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A Blues-Filled Weekend


The blues is a powerful form of music that can bring out a wide range of emotions. Horns, percussion, bass, sax, guitarists and vocalists will be coming together the weekend of March 23 through 25 for the ninth annual Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort is the primary host for the event with several different venues set up for live performances throughout the three-day festival. Familiar local and regional names will be in attendance as well as some of the most respected blues acts from across the nation.

On Friday evening, you’ll find free admission to several performances beginning in the late afternoon. Sara Brown will play inside the Resort lobby, Robb Boatsman will be at Whispers Lounge, and Coeur d’Alene’s own Paul Mata and Don Chilcott will be performing down at Taphouse Unchained. There is also a special blues-themed lake cruise available on Friday night featuring several other performers. Tickets to get on the boat are just $25 each, and there will be an after party featuring even more live music at the Resort Plaza Shops following the evening cruise.

Saturday features a rooftop event on the Resort’s terrace deck beginning just after noon, and the main festival gets underway inside the convention center at 4pm. Tickets for the main event are $39 and must be purchased in advance. You’ll hear great music from five artists on two stages with continuous performances from 4 to 11pm.

The festival wraps up Sunday morning with brunch at Dockside restaurant and a blues cruise brunch out on the water. Tickets, VIP upgrade and overnight stay packages are all available through the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s website,, or you can inquire at the front desk.

If you’re a lover of the blues, this is a can’t-miss weekend. Get your tickets today!

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