I’ve complained about the name of this festival before. It might be wishful thinking, but I’d much rather it be called the Late-Winter Blues Festival, because if we’re only midway through winter that means we won’t see spring until May. And that’s just too depressing a thought to contemplate.

One thing you can’t complain about though is the quality of the musical talent. Kicking things off tonight at 8 p.m. at Casino Regina it’s Johnny Winter headlining with the Richie Pollack Trio and Harpdog Brown & Graham Guest also performing (Tickets are $40).

Tomorrow night at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum at 8 p.m. Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown will headline with Jack Semple, Big Dave McLean (pictured) & the Muddy Tones and MonkeyJunk also performing ($30).

Saturday night, the festival returns to Casino Regina with performances by  Canned Heat, Brent Nielsen and Rod Piazza & Muddy Flyers ( 8 p.m. $40).

Remember too that Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. there’s a free Blues Showcase at Bushwakker Brew Pub featuring Ray Eberle, Judd, Dan Silljer and The Third Alarm Blues Band.

To close, here’s some vintage video of Johnny Winter doing “Mean Town Blues