Blues and Seafood Festival
What: The 12th annual festival is a combination of top blues musicians and seafood with a regional flair.
When: 3:30-10 p.m. Sept. 23-24.
Where: Port of Ilwaco.
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Headline act: Jimmy Thackery will headline this year’s festical. Thackery honed his style while playing alongside the likes of Muddy Waters and was a member of the Washington, D.C.-based blues and roots rock ensemble The Knighthawks for 14 years. He will take the stage about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 23.
Also on stage will be harmonic acoustic blues group Natty Bone, Muddy Award winner for “Best New Act” Bottleneck Blues Band, the local North Coast Blues with The Cadillac Horns, The Tracey Fordice Band, the Ilwaco High School Jazz Band, Billy D & the Hoodoos and Norman Sylvester.
Dining option: Smoked oysters and smoked salmon chowder will be among this year’s local seafood options. Visitors will be able to sample roasted nuts and chocolate-dipped cheesecake for dessert. There also will be a selection of local and Northwest brews and wine.
Tickets: Sept. 23 tickets are $15 and tickets for Sept. 24 are $25. A two-day combo ticket is $35. Combo tickets are only available online, but one-day tickets can be purchased at the event.
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