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Blues from Brazil on tap Wednesday in Newport

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Cottage Grove blues guitarist Joe Filipovich performs April 5 with Brazilian harmonica player Indiara Sfair. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)2 / 2

Guitarist Joe Filipovich and Brazilian harmonica player Indiara Sfair will give a free concert April 5 from 8-11 p.m. at Opinion Brewing, 374 21st St. in Newport.

Filipovich, a 2003 Park High School graduate, records and tours as a solo artist and with his blues band Crooked Dice. Sfair, a blues and jazz virtuoso and songwriter, was born in the southern city of Curitiba in Brazil.

She met Filipovich in Nashville during her US tour. He convinced her to add some Twin Cities dates to her schedule.

Filipovich, who records as Joey Flip, said they’re counting on the blues to bridge the language barrier. He doesn’t know much Portuguese, the primary language in Brazil, and Sfair’s English is limited.

“There is a language barrier but you’re using music to communicate and it’s the coolest thing,” he said.

Sfair will also join Filipovich and other musicians for the  2nd annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Show set for April 8 at the Cabooze in Minneapolis.

For more information, call 651-459-7511 or visit

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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