BEAN BLOSSOM — Sprawled under a shade tree in a lawn chair, feeling the stress roll off as the music sinks in — is there any better way to spend a summer evening?
One of those opportunities is happening in Brown County this weekend: the legendary Bean Blossom Blues Fest.
The “Bean,” as it is better known by longtime fans, was voted the Best Music Festival in Indiana for 2016. It features three days of music on the big stage, along with around-the-clock jam sessions, seminars, contests, camping and more.
The action begins Thursday night with a four-hour jam starting at 6 p.m. It’s hosted by the 1-4-5’s, with a special appearance by up-and-coming guitar whiz Matthew Curry. All are welcome to bring an instrument and join in.
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The Harmonica Masters & Pros Showcase happens Friday, followed that evening by the soulful sounds of Rebekah Meldrum and Paul Holdman; 2017 Blues Music Award Nominee Matthew Skoller; 2016 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Nominee Samantha Fish; and Toronzo Cannon, who was nominated for Best Album/Contemporary Album and Contemporary Blues Male Artist/Best Song of the Year at last year’s Blues Music Awards.
Saturday activities start at 10 a.m. with an open jam, followed by a harmonica seminar and the Indiana State Harmonica Championships at 1 p.m. Saturday night headliners include Southern Avenue, Grammy-Award-winning blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite, and the swamp-pop-funk-playing Eric Lindell Band.