Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest Band Profile: Mark Dufresne, Headliner

When you hear Mark Dufresne for the first time, you are tempted to assume that his harmonica is his power.

However, his real “mojo,” or the magic that sets him apart from other musicians, is his voice, which has been described as vibrant and soulful.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1953, Dufresne began playing harmonica in his early 20s. In 1979, he relocated to Seattle where he rubbed shoulders and swapped riffs with Paul Delay, Kim Wilson, Rick Estrin & Kim Field.

He has backed such artists as Lazy Lester & Chick Willis and opened shows for countless blues headliners.

Mark DuFresne is one of the most sought-after Blues talents in the Northwest. The Washington Blues Society has awarded him as Best Vocalist, Songwriter and Harmonica more than any other artist. He has been awarded ‘Best Male Vocalist’ on four occasions by the Washington Blues Society. He has also won the ‘Best Songwriter’ and ‘Best Harmonica’ on several occasions.

That is why the Rotary Club of Des Moines is thrilled to announce that Dufresne and his band will be bringing that special “mojo” to the Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival on August 25th. Dufresne is the headliner and will be performing on stage at 6:30 p.m.

Buy tickets online here.

Here are some videos of Dufresne and his band in action:

Three other local blues bands will be featured as well:

  • Junkyard Jane -12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
  • All Stars No Stripes – 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Stacy Jones Band – 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

For more information about the Poverty Bay Blues & Brews and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.dmrotary.org/events.php.

This is definitely an event you will not want to miss – we’ll see you there!

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