2017-07-13 / Scene

I Chews the Blues returns Aug. 5

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com


Joe Stanley of the Joe Stanley trio. Joe Stanley of the Joe Stanley trio. RICHFIELD TWP. – Marguerite King-Goodall, and MoJoe’s Winghouse, are bringing back the blues.

The 12th annual I Chews the Blues festival will take place Aug. 5 at MoJoe’s, 4300 N. State Rd., and will again feature local acts and others from as far away as Detroit. This year, King- Goodall said, the day-long festival will benefit establishment of a music scholarship.

In the past funds raised by the event have gone toward local charities, like the Davison Index Care and Share program, now discontinued, and then to Outreach East.

“We’re trying to do a scholarship for the music,” said King-Goodall. “The arts has diminished in the schools, so we thought it would be a good thing.”

Emcee for the event this year will be Tom Sumner. She said she turned to Sumner, who has a previous stint as emcee, after longtime emcee David Boyd, died last year.


Lady Champagne Page will appear for the first time locally at I Chews the Blues. 
Photos provided Lady Champagne Page will appear for the first time locally at I Chews the Blues. Photos provided Davison native and a former manager of the 1960s “proto-punk band” the MC5, John Sinclair, has also served as emcee for the event.

King-Goodall said this year’s musical line-up has a few familiar faces, and some new ones too. The bands performing are: Greg Nagy, at 2 p.m.; Prof. Joe Wright & Friends, at 3:15 p.m.; the Joe Stanley Trio, at 4:30 p.m.; Lady Champagne Page, at 5:45 p.m.; Eddy “Blues” Barney & the Bluehouse, at 7 p.m.; the Knucklehead Blues Band, at 8:15 p.m.; and Kathleen Murray Blues Band, at 9:30 p.m.

King-Goodall said she is still looking for sponsors for the concert and added thanks to MoJoe’s, which she said has been great. She also thanked Mercino’s for donating a generator for use during the festival.


The Knucklehead Blues Band will be back again this year. 
Provided photo The Knucklehead Blues Band will be back again this year. Provided photo “MoJoe’s has a good variety of food,” she said. “And Mercino’s loans us a generator every year, which helps tremendously.”

Food and drinks will be available to purchase at the festival, so attendees are asked to leave coolers behind. Lawn chair are welcome and the festival goes on rain or shine.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event. Details: Call 810-252-3768 or with www.facebook.com/ichewstheblues.

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