Blues festival in Genoa on Saturday |

Blues festival in Genoa on Saturday

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Pat Johnson / Blind Pig Records Kenny Neal brings traditional blues to Bluesdays at Squaw Valley on Tuesday. The concert series concludes at the end of the month.

Tickets are still available for the first Genoa Blues Festival, featuring multi-award winner Kenny Neal and his Family Band.

Featuring a Santa Maria oak wood barbecue, the festival is 2-7 p.m. Saturday at Mormon Station State Historic Park.

Neal's new release, "Hooked On Your Love," follows his multi-award winning 2008-comeback album, "Let Life Flow."

The previous album received three album of the year awards, two song of The year awards for the title track, and two artist of the year honors.

Also performing at Mormon Station on Saturday is Mississippi blues performer Grady Champion.

In 2013, Champion signed to Malaco Records and his first full-length album was released the following year.

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"Bootleg Whiskey," named for the George Jackson song that is one of the album's highlights.

Party blues band Buddy Emmer's Band will open the show on Saturday.

Plan on enjoying oak wood BBQ spare ribs dinners and tri-tip sandwiches.

Low back folding chairs and blankets are welcome, but no coolers. This is an all ages' show.

General admission tickets are $32.50 (bring blankets and folding chairs).

VIP tickets are $48.5, and include special seating, one free barbecue plate and beverage of choice.

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