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Saturday June 5th, 2010

Posted at 8:49am

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Hundreds of music lovers braved a thunderstorm and packed Willistead Park on Friday night to catch four blues bands inside Art in the Park’s now-annual Into the Night food, wine and entertainment event.  Local eateries Mezzo, Thai Palace, the Mongolian Grill and Ming Wah served up delicious morsels of food, while Essex County wineries Wagner Estates, Wilson & Smith, Pelee Island and Sanson Estate poured hundreds of glasses of local wine.

The Rotary Club of Windsor, which organizes Art in the Park, began offering an after-hours entertainment event called Into the Night during last year’s ‘Park.  The event met with great success.  This year, Into the Night is a three-day event featuring over a dozen bands with distinct styles of music every evening.

Friday night was blues night.  Windsor’s Ron Leary and Mr. Chill were on stage at 5pm, followed by the Johnny Rocca Band.  At eight, Toronto blues musician Johnny V. Blues entertained for almost two hours, then headlining act The Sunparlour Players came on stage.

Saturday night is classic rock night.  DreamCatcher Band is on stage at 5:30pm.  The Eccentrics will follow.  Then at 8:30pm it’s Super 70’s LIVE.  British Beat 66 rounds out the night at 10pm.

Don’t miss the Walkerville GLEE Club on Saturday at 1:30pm, on the main stage.

Last, but not least, Sunday is jazz day.  Join the Bobby Brew Orchestra at 2:15pm and the Speakeasy Trio at 3:45.

Tickets for tonight’s Into the Night entertainment event are $10.

Art in the Park runs from 10am until 7pm on Saturday, and 10am ’till 5pm Sunday.

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