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Old Town BluesFest is in need of volunteers in order to continue as a fantastic, free community event. Volunteering for BluesFest is a great way to go behind the scenes, meet new people, and have fun! .

If you’re interested in volunteering for the 2014 festival season, go to this link: http://www.oldtownbluesfest.com/volunteer
and click on one of the opportunities listed.

Please contact us at 517-371-4600 or katrina@micharts.org if you are unable to access the options shown.
2014 Old Town Blues Festival Line Up!

September 19, 2014: MAIN STAGES (on Turner Street) 5:00-6:00 pm Twyla Birdsong South Stage 6:00-7:00 pm Big Boss Blues Band North Stage 7:00-8:00 pm Harper & Midwest Kind South Stage 8:00-9:00 pm Greg Nagy North Stage 9:00-10:30 pm Mike Morgan with Hank Mowery & the Hawktones South Stage 10:30-11:30-ish Champagne & the Motor City Blues Crew North Stage

MICA STAGE (City Lot 56 at the South end of Turner St.) 5:00-5:45 pm : Harper Didgeridoo Workshop 6:15-7:00 pm : Red Herring (youth blues/rock)

September 20, 2014: 2:00-2:45 pm & 3:15-4:00 pm Kathleen & the Bridge Street Band South Stage 4:00-5:00 pm Junior Valentine North Stage 5:00-6:00 pm Marci Linn Band South Stage 6:00-7:00 pm Frog & the Beeftones North Stage 7:00-8:00 pm Root Doctor featuring Freddie Cunningham South Stage 8:00-9:00 pm Bull Halsey North Stage 9:00-10:30 pm Sharrie Williams South Stage 10:30-11:30-ish Those Delta Rhythm Kings North Stage

MICA STAGE (City Lot 56 at the South end of Turner St.) 2:00-3:00 pm : Andy Wilson-Harmonica for Kids 3:15-4:00 pm : Gina Garner and Brian Kandler – Blues Brawl Duo Winner 4:15-5:15 pm : Matchette & Frog 5:30-6:30 pm : Allen Bates – Lap slide guitar exhibition & workshop 6:45-8:00 pm :Deacon Earl

Old Town Jazz Festival August 1st - 2nd, 2014.
Old Town Jazz Festival 2014

Celebrating 20 years, Jazz Fest is a free, two-day festival that brings national, regional and local acts together performing to an audience of thousands drawn to the sound of jazz. While past festivals have featured local acts as well national talent, the decision was made to approach local performers this year with  ties to the Mitten State.

In addition to the live performances, the festival offered a number of kids' activities, including a musical instrument petting zoo, master classes, demonstrations and more. There was also a beverage tent and food vendors.

National News and Beyond

Chuck Berry Receives Sweden's Prestigious Polar Music Prize

Chuck Berry was honored with Sweden's 2014 Polar Music Prize in a ceremony on August 27th at Stockholm's Concert Hall. While members of the Swedish Royal Family were in attendance, Berry was unable to appear at the ceremony due to illness. However, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrote an acceptance speech that was delivered by musician and rock revivalist Dave Edmunds. The other recipient of the prize this year, American opera and theatre director Peter Sellars was in attendance to collect his Prize from King Carl XVI of Sweden.

The Polar Music Prize is the so-called “Nobel of the music world,” awarded annually to one recipient each from the fields of modern and classical music. The award was established 25 years ago by the manager of ABBA, Stig Anderson. Previous recepiants include Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin.

"Unfortunately I am unable to travel, but my heart is in Sweden. I want to thank the King and the Royal Family for awarding me the Polar Prize," Berry wrote. "I understand what a great honor it is to be a recipient. I am sorry that I am unable to travel and receive this personally." Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Patti Smith and few other rock legends have been named Laureates of the Polar Music Prize in years past.

Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones also recorded a video message congratulating the influential "Johnny B. Goode" guitarist. The Rolling Stones covered a handful of Berry songs early in their career: "Come On" was the band's debut single, "Around and Around" featured on their 1964 Five by Five EP, and "Little Queenie" and "Carol" both appeared on the 1970 live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

Health problems have slowed the once-prolific Berry in recent years, but the 87-year-old rocker did travel to Cleveland to receive the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's American Music Masters Award in October 2012.