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CANTON, OHIO (May 22, 2011) – The rhythm and blues will be rolling into downtown Canton again this June for the annual Canton Blues Fest, presented by the Canton Development Partnership (a department of the Canton Regional Chamber). This two-day affair – celebrating 10 years of rocking and rolling in 2011 - boasts major music on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11. The FREE outdoor summer jam is happening in downtown Canton with incredible headliners Michael Burks and Ronnie Baker Brooks, and music all day from noon to 10:30 p.m.! [gallery link="file" orderby="rand"] Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Michael “Iron Man” Burks stands tall as a major contemporary blues figure. With a nickname earned by his hours-long, intensely physical performances, fearsome guitar attack, tough, smoky vocals and the thousands of miles logged behind the wheel of his touring van, Burks is a modern blues hero. Nobody in today’s blues world successfully bridges searing electric guitar blues with unbridled rock and roll energy like Burks. (www.michaelburks.com) Chicago guitar-hero Ronnie Baker Brooks puts his own special twist on blues-rock, a twist that involves enlivening the genre with deep soul, modern hip-hop vocals and funk rhythms. He draws on the choppy, hip-shaking rhythms of funk, the emotional truth of soul and the forcefulness of rock to bring a distinctive dimension to his groundbreaking sound. (www.ronniebakerbrooks.com) Boogie woogie your way downtown, kickback with a refreshing, ice cold drink, delicious midway fare, super cool tunes and great friends, and enjoy the best outdoor music festival north of Memphis! Want the best seats in town? Buy a two-day Blues Fest VIP Pass online at www.CantonBluesFest.com for $75 and take advantage of FREE food, beer and incredible views of the stage. Blues-lover to chair Canton Blues Fest for the fifth consecutive year Bob Bowers, president of Absolute Post Productions, Inc., a visual media production company in Canton, will serve as chairman of the Canton Blues Fest for the fifth year. His love of jazz and blues began at age seven, when he first began to learn to play the trumpet. His passion drove him to study throughout high school and ultimately The Ohio State University, where he played with The Ohio State Jazz Band and did a summer tour with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. In addition to his duties in overseeing the planning of the incredible two-day music festival, he is also “blues master” for the fourth program year of Blues in Schools. Bowers is joined by a dedicated committee of long-time volunteers, including Timothy Bagley, Bud Buxton, Robert Murphy, Diana North, Floyd Oryzak, Angela Parker, Jeff Poulos, Matthew Regimball, Phil Sonner and Vicky Sterling. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Cormony Development and Standard Plumbing and Heating Co. and sponsors including Schauer Insurance Group, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, Phil & Nancy Sonner, Blue Moon, AEP Ohio, The Repository, McKinley Grand Hotel, J&J Refuse, Terry’s Tire Town, Quonset Hut, Mix 94.1 & News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, PPI Graphics, The Karcher Group, General RV, The City of Canton and Buzzbin Magazine. Visit CantonBluesFest.com for VIP tickets and a full list of festival performers, including special guest stars Tinsley Ellis and The Rusty Wright Band!

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