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Musicians wail away at last year's Bluesfest. (Photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

Musicians wail away at last year's Bluesfest. (Photo by Aaron Zaremsky)

AACW’s Bluesfest to rock out the weekend

AACW’s 14th annual Blues and Jazz Festival this weekend will feature another solid lineup of top performers in addition to an open mic poetry session set to blues music and an expanded Gospelfest under the open sky.

Bluesfest runs from Thursday, Aug. 25, to Sunday, Aug. 28, with most events at the Antioch College Amphitheater, 795 Corry Street.

 Last year’s festival:

Poetry kicks off this year’s festival at “Blooz ‘n Pomes,” on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton Street, and at 10 p.m. at Peach’s Grille, 104 Xenia Avenue, where poems with adult content will be allowed. Experienced and aspiring poets can drop rhymes while blues musicians accompany.

Concluding the festival on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. is Gospelfest, which has outgrown its former location at the Central Chapel A.M.E. Church and will this year be at the Antioch College Amphitheater. Gospel groups from churches in Yellow Springs and beyond will perform. In conjunction with the event will be a basket meeting, an African-American tradition at which people of different denominations can bring baskets of food to share in a picnic meal.

AACW Blues and Jazz Fest

Thursday, Aug. 25
Blooz & Pomes (blues & poetry)

7 –9 p.m., Antioch Midwest
10 –1 a.m., Peach’s Bar & Grill

14th Annual Blues & Jazz Music Fest
Antioch Amphitheater
Friday, Aug. 26

6 p.m., Kelly Richey Band
7:15 p.m., Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones
8:30 p.m., Karen Patterson and the 5YZ Men
10 p.m., Bluzion
11:30 p.m., The Larry Humphrey Band

Saturday, Aug. 27

Noon – 2 p.m., Innovation Stage  with Davies and Jones
2 p.m. –5 p.m., Performances by area musicians
5 p.m., Seefari
7 p.m., Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones
8:30 p.m., Debbie Davies
10 p.m., Nerak Roth Patterson Band
11:15 p.m., Blues Summit

Sunday, Aug. 28

4:30 p.m., Gospelfest and basket meeting

Visit www.aacw.org for more information.

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