KC Blues Festival trying to revive tradition

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- KC is known for many things, delicious barbecue and jazz & blues.
Dan Jones, a singer with the band Klear Ambition has the blues and on this Saturday and so does Kansas City.

Nine blues bands, all local, including Trampled Under Foot, a band that spent weeks at number one on the blues charts, are playing over 12 hours at the second annual KC Blues Fest at Kaw Point.

“People don't realize that they have the best blues talent right in our own backyard. Kansas City is blessed with amazing talent that travels all over the world,” Jones said.

Anthony Arnold with the KC Blues Society said the festival is back in its second year after fizzling out in the past.

"It got cancelled about 10 years ago and we are rejuvenating it. Now we're back, we love this venue so we're just going to make it bigger and bigger and bigger every year,” Arnold said.

A little more than 300 showed up for the day-long party last year. This year organizers are expecting close to a 1,000.

“Just in vendors we've tripled the number of vendors that we have down here. We have lots of good local food down here, we'll have cold beer and of course lots of water for folks to drink." Ed Linnebur with Downtown Shareholders said.

Organizers said you'll keep cool at this unique venue nestled under the trees in the shade. And for five bucks you can also take a boat ride on the river. Organizers hope if you come to KC Blues Fest with a case of the blues, you’ll leave without them.

KC Blues Fest is at Kaw Point Riverfront Park is right off of I-70 along the river. Get off at the Fairfax exit and follow the signs; the event goes until 11 p.m.

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