It’s time to grab a chair and a blanket, then head down to Marquette’s lower harbor. You’ve heard the saying, “Living for the Weekend,” well this weekend is a special one to get ready for.

The 11th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest kicks off Friday night and goes until Sunday night. The stellar lineup includes local, national and award–winning artists. Friday night gets rockin’ with blues singer, actor and playwright Jeff Daniels and, back by popular demand, The Jimmy’s. To thank the community, the Marquette Area Blues Society has once again made Friday free of charge.

“We try and bring a little bit of something for everybody, anything from acoustic blues to old school Chicago blues, horn–driven blues to soul and R & B blues, so there is a little bit of everything,” said Mark Hamari, President, Marquette Area Blues Society.

You can buy advance weekend 2–day passes for $45 dollars or single adult day advance tickets for $30 each. Student tickets are $10 a day. The lineup is one to be admired and even festival organizers are excited to see the artists.

“It’s hard to pick a favorite but there are some acts I haven’t seen like the headlines. On Saturday is Rick Estrin and the Nightcats and on Sunday there is Nikki Hill and I hear they both put on a great show,” continued Hamari.

The festival includes a beverage tent, food vendors as well as some arts and crafts. For the complete line-up and festival information visit