This coming weekend, a well-liked summer season custom returns to downtown Kingston, because the twenty fifth Limestone Metropolis Blues Competition takes place from August 25 to twenty-eight, 2022. Occasion organizers are promising “4 days of head-bopping, hip-shaking, foot-tapping leisure,” as award-winning musicians from throughout North America descend on Kingston for the competition.
“It’s simply enjoyable,” says Downtown Kingston’s Jan MacDonald, Creative Director of the occasion. “As quickly because the stage begins to go up, you may really feel the vitality. It’s an effective way to shut out the summer season.”
This 12 months’s occasion is the primary full-scale operating of the competition since 2019. In 2020, organizers have been compelled to cancel as a result of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A scaled-down model of the competition was held final August, with two days of concert events that includes an all-Canadian lineup. This 12 months, the occasion is again at full capability, with three nights of headline concert events, in addition to stay music in Confederation Park and choose downtown golf equipment.
The competition formally kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, with a full afternoon of music set for Confederation Park. At 8:00 p.m., featured performer Dione Taylor hits the stage. Taylor is a Canadian singer/songrwriter from Saskatchewan who has carried out in entrance of each former U.S. President George W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II. Her most up-to-date album, Spirits within the Water, was nominated for Blues Album of the 12 months on the 2021 Juno Awards.
Friday evening will see the competition journey up Princess Avenue, with a stage within the Metro parking zone. Juno nominee JW-Jones will kick issues off at 7 p.m., earlier than the night’s headliner, Crystal Shawanda, begins her set at 8. Shawanda, an award-winning Ojibwe blues artist, says she’s “tremendous excited” to be making her Limestone Metropolis Blues Competition debut subsequent weekend.
As for what audiences can anticipate throughout Shawanda’s set, the singer says, “It’s an emotional curler coaster trip — a bit little bit of all the pieces. Very excessive vitality. You recognize, songs that make you wish to dance and songs that make you wish to cry, however you’re gonna depart feeling a complete lot higher.”
Final 12 months, Shawanda took dwelling the Juno for Greatest Blues Album, along with her sixth file Church Home Blues. This September, the artist will launch her seventh studio recording, Midnight Blues, the lead single of which ‘How Dangerous Do You Need It,’ and is on the market on streaming providers now.
Shawanda says a part of the album was impressed by her band’s experiences through the early days of the pandemic, together with the tune ‘Take a Little Stroll With the Moon.’
“That’s truly one thing we used to do day-after-day. We have been in Nashville, [and the state of Tennessee had surpassed] 25,000 [COVID-19] circumstances… so we wouldn’t exit through the day,” the songstress shares.
“We waited till the solar had set and there weren’t as many individuals.”
The title for the tune was impressed by her baby, Shawanda says, noting, “My daughter stated, ‘Mommy, let’s take a bit stroll with the moon.’ So we wrote that tune, and it simply sort of talks about us taking refuge within the evening.”
As for what it means to be performing once more after the pandemic shut down performances for shut to 2 years, Shawanda says the expertise has been “wonderful.”
“The followers have been unimaginable. Each present, you already know, it’s been both bought out or standing room solely, and the thrill is pure,” she says
“The followers are excited to be again and we, as musicians, are so grateful to be again… it’s been actually superior.”
Market Sq. is the place to be Saturday evening, as embellished American musician Albert Cummings hits the stage at 9 p.m. Cummings has launched 9 studio albums all through his profession, together with 10, which got here out earlier this 12 months. A number of particular friends will get issues began on Saturday, with The Jerome Tucker Band acting at 7 p.m., forward of HOROJO Trio at 8 p.m.
The music retains going all three nights after the primary stage reveals wrap up, with Blues within the Golf equipment that includes a few dozen performances at native bars. Sunday will then see a full day of free reveals at Confederation Park, because the 2022 Limestone Metropolis Blues Competition involves a detailed.
Viewers members might want to buy a competition go as a way to entry the primary stage reveals, in addition to membership performances. Passes could be bought for $20 prematurely or $25 on the gate (each at out of doors reveals and at reveals in native bars), and are good for all 4 days of performances.
Other than the electrifying blues music, organizers have additionally lined up some meals and merchandise choices for competition attendees. All through your entire competition, many downtown eating places will probably be collaborating in Homegrown Blues Meals, providing up particular “southern-style” menus. Based on organizers, “Patrons can dine on all the pieces from fried okra tacos to oyster po’ boys and buttermilk fried hen sandwiches.” The specialty menus will probably be provided from 5 p.m. each day.
And to mark 1 / 4 century of the Competition carry 1000’s to downtown Kingston, organizers will even be promoting a particular twenty fifth anniversary T-shirt all through the weekend, that includes headliners from earlier Limestone Metropolis Blues Festivals.