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Bayside Taxi driver Nick Berg stands next to the van he used to deliver blues singer Taj Mahal (top) and his trio to their Thunder Bay Blues Fest concert on Sunday. "I was talking to them as if they were ordinary tourists," Berg said of the five-hour trip. (Steve Kuchera /

Cabbie delivers blues legend 190 miles to Thunder Bay

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To Bayside Taxi driver Nicholas Berg, the patrons were, for much of the trip to Canada, just "six guys crammed into a Dodge Caravan."


But to organizers of the Thunder Bay Blues Fest, this was precious cargo: longtime bluesman Taj Mahal and his band, the waylaid headliners for the last day of an event that had been riddled with hiccups.

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