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Courtesy Photos Headliner Paul Nelson Band will play at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the 18th Annual Alpena Blues Festival, which will be held from noon to 10 p.m. at the APlex this year.

ALPENA – A change of venue and five live bands will make the 18th Annual Alpena Blues Festival a day and evening to remember.

Scheduled from noon to 10 p.m., with doors opening at 11 a.m., this year’s festival will feature a local band and four foreigners at the APlex.

The venue was changed from downtown this year for a variety of reasons, according to Alpena Blues Coalition President Ed Hickok.

Cutting costs, providing a reliable venue and having an indoor setting so the weather isn’t a factor are three reasons to move to the APlex, he said.

“You don’t get the vibe of the outdoors and the feel of downtown, but the weather – too cold, too hot, rain – it’s out of there,” Hickok said. “And all the amenities are there. You don’t have to bring your own chair, all chairs are there. You have tables, food, drinks etc. Toilets without going to port-a-potty. And the sound is great in there. It’s a proven place that we’re going to try. We are lucky to have a facility like this.

Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames will play at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

Lineup includes local favorite Chris Crown and the Get Down Band at noon, Motor City Josh and the Big 3 at 2 p.m., Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band at 4 p.m., Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames at 6 p.m. Paul Nelson poster. Group at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30, available online in advance at or at the door.

“It’s a high quality show at a reasonable price,” Hickok said.

The main reason for the show is “Stamping Out Hunger With the Blues”.

Customers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food with them to donate to the show.

Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band will play at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

“It’s our primary function that we want to be able to do to make a difference in the community,” Hickok said, adding that cash donations will also be accepted. “We’ve always wanted to do more, and the more we achieve, the further we can go.”

He added: “We are not trying to make money. We’re just trying to run a good, quality event for the people of Alpena and then be able to generate enough profit, if you will, to have an impact.

The Saint-Bernard Friendship Hall is the main recipient of food donations, as it feeds 100 people a day.

In addition to Hickok, members of the Alpena Blues Coalition include Randy MacAulay, Tom Rose and Ken Nielsen.

Motor City Josh and the Big 3 will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

Chris Crown and Alpena’s Get Down Band will be the only local artist at the Alpena Blues Festival, opening the show at noon on June 11 at the APlex.

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