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With the liberal interpretation of blues that one often finds at festivals, even Theresa Andersson doesn’t seem all that out of place; the Swedish immigrant’s upbeat singing and major-chord fiddling have a sweetness and optimism that not even 10-plus years in the deep South have managed to crack. She’ll take the stage this afternoon along with Bernard Allison—son of the late Luther Allison—who will play his high-energy Chicago-style blues but will also likely slip into some of that sweet ’70s soul. Also performing will be Otis Clay, who will scream his version of ’60s gospel-inflected soul, and John Mooney, who will play funk-flavored blues. But if you’re looking for a reason to attend this year’s Hot August Blues Festival, presumed headliner Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (pictured)—who rejects the “bluesman” label entirely—is it. After more than 50 years performing music influenced by Cajun culture and country jazz, Brown has a voice that is still potently expressive, and his playing—on guitar and some half-dozen other instruments—continues to match that of his youth. And you have to wonder how much longer Brown, 77, will continue to tour. This promises to be a breeder-friendly day, with free admission, events, and various musical party favors for children under 12 at the “Kid’s Korner” tent. The gates open at noon Saturday, Aug. 10, at Big Jim’s Farm, 2526 Paper Mill Road, Phoenix, Md. $30. (410) 472-4037. (Jandos Rothstein)