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      Free concert kicking off Blues Fest

      The Marquette Area Blues Fest returns this weekend to Marquetteâ??s Lower Harbor.

      In celebration of its 10th year, Friday night's concert will be free to the public.

      Blues, retro swing and rockabilly are just a sliver of what The Gas House Gorillas bring to the stage. The group says their â??Punk Americanaâ?? rhythm has been burning down clubs and festivals around the country for the past eight years. And, Friday night, it's Marquette Lower Harborâ??s turn to feel the heat.

      â??Usually a Saturday and Sunday event, but this year we are adding an extra day so we hope to have even more folks show up,â?? said festival director Mark Hamari.

      The festival was created a decade ago by a group of residents who were blue over this missing piece of musical genre in Marquette. Since then itâ??s returned every year, getting larger and larger.

      â??Now the word's getting out and we have artists coming to us that want to play,â?? Hamari said.

      The Gas House Gorillas will be coming from the Big Apple, New York City. As for Laura Rain and the Caesers , the other group gracing Friday nightâ??s stage, they're fellow Michiganders native to Detroit, and they'll be featuring Marquette local, George Friend, in their performance.

      Gates open Friday at Marquetteâ??s Lower Harbor at 5 p.m. ET.

      Saturday and Sunday's list of performers can be found on the Blues Fest Website . Gates open at 12 p.m. both days. Weekend pass, $45 -- Weekend pass (gate price) $50Daily passes available onsite:General public $30/day -- Young Adult Tickets (15-23) $10/day -- 14 & Younger - FREE with paid Adult

      Call (906) 227-1032 for advance tickets.