Blues fans

Connie Brogan enjoys the music of Ken Valdez on Sunday.

Before the vendors have packed up and the fences are down and Marina Park has been returned to it’s usual state after the Thunder Bay Blues Festival, organizers are already planning next year’s event.

“Everyone asks if we’re going to relax next week and, literally, the calls start right away,” said Trevor Hurtig, manager of marketing and development for the festival and the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. “It starts pretty much tomorrow, and a lot of the conversations we start now might even bear fruit two years from now.”

On Sunday, as the 18th annual three-day festival slid into the home stretch, Hurtig said the weekend was fantastic with headliner Bryan Adams making a lasting impression on everyone Saturday night.

“Everybody’s in agreement that we’ve taken it to the next level and that Bryan just really brought the whole thing to a new place,” said Hurtig. “It was a fantastic show — arguably the best performance we’ve had down here ever.”

“It was great — the stage, the lights — everything was first class,” said Barb Witiluk, who has been attending the festival with her sisters since it began.


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