Our love affair with music festivals started with this one, back in 1999. On a whim, we decided to go and we were hooked forever. It’s a two day festival, but at $100 per ticket, one day was plenty. The Saturday line-up was more appealing, so we went with that, and I’m very glad that we did.
The day starts with a 5:30AM wake up shower then we rush with our friends to join the line outside the gate. Even though we have
It was a treat seeing “The Legends of the Blues” with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (harmonica with Muddy Waters), Hubert Sumlin (guitarist with Howlin’ Wolf) joining Pinetop Perkins. He’s still playing piano at 95 years old, after being shot 3 times, bit by a snake, and ran over by a train!
The highlight, of course was Bonnie Raitt. I’ve never seen her live and I was so impressed. She has incredible stage presence: cheerful, in control, funny. You just know she’s having a great time up there.
The annoying thing about
On Sunday they always open with a young, fresh, powerhouse band and it was Trombone Shorty this year. They are playing almost every festival in
The most fun of the weekend though was the after party at Moe’s Alley with the Boneshakers on Sunday night. This band is HOT! Randy Jacobs can play anything on a guitar. They had both lead singers, Sweetpea Atkinson and Malford Milligan, along with guitarist Stephen Bruton, Tio Banks on keyboards, Nate Brown on bass, and Les Fisher on drums. Man, oh, man, if you ever get the chance, don’t miss it. It’s a funky, groovin’, hard rockin’ mix of music.