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_lsp8856 CANTON, OHIO (May 28, 2009) - The Northeast's premier Blues Festival, Canton Blues Fest, is back in its eighth year with a 2009 lineup sure to strike a chord with blues fans large and small! The FREE outdoor summer festival is happening in downtown Canton Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, with incredible headliners Johnny Winter and Taj Mahal and music ALL DAY from noon to 10:30 p.m.! Visit www.CantonBluesFest.com for details, or download our 2009 Canton Blues Fest Digital Press Kit!

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 for $75 and take advantage of FREE food, beer and incredible views of the stage. One-day Blues Fest VIP Membership passes are also available for $45. Visit www.CantonBluesFest.com to purchase.

Visit www.CantonBluesFest.com for a full list of performers including Inner City Blues Band and Kristine Jackson! The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce's Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Cormony Development and Standard Plumbing and Heating Co. and other sponsors, including Schauer Insurance, Terry's Tire Town, Q92 FM WDJQ, Blue Moon, Buxton Roofing, National City Bank/PNC, SiteLogic Online Marketing Consultants, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, The City of Canton, AEP Ohio, The Repository, Mix94.1/News-Talk 1480 WHBC, PPI Graphics, Audio Technica, Canton Chair Rental and General RV.

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About Johnny Winter

For over 30 years, Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal, immediately laying out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues - a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. For more information, visit: www.JohnnyWinter.net.

Don't miss Johnny Winter's performance June 19 at 8:30 p.m.

taj_mahal_artist_photo_2About Taj Mahal

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world. For more information, visit: www.TajBlues.com.

Come downtown for Taj Mahal June 20 at 8:30 p.m.

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