After three decades, a Magnolia man is finally living his dream as a musician.

After three decades, a Magnolia man is finally living his dream as a musician.

Back in 2013, Craig Coffield got the chance to do something he always wanted to do: play in a blues band. Now two years into it, the 54-year-old is going strong as the frontman/rhythm guitarist in the Bad Ave Band, the only group he’s ever gigged in.

Bad Ave Band will host a free concert during Thursday’s Fairway Blues Jam at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Course in Magnolia.

Musicians of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to share their talents at the weekly jams with the host band.

The concert is presented by the Central Delaware Blues Society. Coffield, director of Jonathan’s Landing golf operations and founder of CDBS, has been bringing concerts to the golf course, including national acts.

Where does the name Bad Ave come from?

One of my favorite blues musicians is named Albert Castiglia. On his last album he actually had a song that was called “Bad Avenue,” it’s an old blues song. I’m not sure who the original singer and writer was, but I got the name from that.

What are some of songs you’ll perform?

We’ll play a few songs from Albert Castiglia. One of our crowd favorites is Albert’s song “Just Like Jesus.” Another song of his we play is “Closing Time.” We do Robert Cray’s “Phone Booth” and some Tad Benoit. We also play a Black Keys song called “Gold on the Ceiling,” which was a popular hit a couple of years ago.

Bad Ave is your first band. How did this come about?

I’ve always been a huge music lover. And I’ve always been a blues fan, since my senior year in high school. I always wanted to do something in it but I just never had the opportunity.

Then as I got older and my kids moved out of the house, I was able to do some more things for myself and started taking up the guitar. I was playing by myself regularly. I actually formed the Central Delaware Blues Society and we started hosting bands and different blues acts from around the nation. It gave me the desire to want to play in a band.

When I met the other three guys in Bad Ave, they told me I was the singer [laughs]. So I said, “okay.” It’s kind of a dream that I’ve always had and the fact that I’ve now gotten the opportunity shows you to never give up on your dreams.

What have been some of the major concert highlights this year?

The biggest thing was the Roadhouse Blues Festival that we had in September, which was an outdoor festival at Jonathan’s Landing. It was an all-day event with tents and barbeque. We had three major blues acts at the festival: Bob Margolin, who was actually in Muddy Waters’ band, Debbie Davies and Albert Castiglia. Also, Bad Ave opening up for Albert earlier in the year is the thing I’m most proud of in the group.

IF YOU GO

WHAT Bad Ave Band in concert

WHEN 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE Jonathan’s Landing Golf Course, 1309 Ponderosa Drive,Magnolia

COST Free

INFO Visit centraldelawareblues.com or call 697-8204