FERNDALE (WWJ) – It’s a blues blowout starting Friday night in Ferndale. The city’s annual nine-day Blues and Music Festival gets underway. Founder Craig Covey says this year there will be 60 rock, blues and jazz bands playing in two dozen different locations and most of the concerts are free.
“Downtown Ferndale, of course we are set up as a walking community so people can actually very easily hear four, five different bands in one evening by walking from place to place,” said Covey.
“In the middle of winter there is nothing going on people do start to get stir crazy. They get cabin fever by the middle of winter, our winters in Michigan are just a tad long,” said Covey.
Covey, a Ferndale resident, founded the festival 13 years ago, as a way to motivate people to get out of the house in the middle of winter and in to local businesses.
“There’s a lot of rock n’ roll and jazz, you’ll find some soul – kid friendly concert.
The festival wraps up a week from Saturday with an outdoor rib BBQ in a heated tent, featuring the band the Muggs.