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By Jessica Forbes

Blues Angel Music is hosting its first Bluegrass & Folk Music Festival on Saturday, and it’s bound to make for a great day for acoustic music fans. The fest will include performances by local and regional bluegrass acts, instrument demonstrations and group lessons, and chances to win a host of free stuff.

“We scouted most of the bluegrass acts through a local group called the Gulf Coast Bluegrass Music Association. They have about 13 bands that are members of their association, and they get together and jam on a regular basis. We loved them and we hope you will love them too,” said Wanda Breaux, marketing director at Blues Angel.

Performers include the Pensacola Ukulele Players Society—who will also hold their regular, in-store Saturday jam session at 9:30 a.m.—High Cotton, Frances & Mike, TruGrass, Sweet Prospect and the Dogwood Dulcimer Society, who will perform throughout the day on indoor and outdoor stages.

A free group banjo lesson at 11:30 a.m. kicks off the days’ instrument demos. Representatives with the Hohner Harmonica Traveling Roadshow will also perform and bring with them displays of harmonicas from the past and present, as well as a harmonica technician. The first 100 people through the doors for the Hohner performance at 3:30 will receive a free harmonica.

A festival by musicians for musicians and fans, the Blues Angel team has been planning the event since last November and is happy to include the local musical community in the mix.

“We like to shop local when looking for bands because we understand the importance of giving back to our musical community and the struggles of the working musician. That is why we have a Proshop in our store designed specifically for the working musician, complete with gig matching, front of the line repairs and more,” Breaux stated.

Local bluegrass associations and dulcimer societies will have info booths on site for those interested in learning more about their meeting times and jam sessions. The store will raffle off a new Eastman Guitar and case (valued at $550) and a new GoldTone CC-50 Banjo (valued at $479), and Breaux reported that giveaways include T-shirts and “tons of free swag from vendors.”

“The whole day is a family friendly, fun, musical event,” Breaux said.

BLUES ANGEL BLUEGRASS & FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL
WHEN: 11 a.m.—5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12
WHERE: Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd.
COST: Free
DETAILS: bluesangelmusic.com