with rock. Also on the bill you will enjoy a young quintet from Memphis, Southern Avenue, serving up their unique blend of gospel-tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. Kicking off the night is a truly original experience as young musicians from New Orlean’s inspiring after-school program perform as The Roots of Music.

The festival could literally not happen without the contribution of thousands of volunteers every year. Consider pitching in and become part of the community and the team that facilitates the magic we know as Harvest! There are a variety of roles to be filled and it is easy to sign up through their website.

A few last reminders as you prepare to enjoy Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival 2018:

Remember that festival passes purchased online must be redeemed at Harvest Central (81 Regent Street) for the physical pass before you head out to your first venue.

Prepare BEFORE you head out to the tents and pick up your Harvest gear AND your drink tokens at Harvest Central ahead of time to avoid the rush. 

Download your Spotify Harvest 2018 playlist and listen to all the artists to help get your groove on!

Be good to each other out there! Together we will all have a great week enjoying the music and our wonderful community.