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Bayfront Blues Festival limiting tickets for 2021

COVID-19 forced festival organizers to cancel last year's event.
Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

The 32nd annual Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth is on for this summer. 

After COVID-19 forced the cancellation of last year's event, festival organizers shared last week that the 2021 festival is now confirmed for Aug. 13-15. Several blues bands are slated to perform, including headliners The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tab Benoit and CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. 

Others scheduled to perform include Tommy Castro, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jack Knife and the Sharps, the Cole Allen Band, and Miss Myra and the Moonshiners. 

Tickets are on sale now through the festival's website but ticket packages are being capped due to ongoing changes and recommendations from federal and state health officials. 

"Who knows what can happen between now and then, so we're playing it safe for now," Bayfront Blues Fest owner Chris Mackey told the Star Tribune, adding he expects three-day passes to sell out soon. "We anticipated numbers would be down this year, with many people still hesitant about going to events. But so far it's building back up better than expected."

As of April 29, the sales of additional three-day ticket packages ($139) are being limited to 500, the website says. The Star Tribune reports the total number of three-day passes will be around 2,500, which includes passes carried over from last year's canceled event. 

And limits to single-day tickets ($59) will be announced "as further updates warrant," the festival website adds.

The festival is held in Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

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