The Blueberry Bluegrass Festival brings international musicians to Stony Plain

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The Blueberry Bluegrass Festival ends Sunday in Stony Plain after several days of unique musical experiences, organizers say.

“Bluegrass festivals are very unique festivals, they’re hands-on, the fans are very involved…the one great thing about a bluegrass festival is you can walk up and watch the music being made, you can feel the music being made, kids can walk right into the middle of a jam and touch an instrument,” said Anna Somerville, the festival’s executive director.

“We think it’s, for families in particular, a great way to introduce kids to the arts, when they can see music being made.”

The event features over 18 bands from across Canada and the United States.

Part of the magic of a bluegrass festival is that if people see other people sitting in front of their campfire playing an instrument, everyone is welcome to join in and jam, Somerville added. .

“It’s really about community… Blueberry is about things to do, we don’t want you to sit passively in the audience, we want you to get up and move around and meet people. people,” Somerville said.

“You can’t play bluegrass alone, it’s kind of collaborative music, you need a band.”

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s event of the year festival expects between 3,000 and 4,000 people throughout the three-day event. The final act is expected to hit the stage around 6 p.m. Sunday.

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