Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to Waukesha BluesFest at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. each day, and music runs from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Choose between the following ticketing options:
- For $15, you get two single-day passes, good for either Friday, August 10, or Saturday, August 11 (a $30 value).
- For $25, you get two weekend passes, good for both Friday, August 10, and Saturday, August 11 (a $50 value).
Waukesha BluesFest swathes the weekend in sweet sounds and visual flavor for its 6th year with a lineup of 14 prime blues, soul, rock, and roots acts and a smattering of local arts and crafts. Under a gigantic festival tent in the luscious greens of Naga-Waukee Park, each day unfolds as 10 hours of music float into the sunset. Feet stomp on Friday to seven smoky sets, including the howling diva steam of Queenie & The Blue Cats and the nitty-gritty blues of James Armstrong. Friday night’s headliner, Coco Montoya, perforates, bends, and shreds notes like an embezzling CEO, bullying shivery sounds from his Fender’s pockets by playing it left-handed and upside-down with the flair that only a mentee of blues legend Albert Collins could muster.
Saturday’s showcase summons even more tangy sounds, with love-gone-wrong ditties from The Organgrinders and old-fashioned rock 'n' roll from The Spark Plugz. Award-winning blues legend Watermelon Slim blows into his harmonica with a working man’s lungs, slides over guitar with precision and abandon, and belts out vocals that are at once raw, sweet, sad, and stocked with years of heart. JJ Grey & Mofro end the festival with a surplus of Southern-fried funk and soul readily apparent in hits such as “The Sweetest Thing.”
As the bands cast their swampy spells, fans can saunter over to the daily art show, where paintings, pottery, fused glass, and jewelry spotlight the talents of local artists. Festivalgoers can bring chairs and blankets to lounge outside the tent or fashion into a blanket fort for defending the tent’s entrance, and they can keep their gullets satisfied with Cajun and Mexican food from local restaurants and brews from Lakefront Brewery.