Wheeling Heritage Port Gets a Case of the Blues


Taste of the Blues kicks off the 18th annual Heritage Music BlesFest at noon today, with the gates officially opening at 4 p.m. for three days of award-winning blues music.

Hear the likes of Delbert McClinton and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats on Friday; Southern Avenue, Southern Hospitality, Paul DesLauriers Band and on Saturday; and Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers and Eric Gales on Sunday, with plenty more acts on both the main and second stages.

Tickets are available at the gate, 12th and Water streets. For information, visit www.heritagemusicfest.com.

Heritage Music BluesFest Lineup

Main Stage


5 p.m.: Heather Newman

6:30 p.m.: Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

8 p.m.: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

9:45 p.m.: Delbert McClinton


Noon: Felix Slim

1:30 p.m: Miss Freddye

3 p.m: Eden Brent

4:30 p.m.: Keeshea Pratt Band

6 p.m.: Southern Avenue

7:45 p.m.: Paul DesLauriers Band

9:30 p.m.: Southern Hospitality


1 p.m.: Kevin “B.F.” Burt

2:30 p.m.: Ghost Town Blues Band

4 p.m.: Welch/Ledbetter Connection

5:45 p.m.: Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers

7:45 p.m.: Eric Gales

Second Stage


6:05 p.m.: Laurie Jane & the 45s

7:35 p.m.: Izzy Steter

9:05 p.m.: Laurie Jane & the 45s


1:05 p.m.: ezra & the reletivs

2:35 p.m.: Soulful Femme

4:05 p.m.: Felix Slim

5:35 p.m.: The Bail Jumpers

7:05 p.m.: Miss Freddye

8:50 p.m.: The Bail Jumpers


2:05 p.m.: Nate Lupi

3:35 p.m.: Frank Bang & the Cook County Kings

5:05 p.m.: Kevin “B.F.” Burt

7:05 p.m.: Frank Bang & the Cook County Kings