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A Stellar Lineup Slated for the 29th edition of the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival!

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

We are barely into spring yet many of us are already excited for what the end of summer will bring! September’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival main stage lineup has been revealed and it is nothing short of amazing!

For those who may not be aware, for six days each September the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival sees hundreds of world class performers appear on dozens of stages, all conveniently located in Fredericton's beautiful and historic downtown.

400+ Musicians, 150 Performances, 27 Stages, 6 City Blocks, 6 Incredible Days, 1 Happenin’ City!

Now in its 29th year, The Harvest is flexing some serious muscle with a super impressive lineup! The mainstage schedule is available on their website – click here to see it all.

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Robert Plant will headline the festival on Friday, September 13th in the Blues Tent. The former Led Zeppelin front man and lyricist will be performing with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will bring their excellent blend of soul & garage rock along with bits of jazz, folk and country to the Blues Tent on the Saturday night. Nathaniel, who had to cancel his appearance at last year’s festival, will keep his promise to make it up to us this year. Also headlining is the southern rock songwriter extraordinaire Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit who will grace the Blues Tent stage on the Thursday.

The list of extraordinary musicians playing this year includes the legendary Charlie Musselwhite kicking off the festival at The Playhouse on the Tuesday of the festival.  Three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams will perform on Saturday. With a sound rooted in dark folk, countrified soul, cinematic storytelling and roadhouse-worthy rock, The White Buffalo is sure to make an impression at the festival this year.

Harry Manx & Steve Marriner will bring their new collaboration to the Harvest. Celebrated songwriter and local favourite, Matt Andersen will heat up the Blues Tent on Wednesday night along with The Mellotones.

So many other incredible acts also announced including David Wilcox, The Trans-Canada Highway Men,  Kathleen Edwards, Larkin Poe, Pink Talking Fish, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Andy Frasco & The U.N., and so many more. Be sure to visit the website for the full main stage schedule and artist bios.

Harvest Jazz and Blues

Something new to this year’s festival is the introduction of a couple venue passes.

Harvest invited Stephen Lewis to collaborate with them to bring some seriously BIG FUN to The Barracks! The new BIG FUN PASS grants access to all Barracks shows plus the Afterburners in the Blues Tent on Friday and Saturday night with Five Alarm Funk and Pink Talking Fish, all for just $50!

Harvest is bringing back the Hoodoo House, formerly named the Blues Court. It is the smallest of the tent venues and will offer exceptional blues and rocking fun times from Thursday to Saturday night. The HOODOO HOUSE VENUE PASS will be available for just $40 and will include access to all shows in the Hoodoo House.

It is definitely worth pointing out that 11 different local artists are listed on the main stage schedule. That is a wonderful reflection of the caliber of talent available to us in Fredericton all year round! Shout out to our own: The Tortoise, The Hare & The Millionaire, Colin Fowlie, Mothership All Stars, Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun, Joyful Noise, The Hypochondriacs, Keith Hallett & the Hookers, Weak Size Fish, Crossroad Devils, Josh Bravener and The Downtown Blues Band.

As you can see, the next edition of the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is one not to be missed! We already know people travel in from far and wide to enjoy the top notch talent being presented in our beautiful downtown. The festive atmosphere of the street closures, the sounds of music drifting from every corner and the contributions of 1200+ volunteers makes this event a true celebration of our community.

Robert Plant

The venue passes and individual show tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 11th – keep an eye on the website here for all details.