Blues music will rock the grounds of Cheadle Park as the sun sets over the hill at the Harvest Moon Blues Festival from Aug. 17 to 19.

The inaugural festival was started by a few friends who wanted to bring a large blues festival to the valley. One of those people is Steven Magnolia.

“There isn’t any one outstanding act,” Magnolia said. “We put together an amazing lineup.”

One act that Magnolia was impressed they managed to book is Rod Piazza and the Mighty Fliers.

“He’s king of the jump blues,” Magnolia said. “They don’t usually tour on this side of the country”

Other acts at the festival include Cee Cee James, Anna Popovic, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, and several other blues acts throughout the three days.

“We’ve got a great festival,” Magnolia said. “The valley needed something other than country music.”

Magnolia compared the festival to the Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home.

“This is a blues version of what the city of Sweet Home has been doing for 20 years,” Magnolia said. “And we hope to be just as successful.”

The event will feature a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning, hosted by the Albany American Legion. There will also be a Blues Gospel Review Sunday morning.

After the main stage is vacated on Friday and Saturday nights, there will be a Guido’s Juke Joint after-party jam for people who bought V.I.P. passes or camping passes.

“That should be an event in itself,” Magnolia said. “I will definitely be there.”

The jam will allow amateurs to test out their licks with professional musicians.

Amateurs could also play with pros when the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue takes the stage on Aug. 18.

“They pull people on the stage to jam with them,” Magnolia said. “That could be anyone out of the audience.

They could pull a professional musician to the stage because there will be so many pros at the festival, he said. Or it could be a talented amateur.

The name Harvest Moon Festival was chosen because the moon sets over the hill near Cheadle Lake, he said.

The other reason the name was chosen was is because it’s harvest season, Magnolia said.

Tickets are available at Seismic Music in Corvallis, Up Town Music in Keiser, Bob Symons Insurance in Albany, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, CD World in Eugene, Gold Buyers at Heritage Mall and The New Era, in Sweet Home.

During the festival, people will be allowed to camp throughout the grounds of the park.

“(Camping)’s better for their safety and, frankly, it’s more fun,” Magnolia said. “People that drink don’t have to leave and drive.”

Tickets cost $30 for Friday night, $50 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. An $80 pass is available for all three nights. Camping is allowed in the park for $30 for both nights. V.I.P. passes start at $300.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to building an amphitheater at Cheadle Park.

For more information about the event, go to www.harvestmoon2012.com. or find them on Facebook.

By Matt DeBow

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