CANTON, OHIO (February 23, 2011) – The Northeast’s premier Blues Festival, Canton Blues Festival, has announced the 2011 lineup, sure to strike a chord with blues fans large and small! The 10th anniversary edition of the FREE outdoor summer festival is presented by the Canton Development Partnership (a department of the Canton Regional Chamber). Canton Blues Fest is happening in downtown Canton on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, and will feature headliners Michael Burks on Friday, June 10, at 8:30 p.m. and Ronnie Baker Brooks on Saturday, June 11, at 8:30 p.m., along with music ALL DAY from noon to 10:30 p.m.! 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. 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. Visit in the coming weeks for a full list of festival performers, including special guest stars Tinsley Ellis and The Rusty Wright Band! Blues Fest VIP Passes are available again this year. Buy your two-day 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. Contact CJ Assent, event manager, at to reserve your VIP Passes now! The Canton Development Partnership’s 2011 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Cormony Development and Standard Plumbing and Heating Co. and sponsors (to date) including Schauer Group, Inc., Phil and Nancy Sonner, Quonset Hut, J&J Refuse, The Repository, The Karcher Group, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM and the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District.


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