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The Beaumont Roots and Blues Fest: at least it’s something!

Bucking the trend of total annihilation for any and all things with the word “festival” anywhere near their names in this foul year of our lord, 2020, BBRF is a go Saturday with nine bands and an audience of 200, meaning something around 20 per cent of the people there will be the actual musicians playing. But man is it great they’re going ahead with it, acts including Confusionaires, Punch Drunk Cabaret and the enduring Jr. Gone Wild as the closer.

Tickets are no longer available (they cost $43 and change), but, really, why paraphrase the seating situation when you can quote directly as a reminder:

“Audience will be seated in distanced ‘bubbles.’ If you want your group to sit together in one bubble, purchase in one buying session with your group of up to six people — your cohort — with each individual’s contact info entered at time of purchase. Tickets cannot be given or sold to other people and ID will be checked at entry to event. Bubbles cannot trade or merge cohort members during the event. Bring your own blankets and chairs.

“We respectfully require masks to be worn on site, and can be removed only while seated in your bubble.

“We will not be selling tickets at the gate.” Got it? Great!

Attendees also have to fill out a somewhat less complicated form than a customs declaration, at the end of which it’s noted, “Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival Society takes your safety very seriously, thank you for completing this form and for your ongoing support.”

The event is at Four Seasons Park, 41 Avenue, Beaumont.

The Prairie States play Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival Saturday. Photo by supplied

Now, for those lucky enough to have bought tickets, here’s the schedule:

11:00 a.m. — Gates open

11:45 a.m. — Sugar & Dirt

1:00 p.m. — Stephanie Harpe Experience

2:30 p.m. — Confusionaires

4:00 p.m. — Dirt Road Angels

5:30 p.m. — RadioActive

7:00 p.m. — Punch Drunk Cabaret

8:30 p.m. — The Prairie States

10:00 p.m. — Jr. Gone Wild

Hats off to the volunteers and organizers. Treat them well, and please remember they’re putting themselves at risk so you can have yourself a nice time, cool?

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