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Colin Dussault's Blues Project celebrates its 20 birthday Saturday, May 16, at the Savannah (30676 Detroit Ave., Westlake). A group of Cleveland blues all-stars will join the band for a three-hour show, including guitarist Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat (who will also play an opening set), singer Mary Bridget Davies, saxophonist Norm Tischler, drummer Jeff Harmon and backup singers Sharron McPherson-Foxx and Irma McQueen. Local blues legend Mr. Stress may also pop in.

Dussault, a second-generation musician, formed the band on his 20th birthday. After discovering Muddy Waters, the singer-harmonica player found more inspiration at his day job. Dussault worked for his family's moving company, and every house he visited seemed to have a copy of Mr. Stress Live at the Euclid Tavern.

"I'd say, 'Man, I don't know who that guy is, but I want to be like him," recalls Dussault.

Dussault's group had a long-running gig as the Brothers Lounge house band. Before getting sober, Dussault would unwind from long nights by taking Robert Lockwood Jr. to breakfast, where he'd absorb advice from the legend.

The Project lineup has changed but never folded. The band averages more than 250 shows a year, even during a recent rough patch. In the past two years, Dussault tore an aorta, and drummer Freddie Perez-Stable's wife died. Dussault also welcomed his first child, a daughter, to the family. But Dussault has "98 percent" recovered, and the band still has Cleveland's busiest schedule.

"This one's really a milestone that I'm appreciating more than in years past," says Dussault.

Show starts at 9 p.m.; cover is $6.

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The Beachland Ballroom will host its fourth annual Prom Night on Friday, May 29. Living Stereo will headline a four-band bill playing shake-your-ass rock. Doors open at 8 p.m.; admission is $3 with prom attire, $5 without. Don't blow it like last year and wait 'til the last minute to find a date.

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