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Gord Downie, The Sadies, and The Conquering Sun impress both new and old fans

My Harvest adventure began Friday evening. Walking down, I could hear music fill the entire downtown area. People of all ages were out on the streets to enjoy the night.

Hot dogs, crepes and cinnamon nuts filled the air with aromas to tingle your taste buds. And the bands performing tickled your ears.

The Moose Light Blues Tent was my destination for the evening. Gord Downie, The Sadies and The Conquering Sun were on stage in front of me as I walked in the tent.

Even though the show was quite early, at 6 p.m., the venue was filled. While the music was the main part of the evening, a visual artist was set on the side of the stage. There, she painted an incredible, artistic view of the concert.

Going into the show, I didn’t know what to expect from this super group. I’d heard that Gord Downie was the frontman of the Tragically Hip so was excited to see the legendary Canadian artist.

The music filled the tent and got my foot tapping. Their mix of blues, bluegrass, and rock with a sprinkle of psychedelic rock, as The Sadies are known for, was a sound that I liked more than I would have expected.

The band played with full energy to match the lightshow on stage. Downie took to the stage with an unforgettable white cowboy hat. Not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing that I’ll never forget that hat.

As the show ended, people rushed out, not because they didn’t enjoy the show, but because they had a full schedule of events to enjoy that evening. Walking down Queen Street, the Fredericton Fire Spinners performed to an excited crowd. Other buskers performed throughout the night.

I realized that the Harvest Jazz and Blues festival isn’t just about the music. It’s about coming together as a town and showing off our pride. The entire downtown area was decorated and tons of volunteers helped run this annual event.

For those who didn’t attend this year, you need to next year. Because you’re missing out.

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