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Denton Blues Festival approaches

Organized by the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce, The Denton Blues Festival attracts thousands of people each year to enjoy a weekend of blues, food, and fun for everyone in the family at Quakertown park.

Chairmen of the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce Kevin Goree said: “It’s a free and community oriented event. Even on the main stage, we still try to keep clean music.”

The festival begins Friday with karaoke on the community stage and runs until Sunday night. Saturday performances will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 1 p.m. and end at 8:45 p.m.

Assorted vendors will offer food, drinks, and arts and crafts for attendees. The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce asks everyone to not bring outside food and drinks to help keep the event free.

Award-winning blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwood headlines the Saturday line up with his performance. Other artists include Toronzo Cannon, a blues group from Chicago and Texan Blues artist Buddy Whittington. Sunday evening, Texas blue vocalist Gregg Smith opens for headliner Zac Harmon.

“We are keeping the blues alive.” Goree said, “One of America’s original arts is the blues.”

The event also features local talent on the community stage. That line up includes Mojo Frankenstein, Bone Doggie and The Way Down. For a full line up, visit http://www.dentonblackchamberonline.org/

“Everyone has, had, [or will] have a taste of blues in their lifetime.” Goree said “It’s not if, it’s when.”

The event will include several activities for children, including a jump house, arts and crafts from vendor Mistura Timepieces, a community tent from Denton Public Library, and stories from Tejas storytelling.

The non-profit organization celebrates its 22nd year in Denton with a goal to “make the ‘American Dream’ come true for all of its citizens,” with a focus on African American owned businesses.

“Our golden mission is always to advocate for small business owners and to walk through some of the hurdles that small business owners have.”

Goree expects anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 people to come out to the free event throughout the weekend.

“We ask everyone to come out to the festival and have a good time.”

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