Marquette will get a little musical May 23 as it plays home to its first blues festival.

Marquette will get a little musical May 23 as it plays home to its first blues festival.
“We are trying to preserve the Marquette legacy of blues music,” said Darlene Hardlicka, a volunteer helping to organize the event.
The main performer will be Kim Simmonds and the Savoy Brown band. The group started 50 years ago in London and has released several albums.
The organizers are looking to recruit local blues talent as well. However, they will need some community support to make it happen.
“We're looking for donations to secure local artists,” Hardlicka said. “The headliner is paid for, but we still need stipends for the others. Any donation is wonderful.”
Sponsor packages from $500 to $5,000 are available. For more information, contact Hardlicka at 480-421-8889.
The festival will take place May 23 and begin at 9 a.m. with artists on Main Street. There will be a vintage tractor display, quilt show and barn quilt blocks throughout the day. The concert area will open at 3 p.m.
“My passion is for small towns because they're a dying breed,” Hardlicka said. “It's just going to be a fun day.”