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First Joliet Blues Festival concludes summer season

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park will host event Saturday

The Hepkats are set to perform at the Joliet Blues Festival at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park. Thousands are expected to attend the debut event.
The Hepkats are set to perform at the Joliet Blues Festival at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park. Thousands are expected to attend the debut event.

As the summer winds down, Joliet will hold its very own music festival.

The Joliet Blues Festival will be Saturday at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park.

“We’re hoping to have about 2,000 to 3,000 people in attendance on Saturday,” said Debbie Green, the director of development for Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park. “This is actually the first time we’re doing this event.”

All proceeds benefit Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park Inc., the nonprofit raising funds for Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre and its programs since 1976, the Joliet Blues Festival website stated.

“Proceeds will help support drama classes, improv classes and more concerts on the hill,” Green said. “We’ve done free concerts on the hill every June, July and August on Thursday for the past 43 years.”

Tickets are available on the website for $10 before Saturday and can be bought at the gate the day of the event for $15.

Food and drinks will be available to buy, with no outside alcohol or food allowed at the event.

Blues bands performing include Marty “Big Dog” Mercer, The Hepkats, Mojo Morganfield – son of world famous Muddy Waters – Mike Wheeler and The Jamiah Rogers Band “Blues Superman.”

“Unfortunately, one of the bands dropped out and out of magic we got Mojo Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters,” Green said. “We have a committee that worked with finding bands to perform.”

Marty “Big Dog” Mercer is set to perform at 4 p.m., The Hepkats at
5:30 p.m., Mojo Morganfield at 7 p.m., Mike Wheeler at 8:30 p.m. and The Jamiah Rogers Band “Blues Superman” is set to close out the festival about 10 p.m.

Those unable to attend the blues event but who still would like to support Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park can sponsor the event through its website or call 815-724-3760.

There are nine sponsoring options. The $250 Joliet Blues Festival Guitar Sponsor, for example, comes with a sign at the concession stand for the event, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram exposure and a business logo on their website.

Fireworks or explosives of any type and pets (except service animals) are prohibited. Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park opens for the blues festival at 3 p.m.

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