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The 16th Annual Denton Blues Festival kicks off in Denton's Quakertown Park, located at 321 E. McKinney St. this weekend.  Admission is free and will feature local and national performances from top acts like Denise LaSalle, who headlines Saturday's event at 8:30 pm, right after Chris Watson takes the stage at 6:30 pm.  The legendary Joe Louis Walker will headline Sunday's event at 7:30 pm.   A national favorite, the Denton Blues Festival promises rocking, riveting, dynamic performances by some of the greatest blues performers like Texas Slim, Jr. Boy Jones, Benton Lawson, Michael Todd and Guitar George.  The event will unleash rising popular new blues stars like Homemade Jamz—a blues family band featuring exciting young talent.  The festival starts with performances by local performers at 12:30 pm Saturday and at 1p.m. on Friday.  Audiences get to witness a City of Denton art dedication--a stained-glass art sculpture by Christie Wood, depicting iconic blues star and Denton native, the late Pops Carter.  The dedication happens at noon on Saturday at the amphitheater.  Dozens of vendors will be selling barbeque plates, other food favorites, and gifts.  The concert will feature sights and sounds for everyone, including activities for the kids.  Earlier, on September 4, bar-goers danced at the Taste of Blues 2014--a mini preview, packed out, wall-to-wall jam session with Texas Slim at Dan's Silver Leaf Bar on September 4.  Said Blues Festival organizer, John Baines, that event served to, “whet the public's appetite.  The Festival will present the full musical meal.”  For more information about attending, contact dentonbluesfestival.org.