Five hours of blues fills the East Petersburg Community Park Saturday, during the 6th annual Gypsy Moon Blues Festival.
This is the Balkun Brothers second visit to Gypsy Moon, but the first as a headliner.
Since their first visit several years back, the Connecticut band, founded by Steve Balkun (guitar/vocals) and Nick “The Hammer” Balkun (drums/vocals), has been busy racking up awards and growing its fan base.
Named the 2016 “Best Blues Band in Connecticut’’ by CTnow.com and CT Music Awards, the band takes a no-holds barred approach to music, mixing funk, rock, blues and lots of improvisation to their sound.
Laura Cheadle, whose backup band features both her father and brother, is known for her soulful, smoky vocals.
She won “Best Indie Jazz/Blues Band” at WXPN sponsored Tri-State Indie Music Awards and “Best Blues Band” at Ventnor Music Showdown based out of Atlantic City, N.J.
The free festival takes place rain or shine (so come prepared) from 3 to 8 p.m. Food will be available.
Bring a chair or blanket, and if you’re a musician bring along your instrument. Each year, the event closes with a popular blues jam on stage featuring some of the performers as well as audience members.
The park is at Pine and State streets in East Petersburg. For more information, visit gypsymoonbluesfest.com.