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The ninth annual (free!) Fishers Blues Fest returns to Fishers Parks on Labor Day weekend.

From Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, audiences will have the chance to watch legends of the craft — including Bobby Rush and Joanna Connor — as well as local artists Doug Henthorn and Agents of Redemption. The event is free of charge, but admission is first come, first served.

For many of the artists, the Fishers Blues Fest is one of their first live performances in nearly two years. The festival was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Members of the Agents of Redemption — a blues-rock band that formed in Indianapolis in 2018, said they’re “honored” to be a part of Blues Fest’s return. The band has played in past festivals. This time around, session musician Dave Murray is filling in for bassist Justin Deckert. On social media, the band thanked Nickel Plate District Amphitheater (where the concert will be held) as well as Blues Fest organizers for “a safe and altogether fantastic Fishers Blues Fest.”

Joanna Connor, who frequently tours the Midwest, has been vocal about the need for people to get vaccinated and wear masks to help live music safely return.

If not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, guests are encouraged to wear face masks to the family-friendly event. Hand washing and hand sanitizing stations will be available in the park, as well as vendors for food and drinks, including alcohol. No outside alcohol is allowed in the park.

Guests are allowed to bring coolers, chairs and blankets.
For more information, visit npdamp.com.

Lineup for the 2021 Fishers Blues Fest:
Sept. 3
5:20 p.m. — Agents of Redemption
6:50 p.m. — Lil’ Red & The Rooster
8:30 p.m. — Bobby Rush

Sept. 4
3 p.m. — Doug Henthorn
4 p.m. — Mr. Kinetik
5:45 p.m. — Joanna Connor
7:15 p.m. — Bernard Allison
8:45 p.m. — Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

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