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The Waterfront Blues Festival starts Friday: Here's what you need to know

The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival kicks off on Friday, July 1, bringing another four days of music and fireworks to Waterfront Park. This year's performers include Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Liv Warfield and the Special Hornz in a performance dedicated to Prince, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Maceo Parker, Curtis Salgado and many more. Admission runs $10 a day (the festival's first year with a firm ticket price), with more weekend options available online.

From headliners to international stars to fresh faces for 2016, we've done our best to cover all the blues bases with this year's preview coverage. Get ready for the Blues Festival with all our preview stories below.