Winter Blues Fest heats up Fargo Saturday night

Tinsley Ellis headlines Fargo Winter Blues Festival this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Alligator Records

FARGO-Winter still has its icy grip on the area, but things will start heating up Saturday night. That's when the Fargo Winter Blues Festival plugs in and pumps up the volume at the Baymont Inn & Suites.

The wintry sister of summer's Fargo Blues Festival, this one-night-only show offers a look at some of the Festival's fave acts and previews some rising talent who could return for the main stage some summer.

Raised on the British Invasion, inspired by B.B King, Tinsley Ellis has melded his Southern rock roots with his home on the Chicago-based Alligator Records. With more than three decades recording and touring, the guitarist's latest disc, "Winning Hand," is just that. "Gamblin' Man" is a faithful nod to the late, great King.

While Ellis makes his living with his hands, Brandon Santini makes his with his mouth. Known for his harmonica work, The Memphis, Tenn., musician's vocals are just as soulful and a smooth complement to Timo Arthur's guitar playing.

Twin Cities singer Joyann Parker may be new to the game compared to the likes of Ellis, but the powerhouse singer made a memorable debut with her 2016 album, "On the Rocks". Whether she's belting out Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" or crooning to Patsy Cline, Parker's powerhouse vocals make her an electrifying performer.

Bismarck's Jennifer Lyn & the Groove Revival made a memorable Blues Fest this past summer with a rocking tribute to Gregg Allman playing the Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post". The singer/guitarist and her band return to town to open up the show with a new album, "Badlands," to be heard.

If You Go

What: Fargo Winter Blues Festival

When: 4 - 11 p.m., Saturday

Where: Baymont Inn & Suites, Fargo

Info: Tickets are $28. fargobluesfest.com, (218) 287-7775

Set times

4 p.m. - Jennifer Lyn & The Groove Revival

5:30 p.m. - Joyann Parker

7 p.m. - Brandon Santini

9 p.m. - Tinsley Ellis