Cannon fires up Fargo Winter Blues Fest this weekend

Toronzo Cannon will headline the 2019 Fargo Winter Blues Festival. Chris Monaghan / Special to The Forum

FARGO — The 19th annual Fargo Winter Blues Festival looks to warm up music fans this Saturday, Feb. 9.

Known for his blistering fretwork, singer and guitarist Toronzo Cannon headlines the festivities at 9 p.m. A Chicago Transit Authority bus driver by day, Cannon's 2016 album, "The Chicago Way," was nominated for Blues Music Award's Album of the Year. His 2013 record, "John the Conquer Root," was nominated for Rock Blues Album of the Year.

Peter Harper brings a bit of the Land Down Under to the event as the Australian singer-songwriter mixes didgeridoo with the harmonica-led sound of Harper & The Midwest Kind, which takes the stage at 7 p.m.

Minneapolis singer and harmonica player Big George Jackson plays at 5:30, and the 3rd Street Blues Band kicks things off at 4 p.m.

The event takes place at the Ramada Inn, 3333 13th Ave. S., Fargo, with a post-fest party to follow in the hotel's lounge. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased at Happy Harry's Bottle Shops, Mother's Music in Moorhead or the Ramada Inn in Fargo, as well as online at or by calling 701-287-7775.