BASCOM - Originally conceived as a music festival to raise funds for First Step programs, Soul Shine Blues Festival has become known for attracting nationally recognized blues acts.
The 17th annual festival is set for Saturday at Meadowbrook Park Ballroom, Bascom. The family-friendly event is to feature blues music, barbecue and dancing to benefit First Step Healthy Family Resource Center in Fostoria.
The doors open at 1 p.m. with music to begin at 2. The 2012 line-up includes:
2-3 p.m., Soul Shine Blues Band.
3:15-4:30 p.m., Rude Mood of Fremont is to play blues, rock and R&B. The band performs many originals and cover songs by "great musicians."
4:45-6:15 p.m., Reece Lincoln Band released its debut CD, "Soul of a Man," in January 2012. The founder of the band describes his original music as "high-octane gospel ... fuel for the soul."
6:30-8:30 p.m., Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys are to present "traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion ... hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar." They perfrom a mix of original songs and covers.
In addition to music, Soul Shine is to feature Southern cooking, including barbecued ribs, seafood jambalaya,
roast chicken and red beans and rice.
A silent auction of gift baskets and top hat raffle are to offer a variety of prizes. Of special note is the raffle for a Gibson SG electric guitar. Only 200 tickets are to be sold at $20 each.
Admission is $20. Tickets can be obtained in advance at First Step or at the door.
More details can be found at www.soulshineblues.com or by calling (419) 435-7300.