Bayfront Blues Festival August 7-9, 2009

Lamont Cranston
Lamont Cranston at Bayfront Blues Festival
Coco Montoya
Coco Montoya at Bayfront Blues Festival
Coco Montoya at Bayfront Blues Festival
Coco Montoya at Bayfront Blues Festival
Coco Montoya at Bayfront Blues Festival
Sugar Blue
Sugar Blue at Bayfront Blues Festival
Sugar Blue at Bayfront Blues Festival
Sugar Blue at Bayfront Blues Festival
Sugar Blue at Bayfront Blues Festival
Sugar Blue at Bayfront Blues Festival
Sugar Blue at Bayfront Blues Festival
Sugar Blue at Bayfront Blues Festival
Deb Callahan
Deb Callahan at Bayfront Blues Festival
Deb Callahan at Bayfront Blues Festival
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue — Magic Dick, Tommy Castro, Deanna Bogart and Bernard Allison
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue at Bayfront Blues Festival
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue at Bayfront Blues Festival
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue at Bayfront Blues Festival
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue at Bayfront Blues Festival
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue at Bayfront Blues Festival
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue at Bayfront Blues Festival
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue at Bayfront Blues Festival

Edwin H. Gott got the blues

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The Edwin H. Gott arrived under the Lift Bridge as Mike Zito was on stage leaning into his guitar at the Bayfront Blues Festival on Sunday afternoon. The Gott came in for some blues and some gas before loading up on iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock in Superior. Those will go to steel mills in Toledo. Photo taken on August 10,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-11-2008

Callaway leaving Bluesfest behind

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Behind the trees, the cymbals and the Hoopsnakes, the Cason J. Callaway departed under the Lift Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The Blues Festival continues today but we are getting to the end of the long line of boats waiting to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. The Algolake is probably gone by now and the American Century is due out later this afternoon. Photo taken on August 09, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-10-2008

Block departs with the blues

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The Joseph L. Block went under the Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, on its way to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. At the same time, Shannon Curfman was in the middle of her set at the Bayfront Blues Festival (above). Both the Blues and the boats continue today, most of the boats will be here for coal; 4 thousand footers, all loading coal, will come under the Lift Bridge to back up the Blues at Bayfront. Photo taken on August 08, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-09-2008

2008 Bayfront Blues Festival August 7-10, 2008

Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys

Friday, August 8, 2008
Centerville All Stars
Centerville All Stars
Shannon Curfman
Centerville All Stars
Centerville All Stars
Centerville All Stars
Shannon Curfman
Shannon Curfman
Shannon Curfman
Shannon Curfman
Shannon Curfman
Shannon Curfman
Shannon Curfman
Shannon Curfman
Shannon Curfman
Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys
Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys
Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys
Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys
Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys
Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys
Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys
Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys
Anthony Gomes & the New Soul Cowboys
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Shemekia Copeland
Shemekia Copeland
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Big Walter Smith and the Groove Merchants
Big Walter Smith and the
Big Walter Smith and the
The Rusty Wright Band
The Rusty Wright Band
The Rusty Wright Band
The Rusty Wright Band
The Rusty Wright Band
The Hoopsnakes
The Hoopsnakes
The Hoopsnakes
The Hoopsnakes
The Hoopsnakes
The Hoopsnakes
The Hoopsnakes
The Hoopsnakes
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Mike Zito
Mike Zito
Mike Zito
Mike Zito
Mike Zito
Mike Zito

American Mariner departs to the blues

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Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers made it to the Bayfront Blues Festival stage on Sunday afternoon in time to sing to the Beluga Expectation leaving for Spain with wind turbine blades and the American Mariner departing with coal for Milwaukee. Above, she serenades the American Mariner. Photo taken on August 12, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2007

Algolake comes to the Fest

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The Algolake came under the Lift Bridge on Saturday afternoon, in time for the mid afternoon set by Ross William Perry (above, left) at the Bayfront Blues Festival. The Algolake will be loading coal but probably didn’t leave until after the music was over. Longshoremen at the Port Terminal finished discharging wind turbine parts from the Beluga Expectation on Saturday and began to load the wind turbine blades that the ship will be taking back to Europe, possibly leaving this afternoon.The ship will have 5 of the 25 blades it is taking to Spain on the deck for all to see. That should be a nice addition to the Blues Festival. Photo taken on August 11, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2007

Federal Ems and Blues Fest

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Roxanne Potvin (above) was the only member of the Blues Caravan Women that made it to the Bayfront Blues Festival on Friday afternoon but she put on a great show for the crowd. Of course, she was backed up nicely by the beautiful Federal Ems moving slowly to the Lift Bridge on her way to Morocco with a cargo of wheat. Her Polish and Indian crew had just finished loading it at the CHS grain terminal in Superior. They should arrive in Morocco on the 23rd of August. Photo taken on August 10, 2007.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-11-2007

Bayfront Blues Festival August 9-12, 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007
Lamont Cranston Band
Lamont Cranston Band
Lamont Cranston Band
Lamont Cranston Band
Lamont Cranston Band
Lamont Cranston Band
Lamont Cranston Band
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Mighty Lester
Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro
Ian Parker
Ian Parker
Ian Parker
… as the salt water ship Vanessa C comes under the Lift Bridge
Ian Parker
Ian Parker and Vanessa C
Ian Parker and Vanessa C
Ian Parker and the Federal Ems
Ian Parker and the Federal Ems
Ian Parker and the Federal Ems
Although Roxanne Potvin didn’t have her usual side kick Deborah Coleman with her (she had connecting flight troubles), Roxanne’s part of the Blues Caravan Women was a hit, and of course, the departing Federal Ems played a nice second fiddle to her guitar.
Roxanne Potvin
Roxanne Potvin … Ian Parker came back to join Roxanne on stage
Roxanne Potvin
Roxanne Potvin
Irma Thomas closed the show on Friday night
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Saturday, August 11, 2007
Ross William Perry
Ross William Perry
Ross William Perry
Ross William Perry
Ross William Perry
Ross William Perry
Ross William Perry
Ross William Perry
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Big John Dickerson and friends
Big John Dickerson
Big John Dickerson
Big John Dickerson
Big John Dickerson
Big John Dickerson
Big John Dickerson
Big John Dickerson
Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers
Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival
Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival
Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival
Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival
Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival
Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival
Chris Cain
Chris Cain at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival
Booker T & the MG’s
Booker T & the MG's at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival
That’s Anton Fig sitting in on the drums; he the longtime stickman on the David Letterman show
Booker T & the MG's at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival
Booker T & the MG's at Duluth Bayfront Blues Festival

Mesabi Miner arrives to music

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The Mesabi Miner was center stage while Jason Ricci was entertaining the crowd at the Bayfront Blues Festival Saturday afternoon. The thousand footer carried limestone from Cedarville/Port Dolomite, Michigan in the cargo hold. After dischaging that cargo at the CN dock in West Duluth, it was next set to move across the St. Louis River to Midwest Energy Resources in Superior to load coal for Ashtabula.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2006

American Integrity departs to music

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The Tarbox Ramblers played on at the Bayfront Blues Festival on Friday afternoon as the American Integrity departed Duluth. The 1,000-foot-long laker had 62,000 tons of coal to deliver to Detroit Edison at St. Clair, Michigan. Today, most of the boat traffic should be over before the Festival gets going. The music will of course go on without the boats, unless some of boats are late enough to catch some sounds in the afternoon.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-12-2006

And the Anderson also

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The Arthur M. Anderson arrived Duluth on Sunday with a load of limestone and some heavy accompaniment from John Lee Hooker Jr. and his band. Duluth will be much quieter when the Anderson departs today with taconite.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-15-2005

Columbia Star likes the Blues too

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The Columbia Star was right on cue Saturday afternoon, providing a nice backdrop to Ronnie Baker Brooks at the Bayfront Blues Festival. The Arthur M. Anderson is set to make an appearance at the Blues Festival late this afternoon, just after coming under the Lift Bridge with a load of limestone.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-14-2005

McCarthy likes the Blues

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. came under the Lift Bridge during a break in the music at the Bayfront Blues Festival. It is here to load coal for Consumers Energy’s Cobb power plant at Muskegon, Michigan.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-13-2005

Frontenac departs with the Blues

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The Frontenac departed Duluth during the Blues Festival last August (above). Most of the people in the picture didn’t know the boat was just behind them. They were listening to Mavis Staples. Today, the Frontenac will be under the Lift Bridge again, here to load taconite. Very few of us will be watching, but for different, and colder, reasons.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-02-2005

Paul R. brings coal to the party

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The Paul R. Tregurtha may be the largest boat on the Great Lakes but it seemed to fit snugly on the stage of the Blues Festival last August. As usual, it was taking a load of low sulfur Western coal to lower lakes power plants.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2004

Paul R. Tregurtha here more often

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The Paul R. Tregurtha has been here 38 times this year, more than any other boat that visits the port. Last year, it made 50 trips to the Twin Ports, the most visits of any boat that year also. At 1,013 feet, 6 inches long, it is the largest boat working the Great Lakes. Photo taken during Bayfront Blues Festival in August, 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-10-2004

Columbia Star and a music star

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The Columbia Star departed Duluth while Tinsley Ellis (right) was entertaining the crowd at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth on August 15th.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-05-2004