By Wayne Laepple
— The 24th annual Billtown Blues Festival takes place today at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville. The gates open at 11 a.m., and the music starts at high noon with an opening set by the ever-popular Blind Chitlin Kahunas.
Following the Kahunas are the Porkroll Project, Taylor Scott, Dave Keyes and the Billtown Trio (Doug McMinn, Bill Stetz and Joel B. Vincent), Kelly Vincent, Barrence Whitefield and the Savages and headliner Joe Louis Walker.
Walker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on June 8, and he’s been nominated for four Blues Music Awards.
Also appearing this year is Greg Burgess, local blues and jazz piano man, and drummer Steve Mitchell will lead his ever-popular drum circle, both in the acoustic tent.
At the gate, tickets are $25.
Elswhere, The Morgan Family Band and Uncle Bean will perform at 10 a.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church at Fourth and Vine in Sunbury.
Spike Stamm and Smooth Country will be at the Shamokin Dam Fire Co. on the Old Trail from 3-6 p.m., and the dynamite queen of the blues harmonica, Octavia, will be at Skeeter’s BBQ in Shamokn Dam from 6-9 p.m. She’s got a new band, and the show will be outdoors, weather permitting, so prepare to be blown away!
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