The 21st annual Denton Blues Festival is approaching, and organizers are looking for local musicians and bands to perform on the community stage during the festival on Sept. 21-22.

Aaron Cundall, the coordinator of the community stage, said that while the festival is devoted to the blues, the community stage has room for a range of styles.

“Yeah, we’re about the blues,” Cundall said. “But the community stage will have lots of different people and music. That’s the idea. It’s going to be unique and different.”

Cundall said some acts are already booked for the stage: Fort Worth musician Nathan Sarvis and Fuzz King Radio play that Saturday, and Josh Brantley and the Jay Birds, VooDoo Witness, Denton musician Eric Nichelson, Will Nissan and Soul Patrol will be performing on the Sunday lineup.

But there’s still plenty of room on the stage.

“We’ve got 10 slots left to fill,” Cundall said. “The slots are for 45 to 50 minutes. We’re looking for solo acts and big bands.”

Cundall said the community stage will be equipped with a “complete front of house setup.” Acts need only bring their instruments, amplifiers and everything they might need for their backline audio.

The festival starts 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, with a karaoke competition made up of dueling singers representing local businesses. The community stage opens 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, with acts playing all day. The final act starts on the community stage at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, the music starts with a gospel show from 10 a.m. to noon.

“The gospel show was a big success last year, and we’re adding another 30 minutes of music to that part of the festival,” Cundall said. Then more performances will start 1 p.m.

Musicians and bands can apply for a spot on the schedule by sending an artist or band biography and digital photos to Cundall at elmo@mt.net, or by calling him at 940-206-0562.

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877 and via Twitter at @LBreedingDRC.

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