Dewayne Strobel and Crystal Shawanda perform Church House Blues, an original by Shawanda off her 2020 album of the same name, Saturday, Aug. 13. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Dewayne Strobel and Crystal Shawanda perform Church House Blues, an original by Shawanda off her 2020 album of the same name, Saturday, Aug. 13. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo feels the blues, in a good way

Summertime Blues Festival took place Aug. 11-14 at Maffeo Sutton Park

Nanaimo’s Summertime Blues Festival, organized by the Nanaimo Blues Society, filled up Maffeo Sutton Park with music lovers fron Aug. 11-14.

Nearly 30 performers took to the stage over the four-day event, which included an opening ceremony on Saturday morning by Snuneymuxw drummers. Also new this year was Saturday’s New Blues Showcase that brought local youth blues musicians to the forefront. Sunday saw a new segment for the festival as well, with Louise Rose playing the Sunday Soul and Gospel Hour.

Jackie Moisan, president of the Nanaimo Blues Society, said the festival could not have been possible without the dedicated volunteers and musicians who stepped up to make sure it happened.



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