Prairie Dog Blues Fest ready to rock St. Feriole


Whether you’re a fan of the hard-core Chicago blues or the newer blues rock, you will get an up close view of the unbelievable global talent taking the stage at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest in Prairie du Chien, July 25 and 26.

By Correne Martin

Lie back in your chair during the day or kick up your heels by the stage at night. No matter how you choose to take in the Prairie Dog Blues Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, in Prairie du Chien, the music is bound to keep you movin’ and groovin’ all weekend long.

As always, the lineup will feature a variety of global talent, playing everything from Chicago blues, West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill country blues, and New Orleans horns to Texas  boogie, zydeco, gospel and blues rock.

“The quality of the entertainment at our festival is some of the best in the world, especially for anybody who is into music. It’s labeled a blues festival but it’s really more broad-based than that,” said Todd Yeomans, president of the Prairie Dog Blues Festival. “We’ve had some of the best rock guitarists anywhere that people of all ages would love seeing. The bands we have draw people from 20 years old on up. There’s a reason why people are coming from 30 states and a couple foreign countries to Prairie du Chien for this event.”

This year’s headliners include singer/guitarist Samantha Fish on Friday at 11 p.m. and Canadian blues/rock guitarist Anthony Gomes on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. Gomes has played the Prairie Dog Blues Fest before.

The main stage lineup for 2014 includes:
Friday, July 25
5 p.m.—Big N’ Tasty
7 p.m.—Howard & The White Boys
9 p.m.—Big James & The Chicago Playboys
11 p.m.—Samantha Fish.

Saturday, July 26
12:30 p.m.—88 MPH (local band)
2:30 p.m.—The Cashbox Kings
4:30 p.m.—Jimmi & the Band of Souls
6:30 p.m.—Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
8:30 p.m.—Carolyn Wonderland
10:30 p.m.—Anthony Gomes.

Every year, some of the coolest, most interactive bands perform on stage in the beer tent. One band each day is featured in the tent in between main stage sets. This year, Friday’s tent band will be the Ori Naftaly Band (from Israel), while Saturday’s will be the Lionel Young Band.

In the spacious park-like setting of St. Feriole Island, the Prairie Dog Blues Fest is a place where the cold drinks, specialty foods and friendly people are aplenty.

For more information about the festival, visit www.prairiedogblues.com or find the festival on Facebook.

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