VIDEO: The Tea Party To Headline Opening Night At Bluesfest

The Tea Party is headlining opening night at Bluesfest Windsor.

Organizer Rob Petroni says Thursday July 13th will be a special blues rock concert at Windsor's Festival Plaza.

"They're on tour this year and we've been following it closely and we've been trying to secure them since the middle of their tour — obviously they're selling out everywhere that they go," says Petroni. "We went to see their show in Toronto — Danforth — and we were sold and that's when we started negotiating hard to see if we could get them and since that time they've been adding a lot of summer festivals to their tour so that's when we added them and we're really excited to have them."

Another big act for the Thursday night will be an alternative rock band to be made public in May.

Petroni says before today's announcement regarding The Tea Party online ticket sales have already surpassed all of 2015 and 2016 online sales combined.

Windsor's Autumn Kings will also perform on the Thursday along with The Standstills.

Last month, headliners Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Sheepdogs and Joe Louis Walker were announced for the Friday and Saturday — over 30 bands will hit the stage over the course of the entire festival which runs from July 13-16, 2017.

Festival Plaza normally can hold approximately 10,000 people but Petroni says organizers have capped the number at 7,100 per night in hopes of a better viewing experience for all event-goers. 

Ticket information can be found on the Bluesfest Windsor website.

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(Photo via BluesfestWindsor.com)