Windsor Bluesfest Growing By Leaps And Bounds

The annual Bluesfest Windsor is set to be the biggest yet with the budget jumping to $750,000.

Festival president Rob Petroni says the dollars behind the event have jumped up significantly from the $250,000 budget just three years ago. Petroni says this year's spend on bands alone hits the $250,000 mark.

"I think this is the strongest lineup that we've had yet," says Petroni.

LiUNA! took over the annual event in 2014.


Bluesfest Windsor President Rob Petroni (centre) reveals the acts taking part in the 2017 festival to reporters and guests at the Windsor Star News Cafe on March 22, 2017. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

The festival includes over thirty acts taking the stage including headliners Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Sheepdogs and Joe Louis Walker.

Petroni expects to see the festival's budget grow to over $1-million next year. He says last year's event saw about 3,000 people each night. 

Tickets went on sale at 1pm on Wednesday. Bluesfest is set for July 13-16 at Windsor's Festival Plaza.


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